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In Which I Rant About America’s Totally Dysfunctional Gun Culture

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Via TPM: CNN Host Grills Cruz About Ebola and GOP Opposition to Surgeon General (VIDEO)

Ted Cruz calling blocked Surgeon General nominee Dr. Vivek Murthy an “anti-gun activist” is incredibly dishonest. Murthy advocates very minimal restrictions on guns because guns are used in more than 300,000 violent crimes against American citizens every single year. Murthy sees that as a public health problem, and he’s NOT WRONG. It is.

The fact is, looking at this as a public health issue is absolutely appropriate, and not “extreme” at all. The Republican Party and their NRA cohorts have pushed the debate about guns so far to the right, it’s utter insanity at this point. A nominee for Surgeon General proposes simple common sense measures to address the gun violence problem, and the right freaks out and blocks his nomination at a time when we need a strong voice for public health more than ever. It’s sick. Deeply sick.

This shit makes me crazy. America is incredibly dysfunctional on the gun issue and people are dying every day because we won’t face the monster we’ve created.

And Now, Weezer Rocks the Moon: Back to the Shack

Turn off those stupid singing shows
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Ric Ocasek is back in the producer’s chair for Weezer’s latest, and it sounds absolutely great. This tune is a mission statement if there ever was one.

Dallas Ebola Updates: First Duncan Contact Cleared, Other Quarantined Contacts Show No Symptoms

An outbreak of good news
Health • Views: 4,793
Ebola patient Nina Pham with her dog, Bentley

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports today that the first person known to have contact with Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan has now been cleared, and at least 46 other quarantined people who had contact with Duncan are also not showing any signs of the virus and are expected to be cleared by tomorrow.

Also, Duncan’s fiancee Louise Troh, who probably had closer contact with him than anyone in the days before he was hospitalized, is also symptom-free and expected to be out of quarantine tomorrow.

Nina Pham, the nurse who did contract the virus after being in close contact with Duncan when he was at his most infectious, is stable and in fair condition at a bio-containment facility in Maryland, and is expected to make a full recovery.

UPDATE at 10/19/14 1:35:10 pm by Charles Johnson

And in more good news, the healthcare worker aboard a Carnival Cruise Lines ship that was denied entrance to Belize this week has also tested negative for Ebola.

A healthcare worker who had self-quarantined herself aboard a Carnival Cruise Lines ship has tested negative for Ebola and was allowed to disembark with the rest of the passengers in Galveston, Texas, on Sunday.

In a statement, the Galveston County Health Authority said it had determined “there is no evidence of a public health threat to cruise passengers or to Galveston county.”

Saturday Night Acoustic Excellence: Petteri Sariola Does a Tune by Michael Hedges: Bensusan

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USA, CANADA, EUROPE: candyrat.com
JAPAN: kingrecords.co.jp
iTUNES: itunes.apple.com
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OFFICIAL: petterisariola.fi
FACEBOOK: facebook.com
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Video by Jussi-Petteri Kemppainen
Recorded by Jyri Sariola at Mimix Studio
Mixed by Petteri & Jyri Sariola
Mastered by Jyri Sariola

GUITAR: ac-guitars.com
TUNING: CGDGAC
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Darren Wilson’s Grand Jury Testimony Destroys Jim Hoft’s Bogus “Fractured Eye Socket” Claims for Good

It’s over, Jim. You can stop lying now.
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Jim Hoft, liar

You may recall Jim Hoft’s now-infamous repeated claims that anonymous sources told him police officer Darren Wilson suffered an “orbital blowout fracture to the eye socket” in a struggle with unarmed teenager Michael Brown, before Wilson shot Brown to death.

LGF’s article debunking Hoft’s unsourced claims went viral on Twitter and Facebook, and now shows almost 250,000 views and many thousands of retweets and shares. Yet Hoft has continued to push this claim over and over, in almost everything he posts on the subject.

Well, today the New York Times has a report on the grand jury testimony of officer Wilson, and his account contains absolutely no mention of a fractured eye socket, or of any injuries more serious than scratches and swelling: Police Officer in Ferguson Is Said to Recount a Struggle.

WASHINGTON — The police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., two months ago has told investigators that he was pinned in his vehicle and in fear for his life as he struggled over his gun with Mr. Brown, according to government officials briefed on the federal civil rights investigation into the matter.

The officer, Darren Wilson, has told the authorities that during the scuffle, Mr. Brown reached for the gun. It was fired twice in the car, according to forensics tests performed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The first bullet struck Mr. Brown in the arm; the second bullet missed.

The forensics tests showed Mr. Brown’s blood on the gun, as well as on the interior door panel and on Officer Wilson’s uniform. Officer Wilson told the authorities that Mr. Brown had punched and scratched him repeatedly, leaving swelling on his face and cuts on his neck.

Notice also that all of the blood found on Wilson’s gun, inside the car, and on Wilson’s uniform belonged to Michael Brown — not to Darren Wilson. So clearly, if there was a struggle at all (about which there remains considerable doubt) the only person who came away from it with serious injuries was Michael Brown.

So how does the Dumbest Man on the Internet cover the story, now that his claims are totally destroyed by Wilson’s own testimony? With yet another deceptive, misleading headline: NY Times: Michael Brown Beat Officer Darren Wilson Before His Death - Blood Found on Wilson’s Gun | the Gateway Pundit.

Notice that Hoft phrased his crummy headline to give the impression that the blood on Wilson’s gun came from Michael Brown’s “beating,” when it was actually Brown’s blood from Wilson shooting him.

Hoft even has the gall to claim that the New York Times article backs up his accounts.

The New York Times story mirrors what The Gateway Pundit reported in August on the attack.

If you click the link Hoft posts to his own site, you’ll notice something odd; suddenly, for the first time, he’s no longer linking to his “fractured eye socket” post, but to one of his earlier posts before he started pushing his false story.

The only question remaining now is whether Hoft actually did have anonymous sources in the St. Louis County PD and prosecuting attorney’s office, as he said, or whether he just completely made up this story. In other words, lied like a rug.

I strongly suspect the latter.

Related:
Jim Hoft’s Unsourced Claim That Officer Darren Wilson Had an “Orbital Blowout Fracture of the Eye Socket”

Cliven Bundy Releases Unbelievably Surreal Ad With a “Black Friend”

So weird it wraps around
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You really aren’t going to believe this one, folks.

“I hear you Cliven, and I believe you. A brave white man like you might be just what we need to put an end to this political correctness stuff in America today.”

“Don’t sell yourself short! You’re takin’ a chance just bein’ in my company!”

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy together with congressional candidate Kamau Bakari (IAP) challenge U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to come to Nevada and have the conversation about race that he claims Americans are too cowardly to have.

(h/t: Karoli.)

Joni Ernst Doesn’t Just Want to Castrate Hogs, She Wants to Destroy Health Care for the Poors

Heartless
Politics • Views: 18,348

Iowa Republican Joni Ernst is running for the Senate seat vacated by Democrat Tom Harkin, and she’s been campaigning on her history as a person who loves castrating hogs, often saying in her speeches that she plans to “make Obama squeal.” She’s super-classy.

And she’s also a true far right extremist, as these secretly recorded remarks highlighted yesterday by Greg Sargent reveal:

MP3 Audio

Joni Ernst wants to make America squeal

The audio was recorded by Radio Iowa, which didn’t highlight the key remarks at the time; the Iowa Democratic Party has only just come across those remarks now, and circulated them to reporters today.

In the audio, Ernst came out for a balanced budget amendment, said that would require “severe cuts,” reiterated her desire to eliminate the Department of Education, vowed a “good, hard look at entitlement programs,” and said electing a GOP Senate majority would be a key step towards all of this. She also said we are “encouraging people” to get on food stamps. And then she waxed philosophical:

“What we have to do a better job of is educating not only Iowans, but the American people that they can be self-sufficient. They don’t have to rely on the government to be the do-all, end-all for everything they need and desire, and that’s what we have fostered, is really a generation of people that rely on the government to provide absolutely everything for them. It’s going to take a lot of education to get people out of that. It’s going to be very painful and we know that. So do we have the intestinal fortitude to do that?…

“We’re looking at Obamacare right now. Once we start with those benefits in January, how are we going to get people off of those? It’s exponentially harder to remove people once they’ve already been on those programs…we rely on government for absolutely everything. And in the years since I was a small girl up until now into my adulthood with children of my own, we have lost a reliance on not only our own families, but so much of what our churches and private organizations used to do. They used to have wonderful food pantries. They used to provide clothing for those that really needed it. But we have gotten away from that. Now we’re at a point where the government will just give away anything.”

Look closer at these statements; what Ernst is saying is that if people can’t afford health insurance, or can’t get it because of pre-existing illness or catastrophic accident, they should be left on their own. Presumably to die, unless they can find a church with a “food pantry” to help them. And she’s advocating the destruction of Obamacare, the only safety net this country has successfully enacted yet for these people.

It’s rare to see the essential heartlessness of the Republican Party’s opposition to health care stated so nakedly — but it’s getting less rare all the time, as the extremists like Ernst continue pushing the window farther and farther to the right.

Chuck C. Johnson Is Confused by the Concept of Traveling Nurses

He is not a smart man
Wingnuts • Views: 25,904

I’m guessing that CCJ’s search for Amber Vinson’s criminal record came up short, so he started looking into her licensing. And what he found confused and disturbed him.

His top story right now: “Why Was #AmberJoyVinson a Nurse in Five States?”

Despite her youth, the second Ebola patient, Amber Joy Vinson, held nursing licenses in at least five different states, Gotnews has learned.

Vinson, aged 29, reportedly had licenses in five different states, including South Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Kansas, and Texas.

As anyone with a passing knowledge of medical practice knows, this is not unusual. Agency nurses travel all over. She has licenses in five states so she can work in five states. I guess getting off your fat ass to actually do a job is a foreign concept to Chuck.

This is highly unusual.

No, it’s not.

No one has answered why Vinson had licenses in five different states.

MULTIPLE people have explained this to Chuck in the past 24 hours. They’ve explained it on his twitter account and on his own website. EVERY COMMENT on this story has been an explanation of why she had multiple licenses. NOBODY is following him down this rabbit hole. Still he persists.

I think it’s official. Jim Hoft is now only the second dumbest man on the internet.

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