Daily Archives: January 11, 2011

Unbelievable! Gun crime as advertising.

This from Laurie Roberts Column in the Arizona Republic

And, as I listen to the news tonite, Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson just made the announcement that the amount of gun murders in this country have made us the shame of the civilized world.

Anyway, read and weep:

clipped from www.azcentral.com

Glock sales way up in wake of Saturday’s rampage
Sales of Glocks are soaring in Arizona and elsewhere in the aftermath of Saturday’s shooting. Apparently, some gun enthusiasts are afraid that tougher gun laws may be coming.  Somehow, I don’t think they need to worry.
After Columbine, there was a push to kill the gun-show loophole. It went nowhere.
And now, only one congresswoman is seeking any kind of added restriction — one that would ban the type of high-capacity magainze used in Saturday’s shooting.  One that’ll go nowhere, of course. 

Meanwhile, Bloomberg is reporting that gun stores in Arizona and elsewhere are seeing a major boost in the number of people plunking $500 for a Glock like the one used in Saturday’s killing rampage.
One-day sales of handguns in Arizona jumped 60 percent on Jan. 10, compared with the corresponding Monday a year ago, according to the FBI. They were up 65 percent in Ohio, 16 percent in California and 33 percent in New York, according to the FBI data.

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Dancing with the Bars…

DeLay gets three years in jail plus a 10 year probation… But he is appealing the sentence.

This from eTidBits:

clipped from www.etidbits.com
Tom DeLay, a former United States House of Reps member, was just sentenced to three years in prison this past Monday based on allegedly laundering corporate money during the 2002 election. He was convicted in November on one count of money laundering and one count of conspiracy. Previously, in one his interviews, Tom DeLay, who is also known as “The Hammer” said that the judgment was a criminalization of justice as he feels that he is not guilty. However, judge Pat Priest gave his verdict and sentenced him three years in prison on conspiracy charges. The judge sentenced Tom DeLay to five years in prison on money laundering charges but allowed him 10 years probation in exchange of his added prison sentence.
Tom DeLay’s lawyer Dick DeGuerin told a reputed media source that the Congressman would again appeal to the court. His attorney said that Tom DeLay was later released after he paid $10,000 bond.
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Two quotes to think about…

Having received a blog comment from a conservative blogger, I thought I’d look around and see what conservatives are saying… I don’t often do that unless there is an issue that requires it, but this struck me as interesting.

The quote is from  Virginia Foxx (R – NC):

“This guy appears to be a communist. His beliefs are the liberal of the liberals. There is no evidence whatsoever that this man was influenced by Sarah Palin or anybody in the Republican Party. This man is not a conservative; he’s a fan of communism – that’s the opposite of conservatism…  I don’t think members of Congress incite that kind of rhetoric – I don’t think the things we say incite that kind of behavior. And I don’t know that the things other people say incite it. I just think we have deranged individuals in this country and occasionally they do bad things.”

– Republican U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx of Banner Elk in the Winston-Salem Journal

Of course this was the same Representative Foxx who in a 2009 statement on Democrats supporting the Health Care Bill:
“I believe we have more to fear from the potential of that (health overhaul) bill passing than we do from any terrorist right now in any country.”

The things we say may not incite violent behavior (although it is easy to prove that they do), but they can certainly show how much hate there is for folks who may disagree with your position.

Then again, it’s Virginia Foxx. Remember this?:

How Glenn Beck And Fox News Successfully Painted AZ Shooter As Hitler, Marx Devotee

clipped from tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com
Within hours of the shooting spree in Arizona, conservative blogs lit up with the news that the suspect, Jared Loughner, was an aficionado of Mein Kampf and the Communist Manifesto. A Hitler/Marx devotee, the logic went, is someone too idiosyncratic or crazy to be part of any mainstream political movement. Some went further, and cited the information as proof that Loughner was the sort of big-government liberal they had nightmares about.
As with so many of these fast-propagating conservative memes, this one got its start on Fox News.
Simultaneously, reporters across the country discovered his YouTube page, which listed both Mein Kampf and the Communist Manifesto among his favorite books. It also listed Ayn Rand‘s first novel We the Living, though there’s no viral online meme depicting Loughner as an Objectivist.
That’s in large part because Glenn Beck framed it in his own inimitable way on his Fox News show Saturday evening.

The next morning, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) took the same tack in defense of the Tea Party.

“What we know about this individual, for example, is that he was reading Karl Marx, and reading Hitler, and burning the American flag,” Alexander said. “That’s not the profile of a typical Tea Party member if that’s the inference that’s being made,” he said.

And thus a talking point was born.

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The intelligence of dogs.

Perhaps you saw this in the Huffington Post or elsewhere… there is a border collie named Chaser who has been shown to understand over 1000 words. The previous record for comprehension of words by a dog was

Nestle and Byron

200… so this one, which has been proven over three years of testing, says a lot. (You can see Chaser in action HERE.)

Chaser will retrieve, from another room, various toys by name and always come back with the correct toy. Amazing. My two dogs, Nestle and Byron, respond to the word “Toy”, but it’s always a guess as to what they bring back. I have started keeping a list of words they DO understand… and I determine this by their reaction to the word and how specific it is… and so far I only have about a dozen (including Food, Lunch, Walk, Breakfast, Out on the Deck, go to Bed and, of course, their names.)

I spend a certain amount of time lately marveling at their personalities and the way the interact with each other. Nestle is 11 years old, but is fairly active for an old dog. We don’t know how old Byron is (he is a “pound puppy” and we think he is around 4 years old), but he is the more active of the two and is always challenging Nestle to chase him and try to take the toy stuffed animal he is carrying. They have both worked out what seems to be strategies in this game (my favorite is how Nestle ignores Byron until he puts the toy down… then Nestle grabs it and takes off around the couch.)

I truly believe that dogs are extremely intelligent in their fashion, and I am always happy with their company. They are my friends and make my days extremely pleasant.