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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Stories to Watch: 9/18/13

Second Amendment Hero Bradley Turner got into a road rage incident with teenagers, then got out of his car to fight them. He pretty much immediately began to get his out-of-shape ass kicked. So his wife gets out of the car and hands him a pistol, which he fires at the fleeing teens. Law enforcement is not amused. I bring this up because this is very similar to how I see the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman incident happening. In Florida, picking a fight and then losing is apparently justification for the use of deadly force, but not so much in North Carolina - at least, not yet. Did I mention that Turner had a four-year-old girl in the backseat at the time? Yeah, that's what makes it all extra fun.

Tucker Carlson continues to be a total prick, saying that the Navy Yard massacre proves "we need to increase the stigma" on mental illness. Here's the thing: what all these shootings have in common is not mental illness, what all these shootings have in common is a gun. Increase the stigma on guns, dickweed.

The Virginia Governor's race, still technically months away from it's conclusion, is all but over. Republican Ken "The Cooch" Cuccinelli looks pretty much done for. Of course, those sorts of predictions have a way of sneaking back to bite you from behind, so you're still going to want to keep an eye on this. But really, the anti-semitic comedy hasn't helped.

Nearly half of Americans struggle to make ends meet. This sort of economic injustice and income inequality is unsustainable.

Meanwhile and somewhat related: Republicans have finally come up with a plan to replace Obamacare when they repeal it (OK, not going to happen in a million years, but humor them). Unfortunately, calling it a "plan" is a little generous -- it's more of a collection of tired talking points. One of the fun "new" ideas the GOP is dusting off: health savings accounts -- because, as the previous item demonstrates so well, Americans would have absolutely no problem putting even more money into savings accounts than ever before.

Oil and fracking companies were completely unprepared for flooding in Colorado. As a result, a natural disaster is quickly devolving into a man-made environmental disaster, as toxic substances mix with flood waters, to be carried far and wide.

Pulling one over on Playboy.

A homebrewer in Texas became infected with brewers yeast and literally turned into a walking brewery. This only sounds fun, because every time he ate carbohydrates, he got totally hammered. Luckily, this is something you can clear up without a lot of fuss.

Finally, Iran's new president says his country will never produce nuclear weapons, that he has "full authority" to make a deal on nuclear issues, and that he has the support of the Ayatollah on all of this. It's a sad day for fearmongerers.

[cartoon via Truthdig]

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