‘Protestors’ smash windows at inauguration

From the Washington Times:

Police and protesters clashed in the nation’s capital Friday afternoon just before the inaugural parade got underway, with demonstrators throwing rocks and lighting small fires in downtown Washington, D.C.

The skirmishes occurred outside the parade’s security perimeter but prompted a response by hundreds of officers outfitted in riot gear, who deployed pepper spray and fired off crowd control munitions in an effort to disperse the groups.

The standoff was at least the second major confrontation on Inauguration Day — law enforcement arrested at least 90 people Friday morning after masked protesters smashed storefront windows and bank ATMs and overturned trashcans.

As a commenter reminds me, never discount the likelihood that the people doing the breaking and smashing are cops or agents of the cops, and the people busted are utterly innocent.

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Gee, local news sites attract readers, but not advertisers …

It’s an old story:

Tim Regan was searching through public documents on the District’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration’s website for an interesting story. Every now and then, between mundane applications for liquor-license renewals and endless noise complaints, he would stumble upon a story he knew loyal Borderstan readers would relish.

During the story hunt in June, Regan struck what could only be considered local news gold. He determined that a popular Adams Morgan bar, Madam’s Organ, was fined $500 after a band’s drummer briefly cracked opened a window to air out a fetid fart. Regan, 29, wrote the story, attracting thousands of readers to Borderstan, and publications across the country wrote their own stories on the flatulence mishap.

As co-editor of the neighborhood news website, Regan sat through long-winded neighborhood and zoning meetings each week, sifted through insomnia-curing local records and walked the city’s streets looking for store closings and other news tidbits. Despite its successes, Borderstan’s publisher announced that the site wasn’t financially viable and shuttered it Dec. 23, leaving a neighborhood-level news void in some of the city’s fastest-growing areas.

“Local advertisers didn’t really flock to the site like readers did,” Regan said. “Our readership is growing, but everything costs money, and that includes running a local news website.”

Well, I would suggest NOT building your newssite on a business model that revolves around advertising, but one based on donations and subscriptions.

As his terms nears an end, Obama IS coming for your guns … if you’ve had a stroke

From the LA Times:

Seeking tighter controls over firearm purchases, the Obama administration is pushing to ban Social Security beneficiaries from owning guns if they lack the mental capacity to manage their own affairs, a move that could affect millions whose monthly disability payments are handled by others.

The push is intended to bring the Social Security Administration in line with laws regulating who gets reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, which is used to prevent gun sales to felons, drug addicts, immigrants in the country illegally and others.

A potentially large group within Social Security are people who, in the language of federal gun laws, are unable to manage their own affairs due to “marked subnormal intelligence, or mental illness, incompetency, condition, or disease.”

There is no simple way to identify that group, but a strategy used by the Department of Veterans Affairs since the creation of the background check system is reporting anyone who has been declared incompetent to manage pension or disability payments and assigned a fiduciary.

Well, I am right in the middle of applying for Social Security disability payments. If successful, I do not deed some lard-assed federal bureaucrat deciding i cannot handle my finances (a case could possibly be made for that) and then suddenly loose to right to own and control the most effective means of self defense there is.

The right wing media has decided, in its overly simplified reporting, that this is a done deal and is nothing more than a shameless gun grab.

Still I don’t see how many Sandy Hooks could have been prevented by taking guns away from stroke patients.