Archive for December, 2012

Peter Orszag’s Chart Of The Year Could Change Everything You Think About Healthcare And The Federal Budget

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

The conventional wisdom on the deficit is: Right now the deficit doesn’t pose a problem, but thanks to the gigantic growth in healthcare costs, it’s inevitable that the government will get swamped by Medicare spending, ergo we need to tweak the system.

 Peter Orszag, who was the head of the Office of Management and Budget under Obama, and who is now at Citi, offers up a chart that could be a Medicare costs game-changer.

His chart of the year is found in Wonkblog’s annual awesome The Year In Graphs feature, which everyone should check out.

The chart is taken from S&P’s twice-per-year deep dive into healthcare inflation, and it shows that contrary to expectations, Medicare inflation (the annual year over year growth in the cost of a delivering a unit of care) is slowing dramatically, and is well below almost every other category of healthcare spending (which are also dropping).

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This Crazy Map Has One Dot for Every Person in the United States

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

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An FBI review of gun violence

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

According to the FBI SHR data, in 2007 there were 7,387 black homicide victims in the United States. The homicide rate among black victims in the United States was 20.86 per 100,000. For that year, the overall national homicide rate was 5.30 per 100,000. For whites, the national homicide rate was 3.11 per 100,000.

Of the 7,387 black homicide victims, 6,345 (86 percent) were male, and 1,042 (14 percent) were female. The homicide rate for black male victims was 37.59 per 100,000. In comparison, the overall rate for male homicide victims was 8.56 per 100,000. For white male homicide victims it was 4.63 per 100,000. The homicide rate for female black victims was 5.62 per 100,000. In comparison, the overall rate for female homicide victims was 2.11 per 100,000. For white female homicide victims it was 1.61 per 100,000.

 For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 79 percent of victims (166 out of 210) were murdered by someone they knew. Fortyfour victims were killed by strangers.

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Grenade Launchers not really tough to get in Kentucky

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

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Mitt Romney might have been another George W Bush

Monday, December 24th, 2012

George W Bush famously said he wanted to be baseball commissioner or retire or be President.  Of course unfortunately he became President twice and the world is still trying to recover from it.  Now apparently Mitt Romney didn’t want to be President at all despite running for President for 19 years?  Either Tagg and Mitt Romney are lying or we were THISCLOSE to electing another President who NEVER wanted to be President AT ALL.  Which is it….it is one or the other.

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Several Christmas facts debunked

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Several Christmas stories make the rounds annually and they are just not true.  Here is a debunking of a few.

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America is 30% white guys but 70% of mass shooters are white guys

Monday, December 24th, 2012

What if they were Arabs or black?  We would be asking “what to do about these Arabs” but that question is not being asked with the present demographic makeup of shooters.

In the aftermath of the Newtown shooting, I appeared on CNN to discuss the racial double standard evident in the way America reacts to crimes committed by white men. When white guys commit violent crimes, their transgressions are individualized. But when people of color commit violent crimes, their transgressions are unduly projected onto whole demographic groups. This double standard, I argue, is an expression of white privilege.

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New President of the NRA has a son who has done prison time for using a gun in road rage incident

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

If all goes as expected in Pittsburgh today, American Conservative Union President David Keene will be elected president of the National Rifle Association at the organization’s board of directors meeting.

One person who presumably will not be attending the event is Keene’s son, David Michael Keene, who according to news reports and trial documents was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison for a 2002 road-rage incident in which he fired a handgun from his moving vehicle at another car on the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Virginia.

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If we have more guns in schools a huge issue are the bullets that miss the criminal

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

The Presumptive Hazards of Over-Penetration
Failures to stop a suspect because of under-penetration, poor bullet placement, and completely missing the target are far more significant problems than over-penetration. With shots to the center of mass, if a handgun or rifle bullet fails to have enough penetration to reach the large blood bearing vessels and organs in the torso, rapid physiological incapacitation is unlikely and an opponent may remain a lethal threat to officers and citizen bystanders. Conversely, if a bullet fired by officers completely penetrates a violent criminal and exits downrange, the bullet will certainly have had enough penetration to reach the large blood bearing vessels or organs in the torso. As a result, it is more likely to have caused sufficient hemorrhage to induce hypovolemic shock–the only reliable method of physiological incapacitation in the absence of CNS trauma.

Unfortunately, according to the available published date, the majority of shots fired in the field by U.S. LE officers miss their intended target. According to published NYPD SOP-9 data, the NYPD hit ratio by officers against perpetrators in 2000 was 12.3% of shots fired and in 2001 13.5% of shots fired. The Miami Metro-Dade County PD had hit ratios ranging between 15.4% and 30% from 1988-1994. Portland PD reported hits with 43% of shots fired at adversaries from 1984-1992, while Baltimore PD reported a 49% average hit ratio from 1989-2002.

Given that the reported averages for LE officers actually hitting the suspect ranges between 12% to 49% of shots fired, more concern should be given to the between 51-88% of shots fired by LE officers which completely MISS the intended target and immediately result in a significant threat to any person down range, rather than excessively worry about the relatively rare instance where one of the 12%-49% of shots fired actually hits the intended target and then exits the perpetrator in a fashion which still poses a hazard.

In short, the consequences of projectile under-penetration are far more likely to get officers and citizens killed than over-penetration issues.

Since approximately 80% of shots in deadly force encounters completely miss their targets, it is hard to imagine that a bullet which somehow manages to pass completely through a human body is inherently more dangerous than the other four that went whizzing on by!

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100,000 people are shot every year

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

If you add together the gun deaths and the non-fatal gun injuries, you get 104,852 people shot every year. That’s very close to what the Facebook post said. The Facebook post was also close in its daily averages — 287 people shot every day, and 86 deaths by gun every day.

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If you think you NEED a gun you are the person that should NOT HAVE a gun

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Let’s all say it together to these NRA gun nuts….YOUR GUNS ARE A PHALLIC SYMBOL. That is all they are….a demented extension of a penis which is why 99.7% of mass killers and 99.5% of killers of 1-2 people are…..MEN. You think your giant phallic symbol is going to take over the nation if it is needed or form a militia and it will do something. Actually….just like the penis of those demented men….it ain’t gonna do JACK because the very people who think they need a gun to gain FREEDOM are the ones that are suffering from low self esteem and they are the ones that should absolutely NOT HAVE A GUN. GUNS…..are…..phallic…..symbols for men who feel “wronged” or are loaded with fear or paranoia of something that is not there…..and nothing more. Ask any psychiatrist and once you get past saying you have a NEED for a gun….your mental state is in question….and your guns should be taken away from you immediately. You are not a sportsman you are not a hobbyist…..your very core BEING is supported by this inanimate object. You are suffering from a mental addiction….meaning your are mentally unstable….and your item of instability can kill people as opposed to being addicted to Starbucks…meaning….you have no business TOUCHING a gun let alone owning a big gun of any kind.

If someone is mentally ill enough to think about killing people….. all the detriment in the world will not stop them from trying. So forget about prison/death stopping a killer since that will stop rational people and by definition killers are irrational. So there is no way WE will stop them from starting it. If someone is going to attack and a gun is accessible the chances of them killing just rose geometrically. If high powered guns are not accessible the death fatalities will be lower by definition and if NO GUN is accessible the chance of someone dying drops even more. Fewer guns=fewer deaths caused by a derange individual. It is PHYSICS and ARITHMETIC.

So you are going to arm EVERYONE and that will make EVERYONE safe? Let’s go to the movie theater shooting from just a few months ago. Attacker comes in and starts shooting….so HERO #1 begins shooting at the PERCEIVED direction of the attacker. So now HERO #2 starts shooting HERO #1 because HERO #1 is shooting in a theater and he needs to be stopped. HERO #3 begins shooting HERO #2. Now….part of the equation is the fact that once a gun is fired the shock and sound concussion has just rendered everyone’s balance and stability physically out of whack and then the adrenaline factor is added. Everyone is so jacked up now they might as well be on a crack bender. You think you are SAFER now with all those guns? IF you think this is SAFETY your bar of delusional state is quite low. The theater simply has a bunch of killers and THEN the police get there with all these HEROES shooting and the police level them all. Just like the shooting at the Empire State Building EVEN THE POLICE shot innocent bystanders. Welcome to America!!!!!!

The Constitutional MILITIA was the NATIONAL MILITARY protecting us from other nation invaders as the first 4 words in the Constitution explain. We did not have a standing army…many national leaders didn’t even WANT a standing army….and the people WERE the army. Fast forward today….we HAVE an army and police….therefore the militia as written in that dated paragraph is 100% unneeded. The FREE STATE clause is not our STATE but the NATION. In order to keep our nation free against other nations the people will have guns like a volunteer fire department operates…..but our national military defense seems to be big enough now so the concept of people having guns is not needed. People can make a militia?? You are saying the Nation of Islam arming itself is a good thing and you support it then…..or WACO was a good thing with Koresh and his guns. Oh I see….YOU want to make a militia???? Where is your medical team….where is your Admin team….where is your complete infrastructure of support personnel allowing you to remain totally OFF THE GRID for months and months? People who say “let’s start a militia” never think past the wearing cammo jammies in the woods and SHOOTIN THEIR GUNS. And this militia you are creating……you mean your 400 pound LIFE REJECT high school GED buddies from Chattanooga Adult School are going to be able to walk a distance at all let alone be in true combat? They are going to die from lack of Twinkies and brown glop to drink. Then they are going to shoot their squirrel rifles at a tank and WIN??? hahahaha….. When you think you need a militia in today’s climate basically it is driven by ignorance of basic governmental civics….paranoia and low self esteem. I tell you what….take your buddies to Afghanistan and see what a REAL militia is with the Taliban who are far more physically capable than anyone reading this. After 2 days you and Chattanooga’s Pride will be falling dead from lack of insulin to battle their diabetes and be dying from lack of Socialized Medicine of America. We have police…we have a national military and if you don’t like the way they work we have elections to change things. If you disagree then you have 0 faith in the Constitution and you have 0 faith in America and you have 0 faith in AMERICANS. You are not an American but you are counter to the concept and laws of America. Just imagine all those MORBIDLY OBESE GOOBERS running 10 yards after a tank hahahaha. Don Quixote is laughing in his grave while his sidekick Sancho Panza masturbates thinking of how long a 400 pound goober takes to biodegrade in the hot Georgia sun if he doesn’t have his daily case of GooGoo Clusters and 23 bottles of YooHoo.

As long as we have guns people will be killed by guns. As long as we have assault weapons people will be killed en masse from those big guns. We DO HAVE weapons of Mass Destruction and they are assault weapons and we have terrorists on our land they are the paranoid ones with a boogeyman under their beds they wet screaming about a militia they have no idea how to coordinate. Either we do away with them or they will do away with us.

Now prove to us all your level and depth of paranoia (or low self esteem) creeping around in your skull in responding to this because a real man does not need a gun to make himself feel secure. Possibly the bravest people America has seen were the Freedom Riders who walked right up to the police that stopped them from going across a bridge because black people couldn’t go there….and the police simply clubbed them down one by one. The Freedom protestors marched in line right up to the police.. one by one…they stood tall…..were struck….winced in pain as they fell to the ground and they made their social statement….and you know what…..THEY WON…..WITHOUT GUNS and without CAMMO JAMMIES and phallic jacked up pickup trucks. The nation said they were correct and the long arc of justice which took a while to turn….turned towards justice for those people who were truly wronged….which is what happens….BECAUSE WE ARE AMERICA. Militias are nothing more than a small Confederacy which is absolutely contrary to America as 1865 proved.

And if you think you NEED a gun you are the LAST person that should HAVE a gun….let alone an assault weapon.  Go get a Viagra prescription before you kill us all.


To live and Die in America

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Huffingtonpost homepage 12/21/12 5:30pm PST


3 Shot And Killed In Mich… 18-Year-Old Shot Multiple Times, Dies… Man Kills Wife, Teen, Himself… Man Shoots, Kills Own Son… Cops Shoot Teen Dead… Man Gunned Down In Parking Lot… 5 Dead In Spate Of Shootings… 2 Murdered In Philly… 2 Kansas Cops Shot Dead… Shooter Killed… 4 Die In Apparent Murder-Suicide… Ga. Cop Dies From Gunshot… Argument Leads Teen To Shoot Friend… Man Shot To Death…Teen Dies After Being Tied Up, Shot… Man Shot Dead In Street… Drug Deal Leads To Shooting Death… Mother Of 2 Killed In Road Rage Shooting… Man Shoots, Kills Intruder… 1 Killed In Coney Island… Man Dies From Gunshot Wounds… Cops Investigate Gun Death… Shooting Victim’s Body Found On Bike Trail… Man Charged With Shooting Own Brother Dead… Man Dies After Being Shot In Chest… Body Of Shooting Victim Found In Pickup… Teen Arrested For Robbery Shooting Death… Man Carrying 2-Year-Old Son Shot Dead… Man Fatally Shot Near Home… Parolee Dies In Shooting… 1 Killed In Buffalo Shooting… Man Shot Dead In Apartment Complex… Street Gun Battle Kills Grandma Bystander… Man, Woman Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide… Woman Shot Dead By Intruder… 14-Year-Old Arrested Over Fatal Gun Attack…Man Found Shot Dead In Parking Lot… Woman Shot In Face By Ex-Boyfriend… 1 Woman, 3 Men Shot Dead… 2 Die In Attempted Robbery… Army Reservist Shot To Death In Alley… Man Shot To Death In Bodega… 2 Shot Dead In Burned House… Man Shot During Break-In… Man Fatally Shot… 20-Year-Old Gunned Down… Man Shoots Self During Police Pursuit… 1 Killed In Baltimore Shooting… Cops ID Shooting Victim… 60-Year-Old Man Shot Dead… Shot Man’s Body Found In Vacant House…. Woman Shot And Killed Outside Her Home… Shooting Victim Was ‘Trying To Turn Life Around’… Slain Shooting Victim Found In Street…. Driving Altercation Leads To Shooting, 1 Dies… 3-Year-Old Dies In Accidental Shooting… Man Turns Self In After Allegedly Shooting Wife… Man Shot Dead Outside Home… 3 Slain In Separate New Orleans Shootings… Cops Investigate Shooting Death… Man Shot Dead In Ohio… Teen Shot To Death… Man Dies After Being Shot Multiple Times… Man Charged Over Son’s Shooting Death…Cops Find 2 Men Shot Dead… 1 Dies In Shooting… Man Charged Over Gun Killing… 1 Shot Dead In Confrontation… Man Charged With Murder Over Shooting… Motel-Owner Shot And Killed… Husband Shoots Estranged Wife Dead… Suspect Arrested Over Deputy’s Shooting Death… Police Probe Fatal Shooting… Cops Kill 2 Suspects In 3 Shooting Deaths… Man Killed Fighting Back Against Robber… Man Killed In Home Invasion…. Nightclub Shooting Kills 1… Child Brain Dead After Drive By Shooting… Man Charged Over Shooting Of Ex-Wife…Body Found In Vacant House… Teen Fatally Shot…

Lawn Darts killed a small handful and injured a few thousands. Lawn Darts were banned. Guns? Not so much.

Friday, December 21st, 2012

The fight to ban lawn darts
Broadcast: April 4, 1989 | Producer: Paul Moore; Researcher: Richard Wright

In the 1980s, Lawn Darts was a popular game. In some cases, it was a deadly game. The U.S. government considered them dangerous and pulled them off the shelves. They were banned after one man tirelessly lobbied politicians following the death of his daughter.
David Snow’s seven-year-old daughter was playing alone in her front yard in 1987. Some other children on another property were playing with a set of lawn darts. Someone threw a dart too hard. It went over the fence and pierced the girl’s skull. She died from her injuries three days later.

For six weeks, Snow was overcome with grief. Then he got angry. He quit his job and started a one-man campaign to have the toys banned. He spoke to politicians, and appeared before the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in the United States.

The commission told him that with only two dozen injuries from lawn darts, a ban wouldn’t be likely. Snow suggested they check their figures again.

Over a 10-year period, 6,700 people in the U.S. were treated in hospital for injuries from lawn darts. 75 per cent of those were children. Three of the children died. CPSC research showed that a lawn dart thrown a short distance lands with a force of 23,000 pounds per square inch.

David Snow’s campaign struck a chord with Congress. The U.S. government passed a law banning the sale of lawn darts. That same week, a lawn dart pierced the skull of an 11-year-old girl from Tennessee. After more than a week in a coma, she recovered.




A commissioner of the CPSC says if it wasn’t for David Snow, lawn darts would still be sold in the U.S. Snow says his is a bittersweet victory. He knows the ban won’t bring back his daughter.
As of April, 1989, you could still buy lawn darts in Canada. The federal government said it had no record of Canadians being injured by lawn darts. The Canadian Pediatric Society called for a ban on lawn darts saying if there were injuries in the U.S., there would be some in Canada, too.

One problem is that Canada did not have as sophisticated a data collection system as the U.S. Dr. Richard Stanwyck of the Society said if you divide the number of injuries in the U.S. by 10, that generally gives a good indication of Canadian statistics. He asked Canadian pediatricians to send him information on any lawn dart injuries they treated. He sent that information to the federal government.

Marketplace interviewed a man from Verdun, Quebec whose skull was pierced by a lawn dart eight years earlier. His doctor said he was very lucky to recover, and had the dart hit an area of the skull mere centimetres away, the consequences could have been fatal. Both men wanted lawn darts banned in Canada.

David Snow did take his fight across the border into Canada. He contacted Consumer and Corporate Affairs, requesting that lawn darts be taken off the market. He found their lack of co-operation disappointing.

No one from the department would appear on camera, but wrote a letter saying they would closely monitor the safety of the product. The department also said it intended to warn parents to keep lawn darts away from children, and suggested a voluntary warning on packages to the same effect.

That warning had been on packages in the U.S. since 1970, but there were still roughly 700 injuries per year.

Since our story…

Lawn darts with elongated metal tips were banned for sale in Canada in 1989.

Health Canada says there have been no deaths in Canada from lawn darts. The only injury data we have is from the Canadian Hospital Injury Reporting and Prevention Program (CHIRPP). It’s limited because it only covers children who are seen in emergency rooms of 10 pediatric hospitals and five general hospitals in Canada. CHIRPP started collecting data from the 10 pediatric hospitals in April of 1990, and from the five general hospitals between 1991 and 1995 — after lawn darts were banned.

The data suggests that as of July 2001, 10 children went to hospital after being injured by a lawn dart. But within two weeks of his request, Dr. Richard Stanwyck received information on 60 lawn dart injuries to children in Canada.

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Why are there so many guns in America?

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Look at the numbers. In the United States, there are 3.2 gun homicides per 100,000 residents every year. Switzerland has the next highest rate of any advanced Western democracy, at 0.7 per 100,000. After Switzerland, the rate drops to 0.5 in Ireland and Canada; 0.4 in Sweden and Finland; 0.2 in New Zealand, Spain and Germany; 0.1 in France, Britain and Australia; and a flat 0 in Japan.

Want to argue that we have 32 times the rate of dangerous mental illness that they have in Australia? That Americans are characterologically 16 times more murderous than Spaniards or Germans? I thought not.

But in America, people who snap are a hell of a lot more likely to have a gun close by. The rate of gun ownership in the United States is 89 per every 100 people. No other advanced society has a rate even close to that. In Austria, France, Germany, Norway and Sweden, the rate clusters between 30 and 32 guns per 100 people. In Britain, the rate is six guns for every 100 Brits.

The idea that guns make a place more dangerous rather than safer is borne out within the United States. The states with the highest level of gun homicides — Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama — are among those with the highest levels of gun ownership.

None of this is to argue against the need for better mental health treatment and counseling. But unless an incomprehensibly higher share of Americans are dangerously deranged than are Frenchmen, Aussies or Swedes, the way to bring down the number of deaths by gunshot is to reduce the number of guns.

That may not be quite the Sisyphean struggle that we assume. For one thing, as my American Prospect colleague Paul Waldman has pointed out, the percentage of Americans who own guns has been declining for decades. According to the University of Chicago’s General Social Survey, the percentage of households that reported owning guns declined from 54 percent in 1977 to 32 percent in 2010. That shouldn’t be surprising: Fewer Americans live in rural areas, while the number of hunters has shrunk. At the same time, however, the number of guns abroad in the land has increased — because a minority of Americans are stocking up on handguns and rifles.

There’s a name for those gun buyers: Republicans. As the FiveThirtyEight blog noted Tuesday, the 2010 General Social Survey showed that 50 percent of adult Republicans owned guns, while only 22 percent of adult Democrats did. This gap in gun-ownership rates has swelled over the past 40 years: In the 1973 survey, 55 percent of Republicans and 45?percent of Democrats had a gun at home. Polls suggest this gap will continue to widen: In the 2008 national exit polls, the percentage of Democrats with guns declined as the age cohorts grew younger, while the GOP rate of gun ownership was the same across all age groups. Increasingly, then, it’s our shrinking Republican minority that is buying guns.

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“I only know what I hear on FOX News”

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Here is a disturbing report from a local news broadcast in Toledo, Ohio. An Indiana man pleaded guilty to arson for having set fire to an Islamic Center in Toledo, Ohio. He was sentenced to 20 years today and, in an exchange with the judge, revealed his motivation.

The judge asked him if he knew any Muslims or what Islam is. He said “No, I only know what I hear on Fox News.”

The producers at Fox must be so proud of the prejudice they inspire with their overtly hateful coverage of any subject that deals with Muslims. Their scandal mongering a couple of years ago about the Park51 Islamic Center in Manhattan was evidence of just how biased the network is against Muslims. And numerous Fox anchors and guests have engaged in the slander that all Muslims are terrorists, or that all terrorists are Muslim.

So it should not be surprising that one of their loyal viewers decides to commit what he thinks is an act of patriotism. After driving into their heads the notion that Muslims are America’s enemies, even when they are American citizens, congressmen, or soldiers, Fox’s audience has become indoctrinated by the prejudice that gushes from the network’s broadcasts. Now we know that a member of that audience has taken the next step in manifesting the hate that Fox manufactures.

And it’s not the first time either. There was the story about a woman who threatened to fire all of her black employees if they voted for Obama, and she wrote “KKK” on their time cards. Her excuse? “I think I got crazy with FOX News, watching too much FOX News.” And there were at least two maniacs inspired by Fox’s Glenn Beck (here and here).

This is the predictable result of the feverish rantings that occur daily on Fox News. The anchors, producers, and advertisers are responsible for the harm that is done by people they knowingly incite to violence. Hopefully someday one of their victims will be courageous enough to hold Fox accountable and make them pay a price for their hate speech.

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3 notes about people shooting innocent people from Darcy Burner:

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

?3 notes about people shooting innocent people:

1. “The irony of all ironies – Republicans are making it harder for Americans to vote with new voter ID laws to fight voter fraud, which happens less often than lightning striking people. Yet, Republicans won’t budge on making it just a little harder for Americans to buy guns, despite dozens of mass shootings every year.”

2. Flashback: What is ‘Stochastic Terrorism?’ The use of mass communication like radio or television to encourage individuals to commit random lone acts of violence.

3. From Darcy Burner, Congressional Candidate, WA-1

“Earlier today, a gunman walked into a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, where people were watching the midnight showing of the new Batman movie. He fired gas canisters into the crowd, and then opened fire. At least 12 people are dead and 59 people are injured. My heart and prayers go out to all of them.

On the day Gabby Giffords was shot, I was picking up my son Henry from a lesson when I got the text message saying there had been a shooting. I’d campaigned with Gabby in 2006. Henry didn’t understand why I’d stopped getting into the car and started crying.

Walking back from a haircut the other day, I passed Café Racer, where on May 30th a gunman walked in and killed four people.

It’s time we had an adult conversation in this country about guns.

On January 17, 1989, a gunman in Stockton, California walked onto a playground and opened fire, killing 5 children and injuring 30 more.

On July 1, 1993, a gunman in San Francisco walked into a law office and opened fire, killing 8 and injuring 6.

On April 20, 1999, two gunmen in Columbine, Colorado walked into their high school and opened fire, killing 13 people and injuring 21 others.

On January 16, 2002, a gunman in Virginia walked into a law school and opened fire, killing 3 and injuring 3.

On July 8, 2003, a gunman in Mississippi walked into a factory and opened fire, killing 6 and injuring 8.

On March 21, 2005, a gunman in Minnesota walked into a high school and opened fire, killing 7 and injuring 5.

On November 20, 2005, a gunman in Tacoma walked into the mall and opened fire, injuring 6.

On March 25, 2006, a gunman in Seattle walked into a party and opened fire, killing 6 and injuring 2.

On February 12, 2007, a gunman in Utah walked into a mall and opened fire, killing 5 and injuring 4.

On April 16, 2007, a gunman in Virginia walked onto the Virginia Tech campus and opened fire, killing 32 people and wounding 17 others.

On December 5, 2007, a gunman in Nebraska walked into a mall and opened fire, killing 8 and injuring 4.

On December 9, 2007, a gunman in Colorado Springs walked onto a church parking lot and opened fire, killing 2 and wounding 3.

On February 7, 2008, a gunman in Missouri walked into a city council meeting and opened fire, killing 5 and wounding 2.

On February 14, 2008, a gunman in Illinois walked onto a college campus and opened fire, killing 5 and injuring 17.

On June 25, 2008, a gunman in Kentucky walked into a factory and opened fire, killing 5 and injuring 1.

On January 24, 2009, a gunman in Portland walked up to a nightclub and opened fire, killing 2 and injuring 7.

On March 29, 2009, a gunman in North Carolina walked into a retirement home and opened fire, killing 8 and injuring 2.

On August 4, 2009, a gunman in a suburb of Pittsburgh walked into a fitness club and opened fire, killing 3 and injuring 9.

On November 5, 2009, a gunman at Fort Hood in Texas walked into a medical center and opened fire, killing 13 and injuring 29.

On November 29, 2009, a gunman in Lakewood, Washington walked into a coffee shop and killed 4 police officers.

On January 7, 2010, a gunman in St Louis walked into a power plant and opened fire, killing 3 and injuring 6.

On January 12, 2010, a gunman in Georgia walked into a truck rental place and opened fire, killing 3 and injuring 2.

On February 12, 2010, a gunwoman in Alabama stood up in a college faculty meeting and opened fire, killing 3 and injuring 3.

On August 3, 2010, a gunman in Connecticut walked into a warehouse and opened fire, killing 8 and injuring 2.

On August 7, 2011, a gunman in Ohio broke into his girlfriend’s house and opened fire, killing 7 and injuring 1.

On September 6, 2011, a gunman in Nevada walked into a pancake restaurant and opened fire, killing 4 and injuring 7.

On October 5, 2011, a gunman in Cupertino, California walked into a quarry where people were working and opened fire, killing 3 and injuring 7.

Sadly, I could go on.

But the numbers don’t tell the stories. These were people. Rachel Scott was a 17-year-old aspiring writer and actress who wanted to change the world through small acts of kindness. Dave Sanders was a 47-year-old teacher and girls basketball coach who was shot and killed while trying to evacuate students. Cassie Bernall was hiding under a table praying. Jack Berman was a lawyer who founded a program to help homeless people find housing. John Scully died while shielding his newlywed wife with his own body. Drew Keriakedes and Joe Albanese were musicians with wicked senses of humor. Every one of the hundreds of people shot in the incidents I list above had dreams and aspirations, laughed and cried, had friends and neighbors and parents.

As a country, though, we have not had a real conversation about guns in many, many years. The National Rifle Association (NRA) threatens the career of any politician who so much as opens the conversation. As a consequence, our country has not discussed assault weapons – which have no use except killing large numbers of people in massacres like the ones I’ve listed. We have not discussed the fact that anyone can buy a gun at a gun show without any background check, even if they have a history of criminal violence. We have not discussed the expiration of the ban on large clips, which allow shooters to kill more people in a shorter time because they don’t have to reload. We have not discussed what a sensible, rational approach to regulating guns in our country might be.


It’s time we took steps to stop the mass killings.

It’s time we had an adult conversation about guns in this country. The NRA can go to hell.”

In deepest sympathy,
– Darcy Burner

Do Armed Civilians Stop Mass Shooters? Actually, No.

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

In the wake of the unthinkable massacre in Connecticut, pro-gun ideologues are once again calling for ordinary citizens to arm themselves as a solution to mass shootings. If only the principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School had possessed a M-4 assault rifle she could’ve stopped the killer, they say. This latest twist on a long-running argument isn’t just absurd on its face; there is no evidence to support it. As I reported recently in our in-depth investigation, not one of the 62 mass shootings in the United States over the last 30 years has been stopped this way. More broadly, attempts by armed civilians to intervene in shooting rampages are rare—and are successful even more rarely. (Two people who tried it in recent years were gravely wounded or killed.) And law enforcement overwhelmingly hates the idea.

Those pesky facts haven’t stopped the “arm America more!” crowd from pressing the argument with alleged examples of successful armed interventions. The problem is, the few examples they keep using—in which they depict plain old folks acting heroically and with definitive results—fall apart under scrutiny. Here are five of them and why they don’t work:

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Gun stories that have gone viral are often times untruthful

Thursday, December 20th, 2012
I am sure you have seen this message, as it has gone viral. I immediately questioned it, and upon further research, it does not hold up to scrutiny. The message goes as follows:

“Did you know…..• A 1997 high school shooting in Pearl, Miss., was halted by the school’s vice principal after he retrieved the Colt .45 he kept in his truck.
• A 1998 middle school shooting ended when a man living next
door heard gunfire and apprehended the shooter with his shotgun.
• A 2002 terrorist attack at an Israeli school was quickly stopped by an armed teacher and a school guard.
• A
2002 law school shooting in Grundy, Va., came to an abrupt conclusion when students carrying firearms confronted the shooter.
• A 2007 mall shooting in Ogden, Utah, ended when an armed off-duty police officer intervened.
• A 2009 workplace shooting in Houston, Texas, was halted by two coworkers who carried concealed handguns.
• A 2012 church shooting in Aurora, Colo., was stopped by a member of the congregation carrying a gun.
• At the recent mall shooting in Portland, Ore., the gunman took his own life minutes after being confronted by a shopper carrying a concealed weapon. 2500 times last year alone legal gun owners stopped violent crime when confronted with it long before any police assistance”

1. The shooting in Pearl, Miss., was not halted. The gunman, Luke Woodham, had already shot the school up, killed 3 people, and was fleeing the scene when he crashed his mother’s car into a tree. The Vice Principal then retrieved his handgun from his car and held him there until the police arrived. There was no John Matrix/Rambo style shootout.

2. It baffles me that whoever created this message would try to bring Israel into this, considering that in Israel, gun ownership is considered a privilege, not a right. The process to obtain a firearm is far more vigorous than it is here. The rate of private gun ownership is also far less, at around 8 per 100 people, compared to 88 per 100 people in the U.S. Gun Homicides are also far lower, and went up when gun sales spiked roughly 10 years ago. Compare 9.20 gun related deaths in the U.S. per 100,000 people to 1.86 in Israel. Ownership in Israel has decreased as well. It’s also odd to include Israel, given their proximity to hostile countries, and cultural differences from the U.S.

3. The Appalachian School of Law shooting in VA is a case where there is more than one account of what happened. One account states that the two students heard gun fire, ran to get their pistols, and approached him from different angles and ordered him to drop his weapon, which he did. The other version, however, states that the 3rd student, who was unarmed, and was a former marine and police officer, physically confronted the shooter, and knocked him down and subdued him, and the other two students showed up with their weapons later. Several witnesses, and the man who confronted the shooter, state that they did not see the other two armed responders until after the shooter had been subdued and handcuffed. Police also stated that his gun was empty by this time as well. The carnage had already happened, and the man who subdued the shooter was specially trained to do so, not some yahoo who was trying to live out his action movie fantasies.

4. I could find no records of a school shooting in 1998 in which a neighbor heard shots and stopped it with his own gun. However, I did find a case in Oregon involving Kip Kinkel, who shot his parents, then killed 2 students, and wounded 25 others at his school. He was then subdued by 11 other students at the scene, and held until police arrived. He had been exposed to guns from a very early age, and had taken gun safety courses as well.

5. The Mall shooting in Ogden Utah and the Church shooting in Aurora, Colorado were stopped by people with weapons, but they were off duty police officers with training to deal with this sort of thing, and who were fulfilling their duty to the fullest. It was not Uncle Cletus trying to be Rambo. I also wonder about bringing up a shooting in a place like Texas, where gun ownership is known to be especially high.

6. I am curious how they come to the conclusion that the person in the mall shooting in Oregon killed himself because somebody had a concealed weapon. The carnage had already happened with three people dying, and who is to say that he would not have shot himself anyway, as has happened on more than one occasion, including the most recent case? The armed responder was also a former security guard at the mall, and never once fired a shot himself, for fear of injuring an innocent bystander.

7. This message states that in 2500 cases in 2011, armed citizens stopped violent crime. Yet, 8583 gun relate homicides happened that same year. Is it really worth it to have that many people dying, so that you might have a chance to live out your favorite Schwarzenegger or Stallone movies the next time a psycho decides to start mowing down innocent people? “Regulate” does not mean “to take away.”

Not surprisingly, none of this held up to scrutiny. Yet, it has managed to go viral. You can do your own research on any of these cases, and you will see that this message is full of half truths. I find it disturbing that people will omit facts, and blatantly lie, just to keep their misguided version of the 2nd amendment alive. In almost no case listed was a shooting “halted,” and innocent people were killed in each case. I am not anti-gun, but you should at least have all the facts when chain emails like this go viral and so many people cling to it as if it is gospel.

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Gun owners generally speaking are one group and non gun owners broadly speaking are another

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Not only is there an inverse relationship between gun ownership rates and educational achievement, interestingly – people who are unaffiliated with religion are more likely NOT to own a gun. That’s right – atheist heathens are less likely to own a firearm. That makes me think of this picture HERE.

Now when we acknowledge the relationship between education and gun ownership … that is not to be interpreted as saying only smart people choose not to buy guns or that only stupid people buy guns. That is not what that means. I haven’t quite absorbed the correlation but it does stand out and it is interesting. The obvious point by Nate Silver is that if you own a gun the more likely you are to be a Republican. Plenty of Democrats own guns naturally but the statistics find a tremendous correlation to guns and conservatism.

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America…get mad….get a gun

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

An eastern Missouri man is charged with armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a weapon after shooting at a fellow barber shop patron during a discussion about last week’s mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.

The tale is confusing and bizarre, but serves as a sad commentary about this country’s gun culture. According to the Associated Press, a patron at the All Cuts Barber Shop in Wentzville, Mo. remarked Tuesday that he wanted to kill the suspect, Adam Lanza — who is already dead. Somehow, inexplicably, 57-year-old Lester Davis was offended and took the comment as a threat, asking, “You want to murder me?”

Police say Davis then went to his car, got a pistol and fired three shots at the unnamed customer. Fortunately no one was injured.

Davis turned himself in to police. He remains in jail on $400,000 bond.

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Quoting Rush Limbaugh Verbatim Is the Easiest Way to Discredit Him

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

His broadcasts since the Newtown shooting are an apt illustration of his self-contradiction and lack of intellectual integrity.

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Windsor Ontario gun killing hasn’t happened there for 2 years. Just across the river from Detroit where over 300 gun killings have happened.

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

It’s been two years since someone last committed homicide in Windsor, Ont.

It’s a stretch that impresses law enforcement officials on both sides of the border.

“It’s a record that all of us right across the country envy, it’s really quite extraordinary and I think it’s something that the people of Windsor should be very, very proud of,” Toronto police Chief Bill Blair said.

“I use it as an example,” Minneapolis police Chief Timothy Dolan said earlier in September.

As of Sept. 1, Minneapolis had 22 homicides this year.

Gun control touted

“The cities are so similar in so many ways, the policing is so similar — except for one factor, and that’s that they have reasonable gun control up in Canada,” Dolan said.

Windsor police credit those gun control laws and their focus on local guns, gangs and drugs for keeping the homicide rate low.

“It’s a long stretch, but to attribute it to any one thing, I think, would be really dangerous,” Windsor police Chief Gary Smith said. “There’s a lot of things that stop the homicide rate, but the biggest factor is how we police it, because if we can keep the guns off the streets then that also reduces the risks.”

In 2006, Windsor created a guns, gangs and drugs unit, specifically designed to handle the cross-border drug trade.

As of Sept. 1, Windsor police had seized 38 guns this year. They seized 42 in the previous two years combined.

Detroit, which is just 1,200 metres from Windsor and has a population four times larger, has recorded 260 homicides to date in 2011.

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Is there a God. What is God. God is evil. God is good. What is the answer?

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Why is there evil in the world? Is God able to destroy evil? Is God willing to destroy evil?

If he is willing to destroy evil but not able to do so, than he is not omnipotent/all-powerful. (If he is not all-powerful, how could he create the universe?)

If he is able to destroy evil but not willing to do so, than he is malevolent. (Basically, he does not destory evil even though he can, therefore he allows it to exist which would make him evil.)

If he is both able and willing, than whence cometh evil? (If he wants to destroy evil and he is able to destroy evil, than there wouldn’t be any. But there is.)

If he is neither able nor willing, than why call him god? (If this is true, than god is pathetic and on the same level with human beings. In this case, why would you worship him?)

Now, you can say that he created humans with free will and free will caused sin, but it is still in essence caused by god. If god made evetything, than he made evil. Also, you would think that if he was all-knowing then he would see what would happen if he gave free will to humans. If he didn’t know, then he is not all-knowing.

So, where does this leave God? Two possibilities present a situation where he could not exist. One supposes that he is pathetically weak, and the final presents that he is evil.

December 25th was a Roman holiday that was co-opted by Christianity

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Again December 25th is a big day for many Solar Messiahs including the latest Solar Messiah Jesus Christ

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President Obama speaks at the vigil for the children killed in Sandy Hook

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

Are we ready to say such violence visited upon our children year after year after year is the price of our freedom? – Obama

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Firearms: Canada/United States Comparison

Friday, December 14th, 2012
  • The rate of crime involving firearms is much lower in Canada than in the United States.
  • There are more than 30 times more firearms in the United States than in Canada. There are an estimated 7.4 million firearms in Canada, about 1.2 million of which are restricted firearms (mostly handguns). In the U.S., there are approximately 222 million firearms; 76 million of the firearms in circulation are handguns.
  • A much higherproportion of homicides in the United States involve firearms. For 1987-96, on average, 65% of homicides in the U.S. involved firearms, compared to 32% for Canada.
  • Firearm homicide rates are 8.1 times higher in the United States than in Canada. For 1987-96, the average firearm homicide rate was 5.7 per 100,000 in the U.S., compared to 0.7 per 100,000 for Canada.
  • Handgun homicide rates are 15.3 times higher in the United States than in Canada. For 1989-95, the average handgun homicide rate was 4.8 per 100,000 in the U.S., compared to 0.3 per 100,000 for Canada. Handguns were involved in more than half (52%) of the homicides in the U.S., compared to 14% in Canada.
  • Rates fornon-firearm homicides are nearly 2 times higher in the United States than in Canada. For 1989-95, the average non-firearm homicide rate was 3.1 per 100,000 people in the U.S., compared to 1.6 per 100,000 for Canada.
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  • Twelve facts about guns and mass shootings in the United States

    Friday, December 14th, 2012

    What follows here isn’t a policy agenda. It’s simply a set of facts — many of which complicate a search for easy answers — that should inform the discussion that we desperately need to have.

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    A Timeline Of Mass Shootings In The US Since Columbine

    Friday, December 14th, 2012

    On Friday morning, 27 people were reportedly shot and killed at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, CT. According to sources, 18 of these casualties were children. This is the second mass shooting in the US this week, after a gunman opened fire in an Oregon shopping mall on Tuesday, killing 2. ABC News reports that there have been 31 school shootings in the US since Columbine in 1999, when 13 people were killed.

    The rate of people killed by guns in the US is 19.5 times higher than similar high-income countries in the world. In the last 30 years since 1982, America has mourned at least 61 mass murders. Below is a timeline of mass shootings in the US since the Columbine High massacre:

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    The NRA PACs….who gives what to whom?

    Friday, December 14th, 2012

    Here is a breakdown of who gets what.

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    The TEAPARTY is the John Birch Society

    Thursday, December 13th, 2012

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    Things Have Gotten so Bad for John Boehner that Even Hapless CNN is Fact Checking Him

    Thursday, December 13th, 2012

    Velshi said,

    It’s inaccurate. It really troubles me that he’s doing this. And he’s depending on a lot of inaccurate facts and it really trouble me that he’s doing this…hat he’s saying is — I’ve said it before, Ernst & Young needs to be very careful about allowing its name to be used for things like this because there is just nobody who corroborates this study. It doesn’t transfer. Because — everybody talks about small business as the engine of growth in this country.

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    House Republicans Content to Make Hurricane Sandy Victims Wait for Aid

    Thursday, December 13th, 2012

    While the Senate is ready to get working today on approving the White House’s request for $60 billion to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy, Republicans in the House of Representatives are playing politics and think that seems like a bit much. Conservative members of the lower chamber are already calling for spending cuts to offset the costs, while one GOP aid told The Wall Street Journal that the total they’re willing to approve would be “far smaller” than what the administration wants. In requesting more specifics, the right wing of the House is willing to let the recovery bill for New York and New Jersey wait until next year.

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    Another FOX lie caught on film….again

    Thursday, December 13th, 2012

    Contrary to all the buzz circulating around the news media, originating at Fox News, as it turns out, Fox Contributor Steven Crowder started a confrontation earlier this week by assaulting a Michigan union member.

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    Conversations w/ Great Minds – Bruce Bartlett, “Republicans Hate Democracy”

    Thursday, December 13th, 2012

    Bruce Bartlett, Historian/Domestic Policy Adviser to President Ronald Reagan/Treasury official under President George H. W. Bush/writes for New York Times, Financial Times, Fiscal Times, and Tax Notes magazine joins Thom Hartmann.  Bartlett states Teaparty members are idiots. 

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    Ed Asner offers to ‘piss on’ Fox News producer to demonstrate trickle-down economics

    Thursday, December 6th, 2012

    Emmy Award-winning The Mary Tyler Show actor Ed Asner recently asked a Fox News producer if he could “piss on” him after he was confronted about a California Federation of Teachers video that showed cartoon rich people urinating on poor people.

    Fox News host Sean Hannity and other conservative pundits first began attacking Asner on Tuesday after the animated ad that he narrated appeared on the federation’s website to explain how rich people used tax evasion, tax loopholes and tax cuts to become even richer.

    On Wednesday, Hannity announced that he had sent an ambush producer out to confront the “left-wing Hollywood actor” outside his job at a New York City theater over the “disgusting hit piece.”

    “I don’t remember a thing I said on it or a word I said on it,” Asner told the producer. “But I agreed to do it for California teachers. I approve this message.”

    “There’s a part of it where talking about things trickling down and they have like rich people peeing on poor people,” the producer explained.

    “How disgusting,” the actor snarked. “It should be reversed.”

    “So you don’t remember that?” the producer pressed.

    “Do you have any money?” Asner later asked.

    “Ah, yeah,” the producer replied.

     “Can I piss on you?” the actor quipped.

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    A very good comment from that site-


    The history of Ronald Reagan should be written that he was nothing more than a tool to harm the nation. He tripled our debt, he sold weapons to enemies and he started the war against the nation by bringing in trickle down. The man is a disgrace.

    Since Reagan the Americans have suffered.

    Republicans and those who vote Republicans are nothing more than tories, red coats, the buffoons and suckers who kissess rich man’s ass and exist for no other reason than to kiss rich man’s ass. It’s obscene and it’s worse than pornography.

    Republicans simply do not want Unions

    Thursday, December 6th, 2012

    Collective bargaining has no place in representative democracy and public employee unions have an “insidious relationship” with Democrats, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said Tuesday.

    DeMint weighed in strongly on behalf of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), who’s been locked in a protracted battle with public employees over legislation that would strip their unions of most collective bargaining rights.

    DeMint also said the fate of unions and the Democratic Party were tied together, arguing that President Obama’s reelection was dependent on support from labor.

    “The unions are the most powerful political group in the country today … Their power in politics is unprecedented. And without the unions, the Democrat Party fades away,” DeMint said. “The president is completely dependent for his reelection on the unions, and so are the Democrats.”

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    Gen-Next: The Least Republican Generation

    Thursday, December 6th, 2012

    In the 2006 mid-term elections for Congress, young people, ages 18-24, voted overwhelmingly for Democrats over Republicans, by a 58%-37% margin, according to national exit polls — a pattern reflective of a broader Democratic leaning among Gen Nexters compared with earlier Republican-leaning generations. In 2006, 48% of young people identified themselves as Democrats or leaned toward the Democratic Party, while only 35% identified themselves as Republicans – the lowest number recorded by Pew in its nearly 20-year trend. This makes them the least Republican generation. Larger percentages of Gen Xers, Boomers and Seniors identify with the GOP. It is not the case that young people have always been more Democratic. In fact, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, 18-25 year-olds were more Republican than older age groups. Some political science research suggests that voters make the connection to a political party relatively early on in their adult life and tend to stick with that party as they get older; Generation X continues to be the most Republican-leaning generation today. If Gen Nexters remain solidly Democratic and continue to become more politically engaged, this could have major consequences for electoral politics. In addition to being more Democratic, Gen Nexters are also more liberal than their older counterparts. When asked to describe their political views, 26% of Nexters say they are liberal; 36% describe themselves as moderate; and 29% say they are conservative. In higher age groups successively, fewer Americans think of themselves as liberal and more identify themselves as conservative — among those over 60 only 14% call themselves liberal while 42% self-identify as conservative.

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    A quarter of Republicans want to secede, half think election stolen

    Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

    49% of GOP voters nationally say they think that ACORN stole the election for President Obama. We found that 52% of Republicans thought that ACORN stole the 2008 election for Obama, so this is a modest decline, but perhaps smaller than might have been expected given that ACORN doesn’t exist anymore.

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    Washington County GOP chairman resigns after taking hits for email attacking Democrats as communists

    Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

    Gary Bray, the newly elected Washington County Republican chairman, resigned his post just hours after The Oregonian published a controversial email in which he accused Democrats of seeking “utopian enslavement.”

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    But prior to his firing was his hiring

    Bray has long been known for his outspoken comments, both in a blog and in a book, “Brayn Food: For the Tea Patriot Hungry for the Truth,” which he self-published in 2010.

    Greg Leo, the chief of staff for the Oregon Republican Party, said Bray’s remarks do not represent the views of the party or the GOP state central committee.

    “We do not endorse or support what he is saying,” said Leo. “Those are his beliefs, not the party’s.”

    Some Republican precinct workers who received the missive said they were concerned that Bray’s comments didn’t help the GOP’s effort to expand it’s support in Washington County — which has become more Democratic over the last decade.

    Bray refused to talk with me about the email, saying I was biased. “I will talk to somebody else for The Oregonian,” he said.

    Here’s the email — which Bray says in the subject line is the “Report from the Chairman” — in its entirety:

    This is the way Democrats think

    Liberalism is an atheistic cult. The DNC is actually communism wrapped in their liberal religion to mask the fact they are attempting to create their utopian enslavement. The first thing Communists want is to take God out of all government institutions such as schools and government to be replaced with secularism. Secularism is an atheistic belief which replaces the Bible’s Ten Commandments and teachings of honesty and integrity with moral relativism. One can lie, cheat and steal if the end justifies the means. This gives the government officials, elitists and leaders free reign to make up morality as they see fit and declare what is right and wrong. Rather than having personal morality or responsibility they believe in a social morality allowing them to live an immoral personal life and having it absolved through social morality.

    The Democrats have replaced personal morality with social morality which means to be a good person you no longer have to worry about your personal failings but your societal failings. This allows you to put the social good in front of your personal responsibilities to make yourself a good person. You can be a drug addict, leave your family in shambles or steal from your boss but, as long as you drive a Prius and are concerned about polar bears, you are a good person. You can live any immoral lifestyle you want and, as long as you believe in Social Justice, you are a saintly person in their belief system. This is where the cult lifestyle comes in since you have to take God out of your life and replace it with social morality to work yourself into goodness. Liberals earn their way into their heaven of a perfect liberal.

    Liberalism is a Godless religion whose High Priests are scientists. Since they don’t believe in God or a superior being the only people who can explain; existence or truth are scientists. They won’t accept the “myth” of creation so they have to have the scientist explain our coming to being through evolution. According to evolution the top of the evolutionary chain is man which means that the only thing superior to man is a more intelligent man or a group of men together like government or science. That should disprove their theory right there.

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    Republicans simply do not support Special Needs kids or Disabled Veterans

    Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

    “It is a sad day when we cannot pass a treaty that simply brings the world up to the American standard for protecting people with disabilities because the Republican Party is in thrall to extremists and ideologues,” he said in a statement.

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