A Republican state representative in Texas is calling to cut the number of hours of training required to obtain a concealed-carry permit by more than half, but shooting instructors say that the proposal would create a public safety hazard.
State Rep. Dan Flynn (R) recently introduced House Bill 47, which would reduce class hours from 10 hours to four, and remove the requirement for instruction on handgun “proficiency.”
The lawmaker told WFAA on Tuesday that the proposal would eliminate some of the hassle for the record number of Texans now trying to acquire permission to conceal a weapon.
Why? I doubt that even the NRA would advocate for a reduction of the number of hours of training required to obtain a gun permit. But who the hell knows. Crazy doesn’t play by any rules of logic known to man.
“Every barrel of oil that comes out of those sands in Canada is a barrel of oil that we don’t have to buy from a foreign source.”
The fact that anyone could take this dumbass to be a serious presidential candidate is a reflection of how low the bar has been set for politicians in the Republican party. You can thank George W. and his enablers in the conservative media for that one.
Scarecrow: I haven’t got a brain… only straw. Dorothy: How can you talk if you haven’t got a brain? Scarecrow: I don’t know… But some people without brains do an awful lot of talking… don’t they? Dorothy: Yes, I guess you’re right.
One of my favorite YouTubers is a guy named potholer54. Potholer‘s specialty is responding to the anti-science nonsense spewed out by religious zealots and other badly misinformed folk. For the last few years he’s been giving out an award (the QQOQQ) to the person asking a simple question “in the arrogant expectation that there’s no possible answer.” This year’s award winner is an individual who epitomizes the very essence of arrogance and ignorance – the one and only Bill O’Reilly.
Potholer does a brilliant job of cutting O’Reilly down to size and showing him up for what he is – a know-nothing fool who preaches to the empty-headed fools he calls his audience.
Congratulations, Billy. It’s certainly a well deserved award.
When not backtracking on every statement he’s ever made, here’s what McCain and his trashy sidekick Lieberman are up to.
The Enemy Belligerent Interrogation, Detention and Prosecution Act of 2010, a legislative monstrosity produced by John McCain and Joe Lieberman, goes further than any Bush-era legislation in abrogating the core principle of Anglo-American justice: that a suspect is innocent until proven guilty. While the bill is deplorable in every detail — it denies terrorist suspects their Miranda rights and codifies indefinite detention without trial — one particular provision effectively ends the presumption of innocence for all of us. That provision codifies the President’s right to define any criteria he chooses to deliver any individual into the legal Twilight Zone defined by the bill.
The bill authorizes the President to establish an “interagency team” to make a “preliminary determination of the status” of an individual “suspected of engaging in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners through an act of terrorism, or by other means in violation of the laws of war, or of purposely and materially supporting such hostilities.” That team will determine whether the suspect shall be accorded a preliminary designation as a “high value detainee” (a.k.a. “unprivileged enemy belligerent” — the bill makes no coherent distinction between these terms). A final status determination is to be made by the Attorney General and Secretary of Defense; the President can only weigh in if these two disagree. Incredibly, the entire procedure from capture to final status determination is to be completed within 48 hours.
And herein lies the danger.
It is unimaginable that Obama would sign such a law. At present this is an act of pure legislative aggression, an attempt to score political points, put forward by two politicians who have not a scrap of integrity left between them. But it’s also a shot across the bow for all of us. A President Palin, or Giuliani, or “Double Guantanamo” Romney, or doubtless a pandering Pawlenty, would sign it in a heartbeat. Give one of that crew a Supreme Court appointment or two, and the High Court would concur.
Cheney’s “Dark Side” waits in the wings to subject us all to unbridled executive power.
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