Sunday, January 20, 2013

January 20

18 USC § 2384 - Seditious conspiracy: If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.

I guess these guys don't know about the above. I'm so glad my sheriff signed too. 


John Leopold, small-government conservative Anne Arundel County Executive, expected his scheduler to help him with other things:

After he was discharged, Leopold told Medlin he would need help with his catheter. Medlin testified that she felt she could not object for fear of being branded disloyal and losing her job.

"You don't tell him, 'no,' " she said.

Once Leopold summoned her, she would follow him into a bathroom where he kept an empty green coffee can under the sink.

"I would get on my hands and knees," she said, crying as she described emptying the bag into the coffee can and dumping the contents of the can into a toilet.

Medlin spoke up in January 2011, after seeing him bend down and tie his shoelace.

Leopold also requested extra security when he was in the hospital to make sure his mistress and wife remained separated. And he had his security detail "ferry him to parking-lot sexual encounters with a county employee, compile dossiers on political rivals and accompany him as he tore down an opponent's campaign signs."

Maybe some Marylanders can let us know if catheter emptying is business as usual in Anne Arundel County.


There's obviously been far too much reliance on "it's a secret" to hide government screw-ups post-9/11, but you know what should be a big fucking secret? The security arrangements for the Obama girls and their schoolmates. Goddam the NRA for bringing that up, and I don't think Glenn Kessler did the world any favors by reporting that Sidwell Friends doesn't have armed guards. Those Sidwell kids did not pick the epidural-deadened vagina they were dragged out of by the best OB/GYN in the finest birthing center. Nor did they choose to go to a school that's a big fat target for crazy fucks with guns. Those Bushmaster man-card carriers don't give a shit how many goddam stupid Pinnochios Kessler gives the NRA, but their years of playing Call of Duty and masturbating to old war movies makes them think "soft target" when they hear "Quaker school with unarmed guards". (And why Sidwell couldn't have just stuck to "no comment" on security is also a good question.)

I'm obviously over-reacting, and the NRA's ad has been covered here already, but the NRA wrote themselves out of the script when they chose to start talking about the President's kids. It was a despicable move, and I don't see how any self-respecting human, gun owner or not, would want to be associated with an organization that would stoop so low.

Update: As Hawes pointed out, their doulas wouldn't recommend an epidural, so I'm taking out that part.


If Guns are Outlawed, Only Morons Who Are Outlaws Will Accidentally Shoot Each Other

Today is "Gun Appreciation Day."  An event created by right winger with penis issues, and so called because "Insensitivity To First Graders Being Slaughtered Wholesale Day" doesn't roll as glibly off the tongue.   It also gives the game away, but I digress.

At gun shows across the country, the hicks and goobers line up to look at and buy all sorts of guns, and more guns and still more guns instead of getting the roof fixed, buying a used truck less than eight years old, or saving up for Billy Bob's and Jolene's tuition at the junior college that might have allowed them to not work at Walmart as adults.

So today, on this day where we are supposed to be seeing examples of law-abiding, safety conscious gun owners engaging in the patriotic past time of purchasing mass killing implements just because they can, what do you suppose has been happening?   Wait for it…

Five different people have been wounded in accidental shootings at three different gun shows today.  "Emergency personnel had to be called to the scene of the Dixie Gun and Knife Show in Raleigh, North Carolina after a gun accidentally discharged and shot two people *at the show's safety check-in booth just after 1 pm. Both victims were transported to an area hospital, and the Raleigh Fire Department announced that the show would be closed for the rest of the day."    *This information has since been updated to three victims in that one incident.  And then this update to the original story:

Two similar incidents occurred at entirely separate gun shows in the Midwest, one in the Cleveland suburb of Medina, Ohio and the other at the state fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Indiana. In Ohio, the local ABC affiliate reports that one individual was brought to a hospital by EMS, and in Indiana Channel 8 WISH says that an individual shot himself in the hand while trying to reload his gun in the show parking lot. That brings the tally to 4 victims of gun violence so far at three different gun shows during the country's first Gun Appreciation Day.

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