An Open Letter To Senator Roy Blunt

Dear Senator Blunt,

I recently called you a gun whore and I apologize.

Oh, don’t get me wrong here. I don’t apologize to you, Senator. I apologize to all the street prostitutes in the world who don’t deserve to be compared to a United States Senator of your dubious moral quality. Most of the women who decide to make a living on the streets by selling themselves to the highest bidder do so for reasons beyond their control, reasons like poverty, sexual abuse, or drug addiction. Misfortune in life has often driven them to trading favors for money.

But you, Senator Blunt, have had no such misfortune in life. You, along with most of your Republican colleagues, simply sold yourself to the NRA for political power and for thirty pieces of blood-stained silver. Make no mistake about it, sir, the money you have taken from the NRA—and the money you will no doubt take from the NRA in the future—has blood on it.

That money, every single dollar, has on it blood spattered from bullet-riddled six-year-old faces, kids who spent their last minutes of life on this earth in utter terror, as a madman with a military style killing machine in his hands and armed with multiple 30-round magazines, quickly and methodically hunted them down and murdered all twenty of them, along with the six adults who tried to be their guardian angels on that bloody day.

You, too, Senator Blunt, are a guardian angel of sorts. Through your unfailing support of the NRA, you look after the welfare of gun manufacturers and their profits. You are the dark and dishonest spirit that keeps the NRA in power and keeps America awash in guns, awash in war-time killing machines, awash in blood, even the blood of children.

Your claims to voters and ultimately to the Almighty that you are a Christian and a “social conservative” will one day, if there is any justice in this incomparably large and unfathomably cold universe, be weighed against your actions as the gluttonous guardian angel of people and groups who care for nothing but their own narrow, lucrative interests.

Yes, Senator, I apologize to all the whores in the world for comparing what you do to what they do. They merely trade sexual favors for money. You trade the public good for money and power. You trade the commonweal for currency and clout. You trade our national well-being for your own. And, I confess, you are good at it. You are good at turning tricks and selling yourself to the highest bidder and accumulating power in Washington. In fact, Public Citizen honored your whoring skills with a special report:

Rep. Roy Blunt: Ties to Special Interests Leave Him Unfit to Lead

That report, which examined your record as a legislator in the House, revealed the truth about what it is you do, Senator:

In the end, what emerges is a portrait of a legislative leader who not only has surrendered his office to the imperative of moneyed interests, but who has also done so with disturbing zeal and efficiency.

What perverted pride you must have felt at being so honored, Mr. Blunt. What sick satisfaction you must have experienced when a Washington Post profile favorably compared your work in the House to convicted felon Tom DeLay, and noted that,

Here in Washington, Blunt has converted what had been an informal and ad hoc relationship between congressional leaders and the Washington corporate and trade community into a formal, institutionalized alliance.

And now that you are in the Senate, you must feel a strange and devilish joy that your prowess as a corporate prostitute is still recognized, not only for your continued support for the gun industry, but for the agribusiness industry:

Sen. Roy Blunt: Monsanto’s Man in Washington

I have to admit that slipping a Monsanto-friendly provision into a totally unrelated piece of legislation is a skillful maneuver worthy of anything I have ever seen in the Kama Sutra or, frankly, in Deep Throat or Debbie Does Dallas.

But your votes on Wednesday, Senator Blunt, your votes to kill even the mildest and most common-sense efforts to at least make it more difficult for murderers to murder our kids and loved ones with NRA-protected killing machines, those votes, those votes, Senator, are more shameful than anything you have ever done.

The lies you, your colleagues, and the NRA told about the legislation, and your votes that ultimately killed all the relatively modest proposals and amendments, those lies and those votes, if there were a righteous God who has ears to hear and eyes to see what you have done, would move him to, as the Bible says, spew you and your cowardly colleagues out of his mouth on some future judgment day.

But, alas, whether there will be such a future day of everlasting judgment, whether there will be a time when you, Senator Blunt, stand before and receive unappealable justice from the God you claim to worship, whether there will be such a day and time is uncertain. Not one of us knows the truth about that possibility. But we do know, we can be certain of one thing, that the judgment of history, the only judgment we as human beings can make that has any permanence, won’t be kind to you, sir.

If there is a heaven and hell of human construction, it is the heaven and hell of historical judgment. And someday, long after you have passed from this life and have or haven’t met your creator, your descendants will find your legislative legacy in the hell of human history, where it most certainly belongs and where it, if not you, will live forever.

The Gun Whore Minority Is Winning

As the U.S. Senate takes up the gun bill today, the following headline tells us everything we need to know about what is wrong with Washington, D.C.:

Joe Manchin Says Background Check Measure Doesn’t Have The Votes, Accuses NRA Of Lying

Senator Manchin, who has been working with right-wing Republican Pat Toomey to present the mildest of reforms to the nation’s background check systsem for gun purchases, said,

We will not get the votes today.

Now, for people living in a democracy, like we are supposed to be living in here in America, Senator Manchin’s statement, and the headline of the story, should mean that there isn’t a majority of senators who would support the background check bill. Except that there is a majority will will support it today.

But here in the real world, where “majority” actually means “super-majority”—60 votes out of 100 in the Senate—saying a bill “doesn’t have the votes” is saying that the minority is in charge.

And that is only part of what is wrong with our ability to govern ourselves. The other part is described by the HuffPo article:

Manchin later criticized the NRA, of which he has been a lifetime member with an “A” rating. “Now when when they are so disingenuous and telling members that our legislation, and I quote, ‘would criminalize the firearms by honest citizens,'” he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “This bill does not even touch …”

“That’s a lie,” MSNBC host Joe Scarborough interrupted.

“It is a lie, Joe,” Manchin responded. “If they lose credibility, they’ve lost everything in Washington.”

One would think that what Senator Manchin said is true. One would think that when the the country’s best-known lobbyist for gun manufacturers loses credibility by repeatedly lying about this or any legislation, then legislators would simply ignore the lobbyist. But, of course, what makes Washington work is not credibility but cash. And the NRA, no matter how little credibility it has, does have a lot of cash.

And speaking of having little credibility and lots of cash, now comes Missouri’s reactionary senator, Roy Blunt, and yet another headline that sheds light on what’s wrong with not only Washington, but certain parts of the entire country:

Roy Blunt Raises Specter Of Federal Gun Registry, Despite Explicit Ban

Last week, my senator, who loves lobbyists so much he divorced his first wife and married one, voted against even debating the Manchin-Toomey gun legislation. Blunt, this should be clear, is not only against the bill, he voted against even allowing discussion of the bill in what is laughingly called the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body.

But worse than that—if there is something worse than that for a supposedly serious legislator—is that Roy Blunt is a liar. Either that, either he is a liar, or he shares a deep and abiding and dangerous paranoia with people who think the government is coming to get them and that if they can keep secret all their gun purchases they just might have a chance to hold off the United States military.

My guess is that, since Blunt is fond of lobbyists—did I mention that he divorced his first wife and married a lobbyist?—that he is simply lying on behalf of the NRA. He is lying about what the bill would do, in terms of creating a federal gun registry.

As HuffPo points out:

The federal government is already barred from creating a database of every single gun owner in America. And under background check legislation being worked out by the Senate, that ban would be made even more explicit, with harsh penalties for anyone who violated it.

But that’s not enough for Sen. Roy Blunt.

Here’s how Blunt responded when asked about the issue by none other than Fox “News” host Gregg Jarrett:

JARRETT: One of your objections — or your main objection — is really that you’re fearful that this will lead to a federal gun registry. Well, Sen. Toomey, your Republican colleague who negotiated this bipartisan deal with Manchin, insists it will not in any way lead to a gun registry.

BLUNT: And that’s his point of view, and it’s one that may have validity. Just last week, it was determined that the state of Missouri — my state — had given 167,000 concealed carry permit information on 160,000 people to, of all federal agencies, the Social Security Administration. Once you get these lists out there — once you have a gun dealer keeping lists for lots of other people — the only way that works, frankly, is if you keep the paper. And if you keep the paper, eventually somebody’s going to ask for it.

Notice how quickly Blunt acknowledged that the other side might be right. But also notice that even if what Blunt said was true—and obviously it is not—even if someone asked for “the paper,” so what? What is it that Blunt fears? Does he fear that law-abiding gun owners will soon be the subject of an impossible-to-conceive gun grab by the feds?

Does he fear that Barack Obama  will find out where all the white folks who own guns live and then tell a barely-breathing New Black Panther Party where they are so we can have a race war?

Or perhaps Blunt fears that Barack Obama will not step down after his second term and instead use the military to go after every single gun owner in the country and rip the weapons from millions of cold, dead hands.

Or, more likely, Blunt fears that the NRA, which has given him so much cash in his career that he is fourth on the Top Ten Gun Whores in Congress list, that the gun manufacturer lobbying group will stop paying him for lying on their behalf.

You figure it out. In the mean time, the country is nearly ungovernable, thanks to a minority of Grand Old Paranoids.

Missouri Among The States That May Have To Allow Felons To Possess Assault Rifles

“The question next week is going to be, Who runs the United States Senate? Do the people really run this place or does the NRA run it?”

—Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy to Rachel Maddow

wworthless Republicans!” is all I can say to this:

Pass this “Moms Demand Action” video on to citizens who might get inspired to do something about the pusillanimity in Congress regarding sensible gun laws:

Why Can’t We Have Assault Rifles In The Halls Of Congress?

Monday night, Leah Gunn Barrett, Executive Director at New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, appeared on MSNBC’s “All In” with Chris Hayes. Barrett, whose brother was murdered in Oklahoma in 1997, had something interesting to say about the reluctance in Congress to do something meaningful in terms of reforming our gun laws:

If congressmen actually had to live in the gun-plagued areas of Washington, D.C., then they might change their tune. They don’t. They live in a bubble. You have to go through a metal detector to go into Congress. You can’t bring assault rifles into Congress. If they want assault rifles on the streets of America, then why can’t we have them in the halls of Congress?

When I first heard that, I thought it was a bit hyperbolic. Of course we can’t have assault rifles in congressional buildings. How crazy is that?

Then I tried to trace the logic that leads one to conclude that assault rifles or any other weapons have no place in Congress, especially assault rifles or other weapons carried by members of the public. The obvious trail of common sense leads to the idea that our legislators, performing public service out in public, shouldn’t be subject to worrying about folks, some of whom might not like some of the public service being performed, packing guns.

But then that logic led me to conclude that as public servants, legislators need to be exposed to the public in lots of public places, not just in the halls of Congress. Thus, once again common sense says that public servants shouldn’t have to worry about people packing guns anywhere in public. But of course in many parts of this country, they do have to worry about it. People can carry guns in all sorts of places, including in supermarket parking lots in Tucson, where Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and 18 others were shot and six were killed, including a nine-year-old girl who was there to see Giffords.

After considering all of that, I then tried to apply the logic of the gun fanatics—like those who run the NRA or unequivocally support it in Congress—to the case of packing guns in the halls or galleries of the United States Capitol. By their logic, there is absolutely no reason why folks shouldn’t be able to carry into congressional buildings any sort of legal weapon, including military-style assault weapons.

The logic of the fanatics goes like this: gun owners are overwhelmingly law-abiding folks and the rights of law-abiding folks ought not to be infringed, even if they want to observe their congressional representatives at work while keeping company with a Bushmaster AR-15, the same assault weapon Adam Lanza used to shoot into the terrified faces of six-year-old kids at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

And why should legislators, those who support the NRA’s fanatical logic, object to such a thing? Why shouldn’t they argue that we should open up the doors and let every gun-toter in the country walk into congressional buildings armed and ready?

Because although the gun manufacturer-protecting legislators may be NRA toadies, they are not nuts. They know that allowing folks with guns into their place of work would not have a happy ending. And thus we are back to the logic of Leah Gunn Barrett, who asked,

If they want assault rifles on the streets of America, then why can’t we have them in the halls of Congress?

We can’t have them in the halls of Congress because those in charge have a better grasp of reality relative to their small society of legislators than they have for our larger society of citizens. And as President Obama said in that amazing speech in Connecticut on Monday night,

…we’ve got to expect more from Congress.  We’ve got to believe that every once in a while, we set politics aside and we just do what’s right. We’ve got to believe that.

Yes, we have to believe that, even though it seems impossible to believe it at the moment.

ian and nicole hockleyAttending President Obama’s speech in Hartford was Nicole Hockley and her husband Ian. Their autistic son, six-year-old Dylan—“always laughing and smiling” Nicole said—was killed at Sandy Hook. Dylan was cremated and his urn sits “next to his picture in a cupboard in our bedroom on our dresser,” Nicole said. “Every morning I kiss him good morning and say hi, and he’s the last thing I kiss before I go to bed at night.”

The President referenced Dylan’s mom in his Connecticut speech, a speech that really was a call to citizen action:

I’ve heard Nicole talk about what her life has been like since Dylan was taken from her in December.  And one thing she said struck me.  She said, “Every night, I beg for him to come to me in my dreams so that I can see him again.  And during the day, I just focus on what I need to do to honor him and make change.” 

Now, if Nicole can summon the courage to do that, how can the rest of us do any less?  How can we do any less? 

You tell me.

Dylan Hockley

Dylan Hockley

“The NRA Sells The Fear That Sells The Guns”

The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre infamously said after the Sandy Hook massacre,

The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

That statement, of course, was designed to help LaPierre’s boss, the gun industry, sell more guns to the good guys because selling more guns is the only reason—yes, the only reason—the NRA exists today.

But it’s not just about selling guns to good guys.

Tim Dickinson, who recently wrote an excellent piece for Rolling Stone (“The NRA vs. America: How the country’s biggest gun-rights group thwarts regulation and helps put military-grade weapons in the hands of killers“), was on MSNBC yesterday and nicely put the NRA and its mission in perspective, a perspective that those of us on the side of common-sense gun laws should, even in the face of Congressional obstruction, never tire of promoting:

The NRA sells the fear that sells the guns. Plain and simple. They are a marketing association that sells fear so that people go out and arm themselves. And who profits from that? Well, it’s the gunmakers. 

Who profits from illegal gun sales to people who shouldn’t have guns? It’s the gunmakers.

Who profits from guns that get bought up by fly-by-night dealers on the border and shipped in massive quantities down to Mexico to arm the drug insurgency there? Well, it’s the gunmakers.

Whose interest does the NRA represent? It’s the gunmakers.

It’s just not that complicated.

No, and neither is the following, from Dickinson’s Rolling Stone article:

The NRA’s alignment with an $11.7 billion industry has fed tens of millions of dollars into the association’s coffers, helping it string together victories that would have seemed fantastic just 15 years ago. The NRA has hogtied federal regulators, censored government data about gun crime and blocked renewal of the ban on assault weaponry and high-capacity magazines, which expired in 2004. The NRA secured its “number-one legislative priority” in 2005, a law blocking liability lawsuits that once threatened to bankrupt gunmakers and expose the industry’s darkest business practices. Across the country, the NRA has opened new markets for firearms dealers by pushing for state laws granting citizens the right to carry hidden weapons in public and to allow those who kill in the name of self-defense to get off scot-free.

Second Amendment Jihad Comes To Jasper County Missouri

In what may be a futile exercise, Democrats today introduced legislation to bring at least partial sanity to our gun laws.

But because of the gun manufacturers’ outsized influence on our politics, only the mildest of reforms are expected to have even a chance of becoming law. Gun manufacturers are, of course, the reason the National Rifle Association now exists, an organization that has abandoned common sense in favor of a religious zeal normally reserved for jihadists across the sea.

If you doubt that “jihad” label as applied to the NRA and its mission, then you missed what an NRA board member, Ted Nugent, said recently:

I’m part of a very great experiment in self-government where we the people determine our own pursuit of happiness and our own individual freedom and liberty not to be confused with the Barack Obama gang who believes in we the sheeple and actually is attempting to re-implement the tyranny of King George that we escaped from in 1776. And if you want another Concord Bridge, I got some buddies. 

That reference to Concord’s north bridge and the beginnings of the Revolutionary War is nothing if it isn’t a zealot’s call for a holy war. Nugent—a tough-talking gun-toter who wasn’t so tough when it came time to serve in Vietnam and face gun-toting communists—also said:

…here is what is wrong with America today. We have a president, and everybody better write this down, and memorize this. The president of the United States goes to the Vietnam Memorial Wall and pretends to honor 58,000 American heroes who died fighting communism and then he hires, appoints and associates with communists. He pretends to pay honor to men who died fighting communism, and then he hangs out with, hires and appoints communists. He is an evil dangerous man who hates America and hates freedom. And we need to fix this as soon as possible.

How NRA board member Nugent intends to “fix” the fact that President Obama has four more years of governance isn’t exactly clear, but he does have “some buddies” — mujahideen?—with guns, so draw your own conclusion.

And speaking of jihad, here’s how jihad-friendly Breitbart.com reported on a peculiar speech by the NRA’s chief fanatic, Wayne LaPierre, speaking before something called the Weatherby Foundation International Hunting and Conversation Dinner on January 22:

lapierre

The Breitbart article explains (italics in the original):

Of these rights–the right to keep and bear arms and the right to self-defense–LaPierre said: “No government gave [them] to us and no government can take them away.”

LaPierre made it clear that Obama doesn’t like to hear this because it shows that the 2nd Amendment is not in flux but is fixed, and the rights it protects are beyond the reach of government.

It might surprise some folks that God—who for his mass-killing normally prefers fire and brimstone over, say, semi-automatic assault rifles—actually endorses a view of the Second Amendment that would allow human mass-murderers to get their hands on killing machines and high-capacity magazines that most Americans believe ought to be banned.

And it might surprise a lot of local readers that the view that God is a supporter of people-killing guns is shared by at least one local cop, Sheriff Randee Kaiser:

I can assure you that as sheriff of Jasper County, I will be an advocate for the sacred rights of citizens of this county.

Sacred“? Hmm. Definition: “dedicated or set apart for the service or worship of a deity.” Gotcha, Sheriff.

Joplin mostly sits in Jasper County, where Sheriff Kaiser, moonlighting as a theologian, essentially pronounces that the Almighty has ordained,

Thou shalt bear arms!

Kaiser has his reasons for opposing those who would attempt to bring common sense to our gun laws:

Passing new gun laws only affects those who follow them. As we have seen from recent violent incidents involving guns, the people who engage in these horrific acts have not been identified as law-abiding citizens.

Let me see. We shouldn’t pass new gun laws because only the law-abiding will follow them, which suggests that all laws are really unnecessary. I wonder if the good sheriff thinks that way about, say, murder laws?

I have an idea: Let’s get rid of our laws against homicide! After all, as the Jesuitical Jasper County lawman said,

Passing new [insert here your law of choice] laws only affects those who follow them.

Yes! Holy anarchy!

Allahu Akbar!

Wild And Crezzy Guys: A Comprehensive Collection Of The Lucrative Art Of Wingnuttery

BANQUO:

Were such things here as we do speak about?
Or have we eaten on the insane root
That takes the reason prisoner?

MACBETH: 

Your children shall be kings.

BANQUO: 

You shall be king.

No, no, no. Obama shall be king! And as King Obama gets set to have his way with the NRA, the crezzy conservaworld is unfolding before our eyes:

diamond The Mississippi gov’na says he ain’t abidin’ by no stinkin’ Obama gun order:

We’re standing against the federal government taking away our civil liberties.

It worked out so well last time, why not try it again, gov!

And, by God, he is joined by sheriffs here and there and in Eastern Kentucky:

My office will not comply with any federal action which violates the United States Constitution or the Kentucky Constitution which I swore to uphold,” said Jackson County Sheriff Denny Peyman. “Let them pull that stuff in other places if they want, but not in Jackson County, Kentucky.”

And, of course, Oklahoma—where crezzies rule the roost—has something to say about all this:

OKLAHOMA THREATENS FIVE YEARS IMPRISONMENT FOR FEDERAL GUN GRABBERS

Details:

Introduced by Oklahoma State Senator Nathan Dahm is the Oklahoma 2nd Amendment Preservation Act. Senate bill 548 (SB548) would nullify any and all federal acts, orders, laws, statutes, rules, or regulations of the federal government on personal firearms, firearm accessories, and ammunition.

And, obviously, with Republicans firmly in control here in Missouri, we have this:

Gun bill would uphold Missouri right to bear arms, despite executive orders from federal government

Show Me how nuts you are!

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diamond And speaking of Missouri, wouldn’t you know it that a Missouri company—MidwayUSA, located in Columbia—is a big-time player in the NRA’s attempt to arm the entire country, so that gun and ammo manufacturers can grow rich.

MidwayUSA is responsible for putting millions of dollars into NRA coffers, and what does MidwayUSA get in return? As The Center for Public Integrity put it:

MidwayUSA is a Missouri company well known among gun enthusiasts for its firearms accessories: the company website boasts that the firm stocks “Just about everything for shooting, reloading, gunsmithing and hunting.”

These wares include high-capacity magazines similar to those used in the Arizona shooting spree that enabled the accused assailant to kill six people and wound 14 others — including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords — by rapidly firing a fusillade of shots without pausing to reload.

Somebody’s got to enable the killers, right?

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diamond Speaking of ammo, Dick Cheney’s daughter, Elizabeth, told Sean Hannity Thursday night:

I’d really like to see a president, frankly, who’s as dedicated to disarming al-Qaeda, as President Obama seems to be to disarming law-abiding American citizens, frankly.

Frankly, as Peter Bergen of CNN reported last June—after bin Laden became a guppy groupie in the North Arabian Sea:

Under President Barack Obama, CIA drone strikes have killed 15 of the most important players in al-Qaeda…

Dear Liz: O doesn’t bother with disarming the bastards.

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diamond From The Raw Story:

A Republican lawmaker in California who disagrees with President Barack Obama’s effort to prevent mass shootings says that guns are an “absolutely essential” part of God’s plan.

God, always on the lookout for efficient ways of killing, has apparently embraced, uh, assault weapons. Hallelujah!

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diamond Salon.com’s reporting on a new survey of the crezzies:

Poll: 64 percent of Republicans think Obama’s hiding info about his past

The other 36% of Republicans could not answer this survey because they were too busy gathering supplies for their Glenn Beck-suggested “72 Hour Kit for Emergency Preparedness.” Don’t forget the toilet paper!

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diamond Rush Limbaugh says:

You know how to stop abortion? Require that each one occur with a gun.

He’s so clever. No wonder he makes $50 million a year.

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diamond Speaking of clever:

Karl Rove has renewed his contract with Fox News through 2016, it was announced on Thursday.

Now, given how Rove embarrassed himself and Fox on election night, that‘s clever.

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diamond From the he-won’t-go-away file:

Conservative host Glenn Beck and “historian” David Barton on Tuesday…suggested that history proved that school shootings could be prevented if all elementary school children were armed.

That “history” is about “this guy from New England” in the 1850s who wanted to kill a teacher out West but was stopped by the kiddies because, as Glenn Beck’s personal historian said:

There was no shooting because all the kids — we’re talking in elementary school — all the kids pull their guns out and says, ‘We like our teacher, you shoot our teacher, we’ll kill you.’”

Boy, those McGuffey readers made kids so much smarter back then!

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diamond From the impossible-to-believe file:

A good Samaritan who harbored six terrified survivors of the Sandy Hook massacre has been singled out by conspiracy theorists accusing him of being a liar and an actor.

God help us, these nuts actually have a website where they can share their paranoia, if not their insanity:

sandy hook hoax

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diamond Bob Beauprez, a former Republican congressman from Colorado turned columnist for the popular conservative outlet Townhall.com, wrote a column titled,

Muslim Brotherhood in the White House

Needless to say, there is exactly zero evidence in the column to support that headline or to support the column’s claim that the Muslim Brotherhood “has placed operatives and sympathizers inside the U.S. military.”

But for conservatives, all that is needed is a claim. That gets the gullible on the right all juiced up and ready to spend money—on books, at websites,or wherever a fear-salesman sets up shop—in a vain attempt to satisfy their anti-Obama addiction.

Here is one such juiced-up commenter on the piece:

Lets help these ragheads meet their prophet. A bunch of demoturd congresspervs, senaturds, and members of barrys regimme should go with them as ambassadors.

That feller likely has every book Ann Coulter has ever written.

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diamond From the Nazi file:

Whole Foods founder and CEO John Mackey says he regrets comparing Obamacare to “fascism,” but remains critical of the president’s health care reform law.

Thanks for clearing that up, boss.

Meanwhile, Matt Drudge used these two photos to let his crezzy followers know what direction this whole gun thing is heading:

drudge and hitler

The idea here, you see, is that President Obama, during the kickoff of his anti-mass-killing campaign, was, like Stalin and Hitler, using children as props, which leads me to Michelle Malkin:

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diamond One would think that the crezzy Michelle—a Catholic’s Catholic and perhaps one of the most hate-filled human beings on the crezzy right—would have her popish hands full condemning her church for tolerating priestly child abuse.Michelle

But nope, she has a rather unique conception of child abuse, as she demonstrated while commenting on President Obama’s event featuring school kids:

What these Democrats do is use children very cynically to try and deflect accountability for their actions and in this case very imperial actions on the part of the president. And I consider it a form of child abuse and political malpractice, very toxic.

And that’s how those pedophile priests were able to get away with their crimes: conservative Catholics think Democrats trying to save kids from mass-murderers are the real child abusers!

Problem is, as CNN archives remind us, Bush, Jr., used crumb crunchers to alert us to the evils of stem-cell research:

cnn and bush and stem cell

Look at that child abuser! Shame on him!

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diamond President Obama undertakes one of the boldest efforts in modern times to change the tide of mass killings in our country, an effort that has caused some on the right to call for a civil war, for God’s sake, and GOP Hispanic poster child and still wet-behind-the-Senate-ears Marco Rubio says Obama lacks “political courage.”

He thinks he is ready to be president, of course.

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diamond I thought Reagan’s former Attorney General, Ed Meese, was dead. But apparently only his brain has passed away:

A former U.S. attorney general has warned that impeachment is an option for members of Congress who believe that President Obama is infringing on the Second Amendment.

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diamond Finally, NRA honcho, Chris Cox, wrote to NRA members:

…the fact is, despite their statements, the main goal of the gun banners in Congress is not to make schools safer, but to ban your guns and abolish every last sacred right you have under the Second Amendment..until they reduce your freedom to ashes.

Your NRA-ILA is fighting every hour of every day to hold the line, but there is no way we can win without your full and active participation RIGHT NOW.

Oh, yeah, by the way:

So please, whatever you can afford to give NRA-ILA right now, I need you to do it. Whether it’s as little as $10, or as much as $150 or more, every single dollar will go toward winning this once-in-a-generation battle to save our Second Amendment freedom. AND EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR YOU GIVE TODAY COUNTS!

Separating the gullible crezzies from their money, when it comes down to it, is what all this is about and mostly why there is so much crezzy to report.

Why The NRA Is Different From You And Me

I finally saw the new National Rifle Association ad essentially attacking President Obama’s kids, Sasha and Malia, in what Lawrence O’Donnell said was,”the ugliest and profoundly stupidest thing” he has heard the NRA say.  Of course, after it dawned on them how ugly and stupid it was, the NRA backed off and said it was withdrawing the ad (Update: it turns out the NRA is not withdrawing the ad, more evidence that “ugly and stupid” is something the NRA embraces).

Too late. We know what the NRA is. Watch it and see how unhinged these people who run that reactionary organization are:

The NRA: “Defenders Of Movie Theater Mass Murderers”

 

If you didn’t see Tuesday night’s “Rewrite” segment by Lawrence O’Donnell, then you must. It is by far the best bionic elbow strike ever landed on the NRA and its $1,000,000-a-year  leader and “blood-drenched lobbyist” Wayne LaPierre. This is one of O’Donnell’s best:

 

The NRA’s Mad Methodology

As James Holmes, the apparently methodical mass murderer in Colorado, appeared before a judge today, I thought about how methodical too does our justice system attempt to be, as it seeks to cross all t’s and dot all i’s in the administration of justice.

But such excruciating methodology is also a characteristic of the National Rifle Association, which through its command of the Republican Party has essentially and systematically murdered any meaningful political debate in America regarding common-sense gun control laws.

As an example, I present a couple of excerpts from Fox “News” Sunday‘s program, which featured two senators, Diane Feinstein the California Democrat and Ron Johnson the Wisconsin Republican:

WALLACE: Senator Feinstein, let’s go with the big picture. Another case of someone slaughtering innocent people on a college campus, in a restaurant, now, in a movie theater. What are your thoughts?

FEINSTEIN: My thoughts are these — pure and simple — weapons of war don’t belong on the streets. This is a powerful weapon. He had a hundred round drum. This is a man who planned it, who went in and his purpose was to kill as many people as he could in a sold out theater.

I think — you know, we’ve got to sit down and really come to grips with what is sold to the average citizen in America. I have no problem with people being licensed and buying a firearm. But these are weapons that you are only going to be using to kill people in close combat. That’s the purpose of that weapon.

You can put a hellfire switch on it. You can fire semi-automatic very rapidly. This drum was huge. He had a hundred bullets in it, and he went out to kill a lot of people. I think that these weapons ought to be stopped. I think the sale and transfer. That’s what my bill did for 10 years and since my bill expired. What happened was, there have been –

WALLACE: The assault weapons ban.

FEINSTEIN: The assault weapons ban. There have been 452 instances, 650 people have been shot, 300 have died of those 650. And it’s unnecessary.

Now, who could object to that sensible position? Assault rifles are “weapons of war” and they certainly don’t “belong on the streets.” Yet there is an objection to such common sense, by a man who sits in the United States Senate and who represents most right-wing political thinking on the issue:

WALLACE: Let me bring in Senator Johnson.

The Supreme Court has spoken. The Constitution means when it says — when it says that Americans have a right to bear arms.

But let’s look at this case. Does the suspect James Holmes — does he have a constitutional right to buy an AR-15 assault rifle, along with a magazine that holds a hundred rounds that makes it so easy to commit this kind of slaughter?

JOHNSON: First of all, Chris, this is a horrible tragedy and our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and the community of aurora.

The fact of the matter is, though, he’s sick and demented, you know, evil individual. And, unfortunately, I don’t think society can keep sick and demented individuals from obtaining any type of weapon to kill people. I mean, somebody who wants to purposely harm another individual is going to find a method of doing it.

Case in point, if you wanted to kill people in that theater what was the first he did? He walked in the doors and he threw some incendiary devices. He could have made some other explosives.

This isn’t an issue about guns. This is just really an issue about sick, demented individuals. And it’s a tragedy and I don’t think there is a solution here in Washington to solve this problem.

Get that? We simply can’t stop “sick and demented individuals” from getting their hands on “any type of weapon to kill people.” Those evil people will “find a method of doing it.” In this case, Senator Johnson said the killer could have “made some other explosives” to do what he wanted to do.

Except—except—he didn’t do that. You know why? Because it was too easy to get his hands on an assault weapon, thanks to people like Senator Johnson. Sure, there are other ways to kill lots of people. I suppose, for instance, the killer could have driven a large truck through the theater. But that would have been much messier for him than picking up an assault rifle with a large magazine and lots of ammo and shooting people, including a six-year-old girl.

For Senator Johnson there is apparently no limitation—and we are only talking about limits—he could endorse, when it comes to gun rights. When asked about banning the big clips that go with the semi-automatic weapons, he said:

JOHNSON: I mean, for example, the left used the term assault rifles. They’re really talking about semi-automatic weapons that really are use in hunting. That’s what happens in Wisconsin. These are rifles that people use in hunting.

And just the fact of the matter is, is that this really is not an issue of guns. Again, we are talking about sick people doing things that you simply can’t prevent.

It’s really an issue of freedom. I swore an oath to defend the Constitution. And part of that Constitution is the Second Amendment that guarantees the right to bear arms. These types of laws infringe upon that right and I just — I don’t agree with them.

WALLACE: Let me ask you, we’re not talking about hand guns. Does something that would limit magazines and carry 100 rounds, would that infringe on the constitutional right?

JOHNSON: I believe so. People will talk about unusually lethal weapons. I mean, that could be potentially a discussion you can have.

But the fact of the matter is, there are magazines, 30-round magazines that are just common all over the place, and you simply can’t keep these weapons out of the hands of sick, demented individuals that want to do harm.

WALLACE: Let me –

JOHNSON: And when you try and do it, you restrict our freedoms.

I don’t know what kind of guy Senator Johnson is. I’m sure he loves Jesus and Wisconsin and America and the Tea Party. But his narrow mind is under the influence of an extremist interpretation of our Second Amendment, an interpretation he would surely reject if applied to any other provision in our Constitution.

And he is supported by an organization, the NRA,  that at least helped mass murder the political fortunes of Democrats, who dared in 1994 to ban assault weapons like the one used in Colorado to kill movie fans. As the San Francisco Chronicle reported, Bill Clinton argued in his autobiography that the NRA was instrumental in the Democrats’ worst loss in a congressional election since WWII ended:

Those who warned him “were right, and I was wrong,” Clinton wrote. “The price for a safer America would be heavy casualties among its defenders.”

That ban expired under Republican leadership in 2004—they wouldn’t even allow it to come up for a vote—and most Democrats, afraid that what Clinton wrote was true, have been scared to touch the issue since. It is a political form of post traumatic stress disorder, unfortunately affecting even President Obama.

But Senator Ron Johnson has himself a disorder to deal with. He thinks that making assault rifles and large magazines available to disturbed people like the killer in Colorado makes us freer as a people:

WALLACE: I’m going to give you the final word, Senator Johnson. Are these massacres horrible as they are and people here in Washington are looking for solutions, are they just a fact of life and death in America?

JOHNSON: Well, I hate to say it, but they probably are. Listen, I understand Senator Feinstein has seen gun violence up close and personal. I don’t doubt her sincerity for a moment.

But I also, I really would hate to see a tragedy like this used to promote a political agenda to reduce American’s freedoms. Enough have been taken away and we don’t want to lose anymore.

Not only has the NRA helped massacre the fortunes of Democrats on the gun issue, it has butchered the consciences of Republicans too.

Democrat, My Ass

Among the misbegotten Democrats who voted with my own right-wing congressman, Ozark Billy Long, and other extremist Republicans in the House of Representatives to, without precedent, hold Attorney General Eric Holder in “contempt,” was none other than Dan Boren, who represents Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District, which is just west of Joplin.

Since Boren, who is a board member of the NRA (which “scored” the vote on Holder in order to intimidate pusillanimous politicians), has decided to retire from the House to take a job with the Chickasaw Nation (fittingly as its “president of corporate development”), this will likely be the last time I can salute him for the absolute phony Democrat he is.

If Boren were on fire, I wouldn’t pucker up and piss on him. He voted with Republicans almost all the time, and was a more reliable vote for John Boehner than some Republicans. Oh, I forgot. Boren voted with Tea Party Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act in January of 2011, after having voted against it at its birth.

It’s one thing to represent yourself as a “moderate” Democrat, which in Eastern Oklahoma—the poorest area in a godforsaken blood-red state— is about as much as a majority of those folks can tolerate. It’s another to represent yourself as a moderate Democrat when really you are a conservative, corporate Republican.

What’s Wrong With The Country

As we wait for Mitt Romney to condemn Ted Nugent…

In the following two-minute clip, we can see what is wrong with the right-wing in this country, and by extension what is wrong with the country.  In 2007, before Barack Obama was the Democratic nominee, Ted Nugent held up a couple of machine guns and screamed at a concert:

Obama, he’s a piece of sh*t. I told him to suck on my machine gun! … I was in New York, I said, ‘Hillary, you might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless bitch!'”

In the clip, from Hannity and Colmes on Fox, you will not only see and hear Nugent’s unhinged, NRA-poisoned rant, but you will see and hear unhinged, Obama-hating commentary from the disgusting Sean Hannity, who said he liked Nugent and that he was a friend of his.

As I said, this is quite revealing of just what ails us as a country and how much damage Fox “News” has done and is doing to us:

Party like It’s 1804!

Alan: I hear you’re a Republican now.

Fred: Yeah, I figured, if you can’t lick ‘em, join ‘em.

—From The Free Dictionary, “Idioms

n view of all the national commotion that the killing of Trayvon Martin has caused, and as a bleeding heart liberal, I have a modest proposal that may help make America a better place to live, or at least it may even things up a bit:

1) Because liberals like dispute resolution, I urge the Congress to pass legislation that would make it the law of the land—in all fifty states instead of the two dozen that have it now—that “Stand Your Ground” be the national default dispute resolution technique, perhaps the best one since Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton.

That ought to make those who want to “party like it’s 1804” very happy! May the fastest gun win!

2) Because liberals like mandates and subsidies, I urge the Congress to pass legislation that mandates that every liberal in the country purchase a gun, preferably a 9mm Glock.  And for those liberals who can’t afford the cost of a 9mm Glock , Congress should subsidize the purchase.  And in the spirit of George Zimmerman, who gunned down that scary, hooded teenager in Florida with his own 9mm Glock, all liberals have to do to prove their inability to pay is just say so!

These mandates and subsidies ought to make all the NRA types happy, put a chunk of change in the pockets of reactionary gun dealers everywhere, and stimulate the economy!

3) Because liberals love education and tend not to be gun aficionados nor prone to violence, I urge the Congress to pass legislation that would fund mandatory re-education camps run by the NRA, which would:

♦ Teach liberals to “get tough” and not be so, well, so compassionate.

♦ Teach liberals how to shoot their new weapons, possibly by using old Jesse Helms photos for targets.

♦ Teach liberals that while in public places it is okay to shoot people they have a problem with—so long as those liberals “feel threatened.”

♦ Teach liberals how to “feel threatened” by non-liberals.

♦ Teach liberals that “self defense” can also mean aggressively pursuing the person you are defending  yourself against.

This legislation would put a lot of out-of-work teachers back in the classroom!

4) Finally, after liberals have been given their guns, taught how to use them, and had their minds brainwashed in NRA re-education camps, government employee-loving liberals should urge the Congress to pass legislation that would make it easier for government employees, like law enforcement officials, to overlook the evidence, should Glock-toting liberals begin pursuing, uh, conservatives.

There. That ought to do it. Let’s all have fun and remember: Party like it’s 1804!

What Would Happen If?

Yesterday afternoon, when I first heard about the attempted assassination of Democrat Representative Gabrielle Giffords in front of a Safeway in Tucson, the first thing I thought of was what I learned about Arizona while visiting the state last summer.

While I was there, I was disturbed by what I read in the paper about a new law related to gun ownership, and I posted a blog piece titled, “Don’t Forget Your Sam’s Card And Your Pistol“:

Last post from PHOENIX, AZ:  While most of the attention lately has been on the reactionary immigration law passed by the legislature, another unfortunate and reactionary Arizona law went into effect yesterday.

From the Arizona Republic:

Arizona is now the third state, behind Alaska and Vermont, to allow people to carry a concealed weapon without having to get a permit.

And not needing permits means no background checks or gun-safety classes.

The authorities tell us that yesterday’s shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, is a disturbed 22-year-old man, “mentally unstable,” in the words of Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik.  We also learned that his weapon of choice was purchased legally on November 30 in Tucson at a store called Sportsman Warehouse, which has other outlets in Arizona and throughout the western United States and the South.

According to The Washington Post:

Law enforcement sources said the gun used in the attack was fitted with a magazine that held about 30 bullets. The shooter had another magazine that held about 30 bullets and two that held about 15 bullets each, sources said, and he also had a knife.

Governor Jan Brewer signed Arizona’s so-called “constitutional carry” law last spring and it went into effect on July 29, 2010.  Just a few months later Loughner walked into a store in Tucson and purchased the gun that police say killed at least six people, including a federal judge and a nine-year-old girl.

Because I have a daughter and granddaughter living in Phoenix, I am interested in Arizona politics, particularly in the fact that the state has seemed to become a place where the right-wing fringe not only feels comfortable, but many of those extremists have become respected office-holders.

As Sheriff Dupnik said yesterday, Arizona has “become the Mecca for prejudice and bigotry.”  He also talked about how people like Jared Lee Loughner can be affected by a political philosophy run amok:

When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous. And unfortunately, Arizona, I think, has become sort of the capital. 

Sheriff Dupnik put much of the blame on people in the “radio business and some people in the TV business,” and many of us think we know who he means by that, but it’s more than just loud-mouthed radio guys or rabble-rousing Fox “News” hosts and guests that are responsible for the vitriol, hatred and bigotry. 

Conservative politicians, some quite extreme, have sought and won political office in Arizona by exploiting the angst and fear over issues like immigration and they have in too many cases successfully turned many good folks against their own government.  They have also promoted an absolutist view of the Second Amendment that allows for almost no restrictions on gun ownership.

They  have done so with the blessing of the Republican Party establishment, which not only has uncritically embraced the Tea Party and its malcontents, but refuses to utter a word of criticism as right-wing talkers daily shout dangerous drivel about Barack Obama and the Democrats, drivel that includes charges that they don’t love America and want to destroy it.

Then there is Sharron Angle, who, now infamously, talked aboutSecond Amendment remedies” during her campaign against Harry Reid in Nevada.  Here is what she told conservative radio host Bill Manders last June:

Angle: I feel that the Second Amendment is the right to keep and bear arms for our citizenry. This not for someone who’s in the military. This not for law enforcement. This is for us. And in fact when you read that Constitution and the founding fathers, they intended this to stop tyranny. This is for us when our government becomes tyrannical…

Manders: If we needed it at any time in history, it might be right now.

Angle: Well it’s to defend ourselves. And you know, I’m hoping that we’re not getting to Second Amendment remedies. I hope the vote will be the cure for the Harry Reid problems.

Prior to that exchange with Manders, Angle had suggested that she might be packing a .44 magnum:

“Whoa,” said Manders, “you’re not carrying that today are you in here?”

“Well,” Angle replied, “you know, as part of your test, they always say, ‘Don’t ever tell anybody if you’re carrying because the bad guys don’t need to know if you’re carrying.’ That’s what makes that [sic] concealed carries effective.”

Fortunately, although polling predicted a close win for Angle—Real Clear Politics showed her with almost a 3-point lead at the end—Harry Reid prevailed in that senate race.  But Sharron Angle did receive almost 45% of the vote to just over 50% for Reid. 

Although it was clear that Angle was an extremist, she won the endorsement of the Tea Party Express and the Club for Growth during the Republican primary.  And when she won the primary, the national Republican Party adopted her and attempted to sell her as a mainstream conservative, changing her campaign website and altering some of her policy positions for general public consumption.

The point is that extremists like Angle can only survive if given oxygen to breathe by the Republican political establishment. That establishment embraced Angle and poured millions into her campaign, despite the fact that she suggested it might be okay to shoot and kill elected representatives if all else fails.

I ask this: What would have happened to our politics if some adult in the leadership of the national Republican Party had stood up and declared Sharron Angle unfit to serve?

What would have happened if Karl Rove, whose American Crossroads spent more than $2 million on her behalf, had denounced Angle and said that her Second Amendment suggestion disqualified her from public service?

Finally, what would happen today if the Republican Party would tell Americans that the Second Amendment to the Constitution should not be read as sanctioning an unfettered right to gun ownership, and the GOP  will no longer be a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Rifle Association?

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