The Philadelphia shooting stand off resulted in 6 police officers being wounded while dozens of others sought to contain and capture the shooter…which they did after 4 hours of the stand off and negotiations with the suspect.

So the myth about the good guy with a gun resolving a mass shooting situation? It’s just a myth.

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We don’t want to limit gun ownership because it will impact law abiding gun owners. But the shooters in El Paso and Dayton both acquired their guns legally…so a ban on assault type weapons? Just might be the prudent course of action.

and they might not to be confused with them? LOL!

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Thanks Dad!

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Is it too soon to talk about gun control (sarcasm)?

After the mass killings in El Paso and Dayton, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel talked with Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson (R) about how the federal government could prevent similar occurrences in the future. Well he’s got the NRA party line down!

“I’m a strong defender of Second Amendment rights and I’m not really looking to water those things down to pass laws that really are ineffective.”

Well what exactly does he mean by laws that are ineffective? One of them is the push to expand background checks to all gun sales with a few exceptions. He just doesn’t see their effectiveness.

“The vast majority of purchases go through that background check,” Johnson said. “Let me point out: It hasn’t prevented these tragedies, has it? So, I don’t think Washington has a whole lot of solutions in terms of this particular problem.”

Johnson cast doubts about expanding background checks. He voted against such legislation in 2013. He missed a vote on the issue in 2015 but said at the time he opposed the idea.

“I’ll consider pieces of legislation when it’s before me but I voted no in the past because my evaluation is I just really don’t think it’s going to move the needle in terms of effectiveness,” Johnson said Wednesday.

Well…we do know of one local mass murder that may have been prevented by universal background checks. The article even mentions it…the shooting at the Azana Salon and Spa in Brookfield a few years ago. And from preliminary reports, the gunman in Philadelphia who wounded six police officers during a stand off shouldn’t have been able to own fire arms either.

Given that we already have background checks for many sales of fire arms…and that requirement has withstood court challenges…extending it to all gun sales should be a no brainer. Will it eliminate all mass shootings? No, of course not, the senator is correct on that matter. But what if it had prevented the Brookfield shooting or that mess in Philadelphia? Wouldn’t saving some lives be better than throwing up our hands as Senator Johnson has done?

But I mentioned that he didn’t feel the same about amendments other than the 2nd. Well, the senator would like authorities to have more access to medical records…cause as we know…all of these shooters are mentally ill.

Johnson, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said he’d rather put the focus on making school buildings safer and giving police officers easier access to health and school records.

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Seems to me that that access might violate, maybe, the 4th, 5th and 14th Amendments…but hell…who cares…it isn’t the 2nd! And of course, as far as health records…there’s that pesky HIPAA law!

“It’s hard to protect people in an open society without becoming a police state,” he said.

But isn’t providing police additional and new access to personal records exactly one step closer to a police state?

Anyway…I fully support extending background checks on the sale of fire arms to any and all sales. This is a common sense move that…agreed…won’t stop all of the mass murders the US has and will certainly experience…but if it prevents some…it is worth doing. Every life saved is a life saved.

Well here it is:

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has ended his longshot bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, and says he’s giving “serious thought” to running for the Senate in 2020.

Here’s what Hickenlooper says in a video message: “I’ve heard from so many Coloradans who want me to run for the United States Senate. They remind me how much is at stake for our country. And our state. I intend to give that some serious thought.”

How many more will exit the field before Labor Day? A whole bunch hope.

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At the apparent urging of President Donald Trump, the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reversed its decision to allow US Representatives Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) to visit Israel .

Caught between the opposing views of President Trump and Democratic leaders, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reversed himself on Thursday and decided to prohibit Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) from visiting Israel during a trip scheduled to start Sunday.

The move followed an unusual intervention by Trump and immediately opened up a new battle between Netanyahu and Democrats, who had privately warned that such a decision would be unprecedented and inconsistent with Israel’s claims of tolerance and openness.

“The decision has been made; the decision is not to allow them to enter,” Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely told Israel’s Reshet Radio.

In a statement, Netanyahu insisted that his government continues to respect the U.S. Congress but said there are limits to whom it will allow entry. “As a vibrant and free democracy, Israel is open to all its critics and criticism, with one exception: Israeli law prohibits the entry of people who call and operate to boycott Israel,” he said.

If Israel’s initial response would have been to deny visas to Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib I would thought that is was a wrong headed decision but accepted it. But to reverse the decision on short notice…and at the urging of the president…is just flat out wrong. It reeks of Trump interfering in Israeli politics and Trump encouraging Netanyahu to interfere in US politics. Just another example of the empiric tendencies of the Trump regime that the GOP in Washington is afraid to rein in.

But in the land of Twitter it always gets worse:

Trump weighed in Thursday morning on the impending decision, writing on Twitter: “It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds.” Pivoting to domestic politics, Trump added: “Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!”

so there you have it…

I am a bit behind in my listening to music this summer…and I missed getting to this before the bands performance in Milwaukee on August 2nd. If you were lucky enough to see/hear them…it would be great if you could share your experience in the comments.

Any way, ME ME ME is their first single and it was released August 2nd. Aweful features Traci Trouble (HotLips Messiah), Lucy Dekay (Mystery Actions) and Izzy Price (Velcro Lewis Group), Enjoy:

this is just streaming audio


The Dow has dropped more than 600 points, or about 2.5%. Investors have been whipsawed in recent days from mixed signals emerging from the Trump administration about tariffs and the escalating trade war with China.

The jitters were exacerbated amid worrisome economic data from two big countries was announced. Germany posted negative growth in the latest quarter, and China’s industrial output fell to a 17-year low.

An even bigger worry: The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note fell below 2-year Treasuries for the first time since 2007. In other words, you would get a higher interest rate for government debt that matures in two years than in 10 years.

Such an inversion in yields has a strong track record of predicting a recession, especially the longer it continues. Each of the last seven recessions, dating back to 1969, were preceded by the 10-year falling below the 2-year.

This isn’t good news…the only silver lining here is if it happens before the 2020 election…it might help us kick Trump’s butt…cause he has no ability to handle a recession…none. And if happens afterwards and he is re-elected in the meantime…we’ll be looking square in the face of another depression.

I was working on another post when this popped up in my news feed: U.S. Rep. Steve King: If not for rape and incest, ‘would there be any population left?

You really can’t make this stuff up! Jeez:

Rep. Steve King told an Iowa crowd Wednesday that humanity might not exist if not for rape and incest throughout human history.

“What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled out anyone who was a product of rape or incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?” he said at the Westside Conservative Club in Urbandale, Iowa. “Considering all the wars and all the rapes and pillages that happened throughout all these different nations, I know that I can’t say that I was not a part of a product of that.”

The Republican was discussing his defense of not allowing exceptions for rape and incest in the anti-abortion legislation he tried to pass in Congress.

Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat! But it gets better:

He also discussed the criticism he faced over a story in The New York Times in which he asked “white nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”

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He really doesn’t know? I can’t believe that his constituency is that totally unaware…

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