July 2013


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By now I’m sure everyone knows about the people who were arrested for peacefully protesting by singing in the Capitol Rotunda in Wisconsin… but I’m betting this is still going to make you shake your head and look out the window to see if you still live in America.

Another day, another Scott Walker travesty:

This from the youtube bio:

Published on Jul 26, 2013

On Friday July 26 a group of people gathered in the Capitol rotunda to exercise their First Amendment right to petition their government and consult for the common good and so on in song. The Capitol Police brought out an LRAD1000x and announced that the group of people were “unlawfully assembled” and warned that if the they did not disperse the entire group was subject to arrest, but the police took it further than that.

Groups of officers would march into the rotunda and seemingly randomly select 3-5 people and cuff them and bring them downstairs. They did this every 8-12 minutes.

But above the singers were dozens of people watching, bearing witness to the gross police and political misconduct, just checking what was going on, touring the capitol with their family, along with a contingent of Republican staffers getting off watching the real life police porn.

Police started warning random groups of onlookers that if they didn’t immediately disperse they to would be arrested. Many of those warned were tourists visiting from out of town.

Scott Walker is to the US what the Taliban is to Afghanistan. Only difference – the Taliban doesn’t hide in a governor’s mansion – OzMud

=== UPDATE ===

In case you missed the original story, follow it from the beginning here:
My Parents Were Arrested…

and here is the best comment on that blog:
Bobbi Rongstad · Gurney, Wisconsin
Sent to my daughter who responded: This whole thing reminds me of The Hunger Games. There are parts in the books where they talk about the military changing laws and creating new ones to arrest people for whatever reason they see fit. It makes me sick.

I remember when I was a little girl talking to you about what it means to be an American and how lucky I was to have been born one. One example I remember you giving me was that it was ok for me to say Reagan is an idiot and not fear persecution. It appears those times have changed, at least if you live in WI and are vocal about what a douchebag (sorry, but the name just fits) Walker is.

I am still wrapping my head around the hypocrisy of bringing charges against the LCO Harvest camp because of the damage they may do to the forest. As my kids would say….REALLY?

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This just came my way and I felt immediately compelled to add it here…

 

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Another stroke of gun-nuttery from The Daily Kos…

In  a gun-nutshell, this family is on a canoe trip when one of the men (aged 24)  needs to pee. They pull onto the bank (this particular stretch of riverbank is referred to as a gravel bar)  and get out of the canoe.  The young man who needs to pee goes off to do so and another man appears waving a gun at the remaining couple (a young man and his wife) on the river’s edge. He screams at them to get off his land. Confusion reigns.

The salient details of this story are confusing and – I’m guessing – not all in as yet. (Click on gun-nuttery above for full story.) But for me those details shouldn’t even be a part of the discussion. For me, the only details that matter are these:\

Vacationers, American citizens on a day excursion in their own country, in their own home state, boating on a river for which they pay taxes to maintain, are threatened at gun point and ultimately shot at – with the end result of one death – all for the crime of exiting their canoe long enough to pee in the bushes.

Tell me again how it’s a constitutional right to bear arms. Go ahead. I dare you.

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‘Responsible gun Owner’ Opens fire on Car Full of Kids Because Dad Tried to Turn Around in Her Driveway

I don’t know how true this story is but I did find it also at The Gawker, whose article included a link to the newspaper originally covering the story, the Kingsport Times News so I’m feeling pretty confidant about repeating it here.

You, of course, are free to read whichever post you choose – I found I needed to read them all just to wrap my head around the fact that this actually happened.

A grown woman, supposedly a responsible gun owner to boot, who lives at the top of a road that ends further down from her house, turning into a logging road, sits on her porch cradling a rifle.

A family of 7 on an outing o Bays Mountain Park – well here… I’ll let the driver, Oscar Scott tell it. This is from the Times Nesws:

Oscar Scott of Rose Hill, Va. told the Times-News that he and his family decided to explore a scenic way back into Virginia through Hawkins and Hancock counties.

Almost immediately after crossing the Hawkins County line, however, they came upon Bays Mt. Road which runs adjacent to the Sullivan County line.

“We came around the side of the mountain and saw a road that turned to the right that said Bays Mt. Road,” Scott said. “We figured we’d take it and see if it came out at Bays Mountain Park. We got pretty far down that road and you could see where it turned into an old log road, so I put the vehicle in reverse to turn around.”

Scott added, “Just as I got it into reverse she started shooting at us.”

Scott said a woman setting on her porch about 150 feet from the road fired two shots at the 1999 Chevy Tahoe he was driving. One shot actually hit the running board on the passenger side just a few feet from where his five children, ages 4-12, were seated.

The alleged shooter was identified as Margie Rhea Ramey, 72, 652 Bays Mt. Road, Rogersville.

Scott reported the shooting to the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office, and Sgt. Michael Allen responded to the scene.

“During a field interview Mrs. Ramey openly admitted to shooting her rifle towards the vehicle because she has had a continuous problem with people tearing up her driveway,” Allen said.

He said he had no choice but to use her driveway to turn around because the road is so narrow.

Scott said there were several people setting on the porch beside her when she fired.

“I hadn’t even begun to turn my wheels to pull in her driveway,” Scott said. “I just put my vehicle in reverse, and just as quickly as I put it in reverse I heard her hollering and my little boy said, ‘does she got a gun’. About that time she started shooting.”

Scott said the house was on the right side of the road and the bullet hit the passenger side of the vehicle, which he said shows he wasn’t even in her driveway when she fired.

“She fired one shot and my wife hollered and told her we’re just turning around, and then she shot again,”

She was charged with 7 counts of felony reckless endangerment but I’m sure some slick lawyer from the NRA will get her off – and then throw her a nice party and buy her a bigger gun. Just like Zimmerman.

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From Barack Obama’s FB page…

 

 

This was on my feed this morning and it just made my heart do a little dance so I had to share 🙂

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