Boycott Liam Neeson? I have absolutely no desire to do so.

Liam Neeson went on a rant against the high incidence of gun ownership in the U.S. calling it disgraceful. Now the supplier of guns to his new movie “Taken 3″ is up in arms calling for a boycott of Liam Neeson movies. I find this as unpalatable as I do Moms Demand Action demanding a boycott of stores not banning guns from their properties.

Mr. Neeson is a naturalised U.S. citizen so he should be aware of our constitutional guarantees. As with any other U.S. citizen he has a right to work toward changing our laws that he believes are unjust. I enjoy his movies and won’t stop seeing them just because we don’t see eye to eye on things. Little good it will do in changing his mind about guns even if no one went to watch his movies again.

It’s a shame when the only terrorists that the FBI and Homeland Security have captured are the one’s they created.

DHS, which the FBI is now a part of, gets dinged for being a terrifying failure and suddenly they have caught a home grown terrorist….. maybe.

According to authorities Christopher Lee Cornell planned to set off pipe bombs at the U.S. Capitol and then shoot the employees when they rushed out the doors.

Cornell’s father paints a different picture of the 20 year old.

“I know my son probably better than anyone,” Cornell’s father, John Cornell Sr., told ABC News. “He’s a mommy’s boy. His best friend is his cat Mikey. He still calls his mother ‘Mommy.’ Just a typical kid.”

via Dad Accuses FBI of Setting Up ‘Mommy’s Boy’ Son in Bomb Plot – ABC News.

I know, there are very few father’s that are going to see their sons as anything other than a good boy. However, based on the past record of the FBI and DHS Cornell’s father has more credibility than the government.

Bloomberg’s Everytown to Sponsor Journalism Seminar on Ethical Reporting of Gun Violence.

I can’t think of anything more disingenuous than this:

To help journalists and news organizations in the Southwest improve their reporting on guns and gun violence, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia Journalism School is organizing a two-day regional workshop April 17 and 18, 2015 for reporters, editors, news directors, photographers, producers, and bloggers. The workshop, funded by Everytown for Gun Safety, will offer independent expert briefings and specialized reporting skills training to enhance the practical ability of journalists to report on guns and gun violence knowledgeably, ethically and effectively.

via Apply Now: Covering Gun Violence | Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma.

Independent expert briefings? Will those briefings also be unbiased? This is a joke!

Free Education is Worth What You Pay For It.

Obama’s free community college tuition plan: Four questions – The Washington Post.

I could be persuaded to support this but only if course completion standards are raised. If the student isn’t paying for the degree then the student really needs to work for it and I mean by having to study hard to pass. This should be a real education that the student is getting and not just a piece of paper to decorate an office with.

Reports of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Only Judson Phillips could look at the overwhelming takeover of the U.S. Senate by the GOP and find something in that victory to predict the looming death of the Republican Party. By keeping Boehner as Speaker of the House the GOP is telling the world that they haven’t been taken over by the Tea Party Movement and there is still a place for moderates in the party.

Impaired is Impaired

It’s a good article on lessons learned in Colorado and Washington on their efforts to legalize and tax marijuana but I have to question this:

States that legalize pot need a plan in place for how officers determine whether drivers are impaired by marijuana. After legalization, simply sniffing pot in a car or seeing a joint on the seat isn’t enough to haul someone to jail.

via Legal weed states have lessons to share – US News.

Why do they have to learn how to determine if someone is impaired by marijuana? If they are impaired they are impaired and it shouldn’t matter whether the reason is marijuana, alcohol or sleep deprivation. Impaired is impaired and a safety hazard for us all. Isn’t it?

Woman Rampages Through a Tennessee Suburb

A woman drives through Hixson, TN holding a gun out her car window, shooting at people. No one is hurt but at least one car is disabled when the bullet she fires goes through the radiator and damages the engine. She’s accosted by the police and told to drop her gun. She does and is arrested instead of being shot. So now she’s in jail facing charges.

“What charges,” you ask?

Shields is in jail charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder, seven counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, felony evading arrest and felony reckless endangerment. She’ll have a preliminary hearing in Hamilton County General Sessions Court on Jan. 5.

via Two lives hang in balance after armor-clad woman in Hixson shooting rampage is stopped by police | Times Free Press.

Okay, I’m not complaining about anything she’s charged with and I don’t think she is being overcharged in the least but isn’t possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony a little redundant in that the attempted first degree murder charges stem directly from her firing her gun at random people? I don’t disagree with the charge I just find some charges humorous in the way they are applied.