Open Thread 6/16/14

- Enough is enough. Tell our legislators to commit to action on gun safety.

– I’m not usually one to heap much praise on car companies, but well done Tesla.

– I am not a fan of the 3 strikes law. At least there’s some possibility of clemency.

– Maybe trying to make sense of the Klan ideology is a fool’s errand, but trying to recruit military people because you think the government is overreaching and about to collapse, seems like one or the other.

I’m sure the American authorities would be very understanding of a Mexican national coming over the border with a bunch of guns claiming that he got “lost.” But that’s because we’re good and they’re evil.


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    Ralph Hurley spews:

    I wonder if the Tesla family has protection against any and all using great granddad’s surname to enrich themselves?

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @1 No. Individuals can’t patent, copyright, or trademark their own names. You can, however, name a company after yourself or someone else, and get a trademark for the company name. (E.g., Ford Motor Company, Edison Illuminating Company, etc.) In the United States, trademark rights arise from use in commerce, and the right usually belongs to the first or earliest user.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    I support the goal of the three-strikes law, which is to get career criminals and those who repeatedly commit violent crimes off the streets and into permanent confinement, to stop them from further preying on society. Three-strikes laws became popular in part because studies showed a relatively small number of persistent offenders were responsible for a large number of crimes.

    On the other hand, it makes sense to temper these laws by offering the possibility of clemency for humanitarian (e.g. medical) reasons or because the individual has reformed and is no longer a threat to society. I support that (it’s hard to see why anyone wouldn’t). But I won’t support a blanket repeal of three-strikes law, because I think after someone has committed multiple violent crimes, it’s reasonable for society to say “enough is enough” and put that person away where he can’t continue that pattern of behavior.

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    Steve spews:

    I’m not detecting a pulse over at (un)SP. Miller does that every time. The guy’s a real blog killer.

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    Porter Browning spews:

    Fuck these gun grabbing fascists. If they want a civil war they are heading in the right direction.

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    Yawwwwn.. Insomnia…

    Heh.. Sarah has fantasies of baptizing terrorists and a little “jet fuel” for the problem of 48,000 “illegal aliens” (our local village idiot’s favorite appelation for these unfortunate young people).

    Awwwww.. What a compassionate klownservative that Sarah playing the S card – “severing” ties to the village idiot’s beloved Republicans.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @6 Sure, I’ll fight a civil war and kill people like you, if that’s what it takes to take guns away from maniacs who mow down innocent kids. For that cause, I’m willing to fight, kill, and die. I prefer a peaceful solution to the gun problem through the democratic process, but it’s your call, and if you put yourself beyond the law we’ll deal with that.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @4 If you haven’t checked (un)SP tonight, you’re really missing something, because Jim Miller is agreeing with the ACLU.

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    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    Those who want to help the poor get out of poverty would do best to combat the policies that put them in poverty
    Retweeted by Goldy

    Then get DUMMOCRETINS out of power in the cities. It’s their class warfare policies keeping the poor in poverty. Lazy low information voters like the lady who screamed Obummer was going to pay for her gas are the reason DUMMOCRETINS continue to give handouts. Help them with job training. Help them with job skillz. Giving them a handout is the easy way. The old adage of teaching them to fish doesn’t mean DIDDLY to a DUMMOCRETIN!

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    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    I’m sure the American authorities would be very understanding of a Mexican national coming over the border with a bunch of guns claiming that he got “lost.” But that’s because we’re good and they’re evil.

    Hmmm… Does Obummer’s Fast and Furious ring a bell? Does the Brian Terry family derive sympathy from the HA DUMMOCRETIN head honchos? No? Yeah, that’s about right!

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    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    Wow gun violence is down… Butt then again Puddy already knew this. The conservative blogs (ignored by the lazy DUMMOCRETIN creeps browsing HA DUMMOCRETINS) posted this long ago. Glad to see someone else reaching into CNN’s archives!,

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    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    Notice how HuffPo creates the narrative

    In response to recently leaked images of hundreds of undocumented, unaccompanied minors warehoused in crowded federal cells,

    why aren’t they telling the truth and calling them as the US Laws claim them to be: “illegal alien children”?

    To clueless crazed cretin like the one who bottom feeds here, words and facts need to be twisted when you are a DUMMOCRETIN! And of course HA’s clueless crazed cretin twisted the mention by Sarah Palin of using jet fuel to send these children back home instead of Obummer’s DHS incarcerating them on military bases.

    Sheesh, the clueless crazed cretin is a real IDIOT.

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    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    You see clueless crazed cretin… The illegal alien children story offered by the lamestream press has fallen apart. Butt you keep reading the HuffPo…

    As it turns out, the Republican explanation does withstand a whole lot of scrutiny. Recent days have been filled with anecdotal reports, from local news outlets in Central America to major American newspapers, citing immigrants who say they came because they believe U.S. law has been changed to allow them to stay. And now comes word that Border Patrol agents in the most heavily-trafficked area of the surge, the Rio Grande Valley sector of Texas, recently questioned 230 illegal immigrants about why they came. The results showed overwhelmingly that the immigrants, including those classified as UACs, or unaccompanied children, were motivated by the belief that they would be allowed to stay in the United States — and not by conditions in their homelands. From a report written by the agents, quoting from the interviews:

    BTW the WaPo covered this a few days ago. Search the HA archives… Puddy posted it. Ask the clueless crazed cretin for the exact date and time. HA’s clueless crazed cretin lives vicariously through Puddy. He’ll tell you what hot city Puddy is working in this week. Notice Byron York is politically correct. He won’t call them illegal alien children even though that’s the US Law definition!

    Gotta go work is calling!

    See ya lata!

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    Ralph Hurley spews:

    A string of ‘Puddybud’ comments is like what’s left over after a gaggle of geese invade your lawn.

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    Teabagger spews:

    @12 hey idiot whose policies keep the poor people in red states like mississippi or texas or luisianna or alabama in poverty? You would think those states that are run by Republicans would have no poverty….and the suburbs of those states have as much poverty as the cities.

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    Teabagger spews:

    How many of us Derpocrats does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Answer…none, we are not allowed to screw in a lightbulb because we might offend someone.

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    correctnotright spews:

    I love how the right wing is all “incensed” that we traded 5 gitmo hostages for a POW (and those hostages were scheduled to be released in a year) but nary a mention is made of the 520 Gitmo hostages Bush freed for nuthin’ and how at least one of them was involved in Benghazi…..I wonder if it was the one we caught?

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    LMAO!! Mix our local village idiot’s beloved Sarah Palin with her braindead facebook post on “severing” her “ties” to the village idiot’s beloved Republicans (careful Sarah, “severing” is loaded language!) in favor of joining in with liberals on one issue and what happens?

    The village idiot’s HEAD EXPLODES! Too damn funny! Sucks to be that moronic village idiot!

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    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    Your head explodes clueless crazed cretin. Absense of truth in another of your posts. Again you deflect what she actually said about those illegal alien children. Actually Obummer seems to be behind this through embassy pronouncements.

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    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    To the teascumbag both sons learned to fish from me. And it wasn’t Zebco reels. How about you?

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    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    teascumbag… Mississippi? Alabama? Puddy said the cities you idiot. So sad you can’t read. Typical of a scumbag DUMMOCRETIN!

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    Wazzup lib bards spews:

    16.. Gee, and as an exchange administer I might add. Those emails are not stored on your hard drive. They are stored on a server where they can be backed up and recovered. It is pure bullshit that those Lois Libturd messages are lost with the trillions the government spends on technology.