Petitions…Petitions: Open Thread

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Running of the Santas in Germany……but check out other pictures of Santas hauling ass here. Click image

Good Evening

Have you signed any petitions regarding Gun Control recently? I saw this article from ABC News and it made me think…do these things really work.

Record-Breaking Petition Asks White House to Tackle Gun Control

In the wake of the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., record-setting numbers have signed online petitions urging that the federal government take action to halt gun violence.

Shortly after the deadly shooting of 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a man identified as “David G” posted an online petition calling on the White House to “immediately address the issue of gun control through the introduction of legislation in Congress.”

Within hours, the petition, which was created on the White House “We the People” site, had surpassed the 25,000 electronic signatures required for the Obama administration to review the request. On Monday, it broke the record, becoming the petition with the most signatures ever submitted to the site.

As of midday today, the petition had 176,828 signatures and counting.

Okay, notice…no link to the actual petition they are talking about. I went to the We the People site, and found plenty of petitions for gun control. But I had to look hard for the petition this article is referring to.

It could be this one: Immediately address the issue of gun control through the introduction of legislation in Congress. | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government

But check out the other petitions listed on the “all petition” page:

we petition the obama administration to:
30,010  Signatures
Oh…there are plenty of petitions, and here are the more popular ones:
we petition the obama administration to:
65,442  Signatures
34,498  Signatures
Check out the numbers of signatures on some of those wacky petitions. (Did you notice the ones from the pro-gun population?) Personally I think this is one that we all should sign:
Look at all those petitions…and this is only from the White House site…you can see more petitions regarding Newtown, CT/Sandy Hook Shooting here at – Start, Join, and Win Campaigns for Change

Connecticut Shooting

With so many petitions, many requesting the same thing…will the politicians finally get the message?  I just hope these petitions haven’t become another social media crap trap, just as all the “like” pages on Facebook…where you are only a number on the screen, and nothing more than an opportunity for ad agencies to target their products to your personal sensibilities.
Two more quick links before I go:
News trucks on Church Hill Road
News trucks line the streets near Sandy Hook Elementary

“Go home, please, go home, all of you.”

The man standing in front of me in the lobby of my hotel was not in the slightest bit aggressive, but he was very clear.

“It’s unbearable. What do you all want? I know four or five of the families who lost kids and it’s too much for them, with all the media here. What do you all want?”

Most of the rest of the lobby – and much of the hotel – was taken up by notebook-wielding, fleece-wearing, camera-toting journalists. But that’s just the start.

The village of Sandy Hook, the centre of which is little more than a crossroads, has been transformed.

Read what this reporter has to say…this quote below is very telling to me:

I have covered stories for 15 years in the field, some of the biggest, and have never seen anything like this, nor felt so uncomfortable about being part of it.

You know I love Sammy Jackson, and with that video link I turn it over to you!
This is a muthafukken open thread!

It feels like a Monday Evening…

…So here is your evening reads.

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Gotta love that Rubenesque Pug…

I honestly don’t have much for you tonight. My head hurts, and the Relpax ain’t doing the trick this time. The only things I have for you tonight is this weird story out of Belize…and the news that “We the People” are petitioning the White House to succeed from the nation.

First the movie of the week drama making headlines on the Techno News sites.  Exclusive: John McAfee Wanted for Murder (Updated)

Antivirus pioneer John McAfee is on the run from murder charges, Belize police say. According to Marco Vidal, head of the national police force’s Gang Suppression Unit, McAfee is a prime suspect in the murder of American expatriate Gregory Faull, who was gunned down Saturday night at his home in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye.

Details remain sketchy so far, but residents say that Faull was a well-liked builder who hailed originally from California Florida. The two men had been at odds for some time. Last Wednesday, Faull filed a formal complaint against McAfee with the mayor’s office, asserting that McAfee had fired off guns and exhibited “roguish behavior.” Their final disagreement apparently involved dogs.

Read the rest of that story, far out! I would imagine that the dude who brought us McAfee antivirus has paranoid tendencies already, but John McAfee seems to be getting high on bath salts…and other “stuff.” Ooof!

For those who may be high on a variety of things like, racism, crazy, anger and idiotness…I bring you: ‘We the People’ Petitions Filed in Nineteen States Seeking Permission to Secede from the Union

In the aftermath of last week’s presidential election, residents in at least nineteen states have put up petitions on the government’s “We the People” petitioning website seeking the right to secede from the rest of the country.

While the petitions themselves may not be significant, the reaction could be.

Petitions for secession filed from Louisiana and Texas have already received well over 10,000 signatures. Per the website’s own rules, petitions that garner 25,000 signatures or more within 30 days require a response from the Obama administration.

Similar petitions from Alabama, Tennessee, and, interestingly, Oregon, are also gaining traction, with each receiving thousands of supporters over the weekend alone.

Other states in which residents have expressed an interest in going their own way include Kentucky, Montana, North Dakota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, New York, New Jersey, Colorado, Arkansas, South Carolina, and Missouri.

As unilateral secession was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, it remains to be seen if this movement is more than a toothless temper tantrum thrown by armchair revolutionaries.

Armchair revolutionaries? Rich assholes with rodent pelts for hair? Neo-cons looking for the south to rise again? Sugar and flour hording Preppers saving themselves from Obamageddon?

After Obama Victory, A Petition For States To Secede On The White House Website

Here is one response to the secessionist from Atlanta Journal Constitution: Dear people signing secessionist petitions . . . | Kyle Wingfield

Stop. Just stop.

I’ve just got one thing to say to them…

That is all I can get out tonight…have a pleasant evening!

This is a muthafukkin’ loooozzzzer open thread…