Monday, September 16, 2013

Here's a few talking points for Wayne LePierre.

- "Look it could have been worse, 168 died in Oklahoma. Guns reduce citizen deaths."

- "Guns don't kill, people do."

- "There is no comprehensive mental illness database."

- "It is good for a country to know there are limits to their power."

- "Hey, there are no kids involved." True. Just the kids of their late parents.

- "Background checks would not have prevented this." More than likely.

- "The guns came from Mexico after the USA sold them to the Mexican government." Those straw purchasers are something, aren't they?

- "A gun ban would not have prevented this." Hmmmmmmmm? Lie. But, it sounds like Wayne.

- "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." But, not this time.

By all rights according to Wayne LaPierre all police and guards should be alive.

Our law enforcement officers are armed. What's the problem? They die anyway? Oh.

Uploaded on Jan 14, 2011 
First-time firing of pre-production KSG by officers at Lakewood Police Department. They are not used to the manual of arms, but you can see how the gun works and note the negligible muzzle rise on recoil. Ammunition is a mix of 00 buckshot and slugs. See and for more information about this firearm.

The NRA promotes anarchy and danger in the lives of Americans.

The reasons these conversations occur is to enforce the idea the American people have to have military weapons to protect from their government.

That argument is a PLACE HOLDER. The NRA and gun lobby are scared that if decent laws are on the books they will lose their millions. What's a few lives once in a while?

I suppose all the THREE involved in the slaughter today were crazy. All three. Amazing. 

...He (Alexis) worked his way to the third and fourth floors of a building, which then looked down on an open atrium.

Sources say with that assault rifle, which is believed to be an AR-15, Alexis essentially was a sniper, able to easily target his victims from a very high vantage point. He fired a large number of shots in a relatively confined area....

Every means of government insight and policy is not a lie.

The USA has too many guns on the street. Trained officers could stop them.

This was an attack on the government and when is Congress going to do something about these weapons?

The USA attempts to carry out diplomacy and there are nothing but Right Wing Nuts with military equipment ready to try to access either leadership and/or weapons console. Maybe pilot a few drones or start WWIII because they have the idea enemies must die at all costs. This is ridiculous. Twelve people dead at a very important military instillation and the government is scratching their heads about gun control. Good, real good.

By Carol Morello, Peter Hermann and Clarence Williams'

Updated: Monday, September 16, 2:22 PM

...“The big concern for us right now (click here) is that we have potentially two other shooters that we have not located at this point,” Lanier said.
Mayor Vincent C. Gray said no motive is known. He said they have no reason to believe it was an act of terrorism, though he said he could not rule it out.
Lanier described one of the possible suspects as a white male in his 40s, wearing what appeared to be tan military clothing, “consistent with a Navy uniform,” and a beret. She said police also are looking for a black man in his 40s with gray sideburns, wearing an olive-drab military-style uniform.
“We have multiple pieces of information that would suggest” that the two suspects are armed. “We have reason to believe that they are involved in some way.”
Police are asking anyone with information on these two people to call 202-727-9099....

Someone had plans.

SSP (Strategic Systems Program) Headquarters, Washington DC (click here)

The majority of jobs are located at the SSP Headquarters at Washington Navy Yard, Washington DC. 

The Vice President's residence is about 7 miles from there.

The US Army Corp is needed in Colorado

Damaged roads and bridges (click here) have left hundreds of people stranded in small towns in Colorado. The Colorado National Guard is using helicopters to rescue people, but more bad weather has made flying difficult.
 The state needs pontoon bridges and Humvees. The Humvees need to be equipped with First Responders with radio link to a hospital.There is no sense in wasting anymore time, if people are alive they are dehydrating already.

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1st Armored Division soldiers work towards completion of a pontoon bridge over the Sava River as a tug boat moves a piece of pontoon bridge into place. The bridges are needed to replace the destroyed bridges so the Implementation Force (IFOR) troops may enter into Bosnia.
Photo by 2Lt. Stacey Wyzykowski 1st Combat Camera Charleston AFB SC

Some pontoon bridges can be very rudimentary in order to achieve rescues. 


Some can even be walkways as long as they can be secured from rapids and white water.

Oddly enough the more rudimentary the bridge, the quicker it can be fashioned. The US Army Corp can speak to the current technology and the expediency of the deployment in order to gain access to save lives.

Rescue rafts and life rafts can provide a bridge between civilization and stranded people.

Why would rebalancing the economy not include putting labor first?

Skewed vision of the economy (click here)

I suspect Danny Alexander ("Thank LibDems 'for pulling UK out of slump'", The Herald, September 14) is being a trifle arrogant and premature in suggesting his party is responsible for economic recovery in the UK.

Some might even argue his views are delusional.

Perhaps any recovery is despite, rather than because of, the LibDems and their colleagues in Coalition.

An alternative view might be that the Government is failing in its stated quest to "rebalance the economy". The history of government going back to the Thatcher years is of dysfunctional deregulation of capital and rabid regulation of labour.

The richest individuals and corporations are awash with cash but neither spend it, due to "lack of confidence" and lack of need, nor pay their moral share of tax. Those with most need to spend - the poorest citizens and local government - cannot afford their modest needs. A rebalancing in favour of labour would achieve a fairer society and an economy which works.

Peter Moore,
3 Bellevue Road,

The fish finally have their reef back.

 September 16, 2013, 7:04 AM


A complex system of pulleys (click here) and counterweights on Monday began pulling the Costa Concordia cruise ship upright from its side on a Tuscan reef at Giglio Island, where it capsized 20 months ago -- an anxiously awaited operation of a kind that has never been attempted on such a huge liner.
Engineers told reporters they'd succeeded in detaching the 952-foot-long vessel from the reef on which it was resting, and the operation was continuing. No bodies had been spotted, they said.
Engineer Sergio Girotto said it began at about 9 a.m., three hours late.
The delay was due to an early morning storm that pushed back a floating command room center from its position close to the wreckage.
The goal is to raise it from its side by 65 degrees to vertical, as a ship would normally be, for eventual towing....