Posts tagged Ohio
Posts tagged Ohio
From today’s AP story announcing charges against four more people in the Steubenville, Ohio rape case and subsequent cover up by school officials.
The comments on this story explain my home state.
From the story:
Federal agents are trying to determine how a suspected Ohio white supremacist with a felony conviction for manslaughter acquired a cache of 18 assault weapons and other firearms, along with high-capacity magazines and more than 40,000 rounds of ammunition, according to federal law enforcement officials and court documents reviewed by NBC News.
The storehouse of weapons was discovered late last month when FBI agents arrested Richard Schmidt, 47, the owner of a Bowling Green sporting goods store called Spindletop Sports Zone, on charges of marketing counterfeit goods — such as football jerseys with NFL logos — from China.
According to the documents, FBI agents who searched Schmidt’s sporting goods store and four trailers behind it, found a stash of weapons that included AR-15 assault rifles, Ruger and Sig Sauer semi-automatic pistols, bulletproof body armor and high-capacity magazines as well as ammunition.
A federal law enforcement official, who spoke with NBC News on condition of anonymity, said that FBI counterterrorism agents involved in the case had picked up evidence that Schmidt may have been planning attacks against Jewish and civil rights groups in the Detroit area… The law enforcement officials said the case appears to illustrate some of the gaps in current background checks for gun purchasers that President Barack Obama has proposed closing as part of his package of executive actions and legislative proposals released this week aimed at curbing gun violence. Schmidt was charged with murder and felonious assault in 1989 after killing a Hispanic man and shooting two others with a semi-automatic pistol during a traffic dispute. He later pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 to 25 years in prison.
So, how about those background checks? And yeah, a background check wouldn’t necessarily keep him from ultimately amassing his arsenal, but why should we be making it easier for people like Mr. Schmidt to obtain these weapons?
I literally cannot imagine a legitimate situation where someone needs a gun RIGHT NOW and is unable to wait for a background check or be patient enough for a waiting period to pass.
And hey, maybe we should give the ATF a permanent director, instead of this several years long interim bullshit. Just a thought.
Oh, Ohio. You never fail to disappoint. Arming custodians at taxpayer cost… From the story:
"The school district will pay for the employees to undergo a two-day training class in mid March, when instructors with the Tactical Defense Institute of West Union, Ohio, will give them a defense class on handgun use in Montpelier."
It’s not enough that custodians already have a shitty, typically underpaid job. My dad did it for several years. Two days of training and *POOF* now you’re expected to be the first line of defense against gunmen AND vomit.
Ever have one of those moments where you truly can’t help yourself?
That would be one of mine above. Background on Mittens being the Grinch that stole Halloween here. I’ve talked to several of my friends with kids about this. They’re worried that they won’t be able to take their kids, so parents are now trying to organize a group or something. I’ve seen several adults dismissing this as not a big deal, BECAUSE ZOMG ROMNEY IT’S JUST TRICK-OR-TREAT, but that’s bullshit for two big reasons:
This is a nightmare for single parents without much support. Pretty much everyone I’ve talked to who is a single parent has asked someone to take their kid(s) and gotten a no. Seriously, I don’t know that I’d say yes — kids are extremely hyper on Halloween. But I’d probably make an exception. Further, the new day falls smack in the middle of K-5 parent-teacher conferences. As one of my friends wrote, “How in the hell can I be in two places at once?”
This might not be a big deal to some adults, but to a kid, THIS IS A HUGE GODDAMN DEAL. Remember trick-or-treating? It’s one of the biggest thrills of the year, especially if you’re a working class kiddo living in suburbia. One of my friends told her daughter they might not go. She’s seven and cried herself to sleep in the living room. She was supposed to go with her friends, dressed as Disney princesses, and my friend was going to dress as the Fairy Godmother and take them. Try finding someone to take five seven-year-old girls trick-or-treating. No really. Try it.
After listening to my friends with kids stress out over this, it just pisses me off more that Romney is coming just because The Washington Post ran a feature on how the bailout saved Defiance. Another one of my friends wrote, “That is what I’m sayin!! He is just coming to do ‘damage control’ for his campaign here. Otherwise Defiance wouldn’t even be a speck on the map to him.”
So yeah. I couldn’t help myself when this smug sanctimommy with cutsey-named kids just HAD to share with the newspaper.
Mitt Romney is hitting up my hometown of Defiance, Ohio next week at the exact time trick-or-treat was scheduled. I say was, because the mayor, Bob Armstrong, now says trick-or-treat will be moved. One problem: Many parents took Thursday off work or otherwise rearranged their schedules for trick-or-treat, and are now faced with trying to change that on just two day’s notice. As a result, a lot of kiddos are missing out on trick-or-treat. Also, most schools have parent-teacher conferences on Tuesday, the night the mayor chose. So double whammy for single parents.
Here’s a pal of mine from high school with his fantastic suggestion. I love little Ethan telling his mom not to vote for Romney because of the whole trick-or-treat thing. Ethan, you’re a smart kid.
Why is Mitt Romney hitting up D-town? Here’s why: “GM is alive in Defiance, Ohio. But Obama’s hopes here may not be." The GM plant employed 1,700 before the economic crash. It ground to a halt. People stopped paying their mortgages, and even grocery stores went out of business. Now, because of the bailout, the plant employs 1,300 and is growing.
Of course, Romney isn’t actually going to the plant. Instead, he’s speaking at the high school and will be accompanied by country musicians John Rich and Randy Owen from the group Alabama.
And if parents take my buddy’s suggestion, some kiddos asking for candy. I encourage parents to do this if they’re irked by the Romney campaign’s choice to announce this stop, or the mayor’s choice to move trick-or-treat. I don’t usually endorse using kids for political ends, but hey, there’s nothing cuter than wee ones in Halloween costumes. Get your tickets here!