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Trump Threatens ‘Fire and Fury’ Against North Korea if It Endangers U.S.

Ooooh scary. Saber, meet Rattler-in-Chief.

 

I’ve seen this before, more than once. But don’t worry. There are multiple ways we scientists from the future can fix things if they get really horrible. One is a little machine we developed called the Disaster-Fixer Machine or DFM for short.  We starting it with Ronnie Reagan’s bogus Strategic Defense Initiative program and used 250 billion in black ops funding to create it.) But we won’t need it this time because Ivanka will talk him down first.  She’s part of the Trump Babysitting Team (TBT) along with McMaster and Kelly. When Trump was elected the DoD hired her. Why do you think she’s around Daddy all the time? Her fashion design skills? She’s our first line of defense.

If North Korea launches its little nuke it will be shot down by the revamped Star Wars Missile Shield, called the Ground-based Mid-course Defense System  or GMD for short. This Warthog Defense video explains how it works. It was a boondoggle program at first, but it appears to work great now. My friend Guy sued to get access to the first SDI makers information and found out that those people are some of . . . → Read More: Our Disaster-Fixer Machines Will Save Us!

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Does Rep. Collins Have Insurance For A Gun Accident?

Congressman Chris Collins (R) New York wrote an opinion piece titled:

I’m a member of Congress and I’m going to start carrying a gun Today U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R) Alabama introduced HR 2940 a bill that would permit congressional lawmakers to carry a concealed weapon anywhere in the country except the U.S. Capitol or in the presence of the president or vice president.

Okay Reps. I hear you, you are scared. I get it, decades of the NRA passing laws making more guns available to more people with less training and fewer restrictions on where they can bring them makes the world a scarier place. Thanks Obama!

Congresspeople could do the logical thing and buy and wear body armor, which could actually protect them. As the old saying goes, “Guns don’t protect you, body armor does.”

But it’s not really about protecting yourself is it? Stopping bullets with a vest doesn’t sound bad ass enough. Too passive. You want people to think, “He’ll shoot anyone who looks at him funny.” Why let actual self-protection get in the way of the image of a gunslinger?

Before our congress members start wearing guns everywhere I have a few questions I think . . . → Read More: Does Rep. Collins Have Insurance For A Gun Accident?

Does Rep. Collins have insurance for a gun accident?

Congressman Chris Collins spoke of protecting himself and constiuents following an appearance in Hamburg on Monday.CREDIT MICHAEL MROZIAK, WBFO

Congressman Chris Collins (R) New York wrote an opinion piece titled:

I’m a member of Congress and I’m going to start carrying a gun 

Okay Rep. Collins. I hear you, now I have a few questions I think the public has a right to know, especially those who are physically in the same place as you and your gun. (Not that I expect he will answer them, he wouldn’t say whether or not he was wearing a gun today while a chamber of commerce event at Micheal’s Catering & Banquet in Blasdell NY. I have more on possible reasons why he didn’t answer below*.)

Congressman, you have stated you will be carrying a gun everywhere in your district.

Do you have liability insurance in case you have an accident with the gun and injure someone? What does your policy cover? What is exempt? What are the limits of your insurance coverage?

To put liability limits in terms of your state-required auto insurance, for example:

New York auto insurance minimums are $25,000, $50,000 limits for bodily injury for each person . . . → Read More: Does Rep. Collins have insurance for a gun accident?

Wanted: Role Model Of Strength & Restraint For Fox TV Appearance

My friend Will Bunch wrote a book about Reagan “Tear Down This Myth: The Right-Wing Distortion of the Reagan Legacy ” in which he recounted how profoundly the movie The Day After affected Reagan. It led to him pushing to reducing the nuclear arsenal. Reagan needed to see “the darkest timeline” play out on TV. That is how he absorbed information, via a visual story with characters he could imagine caring about pulling him in and keeping him engaged for two hours and 7 minutes.

As an actor Reagan understood the role appearance has in people’s perceptions. He must have had people telling him the US needed to appear strong to the Russians. He must also had others telling him about the danger of a brinkmanship  and a nuclear accident we could not recover from.  What was it about that movie that reached him? The images of destruction of the country? Did he relate to the characters who were like his family and friends? Or did he put himself in the picture? Was he thinking about how he personally would be seen before a conflict and then after a nuclear exchange?

DJT takes situations and turns them into personal win or lose situations. He surrounds himself with his idea of . . . → Read More: Wanted: Role Model Of Strength & Restraint For Fox TV Appearance

What to Read While Waiting for Trump’s Comeuppance

Great piece by Rebecca Solnit. The Loneliness of Donald Trump. On the corrosive privilege of the most mocked man in the world

I have often run across men (and rarely, but not never, women) who have become so powerful in their lives that there is no one to tell them when they are cruel, wrong, foolish, absurd, repugnant.

Solnit talks about not just Trump, but the people like him who live in a world without honest mirrors.

I’ve worked with and trained smart people who have become some of the richest, most powerful people in the world –Brin, Page, Musk, Sandburg, Mayer and many others. One of the reasons they got to where they are is the people around them (usually women, professional communicators) knew these people needed to see how they were coming across to others. Obliviousness could end up hurting them professionally (and often personally) unless they dealt with it.  These women brought me and my training partners in to hold up a mirror to these people and say, ‘This is how you come across to the media, to investors, to employees. Is that really what you want?”

Dave, one of my training partners, used to quote . . . → Read More: What to Read While Waiting for Trump’s Comeuppance

Who protects gun victims from bearing the costs of their wounds?

May 25, 2017 –Jackson Mississippi

Woman drops her gun in hospital waiting room, shoots another patient in the leg

The patient was hospitalised but said to have suffered “non life-threatening” injuries.

The question I’d like journalists to ask every time this happens:

Who will pay for the injured person’s health care?

In this story in Politico about insurance they talk about the difference between the insurance that the states want to require gun owners to have, and the insurance the NRA is selling.

“Government-mandated firearms insurance shouldn’t be confused with the NRA’s insurance product—the former protects gun victims from bearing the costs of their wounds; the latter protects gun bearers from carrying the costs of their wounded.” – Matt Valentine, Politico

Gun owners are not required to have any liability insurance, but some have it; what does it pay for? Full medical care? Rehabilitation? Loss of time at work? Long term disability? Pain and suffering?

What if the injured person ends up having a pre-existing condition now because of the injury? “Non-life threatening” doesn’t mean it’s not life changing.

Journalists don’t ask question of who is going to pay for medical care, but given our current President and the hostility toward providing . . . → Read More: Who protects gun victims from bearing the costs of their wounds?

For KPLC TV reporters on your last shooting, before your next

Just spotted your most recent shooting. This alert is for if you do  a follow-up on last week’s shooting of Gage Meche at Moss Bluff Elementary.

1) Gage had to go back to surgery yesterday (5/23/17) (Info from his Facebook recovery page)

2) There is a now a GoFundMe page for him.

I wrote a piece about this shooting focusing on the costs of care and lack of financial responsibility laws for gun owners 

During my research I found some things that might be interesting to you: State Rep. Stephen Dwight’s wife Jessica Dwight works as a librarian at the school Gage attended  Dwight grew up in Moss Bluff and worked as General Counsel in the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Department  (In my piece I highlighted the DA’s and sheriff’s activist pro-gun views after the shooting.) Michael L. Dugas, the gun owner, was released on a $5,000 bond because the negligent injuring and improper supervision of a minor are only misdemeanors  (link) Michael Dugas was arrested for a DUI that resulted in a death in 2015 Michael Dugas said he gave Jake Dugas a gun based on a robbery a few month ago. I couldn’t determine which robbery it was because Jake’s name wasn’t mentioned in the news stories, but you might since you apparently . . . → Read More: For KPLC TV reporters on your last shooting, before your next

Kid Shot In Gut. Pro-gun Sheriff Charges Gun Owner With Misdemeanor

Last Monday, May 15th, 7-year old Gage Meche was accidentally shot at Moss Bluff Elementary School in Louisiana.  A 7-year old student had brought a handgun to school that morning. It fell out of his backpack and a second elementary student picked up the gun and fired it, hitting Meche in the stomach.  After undergoing several hours of surgery at Lafayette General Hospital, the 7-year old is in stable condition.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said that neither the student who brought the gun, nor the student who accidentally fired the gun will be held responsible for the accident due to their age.

On Thursday, May 18th, Michael Lane Dugas, 50, and Jake Abram Dugas, 17, both of Moss Bluff, were charged with negligent injuring. Michael Dugas is also charged with improper supervision of a minor

“Unfortunately they are misdemeanors,” Mancuso said. “But it is what we can charge them with.”

Reading that quote it appears that Mancuso wishes he could charge them with something more.  I’m curious if he ever pushed for tougher sentencing in the past, but here is what he said right after the shooting.

“I’m a pro-gun advocate, and I believe in the Second Amendment that allows us to possess and carry firearms. . . . → Read More: Kid Shot In Gut. Pro-gun Sheriff Charges Gun Owner With Misdemeanor

Kid shot in the gut. Gun owner charged with misdemeanor

Last Monday, May 15th, 7-year old Gage Meche was accidentally shot at Moss Bluff Elementary School in Louisiana.  A 7-year old student had brought a handgun to school that morning. It fell out of his backpack and a second elementary student picked up the gun and fired it, hitting Meche in the stomach.  After undergoing several hours of surgery at Lafayette General Hospital, the 7-year old is in stable condition.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said that neither the student who brought the gun, nor the student who accidentally fired the gun will be held responsible for the accident due to their age.

On Thursday, May 18th, Michael Lane Dugas, 50, and Jake Abram Dugas, 17, both of Moss Bluff, were charged with negligent injuring. Michael Dugas is also charged with improper supervision of a minor

“Unfortunately they are misdemeanors,” Mancuso said. “But it is what we can charge them with.”

Reading that quote it appears that Mancuso wishes he could charge them with something more.  I’m curious if he ever pushed for tougher sentencing in the past, but here is what he said right after the shooting, emphasis mine.

“I’m a pro-gun advocate, and I believe in the Second Amendment that allows us to possess and carry . . . → Read More: Kid shot in the gut. Gun owner charged with misdemeanor