- “France, Britain and the US have agreed to seek a ‘strong and robust’ UN resolution that sets precise and binding deadlines on the removal of Syria’s chemical weapons.” [Guardian]
- “Lawrence Summers pulled out of the contest to succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve after weeks of public excoriation, forcing President Barack Obama to move further down the list of contenders to head the central bank.” [WSJ]
- “A small but surging share of Americans consider themselves ‘lower class,’ a surprise to some researchers and activists despite the bruising economy.” [L.A. Times]
- Poll: ObamaCare Remains Highly Unpopular As Implementation Looms [NBC/WSJ]
- Terrible Candidates, Awful Campaign Take Virginia From Bellwether to Sideshow [National Journal]
- Why Ken Cuccinelli is Losing the Virginia Governor’s Race [Politico]
- Q&A with Julian Castro: Texas Politics, the GOP and Hispanics, and a Biden-Clinton Battle in 2016 [WashPost]
Suthamtewakul said when Alexis was without a job, he let him work at a Thai food restaurant he owned, called Happy Bowl Thai.
What could possibly go wrong with a dead end job like this? Thanks for the dead end 30 hour jobs. Send more crumbs when you get back from va ca, OK Barry? You are SO special.
PS. Please let us know when we can go back to work and get serious? Mkay?
A great take on Seattle protests of PUtin's anti gay laws:
I pulled my post yesterday about this incident, but now there are new developments worthy of consideration: The officer who shot Ferrell shot him 10 times. Read on:
Looks like the Navy shooter had Seattle roots, so I have to cry on Sue's shoulders:
"International sanctions are taking their toll on Iran's economy, and it now appears that new President Hassan Rohani could thus be willing to make concessions in the country's long-running standoff with the West over its nuclear program."
These are of course trained in using guns, now imagine a theater full of people with guns - all blazing away. There's a romantic notion about taking out a bad guy. But who speaks for the broken eggs?
New facial recognition software makes it easier to track us:
This is maddening on a couple of levels. On game day, Cowboys' AT&T Stadium uses more energy than the entire country of Liberia.
There are two ways to read this. One is that it takes an absurd amount of energy to power a stadium like AT&T and that we should be reining in our energy consumption at sporting events. According to one study of the English Premier League, the average soccer match in England has a carbon footprint of 5,160 metric tons, equivalent to the energy consumption of half a million gallons of gas or enough to power 772 American homes each year.
On that front, sports are trying to improve. Leagues like the National Basketball Association are holding promotions to make both their teams and fans more environmentally conscious and sustainable, and two environmental groups recently joined in an effort to make college football stadiums and the campuses on which they sit more energy efficient. Stadiums throughout sports are now touting their LEED certifications and the ways in which they reduce energy use.
The other way to read this, though, is that our outsized consumption of energy stands in stark contrast to energy access in other countries, particularly those in sub-Saharan Africa. Only 1 percent of Liberians have access to daily electricity, according to Sirleaf, while the remainder rely “on unreliable and inefficient sources of energy such as firewood, charcoal, candles, kerosene, battery-powered flashlights, palm oil, and small gasoline and diesel generators.” That’s both bad for Africans and for the environment, since they increase pollution and the adverse health effects that go along with it, especially relative to more sustainable energy delivery methods. Some African countries have recently begun upping their investments into solar energy in an attempt to both increase energy capacity and mitigate the effects of climate change on the continent.
Twelve people died and several others were injured on Monday at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC, at the hands of gunman Aaron Alexis. Originally of Fort Worth, Texas, Alexis was a military contractor. He was killed as authorities sought control of the crime scene early Monday.
While police are still on the lookout for a potential accomplice in the mass shooting, details are leaking out about Alexis and they point to a disturbing history of gun violence.
According to his hometown newspaper, The Star-Telegram, Alexis has had previous gun-related incidents:
Tarrant County court records show Alexis was arrested in September 2010 for allegedly discharging a firearm within a municipality. The records do not indicate that Alexis was ever formally charged in the case.
Later that same month, Tarrant County court records show that The Orion at Oak Hill apartments in Fort Worth began eviction efforts against Alexis.
Alexis’s former roommate told told the Star-Telegram that the gunman owned a semiautomatic weapon and a concealed handgun license.
Under federal law, it’s very likely that Alexis was still able to legally posses a firearm. Permanent bans on gun ownership are only handed out to very specific groups of people including felons, domestic abusers, and the seriously mentally ill. Some states, like California (PDF), have laws that more strictly limit gun purchases for people with certain firearms charges, but Texas isn’t one of these states. In fact, in nearly half of states, officials are still able to give a handgun permit to someone with a history like Alexis’s.
If reports from the scene are right, however, Alexis’s gun possession Monday was illegal no matter his gun history. News outlets indicate that Alexis had as many as three weapons, including a semi-automatic AR15. The AR15 is banned in DC.
The AR 15 has been the focal point of much controversy over gun laws, since it qualified under the expired Assault Weapons Ban. AR15s were also used in the horrific shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado last year that left 12 dead and 58 injured. It was also the weapon used in the tragic massacre of 20 children and six adults in Newtown, Connecticut last year. One of the gun regulations President Obama proposed earlier this year would outlaw the sale of AR15s and other military-grade weapons.
August's industrial production output rose 0.4 percent -- the highest in 6 months -- after making no gains in July
"People should come clean about what they really believe about all this stuff."
Death toll is at 13, and it appears that one of the two other people they thought were shooters has been cleared:
So there's still the question of whether the other person of interest is in fact another shooter, or what.
How the right blew a huge story about Obamacare and unions Normally, conservatives regard a bad day for unions as cause for celebration -- but not when it comes to Obamacare
Normally conservatives regard a bad day for unions as a cause for celebration.
But on Friday night, many of them were distraught to learn the Obama administration had dealt labor a big defeat. It’s actually a new development in a story that’s been taking shape for several months now. Unions have been complaining loudly about the Democratic party’s unwillingness to use Obamacare as a vehicle for funneling billions of dollars to member health plans. And that’s pure butter for Republicans. If the Obama administration had caved, the GOP would have rightly treated the decision as a huge scandal. Now that the administration has told unions to take a hike, Republicans can boast that “even Democrat allied union bosses who helped pass Obamacare now hate Obamacare.”
It was a contactor like I guessed this morning:
@fitty_three Tragic incident. Why did the officer panic?
@retiredvet So no bomb bomb bomb, bombing of Iran? John McCain has a sad. :(
This would be great news.
Never mind of course the inherent fallacy in that argument: you can only effectively "take out the bad guy" if you see him coming. No amount of training will prepare you for a surprise attack.
That's a lot of energy consumption for such an average team. <g>
I think that once Africa gets the jump on technology, they won't have to worry about existing infrastructure like we do or archaic laws pertaining to the same. Witness SA's communications network, which doesn't make much use of landlines at all.
That said, maybe what they should do is have part of the parking lot fenced off where hundreds of coal fired generators manned by people who's job it is to start them with pull cords. It would be a chorus of belching smoke and noise!
@mantisdragon91 weather he was buddhist,muslim or a mormon he was still a religious fanatic and most of the issues like this is due to bs religion nut cases.
I wonder if the wingers are going to understand the difference between Buddhism and Islam?
I agree with the opportunity part but I don't agree that Obama made a mistake. He was undercut by the failure of Cameron to secure a vote in support of a strike. His coalition fell apart, so he sought Congress out for approval.
If he didn't get approval, it would be Congresses' fault for undercutting him, and if he did get approval, we would strike. He found those political safe zones too, including postponing the vote until after the UN vote and implementation of the Syria plan had resolved to the point where it was clear he had a case or not.
Not enough dead to sway the NRA, I'm afraid.
The dead suspect was Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old military contractor from Texas, the Washington FBI field office told CNN’s Pamela Brown.
Yeah, kind of expected that based on the site.
Is it now certain that there was only one shooter?
I have no idea. This wasn't in the story I read yesterday. It's a real live tragedy that may have been driven by misconceptions.
@fitty_three It would. But the chicken hawks will not be pleased if this works out.
@fitty_three I don't think Obama did anything "wrong."
@DonQuixotic, there's another reason for doing things "iin-house" as much as is possible.
@fitty_three, no. They're still looking for a second shooter.
At the very least, they will accuse Obama of being Muslim and coddling Al Queda.
"17 Year Cicadas"
@collioure I am convinced that Jerry is the root of all our problems. If the man would just be an owner and let others take care of general managing, scouting and coaching, we might be further along in our 17-year "rebuilding" period.
It was more of an exercise in graphically depicting your point. It would be an impressive display of the carbon footprint.
At least he's drawing down and closing that book. A book that Bush should have done more than just peek inside. He might have gotten OBL.
One side benefit was that OBL didn't think Afghanistan was safe, otherwise he would have stayed there. Instead, Obama got Osama.
Nothing but a one-note GOP sycophant: "I hate Obama".
Obama has always been concerned about WMD proliferation. This is par for the course, and of course, since all you can bring to the table is "I hate Obama" I guarantee that had Obama not done anything, you would have been screaming about how he was a wuss.
I apologise. I was referring to the article. The writer came across with that.
It was clearly the best answer put forward after Sandy Hook.
Remember, I believe in results and none of the Rube Goldberg gun control schemes promised results anytime soon.
Let me make this even clearer.
If you want our kids to be safe at school in this country, you need armed guards. It's an unfortunate fact of life.
And they suggested the only solution to school shootings.
Many school districts have them.Yeah, so did Columbine.
UBC = Universal Background Checks.
Keeps people from moving to another state with more lax gun laws to take advantage of them.
Which is why I posted what I posted originally. Read Mantis's post above about the Texas shooter.
Even if we don't do anything else, we need to close the loopholes and implement UBCs.
No one is taking that right away.
Regulating, which is badly needed, yes.
If you weren't a tax expatiate 3500 miles away, maybe you'd know these things.
Oh, and BTW, have you read the 2nd Amendment?
Can you tell me what phrase has been ignored by these so called "strict constructionists"?
Not to mention blocking UBCs and keeping loopholes.
Dumb moves, both.
And they suggested the only solution to school shootings.
Many school districts have them.
Of course. No NRA member is EVER irresponsible.
@MrObvious, of course it could be a God-fearing good republican driven insane by atheists or democrats.
It's hard to say, MrO.
If there are two shooters,I'm not sure what the motivation was or what or even could be. If it's terrorism and I'm not sure that is ruled out, it might be inspired by the message from Al-Queda's new leader to attack American interests.
The way the number of shooters keeps changing, I'm not sure that he was or wasn't alone.
I think construction's more contract based because it's based upon projects - you don't need certain types of people on most days. I don't know that for a fact.
Regardless, a LOT of project based positions are contract driven rather than employment simply because your work isn't constant but periodic.
I think that makes a difference. If there is more than one shooter, it makes it much less likely to be a disgruntled worker(s).