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Weekend link dump for September 22

Gun licensing is a very effective solution to gun violence.

“Why Do We Need Super Accurate Atomic Clocks?”

RIP, Ric Ocasek, guitarist and lead singer for The Cars.

“How Grocery Stores Became A Cultural Flashpoint In The Gun Debate”.

“There is a third type of conversation, and I don’t know how it ends. It’s one about how sports could put, side-by-side with Brown’s, Taylor’s story, and then reflect on how uncomfortable that surely would make all of us feel.”

“That basic story, the framework to most of the classic Scooby-Doo cartoons, has entertained three generations of kids, and today, the franchise is celebrating 50 years since the first episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? aired on CBS, September 13, 1969.”

I like this artist’s interpretation of a modern Scooby gang. The Velma character reminds me a bit of Cosima from Orphan Black. Just don’t read any of the responses in that thread.

“A document Hillary Clinton helped write nearly a half century ago has returned from the dead to threaten the man she couldn’t vanquish in 2016.”

RIP, Cokie Roberts, pioneering journalist who helped shape NPR.

RIP, Carol Lynley, actor best known for The Poseidon Adventure.

“If you, like everyone I know, are endlessly frustrated by the recent deluge of robocalls pitching insurance you would never want–well, you can blame Trump for that, too.”

“Maybe Tennessee has an argument for why this proposal is consistent with the Medicaid statute. I’m all ears. For now, however, I don’t see how to square what Tennessee wants with the language of the law.”

“So here we are, a year later. The wounds are not going to heal. The staying power of the Kavanaugh story—or perhaps the Christine Blasey Ford story, or the Deborah Ramirez story—is how normal it is.”

“The Astros Are About to Set an Unbreakable Record”.

“The weirdly innocent part of the Jerry Falwell Jr. scandal”.

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  1. Ross says:

    Gun licensing is bullshit. It doesn’t stop anyone who really wants to buy a firearm illegally, and it makes it difficult for the rest of us to buy a firearm. It’s also very prone to abuse, with licenses withheld from legitimate citizens, while the politically connected get them without any issue at all. California’s concealed carry license has worked like that for decades, with celebrities and politically connected people getting carry licenses, while others, who actually need them, can’t get them, and in some cases, die because they can’t defend themselves from a stalker. Same thing in NYC, where the average citizen can’t get a license, but politicians and their friends have no problem.

  2. SocraticGadfly says:

    Several notes:

    1. Why not licensing AND better, more thorough background checks? Including the background check process being “open” where you could get a provisional OK but if info comes in later, provisional is revoked.

    2. Kroger et al? “Asking” is not the same as “forbidding,” espec. “forbidding and posting ‘no guns.'”

  3. Bill Daniels says:

    The “new” Kavanaugh accuser is a Clinton lawyer who reports that a woman who does not remember Kavanaugh assaulting her was assaulted by Kavanaugh. Hmm.

    The lawyer for Ford, Katz recently ADMITTED that Ford was motivated to try and derail Kav because she felt so strongly about abortion. In other words, it was worth totally fabricating the whole story if it could stop a guy she felt would be unsympathetic to abortion from getting on the SC. Ford’s already been caught in provable lies, like that extra front door that turned out to be not because she was frightened of enclosed spaces, but because she had an illegal sublet. Her ‘fear of flying’ also turned out to be a big fat lie, as she had no problem jet setting around on vacation, and, in the irony of ironies, didn’t even have to fly from California to D.C. for the hearing because she had already flown to the area to get coached by Katz and company. All Ford proved was that someone read Kavanaugh’s friend’s book. No one she named remembered anything like what she described, and even her friend Leyland said it didn’t happen. Well, she proved that she worked fairly hard on her vocal fry, to perfect that sing songy little girl voice, although she did break character enough for us to know it was BS.

    And then nobody noticed the way her social media was professionally scrubbed before she came forward. How does some random liberal arts college adjunct pull that off?

    Avanatti and his “choo, choo, all aboard the rape train allegations were so preposterous that even Spartacus and crew didn’t want to go near them, and finally, Swetnick couldn’t even figure out her story until she spent 5 or 6 hours with a Dem lawyer to make sure she fully understood the lie she was to tell.

    If I was a Dem, I would be really ashamed of what my team did to Kavanaugh, a hit job by a bunch of liars. I mean, I’d be hugely embarrassed about it, to the point of never mentioning it again. But no, here’s a loyal Clinton solider making ANOTHER unsubstantiated accusation that even the purported victim says never happened.

    If you are willing to see this done to Kavanaugh, how would you feel if it was YOUR son, or YOUR husband, or YOUR father that was attacked in this way, when even the players involved are telling you it was bullshit, like Katz. It was worth it to lie about Kavanaugh for the chance to keep him off the court.

    What happens when someone decides it would be worth it to lie about YOUR son? Some lines we should just not cross.

  4. robert says:

    I dated Ric Ocaseks sister for a short period, what an awesome but weird family.

    As far as gun control….as a former Army guy, no one needs one

    Ross, what branch did you serve in…and what militia do you plan on serving in??

  5. Ross says:

    Robert, none of your business, as it’s not relevant here. The 2nd Amendment clearly says the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. The militia clause is prefatory, and doesn’t stand on its own. Everywhere else in the Bill of Rights, “the people” means an individual right, not a collective right.

    Fortunately, it’s not up to the Army to determine what I can or can’t own. The job of the Army is to do as its told by the national leadership, not make political judgments.

  6. Manny says:

    According to Bill, rapes never occur, as all women cannot be believed.

  7. Bill Daniels says:

    Not true, Manny.

    I believe Keith Ellison beat the crap out of his woman. She’s got the gory photos to prove it.

    The Clinton lawyer that made the most recent accusation against Kavanaugh ‘heard something from some people, but he really doesn’t remember who.’ And the woman who was supposedly the victim of Kavanaugh says she doesn’t remember anything like the story being told.

    Manny, how would you feel if, say, one of your neighbors was pissed at you, so they got their daughter to call the cops and say your son assaulted their daughter? A bullshit claim, made out of spite, designed to ruin your family and hopefully drive you out of the neighborhood.

    This is about on par with what the Dem. machine tried to do to Kavanaugh….in front of his two little girls and his wife. It was unconscionable, just like it would be if your neighbor lied about your son. “But it’s just a job interview!”

    Think about it. Again, there are some lines we should just not cross.

  8. Manny says:

    Bill you claim that “Illegals” ruin neighborhoods, look at what you worry about in the area you live in, must be hell to live like you do where you do.

  9. C.L. says:

    Gun licensing is difficult, Ross ? Cry me a river. Ever had to stand in line at TX DPS ?

  10. robert says:

    Bill, you’re still an ass no matter what.

    No one needs a gun.