“How the ripple effects of the government shutdown might spread, day by day”


By Erin McClam, Staff Writer, NBC News


President Barack Obama says of the government shutdown: “The longer this goes on, the worse it will be.”

How much worse is still an open question. Nobody has been through this in 17 years, and federal agencies are scrambling to make adjustments. But more examples are emerging each day of the damage that a prolonged shutdown would wreak.

Here are some examples of what would happen if the shutdown stretched days, weeks or even months.

Monday, Oct. 7: Sikorsky Aircraft of Connecticut, which sells helicopters to the Defense Department, says it will be forced to furlough 2,000 workers in Connecticut, Florida and Alabama.

Friday, Oct. 11: United Technologies, a major defense contractor, says it will beforced to furlough 4,000 workers at two of its companies, Pratt & Whitney and UTC Aerospace Systems. Sikorsky says it will furlough 1,000 more.

Saturday, Oct. 12: Football Saturday for the service academies: Army hosts Eastern Michigan, and Navy is at Duke. Those games are up in the air — but college football is such a moneymaker that private donors would probably step in. Private donations are covering the Oct. 5 games, and military officials say the NCAA, CBS Sports and United Airlines all offered to help.


“Dick’s Sporting Goods selling assault rifles again via new store chain”


By Hannah Rappleye and Tom Winter
NBC News

First Generation Bushmaster Assault Rifle - Wo...

First Generation Bushmaster Assault Rifle – Wooden stock shown (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A national sporting goods company that suspended sales of assault rifles after the Newtown, Connecticut shooting that cost 26 lives is now selling the type of gun the shooter used via a new and separate chain of specialty stores.

Dicks’ Sporting Goods issued a statement after the Dec. 14, 2012 shooting, in which Adam Lanza killed 20 students and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School with a Bushmaster assault rifle, that it would suspend the sales of assault rifles.

“We are extremely saddened by the unspeakable tragedy that occurred last week,” said the statement, “and our hearts go out to victims and their families and to the entire community. Out of respect for the victims and their families, during this time of national mourning we have removed all guns from sale and from display in our store nearest to Newtown and suspended the sale of modern sporting rifles in all of our stores chainwide.”

Gun control activists praised the chain’s decision at the time. But now Dick’s has opened the first store in a new chain called Field & Stream that specializes in hunting and fishing products, and a call to the store in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania reveals that Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifles are for sale.

“We have a full stock,” said a clerk who identified himself as Gary. He said the guns retailed for $800, and that the gun counter was “really busy.”



“Gulf of Mexico dead zone is the size of Connecticut”


Douglas Maln, LiveScience

The dead zone that has formed in the Gulf of Mexico this summer is smaller than predicted, but is still larger than average, spanning an area roughly the size of Connecticut. This zone, an area without oxygen and almost completely devoid of life that crops up every summer, covers 5,840 square miles (15,125 square kilometers), according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

In June, NOAA predicted thedead zone would be at least 20 percent larger this summer, expecting it to take up at least 7,286 square miles (18,871 square km).

Dead zones are the indirect result of nutrients, largely from fertilizer use, running off into rivers and then into bodies of water such as the gulf. Once these excess nutrients reach the ocean, they fuel algae blooms. The algae then die and decompose in a process that consumes oxygen and creates oxygen-free areas where fish and other aquatic creatures can’t survive. This zone can have serious impacts on commercial and recreational fisheries on the Gulf Coast, causing fish die-offs.





America, how you ignore the bloody deaths caused by guns?


“NRA’s LaPierre “reminds me of the clowns at the circus,” Malloy says”




CBS NEWS/ April 7, 2013, 2:27 PM


Gov. Dan Malloy, D-Conn., whose state was wracked by tragedy in December when a gunman killed 20 small children and six faculty members at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., slammed the National Rifle Association Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” saying NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre “reminds me of the clowns at the circus – they get the most attention.”

“This guy is so out of whack, it’s unbelievable,” Malloy said, saying the NRA simply will not compromise “on anything to do with guns.”

Instead, Malloy said, the NRA is protecting “the ability of the gun industry to sell as many guns to as many people as possible – even if they’re deranged, mentally ill, a criminal background, they don’t care. They want to sell guns.”  FULL  ARTICLE





“As NRA Hides From Public After Newtown, ALEC Ties Show Extensive Lob”

Published on Dec 18, 2012

“DemocracyNow.org – Since Friday’s mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, that left 27 dead — 20 children and seven adults — the National Rifle Association has been silent. The powerful lobbying organization has long pressured lawmakers to maintain easy access to firearms in the United States, prompting many to say the NRA is standing in the way of reform. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the NRA has spent more than $2.2 million lobbying Congress this year alone. By comparison, the gun control lobby spent just $180,000. We’re joined by Lisa Graves, who has extensively tracked how the NRA’s power and wealth has long thwarted gun control proposals. Graves documents how one of the key avenues used to exert its influence is the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the secretive group helps corporate America propose and draft legislation for states across the country. Graves formerly served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Clinton administration‘s Justice Department, where she handled national gun policy.”


“NRA: Register Mentally Ill, Arm Cops At All Schools”


“House Speaker John Boehner strikes defiant tone after President Obama says fiscal cliff deal is close”


In a Wednesday afternoon press conference that lasted under a minute, House Speaker John Boehner said President Obama should support his plan to avoid the fiscal cliff or "be responsible for the largest tax increase in American history."Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/obama-grand-fiscal-cliff-deal-reach-article-1.1223691#ixzz2FdyVPgck

In a Wednesday afternoon press conference that lasted under a minute, House Speaker John Boehner said President Obama should support his plan to avoid the fiscal cliff or “be responsible for the largest tax increase in American history.”

Optimistic despite a tightening deadline, President Barack Obama said Wednesday he and House Speaker John Boehner are “pretty close” to a grand fiscal deal to avoid a first-of-the-year shock to the economy, but that congressional Republicans “keep on finding ways to say no as opposed to finding ways to say yes.”

Obama cast a resolution to the “fiscal cliff” as a matter of political will. He said in the aftermath of the massacre of school children in Connecticut, the nation deserves a compromise by its political leaders.
“If this past week has done anything, it should just give us some perspective,” he said. And he urged lawmakers to “peel off the partisan war paint” and strike a deal.
Obama spoke to reporters at the White House after announcing an administration-wide response to Friday’s shooting at an elementary school in Newtown that killed 20 first-graders and six adults.
His comments came shortly after the White House threatened to veto Boehner’s backup plan for averting the “fiscal cliff.” Boehner’s measure, a so-called Plan B, would block tax increases from being triggered Jan. 1 on everyone but those whose incomes exceed $1 million. …Continued.

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President Barack Obama said today that Republicans are too focused on getting the better of him personally in the fiscal cliff negotiations, rather than considering what is best for the country. “It is very hard for them to say ‘yes’ to me,” Obama told reporters.

“At some point they’ve got to take me out of it” and focus on “doing something good for the country.”

Obama alluded to the Connecticut school shootings in calling on Republicans to compromise, saying that “if there’s one thing we should have after this week, it should be perspective about what’s important.” He added: “Right now, what the country needs is for us to compromise.”

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