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Sounds like something Michelle Malkin might do when she’s a grandparent, being a lion-mom and not a sheep-mom and all:

Two grandmothers on mobility scooters had to be dragged apart after getting into a fight where they were “ramming each other like dodgems” in a supermarket.
The women were separated after they started trading blows in front of shoppers in an aisle of the Iceland store in Crawley, West Sussex.

Of course, here in the states, she could just whip out a gun now and shoot the other scooter driver.

What caused the spat?

A granddaughter of one of the women said the pair had been friends but began fighting in the store over money.

Vessels Sarcasm Alert Scale: 8

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 3:29 pm July 13th, 2008 in Culture, Flip, Scandal, Women | 11 Comments 

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Before the illogic of and unnecessarily wide open nature of the interpretation of the 2nd Amendment becomes obvious to the people in denial?

From WKYC:

Twinsburg police are investigating the shooting death of a Twinsburg police officer.
According to police, 33 year old Joshua Miktarian was shot during a traffic stop shortly after 2 a.m Sunday morning.

Mitkarian was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center by Life Flight where he was pronounced dead.

Police from surrounding communities and the SWAT team were called in to help in the search for the suspect. Some Twinsburg residents were evacuated from their homes during the search. Bedford Heights police confirm they did take a suspect into custody. That person has been transferred to Twinsburg for their investigation.

According to NewsNet5, the officer was an 11 year veteran and leaves behind a baby and a wife and the Plain Dealer says there’ll be a press conference at Twinsburg City Hall at 10am this morning.

I can hear the pro-gun lobby already:

The shooter was already a criminal and shouldn’t have had a gun in the first place (then why was in a car with a weapon? what did our law enforcement or justice system do that let him be in that position?).

The shooter was a law-abiding citizen and the officer must have done something to provoke him.

The shooter is an aberration.

Guns don’t kill people.  People kill people.

This is the price you pay for a free country and protecting a constitutional right.

Tell that to the officer’s wife and kids.

Update: Well, here’s another one already. Love the comment left at the blog – “these cops sure are trigger happy.”  Uh-huh:

Middlebug Heights police shot a man Sunday morning after he pointed a weapon at officers who had surround his home, Chief John Maddox said.

Middlebug Heights officials said the man put down his handgun, but then pointed a rifle at the officers. Officers fired six times. It was unclear how many times the man was hit.

Police were called to the area around 9 p.m. by residents who reported a man outside waving a gun. Once officers arrive, the man had gone back into his home. He would not come out, but police could see him through an open window.

Maddox said he refused to put down his weapon. Officers also learned he had several other weapons: two rifles and a shotgun.

Update x2: And oh look, another one, where a man goes to get a car, is told it’s been repossessed, gets into some other car anyway, he shoots a guy and a guy shoots him back. Lovely.  One of them gets to say self-defense too, right?

Two Cleveland men shot each other during a Monday morning confrontation at A-One Motors on the city’s West Side.

Neonte Robertson, 18, and Stanley Drake, 31, were both treated at MetroHealth Medical Center for their injuries. Drake was listed in fair condition Monday. Robertson’s condition was not available.

According to police reports, Robertson went to the car lot at 3434 W. 25th St. about 10:45 a.m. where his car was being worked on. However, A-One Motors head mechanic Tony Brown said Robertson’s car had been repossessed.

According to police spokesman Lt. Thomas Stacho, Robertson argued with Drake [who worked at A-One] about his car and would not leave. Robertson got into his car and continued to argue with Drake.

Police said Robertson pulled out a gun and shot Drake in his abdomen. Drake then shot Robertson in his groin and left thigh. Robertson fled the scene and a passing police patrol car picked him up after they found him lying on West 25th Street near the car lot. Robertson’s gun was found next to a nearby utility pole.

When police searched Robertson’s car, they found a box with ammunition in it, Stacho said.

Brown said that Drake worked at the car lot for at least five years.

So – Drake had a gun on him at his workplace? Maybe? We don’t know yet.  And Robertson got into his repossessed car and had a gun and ammo in it – even while it was being worked on? Or Robertson had carried all that on him? Also don’t know yet.

Update x3: Here’s one I think I missed – it’s a day or two old – my bad:

Cleveland police say they have arrested a 22-year-old man in the shooting death of his next-door neighbor. A bullet fired during a gunfight on West 73rd Street hit Carlos Rodriguez in his first-floor bedroom.

“It was like a war,” she said. “There were so many bullets going. I counted at least 30 shots.”

Salazar moved into the house next door last month, but Mirtha Rodriguez said neither she nor her brother ever talked to him or the three other men who lived there.

Lt. Thomas Stacho, a police spokesman, said there was a fight on the block involving several people between 1 and 2 a.m. Dozens of shots were reportedly fired.

Rodriguez was found dead in his room Saturday afternoon when he didn’t report to work at the post office where he had worked as a mail carrier for the last three years.

Mirtha Rodriguez called her brother a funny, happy guy who worked hard, was dedicated to his job and was a great dad.

Whatever happened to felonious assault with a deadly weapon, you know, like a pitchfork or a tire iron or a frying pan?  Who needs those when you can just whip out a gun.  Who do you think has self-defense going for him in this case?

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 10:34 am July 13th, 2008 in Announcements, Breaking, Cleveland+, Crime, Law, Ohio, Politics, Social Issues, Statehouse | 38 Comments 

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I’ve been following the conversations about Barack Obama’s statements regarding late term abortion and mental health exceptions at the following blogs among others:

Mahablog (where I was banned – you can read the thread, and read her comment policy and decide for yourself)



And I wrote about it here, here and here.

I stand by my assertions that degrading the seriousness with which the concept of “mental health” is regarded is a matter of the great importance to me (though it is not a one-issue issue for me – no issue is or else who could I vote for?).  So Obama’s explanations (original and clarification) are less than okay to me.  And, for comparison’s sake, he’s shown care in discussing race and patriotism. So why not the same when responding to a question about abortion and citing the loaded phrase, “mental distress”? I will never get that, beyond the expediency, given that he was speaking with a Christian magazine.  It was too brief and obvious a target that didn’t have to be.

But regardless of my dissatisfaction from the mental health angle, from the abortion angle, I’d like to offer this information from a pdf I linked to last year (a post which, just to demonstrate my consistent focus on the mental health piece far more than the abortion piece, was titled, “Anti-abortion advocate degrades & demeans mental health issues in pregnant women”).

The pdf is a collection of statistics from Kansas, the only state that was collecting data about partial birth procedures. It shows that in 1999, 182 partial birth procedures were reported to have been performed in KS and that in all those instances, the physicians indicated that the major bodily function that would have been impaired if the procedure was’t performed was mental, not physical.

How many is 182?  Out of all abortions?  Well, the numbers aren’t really there to know for sure, but here are some numbers for perspective:

The best estimate [of how many partial birth procedures are performed annually] appears to be by the nonprofit Guttmacher Institute in New York, which researches reproductive health issues. In 2000, the last time it studied the question, the institute estimated there were 1.31 million abortions performed in the United States each year. Of that total, about 2,200, or 0.17 percent, were by “intact dilation and extraction,” which is the medical term for the same procedure [partial birth procedure].

To be willing to throw the definition of mental illness or disease under the bus, or at least make it murkier than it already is, in order to side against reproductive rights on an extremely rarely performed procedure and maybe gain a few conservative votes is the kind of thing makes the phrase, “It will come back to haunt us” play over and over.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 7:01 am July 13th, 2008 in Abortion, Barack Obama, Blogging, Campaigning, Courts, Culture, Debates, Elections, Gender, Government, Health Care, Illness, Law, Mental health, Parenting, Politics, Social Issues, WH2008, Women | 9 Comments