As much of the nation continues to debate gun control and as Colorado gets ready to implement sweeping new gun control laws just passed in the latest legislative session, one small town in southwest Colorado has decided to go in the opposite direction by passing an ordinance that makes gun ownership mandatory.
Nucla, Colo., about 50 miles south of Grand Junction and with a population of less than 1,000, recently passed an ordinance on a 5-1 vote which requires a head of a household to own a gun, according to the Montrose Daily Press.
The new ordinance does have some exceptions for heads of households who can’t legally own a gun or who simply do not want to own a gun.
Bill Long, the lone board member who voted against the measure says it’s just a symbolic gesture and that it’s just as intrusive as laws that try to limit guns. “Ideologically, it’s no different than saying, ‘You can’t own guns,’ Long said to The Associated Press. “If you want less government in our lives, this isn’t that. It’s a symbolic gesture.”
Nucla leaders say that the ordinance was inspired by the law that made gun ownership mandatory in the Georgia town of Nelson. Called the “Family Protection Act,” WSB-TV reported that the proposal was submitted by a city council official over concerns that the current lack of a police presence — which often leaves Nelson patrolled by a single officer or none at all — makes the town’s residents unsafe.
A Republican Texas Judge has ordered a lesbian couple to live apart or give up custody of their children. According to Think Progress, Judge John Roach of McKinney, Texas has given Page Price 30 days to move out of the home she shares with Carolyn Compton and Compton’s two children from a previous marriage because he does not approve of Compton and Price’s “lifestyle.”
Roach has placed a “morality clause” in Compton’s divorce papers, which forbids Compton from having anyone she is not related to “by blood or marriage” in her home past 9:00 p.m. if the children are present. Same sex marriage is illegal in Texas, so by law, Compton cannot live with Price if she wishes to retain custody of her children.
Compton said that she and Price have been together for three years. Compton’s ex-husband rarely bothers to see the children and was previously arrested on charges of third-degree felony stalking in 2011, charges that he was able to plea down to criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor.
In a post on Facebook, Price wrote that Roach had inserted the morality clause into the divorce agreement when Compton’s ex-husband Joshua Compton attempted to gain custody of the children in 2011. The judge wrote that he disapproved of the two women’s “lifestyle.”
“Our children are all happy and well adjusted. By his enforcement, being that we cannot marry in this state, I have been ordered to move out of my home,” Price wrote.
The two women are working with attorneys to figure out what steps they can take to fight the state’s notoriously conservative court system.
Ken Upton Jr., senior staff attorney for Lambda Legal’s Dallas office, told the Dallas Voice newspaper that morality clauses are a holdover from a time when judges tried to keep people with children from living together outside of marriage. Courts often insert the clauses without telling the people involved, particularly in backward, conservative areas like Collin County, Texas.
“What the clause has become is an extra burden on gay people because they’re no more likely to violate it than straight people,” Upton told the Voice. “It’s a problem that continues with homophobia.”
I particularly like this part of a quote, “Courts often insert the clauses without telling the people involved, particularly in backward, conservative areas like Collin County, Texas.” First, “backward, conservative” parts of Texas are written off to medieval backwardness just like the “Bumfuck Egypt” parts of Afghanistan are regularly witten off to the control of the Taliban where modern medicine is resisted and girls don’t go to school etc. Then, Texas’ culture and laws are not examined, for example; if it weren’t for the US Supreme Court, interracial marriage and “sodomy” would still be illegal there.
I think that it is the height of moral relativism to classify what is happening in the rural and most backwards parts of places like Afghanistan as “Talibanism” and overlook what is happening in the rural parts of the mostly South but other parts of rural America as “Christian Talibanism”.
73 years later is still relevant and powerful as ever.
It’s also because of this movie that Charlie Chaplin was labelled a “premature anti-fascist.”
A Denver-area woman died Tuesday night after an assault rifle she was handling accidentally fired and shot her in the head.
Witnesses told ABC Denver affiliate KMGH that Anastasia Adair, 22, was passing an AK-47-style assault rifle to her husband, Dana “Shane” Adair, when the gun went off. A second shot was fired when Anastasia fell and dropped the rifle, but no one was hit by it, two witnesses and the husband told police.
Shane Adair told police that the gun had a light trigger pull. Federal Heights Police Lt. Gary Toldness said that the fatal bullet’s trajectory appeared consistent with the witness accounts of an accidental shooting. The investigation is continuing.
According to the Denver Post, the incident occurred while the couple and three housemates were drinking beer in their garage. Toldness told the Denver Post that the shooting will be treated as an accident, but authorities will investigate how much alcohol was in the victim’s blood.
Should you ever be accused of terrorism, here’s what you should do: Snitch on your friends, demand to be placed under witness protection, then fly out of the country. According to a stunning report from the Justice Department’s internal watchdog, this is remarkably easy to do — and it’s actually happened.
Conversation overheard at first TSA security station, “Hello, my I see your ID and boarding pass please?” “Fred Smith traveling to Yemen huh? Have a nice flight”. Turns to fellow TSA agent and says, “Fred Smith, looks more like a Mohammed or an Ahmed if you ask me!” and they both laugh “ha, ha, ha, … . “.
I saw the The “What to Do in New York City” Open Thread and decided to ask a similar question about San Francisco. My parents are taking a vacation there soon and I’d like to ask my fellow Lizards if they can recommend any good things for them to see or do there. Please keep in mind these are older folks and on the conservative side culturally, though they are both tolerant and good humored (and I’m lucky to have them).
Suggestions warmly welcomed.
Paper is becoming less important in some respects, but its strengths — prestige, utility, permanence, and security — are more essential than ever.
s paper obsolete? A Canadian who had a stash of new-style polymer $100 bills probably would disagree. He kept them in a coffee can near a radiator and they melted. Others have complained that Canada’s new individual notes stick together and resist folding. Canadian authorities insist problems are exaggerated and that the new plastic money is much harder to counterfeit than traditional rag-content paper. Still, it’s only a matter of time before counterfeiters imitate the technology, as they have with other safety features from watermarks to holograms, at least well enough to fool time-pressed cashiers.
Could the solution be to eliminate all currency in favor of digital transactions? Barron’s ran a cover story asking if we’ve reached “The End of Cash?” The author called the disappearance of cash “slow but inexorable.” Yet he had to acknowledge at the outset that the federal government printed a record 8.4 billion notes in 2011. While the piece asserted that “upscale merchants are doing away with cash registers,” the only one it mentioned was Apple stores. And even they do accept cash, despite urban legends otherwise.
Paper is definitely becoming less important for financial transactions. The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s website makes this point graphically. Cash accounts for only 0.2 percent of the value of funds transferred; the volume is overwhelmingly electronic. But that doesn’t mean paper money has been withering. Nearly half of all transactions — 49.4 percent, according to the Fed — are still in cash. Somebody has failed to inform tens of millions of consumers about the “post-cash, post–credit card economy.” Most futurist gurus and journalists who extol it, whatever their politics, have little contact with the 25 percent or more of the population who, according to the Fed, are “unbanked or underbanked” and rely almost entirely on cash payments, with the exception of the debit cards now encouraged by Social Security and other government agencies.
And paper remains invaluable even for the millions of people with ample credit. Globally, the increase in Chinese consumption of paper over the last five years has more than offset the decline in U.S. production, according to the Environmental Paper Network, a nonprofit promoting conservation and recycling. And according to the Economist, global paper use per capita is up by 50 percent since the dawn of the personal computing age in 1980. (Thanks to the prodigious paperwork of the expanding European Union, Brussels’s multilingual bureaucrats have brought Belgium to the number one world per-capita rank in paper use.) Paper may be less vital for conveying breaking news than it once was — according to the Times Literary Supplement, Charles Lindbergh’s 1927 solo transatlantic flight alone increased newsprint consumption by 25,000 tons — but it can offer four advantages: prestige, utility, permanence, and security.
As routine communications have become largely electronic, paper’s role as a mark of status has only grown. Can an exclusively electronic diploma, passport, or military commission document even be imagined? Will the bride’s family announce a wedding with advertising-supported Evites, and will the photographer supply only digital files recording the event? The more important the gesture, the more imperative a handwritten note, in part precisely because people find handwriting more difficult now. Even a commercially produced card signals that the sender has taken the trouble to visit a shop, select the proper design, find a stamp, address it, and mail it. One recent European experiment showed that even for a high-technology job announcement, many more potential applicants replied to postcards than to email announcements. And America’s continued printing of one-dollar bills signals support for the U.S. note as a reserve currency. (At the other end of the range, the $3 billion in hundred-dollar bills printed last year are used mainly overseas.)
An 11-year-old Florida boy has died after being shot by a four-year-old relative on Mother’s Day at a Lake City apartment complex, according to a Department of Children and Families spokesperson.
Jarvan Jackson died Tuesday at Shands Hospital in Gainesville.
According to neighbors interviewed by Action News, there were six children and at least one adult in the apartment at the time of the shooting on Sunday.
The victim’s grandmother told First Coast News that the four-year-old and a two-year-old were playing with the gun and Jackson was trying to get it away from them when he was accidentally shot in the neck.
“The children were covered in blood,” the 911 caller told Action News. “I went inside the house because I heard all the kids screaming and the little boy was laying on his back, covered up.”
DCF’s John Harrell told HuffPost Miami that the four-year-old sustained an injury during the shooting but it was not life threatening.
Lake City Police have ruled the shooting an accident and are investigating how the four-year-old got access to gun, reports the Gainesville Sun.
Florida has had a string of violent accidental shootings involving children in the last few weeks.
A three-year-old Tampa boy fatally shot himself after finding his uncle’s gun in a backpack last week.
The week before, a six-year-old girl was shot in her chest, right above her heart, by her 13-year-old brother. She is expected to recover.
Ever hear whites make fun of black names? Names like Lakeesha and Jashon? Did you know that when potential employers are presented with two identical resumes, one with a white name and one with a black name, the white person gets the interview, hands down. Not so harmless now. And when “undercover” black and white employees interview for jobs, when they both have the exact same qualifications, guess who almost always gets called back? Yeah, that’s right, the whites.
When I say “welfare queen,” do you think of a poor white woman living in Appalachia outside a trailer, with a bunch of dirty kids in diapers running around, or do you think of Lakeesha, sitting on her welfare throne with buckets of food stamps all around her? Yet, there are twice as many whites on welfare as blacks and that’s not including the white CEOs of corporate America.
Do you ever find yourself having conversations with other whites and when you talk about blacks you whisper the word “blacks”? If you are not ashamed of what you are saying, why are you whispering?
If I told you I was representing an alleged drug dealer, in your mind is he black or white? (He’s white by the way.)
Our criminal justice system is rife with racism. Just one example: In 2011 the City of Philadelphia settled a lawsuit with the ACLU because of the police department’s “stop and frisk” policy. Seventy-six percent of the people stopped in Philadelphia without reasonable suspicion were minorities and 85 percent of the people frisked were minorities, including lawyers, doctors and other professionals.
I’m not sure if this qualifies as too cool for words or way too much time on his hands. Because, damn.