I see that Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, has a scapegoat to distract the public from calls for gun control legislation:
"There exists in this country, sadly, a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells and stows violence against its own people," LaPierre said.
"Through vicious, violent video games with names like "Bulletstorm," "Grand Theft Auto," "Mortal Kombat," and "Splatterhouse."
He then highlighted an online game called "Kindergarten Killers" that he said has been accessible on the Internet for a decade.
A crude Google search reveals these numbers:
- Guns and ammunition manufacturing annual revenue: $11 billion.
- Annual video game sales: $12 billion.
Callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry? Project much?Continue reading
Your incessant irrationality has mucked up the works to such an extent where we feel we have no recourse but to shut you down. Don't turn around! Save your breath--no, better yet, concentrate on your breathing. Listen: breath in till a count of three--1-2-3; hold for a count of three, 1-2-3; now exhale to a count of three, 1-2-3. Do that 10 more times.
Feel a little better? Shhhh, shhhh, shhhh. Be quiet, turn back to the wall!
Breathe, 1-2-3. Hold, 1-2-3. There you go, one more time.
Calmer now? Feel ready to listen for a moment?
You need to stop it with the stupid shit. I'm sorry to be so crude but your willful ignorance and eagerness to embrace falsehoods suggests such bluntness is called for.Continue reading
Devastating photo by AP photojournalist Charles Dharpak of Mitt Romney leaving the podium yesterday following his statement and presser about the U.S. consulate killings in Benghazi, Libya.
Sarah Jones suggests he's a sociopath:
I believe Mitt Romney loves his family, and I believe he’s been kind to personal friends. However, I see no evidence that he is capable of extending empathy or compassion to those not in his inner circle, those whom he doesn’t view as an extension of himself and therefore worthy of kindness.
Update: I see Romney has a top foreign policy aide suggesting in an alternative universe where President Romney was elected in 2008, there are no anti-American protests in the
Middle East Muslim majority countries in 2012, thus no murdered ambassador. TPM:
[Richard Williamson] blamed the attack that killed Stevens on Obama’s handling of the region, arguing that the Muslim world would have held the hypothetical Romney administration of 2008-2012 in much greater esteem, which would have prevented violent protests over an anti-Muslim film like the one that led to Stevens’s death.
Foner, Eric. (1980). Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877. (pp 588-589). New York: Perennial Classics.
No single generalization can fully describe the social origins or political purposes of the South's Redeemers, whose ranks included secessionist Democrats and Union Whigs, veterans of the Confederacy and rising younger leaders, traditional planters and advocates of a modernized New South. They shared, however, a commitment to dismantling the Reconstruction state, reducing the political power of blacks, and reshaping the South's legal system in the interests of labor control and racial subordination. In a majority of Southern states, they moved, upon assuming office, to replace Reconstruction constitutions with new documents severely restricting the scope and expense of government. "Instruments of prohibition," as one newspaper described them, Redeemer constitutions reduced salaries of state officials, limited the length of legislative sessions, slashed state and local property taxes, curtailed the government's authority to incur financial obligations (in Georgia and Louisiana, it could could borrow money only to repel an invasion or suppress an insurrection), and repudiated, wholly or in part, Reconstruction state debts. Public aid to railroads and other corporations was prohibited, and several states abolished their central boards of education.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) declined Friday to join many of his colleagues in condemning Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and others for their letters alleging Muslim Brotherhood influence in government.
He hedged when asked on CBS's "This Morning" whether Bachmann was "out of line" -- a sentiment a number of Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), have expressed.
"If you read some of the reports that have covered the story, I think that her concern was about the security of the country," Cantor said. "So that's all I know."
In his capacity as House Majority Leader, he never thought to pick up the phone and call Rep. Bachmann? Why would he rely on "some of the reports that have covered the story" for information about what purported to involve a grave threat to the security of our dear nation?Continue reading
You force my market open wide.
Even while you meet your obligations to the state’s athletic programs and prop up health care and education, you still show me your hard hat.
You spank my naughty librarian.
You know the difference between boys and men.
You know how to treat a bad, bad girl like me.
An unnamed Republican House leadership aide said by way of defending Republican resolve to overturn all parts of the Affordable Care Act not struck down by the Supreme Court tomorrow, even the Republican-inspired stuff:
"The White House did a truly craptastically lousy job designing their high-risk pools," the Republican aide said ... [HuffPo]
I'd seen it in my inbox, bold and unread. The subject line, "Some Advice about George Clooney," caught my eye like those inexplicable internet ads about about a teeth whitening formula that features a man who looks like he's standing in a wind tunnel or a woman who can lock her ankles behind her head. I didn't want to look but the combination of those words, "Advice" and "George Clooney" got me. Why on earth would I need advice about George Clooney?Continue reading
Check out this Wisconsin high school band marching in the Rose Bowl parade. They stopped in front of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to play their rendition of the Woody Guthrie song "The Union Maid." A sampling of the song's lyrics:
There once was a union maid, she never was afraid
Of goons and ginks and company finks and the deputy sheriffs who made the raid.
She went to the union hall when a meeting it was called,
And when the Legion boys come 'round She always stood her ground.
Oh, you can't scare me, I'm sticking to the union,
I'm sticking to the union, I'm sticking to the union.
Oh, you can't scare me, I'm sticking to the union,
I'm sticking to the union 'til the day I die.