The Watering Hole; Friday March 14 2014; Contrast is Cool!

Just a couple of things today, the first from the Great State of Georgia where, thanks to pending legislation, Guns May Soon be Everywhere (what could possibly go wrong?):

Soon gun owners in the state of Georgia may be allowed to pack heat almost anywhere—including K-12 schools, bars, churches, government buildings, and airports. The “Safe Carry Protection Act” (HB 875) . . .

In addition to overturning current state laws and dramatically rolling back concealed-carry restrictions, HB 875 would loosen other gun regulations in the state. The law would:

  • Remove the fingerprinting requirement for gun license renewals
  • Prohibit the state from keeping a gun license database
  • Tighten the state’s preemption statute, which restricts local governments from passing gun laws that conflict with state laws
  • Repeal the state licensing requirement for firearms dealers (requiring only a federal firearms license)
  • Expand gun owner rights in a declared state of emergency by prohibiting government authorities from seizing, registering, or otherwise limiting the carrying of guns in any way permitted by law before the emergency was declared
  • Limit the governor’s emergency powers by repealing the ability to regulate the sale of firearms during a declared state of emergency
  • Lower the age to obtain a concealed-carry license from 21 to 18 for active-duty military and honorably discharged veterans who’ve completed basic training
  • Prohibit detaining someone for the sole purpose of checking whether they have a gun license

The sweeping bill would also expand the state’s Stand your Ground law into an “absolute” defense for the use of deadly force in self-protection. “Defense of self or others,” the bills reads “shall be an absolute defense to any violation under this part.” In its current wording, the bill would even allow individuals who possess a gun illegally—convicted felons, for example—to still claim a Stand Your Ground defense.

I know I’m reading between the lines in the above pile of nonsense, but what I think I may have spotted is a determination on the part of the Georgia legislature to likely NOT be all that interested in supporting my own suggestion that the Second Amendment be repealed once and for all, that all guns be collected and melted down. Like I say, it’s not specifically written in any of that, but still . . .

So OK, that’s enough stupidity for most any Friday Open Thread. Time for a trip to the lighter side, this time with proof positive that dogs are really cool!!

Funny how two really cool dogs have no difficulty at all making the bulk of the Great State of Georgia’s legislature look even more stupid than most any pile of rocks!



60 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Friday March 14 2014; Contrast is Cool!

  1. WTF is wrong with Conservatives? Don’t blame party in this, blame ideology. Conserva-Dems will no doubt support this. This legislation is nothing less than an attempt to legalize murder, and it has nothing whatsoever to do with self-defense.

    Add Georgia to the list of states in which I’ll never set foot again.

  2. The wording of the ‘stand your ground’ part seems to say (and I’m not a legal eagle by any means, but still) that it’s OK to use deadly force against anyone whom one even feels to be an absolute threat to both self and country. Does that mean that should I ever find myself in Georgia, armed with a gun, and happen to run across ANY conservative (read: domestic Fascism advocate), the entire nationwide lot of which I consider to be the biggest “threat” to myself, to my family, to my friends, to my country — a threat running uncontrollably loose across the land even as we speak — am I therefore within my rights and within the law to blow away each and every one of the bastards I should happen across?

    Just askin’.

    On the cooler side of life, today, March 14, would be my dad’s 109th birthday. So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY POP! Wherever you are. 🙂

    • I’m not sure if you can shoot them just for being conservative, but I think you can swear at them until they react, and then you’re allowed to shoot them for any reaction to your provocation. Just say you thought they were going to hurt you. If you can find a black conservative in Georgia, you can probably just shoot him on sight, especially if he’s young and/or casually dressed.

    • Yes I went to the Stone Mountain lazer show in 1993, it was so jingoistic and crowd rabble raising I thought they were going to hand out muskets as we filed back to the car park and hand out maps to Charleston.

  3. O’Reilly: Obama ‘May Be Hurting Workers’ By Increasing Overtime Pay

    Liberal Americans see this as a great thing. Today The New York Times editorialized “By reasserting a meaningful right to overtime, [the order] could lift pay for an estimated five million workers a week and, in the process, help to mitigate the wage stagnation and income inequality that increasingly plague the American economy.”

    Well, that’s not true. As the Wall Street Journal points out today, the likely outcome of the federal mandate on overtime pay is a cutback of hours and a loss of jobs. Companies have three options if they want to sustain their current profits.

    1) Hire fewer employees on salary.
    2) Cut back on their hours so they don’t work overtime.
    3) Pass the overtime costs to consumers in the form of higher prices.

    Let’s see. Number one isn’t a drawback, because if the workers aren’t on salary, the employer can’t make them work more than 40 hours without paying them OT. Number two isn’t bad, because now the salaried worker only has to work 40 hours for the same money. Remember, they weren’t getting more money, only more hours. Number three is OK because the worker gets paid for the work, and the crooked employer no longer has an unfair advantage over the honest one who pays the workers fairly. No wonder the WSJ dicks don’t like the new rules! 🙂

    • Lessee: if I was a corporate CEO, forced by the gubmint to pay allathem lazy workers even more money than I’m already having to pay ’em, I’d fire every last one of them and SHOW the world what massive unemployment really looks like! Then I’d take my fifty million bonus, shut down the corporation due to lack of workers, and move to my estate in the Cayman Islands. Yep. That’d show ’em!

      • I saw this little tidbit last night… speaks to BillO’s blather like the bitch slap he deserves.

        Wall Street’s 2013 Bonuses Were More Than All Workers Earned Making the Federal Minimum

        New figures show that the bonus bonanza of 2013 didn’t disappoint. According to the New York State Comptroller’s office, Wall Street firms handed out $26.7 billion in bonuses to their 165,200 employees last year, up 15 percent over the previous year. That’s their third-largest haul on record.

        That money will no doubt boost sales of luxury goods. Just imagine how much greater the economic benefit would be if that same amount of money had gone into the pockets of minimum-wage workers.

        The $26.7 billion Wall Streeters pocketed in bonuses would cover the cost of more than doubling the paychecks for all of the 1,085,000 Americans who work full-time at the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

        And boosting their pay in that way would give our economy much more bang for the buck. That’s because low-wage workers tend to spend nearly every dollar they make to meet their basic needs. The wealthy can afford to squirrel away a much greater share of their earnings.

    • Let’s see…
      1) The WSJ is owned by the same guy who owns Fox News Channel, so for them to cite it as any kind of impartial source is ridiculous;
      2) “Companies have three options if they want to sustain their current profits.” So protecting the greed of the company owners is more important than paying workers a living wage? That’s the part they usually gloss over – these changes would only be necessary if the company is to keep the same profit level they did before.
      3) I’m pretty sure the WSJ Editorial Board (which is not where one finds facts and the news) supports Trickle-Down Economics, which means their views on the economy are wrong from the get-go.

  4. OMG Daily Show last night…. Mitch McConnell’s new ad has no talking, just music. Stewart went for it …. I had tears streaming down my face as I left to go to work this AM……. Music Night starts early?

  5. Meanwhile over here….. I think an attack of the vapours is coming….. I may have to take to my couch.

    • [the one at home with the Mrs., Mitchy is wearing a tie. At the office he was tieless and ‘relaxed’]

      And here he was just trying to be ‘Average Joe’ – reaching out to the people to show he can smile when told to by the videographer.
      (laughed to tears watching all the ones the Zoo Folk posted)

  6. With any luck at all, this nonsensical BS will cause an immense wingnut party failure at the ballot box later this year.

    Outside Political Groups Are Spending Record Amounts Of Money To Deny Poor People Health Care

    Obamacare opponents have already run more than 30,000 television ads attacking the health law and Democratic candidates who support it, according to the media tracking group CMAG — a staggering 12-fold increase from four years ago. Many of the ads are being run in states with high uninsurance rates where hundreds of thousands of poor people could benefit from the Affordable Care Act, including Arkansas, Kentucky, and Louisiana.

    Nearly half of all ads that have been run about the health law in House and Senate races through March 9 are critical of the ACA. And in a reflection of the post-Citizens United political landscape, spending by outside groups without any official connection to a particular organization or party accounts for almost three-fourths of all the commercials, compared to just 13 percent in 2010.

  7. Then theres effin BURR (R-NC) calling the doctor from Toronto Ms. Instead of DOCTOR. arrogant idiot. But she kicked his impotent ass.

  8. A Navy veteran who claimed to be the sailor who was kissing a nurse in the famous Alfred Eisenstaedt photo taken in Times Square on V-J day has died.

    Glenn McDuffie’s daughter said he died Sunday of natural causes. He was 86.

    McDuffie’s claim that he was the man in the iconic World War II picture was backed up by a police forensic artist who said she matched his facial structure.

    “He ate it up!” said his daughter, Glenda McDuffie Bell. “He loved the attention.”

    Life magazine, which published the picture, has never verified the identity of the sailor and nurse, and a number of other men and women have claimed to be the strangers who celebrated Japan’s surrender with a spontaneous clinch.

    One of them, George Mendonsa, of Rhode Island, even sued Life. A team of volunteers from the Naval War College used 3-D face scanning technology to conclude he was the real deal.

    McDuffie’s daughter said her father only came forward after others — falsely, he contended — put themselves forth as the mystery seaman.

    His story was that he was changing trains in New York when he learned the war was over and that his brother would be coming home from a Japanese prison camp.

  9. Gotta love this excerpt
    “Lower the age to obtain a concealed-carry license from 21 to 18 for active-duty military and honorably discharged veterans who’ve completed basic training”
    How many 18 – 21 year olds are honorably discharged veterans.
    Typically, you serve 3 -4 years minimum, and they won’t take you until you are 18 or 17 with parental consent.

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