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It might seem obvious to you, but it isn’t obvious to the Republican party of Benton County: their April newsletter includes the following from Chris Nogy (husband of the party secretary) :

“We need to let those who will come in the future to represent us [know] that we are serious. The 2nd amendment means nothing unless those in power believe you would have no problem simply walking up and shooting them if they got too far out of line and stopped responding as representatives.

Gentle Reader, you surely know that walking up to government officials and shooting them is assassination.That is what people did to Ronald Reagan, MLK, RFK, and many others throughout history. The writer of that editorial is saying that the 2nd Amendment is a license to commit such crimes. And why does he think he should start assassinating people?

Again from the website, referring to a recent vote in the Arkansas legislature regarding health care financing: “The legislature approved the ‘private option’ health plan with 75 percent majorities in both the Senate and House. It’s called the ‘private option’ because it takes Medicaid dollars and uses them to purchase private health insurance for people whose yearly income is less than138 percent of the federal poverty level. The goal was to not simply expand a government program, as the federal government had initially directed, but instead to provide health coverage through the private sector and thus allow the free market to hold down costs.

Got that? The Repubs voted to take public money and give it to the private sector. “Conservatives” tend to approve of such arrangements. But evidently it has sent Mr. Nogy (among others) over the edge: indeed, he is now advocating the murder of elected officials. All because Arkansas is taking Federal money???? That is crazy.

Now, other members of the Benton County GOP have disavowed Mr. Nogy’s remarks, but as of this writing have not removed them from the webpage: http://talkbusiness.net/2013/04/benton-county-gop-newsletter-suggests-shooting-legislators/ This would seem to indicate at least a certain level of tacit agreement on the part of the Republican Party.

Here’s the link to the party site: http://www.nogy.net/bcgop/Apr_2013/index.html Oh, and this writer took screen shots of the page, in case they decide to delete it. He will add them to this post if need be.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

This recent exchange started with this picture on Facebook:
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Mr. Blunt and Cranky re-posted it on his personal Facebook page, and the following exchange ensued:

(Name Removed) Since when has anyone ever asked for a background check to vote, buy a home, get a driver’s license, etc.? Is it too much to prove you are who you say you are to exercise your right to vote by showing a valid Photo ID? I don’t think so, and that’s a far cry from a background check.

To which the B & C response was: “Actually, when you register to vote, they do quite a bit of checking behind the scenes, to make sure you’re legally able to vote, aren’t voting in more than one place, and so on. Getting a  driver’s license in our state includes a check of your criminal record. And anyone who has ever bought a home knows that you have to give them a whole helluva lot more information to get a loan than you ever have to if you want to buy a gun. So I’d say these are not persuasive analogies.”

The reply? Silence.

And that’s a pretty representative example of what happens when wingnut talking points are countered immediately with facts. The wingnuts either shout you down, or shut up and go talk to somebody else. Another example:

(Name removed) As some have pointed out, when is the last time a criminal or those wanting to participate in a criminal act going to apply for a background check let alone a background mental health check?

(B & C) You’d be surprised –  the FBI intercepts quite a few. And making everyone get a background check restricts the overall gun supply for crooks and crazies, making it harder and more expensive for them to buy guns. Plus, the current system is unfair to licensed gun dealers: if you go to a gun show, they get undercut by the shadow sellers; because the legit dealers have to run background checks, and the shady characters and individuals don’t.

(Name Removed)  The FBI may intercept quite  few, however, the criminal then turns around and acquires them by another means. All the FBI did is delay the process and the crime. The outcome is still the same. Don’t you think? Thanks for the honest discourse.

(B & C) If we make it harder for crooks to buy guns, that’s a win. Most of the “other means” cost more and add risk. Right now, all a criminal or adjudicated individual has to do is walk into a gun show with cash. He or she walks out with a gun. That’s too easy. Making it harder to get the gun in the first place changes the outcome.

Again, silence ensued. Loverly.

The lesson for us all? Don’t just ignore wingnut talking points. Counter them, debate them, respond with facts. Whether or not they are persuaded, they will at least shut up. And that, friends, is a win in and of itself.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Here is the story of Rand Pail and eleven other Senators who are making sure that crazy people and violent criminals can buy any guns they want, any time they want to. They will filibuster any and all legislation that would keep kooks and perps away from weapons that could be used to slaughter innocent adults and children.

These twelve Senators are standing firm in their support for violent, insane, sociopathic murderers like Adam Lanza. They are shoulder-to-shoulder with terrorists like Timothy McVeigh. They support convicted felons who want to mug little old ladies and shoot them. They just love the two teenaged scumbuckets who shot a baby in the head last month. Yes, America, if you want to have guns, the Dirty Dozen wants you to have them too: even if a judge has found you to be mentally incompetent, or if you have a history of committing violent felonies.

You see, among the proposals that would be up for a vote in the Senate is one that would close some loopholes in our current background check system. 90% of Americans support this measure. That is ninety percent of our fractious, divided nation agreeing on something. When is the last time you saw that many of us agree on anything? We don’t want lunatics running around gunning down our children. We don’t want convicted felons shooting our babies and grandparents. That is what almost every American believes.

But these Senators don’t give a damn what we the people think. They only care about pocketing their large paychecks from the NRA. Never mind if the rest of us get our asses shot off by someone who should not legally be able to purchase a weapon. Nope, they are not concerned with the opinion of the law-abiding majority of Americans. They are watching out for the rights of the felons and the criminally insane to have assault weapons.

One doubts that the twelve sleazebuckets would say so themselves , of course. They’d prattle on with some conspiracy theory about black helicopter-riding Soviet assassins, coming to take our guns and canned goods, because they hate our freedoms; that, or something even less coherent.

But since what they do supports the gun rights of loonies, terrorists and criminals, then they are supporters of loonies, terrorists and criminals. Ladies and Gentlemen, we present Senators Paul, Cruz, Rubio, Lee, Moran, Inhofe, Burr, Johnson, Enzi, Risch, Crapo, Coats and Roberts: the Crazy Criminal Caucus.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

And when someone from the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners says “hunt”, we can safely assume he means “shoot”: hunting deer = hunting humans.

Dudley Brown, whose organization was at one time judged too bats*** crazy for the NRA , said and we quote: “there’s a time to hunt deer. And the next election is the time to hunt Democrats”. That, people, is a threat, plain and simple.

You can say “Awww, he doesn’t really mean it“, but that would be very foolish. One recent example tells us why:

A few years back, Sarah Palin (also a devotee of shooting metaphors) published a picture of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ district in the crosshairs of a telescopic sight.. And as we all know, Ms. Giffords was shot and nearly killed soon afterwards.

Ms. Palin tried to pretend that her threatening language and images had no connection to the violent crimes committed after she published them. But that is very hard to believe. Seriously, folks, if politicos didn’t think their words had an impact, would they bother saying them? Of course not. They say what they say in order to accomplish a goal, and they mean what they say. The only time such slimy weasels pretend otherwise is when they are called on their violent rhetoric, or if there are consequences to the hate speech they spew.

Like Palin, Mr. Brown used language that strongly suggests shooting and killing people. And also like her, he’ll strenuously deny that when if a Democrat gets murdered. But he’ll still have blood on his hands.

And like Palin (or Pilate) he can pretend to wash it away. But the stain of blood can never be removed from the hands of a killer, or one who urges others to kill.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

NPR’s Melissa Block got herself pretty well embarrassed by our Vice President yesterday. Mr. Biden did what politicians rarely do: he pushed back against her repetitious quoting of NRA propaganda with his own facts and viewpoint, without flinching, yelling or screaming. You can listen to it or read it here.

The “journalist” kept on trying to steer the conversation back to Gun Loony Land, but Joe was having none of it. Time and time again, he called BS on her “questions” (all too often, they were statements masquerading as questions) and responded with the facts.

As someone who is fed up with the sorry state of the “news” in this day and age, it was a treat to hear a politico nut up and school one of these biased, unprofessional weasels.

Mr. B & C

At yesterday’s hearings on Gun Control, the ever-unhinged NRA mouthpiece Wayne LaPierre repeated one of the standard “Republican” lines: that we do not need new laws until President Obama enforces the existing ones. Sounds reasonable until you remember that:

Number A: the biggest impediment to the enforcement of existing laws is the Teapublicans’ persistent defunding of the government agencies who are charged with said enforcement. These Right-Wing fools expect our public safety resources to do more and more, while simultaneously refusing to pay them for so doing. Repubs must think money magically appears when needed, perhaps delivered by perky little fairies riding unicorns.

Letter 2: it is not Obama’s job to enforce each and every law on the books. No one person can do that. It takes thousands of people at all levels of government to do so. And they, too, have had their authority undermined, staffs reduced and budgets slashed by the “conservative” “Republicans”, to the point that they can barely do anything to enforce any laws at all.

Tell you what, Waynie old buddy old pal: give the cops the money and resources they need to enforce existing laws before you trot out that line of B.S. again.

Mr. B & C

Yes, you read that correctly. Over the weekend, President Obama pointed out to the rest of the country what is already common knowledge amongst rural Americans: that we have a different environment and culture than city dwellers, so gun control measures need to take that into account. No big deal, you say? Think again, dear reader.

The bulk of “news” coverage and political soundbite production has been focused on a few conflicting one-size-fits-all messages. This is bad because, like toques, socks, condoms and bathtubs, one size never fits all. In fact, such articles usually don’t really fit anyone all that well. But in an effort to simplify things, we still try to make everything fit into a single solution, and the devil take reality.

In this case, Obama is quite right to tell both Liberals and the NRA that they have to broaden their thinking. Here at chez Blunt and Cranky, we don’t have to worry as much about muggers or home invasion; we do have to mind coyotes and feral dogs, and the odd rabid critter. So the guns we need are different than those required by a downtown apartment dweller. And any new laws must take the full spectrum of gun owners into account if it is to be accepted and effective.

One isolated intelligent comment does not mean that our government will suddenly get smart. But it is heartening to see that a politico who had a diverse upbringing can be capable of putting himself in another guy’s shoes. And noticing that they don’t fit.

Mr. B & C

Normally, Mr. Blunt and Cranky awards a Crown O’ Polished Turds to the weekly winner of this contest. However, as will be seen, this recipient seems to have serious issues with s***, and it would be inadvisable to provide him with more than he already possesses. So, no crown this week, just the title.

Teddy Boi is a lying sack of s***: indeed, a sack full to bursting. The only question is which of his statements are lies, and which are not. You see, back in the 70’s little Teddy gave an interview in which he described his outlandish and successful efforts to avoid getting his little poop-covered butt shot off in Vietnam.
See the link below: the man used hard drugs, went without any sort of body cleansing for a month, and crapped his pants for days prior to his physical exam: the purpose? Why, to fake mental illness and so avoid the draft. Mr. Blunt and Cranky read that magazine at the time and recalls the interview quite well.

In more recent years, Theodore Crapped His Pants has been denying that he dodged the draft. The Selective Service records do seem to line up with the interview contents, but there is no 100% solid, documented proof either way:Snopes

One way or another, Teddy Turd Trousers is lying:
Number A; he did indeed take the coward’s way out and let other, more patriotic men go to Vietnam and die in his place while he smugly stayed home, pretending to be a brave man, and is now lying about it, or
Letter 2: he lied in that interview.

Either way, this bellicose, child-molesting, unsanitary, chickenhawk musical has-been is the Lying Sack of S*** of The Week. And never has a recipient been more deserving (or more sickening).

Mr. B & C

Lots of people have been conned by the gun industry (and their stooges at the NRA) into stockpiling weapons and ammunition so as to be “ready to resist a government takeover” or some such twaddle. Millions of dollars have been taken from the gullible and deposited in the bank accounts of weapon merchants, and of course all for naught.

Naught, that is, if it’s overthrowing a tyrannical government you’re wanting to accomplish. First of all, your knock-off versions of Mattel toy rifles will accomplish doodly-squat against a trained and well-equipped military force; and secondly, there are better ways to take over the the reins of power in America. Ways that have already succeeded, and that you probably didn’t notice.

Example: the “Republican” takeover of the United States of America, which occurred between 1976 and 2007. Never a shot fired, done legally, and very effective indeed. You missed it, you say?

Short version: after Nixon, the Reeps and their corporate paymasters got their collective wedding tackle kicked in so far they had craters in their crotches, they got together and planned their revenge: said plan contained in the Powell Memo. The gist? To take over the media, deregulate businesses, concentrate wealth, rig elections, rewrite laws and create think tanks that would re-invent reality a’la Orwell: all for the benefit of the “conservatives” involved.

Here are two sources that explain how the Elephants planned and executed their coup:
Number A: a thoughtful (if somewhat partisan) analysis along with source documents for the wonkier folks: Should be Required Reading
Letter 2: a shorter version that hits the high points and captures the essence (focus on the lyrics ): Ignoreland by REM.

Needless to say, the “revolution” was quite successful indeed: look at the results in terms of law, media, income inequality, gerrymandering, government philosophy, and a host of other elements of modern American life. The “conservative” “republicans” have managed to largely remake the nation on their terms and to their benefit, and to the detriment of the majority. Nary a single assault rifle was used in this overthrow. Hell, not even a single round from a BB gun was fired.

And now you, with your little gun safe full of crappy little imported weapons, are going to do better than that? This writer rather thinks not.

Mr. B & C

This week, the NRA decided to paint targets on a couple of school kids, for the “crime” of being the President’s daughters. In addition to being vicious, despicable, and perhaps intended to incite terrorist attacks on innocent children, the advertisement stood out as being almost completely devoid of any factual accuracy of any sort.

Put plainly; the entire advertisement is a lie; analysis

And then, after being called out for their revolting screed about the Prexy’s kids, the NRA lied again, saying that the ad about Malia and Sasha was NOT about, well, Malia and Sasha.

To the usual Crown O’ Polished Turds, we shall add some shell casings, with sharp jagged edges to remind these useless terrorist f***s of the scars they are inflicting on children around the nation. Not that they would care: look at what some of their kids are like, after all.

Mr. B & C