Sunday, December 23, 2012

Well Here's Some Sour Grapes Bullisht

According to The Boston Globe Mitt Romney's son Tagg claims is father "wanted to be president less than anyone I've met in my life,"

He had no desire,”...  “If he could have found someone else to take his place ... he would have been ecstatic to step aside. He is a very private person who loves his family deeply and wants to be with them, but he has deep faith in God and he loves his country, but he doesn’t love the attention."

Right Taggert, I guess that's why he had been running to be the President for close to a decade.

Either way I guess we dodged a bullet and voted for the right man. How horrible would it have been if we had elected some looser who didn't even want the job he had been trying to land since he was Governor of Massachusetts in 2003!

Friday, December 21, 2012

The NRA's Solution To The Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting: More Guns!

The NRA held a "press briefing" today in which they promised to make "meaningful contributions" to "make sure this (the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting) never happens again". At this "press briefing" the NRA's top lobbyist, Wayne LaPierre, issued only a statement and took no questions. For anyone who optimistically thought insightful retrospection and meaningful solutions were going to be the order of the day that notion was quickly dashed.

Many people had speculated that due to the NRA's blackout of not only their Twitter account, Facebook account but ALSO their self imposed Media blackout signaled that the organization might be headed in the direction of delivering some type of mission statement overhaul. These people were gravely mistaken. Instead the NRA took this opportunity to double down on their long held beliefs as well as offer up reason after reason for last Fridays Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Surprisingly (or not) none of these reasons included guns.

The list of culprits reeled of by Wayne LaPierre as the cause of the tragedy included:
  • Movies (name checking "American Psycho" and "Natural Born Killers")
  • Video games (name checking Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat and Splatterhouse) 
  • Music videos (really?)
  • The national media
  • The national medias corporate owners and stockholders
  • Mental illness
  • Gun-free school zones
  • The courts‬
  • A declining willingness to prosecute dangerous criminals
  • Hurricanes
  • Terrorist attacks
  • Natural or man-made disasters
  • And of course, President Obama

He then went on to lament "when did the word "gun" automatically become a bad word?"

After listing the most likely causes of gun violence LaPierre then put forth the organizations master-plan. It is called the "National School Shield Emergency Response Program". N.S.S.E.R.P. demands that all schools have an unspecified amount of armed guards posted throughout their premises. This essentially means that the NRA's takeaway from the Sandy Hook tragedy is that gun control is the culprit and militarizing our schools with guns at every entrance and exit is the answer.

Sounds like a good way to bank some big money for the NRA doesn't it? Just sayin'.

What wasn't discussed is such a program would require the hiring of at least 132,000 additional police officers at a cost of 6.7 billion dollars a year (I'm sure our government will have no problem procuring the necessary funds for that). While we ponder the actual ability to make this grand dream a reality let us remember that Columbine had 2 armed policemen on site when their school shooting massacre occurred which of course nothing to stop the carnage.

In Lapierre's statement, which was littered with every excuse, there was of course no mention of:
  • Background checks
  • Closing gun show loopholes
  • Limiting the amount of bullets a magazine can hold
  • Stopping sales of military style semi-automatic assault rifles
  • Not allowing people on our countries terrorist watch list to purchase firearms
None of that was on the table. Just more guns for more people in more places at all times.

And here I was thinking the solution to gun violence was to get rid of guns.

In a closing note two protesters were able to interrupt LaPierre's speech, holding up signs (see the top photo) that blamed the NRA for killing children. I think they got it right.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Huckabee, Fischer And Phelps: God Kills Chidren

If you are anything like me you've have been troubled by the recent mass murder of children by a deranged gunman. Well worry no more. All we had to do was wait one day for the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut to be explained for us. Luckily for us four of Christianity's brightest beacons have brought crystal clarity to the subject and made sense of what was believed to be senseless.

Former Arkansas governor and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, conservative Christian radio show host Bryan Fischer and Westboro Baptist Church Members and all around horrid human beings Margie Phelps and Shirley Phelps-Roper have all come to the same conclusion. God has allowed, if not outright caused, the killing of innocent grade schoolers because he was mad that prayer in public schools has been prohibited.

Here is how it breaks down.

While on Fox News Mike Huckabee was asked by Neil Cavuto: "You know, inevitably people ask after tragedies like this, how could God let this happen?" to which Huckabee responded "We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we’ve systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage because we’ve made it a place where we don’t want to talk about eternity, life, what responsibility means, accountability?"

Well that's clear enough. No god = carnage. Let's continue...

Bryan Fischer made it clarified further during a screed on his radio show when he explained "The question is going to come up, where was God? I though God cared about the little children. God protects the little children. Where was God when all this went down. Here's the bottom line, God is not going to go where he is not wanted." He continued to enlighten his listeners by adding "In 1962 we kicked prayer out of the schools. In 1963 we kicked God's word out of ours schools. In 1980 we kicked the Ten Commandments out of our schools. We've kicked God out of our public school system. And I think God would say to us, 'Hey, I'll be glad to protect your children, but you've got to invite me back into your world first. I'm not going to go where I'm not wanted. I am a gentlemen."
Isn't it all starting to make sense now?

Now I understand. No prayer = god's indifference to children's murder. Go on....

As for the walking human excrement that is Shirley Phelps-Roper she drove the point home by tweeting “Westboro will picket Sandy Hook Elementary School to sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment," whereas her equally vile sister (?) Margie Phelps decided to go with “Westboro 'God hates Fags' Baptist Church is planning to pciket (sic) at Sandy Hook, to praise 'God's judgment,'”

It's, like I said, crystal clear now. It was obviously god's judgement that the children in that elementary school be murdered. 

Now that that is all cleared up don't you all feel better? I know I do.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Lie Of The Year... Youll Never Guess Who

This is the 4th year that the fine people over at Politifact.com have gone over the lies spewed by our elected officials and picked the king turd of lies. This year the honor goes to Mitt Romney's claim that Barack Obama "sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China" at the cost of American jobs.

If you have been living under a nice quiet rock and aren't familiar with this whopper here are it's origins.

The falsehood originated with a conservative blogger and spread when the conservative website "The Drudge Report" ran with it. Then after Mitt Romney (or more likely one of his staff) read the report he took to a stage in Defiance, Ohio, to excitedly proclaim that plans were afoot to shift the Jeep jobs in Ohio overseas to China.

Romney's exact words were:

"I saw a story today that one of the great manufacturers in this state Jeepnow owned by the Italiansis thinking of moving all production to China,".

After hearing this the people who worked at Chrysler understandably got worried, to put it mildly, they were going to lose their jobs. This in turn caused the higher ups to respond to Romney's lie by sending Chrysler's spokesman Gualberto Ranieri out to say…

"Let's set the record straight: Jeep has no intention of shifting production of its Jeep models out of North America to China. It's simply reviewing the opportunities to return Jeep output to China for the world's largest auto market. U.S. Jeep assembly lines will continue to stay in operation."

Yet even after this compete refutation it could not stop Romney from adding a new line to his stump speech to use later that night at another campaign stop in Defiance, Ohio...

"I saw a story today, that one of the great manufacturers in this state, Jeep, now owned by the Italians, is thinking of moving all production to China," he said, to boos from the audience. "I will fight for every good job in America. I’m going to fight to make sure trade is fair, and if it’s fair, America will win."

After this Mitt Romney doubled and then tripled down on the lie. The Romney campaign went on to take out ads on television and radio retelling the falsity and blasting the grade a horse-shit through the airwaves.

Here is Romney's Chrysler television ad...
Here is Romney's radio ad on Jeeps and China in Toledo, OH
The writers at politifact.com summed it up like this..

Mitt Romney's "ad miscasts the government’s role in Fiat’s acquisition of Chrysler, and it misrepresents the outcome. Chrysler’s owners had been trying to sell to Italy-based Fiat before Obama took office. The ad ignores the return of American jobs to Chrysler Jeep plants in the United States, and it presents the manufacture of Jeeps in China as a threat, rather than an opportunity to sell cars made in China to Chinese consumers."

My only question is how did the people at Politifact.com choose this lie out of the grab bag of garbage that the Romney team called a campaign?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

2 Experts Explain The Fiscal Cliff

Acclaimed author, Berkeley professor, and Clinton-era Secretary of Labor Robert Reich lays out the what, why and how of the Fiscal "Cliff" in under 2:30!

Still reeling from the presidential election results, Mr. Burns takes a few minutes to explain the upcoming fiscal cliff.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

One Symptom Of A Larger Illness

A NY soldier flies US flags upside-down to protest Obama re-election
A resident of Copenhagen, N.Y., has decided that the re-election of President Barack Obama is such a horrible occurrence she claims that she feels it necessary to fly not one but two U.S. flags upside-down in front of her home.

The kicker is that the woman who hung them that way is a Fort Drum soldier.

While feeling it is her patriotic duty to make such a brave and bold statement against the President she is apparently too cowardly to give her name, show her face or speak publicly.

Under the promise of anonymity she stated that the reason for her protest is that "Obama is trying to destroy the country, and this is her expression of disapproval,".

The nameless, faceless, unidentified soldier vowed to proudly display the flags upside-down outside her home until Obama's second term ends.

Personally I hope President Obama's re-election sticks in her throat and every day she sees her upside down flags they remind her that Obama is her President and more importantly (since she serves in the military) her boss. I hope she chokes on it. She embarrasses her service and the flag she disrespectfully flies in impotent protest.

While this woman's actions aren't particularly heinous in nature what is troubling is that it is part of a growing trend of people who feel the need to undertake these ridiculous meaningless petty personal protests. Whether it's shutting down your store to "mourn for the country" or signing a petition to secede from the country these people really need to get over Obama and try to tough out the next four years. Enough of this crap already… What's next holding your breath until Obama resigns and gives Mitt Romney the keys to Air Force One. Sheesh!