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Looks like SAF just might have a new sugar daddy


DeLeo pushes tighter gun law

More police say on ownership; curbs on sales

By Brian MacQuarrie | Globe Staff May 28, 2014

...The new proposal seeks to tighten and clarify state regulations about who can buy guns and how they can be bought. One potentially contentious change would give police the discretion to deny a permit for a rifle or shotgun if an applicant is deemed unsuitable.

Under current law, police can apply a vague standard of unsuitability for licenses to carry a gun. But police do not have that discretion in issuing the Firearms Identification Card, which allows Massachusetts residents who pass a background check to buy a small-capacity rifle or shotgun...

Umm, Mister Speaker? You might want to have a chat with Rahm Emanuel about that bit...

If this part goes through and gets tossed in court, I'd consider my share a small
price to pay to help put a stake through the heart of "may issue" laws.

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed May 28, 2014, 10:19 PM (2 replies)

Gun Safety Proponent Cites 'Fool-Proof' E-Voting Systems in SUPPORT of 'Smart Gun' Technology


Gun Safety Proponent Cites 'Fool-Proof' E-Voting Systems in SUPPORT of 'Smart Gun' Technology(!)
By Brad Friedman on 5/6/2014, 6:05am PT

On Monday night's All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC, New Jersey State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg joined Hayes to discuss "smart gun" legislation she helped pass in her state. But it was the curious assertion by a supporter of the technology, claiming that electronic voting machines are now "fool-proof", which kinda just blew my mind.

Mark Glaze, spokesman for Everytown for Gun Safety, a group which, according to its website "brings together survivors of gun violence to share their stories and advocate for laws that will prevent future tragedies," said twice during the conversation, that e-voting systems are now "fool-proof."

While there were once concerns about e-voting systems, he said (see his full remarks below), those worries have now been assuaged thanks to "public and private partnerships at both the federal and state level that guaranteed that these machines were fool-proof".

Video here:


(Glaze's comments are found at 4:20 in)
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu May 22, 2014, 02:01 PM (1 replies)

Part-time faculty at Northeastern will form union, aiding wider push


Part-time faculty at Northeastern will form union, aiding wider push

By Matt Rocheleau
Globe Correspondent May 15, 2014

Part-time faculty at Northeastern University have voted to form a union, supporters announced Thursday the biggest victory yet for area adjunct professors demanding better pay, benefits, and working conditions.

The 961 Northeastern adjuncts became the third and largest group of part-time faculty locally to organize since the Service Employees International Union launched a national campaign in 2012. Part-time faculty at Tufts and Lesley universities previously voted to unionize.

The push has broad implications for the local universities, economic engines for the region that have come to depend on the low cost and flexibility of adjunct faculty as tenure-track positions become scarcer.

Adjunct faculty at Northeastern, where 52 percent of faculty are part time, praised the vote on Thursday, saying they hoped it addresses inequities on the campus.
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sun May 18, 2014, 11:16 PM (0 replies)

Bookmarking for classic antigun ranting and cultural warfare

IMHO, this ranks right up there with these classic examples of "post first, think later":




I might have let it slide if the OP hadn't doubled down on their bigotry and stereotyping in post #5:

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed May 7, 2014, 05:39 PM (1 replies)

Why didn't you just say: "We have *always* been at war with Eastasia"...

...and be done with it? It would be just as credible, and saved billions of wasted electrons.
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed May 7, 2014, 02:53 PM (0 replies)
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