Gun Activists With Assault Rifles Harass Marine Veteran On Memorial Day. God Almighty I Wish This Was Me.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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I have felt a somewhat mean angry nasty spirited emotion over take me the past week. I seem to have reached a brick wall reinforced by old Pittsburgh steel when it comes to my already very low tolerance for dumbfuckery from dumbassgunmorons.

 

I would gladly have switched places with this Marine Vet & been face to face with these gun toting no military service idiots, with a much different outcome than the one we see here with this Veteran.

 

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From Mother Jones:

 

Gun Activists With Assault Rifles Harass Marine Veteran on Memorial Day.

 

“Are you gonna cry? Sounds like you’re about to cry.” Watch armed men pursue a vet through downtown Fort Worth.

 

 

On Memorial Day this week, a former Marine in Texas named James got a couple calls from friends who’d spotted an unusual gathering in downtown Fort Worth: Roughly a dozen people, mostly men, were hanging out in the middle of the city’s cultural district, armed with semi-automatic rifles. James quickly knew what his friends were describing, having recently encountered an open-carry demonstration himself in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. An independent TV commercial producer who sometimes films live events, James headed downtown with his camera to get some footage.

 

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What he saw there struck him as especially provocative. Not only had the open-carry activists come to a typically relaxed, family friendly part of town, they were displaying intimidating firearms just three days after a major gun massacre in Southern California. What he didn’t anticipate was that they would soon be pursuing him for several city blocks with cameras of their own, harassing him and later posting the footage online, where they would also level homophobic slurs and violent threats against him.

 

Women who speak out have been the primary target for gun activists, as I detailed in a recent investigation. But now, on a day meant to honor fallen service members, a military vet would make the hit list.

 

James, who asked that his last name not be used, knows his way around guns. He served for four years in the US Marines infantry, where he earned several awards for marksmanship. He is a gun owner, he told me, and a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and concealed-carry rights. But while carrying rifles publicly is legal in Texas, he felt that these guys—supporters of a movement that seeks to legalize the open carrying of handguns—were crossing a line.

 

“I’ll be happy to smash assholes like him,” said one gun activist online. “Who here wants to help ruin him?” said another.

 

The men, members of the groups Open Carry Texas and Open Carry Tarrant County, asked him which news network he was with. When he said he wasn’t, things began turning frosty. They pressed him about what he thought of their demonstration, and he replied with an unvarnished opinion that included profanities, language he told me he regrets having used.

 

“I’m all for responsible gun owners,” he says. “What I was taught was not to wear it around like a gold chain. What they’re doing is irresponsible. It intimidates the public, and people have just as much right to be comfortable in their public environment as these guys have a right to own their firearms.”

 

Suddenly he was surrounded by about a half-dozen armed men. They started badgering him with questions and accusing him of being anti-American. “I said, ‘Are you kidding me? I served in the military.’ They were trying to intimidate me, and when I didn’t cower that upset them,” he said. But he was starting to feel nervous and decided to disengage and walk away.

 

In a video obtained by Mother Jones that was posted online later that day by one of the activists, the group can be seen pursuing and harassing James through downtown Fort Worth. “I’m following this guy around,” declares one of them, setting off after him with his weapon slung across his back. He and others stay right behind James for several city blocks, following him through traffic and taunting him along the way. James grows more agitated and tells them off, calling them assholes and bullies.

 

“We’re being polite, you’re calling people names,” one of the gun activists pursuing him says.

 

“You’re not being polite out here with assault rifles the weekend after people lost their children,” James retorts, before again trying to walk away.

 

The harassment continues down the street. “Are you gonna cry?” one says. “Sounds like you’re about to cry.” Another says: “What’s wrong with that guy—is he a liberal?

 

“Yeah,” the other replies.

 

“Big time?”

 

“Yeah.”

 

Eventually they follow him to a parking lot (where, in the background, there just so happens to be a Chipotle). As James gets into his vehicle, the gun activists zoom in on his company’s name and contact info appearing on the side of his truck, as well as his license plate, vowing to post it all online.

 

After the video went up on YouTube and Facebook, James pushed back in the comments sections, only to be met with increasing hostility.

 

“That guy obviously thinks he’s a badass talking shit to armed citizens,” one gun activist said. “When [the shit hits the fan] I’ll be happy to smash assholes like him.”

 

When one of the guys who’d followed him suggested posting the video to multiple sites, another said they should “put really gay background music to it.”

 

“He wasn’t Marine Corps infantry,” declared another. “Or he got out due to ‘don’t ask don’t tell.’ What a fruit.”

 

“Who here wants to help ruin him?” said another.

 

The footage the group posted was not the first such effort to intimidate by exposing someone’s personal information: As I reported recently, in April members of Open Carry Texas outed a concerned schoolteacher who had called police in Plano, Texas, and she was soon hit with a barrage of harassment and violent threats by phone and email. James faced similar treatment this week, he told me, with harassers saying he was a “fucking faggot” and “this guy needs his jaw broken.”

 

James shared his story only reluctantly, but he is also adamant, he says, that what the gun activists are doing is wrong. And he’s far from alone in that view: He has since also received many positive calls and messages of support, he says—including from a couple of vocal open-carry supporters, one of whom invited him to go to a firing range together.

 

After multiple rejections from corporate restaurants and a wave of negative publicity, several Texas open-carry groups put out a joint statement last week asking their supporters to dial back the provocative tactics. Some hardcore followers balked at that, but now even some rank and file gun activists have expressed doubt in online comments about this latest incident. “Following him makes you the bad guy and could be considered intimidation,” one said. A member of Open Carry Texas—who himself participated in that group’s intimidation tactics against women—also disapproved of the footage, or at least of its public airing. “Nothing about this video benefits our movement,” he said.

 

Thank you  & Mother Jones.

 

Mark Follman is a senior editor at Mother Jones. Read more of his stories, follow him on Twitter,

 

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When I was in basic in my branch of the military, we were taught in the first month of that experience how to disarm anyone who was unfriendly. Be they armed with a K-Bar or toting a SG 550. We were taught that no matter the weapon, if an enemy was within reach of us physically, he could be disarmed in 4.5 seconds if we recruits learned what we were being taught.

 

I wish an asshole who imagines he/she has an advantage over anyone because he/she is armed, would approach me in the exact same manner as these 11th graders approached this Marine Vet.

 

I am against guns. PERIOD. The 2nd amendment is a racist joke, and should be repealed yesterday. NO human should have any weapon more deadly that a Louisville Slugger. Guns should be, must be, removed from any sane intelligent civil society.

 

I own guns, and I own a concealed carry permit and have been licensed since 1985 when I returned home from my 9 years in hell for Uncle Sam. With relatives like Uncle Sam, you never need enemies. I carry daily when I am in the street, you could never tell that just by looking at me or talking to me.

 

The second guns are outlawed I’ll be the 2nd person in line to turn my weapons in….never be the 1st to do anything (another military lesson from my CO).

 

On July 13th of 2013 when George Zimmerman was labeled not guilty, I re-purchased 7 weapons to replace the 7 I had given up the week after the Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre. I couldn’t with good mind keep guns if I hated them so much, and that Sandy Hook slaughter turned my resolve to carry or hold weapons.

 

Then George Zimmerman was set free. That changed my resolve to be unarmed.

 

I said all that to say this….this video is prime proof why dumbass Americans do not need firearms, including me.

 

I should not have weapons and neither should any human, no matter how well trained, or how well experienced in the use of firearms.

 

Before you open your mouth to say “2nd amendment” read this, then shut the fuck up and go sit the fuck down…..

 

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People like these cretins in this video are why no human that breaths oxygen or bleeds red blood, should ever have a weapon. Had that been me instead of “James”, we’d all have been on the 6 O’clock news.

 

With them dead, and me facing prison because Stand Your Ground was not created for a Black American. Nor is it allowed to be used as a defense option during trial.

 

Have a happy weekend.

 

An Answer To Joe The Plumber’s (Samuel J. Wurzelbacher) Asinine Comment: “Your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights.”

 

A Gun Violence Victim Speaks.

 

 

 

 

Isla Vista victim’s dad: Don’t call me politicians, do something

 

Published on May 27, 2014

Anderson Cooper speaks with Richard Martinez, the dad of Isla Vista shooting victim Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez.

 

 

 

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Save The Babies. Save The Children. It’s Time For Gun Sense In America.   

 

Published on May 29, 2014

Common sense gun reforms and responsible gun control laws are needed now. Whose child will be next? How many more have to die? Does your second amendment rights trump my U.S. Constitutional rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness?

 

 

 

Father of UCSB Shooting Victim Christopher Martinez: “When Will This Insanity Stop?”

 

Published on May 24, 2014

Richard Martinez, the father of 20-year-old UCSB shooting victim Christopher Martinez, attacked the NRA and guns in a heartbreaking speech at a press conference this afternoon.

 

“Our son Chris Martinez and six others are dead,” Martinez said. “Our family has a message for every parent out there: You don’t think it will happen to your child until it does.”

 

 

 

Richard Martinez is right.

 

His son Christopher was shot and killed in Santa Barbara after our representatives in Washington failed — again and again and again — to fix our broken gun laws.

 

They failed to take comprehensive action after Columbine. After Virginia Tech. After Tucson. After Fort Hood. After Aurora. And as Mr. Martinez said, “My kid died because nobody responded to what happened at Sandy Hook.”

 

We cannot stand by and do nothing while 86 people die every day from gun shots. Not One More person should die because our elected officials failed to fix our broken gun laws.

 

 

Entertainers Speak Out Against Gun Violence

 

Published on May 30, 2014

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A mix of rappers, sports stars and other entertainers including Snoop Dogg and Joe Montana teamed up in San Francisco to speak against gun violence. (May 30)

 

 

 

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Weekly Address: Congress Needs To Act On Minimum Wage


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Weekly Address: Congress Needs to Act on Minimum Wage

 

In this week’s address, the President highlights small business owners across the country acting to raise wages for their workers, and calls on Congress to give America a raise so more hard-working Americans have the opportunity to get ahead.

 

 

 

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Mensaje De La Casa Blanca

 

Published on Apr 26, 2014

En el mensaje de esta semana, la Directora de la Oficina de Administración de Personal Katherine Archuleta habló sobre la importancia de aumentar el salario mínimo a fin de que todos los que trabajan duro ganen el salario que se merecen.

 

 

 

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What $10.10 Would Mean For Your State. Raise The Wage.

 

In this year’s State of the Union addressPresident Obama called on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.

 

That would benefit more than 28 million workers — helping families across the country make ends meet.

 

But exactly how would it help? We’ll show you.

 

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In his State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to raise the national minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, and soon after signed an Executive Order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for the individuals working on new federal service contracts.

 

Raising the minimum wage nationwide will increase earnings for millions of workers, and boost the bottom lines of businesses across the country. Learn more below, and share this page with your friends and family.

 

Raising the federal minimum wage would not only benefit more than 28 million workers across the country, but 19 million workers from all types of households would see a direct increase in their wages

 

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Today, the real value of the minimum wage has fallen by nearly one-third since its peak in 1968. And right now, a full-time minimum wage worker makes $14,500 a year, which leaves too many families struggling to make ends meet.

 

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Raising the minimum wage will help millions of Americans

 

Spread the word to friends and family

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Raise The Minimum Wage: Barack Speaks At Michigan University, Ann Arbor – Full Speech.

 

 

Obama Speaks At Michigan University, Ann Arbor– Full Speech

 

Published on Apr 2, 2014

President Obama speaks about raising the minimum wage while visiting the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

 

 

 

 

Add Your Name: America Deserves a Raise

 

Last Friday, I spoke at a rally in Cleveland about raising the minimum wage. While I was there, I had the opportunity to talk with 11-year-old Jesseca Hudson, who came out to show her support.

 

Before I’d even boarded my plane back to D.C., she had already emailed me, telling me how she wanted to help in the fight to give millions of workers the wages they deserve.

 

Jesseca doesn’t think that someone working full-time should struggle to make ends meet. But full-time workers earning the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 only earn about $14,500 a year in wages — below the poverty line for a family of two.

 

That’s unacceptable. And it’s why the President has called on Congress and state governments to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour — and on businesses to act on their own to increase the pay of their workers.

 

If you agree, then add your name, and share why you think we need to raise the wage.

 

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Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 will benefit about 28 million workers across the country. And it will help businesses, too — raising the wage will put more money in people’s pockets, which they will pump back into the economy by spending it on goods and services in their communities.

 

The bottom line: America deserves a raise.

 

And it’s not just 11-year-olds that understand why it’s a problem that the minimum wage has lost nearly a third of its value since its peak in 1968. Nearly three out of fourAmericans agree we should raise the wage.

 

If you agree it’s time that we answer the President’s call to increase the minimum wage and reward honest work, add your name and share why.

 

Thanks for your help.

 

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Three Out Of Four Americans Agree: It’s Time To Raise The Minimum Wage.

 

Raise The Minimum Wage – ’11 Must-Know Facts About The Minimum Wage’

 

 

Raising the minimum wage isn’t just pro-worker; it’s pro-economic growth. Putting money in the pockets of working families, as Henry Ford explained, means they’ll spend it on goods and services, which in turn helps businesses thrive and create more jobs.

 

 

Obama At Costco Promotes Higher Minimum Wage

 

Published on Jan 29, 2014

President Obama notes that Costco pays its workers a higher starting wage and therefor has fewer workers quit, making it a better company. He speaks from a Costco in Lanham, Maryland.

 

 

 

That’s why 75 percent of Americans − including so many business leaders I speak to − support a higher federal minimum wage. That’s why there’s a proud bipartisan history of raising the wage.

 

The typical minimum wage earner is a provider and a breadwinner – most likely a woman – responsible for paying bills, running a household and raising children. How can we expect her to get by on a wage that, in real terms, isn’t worth as much as it was in the 1950s?

 

The value of the minimum wage simply hasn’t kept up with the cost of living, including the essentials a family needs to survive: a gallon of milk, a gallon of gas, monthly rent, a pair of children’s shoes and more.

 

Wages also haven’t kept up with workers’ output. Since 1979, productivity has increased more than 90 percent, but real average hourly earnings have gone up only 3.2 percent.

 

President Obama believes that income inequality is one of the most pressing matters facing the nation. If we are going to be a country that provides ladders of opportunity and believes in a thriving middle class, then we have to raise the minimum wage.

 

But don’t take my word for it. In recent weeks, I’ve had the privilege of meeting with many low-wage workers – proud men and women who want nothing more than a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. I’ve looked into their eyes and seen their struggle and their sacrifice; their dignity and self-respect.

 

They wake up every morning and do their jobs. Now it’s time for Congress to do its job. It’s time to give minimum wage workers the raise they need, the raise they’ve earned, the raise they deserve.

 

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In the year since I asked this Congress to raise the minimum wage, five states have passed laws to raise theirs.  Many businesses have done it on their own.  Nick Chute is here tonight with his boss, John Soranno.  John’s an owner of Punch Pizza in Minneapolis, and Nick helps make the dough.  Only now he makes more of it: John just gave his employees a raise, to ten bucks an hour – a decision that eased their financial stress and boosted their morale.

 

Tonight, I ask more of America’s business leaders to follow John’s lead and do what you can to raise your employees’ wages.  To every mayor, governor, and state legislator in America, I say, you don’t have to wait for Congress to act; Americans will support you if you take this on.  And as a chief executive, I intend to lead by example. Profitable corporations like Costco see higher wages as the smart way to boost productivity and reduce turnover. We should too.  In the coming weeks, I will issue an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to pay their federally-funded employees a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour – because if you cook our troops’ meals or wash their dishes, you shouldn’t have to live in poverty.

 

Of course, to reach millions more, Congress needs to get on board. Today, the federal minimum wage is worth about twenty percent less than it was when Ronald Reagan first stood here.  Tom Harkin and George Miller have a bill to fix that by lifting the minimum wage to $10.10.  This will help families.  It will give businesses customers with more money to spend.  It doesn’t involve any new bureaucratic program.  So join the rest of the country.  Say yes.  Give America a raise.

 

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The State of the Union Fact Sheet: Opportunity for All

 

Opportunity for All: Key Executive Actions the President Will Take in 2014

The President’s top priority remains ensuring middle class Americans feel secure in their jobs, homes and budgets.  To build real, lasting economic security the President will work with Congress and act on his own to expand opportunity for all so that every American can get ahead and have a shot at creating a better life for their kids.

 

Raising the Minimum Wage through Executive Order to $10.10 for Federal Contract Workers. The President will also continue to urge Congress to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 across the nation because no one who works full-time should have to raise their family in poverty.

 

 

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President Obama Speaks At The Oso Firehouse.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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I’ve observed my share of Presidents in my 54 years and not one comes close to this POTUSA. Not one past President has had the number of natural disasters to contend with that this President has faced. Not one past President has had the number of deaths from gun violence that this President has had to handle. And for sure, not one past President has had to shoulder the sheer hatred because of their skin color. Yet, Barack Hussein Obama loves this country and his citizens.

 

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(CNN) —Calling their grit, resiliency and sense of community an inspiration to all Americans, President Barack Obama promised Tuesday that those impacted by last month’s deadly landslide in Washington won’t be forgotten — least of all by the federal government.

 

"This is ... what America is all about," Obama said. "When times get tough, we look out for each other. We get each others' backs. And we recover, and we build, and we come back stronger."

“This is … what America is all about,” Obama said. “When times get tough, we look out for each other. We get each others’ backs. And we recover, and we build, and we come back stronger.”

 

Speaking in Oso, a small community about 60 miles northeast of Seattle that was ground zero for disaster, Obama outlined the ways the government has already helped and will continue to do so. He said that he wanted to visit the area to show support for “families who are searching for loved ones (and) families who have lost everything.”

 

President Obama Speaks on Responding to the Mudslide in Washington State

 

Published on Apr 22, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks at the Oso Firehouse after viewing the devastation from the recent mudslide in the area and meeting with the families affected by this disaster, as well as first responders and recovery workers. April 22, 2014.

 

 

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Schoolchildren watch President Obama’s motorcade travel past their bus on Washington Highway 530 near Oso

Schoolchildren watch President Obama’s motorcade travel past their bus on Washington Highway 530 near Oso

 

“I just wanted to let you know that the country is thinking about all of you, and have throughout this tragedy,” the President said. “We’re not going anywhere. We’ll be here as long as it takes.”

 

Obama spoke exactly one month the rain-saturated hillside along the Stillaguamish River gave way, unleashing walls of mud that swallowed up roads and homes in and around Oso.

 

First responders, Washington National Guard members and volunteers quickly converged on the traumatic scene, digging through mud, logs and debris 70 feet thick in some places hoping to find the missing.

 

Authorities on Monday put the death toll from the landslide at 41, though that number could rise as the search continues.

 

The President noted that while few knew of Oso before last month, many since have “been inspired by the incredible way that they community has come together and shown love and support that they have for other in ways big and small.” That might include risking their lives volunteering to find neighbors, providing a meal to those on the front lines or offering up chain saws or rain jackets.

 

“One resident said, ‘We’re Oso, and we just do it,’ ” Obama said after touring the damage and meeting with various people involved in the search-and-rescue operations as well as relatives whose loved ones died.

 

The debris field is full of toxic sludge, including human waste and toxic chemicals from households, oil and gas, according to Lt. Richard Burke of the Bellevue Fire Department. During the rescue efforts, some workers have come down with dysentery.

 

The work seems never-ending, and the piles of debris and muck remain high a month after the mudslide.

 

But thanks to workers’ efforts, water that was 6 feet deep has now drained, making it easier for heavy equipment to navigate the still tricky terrain.

 

One spruce tree that remained standing after the mudslide is now a memorial to the victims and a source of strength to the workers.

 

Obama came to Washington state on the way to a four-country tour to Asia. He will stop in Malaysia, where the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and its scores of passengers remains unsolved, and South Korea, where a ferry full of high schoolers collapsed last week.

 

The President didn’t refer to either of those disasters in his comments Tuesday. But he did laud the response of those in and around Oso for symbolizing what is best his own country.

 

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Tryon, a rescue dog muddied from the day's work, stands with his handler March 30 near the west side of the landslide.

Tryon, a rescue dog muddied from the day’s work, stands with his handler March 30 near the west side of the landslide.

Teresa Welter cries during a candlelight vigil in Arlington on Tuesday, March 25.

Teresa Welter cries during a candlelight vigil in Arlington on Tuesday, March 25.

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The White House Blog Updates™: West Wing Week. Medicaid Enrollment Continues. The March Jobs Numbers.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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West Wing Week: 4/4/14 or, “The Rosies”

 

 

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This week, the President wrapped up a six day trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia, spoke on the success of the first open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, traveled to Michigan to highlight the importance of raising the federal minimum wage, and honored both the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, and the 2014 US Olympic and Paralympic teams. That’s March 28th to April 3rd or, “The Rosies.”

 

 

Obama, Biden Honor WW II Working Women – Lone Wolf

 

Published on Apr 1, 2014

Five women who worked in U.S. factories during the war get a surprise visit at Washington event. – Lone Wolf

 

 

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While Marketplace Enrollment Ended, Medicaid Enrollment Continues

 

 

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has already provided coverage to millions of Americans. More than 7.1 million Americans signed up for coverage through the Marketplaces, 3 million additional young adults were covered under their parents’ insurance and millions more will have access through Medicaid. A new report shows that more people are gaining coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as a result of the health law. The analysis, produced by the Health and Human Services Department shows enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP in February was at least 3 million people higher than it was, on average, between July and September. That does not include March, which saw an enormous spike in Marketplace enrollment and traffic to HealthCare.gov.

 

While this is great progress, states where governors or legislatures refuse to implement the Medicaid expansion provisions of the law will leave 5.7 million Americans uninsured. States that have expanded Medicaid, such as Kentucky and New York, have seen particularly dramatic declines in their uninsured populations. Just take Kentucky, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Kentucky has seen a 40 percent drop in its rate of uninsured since October 1.

 

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Medicaid Enrollment Continues Year Round

While open enrollment for the Marketplaces closed on March 31st, Medicaid coverage enrollment continues year round. That means we are going to continue, working with partners, to sign people up for Medicaid. We have made improvements to our systems and we are ramping up the tactics and tools that are working to reach uninsured Americans. We have learned that Medicaid expansion had a positive impact in getting people covered, as enrollment growth in states that expanded Medicaid was over 5 times higher than in other states (8.3 percent versus 1.6 percent).

 

One effective strategy for reaching people to get them signed up is through creative partnerships with hospitals and other service providers. For example, in many places hospitals make preliminary eligibility determinations and use a single, streamlined application for coverage. One other effective effort underway in five states uses supplemental nutritional assistance program (SNAP) income data information to identify individuals who are likely eligible for Medicaid and CHIP.

 

As of the end of February, almost half a million individuals have been determined eligible for Medicaid or CHIP as a result of this targeted effort, and more States are exploring similar strategies. Finally, all States are working to implement provisions of the Affordable Care Act which will make it much simpler and easier for individuals to apply for Medicaid coverage than prior to the law’s passage.

 

 

More States are Expanding Medicaid

Twenty-six States and the District of Columbia have expanded their Medicaid programs to cover low-income adults, providing access to millions of Americans who previously had no source of affordable health insurance. Earlier this week, on April 1, Michigan began enrolling individuals, expanding Medicaid eligibility to 470,000 people. The week before that, New Hampshire signed the Medicaid expansion into law, providing 50,000 people access to Medicaid coverage starting this July.

 

The arc of progress takes time. Since Medicaid was created in 1965, Medicaid has served a critical role in providing health coverage to certain low-income Americans. The ACA has moved beyond helping women and children, people with disabilities, and seniors, to expanding eligibility to all low-income people so that hard-working Americans who don’t have access to health care from their jobs don’t have to live in fear of getting sick. In the days and weeks to come, we will make sure we explain to the public the consequences of refusing to expand Medicaid and we will translate our learnings from the best practices of Medicaid enrollment to our year round effort to help more Americans access health care everyday.

 

 

Obamacare helps add 3 million people to Medicaid

 

From The Associated Press:

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says 3 million Americans signed up for Medicaid under the new health care law as of the end of February, offering its first accounting of how much the safety-net health program has grown since implementation of the law.

 

Many were newly eligible because of the law’s Medicaid expansion.

 

The number is significantly lower than how many people the administration previously said were, quote, “determined eligible” for Medicaid under the law. But the new number sifts out duplicate applications to arrive at a solid figure.

 

The total is incomplete because a handful of states didn’t report their numbers, and it doesn’t include March sign-ups.

 

About half the states have accepted a Medicaid expansion in the health law.

 

Thank you The Associated Press.

 

 

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Paul Ryan just proposed a federal budget that ends Medicare as we know it, gives America’s richest few a break on their taxes while shifting the burden to the middle class, and repeals the historic health care law we both worked so hard to pass.

 

Tell Paul Ryan to take his racist pro-wealthy dumbfuckery and shove it up his rectum.

 

We can’t just be exasperated — we have to fight back with everything we’ve got to elect more Democrats to the House. Click here to show Paul Ryan you won’t let Republicans get away with this budget.

 

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Jobs Report for March: Jobs Up Adding 192,000 new jobs. Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 6.7%. That odd sound you hear are GOPukes the nation over having another stroke.

 

The Employment Situation in March

 

 

The economy continued to add jobs in March at a pace consistent with job growth over the past year. Additionally, the unemployment rate was steady while the labor force participation rate edged up. While today’s data indicates that the recovery is continuing to unfold, the President still believes further steps must be taken to strengthen growth and boost job creation. In this regard, the Senate’s decision yesterday to move forward with the consideration of a bill to reinstate extended unemployment insurance was an important step in the right direction. In addition to encouraging this and other action in Congress, such as raising the minimum wage and passing the Paycheck Fairness Act, the President will continue to act on his own executive authority wherever possible to expand economic opportunity for American families.    

 

 

 FIVE KEY POINTS IN TODAY’S REPORT FROM THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

 

1. The private sector has added 8.9 million jobs over 49 straight months of job growthToday we learned that total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 192,000 in March, entirely due to an increase in private employment, while government employment was unchanged on net. Job growth in January and February was revised up, so that that over the past twelve months, private employment has risen by 2.3 million, or an average of 189,000 a month. This is slightly faster than the pace of job gains over the preceding twelve-month period (175,000 a month).

 

 

2. Revisions to jobs numbers tend to be cyclical (negative in a recession, positive in a recovery); consistent with this pattern, the initial estimate of job growth has been revised up in 18 of the last 19 months, and in 40 of the 56 months since the end of the recession in June 2009. One of the main reasons that jobs numbers are subject to revision is that, at the time of the first report, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is missing data from firms that have not responded to the survey, as well as data on business start-ups and closures. BLS uses a model to estimate missing data, but these model-based estimates are backward-looking so that they understate both the declines in a recession and the gains in a recovery. Over time, the BLS is able to replace initial survey reports and model-based estimates with more comprehensive data drawn from administrative records. With today’s report, job growth in January and February has been revised up by a combined 53,000 relative to their respective first reports. Since June 2009, the latest data are an average of 31,000 a month higher than the first report, indicating that the recovery has been stronger than initially estimated. However, during the recession from December 2007 to June 2009, first reports of monthly job growth were revised down by an average of 115,000 a month, meaning that the recession was deeper than originally estimated.

 

 

3. In thinking about how to address the persistent challenge of long-term unemployment, it is important to recognize that the long-term unemployed are a demographically diverse group and broadly similar to the shorter-term unemployed. As shown below, long-term unemployment does not appear to be overly concentrated in a single occupation. This suggests that steps to support the long-term unemployed in their job search activities and ensure they are given a fair look by employers still have a critical role to play in helping to address this pressing issue.

 

 

4. The average workweek in the manufacturing sector rebounded to 42.0 hours in March, tied for the highest since July 1945. Average weekly hours for manufacturing production and nonsupervisory workers also hit 42.0 hours in November 2013, before edging down in December, January, and February. Some of the decline in those months was likely due to unusually severe winter weather, including the major snowstorm that hit during the survey week in February. Consistent with the unwinding of weather effects, the average workweek in manufacturing jumped in March and returned to its 68-year high.

 

 

5. Employment gains in most industries in March were consistent with their range of monthly changes over the last several years. The construction sector had an above-average month, adding 19,000 jobs for a total of 88,000 over the last three months. In addition, state and local government performed relatively well, adding 9,000 jobs in March. Manufacturing employment was little changed, but with upward revisions to previous months, this sector has risen by 97,000 on net since last July.

 

 

As the Administration stresses every month, the monthly employment and unemployment figures can be volatile, and payroll employment estimates can be subject to substantial revision. Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report and it is informative to consider each report in the context of other data that are becoming available.

 

 

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Statements and Releases

 

President Obama Nominates Two to Serve on the United States District Courts

 

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

 

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

 

Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras

 

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A candlelight vigil will be held Friday night to mark the 46th anniversary of the assassination of Dr.  Martin Luther King Jr.

 

The vigil will begin at 7 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is scheduled to speak at the vigil.

 

King was shot and killed at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. in 1968.

 

King was in Memphis to support black sanitary workers who had been on strike. The day before he was killed, King delivered his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” address in which he said, “I have seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”

 

He was standing on the balcony at about 6 p.m. April 4, when James Earl Ray fatally shot him with a high-powered rifle. Some of the more famous photos of that day show people on the balcony pointing toward where they heard the shots fired from across the street and one of King after being felled by the bullet.

 

Friday’s ceremony will end with a wreath laying at the monument’s Stone of Hope.

 

 

The Lorraine Motel, where Dr. King was assassinated, is now the site of the National Civil Rights Museum. The wreath marks the approximate place Dr. King was standing at the time.

The Lorraine Motel, where Dr. King was assassinated, is now the site of the National Civil Rights Museum. The wreath marks the approximate place Dr. King was standing at the time.

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It’s up to us to make history on "NO"vember 4th, 2014.

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Florida Jury Gets The Michael Dunn, Killer Of Jordan Davis, Murder Trial. Deliberations Begin.


 

By Jueseppi B.

Day 5 in the Michael Dunn, Killer Of Jordan Davis, Murder Trial.

Jury gets the Michael Dunn, Killer Of Jordan Davis, Murder Trial.  Deliberations Begin.

 

From Reuters News Agency:

 

Florida jury starts deliberations in loud rap murder trial

 

BY SUSAN COOPER EASTMAN

 

(Reuters) – A middle-aged software engineer opened fire on a black teenager because he felt disrespected when the 17-year-old refused to turn down the rap music blaring from his car, a prosecutor told a Florida jury in closing arguments on Wednesday.

 

Defense attorneys countered, saying Michael Dunn, 47, who is white, acted in self-defense when he shot Jordan Davis and was justified in using deadly force.

 

The trial, which has drawn international attention because of racial overtones and claims of self-defense, was put in the hands of a jury on Wednesday.

 

Davis was out on the town with friends when the argument broke out. Prosecutors said Davis used foul language when confronting Dunn, but that he was unarmed and never posed a physical threat.

 

“Jordan Davis didn’t have a weapon. He had a big mouth. That man wasn’t going to stand for it, and it cost Jordan Davis his life,” Assistant State Attorney John Guy said, wrapping up the prosecution’s case at the end of a week-long trial.

 

“This case is not about self-defense. It’s about self-denial,” he added.

 

The case has drawn comparisons to the trial of George Zimmerman, the former central Florida neighborhood watchman who was acquitted last year of murder after saying he shot a 17-year-old unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin, in self-defense during a struggle.

 

Dunn is charged with first-degree murder in the November 2012 shooting of Jordan Davis. Dunn also faces three charges of attempted murder for firing 10 shots at four teens in the SUV parked in a Jacksonville gas station.

 

Prosecutors said Dunn overreacted in anger when Davis hurled expletives at him and refused to lower the volume.

 

“This defendant was disrespected by a 17-year-old teenager. He was not happy with his (Davis’s) response,” said another Assistant State Attorney Erin Wolfson who delivered the closing argument.

 

She quoted a witness who overheard Dunn say: “You are not going to talk to me that way” as the altercation escalated.

 

Then Dunn “took it upon himself to silence Jordan Davis forever,” Wolfson said.

 

If found guilty, Dunn faces up to life in prison. Prosecutors say they will not seek the death penalty.

 

The verdict in the case remains in doubt, CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin, a former assistant U.S. attorney, tweeted on Tuesday night. “Especially in Florida, given the breadth of the stand your ground law and self-defense culture,” she said.

 

Deliberating the case is a jury of 8 whites, 2 blacks, one Asian and one Hispanic.

 

Dunn’s attorney, Cory Strolla, said the state had failed to prove its case, pointing to a lack of conclusive forensic evidence about where Davis was when he was shot.

 

“Michael Dunn was in a place where he had a right to be, asking for a common courtesy. He had no duty to retreat. He had a right to meet force with force, including deadly force,” said Strolla. “He’s had that gun for 20 years and he has never fired it once.”

 

Dunn took the stand in his own defense on Tuesday and told the jury he started shooting in a state of panic after the exchange of words grew more heated and he thought he saw the barrel of a gun in the back window as Davis started to get out of the car.

 

Police said they found no weapon in the teens’ SUV after the shooting.

 

“Michael Dunn doesn’t get to just assume Jordan Davis had a gun and … was going to shoot him,” said Wolfson. “Self-defense does not let you assume.”

 

The prosecution sought to expose inconsistencies in Dunn’s version of the incident.

 

The jury was reminded of dramatic testimony by Dunn’s fiancée, Rhonda Rouer, who told the court that after the shooting Dunn never mentioned seeing a gun in the teens’ car.

 

Medical evidence presented in court also showed that Davis died inside the car in a defensive posture.

 

Dunn’s description of some of the expletives used in the altercation varied in court from a previous recorded account he gave to police.

 

In his closing argument, Strolla said the teens could have disposed of a weapon after they left the gas station.

 

To illustrate his point, Strolla stood mute in front of the jury for three minutes, the time the Durango was gone before returning to the gas station to get help.

 

Strolla criticized investigators for failing to secure the entire gas station plaza as a crime scene or search for a weapon that night.

“They knew they messed up,” Strolla said.

 

(Writing by David Adams and Barbara Liston; Editing by Ken Wills, Gunna Dickson and Leslie Adler)

 

Thank you Reuters News Agency.

 

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The thing one must not forget about this trial is the young boys in the Durango at that gas station, are not on trial for murder. Michael Dunn is.

 

From  Weary Traveler Musings

 

State of Florida v. Michael Dunn — Trial Day 5 

 

Michael Dunn — Strolla called Dunn to the witness standonce court convened. Under direct, Dunn was docile, mild-mannered, and weak. Strolla asked Dunn to give biographical details about his life and asked if Dunn had recollection of the week of Jordan Davis’ homicide.

 

Dunn told the jury that he was in Jacksonville to go to Chris Dunn’s wedding. Charlie the dog was a primary focus of the early part of direct questioning. Apparently Dunn & Rouer researched pet-friendly accommodations and picked a hotel further away from the wedding venue to accommodate Charlie, a 7-month-old puppy. Rouer and Dunn have been an item for 3.5 years, moving into the same dwelling six months into the courtship. Despite ending the marriage with Chris Dunn’s mother amicable, Rouer was a bit apprehensive about going to Chris Dunn’s wedding.

 

She had not known Chris Dunn and only viewed pictures of him via Facebook. Dunn concedes that Rouer’s assessment of how many drinks he had at Chris Dunn’s wedding was accurate: 3 or 4 drinks. Rouer didn’t eat at the wedding and they didn’t serve white wine, hence the reason for going to the Gate gas station.

 

Dunn & Rouer left Chris Dunn’s wedding because of Charlie. Rouer wanted to drink white wine and chips. Upon pulling into the Gate gas station, Dunn parked next to the red Durango because he wanted to be closer to the door. The “base” of the music coming from the red Durango was “ridiculously loud” after Rouer exited the vehicle to enter the store. Dunn had asked people in the past to turn down their music and they “happily” agreed to his request.

 

What Tevin Thompson’s told the jury was quasi-accurate but Dunn was mumbling it to himself, not talking to the teens in the red Durango. The guy in the front passenger’s seat, Tevin, turned down the music after Dunn asked and Dunn thanked him. Dunn admitted to having to roll down his window to tell the guys to turn down the music.

 

Michael Dunn is not qualified to testify to what the victim, Jordan Davis, supposedly said. So I will make it abundantly clear that these are Dunn’s words being assigned to Jordan Davis. Take them with a grain of salt as Dunn has every reason to lie, omit, or embellish to escape spending his natural born life in prison.

 

Dunn claims Jordan Davis was “mean spirited” and said “fuck that.” Dunn claims to have heard Jordan Davis say inaudible “something something” at first and then “cracker.” After that, Dunn told the jury that Jordan Davis looked at him and said the following: “I should kill that motherfucker.” Tommie Strones exited the Gate and entered the vehicle in the driver’s seat.

 

Dunn had to roll down his window to ask if they were threatening his life. Dunn told the jury Jordan Davis reached down and then slammed something against the red Durango door. Strolla interrupts and switches gears, asking Dunn about his familiarity with weapons. Dunn is familiar with them because of his father taking him shooting as a youngster. Strolla continues asking about the Gate gas station parking lot. Dunn told the jury that Jordan Davis said “Yes, I’m going to fucking kill you” in Dunn’s direction.

 

Then Jordan Davis supposedly showed 4 inches of a shotgun barrel. Dunn told the jury “I was in fear of my life.” Michael Dunn weeps when talking about Rhounda Rouer and Charlie. “After the continued threat of ‘you’re dead, bitch,’ a young man gets out and says ‘this shit is going down now’.”That young man was supposedly Jordan Davis. Dunn told the jury the following: “My life was in imminent danger.” Jordan Davis supposed gets out and screams “This shit’s going down now, bitch!” It was at this point that Dunn told the jury he reached for his weapon and said: “You’re not going to kill me, you son of a bitch!” Strolla asked if Dunn has responsible habits with firearms and he affirms.

 

Dunn had to lean forward, bounce back, then grabbed his gun. He grabbed gun & holster and “aimed at my attacker.” Despite saying “You’re not going to kill me, you son of a bitch,” Dunn told the jury he had no malice intent, but his vocal inflection did change. Dunn suffered a hand injury which required him to hold the gun with two hands as he showed the jury. According to Dunn, the in-flight Durango didn’t “register” to him so he continued to fire.

 

Michael Dunn told the jury he was scared for his life and Rouer’s life being put in danger. Dunn continued to shoot because he was worried about what he called a “blind fire spot” which he told Strolla was in essence return fire. He also said he fired at the fleeing Durango as to “keep their heads down.”

 

Rouer exits the Gate and he screams at her, “Get in the car, we gotta go.” Dunn told the jury he was in a panic so he threw the holster at his feet before firing. Dunn continued to refer to Jordan Davis as “my attacker.” Dunn repeats the phrase he said the night of the homicide: “You’re not going to kill me, you son of a bitch.” Strolla asked Michael Dunn if anyone in the red Durango tried to “deescalate” and he told the jury they didn’t. Upon prodding, Dunn said “I tried to get out the fact” but he was too anxious to mention to Rouer that he was threatened with a weapon from the occupants’ in the red Durango.

 

At the hotel, Rouer ran in, Dun secured his weapon. Inside the hotel, Dunn was “stoic” for Rouer but he concedes he’s “more emotional now” on the witness stand. Dunn told Rouer they weren’t in any trouble save for the “local gangsters.” Because Rouer was emotionally spent, Dunn told her to get pizza.

 

After Strolla’s questions, Dunn’s answer imply that if he wanted to he could have. He said he has a valid passport and a valid aviation ID. Rouer was aggressive in demanding the couple return to their condo. At the condo, Strolla places emphasis on how transparent Dunn was. Detective Marc Musser called Dunn and told him he had five minutes before Brevard County’s finest was at his door.

 

Thank you Weary Traveler Musings.

 

Michael Dunn, Killer Of Jordan Davis, Murder Trial – Day 5.

 

 

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Michael Dunn looks at his family during his murder trial in the shooting death of unarmed teen Jordan Davis, in Duval County Courthouse in Jacksonville, Florida February 10, 2014.  CREDIT: REUTERS/BOB MACK/POOL

Michael Dunn smugly & confidently looks at his family during his murder trial in the shooting death of unarmed teen Jordan Davis, in Duval County Courthouse in Jacksonville, Florida February 10, 2014.
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