So, in some parts of Texas (and other parts of the nation I assume), people are rushing out to buy guns, as a direct result of Obama getting elected. Gun-enthusiasts are fearful that the Obama administration will toughen gun control laws due mainly to the fact that Obama is a democrat and an off-the-record quotation; according to the BBC article, Obama has said very little about plans to change gun control laws. The BBC article has some interesting points from a European standpoint and can be found here. And here are some quotations from the article:
Sales of military-style assault weapons (like the Russian-designed AK-47) which are considered the likeliest targets for future curbs have increased by 50% in some areas.
“Being a single mum, I can’t imagine not having a gun for home protection because that makes me a more confident parent, knowing that if someone intrudes into my home I know exactly what to do and my son knows what I’m going to do. I’m going to shoot to kill.”
Top Gun is the kind of business that simply could not exist in Europe – the staff wear holstered handguns both in the shop and on the shooting range.
No area of American daily life makes this country feel more foreign to Europeans – business is brisk at the range and plenty of doctors, lawyers and office workers stop off on the way home from work to sharpen their skills and to relieve a little stress.
Caption from article: The Top Gun shooting gallery could not exist in Europe.
– Allison AKA ninjagarden
Posted in Current Events, politics
Tagged ak-47, BBC, gun control, guns, houston, news, obama, politics, sa, second amendment, Texas
As you may or may not have heard, a Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death early this morning in Long Island.
…By 4:55(AM), with no police officers in sight, the crowd of more than 2,000 had become a rabble, and could be held back no longer. Fists banged and shoulders pressed on the sliding-glass double doors, which bowed in with the weight of the assault. Six to 10 workers inside tried to push back, but it was hopeless.
Suddenly, witnesses and the police said, the doors shattered, and the shrieking mob surged through in a blind rush for holiday bargains. One worker, Jdimytai Damour, 34, was thrown back onto the black linoleum tiles and trampled in the stampede that streamed over and around him.
And it gets worse…
Some shoppers who had seen the stampede said they were shocked. One of them, Kimberly Cribbs of Queens, said the crowd had acted like “savages.” Shoppers behaved badly even as the store was being cleared, she recalled.
“When they were saying they had to leave, that an employee got killed, people were yelling, ‘I’ve been on line since yesterday morning,’ ” Ms. Cribbs told The Associated Press. “They kept shopping.”
While it sounds as if Wal-Mart is to blame for some, as they failed to have safety barriers or anything of that nature, the mob takes the lion’s share of it. This is supposed to be the first death caused by Black Friday crowds, but it’s this very reason that I avoid the whole “holiday.” Fuck cheap flat screen televisions.
Fortunately, the article mentions that the police are going to prosecute some of the people responsible for the trampling, though it doesn’t seem as if it would be an easy task.
Here’s the article in full.
so those good folks at rockiowa.com just finished editing a couple of videos from Beati Paoli’s cd release show back in september.
i can’t embed the videos on wordpress, but the live performance of the song, “A Sense Of Urgency”, has been posted on the Beati Paoli video page: www.beatipaoli.net/video.html. and on their myspace page: www.myspace.com/beatipaoli.
and if you’re in the des moines area and all done with your holiday parties, come out to the vaudeville mews tonight.
doors at 5
Posted in .The.Noising.Machine., art, Current Events, music, video
Tagged a sense of urgency, beati paoli, beati paoli flyers, beati paoli live, beati paoli live video, beati paoli video, concert flyers, des moines, good music, iowa, keno, live music, live music videos, lollipop factory, music, music video, music videos, new music, rockiowa.com, the vaudeville mews, video
sorry. i haven’t had time to write a REAL post in so very long.
band/label/recording stuff and watching all of the nightmare on elm street and friday the 13th movies has really cut into any FREE time i might’ve had.
here is a quick cheater post full of things that are too cute to actually exist.
this guy is an entertainer
these guys are painters
this is cinders. he’s afraid of mud. that’s why he wears BOOTS!
and a video:
these were collected over the past few months from cute overload, ugly overload, zooillogix, jezebel, unscathed corpse, and plenty of OTHER places.
Posted in animals, cute
Tagged a nightmare on elm street, albino animals, albino koalas, alpacas, animal painters, animals, ant eaters, anteaters, baby animals, bears, cinders, cinders the pig, cute, cute animals, cute birds, fish, friday the 13th, hedgehogs, koala bears, moose, octopus, panda bears, pandas, pigs, pigs in boots, polar bear, rasta octopus, red pandas, smiling fish, so cute, tapirs, very cute
Posted in art
Tagged art, color, grass, green, red