Sunday, June 30, 2013

The handful of people that control our elections.

From Mother Jones
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6 Mind-Blowing Stats on How 1% of the 1% Now Dominate Our Elections

Here's a statistic that should jolt you awake like a black coffee with three shots of espresso dropped in: In the 2012 election cycle, 28 percent of all disclosed donations-that's $1.68 billion-came from just 31,385 people. Think of them as the 1 percenters of the 1 percent, the elite of the elite, the wealthiest of the wealthy.

That's the blockbuster finding in an eye-popping new report by the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan transparency advocate. The report's author, Lee Drutman, calls the 1 percent of the 1 percent "an elite class that increasingly serves as the gatekeepers of public office in the United States." This rarefied club of donors, Drutman found, worked in high-ranking corporate positions (often in finance or law). They're clustered in New York and Washington, DC. Most are men. You might've heard of some of them: casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Texas waste tycoon Harold Simmons, Hollywood executive Jeffrey Katzenberg. 

The Bible factually verified.

A view of religion from the outside

Obama's conservative side not so pretty

From Crooks and Liars
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Obama's starting to remind me of an abusive parent, where everyone tiptoes around the house and speaks in whispers for fear of incurring Daddy's wrath. I mean, he's really pushing this surveillance and secrecy stuff hard, which is even more astounding, considering he said his would be the "most transparent administration ever." And now he wants to criminalize the press for reporting leaks. Uh huh:

    WASHINGTON - Even before a former U.S. intelligence contractor exposed the secret collection of Americans' phone records, the Obama administration was pressing a government-wide crackdown on security threats that requires federal employees to keep closer tabs on their co-workers and exhorts managers to punish those who fail to report their suspicions.

    President Barack Obama's unprecedented initiative, known as the Insider Threat Program, is sweeping in its reach. It has received scant public attention even though it extends beyond the U.S. national security bureaucracies to most federal departments and agencies nationwide, including the Peace Corps, the Social Security Administration and the Education and Agriculture departments. It emphasizes leaks of classified material, but catchall definitions of "insider threat" give agencies latitude to pursue and penalize a range of other conduct.

    Government documents reviewed by McClatchy illustrate how some agencies are using that latitude to pursue unauthorized disclosures of any information, not just classified material. They also show how millions of federal employees and contractors must watch for "high-risk persons or behaviors" among co-workers and could face penalties, including criminal charges, for failing to report them. Leaks to the media are equated with espionage

Daily shooting report

From Supreme Court District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) (2) Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose: For example, concealed weapons prohibitions have been upheld under the Amendment or state analogues. The Court’s opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms. Miller’s holding that the sorts of weapons protected are those “in common use at the time” finds support in the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of dangerous and unusual weapons. Pp. 54–56. 

Feeding the gun culture

Get them comfortable around guns - keep them thinking guns are just toys - and start them at the earliest possible age - (as they emerge from the womb?) - and we have an effective remedy to global warming as we reduce the human population by hundreds of thousands.

Because NOTHING can go wrong - absolutely nothing.

I agree completely...

From Crooks and Liars
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Wealthy Capitalist Says Minimum Wage should be $15 Hour

Bless his liberal heart, Nick Hanauer is at it again. Having been rebuffed by TED from posting the above video, Hanauer hasn't stopped challenging the conservative ethos on the economy that have become conventional wisdom through sheer repetition and insistence.

In the would-be TED talk, Hanauer disputed the notion that the wealthy are the job creators. In Bloomberg News this week, Hanauer questioned why we aren't demanding a minimum wage in this country of ....wait for it...FIFTEEN DOLLARS AN HOUR:

    Traditionally, arguments for big minimum-wage increases come from labor unions and advocates for the poor. I make the case as a businessman and entrepreneur who sees our millions of low-paid workers as customers to be cultivated and not as costs to be cut.

    Here's a bottom-line example: My investment portfolio includes Pacific Coast Feather Co., one of the largest U.S. manufacturers of bed pillows. Like many other manufacturers, pillow-makers are struggling because of weak demand. The problem comes down to this: My annual earnings equal about 1,000 times the U.S. median wage, but I don't consume 1,000 times more pillows than the average American. Even the richest among us only need one or two to rest their heads at night.

    An economy such as ours that increasingly concentrates wealth in the top 1 percent, and where most workers must rely on stagnant or falling wages, isn't a place to build much of a pillow business, or any other business for that matter.

    Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would inject about $450 billion into the economy each year. That would give more purchasing power to millions of poor and lower-middle-class Americans, and would stimulate buying, production and hiring.

    Studies by the Economic Policy Institute show that a $15 minimum wage would directly affect 51 million workers and indirectly benefit an additional 30 million. That's 81 million people, or about 64 percent of the workforce, and their families who would be more able to buy cars, clothing and food from our nation's businesses

It takes a comdeian...

George Carlin puts conservatism into words we can all understand.

When liberalism died in America...

...let it be recorded in the history books. Those of you espousing conservatism and a retreat to the past have been successful - watch your nation crumble.

Wonderful analogy on Rick Perry

Do you think there are a reasonable number of Texans who will get it?

Teabaggers go ballistic

I guess this cover of Bert and Ernie getting cozy has set their little hearts all aflutter.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

How to explain the world (if you're religious)

Learn to know Jesus a little better

Think Paula Deen's the only one?

Racism is still prevalent in the U.S., and it impacts our laws, law enforcement agencies, politicians, and employers.

From Daily Kos
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Illinois GOP official resigns after racist, sexist screed against Republican candidate

A county Republican Party chairman in central Illinois called a black female congressional candidate the "love child" of the Democratic party; a "street walker" whose "pimps" are party leaders; and suggested that after the election, she will be "working for some law firm that needs to meet their quota for minority hires."


Yowza. And this, my Republican friends, is why many people consider the Republican Party to be a barrel of the thickest racist, sexist sludge that can be dredged from the countryside. The only proper party response to this is "oh, you are so damn fired," but the only way the Republican Party will ever gain the wider support of any group of Americans that are not lily-white males is to go for some modest stretch of time without these things happening. There's no damn way that this was the first racist or sexist utterance this guy ever said; you don't fire off an email like that unless you've said things like that before, and unless it's something that, in at least some contexts, you have found it acceptable to say. This County chair clearly runs in a crowd that says, well, things like that.

Daily shooting report

We're still shooting each other, and our Congress, a wholly owned subsidiary of the NRA and it's member gun manufacturers, has refused to act to protect human lives. PRO-LIFE MY ASS!

Gun loving

Because there's nothing like finishing off a wedding by popping a cap in the bride's ass (accidentally, of course).

A little background to go with the Senate's immigration reform bill...

From Mother Jones
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Border Security Spending Is Often Wasted

As the Senate immigration bill enters its second week of floor negotiations and the House begins marking up its bill, much of the debate will center on how border security can be further expanded and better enforced. That means more deal-making. It also means a lot of money - the current bill already calls for $4.5 billion in additional border security, with few specifics on how, exactly, it will be managed. That's consistent with the billions of dollars in federal money that states have already spent since 2003, when the Department of Homeland Security began doling out grants for border security efforts. The money's also been spent in a variety of other ways, largely due to scant oversight.

In a 2010 report in the Boston Review, journalist Tom Barry revealed how Texas Gov. Rick Perry has supplemented DHS funds with millions more from the state Legislature and from the Justice Department, which provided aid for law enforcement agencies through President Obama's stimulus package. As a result, border counties, many of them sparsely populated and otherwise struggling economically, have received millions of dollars to amp up security with federal funds. But local law enforcement officials have had other ideas for the money, too, like padding their wallets with overtime cash, doing deals with drug traffickers, and raising irrational fears about Al Qaeda and even Chinese soldiers south of the border.

It's just so easy to prey on the weakest among us...

Reflecting back on West, Texas

If Republicans had any logic at all...

...they wouldn't do shit like this.

Wendy Davis and Rick Perry

Hey, conservative Christians - tell me about your strong moral values, because it looks to me like you don't have any.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Limited posting

With summer in full swing here in the northeast, my postings to this blog are going to be a little more scattered and infrequent - I try to get out a bit more. I'll post as time permits.

Straw-man arguments

Conservatives and religious fanatics love to start off arguments with a false premise - it is usually how you can tell a sound argument from a phony one. It is often difficult to deal with such arguments in face-to-face contacts, because you don't have an encyclopedia of facts memorized with which to refute their claims. It works especially well for them with stupid people.

Good observation...

From Daily Kos

Tweet of the Day:

NSA Chief: Contractor trainee waltzed into #NSA HQ & stole doc only 20 people on the planet supposedly had access to:
- @billmon1

Oh, the irony of it!

Some interesting statistics

From Daily Kos...

Here are a few excerpts from the latest edition of Harper's Index:

• Number of U.S. retail jobs Doritos Locos tacos created in the past year, according to Taco Bell: 15,000

• Number of retail jobs created worldwide by Apple in that same period: 400

• Percentage of college professors teaching online courses who do not believe students should receive credit for them: 72

• Number of bills strengthening gun control that have been signed into law since the Sandy Hook shooting: 14

• Number weakening gun control: 37

• Percentage of criminal suspects asked to waive their Miranda rights and speak to police who do so: 84

• Number of early deaths in China in 2010 that have been attributed to air pollution: 1,200,000

Are the Republicans obstructionists? Is the Pope Catholic?

We hold our truths to be the only truths...

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The modern religious hypocrisy.

With time comes new understanding, changes.

The "inerrant" Word of God

Gun Fail

Sat Jun 22, 2013

by David Waldman

You've seen this sort of thing before, right? An open carry demonstrator "just exercising his rights," carrying his shotgun while walking his dog, and videotaping his encounter with police. It's usually billed as anything from heavy-handed harassment of a law-abiding citizen, to a tyrannical suppression of civil liberties, but most often the encounters evidence kid glove treatment from officers, as compared with, say, how Occupy protesters are treated. Can you imagine attempting to argue city ordinances and adjudicate your constitutional rights on the street with Dep. Inspector Bologna, for instance?

Well, it's all good, of course, because these open carry protesters are educated on the ins and outs of the law, are cool customers, and pretty much the definition of the Responsible Gun Owner.TM Until they're not. And this week, we ran headlong into that awkward moment when the Responsible Gun OwnerTM suddenly becomes a murderer. And then a suicide statistic.

That's a special kind of GunFAIL, though it's one I don't track any more. So we'll leave that story there.

Otherwise, it's your usual assortment of mishaps, stupidity, bad luck, poor judgment, lack of attention to safety rules, etc. It was a week of threes, though. Three fellow patriots exercised their right to override their neighbors' decisions about guns on their property, liberating them from the projectile-free lifestyle by sheer force of American exceptionalism. Three more patriots gave their cold, dead hands a rest, leaving their guns behind in areas where well-regulated militias were sure to put them to the most efficient use, specifically, underneath a hotel room mattress, and in the restrooms of a movie theater and a salad bar-less Applebees. Still three more of our friends shot themselves cleaning and/or fixing loaded weapons, while one more did so while examining a gun he was considering buying. No word on the "you break it, you bought it" policy there. Three law enforcement officers experienced GunFAILs this week, though only one officer actually shot herself. And we count three wounds resulting from target shooting accidents this week, as well.

Oh, yes. And this week also marks the third time this year that a family in Tennessee has accidentally shot their own baby.

In the category of singular events this week, just one identified killing of a family member mistaken for an intruder, and just one child shot in the neck by celebratory gunfire following the conclusion of the NBA Finals.

Now, without further ado, this week's compilation, below the fold.

  1.     STREAMWOOD, IL, 6/02/13: After bullets entered two homes in the 400 block of Waverly Avenue and numerous gunshots seemed to be coming from a yard next door in the 400 block of Sherwood Avenue, Streamwood police surrounded the latter house. As numerous people who had been in the backyard fled into the home and turned off its lights, officers with a bullhorn demanded that the people inside surrender. The siege ended about an hour later after officers reached people inside the house via telephone and arranged for them to come out one at a time. But it all turned out to be just a case of misguided target practice during a family party, investigators concluded. According to reports, Peter M. Kriescher Sr., 49, who rents a room in the Sherwood Avenue home, was having a post-divorce barbecue with his children and some of their friends when they decided to start shooting a .22-caliber pistol at some books. But police said one bullet went through the wall of a neighbor’s bedroom, crossed the room and lodged inside clothes in the bedroom closet; another bullet lodged in another neighbor’s siding; and 30 bullets went through the side of a neighbor’s shed.
  2.     NEW ORLEANS, LA, 6/11/13: Around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, a 72-year-old man was in his Hollygrove home in the 2800 block of Eagle Street showing a friend his semi-automatic handgun. Felton Dyer then accidently squeezed the trigger and shot the friend in the leg, officials said. Detectives have confirmed with the victim that the incident was an accident, officials said.
  3.     ORANGE, OH, 6/11/13: Police responded the afternoon of June 11 to a report of a loaded handgun being found in a room at the Extended Stay America hotel. A Warrensville Heights woman said she was checking the room over when she lifted the mattress and found what proved to be a 9mm Sig Sauer P226 underneath.
  4.     CHARLESTON, SC, 6/14/13: A teen walked into a West Ashley home uninvited last week and proceeded to accidentally shoot himself in the leg, authorities say. According to a Charleston Police Department report, officers responded to an apartment in the 1600 block of William Kennerty Drive around 1:15 p.m. Friday after receiving reports of a shooting. A woman in the home said she and her young niece were in the kitchen when 17-year-old Thomas Ancrum walked into the home uninvited. The woman said she told Ancrum, a relative’s ex-boyfriend, that he was unwelcome in the house and should not be there. The woman said Ancrum first stared back at her, before she told him to leave a second time, at which time he agreed. The woman said Ancrum walked around a wall in the apartment and she heard a loud, booming noise. She walked around to see what happened and found Ancrum limping towards the front door, saying, “I shot myself!”  Investigators said Ancrum had a gun in the waistband of his pants, which he accidentally discharged.
  5.     PONTIAC, MI, 6/14/13:  A Detroit man could be headed from a hospital bed to a jail cell after deputies said he misled them by claiming he had been shot in the leg when he accidentally shot himself, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were dispatched to the 600 block of Baldwin at 4:07 p.m. Friday for a 24-year-old Detroit man with a gunshot wound in his left thigh. The man told deputies he had been shot while walking on LeGrande. He said he didn’t see his assailant. After canvassing the area, deputies got a different version of what happened. Witnesses said the man and another individual got into an argument with a third person. When the altercation escalated, the “victim” pulled out a handgun and accidentally shot himself. When a detective interviewed him, the man admitted to the shooting. Law enforcement recovered the gun used in the mishap.
  6.     CHARLESTON, WV, 6/14/13: Chief of Detectives for the Charleston Police Department, Sergeant S.A. Cooper, tells WSAZ Timothy Williams, 26 of Charleston, was showing his friend, John Joseph, 27 of Charleston, his gun. Cooper say Williams took the clip out and thought the gun was not loaded, when he pulled the trigger and shot Joseph in the mid-section of his body with a round that was still in the chamber. The incident happened at about 11:30pm Friday at Williams' town house in the 300 block of Washington Street East.  Williams immediately called 9-1-1 for help, according to Cooper. Joseph was taken to CAMC General Hospital where he later died. Right now, police are calling the shooting an accident and are not filing charges against Williams. They say, however, they're continuing to investigate the incident, and will leave it up to the Kanawha County Prosecutor's office as to whether or not charges are filed.
  7.     STRASBURG, VA, 6/14/13:  Charges are pending against a Strasburg man after he accidentally fired his 9 millimeter pistol in his home. Strasburg police say Johnathan Franz didn't know his gun was loaded while he was cleaning it Friday. The bullet went through his hand and into his wife's leg. Police tell us that his injuries to his hand are more serious.
  8.     BOISE, ID, 6/14/13: The Transportation Security Administration discovered the handgun inside a passenger’s bag as she was going through the security checkpoint Friday. Boise police confiscated the handgun belonging to Mia K. Gussie, 31, of Meridian, according to a press release. Officers determined that Gussie does have a valid concealed weapons permit, but she was charged with violating a state law forbidding concealed weapons in certain parts of airports. Gussie had the .380 caliber Ruger pistol in her carry-on bag, according to a TSA press release. The gun was loaded with six rounds.
  9.     GREENEVILLE, TN, 6/15/13: A Kingsport Highway man who accidentally shot himself in the chest about 10:30 p.m. Saturday was listed this morning in critical condition in Johnson City Medical Center. Marion Watson, 58, of 620 Kingsport Highway, was sitting on his front porch steps working on his Leinad 45/410 Derringer pistol when the accident happened, sheriff's Lt. Terry S. Rader said in a report. "He was having trouble opening the two-shot gun. As he was trying to work on it, the pistol discharged, striking him in the chest," the report said.
  10.     COLUMBUS, OH, 6/15/13: The Juneteenth Festival at Franklin Park has been shut down for the weekend, after a child was accidentally shot. Around 7:00, witnesses say they saw commotion near the park's amphitheater and heard gunshots. Detectives say a 11-year old boy was struck in the leg during the crossfire.
  11.     ARENDAHL TOWNSHIP, MN, 6/15/13: The Fillmore County Sheriff's Office says a Utica man was accidentally shot and killed during a bachelor - bachelorette party Saturday night. The sheriff says Jeffrey Taylor and his two sons had been tending to his cattle at a property in Arendahl Township and that the bachelor - bachelorette party was being held at a home on the same property. Taylor and his sons were invited to stop by the party as they were leaving. Authorities say some of the people from the party were shooting explosive targets for fun. Just before 9 p.m., a person shot at a target as several people stood by and watched. Taylor was standing in a group of people behind the shooter and was apparently struck by shrapnel.
  12.     BOSTON, MA, 6/15/13: Police responded to 107 Devon St. Saturday morning for an alleged accidental shooting. Upon arrival, the male victim told police his cousin who was "playing with a gun" shot him. The victim told police the suspect had already left the apartment and took the gun used in the incident with him. The victim was transported to Boston Medical Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. At about 2:45 p.m. on Sunday, 33-year-old Anthony Arthur, of Roslindale, turned himself in to police in connection with that shooting. He is charged with assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.
  13.     TOLEDO, OH, 6/15/13: Just after 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Brian Eberflus was accidentally shot in his right knee by his father, David Eberflus, according to a police report. Police said the men first reported someone shot the younger Mr. Eberflus while the two were grilling, but later changed the story. David Eberflus, 49, of 332 Palmer Ave., was charged with discharge of a firearm.
  14.     LAWRENCE CO., AL, 6/16/13: Happy Father's Day, Grandpa! You shot your grandson! Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell confirms a shooting Sunday morning. It happened on County Road 587 around 10am. Sheriff Mitchell says the shooting was accidental. He confirms a grandfather accidentally shot his grandson. He says the grandson appears to have been grazed by a bullet. It was possibly a ricochet.
  15.     POPLAR BLUFF, MO, 6/16/13: Brandon Holloman, 21, of Springfield, Missouri was taken by EMS to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center for treatment for a single gunshot wound to his abdomen. Holloman told police Fernando Minnis shot him accidentally while Minnis was “playing” with a handgun. Holloman said he had examined the weapon, and pulled the trigger himself without firing the gun, before handing it to Minnis. Interviews with Fernando Minnis and several witnesses at the scene supported Holloman's account.
  16.     AUTRYVILLE, NC, 6/16/13: Happy Father's Day, Dad! I came over to show you my new—BLAM! Augh! A Fayetteville man was injured Sunday when a gun he was handling accidentally discharged and a bullet struck him in the stomach, authorities said. Jeffery Thomas Altman, 42, of the 2600 block of Huntcroft Drive, was visiting at his father's home on the 100 block of Beagle Lane in Autryville when the accident happened about 3:30 p.m., according to a report from the Sampson County Sheriff's Office. Altman was attempting to put the handgun back into a holster when it discharged, Capt. Eric Pope said. He did not know what caused the gun to fire.
  17.     FERNDALE, WA, 6/16/13: A 23-year-old woman has died after a stray bullet — fired from more than a half-mile away — struck her in the chest at a Father's Day barbecue. Her dad called 911 in the late afternoon Sunday, June 16, to report bullets whizzing overhead at a family cookout on Gadwa Road, just west of the Nooksack River, said Whatcom County Sheriff's Sgt. Kevin Moyes. Moments later the man called back saying his daughter had been hit in the chest. She was taken to St. Joseph hospital with critical injuries from a single bullet wound. Monday morning she succumbed to her injuries. Responding sheriff's deputies heard more gunfire echoing on the other side of the river. They traced the shots to a group of five people a little more than a half mile to the east. All of them were detained and interviewed. They had been shooting handguns and high-powered rifles near the riverbank, in the direction of the house on Gadwa, according to the sheriff's office.
  18.     YBOR CITY, FL, 6/16/13: A 9-year-old boy found a loaded handgun inside an Ybor City movie theater bathroom on Father's Day. The gun was a Glock 26 9-mm. "My son opened the door and immediately said dad there's a gun in the bathroom," recounted Wesley Noland, the boy's father. Noland was at the Muvico theater in Centro Ybor with his two sons to see the new Superman movie. He said the weapon was sitting on top of the toilet paper dispenser. UPDATE: The "Responsible Gun Owner" who left it behind? A cop.
  19.     SAN JOAQUIN CO., CA, 6/16/13: Police spoke with a man in the emergency room at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, 1420 N. Tracy Blvd., who allegedly shot himself while cleaning a gun. The extent of his injury is unknown, and the log doesn’t indicate what kind of gun the man shot himself with. The alleged shooting happened at a residence outside of Tracy, and the case was transferred to the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office.
  20.     ORLANDO, FL, 6/16/13: Another gun has been found in a passenger's bag at Orlando International Airport. A loaded handgun was discovered in the carry-on of a 66-year-old St. Augustine man on Sunday. This is the 19th gun found at OIA this year.
  21.     MILWAUKEE, WI, 6/17/13: Milwaukee police are investigating an officer-involved shooting near 52nd and Capitol Dr. Police say an officer accidentally shot a robbery suspect as he was being taken into custody. Police responded to an armed robbery on the 4700 block of N. 48th St. around 12:00 p.m. Police say two men robbed a victim of their 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix at gunpoint. Milwaukee police officer spotted the stolen vehicle near 53rd and Melvina. Both men fled from the officer on foot, but police only caught one of the suspects. As this suspect was being taken into custody an officer accidentally discharged his weapon, hitting the robbery suspect in the thigh.
  22.     SANDY CREEK TOWNSHIP, IN, 6/17/13: A 12-year-old Jennings County, Ind. boy was rushed to the hospital Monday night after police said his 16-year-old brother accidentally shot him. Deputies were dispatched to the family's home around 11:30 Monday night and found the 12-year-old boy unresponsive. Police said he had been shot in the head by a .22 caliber rifle. Police said the family had been shooting firearms earlier in the day. Other family members were asleep at the time of the accidental shooting. They believe that 16-year-old was handling the gun when it accidentally fired, striking his brother. UPDATE: He didn't make it.
  23.     AVON, OH, 6/17/13: There's still no salad bar, but they've got guns in the bathroom. The women's bathroom, this time. An Applebees manager called Avon police to report a loaded handgun was found in the women’s restroom yesterday. Management at Applebees, 35916 Detroit Road, held onto it for an hour and a half to see if anyone would claim it, Sgt. Brian Tackett said. Police will try to determine who the owner is and why it was left at the restaurant. Tackett said that the gun is a 9mm .380-caliber handgun.
  24.     CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, 6/17/13: A TSA officer spotted a loaded gun in a bag going through the security screening Monday. Airport police confiscated a 22-caliber handgun, which contained five rounds. The passenger had a concealed carry permit so he was not charged. He was allowed to catch his flight to Atlanta, minus the gun and ammunition. That's an interesting twist, isn't it? I guess at some airports, if you've got a concealed carry permit, they'll give you one free shot at trying to sneak a gun on board. How nice!
  25.     FORT WORTH, TX, 6/17/13: At approximately 1:18 p.m. today, a Tarrant County College police officer sustained a gunshot wound to her leg. She was participating in annual qualifications to meet state licensing standards on the TCC gun range, located at TCC's Northwest Campus. The officer accidently shot herself while attempting to re-holster her weapon. The officer is alert and currently being transported to a local area hospital.
  26.     DALLAS, TX, 6/17/13:  On June 17 around 4:40 pm, police say two cars collided in the 5900 block of Arapaho Road, near Prestonwood Country Club. Courtney Ray Terrell, 29, stepped out of his Jaguar and approached the driver's side window of a black Nissan Altima. The driver of the Nissan rolled down his window, and the two men began to argue. That's when police believe the driver pulled out a gun and started shooting. At least one bullet struck Terrell in the stomach and several others hit a passing car, causing more than $1,000 in damage.
  27.     HOUSTON, TX, 6/18/13: A man in northwest Harris County says he fatally shot his son Tuesday after mistaking him to be a burglar trying to break inside his house, Harris County detectives said.
  28.     COOKEVILLE, TN, 6/18/13: Todd Gregory Carpenter was mad at his dog for “eating” part of his couch, so he fired bullets at the animal. It happened Tuesday afternoon inside the Shipley Road home of Carpenter, and the bullets he fired went through his wall and through a neighboring wall in an apartment, endangering two painters who were working there.
  29.     CORNING, NY, 6/18/13:  Two teens have been arrested in connection with a reported shooting and robbery attempt Tuesday afternoon on Jennings Street in Corning, and police say additional arrests are possible. Brendan M. Mattei and Coty L. Ferris, both 18 and of Corning, were arrested Tuesday night and charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony that calls for a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 3.5 years. Both men allegedly possessed the gun used during the incident.  Mattei apparently shot himself in the hand during the incident on Jennings Street, police said. After his arrest, he was taken to Corning Hospital for treatment.
  30.     PASCO, WA, 6/19/13: A teenage boy is in critical condition Thursday at Kennewick General Hospital from a gunshot wound. The shooting is being investigated as a possible accidental shooting, said Capt. Jim Raymond. A group of juveniles were reportedly playing with the handgun when it went off. Police do not believe the boy shot himself intentionally, Raymond said. Pasco police were dispatched to an apartment in the 200 block of South Owen Avenue just before 5 p.m. Wednesday.
  31.     ALOHA, OR, 6/19/13: Deputies responded to a house in Aloha where the residents reported that someone shot a bullet through their exterior wall. While deputies were investigating the incident, they heard another shot from the neighbor's house. After several hours a woman was arrested for discharging a firearm inside her house.
  32.     KNOXVILLE, TN, 6/19/13: Knox County authorities say a man and a woman have been charged with reckless homicide after their 6-month-old daughter died in a shooting, reports CBS affiliate WVLT. The baby girl was reportedly shot early Wednesday afternoon when her parents, Angela Major and Ken Mason, were involved in a domestic dispute. She was pronounced dead at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. This, by the way, is the third time this year that a family in Tennessee has accidentally shot their own baby.
  33.     WEST PALM BEACH, FL, 6/20/13: A Coral Springs man is facing charges of carrying a concealed firearm after federal officials found a gun inside his carry-on bag at a Palm Beach International Airport checkpoint Thursday afternoon. Mario Rene Girard Romero, 26, who was traveling to Houston, was arrested by Palm Beach Sheriff deputies. He was released from the Palm Beach County Jail this morning on $4,500 bail. The gun, an unloaded Sig Sauer P 226, was intercepted shortly after 4:30 p.m. Officials also confiscated a magazine with 10 rounds of 9 mm ammunition. The firearm was found inside Romero’s computer bag, which was stored inside his carry-on luggage, according to a PBSO spokesperson, who added that Romero said he forgot to remove the firearm because he was rushing to get to the airport. Weird he was arrested when the other guy wasn't, right? But the article has a picture which might help explain things.
  34.     MIRAMAR, FL, 6/20/13: A 14-year-old teenager was shot in the neck during a Miami Heat game celebration on Thursday night. According to the boy's father, they were celebrating inside their Miramar home when a bullet came through the window and struck the boy in the neck.
  35.     KELSO, WA, 6/20/13: Kelso police and Cowlitz County sheriff’s deputies wasted some time Thursday fruitlessly searching for a suspect in a drive-by shooting before the supposed victim admitted making up the story, Kelso police said. A detective interviewed Chad Russell Crow, 35, Longview, at St. John Medical Center, where he was awaiting surgery for a gunshot wound to the hand. Initially, Crow claimed to be the victim of a drive-by shooting, police said. The detective told Crow that his wound was obviously inflicted at close range and therefore was inconsistent with his story of being shot by someone in a passing vehicle after his own car broke down. Crow then admitted accidentally shooting himself while examining a gun he was considering buying, the report said.
  36.     HOUSTON, TX, 6/20/13: Here's one of those gun success stories with a minor GunFAIL wrapped up inside. A homeowner shot and wounded a suspect he said was allegedly trying to break in to his home early Thursday morning in northwest Harris County. The homeowner heard banging on his back door. He looked outside and saw a man kicking the door. The homeowner, whose name has not been released, grabbed a pistol and opened fire, hitting the man three times. The man has non-life threatening wounds. The homeowner was not injured. One of the bullets fired in the incident hit a neighbor's home. No one in the neighboring home was wounded, but a 14-year-old girl inside was startled by the stray bullet and had a medical issue.
  37.     ZAYANTE, CA, 6/21/13: A two-alarm fire is burning in the 9400 block of Zayante Drive where a fire broke out about 5:30 p.m. Friday. At least two buildings including a barn are on fire, according to emergency dispatches. The blaze is spreading into the heavily wooded neighborhood dotted with houses. Firefighters are unable to access the scene because of the ammunition exploding at the fire site.
  38.     ROME, GA, 6/21/13: A man accidentally shot himself in the foot at the West Rome Walmart on Friday evening, police said. According to Lt. Louis Johnson of the Rome Police Department, the man was sitting in his truck in the parking lot of the store, located at 2510 Redmond Circle, when the gun accidentally discharged. The man had a license to carry the gun and will not be charged.
  39.     EVANSVILLE, IN, 6/21/13: An Evansville girl is recovering after shooting herself in the hand. Evansville police were called to 316 N. 9th at 9:30pm last night and found the 9 year old victim with a gunshot wound to her left hand. Investigators believe GILBERT RICKETTS JR, W/M, 8/7/1964, , was showing his guns to some neighborhood juveniles. RICKETTS had removed the magazine from a .22 caliber rifle and allowed the female victim to handle it, believing the weapon was safe. The rifle discharged, damaging the fingers on the left hand of the victim. The victim was transported to the hospital where it is believed she will likely lose some of her fingers. RICKETTS was arrested and charged with providing a firearm to a juvenile, a C Felony.
  40.     PARIS TOWNSHIP, OH, 6/21/13: A 9-year-old boy was shot to death in a Minerva-area relative’s home when he and a 14-year-old cousin were looking at a gun, said Sheriff George T. Maier. Minerva firefighter/paramedics took Matthew J. Schreckengaust, who lives on Eighth Street NE in Canton, to Aultman Hospital. Deputies were told that he had died of the a gunshot wound, the sheriff said.  Deputies believe the child had been visiting relatives when he and his cousin began looking at the gun, which the boys did not know was loaded. “It appears it was an accidental discharge and the 9-year-old boy was struck,” he said. “It’s a tragedy for the family and a tragedy for the community.” The gun belonged to the older boy’s father, but Maier said he did not know whether the gun had been locked up.
  41.     SACRAMENTO, CA, 6/22/13: A man accidentally shot himself and his girlfriend just after 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning. According to Sacramento Police, Deandre Smith, 27, was in an alley near the intersection of Freeport Blvd. and Fruitridge Rd. when he accidentally fired his gun. He shot himself in the hand and his girlfriend in the lower body.
  42.     BROCKTON, MA, 6/22/13: There was one man shot and one man cited for firearm charges on Elm Avenue early Saturday morning but the two are the same man. Giovanni Simmons, 19, of Brockton, was taken to Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital with a gunshot wound in the leg, said Bonanca.  Police could not confirm that Simmons shot himself in the leg but no one else at 62 Elm Ave. was cited for possession or discharge of a weapon, said Bonanca.

Originally posted to David Waldman on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 07:52 PM PDT.

Daily shooting report

Lot more shootings, lots more people killed and injured. The need for background checks on people buying guns, and some controls over the number of guns making their way into urban areas, reamins a priority for people with common sense and compassion.