Archive for March 16th, 2011

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Violent tea partier arrested at Democratic rally in Houston

Crooks & Liars- By David

March 16, 2011 09:00 AM


CBS News reported Wednesday that a violent man waving a tea party flag was arrested at a Democratic rally in Houston, Texas after he charged the podium.

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Brady Campaign: DOJ Meeting Shows Obama Is ‘Serious’ About Combatting Gun Violence


Ryan J. Reilly | March 16, 2011, 3:20PM

A coalition of pro gun-control groups met with Obama administration officials at the Justice Department Tuesday to discuss ways to prevent gun violence.

The meeting at DOJ headquarters, the first in a series of meetings the administration is trying to schedule to address the issue, was led by Christopher H. Schroeder, Assistant Attorney General for DOJ’s Office of Legal Policy. Representatives of the White House, the Vice President’s office, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were also in attendance.

Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign on Gun Violence, told TPM that the government representatives didn’t tip their cap for what direction they planned on taking to combat gun violence.

“We asked a lot of questions, and they indicated they don’t have any particular policies that they’re pushing or any particular legislation that they’re pushing, right now they’re basically out gathering pieces of information,” Helmke said.

The White House had invited the National Rifle Association (NRA) to the meeting, but NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre told the New York Times that he didn’t see a reason to “go sit down with a group of people that have spent a lifetime trying to destroy the Second Amendment in the United States.”

In a letter to President Barack Obama, LaPierre and NRA Executive Director Chris Cox wrote that for Obama “to focus a national dialogue on guns – and not criminals or mental health issues – misses the point entirely”. The said gun laws aren’t the problem.


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Crooks & Liars- By Heather

March 15, 2011 07:02 PM

This video is the best illustration I’ve seen of the amount of seismic activity the Japanese have had to endure this week. I wonder how much longer this is going to go on. Between the quakes and the nuclear disaster there it’s just horrifying to imagine what the people of that country are going through right now.

h/t tekisui at DU.

From Gremo who made the video:

Quick video showing earthquakes in Japan between 9 March and 14 March. 1 hour ~ 1 second. Big one is around 1:17.

You can find the kml file here: http://jumpjack.wordpress.com/2011/03/13/animazione-googleearth-terremoto-gia…

And one of the commenters at DU sent this link — Earthquakes In The Last Week

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