Congratulations, Patrick Sanders! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

A 20-year-old Texas man, who was napping with a gun in his pocket (as one does!), accidentally shot himself in the face after a 3-year-old child found his gun. How it all went down:

It happened at about 8:30 a.m. on Saturday at an apartment located in the 4700 block of Wenda.

Patrick Sanders, 20, of Houston, was sleeping on the couch in the living room of the apartment when a gun in his pants pocket fell out and onto the floor, police said. As Sanders woke up, a three-year-old boy picked up the gun. Police said Sanders saw the child with the gun and as he tried to grab it from the boy the gun went off and Sanders was shot in the face.

Brilliant!

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War On Halloween

[UPDATE]:

Welcome, Crooks & Liars!

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Next time someone says we need to let “charity” deal with the poor, remind them that the reason that doesn’t work is because people are selfish assholes:

Dear Prudence,

I live in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country, but on one of the more “modest” streets—mostly doctors and lawyers and family business owners. (A few blocks away are billionaires, families with famous last names, media moguls, etc.) I have noticed that on Halloween, what seems like 75 percent of the trick-or-treaters are clearly not from this neighborhood. Kids arrive in overflowing cars from less fortunate areas. I feel this is inappropriate. Halloween isn’t a social service or a charity in which I have to buy candy for less fortunate children. Obviously this makes me feel like a terrible person, because what’s the big deal about making less fortunate kids happy on a holiday? But it just bugs me, because we already pay more than enough taxes toward actual social services. Should Halloween be a neighborhood activity, or is it legitimately a free-for-all in which people hunt down the best candy grounds for their kids?

—Halloween for the 99 Percent

OMG. Prudence responds:

Your whine makes me kind of wish that people from the actual poor side of town come this year not with scary costumes but with real pitchforks. Stop being callous and miserly and go to Costco, you cheapskate, and get enough candy to fill the bags of the kids who come one day a year to marvel at how the 1 percent live.

A part of me has to wonder if some of these kids from “less fortunate areas” aren’t maybe, you know, of a different skin color from our letter writer? And that maybe a big part of her beef is that her neighborhood is overrun with black and brown families for a night? Just a guess, but certainly one that has to be considered.

This isn’t the first time the holidays have brought out the less charitable side of Americans. A few years ago I wrote about local Nashvillians begrudging the trash collectors their Christmas tip because “mah tax dollahs!” Funny how some folks seem to think that paying taxes entitles them to be selfish, self-satisfied pricks.

Get over yourselves and STFU. And if our letter writer really doesn’t think those poor kids deserve her candy because of all the free stuff they get from the taxpayers, she can turn off all the house lights, shut the curtains, and hole up under her blanket for a night, blocking out the cries from the less fortunate outside her window. Seems to be working for her so far.

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Good News Friday

Some good news to start off the weekend … Ebola-free!

• Honey Boo-Boo has been cancelled and our long, national slide into Redneckistan is finally (hopefully) coming to an end.

• Three major chains announced that they will remain closed on Thanksgiving Day to allow workers to spend time with their families.

I honestly do not understand the national “shopping on Thanksgiving” disease. The very last place you will find me on Thanksgiving weekend is the damn mall. But that’s just me.

• This is sorta interesting:

A photographic notebook from Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated Antarctic expedition has been discovered after a century trapped in ice.

Conservation specialists from New Zealand’s Antarctic Heritage Trust found the notebook outside Scott’s Terra Nova base during last summer’s ice melt.

The notebook belonged to British scientist George Murray Levick, who was part of Scott’s 1910-1913 expedition and a member of the Northern Party.

• U.S. citizen Jeffrey Fowle is on his way home, after being detained in North Korea since April.

• Four Blackwater security guards have been convicted in the Sept. 16, 2007 shootings of over 30 Iraqis, an incident which sparked an international outcry and focused world attention on the U.S.’s privatized military arm.

• Polish and British surgeons used a first-of-its-kind nerve transplant to enable a man whose spinal cord had been severed to walk again. By the way, remember during the healthcare debate when Republicans like Sen. Bob Corker said there had been no great medical innovations outside of the U.S.? To bolster their argument that America’s for-profit healthcare system was the best evah and socialism stifled innovation? I wonder how they can live with themselves, being perpetually proven wrong time and time again?

• Car batteries that last 1,000 years? The Swedes think they’ve found a way.

• Our Awesome Hippie Pope demoted the conservative ex-Archibishop of St. Louis, Cardinal Raymond Burke. He’s the asshole who denied John Kerry communion because of all those bay-beeez and ‘bortion.

• When it comes to Ebola, there’s actually some good news. Update: Now that Americans are in a panic they’re finally testing an Ebola vaccine that is 100% effective on monkeys. Also: Dallas nurses Amber Vinson and Nina Pham have been declard Ebola-free — and Pham’s dog, Bentley, too. Ditto NBC cameraman Ashoka Mukpo.

So the only U.S. patient who died of Ebola is the guy the hospital in Texas sent home with a bottle of antibiotics.

• It’s not much but it’s something: Social Security benefits will go up a smidge.

• How Portugal switched from using fossil fuels to generate electricity to using renewable, in 7 short years.

Good News, Tennessee Edition:

• Bittersweet: A Tennessee-born World War II soldier who died in combat in 1945 but whose remains were only found last year by French hikers was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

This week’s video: Watch these kids get hysterical when their 13-year-old cat Maddy, who had been missing for two months, returns home:

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AT&T Uverse Wants Us To Watch The Today Show

I’ve generally been happy with AT&T Uverse once our nightmarish installation experience was resolved but this morning every Uverse customer had their channels force-changed to The Today Show as an “emergency alert” blared but there is no emergency.

The angry Tweets from viewers are just hilarious.

UPDATE: confirmed that this affects Uverse customers nationwide, there is no emergency, and it’s AT&T’s fault.

UPDATE 2: The thing that’s pissing me off about this is that AT&T and even some news reporting are trying to make it sound like we merely had to put up with an emergency alert message. And yes, that’s bad: as freaked out as this nation is right now about ISIS and EBOLA and (fill in the blank)-ghazi, that’s not cool. But what no one is talking about is the fact that our televisions were hijacked! They literally took control of our TVs. They changed everybody’s channel to the local NBC affiliate and we were unable to control our televisions. I couldn’t even change the damn volume.

That is some messed up Big Brother shit right there, on a par with Apple forcing you to own a U2 album or Amazon entering your Kindle to take back a book you’d bought because of a copyright issue.

Corporate America is overstepping its bounds and infringing on the private lives of consumers. Again.

Update 3: FCC is investigating the hijacking of private televisions:

ATLANTA, Ga. — AT&T U-verse customers in several states woke up Friday morning to find a federal emergency alert on TV. The problem is, there was no emergency and the alert somehow hijacked their TV’s, refusing to allow them to change the channel.

Alan Sams, who has his phone and internet service bundled through AT&T says he couldn’t use the internet or his phone either.

“I’m more concerned that somebody on the inside of AT&T has the capacity to deal with shutting off my communications and controlling my communications, even if it was for a short period of time,” said Sams.

AT&T is still trying to figure out exactly what happened, but says the alert should not have impacted anything but television service.

In a statement released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the agency said the problem started when an unidentified nationally syndicated radio show inappropriately broadcast the emergency signal. AT&T says it and a few other providers picked it up.

AT&T declined to answer questions about how decisions are made whether to air an emergency alert and why it took several hours to get it removed. The company also could not explain why customers were unable to change the channel.

FEMA has yet to say how many states were affected, but 11Alive saw complaints on social media from viewers in at least six states: Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Michigan, Arkansas and Texas.

“Who’s controlling, who’s watching the traffic?” questioned security analyst Greg Evans, who is also a U-verse customer. As the morning rolled on, Evans began to question whether the system had been hacked.

“Anything electronic you can hack into it. If it has an internet IP address, you can hack into it,” said Evans.

AT&T insists its system was not hacked. Instead FEMA says several providers aired an emergency alert, inappropriately played by a nationally syndicated radio show. AT&T can’t say why the alert hijacked their customers TV’s, and insists the alert shouldn’t have affected phone service.

The FCC says it will also investigate the incident.

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Dispatches From Inside The Bubble

Dinesh D’souza, sentenced to a “community confinement center” and parole for making illegal campaign donations, has turned his Twitter feed into his personal pity party, and it’s hilarious. From whining about Obummer to congratulating himself for living with “real criminals” (because apparently in his mind what he did wasn’t a crime?) to shilling his books and films, it’s an endless stream of conservative victimhood. But he’s a survivor!

But my favorite is this “post-racial” dispatch:

post racial

Dude. You wouldn’t survive 15 minutes in a real prison, you sanctimonious twit.

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2nd Amendment Hero Emeritus: Sovereign Citizen Edition

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha:

A Georgia man’s plan to takeover the Forsyth County Courthouse earlier this year was probably doomed from the beginning because he shot himself before he even left his home.

In June, Dennis Marx brought an assault rifle, grenades, homemade flash-bangs, and other supplies to the courthouse with the intentions of taking over the building. Marx, who was part of the sovereign citizen movement, had been angry after authorities seized some of his weapons in 2011 in connection with undercover drug deals.

But Marx was shot and killed by deputies before he could make it into the building. One deputy was shot in the knee during the incident, and was expected to recover.

In a presentation to the Lanier Forsyth Rotary Club on Tuesday, authorities shed light on why they had such an easy time taking down the heavily armed suspect, the Forsyth County News reported.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Thompson explained that Marx had apparently shot himself in the leg while loading his .45 caliber pistol before leaving the house. The bullet entered above the thigh and exited below the knee.

I’m sorry, I shouldn’t laugh, it’s not funny, but those “sovereign citizens” are nuttier than a tree full of squirrels. How absolutely hilarious that this “patriot” shot himself loading his gun. I guess the tree of liberty needs to be watered with the blood of gun clutzes every now and then.

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Tennessee Gun Report

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these.

• October 22, 2014:

You know how we’re always told that criminals will stay away from places where they know there are guns? Not so much: in South Nashville, burglars used a stolen pickup truck to break into a gun shop, making off with $14,000 worth of guns. The shop had an alarm which, amazingly, did not go off (no doubt the “responsible” gun shop owners didn’t bother to set it), but a Metro police patrol happened to be passing by and saw the suspects pulling away.

Would be nice if we could have some kind of regulations on these places — how hard is it to set an alarm? — but, sadly, in gun crazy Tennessee, that’s asking too much.

• October 21, 2014:

In Memphis, a middle school student accidentally shot himself in the leg showing his gun to other students:

A 13-year-old boy is recovering after he brought a loaded gun to school Tuesday and was hit in the leg when the gun fired.

The boy, who has not been identified, was taken to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in noncritical condition after the incident at A. Maceo Walker Middle School, 1900 E. Raines Road. It happened about 7:45 a.m.

“Apparently while trying to change classes, he had stopped and was going to show the pistol to some other children when he dropped his backpack and the gun fired,” said Memphis police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph.

• October 20, 2014:

1- In Paris, a 4-year-old got her hands on the family handgun and shot herself. She died.

2-Four shootings in Clarksville in the span of one hour. It just gets worse and worse. It’s almost as if the more guns there are, the more people abuse them.

• October 17, 2014:

A 23-year-old woman fired her handgun during a traffic altercation in East Ridge, just outside of Chattanooga. She fired the gun into the air, and was arrested.

These wannabe Yosemite Sams and Samanthas are gonna kill us all.

• October 16, 2014:

A 7-year-old Winchester girl was accidentally shot in the lower abdomen when her dad was showing her two brothers how to load a high-powered rifle:

John was showing his two sons how to load a rifle in the basement of the family’s 45 Living Oak Lane residence, located between Winchester and Cowan, when the gun misfired, sending a .233 caliber bullet through a bedroom wall and an air hockey table before hitting 7-year-old Liberty Miller in the lower stomach.

The tree of patriots must be watered with the blood of Liberties, I guess.

Also, to whomever wrote this story: nice use of the passive voice gun dodge there. “The gun misfired” all by itsownself. Guns don’t shoot people, except when some lame reporter doesn’t want to state the obvious.

• October 15, 2014:

1- Proving yet again the poor judgment of so many of our gun owners, this happened in Clarksville:

Gregory Wayne Brown allegedly discharged a handgun during a domestic altercation with a 38-year-old man. He did not fire in the direction of Knight, but the bullet went through the wall, through a baby’s crib and stopped at the next wall, according to a police report.

The wall where the bullet stopped was the wall where his 10-month-old child was sleeping in his bed. Brown later changed his story and said the child was asleep in a different room, the report said.

2- This story comes out of Pennsylvania but it concerns a Tennessee man who the family says accidentally shot his cousin:

Soumpholphakdy, 22, was sleeping when Chanthara began jumping on his bed to wake him up around noon, police said.

That’s when, police said, Soumpholphakdy grabbed a gun to try and scare Chanthara. The two men began wrestling and the gun went off, police said.

Friends and family members said the two men are cousins, and it must have been an accident.

“We don’t think there was any foul play or anything like that. If anything, it was accidental,” said Shaggy Phon, a friend.

3- Four guns were stolen from a Memphis police officer’s truck this week. This is not a repeat of the last 12 times this happened. Memphis, get your shit together.

• October 10, 2014:

A Memphis police officer had his gun stolen when he left it in a shopping mall bathroom.

• October 8, 2014:

Guns-in-cars fail: a Chattanooga woman got angry at another driver, started tailgating her, and when that driver pulled over to let her pass, pulled out a gun and pointed it at her.

Seems to me that the vast majority of people simply do not have the emotional maturity to responsibly carry firearms with them.

• September 26, 2014:

• A security guard at a Nashville Walmart shot a man who stole a 6-pack of beer. He’s in serious condition.

I think that is a use of force way out of proportion for the crime.

• September 25, 2014:

• A responsible gun owner responsibly forgot about their loaded Sig Sauer pistol they’d left in their carry-on bag when they tried to board a plane in Nashville. And it’s the 31st such incident this year.

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