Why Everyone Should Be Armed With A Gun In Madison

If everyone carried a gun on their body, once the first shot was fired  in the story below, other bar patrons could have drawn their weapons, and then started shooting at the original gunman.  Since we are told that no one goes to Madison bars anymore since cigarettes can not be smoked, there would have been no chance of anyone else being shot by drunks. 

Seriously, can anyone tell me that concealed weapon laws would make sense?

Madison police reported that they are looking for a man who fired several shots from a handgun inside a popular north-side tavern early Thursday morning, but didn’t injure anyone.

The gunplay happened at Wiggy’s Bar, 1901 Aberg Ave., at about 1:35 a.m.

Witnesses told Madison police it didn’t appear the gunman was aiming at any patrons of the bar.

“He extended his arm toward the entryway of the tavern and shot out a window,” said police spokesman Joel DeSpain.

When police arrived, several people were running from the area. One was detained but it turned out he wasn’t the shooter.

Employees of the tavern told police the gunman had been with several other men, but hadn’t been involved in any disturbance priort to brandishing the weapon.

Churchgoers More Likely To Back Torture

I find this truly upsetting.  As a believer in Christ, I find this unacceptable.  What aspect of Christ’s teachings are not being stressed enough in today’s churches?  How can anyone miss the message?

The more often Americans go to church, the more likely they are to support the torture of suspected terrorists, according to a new analysis.

More than half of people who attend services at least once a week — 54 percent — said the use of torture against suspected terrorists is “often” or “sometimes” justified. Only 42 percent of people who “seldom or never” go to services agreed, according the analysis released Wednesday by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

White evangelical Protestants were the religious group most likely to say torture is often or sometimes justified — more than 6 in 10 supported it. People unaffiliated with any religious organization were least likely to back it. Only 4 in 10 of them did.

The analysis is based on a Pew Research Center survey of 742 American adults conducted April 14-21. It did not include analysis of groups other than white evangelicals, white non-Hispanic Catholics, white mainline Protestants, and the religiously unaffiliated, because the sample size was too small.

Mapping The Swine Flu Outbreak

Another way to look at the swine flu situation on a continuing basis.

Don’t Miss This Sunday Morning’s TV Talk Shows

Sizzle.

Senator Arlen Specter will do his first TV interview with ‘Meet the Press,’ live via remote from Philly, then will do ‘Face the Nation.’

Watch Conservatives Defend Hate Crimes

THESE CONSERVATIVES ARE ABSOLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE!

How Low Can The GOP Go? Watch What Rep. Virginia Foxx Says About Matthew Shepard’s Murder

To say that this is one of the most dreadful things I have heard in some time would be saying a lot.  

And yet that is exactly what I feel right now.

I am stunned.  I am outraged.  I am sickened by this prig called Rep. Virginia Foxx.   Where do these relics of the past live that their heads are so shoved up their own asses that they never see the light of day?  Who votes for these type of people to represent them?  Bet you anything that Congresswoman Foxx sits like a pious pillar on Sundays in church.  Self-righteous wench.  I would guess that the gray-haired harridan has never been threatened by anyone based on her sexuality, or her perceived sexuality.

In the end intelligent minds prevailed in the House.

The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday, on a vote of 249-175,  approved an expansion of federal “hate crime” laws — an effort that former Republican President George W. Bush had opposed.

North Carolina Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx  is questioning whether the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old gay University of Wyoming student, was a bias attack motivated by his sexual orientation. 

Shepard’s mother Judy was in the gallery at the time, according to a senior Democratic aide.

The socially conservative Foxx, arguing against a new Democratic hate crimes bill that includes new protections for gays and lesbians, described the description of Shepard’s murder as a anti-homosexual attack a “hoax” — and questioned whether prior bias crime legislation should have been named after him.

“I also would like to point out that there was a bill — the hate crimes bill that’s called the Matthew Shepard bill is named after a very unfortunate incident that happened where a young man was killed, but we know that that young man was killed in the commitment of a robbery. It wasn’t because he was gay.”

She added: “This — the bill was named for him, hate crimes bill was named for him, but it’s really a hoax that that continues to be used as an excuse for passing these bills.

“Matthew Shepard’s mother was in the gallery yesterday and I believe she was back today — so I’m sorry she had to be around to hear it,” said Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.). “It’s an urban myth… And I’d tell her that man did land on the moon and the moon wasn’t made out of green cheese.”

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who supports the hate crimes bill, stared in disbelief before answering a question about the statement.

“It’s just sad the Republican caucus has been reduced such a fringe,” she said. “It’s sad they would go out of their way to prevent people from getting justice.”

Two young men — Russell Arthur Henderson and Aaron James McKinney — were convicted in connection with the crime, with multiple witnesses testifying to their anti-gay aspect of the crime. Both also intended to rob the Sheppard home after the attack, according to press accounts.

McKinney testified that Shepard attempted to grab his leg earlier in the evening and that had spurred a “gay panic” that provoked an extraordinarily violent outburst — with his lawyers claiming McKinney had suffered homosexual abuse as a child.

New Hampshire Will Send Same-Sex Marriage Bill To Governor Lynch

Just in this afternoon.

The New Hampshire state Senate voted today to officially recognize same-sex marriage in the state. The bill passed by a 13-11 vote, and must still pass the state House before being sent to Gov. John Lynch for signature. The Senate measure distinguishes between religious and civil marriage ceremonies, a provision which might be able to win support among more conservative opponents of gay marriage.

Gov. Lynch has said in the past he believes the word marriage refers specifically to a union between a man and a woman, but has not said he would veto legislation legalizing same-sex marriage. He is quoted as saying today, in response to the Senate vote “I still believe the fundamental issue is about providing the same rights and protections to same-sex couples as are available to heterosexual couples”. 

New Hampshire would become the 5th state in the Union to recognize same-sex marriages as legal, after Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa and Vermont. Vermont was the first state where the legislature established the legality, overriding a governor’s veto. In the other three, the states’ Supreme Courts ruled that same-sex unions were legal and must be recognized.

Maine On Path For Same-Sex Marriage

There are reasons to be hopeful about Maine.

A bill that would allow same-sex couples to marry in Maine won the endorsement of a panel of lawmakers Tuesday afternoon, setting the stage for a larger and more lively debate in the full Legislature.

The Judiciary Committee voted 11-2-1 in favor of a bill, LD 1020, which would repeal Maine’s prohibition on same-sex marriages. Two committee members opposed the bill, while a third proposed sending the issue to a statewide referendum.

Several lawmakers who supported the bill couched their votes in terms of civil rights and equality.

“I want my kids to grow up in a place where everyone is treated equally and fairly and with respect,” said committee co-chairman Sen. Lawrence Bliss, a South Portland Democrat who is openly gay.