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Name: John
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Hometown: Flagstaff, AZ.
Home country: USA
Current location: On our small farm.
Member since: Mon Sep 22, 2014, 09:56 PM
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About Me

U.S. Army veteran/retired, now living in the Flagstaff, AZ. area with my wife, we own and run a small farm. Avid hunters and target shooters, we believe in GLBT rights, social equality, single payer, etc. We\'re also strong defenders of ALL rights.

Journal Archives

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence: the NRA is A Terrorist Organization


Following the lead of New York Daily News’ aptly named columnist Linda Stasi, The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence recently labelled the NRA a terrorist organization

Linda Stasi?

I swear you can't make this shit up.

Dad who shot 'snooping vid drone' out of the sky is cleared of charges

A father who shot down a drone that was hovering over his family home in Kentucky has been cleared of all charges.

Dad-of-two William Merideth thought the quadcopter was spying on his daughters in their yard in Hillview, and blasted the gizmo out of the sky with a shotgun. That earned him the title "Drone Slayer" from pro-privacy quarters.

Merideth was arrested shortly after in July, and charged with criminal mischief and wanton endangerment.

He appeared before the Bullitt County District Court on Monday this week, and after a two and a half hour hearing, Judge Rebecca Ward dismissed the case against him.


This is the guy who's teen age daughter was sunbathing in their back yard when the drone appeared, I probably would have done something similar.

US to send warship close to South China Sea islets


In a move sure to anger Beijing, the US Navy plans to send Tuesday a destroyer close to artificial islands China is building in the South China Sea, a US official said.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official told AFP that the guided missile destroyer USS Lassen would sail within 12 nautical miles of the emerging land masses in the Spratly Islands.

Tensions have mounted since China transformed reefs in the area -- also claimed by several neighboring countries -- into small islands capable of supporting military facilities, a move the US says threatens freedom of navigation.

Washington has repeatedly said it does not recognize Chinese claims to territorial waters around the artificial islands.

This is needed, China is trying to control international sea lanes with these bogus man made "islands".

Obama: U.S. will defend South Korea

WASHINGTON — President Obama re-affirmed American support of South Korea on Friday telling President Park Geun-hye that the U.S. commitment to her nation's security "will never waver" in face of threats by nuclear-armed North Korea.

"Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs have achieved nothing except to deepen North Korea’s isolation," Obama said during a news conference after meeting with Park at the White House.

Also during the news conference, Obama said:

-- Iran has often violated rules on missile testing, but said the recent agreement with the U.S. is designed only to keep Tehran from development a nuclear weapon; the U.S. and allies will continue to pressure Iran over missile testing and other bad behaviors.


As well we should honor a decades old defense treaty with S. Korea.

Just watched the History channel about the escape from Alcatraz by Frank Morris,

John and Clarence Anglin, very interesting.
Do you believe they survived the swim to San Francisco?

Texas court halts execution of inmate after questions raised on testimony

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Monday halted the planned execution next month of a death row inmate whose lawyers argued he was sentenced to death based on tainted testimony from major witnesses.

The court stayed th29e Nov. 3 execution of Julius Murphy, without elaborating on its decision. Murphy, 36, was convicted in 1998 of fatally shooting Jason Erie in the head during a 1997 robbery.

Lawyers for Murphy asked the court last month to put the execution on hold, saying they had new evidence that pointed to evidence that prosecutors forced false testimony.

"Mr. Murphy's conviction and death sentence were procured through prosecutorial misconduct," said Catherine Stetson, a lawyer for Murphy.


Really? Prosecutors using tainted or coerced evidence/confessions?
Say it ain't so?

529 executions since 1976
Makes one wonder how many of those executed were actually innocent?

Maryland gun-control advocates push for nationwide adoption of state’s handgun law

U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen and Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Wednesday called for other states to join Maryland in requiring licenses to purchase handguns, saying the rule works best to stem gun violence when it applies across jurisdictions.

During a news conference with other gun-control advocates at a Baltimore County courthouse, the officials said that firearms tend to flow from states that lack permit-to-purchase laws to those that have them, with guns often landing in the hands of criminals.

Ten states and the District of Columbia have licensing requirements for handguns, but the Maryland border states of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia do not.

Van Hollen (D-Md.), a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the Senate, has introduced legislation that would provide financial incentives for states to adopt purchasing laws similar to the one that Maryland enacted in 2013, which requires fingerprinting and licensing


I'm sure the Congress will get right on that.

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