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Governor Nathan Deal signed into law House Bill 60 (Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014), which was passed by wide margins. This law will do a few things:
While the bill says no one is allowed to carry a firearm past an airport’s security screening checkpoint, it allows guns in other areas, including “an airport drive, general parking area, walkway, or shops and areas of the terminal that are outside the screening checkpoint.”
Guns in airports? What could go wrong?!
Another provision of the new law allows firearms into any government building that is open for business and doesn’t have security personnel restricting access or screening visitors.
Some critics have said it was hypocritical to allow guns in so many places but not the state Capitol. Deal addressed that perception in a question from reporters, saying the Capitol fell under a wider statewide provision that affects many government buildings, and it’s “a uniform carved-out area all across our state.”
The law also allows Georgians to carry guns into bars and churches as long as the property owner hasn’t banned them. Anyone bringing a gun into a church that prohibits them won’t be arrested but could pay a fine up to $100, the law says.
A $100 fine for FREEDOM is a small price to pay, eh?
The law will also allow the carrying of firearms by any “duly authorized official of a public or private elementary or secondary school or a public or private technical school, vocational school, college, university, or other institution of post-secondary education or a local board of education.”
Johnny Teacher now becomes Johnny Law. OH YEAH BABY!
Other notable provisions of the law allow hunters to use silencers and suppressors when the owner of the property where they’re hunting is aware they’re using such a device; permit gun owners who have had their licenses revoked to apply for a new license after three years; restrict access for anyone whom a court has deemed mentally incompetent or insane, or anyone involuntary committed to a mental institution; and forbid police officers who see a resident carrying a gun to ask for their permit unless they’re committing a crime.
When you’re assasinating ducks, you don’t want the other ducks to be warned. As for the bolded part, one needs a permit to carry a gun but a peace officer is not allowed to ask someone carrying a gun in public if they have a permit. Genius! Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is now the law for gun holders in the state of Georgia.
Dontcha feel safer?
From the NY Times:
But if the federal government has moved on, Mr. Bundy — a father of 14 and a registered Republican — has not.
He said he would continue holding a daily news conference; on Saturday, it drew one reporter and one photographer, so Mr. Bundy used the time to officiate at what was in effect a town meeting with supporters, discussing, in a long, loping discourse, the prevalence of abortion, the abuses of welfare and his views on race.
“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” the rancher began as he described a “government house” in Las Vegas where he recalled that all the people who sat outside seemed to “have nothing to do.”
“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he said, as quoted by the Times. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”
The Times reached out to spokespeople for Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Dean Heller (R-NV), who have spoken in support of Bundy, and for Texas Attorney Gen. Greg Abbott (R). Those who responded distanced themselves from Bundy and his remarks.
So, he freedom for him, but not for blacks since they can’t control themselves. OK. Shame on the politicans that expressed sypmathy for this loon.
Mr. Bundy’s case is clearly divisive. About 16,000 ranchers across the country pay relatively modest fees for their herds to use public land. The Nevada Cattlemen’s Association, while expressing sympathy with some of Mr. Bundy’s complaints, pointedly did not endorse his methods.
“This should not be confused with civil disobedience,” Mr. Mrowka said. “This is outright anarchy going on here.”
Mr. Bundy disputes the legitimacy of both the bureau and the courts that have ruled against him. “I’ll be damned if I’m going to honor a federal court that has no jurisdiction or authority or arresting power over we the people,” he said.
Well, they do. They’re the federal government that has owned the land for some years, and thousands of other cattle ranchers understand this and pay fees. This ‘American patriot’ appears to want to have the trappings of being a patriot without actually understanding that recognizing and agreeing to the rule of law comes with it. Then again, if nothing’s going to happen to a bunch of armed protestors, I guess he can continue to think he won:
But Alan O’Neill, who had a similar struggle with Mr. Bundy when he was superintendent of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, expressed concern that the government had backed down.
“He calls himself a patriot, and says he loves America,” Mr. O’Neill said. “And yet he says he won’t follow any federal laws. You just can’t let this go by, or everybody is going to be like, ‘If Bundy can break the law, why can’t I?’ ”
Yes, why can’t you? Just bring guns to your protest and the government will let you do what you want. Just don’t protest in a park.
For your consideration, Supreme Court:
If “Coca-Cola stands behind this label as being fair to consumers,” he said, “then I think you have a very difficult case to make. I think it’s relevant for us to ask whether people are cheated in buying this product.”
Justice Kennedy’s question seemed in keeping with the court’s general skepticism about Coca-Cola’s arguments that it could not be sued by a rival for false advertising over the label.
The product in question, sold under Coca-Cola’s Minute Maid brand, is made almost entirely from apple and grape juice. But it is called “Pomegranate Blueberry,” followed in smaller type by the words “Flavored Blend of 5 Juices.”
Well, what’s almost entirely apple and grape juice???
The label shows a pomegranate and blueberries in front of an apple and grapes. The juices are dyed dark purple. But the beverage contains no more than trace amounts of the two featured juices. It is 0.3 percent pomegranate juice and 0.2 percent blueberry juice. Pom Wonderful, which sells pomegranate juice, is suing for false advertising.
“We don’t think that consumers are quite as unintelligent as Pom must think they are,” she said. “They know when something is a flavored blend of five juices and the nonpredominant juices are just a flavor.”
Usually when something is advertised as Pomegranate Blueberry I just assume it’s mostly full of apple and grape juice, but a Supreme Court justice isn’t similarily-minded:
Justice Kennedy frowned. “Don’t make me feel bad,” he said, “because I thought that this was pomegranate juice.”
That idiot Kennedy thought it was full of pomegranate just because it had pomegranate on the label, was advertised as full of pomegranate juice and was dyed a color that would be the equivalent of blueberry and pomegranate! Why, another justice seems similarily dense:
Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. asked whether that was realistic. “You don’t think there are a lot of people who buy pomegranate juice because they think it has health benefits, and they would be very surprised to find when they bring home this bottle that’s got a big picture of a pomegranate on it, and it says ‘pomegranate’ on it, that it is — what is it — less than one half of 1 percent pomegranate juice?” he asked.
Come on Coke, defend yourselves from these spurious arguments:
“We’re not talking here about safety,” she said. “We’re talking here about labeling so that consumers have adequate information, at the same time as manufacturers are not put to the burdens and inefficiencies of having constantly shifting labeling standards imposed by juries, which ultimately will cost more to the consumer.”
Yeah! Since we originally labelled it Blueberry Pomegranate, it’s going to cost money to change it to Apple/Grape w/ a splash, and that’s not fair. Why didn’t you tell us to begin with that we should label things to align with the ingredients inside?!
Indiana lawmakers approved a controversial bill late Thursday to allow guns in parked cars on school property, despite objections from school groups and gun reform advocates.
The measure, supported by the powerful National Rifle Association, cleared the Senate on a 38-10 vote. The House followed suit, voting 75-24 and sending the measure to Gov. Mike Pence for consideration
The votes on Senate Bill 229 followed floor debates between lawmakers who wanted to protect the gun rights of licensed permit holders and those who felt the measure would lead to more access to guns and possibly more violence.
Sen. Jim Tomes, R-Wadesville, bill author, said the measure allows people who can legally possess firearms to have their guns on school property only if concealed in locked cars on parking lots.
It doesn’t allow guns in the schools, buildings, school buses or at any functions where there are students present on school grounds, he said.
But the bill would allow teachers, parents, schools visitors and high school students who are members of gun clubs to have guns locked in their cars in school parking lots. Student gun club members would have to receive permission from school principals.
Let me get this straight. Guns will now potentially be in the parking lots of schools. What problems does this law propose to fix?
“Teachers have to leave their 2nd Amendment rights at the front door when they go to work,” said Steele.
And students leave their 1st amendment rights at the front door when they got to school, too. They’d also be leaving their 2nd amendment rights at the door under this bill, too. In the event of a school shooting, a teacher or school staff member would theoretically realize a shooting is occurring, slip past the shooter(s), go to their locked car, lock and load, return, and enact pure American justice.
Seems like a likely story.
Obviously only God knew what the 6 million Jews in Nazi death camps were praying for (“Consider a story on prayer efficacy,” Reading Eagle, Feb. 18).
Perhaps they were praying for an eternal life with God and Jesus Christ, and their prayers were answered.
Rich Reinhart Jr.
CUMRU TWP, Pa. – Authorities in Berks County say an elderly woman who was hurt in a fire was trying to light a cigarette while on oxygen.The blaze destroyed the house in the 100 block of Gerald Avenue in Cumru Township.The woman was hospitalized after a neighbor helped rescue her from the fire.At last check she was listed in good condition.The home is a total loss.No word on her brand.
Here’s a lady who is a boss, and I wish I could be as slick as this:
The Shreveport, La., city council in December voted to approve an anti-discrimination ordinance to protect residents from discrimination based on their sexual and gender identity.
The lone dissenting voice on the measure was that of right-wing councilman, Ron Webb. At the time of the vote, Webb said he opposed the measure because, “The Bible tells you homosexuals are an abomination.”
The ordinance passed with a 6-to-1 vote, but Webb wasted little time before introducing a resolution to repeal it.
The residents of Shreveport — most of whom supported the ordinance — came out this week to comment on the repeal. Pamela Raintree was one among dozens of community members to address the council, and her testimony was a passionate and scathing indictment of Webb’s ignorance and bigotry.
Raintree, who is a transgender woman, held a stone as she read aloud from the Bible, telling Webb, “Leviticus 20:13 states, ‘If a man also lie with mankind as he lieth with a woman, they shall surely put him to death. I brought the first stone, Mr. Webb, in case that your Bible talk isn’t just a smoke screen for personal prejudices.”
Well, surely after being presented with the Biblical phrase, he’d stand up, take the stone and smash her face in:
Moments after Raintree’s testimony, Webb withdrew his resolution without calling for a vote. The ordinance protecting LGBTQ residents from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations remains in effect.
OH SNAP! Or he’ll slink away like the little coward he is, while Raintree stands triumphant over the metaphorical corpse of his bigoted bill! Score one for equality.
Not an onion article:
LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) — Kentucky Representative Leslie Combs (D-Pikeville) accidentally fired her handgun in her Capitol Annex office Tuesday, the eastern Kentucky lawmaker confirmed on Wednesday. No injuries were reported.
“I obviously was stunned,” Combs said. “That’s a first.”
The three term representative said her Ruger semi-automatic handgun accidentally fired as she unloaded it while meeting with Representative Jeff Greer (D-Brandenburg).
“I was purposefully disarming it to put it up because I didn’t like it and didn’t want to use it anymore,” Combs explained that she was planning on selling the gun.
“Why at that particular moment? I kind of had it on my brain. I had it in my purse,” Combs said. “I carried it usually, and I thought I want to put that sucker away. And I did. And I was going through the process as I have been trained to do, had it pointed in the proper direction like I’ve been trained, was disarming it like Ive been trained to do, and …like I said I am a gun owner …. it happens.”
It happens. It happens. IT. HAPPENS. This person is a state legislator who states she was trained to handle a firearm. IT DOES NOT USUALLY FUCKING HAPPEN!
Combs said the incident had not prompted her to reconsider whether she would be armed at the Capitol.
“I am a gun owner,” Combs said. “I support the right to bear arms. As a female, particularly for protection rights, I feel the need to carry a firearm not only because I travel here a lot of times but a lot of times at night to Lexington, but in the eastern Kentucky region, it is normal to have that.”
“I go into a lot of areas where I’d feel I need the protection,” Combs told WHAS11. “And I usually always have a firearm on me. But obviously there’s a need for, I will be the first proponent for gun safety at the same time I am also a proponent and support people being able to carry weapons properly and with a concealed carry permit.”
Areas such as the capitol before the State of State address by the governor?
At least some lawmakers have some common sense:
Stumbo recalled that subsequent governors have not reissued an executive order banning guns from the Capitol after it expired when Gov. Paul Patton left office in 2003.
But it is a concern to some lawmakers. Louisville representative Mary Lou Marzian tried to prohibit guns at the capitol several years ago and said the issue should be reconsidered.
“I think we need to look at whether or not we’re going to allow guns around here,” Marzian said. “I think we really have to look at safety, the volatility of a weapon that could go off and really injure somebody.”
That’s entirely too rational. Time for an irrational view from the very person who fired the gun inside the capitol:
Combs is sticking by her Second Amendment rights, and was already planning to replace her gun.
“It’s an automatic,” Combs said. “I need to stick with revolvers.”
Nah, I suggest upgrading to fully automatic! No half measures.
The Reading Eagle tends to print any ol’ letter sent into its offices. This year was no exception, from racism to misogyny to political screeds, they print them all. They decided to top themselves to cap off 2013, printing a letter from Betty Jane Lillis. It must be read to be believed:
In response to Adam Wayne’s letter (“God could act in his own time,” Reading Eagle, Dec. 25):
We surely didn’t evolve from apes. How does an ape transform over time to look human?
People are in denial that there is a God and that the Bible is true and accurate. This also falls into the same concept people have about how a person chooses his way of life and makes biblical reference look like an attack.
We are in the era in which people do not want to accept what is in the Bible because it doesn’t give them the freedom to do what God did not intend for his creations to do.
What’s next? Give child molesters rights to offend little ones because they can’t control themselves? Give people the right to steal from another because the victim should share what he has?
People are in denial because to accept the truth means they have to abide by the law of God.
Betty Jane Lillis
Lower Heidelberg Township
Step back from your tablet or computer. Let this sink in. Evolution isn’t real because wtf, how could it be? People are in denial there is a god because they want to live their lives the way they do. If we don’t live by her view of the bible, child molesters will be allowed to ‘offend little ones’. This one has it all, folks.
Have a great 2014, and remember that you’re a piece of shit who needs to follow the bible. Man, do anti-evolutionist live a fun life.
The Rev. Rob Morris, pastor of Christ the King Lutheran Church, prayed at the vigil the Sunday following the Dec. 14 shootings alongside other Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Baha’i clergy.
Morris’ church is a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and the denomination’s constitution prohibits ministers from participating in services with members of different faiths.
It’s not the first time a Missouri Synod pastor has been reprimanded for joining an interfaith prayer service; a New York pastor also was suspended for participating in an interfaith service after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
LCMS president Matthew Harrison wrote in a letter to the Synod that “the presence of prayers and religious readings” made the Newtown vigil joint worship, and therefore off-limits to Missouri Synod ministers. Harrison said Morris’ participation also offended members of the denomination.
“After consultation with my supervisors and others, I made my own decision,” Morris wrote in his apology letter. “I believed my participation to be, not an act of joint worship, but an act of community chaplaincy.”
Pretty safe to say you’re a bunch of pricks.
Because they don’t know what they’d classify it as:
The municipalities have met three times since August with the Pennsylvania Economy League to study the issue. At a meeting last week, the Lower Alsace supervisors said they would prefer remaining a second-class township, while Mount Penn officials said they would prefer remaining a borough, although Councilwoman Claudia Hurwitz said Tuesday the borough was open to other options.
So two towns containing 7,500 people, already share fire, police and school services, can’t put pointless designations to the side before even AGREEING TO STUDY IT:
The two sides were scheduled to make a decision about continuing the study at the end of the year, after the economy league put together a sample budget showing how a merger would affect tax rates, services and spending.
But the study will not get to that point.
“I think we should just end it now,” Councilman James Cocuzza said.
Morons. Borough or township? Township or borough? IT’S TOO DIFFICULT, LET’S QUIT!