Remarks And Asides

All you need to know about the NRA:

The National Rifle Association exists to assist the manufacturers of guns and gun-related accoutrements in selling guns and gun-related accoutrements to people. That is their job, summed up, in its entirety.


Via HuffPo:

The Wall Street Journal reports:

Mr. Obama repeatedly lost patience with the speaker as negotiations faltered. In an Oval Office meeting last week, he told Mr. Boehner that if the sides didn’t reach agreement, he would use his inaugural address and his State of the Union speech to tell the country the Republicans were at fault.

Would to God he would tell the public that Republicans are at fault, and not just for not reaching an agreement on the fiscal cliff. They are threatening the country with yet another fight over the debt ceiling. When will Mr. Obama realize that he has to thoroughly decimate the current Republican Party in hopes that a new one will put the country’s interests before the interests of the moneyed class?


Speaking of John Boehner, the Republican-friendly pollster Rasmussen has found that Boehner is “the least-liked major congressional leader.”  That same Republican-friendly pollster found “that 57% of likely U.S. Voters at least somewhat approve of President Obama’s job performance.,” and that “most Americans (55%) favor a ban on assault weapons.”

To note even more good polling news, CNN found that,

Fifty-three percent of those surveyed they view the policies of the GOP as too extreme, up 17 points from two years ago. Only 37% say they view the polices of the Democratic Party as too extreme.

The bad news, of course, is that it is only 53%.  And that is where President Obama has a lot of work to do.


In the who-could-have-seen-this-coming department:

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A federal judge on Friday blocked a new Missouri law that requires insurers to exclude birth control coverage for moral objectors, ruling that it conflicts with an insurance mandate under President Barack Obama’s health care law.

The temporary restraining order halts the Missouri law just three months after the Republican-led Legislature enacted it by overriding Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto.


In the I-can’t-believe-this-is-happening-in-the-21st-century department:

IOWA CITY, Iowa — A dentist acted legally when he fired an assistant that he found attractive simply because he and his wife viewed the woman as a threat to their marriage, the all-male Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday.

The court ruled 7-0 that bosses can fire employees they see as an “irresistible attraction,” even if the employees have not engaged in flirtatious behavior or otherwise done anything wrong…An attorney for Fort Dodge dentist James Knight said the decision, the first of its kind in Iowa, is a victory for family values because Knight fired Melissa Nelson in the interest of saving his marriage, not because she was a woman.

It seems the dentist was getting turned on by the attractive assistant, who worked for him for ten years as a “stellar” employee, and after consulting with a Man of God—who agreed the woman should be fired—gave her the left foot of fellowship. Thus, to paraphrase the dentist’s attorney, a victory for family values is when a male boss can legally can a female employee for being a temptation he might not be able to resist, even with God’s help. No word in yet on why a family values deity would create a woman so tempting that even a God-fearing man could not resist her, but there is certainly bibllical precedent for it.

Next up: the Iowa Supreme Court will decide if God can create a rock too big for Him to move.


From the shoe’s-on-the-other-foot file:don lemon

CNN’s Don Lemon discusses the possibility of profiling white men in an attempt to prevent gun violence and decrease the amount of mass shootings. Lemon argues that white males between the ages of 18 and 25 were behind nearly all recent mass killings.

Guest David Sirota (who wrote a provocative piece for Salon) was really the one making the point that if 70% of mass murderers weren’t white men, but say, African-Americans or Arabs, then we would be having a much “uglier” conversation.

Who can argue with that?


Finally, the right-wing’s cleverest intellectual has managed to blame the disintegration of the Republican Party on, who else, Barack Obama:

He had one objective. He came off a winning election, but he still had a recalcitrant House. He wants four years where he can have his own agenda that he can enact. He would be stopped by the House the same way the House stopped it in the last two years. What to do? To destroy the Republicans, to fracture them and to create a civil war in the House, which he has done. And how do you do it? By insisting, as he did, this is extremely clever, tactically on his part. Insisting that the one thing that they had to agree to was an increase on tax rates. 

So, there you have it. It’s not the embarrassingly reactionary extremists controlling the GOP. It’s not the wacko teapartiers who refuse to play nice with contemporary American civilization. It’s the fault of the black man in the White’s House, once again.

What a  Scary clever Negro is the President.

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  1. Very interesting re-cap, Duane. I especially enjoyed the dentist’s story and following the link to Bathsheba and David’s story on Wikipedia. The OT is just chock-full of juicy shenanigans isn’t it? Of course, David’s solution to the problem was extreme. I wonder if our pious dentist recognized the precedent? Probably not. But it seems to me he might have tried something less punishing than firing her, like perhaps making her wear Amish dress in the office and dispense with the makeup?


    • Ah, Jim. I think our lusty dentist did know, probably quite well, David’s overwhelming desire for another man’s wife, a desire that caused David much trouble throughout the rest of his life.

      And my guess is that one of his sexual fantasies was having the assistant dress up like, uh, an Amish gal. 😆


  2. RDG, Jim,
    It may or may not be a coincidence that all of the Iowa Supreme Court Justices are male. I think Wal-Mart casual shopping attire (tight fitting sweat pants ensemble) is comparable to
    Amish dress in terms of dulling the overly cautious Christian libido. In addition, thanks to overseas sweatshops, Wal-Mart casual shopping attire is readily available at all million or so retail outlets.

    I have concluded that trying to have reasonable debates with unreasonable ideologues is a futile enterprise. When one political party places a dangerous, nihilistic belief system over civic responsibility, it is fair to say that any chance of achieving practical solutions through compromise becomes impossible.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours. Like Colonel Lingus, I am going south for the holidays, leaving wireless tools behind.


  3. King Beauregard

     /  December 23, 2012

    “When will Mr. Obama realize that he has to thoroughly decimate the current Republican Party in hopes that a new one will put the country’s interests before the interests of the moneyed class?”

    I get the frustration, but I also think our Community Organizer is keeping an eye on group dynamics. He keeps trying to leave the Republicans a way to save face by taking the sane course of action, yet without giving the impression that they’ve “lost” in doing so. Now whether that’s the right course of action is a matter of debate, but if he’s going easy on them, it’s not because he’s just “too nice” or whatever.

    As to whether it’s the right course, I say it IS the right course, provided the American people know who is to blame for gridlock and slow recovery. I kind of think they do, the ones who are willing to listen to reason anyway.


  4. jdhight

     /  December 23, 2012

    As usual, I say decimate the Republicans in the inauguration speech and the State of the Union. Obama tried to work with them for four years, and all he got was obstruction. It is time to call McConnell, Boehner, Cantor, and the rest for their actions that undermine the country for purely political reasons. I favor kicking their asses between their shoulders and expose them for the unpatriotic obstructionists that they are.


  5. On a person of color as a shooter, it has happened in the not too distant past..

    This was more like a series of sniper attacks than a killing spree and the identity of the shooter was not known till later. I don’t recall that race really became an issue.


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