Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Conservatism: The Search For A "Superior Moral Justification For Selfishness."


Famed economist John Kenneth Galbraith once said, "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy: that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."


The Supreme Court is the Conservatives pal, and their contribution to Conservative politics is the last word in fascism -- Corporate World joining the elitist Conservative World...

"Wealthy political donors seize on new latitude to give to unlimited candidates."



"Andrew Sabin gave Republicans so much money in 2012 that he accidentally went over a limit on how much individuals could donate to federal candidates and party committees.

"So Sabin, who owns a New York-based precious-metals refining business, was delighted when the Supreme Court did away with the limit in April. Since then, he has been doling out contributions to congressional candidates across the country — in Colorado, Texas, Iowa and 'even Alaska,' he said.

"Top Republicans have taken notice: Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) and Florida Gov. Rick Scott have paid him personal visits this year, he noted proudly.

"'You have to realize, when you start contributing to all these guys, they give you access to meet them and talk about your issues,' said Sabin, who has given away more than $177,000. 'They know that I’m a big supporter...'"

But we live in a country where "all men are created equal," don't we?

"The U.S. Is Even More Unequal Than You Realized."

"When it comes to income inequality, no other developed economy does it quite like the U.S.A. If you need some proof, here it is:

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"The chart above, from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) using the World Top Incomes Database, shows how income gains between 1975 and 2007 were divvied up in 18 OECD countries for which the researchers had data. Nowhere did the rich benefit as much as in America.


"As you can see, in some countries like Denmark the vast majority of income gains went to the bottom 90 percent -- SOCIALISTS! -- while nearly half of U.S. income gains went to the richest one percent because freedom, baby..."

But as long as you get your weekly paycheck, no problem!

"Awful: Wages Dropped for Almost All American Workers in First Half of 2014."



"Think your money's not going very far this year? It's not your imagination. According to new research by the Economic Policy Institute, real hourly wages declined for almost everybody in the U.S. workforce in the first half of 2014. Thanks, so-called recovery.


"Economist Elise Gould pored over data from the government’s Current Population Survey and determined that workers at the 20th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th, 80th, 90th, and 95th percentiles all saw declines in their real wages in the first half of 2014 compared with the same period last year. This was true whether you had no high school degree, a high school diploma, some college, a college degree, or an advanced degree. In fact, people with advanced degrees saw the biggest drop (2.7 percent)..."

Of course, your employer is a nice guy...

"More Workers Are Claiming 'Wage Theft.'"

Guadalupe Salazar, a McDonald’s cashier who says her paychecks were missing overtime wages.
"MIRA LOMA, Calif. — Week after week, Guadalupe Rangel worked seven days straight, sometimes 11 hours a day, unloading dining room sets, trampolines, television stands and other imports from Asia that would soon be shipped to Walmart stores.

"Even though he often clocked 70 hours a week at the Schneider warehouse here, he was never paid time-and-a-half overtime, he said. And now, having joined a lawsuit involving hundreds of warehouse workers, Mr. Rangel stands to receive more than $20,000 in back pay as part of a recent $21 million legal settlement with Schneider, a national trucking company.

"'Sometimes I’d work 60, even 90 days in a row,' said Mr. Rangel, a soft-spoken immigrant from Mexico. 'They never paid overtime.'

"The lawsuit is part of a flood of recent cases — brought in California and across the nation — that accuse employers of violating minimum wage and overtime laws, erasing work hours and wrongfully taking employees’ tips. Worker advocates call these practices 'wage theft,' insisting it has become far too prevalent..."

You'll never have to worry, you have a job...

"America's Disappearing Jobs: 24/7 Wall St."

POSTAL TRUCK

"After the Great Recession, which cost millions of Americans their jobs, the U.S. labor market has begun to heal. So far this year the United States has added an average of nearly 230,000 jobs per month. In the 10 years through 2022, the BLS estimates that total employment will grow by more than 15 million jobs, or nearly 11%.

"However, the outlook for some occupations is bleak. For example, the number of fallers — logging workers who cut down trees — is expected to decline by 43% between 2012 and 2022, the most of any occupation. Based on Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates and projections for more than 1,000 occupations for 2012 and 2022, 24/7 Wall St. identified America’s disappearing jobs.

"Click here to see the nation’s disappearing jobs

"In many cases, these rapidly declining occupations are already quite rare. For instance, there were just 1,600 locomotive firers — who are responsible for monitoring train tracks and engine instruments — in the U.S. as of 2012. In all, five of the fastest declining occupations had fewer than 10,000 workers in 2012..."

So in these uncertain times maybe this is the time to look for some spiritual help...

"American Religious, Political Ideologies Revealed In One Graph."

ideology

"Despite the separation of church and state in the U.S. religious groups often tend to have fairly delineated stances on political and social issues.

"The United Church of Christ, for instance, has taken a collective stance on gay marriage and even filed a lawsuit against the state of North Carolina in April to protect its right to perform marriages for same-sex couples.

"Historically black churches tend to be primarily Democrat-affiliated, while a majority of Mormons are Republican-affiliated, according to Pew's Religious Landscape survey. A large majority of those in historically black churches and Muslim congregations believe in a bigger government with more services, while a majority of mainline churches support a smaller government with fewer services..."

You may as well, because it looks like the Cons are going to make our lives even more miserable...

"Voters Are Likely To 'Keep The Bums In' Despite Low Congressional Approval."

UNITED STATES CAPITOL

"WASHINGTON (AP) — A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in," with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path to another term when ballots are counted Nov. 4.

"With less than 10 weeks to the elections, Republicans and Democrats who assess this fall's midterm contests say the power of incumbency — the decennial process of reconfiguring congressional maps and hefty fundraising — trumps the sour public mood and antipathy toward gridlocked Washington.

"'Despite the incredibly low polling, favorable ratings for Congress, it's still an incumbent's world,' said Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics that tracks political money.

"That leaves many voters angry, not only with the political reality but their inability to change it..."

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The operative phrase to this post is in the last paragraph: "That leaves many voters angry, not only with the political reality but their inability to change it."

We can whine, complain, and get angry all we want -- we're motivated...but why don't voters get the message?



Is it because the mainstream media is hiding the truth? Is it because the Cons are more adept at marketing than the Dems?

Yes, but the truth is that the voters are dumb and wilfully uninformed.  Low Information Voters are the bane of our lives and unless we get a majority of like-minded progressives in Congress and the Supreme Court, with a motivated mover and shaker in the White House, there's only one way to beat the Cons outside of the voting booth -- by criminalizing Conservatism.



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"In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for
me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican."

H. L. Mencken.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

On This Labor Day, Workers of The World Unite...Before It's Too Late!


On the third day of the Labor Day Weekend we'd like to share a few thoughts with you.

First, Conservatives didn't always love the working man and woman like they do today...

"The Bloody Origin Of Labor Day."



"WASHINGTON -- Most people know Labor Day as an extra day off of work. Fewer know the holiday comes from a time when the government was offing workers.

"It all started with a bad recession in the early 1890s that reduced demand for railway cars, prompting Chicago railway magnate George Pullman to lay off workers and reduce wages. Many of his workers went on strike. The sympathetic American Railway Union refused to handle Pullman cars, hampering commerce in many parts of the country.

"'The boycott tapped the deep and pervasive alienation of labor in general,' historian David Ray Papke wrote in his 1999 book The Pullman Case: The Clash of Labor and Capital in Industrial America.

"'Workers were mad about their situation,' Papke wrote. 'They were angry about their limited opportunities and about what they took to be the mean and arbitrary treatment they received from the distant owners of the industries in which they worked.'

"Pullman workers started their strike in May 1894. The following month, Congress passed legislation making the first Monday of September a day to recognize workers. (Such a holiday had already been a demand of the labor movement, though commentators have described the Labor Day legislation as an attempt to 'appease' angry workers.) In July, President Grover Cleveland sent federal troops to Chicago to crush the strike..."

Second, Labor Day is celebrated by such noted job creators as the Walton Family...in their own way, of course.

"More Workers Are Claiming 'Wage Theft.'"



"MIRA LOMA, Calif. — Week after week, Guadalupe Rangel worked seven days straight, sometimes 11 hours a day, unloading dining room sets, trampolines, television stands and other imports from Asia that would soon be shipped to Walmart stores.

"Even though he often clocked 70 hours a week at the Schneider warehouse here, he was never paid time-and-a-half overtime, he said. And now, having joined a lawsuit involving hundreds of warehouse workers, Mr. Rangel stands to receive more than $20,000 in back pay as part of a recent $21 million legal settlement with Schneider, a national trucking company.

"'Sometimes I’d work 60, even 90 days in a row,' said Mr. Rangel, a soft-spoken immigrant from Mexico. 'They never paid overtime.'

"The lawsuit is part of a flood of recent cases — brought in California and across the nation — that accuse employers of violating minimum wage and overtime laws, erasing work hours and wrongfully taking employees’ tips. Worker advocates call these practices 'wage theft,' insisting it has become far too prevalent.


"Some federal and state officials agree. They assert that more companies are violating wage laws than ever before, pointing to the record number of enforcement actions they have pursued. They complain that more employers — perhaps motivated by fierce competition or a desire for higher profits — are flouting wage laws..."

And third, even though working America is beholden to labor unions...



Something is going wrong...



Really, really wrong...

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Oh, so really wrong...

Photo: Paul Fell

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All brought to you by your favorite labor union loving, compassionate and caring Conservatives...

"Conservative ‘Think’ Tank Protests Labor Day By Working Monday."



"A Washington conservative group has vowed to boycott Labor Day because of the holiday’s association with labor unions. The Freedom Foundation, based in Olympia, will be protesting the holiday by having a 'work-in' on Monday.

"'I can’t think of a problem in society that can’t be traced in some way back to the abuses of organized labor, so it would be hypocritical of us to take a day off on its behalf,' said Freedom Foundation CEO Tom McCabe.

"Of course, if he really want to stick it to unions, McCabe’s organization would work on Saturdays, as well, as Seattle Times reporter Danny Westneat points out.

"'What’s odd about it, though,' wrote Westneat, 'is that only 12 percent of American workers even belong to unions anymore. Yet we — I say "we" because I’m in that 12 percent — somehow retain an almost supernatural mind-meld authority over the oppressed and hapless other 88 percent.'

"The organization has called public sector unions a 'disease' that is destroying Washington and needs to be cured..."

Our last thought this Labor Day, brought to you by your President...

"Obama On Labor Day: Don't Take Your Rights For Granted."



"WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Americans this Labor Day to think about the rights and benefits that people often take for granted.

"In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says he's optimistic about the growing economy. He says decisions made now will determine whether the recovery will pick up speed.

"Obama says workers and unions fought for things like Social Security, Medicare, workplace safety laws and the right to organize. He says those fights built a stronger middle class.

"Obama says to strengthen the modern middle class, the U.S. must raise its minimum wage. He says states and businesses have raised wages already and Congress should, too.

"In the Republican address, Rep. Larry Bucshon of Indiana says Republicans are focused on creating jobs, lowering costs and restoring opportunity..."

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 It's all part of the Conservatives' plans for us, and labor unions have no part in the Conservatives' dream of a New American Age of Feudalism.

AND if your income is from a paycheck and yet you vote Republican, you're not part of the problem, you are the problem.

Between the rabid rightwinger, the worker voting against his own best interests, and the slow thinking Low Information Voter, our democracy is going quickly downhill and the erosion of the union movement in America is our death knell.

There oughta be a law.



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"The Republicans are looking after the financial interests of the wealthiest
individuals in this country."

Edward Kennedy.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Aren't Conservatives The Working Man's Friend?



With their nattering about "job creators" Conservatives claim to be the working man's friend, but there are times when we doubt it...

"America's Disappearing Jobs: 24/7 Wall St."

POSTAL TRUCK

"After the Great Recession, which cost millions of Americans their jobs, the U.S. labor market has begun to heal. So far this year the United States has added an average of nearly 230,000 jobs per month. In the 10 years through 2022, the BLS estimates that total employment will grow by more than 15 million jobs, or nearly 11%.

"However, the outlook for some occupations is bleak. For example, the number of fallers — logging workers who cut down trees — is expected to decline by 43% between 2012 and 2022, the most of any occupation. Based on Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates and projections for more than 1,000 occupations for 2012 and 2022, 24/7 Wall St. identified America’s disappearing jobs.

"Click here to see the nation’s disappearing jobs."

How CAN we thank a "job creator" this weekend?



Maybe like this?

"'Vampire' Cops to Establish Nazi-style Checkpoints Over Labor Day Weekend."

Blooddraw

"Checkpoints, 'no refusal' blood draws now standard fare during national holidays
The police state will be rolling out in full force this Labor Day weekend, as police departments in several states prepare to violate their citizens’ Fourth Amendment protections, under the guise of keeping drunk drivers off the road.

"Cops nationwide are warning holiday revelers they will be subject to mandatory blood draws if an officer merely suspects them of driving under the influence.

"The practice, termed 'no refusal,' involves police administering roadside sobriety tests, alcohol breath tests or forcibly extracting blood samples without a person’s consent, securing evidence which would aid a future conviction. A judge is typically on hand to issue search warrants, attempting to give the illegal blood draws an air of legitimacy in the face of blatant constitutional violations.

"In states like Florida, police went one step further by erecting guilty-until-proven-innocent roadside checkpoints in the week leading up to the Labor Day weekend, where officers inspected driver’s licenses, proofs of insurance, vehicle registrations and checked for seat belt violations..."

When you're a Conservative, you celebrate Labor Day YOUR way...

"Washington conservative think tank to boycott Labor Day by working Monday."



"A conservative group in Olympia, Washington has vowed to boycott Labor Day because of the holiday’s association with labor unions.

"According to the Seattle Times, business backed conservative think tank the Freedom Foundation plans to protest the national holiday by refusing to take Monday off and having a “work-in” all day instead.

"'I can’t think of a problem in society that can’t be traced in some way back to the abuses of organized labor, so it would be hypocritical of us to take a day off on its behalf,' said the Freedom Foundation’s CEO Tom McCabe.

"Times columnist Danny Westneat pointed out that if McCabe really wants to protest union-led reforms in the workplace, then he should work every Saturday, as well.

"'What’s odd about it, though,' Westneat wrote, 'is that only 12 percent of American workers even belong to unions anymore. Yet we — I say "we" because I’m in that 12 percent — somehow retain an almost supernatural mind-meld authority over the oppressed and hapless other 88 percent.'


"Freedom Foundation materials call public labor unions a 'disease' that is 'running rampant' in Washington state..."

The Conservatives in Washington sure love the working man and woman...don't they?



If you can't think of anything nice to say about Conservatives and people who actually work for a living, then make fun of them as often as possible...(note the translation of "job creators.)



In the meantime give thanks to our Conservative job creators this weekend!

"Enjoying Your Long Weekend? Thank a Liberal for That, and 35 Other Things Unions Made Possible."



"There is nowhere you can turn where you won’t see (or not see, as they’re behind the scenes) union workers. And that’s a good thing. Because without unions, we wouldn’t have these things listed below:
Weekends."
  • All breaks at work, including lunch breaks
  • Paid vacation
  • Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Sick leave
  • Social Security
  • Minimum wage
  • Civil Rights Act/Title VII  (prohibits employer discrimination)
  • An 8-hour work day
  • Overtime pay
  • Child labor laws
  • Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
  • A 40-hour work week
  • Workers’ compensation (workers’ comp)
  • Unemployment insurance
  • Pensions
  • Workplace safety standards and regulations
  • Employer health care insurance
  • Collective bargaining rights for employees
  • Wrongful termination laws
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)
  • Whistleblower protection laws
  • Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) – prohibits employers from using a lie detector test on an employee
  • Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS)
  • Compensation increases and evaluations (i.e. raises)
  • Sexual harassment laws
  • Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Holiday pay
  • Employer dental, life, and vision insurance
  • Privacy rights
  • Pregnancy and parental leave
  • Military leave
  • The right to strike
  • Public education for children
  • Equal Pay by the Acts of 1963 & 2011
  • Laws prohibiting sweatshops in the United States
"Every American worker is beholden to unions for the item on that list. Every. One."

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You may have noticed we didn't say a thing about Conservatives and abortion or Conservatives and personal responsibility or Conservatives and states' rights...that's because those issues are only important to Conservatives as long as they drive some of the dimmest bulbs among us to the polls.

Conservatives have only ONE core belief: The Rich Must Rule. -- Joyce, Jnr.




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"We have always known that heedless self interest was bad morals, we now know
that it is bad economics."

Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Conservatives Get More Hypocritical The Closer We Get To Election Day

As we close in on Tuesday, November 4th the GOP remembers the disaster of the Romney candidacy when his "severe Conservatism" ruined their plans. We all know what they've said since the election, but their braggadocio will be tempered the closer we get to Election Day...

Here is what they tell their faithful...

"Larry Klayman: Obama Wants To Rename The White House 'The Black House,' Start A 'Race War.'"



"Unhinged right-wing legal advocate Larry Klayman believes that President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have created a 'race war in the nation.' Klayman wrote in a WorldNetDaily column on Friday that the president and Holder are 'racist' against white people 'and in favor of their black brothers.'

"According to Klayman, the administration is deliberately fomenting and ignoring 'racially motivated crimes against whites,' while using Obamacare to 'have whitey pay reparations to blacks.'

"'At this rate, it is remarkable that Obama has not renamed the White House "the Black House..."'

And this...



And this...



BUT this is what happens as we near Election Day, just in one State...

"GOP ads full of hypocrisy, rely on gullibility."



"CHARLESTON – Well, the 2014 general election campaign is in full swing and the ads are flying. It only takes about a week to get your fill of them.

"This year’s run of Republican ads is full of little thought or imagination. The negative ads by Republicans Capito and Jenkins (you remember, the guy who was a Democrat just months ago) have a simple message. President Obama doesn’t like coal and, therefore, all other Democrats don’t like coal either..."

So even though we know what the Conservatives really are...

"Secret McConnell Recordings Underscore Need For Reversing Citizens United."

McConnell answers questions from reporters after the weekly Republican caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

"In a recent, secret Koch brothers summit first brought to public attention by The Undercurrent, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) – not knowing he was being taped – spoke candidly to his audience of wealthy corporate CEOs, uber-elite donors, and fellow conservative politicians that push their anti-worker, pro-business agendas.

"Speaking of the 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United vs. The Federal Elections Commission, McConnell said:
"…So all Citizens United did was to level the playing field for corporate speech…. We now have, I think, the most free and open system we’ve had in modern times. The Supreme Court allowed all of you to participate in the process in a variety of different ways."
"McConnell continued, and bashed Democratic attempts to raise the minimum wage for workers, extend expired benefits to the unemployed, and allow students some relief from crushing student debt. It seems McConnell was channeling George Orwell who said"
"All men are created equal, but some are more equal than others."
"The playing field that McConnell spoke of has 'leveled' to the point that actual citizens voices have been reduced to the level of background noise while that of millionaires and corporations have been elevated to a deafening roar. A recent Princeton study showed that the influence of average people, even when joined with thousands of others, has only a fraction of the power of that of the wealthy and of corporations..."

Here's the kind of stuff they're going to say to save their jobs...

"Another 'Red' State Admits They Were WRONG About Obamacare, Quietly Accepts Medicaid Expansion."



"Remember earlier this year, around the time news of the ACA roll-out’s success were starting to trickle in, when Republicans finally started revealing their true fears about it?

"Rand Paul summed it up nicely:
"People get assumed and accustomed to receiving things, particularly things that they get for free.”
"Or, to paraphrase: 'We’re terrified people will like it, and then we’ll all look like idiots.'

"After the roll-out, fully half the states in the U.S., all of them controlled by Tea-baiting GOP lawmakers refused federal funds to expand Medicaid in their states. A good move from a political demagogue’s point of view…maybe not so much for the people of those disproportionately impoverished states, who were left asking, 'Why are we still dying because you won’t give us the medical care we’re legally due?'

"Of course, those with any degree of reason knew that that wouldn’t last forever, especially considering the fact that most of the poorest states in the Union are controlled by the GOP. Arkansas and Iowa were among the first opt-out states to opt back in under pressure from the public, adopting modified 'private option' plans that can utilize the Medicaid money offered by the Fed to pay for or subsidize private insurance.

"Now, Tennessee is looking to join that group, among three other red states including Pennsylvania planning on doing the same..."

But try as they might, the Cons never get it quite right...

"Republicans Court Female Voters By Carefully Explaining That Women Are Wrong."



"Yesterday, Politico published a leaked report commissioned by two Republican lobbying groups on how the party can better attract female voters. The report, based on a recent poll of 800 female registered voters as well as a series of focus groups, is titled 'Republicans and Women Voters: Huge Challenges, Real Opportunities.' The central challenge facing the Republican party is that women—particularly single women and women who have graduated from college—are 'barely receptive' to its policies, and are likely to consider the party 'intolerant,' 'lacking in compassion,' and 'stuck in the past.'

"Here’s where the 'real opportunity' comes in: If only the Republicans could explain to these women that they are wrong, their votes would come flooding in. The report says that it is a 'lack of understanding' between women and Republicans that 'closes many minds to Republican policy solutions.' Republicans can attract the female vote by attacking the Democratic claim that GOP policies do not promote 'fairness' for women and dealing 'honestly with any disagreement on abortion' before moving on to 'other issues...'"

The quotes,  "barely receptive" to its policies...likely to consider the party "intolerant," "lacking in compassion," and "stuck in the past" covers all of the Conservatives' aims, so be careful if the Cons clever campaign ads make you think some Con is the exception to the rule...

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Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images
Because no Conservative is an exception to the rule, they are all the same, even if the Sheeplets and Low Information Voters fall for disinformation campaigns every single time...



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Most of the professional Conservatives are aware of their own hypocrisy.  They know the electorate won't stand for their stated beliefs -- abortion, "freedom," states' rights, ad infinitum -- and after the Romney fiasco they know that the middle class voter doesn't believe that the upper class should rule unchallenged, which is the Conservatives' core belief.

But we live in a participatory democracy, and the Cons will repeat the same strategy year after year: make the voter fearful and fill them with hate, make up any lie they can think of, and trumpet racism and violence until...

...Election Day gets uncomfortably close and the propaganda mavens have to be summoned.

There oughta be a law.



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"Republicans stand for raw, unbridled evil and greed and ignorance smothered in
balloons and ribbons."


Frank Zappa.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

"...The Right of The Children To Keep And Bear Arms, Shall Not Be Infringed."

Is this how the NRA defends pushing guns on our kids?

"Nation Debates Extremely Complex Issue of Children Firing Military Weapons."

Photo: Nick Anderson, The Houston Chronicle

"WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Across the United States on Wednesday, a heated national debate began on the extremely complex issue of children firing military weapons.

"'Every now and then, the nation debates an issue that is so complicated and tricky it defies easy answers,' says pollster Davis Logsdon. 'Letting small children fire automatic weapons is such an issue.'


"Logsdon says that the thorny controversy is reminiscent of another ongoing national debate, about whether it is a good idea to load a car with dynamite and drive it into a tree..."

Let's take a look at some of the deep thinkers in the Gun World...

"In gun world, giving an Uzi to a child makes perfect sense."

Parents let their little girl handle an Uzi; a man ends up dead

"Sam Scarmado, the owner of the Bullets and Burgers outdoor shooting range in Arizona, went on TV Wednesday to stress how perfectly safe his recreational facility is, despite Monday’s accidental shooting death of one of his instructors at the hands of a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi. That, and many of the other things he said in an MSNBC interview, reveals just how weirdly the values of the gun world skew from the world in which most Americans live.

"A cellphone video of the shooting shows the instructor patiently helping the slight, brown-haired child to hold and aim the automatic weapon and shoot live bullets at a target. She takes one shot and all is fine, but when she squeezes the trigger for multiple bursts, the girl cannot handle the recoil, the gun bucks to the left and a bullet goes into the instructor’s brain..."

But this was just a glitch in policy, and the owner of the shooting range fixed everything up nice and dandy...

"After 9-year-old fatally shoots instructor with an Uzi, gun range raises age minimum to 12."

Photo: Tom Stiglich

"First, the bad news. 

  • A nine-year-old girl was learning how to use an Uzi sub-machine gun, when she lost control of it and wound up fatally shooting her instructor in the head at the Last Stop shooting range in White Hills, Arizona.
  • Her parents filmed it on their cell phone.
  • Charles Vaca, 39, is dead.
  • A nine-year-old girl will be psychologically scarred for life because she witnessed the death of a man she killed accidentally.
  • Parents will be psychologically scarred for life because they witnessed their nine-year-old daughter kill a man, accidentally, because they thought this was an age-appropriate activity.
  • People think that kids should learn how to use Uzis.
  • The shooting took place at a combined fast food restaurant and firing range.
  • A combined fast food restaurant and firing range exists.
  • The tour company that brings people to the range is called Bullets and Burgers.

"The Good News: Tragedies can serve as teachable moments. And that’s exactly what we see here. You see, before this death, the age minimum at the Last Stop shooting range was 8. I think we can all agree that that’s ridiculous. Especially when operating an Uzi. But now, a change has come. The age minimum is now twelve years old. And, as if that’s not already radical enough. the minimum height is five feet. Seems a little sizest and ageist to me, but safety first, I guess..."

And what blessed sacrament can we find at the altar of the Gun World?

Gun worship is America's true religion

But the NRA will make sure that parents keep their kids armed at all times...

"Five of Cliven Bundy’s Grandkids Pulled From School Because They Can’t Bring Weapons to Class (Video)."

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"If you thought you’d never hear this man’s name again, you were mistaken. Five of Cliven Bundy’s grandchildren were pulled from their Clark County, Nevada schools because of a ban on bringing knives on campus.

"After officials at Virgin Valley High School in Mesquite told Ryan Bundy, Welfare Cowboy’s son, that his 15-year-old daughter was not permitted to bring her pocketknife to school because Clark County School policy prohibits weapons on campus, Bundy pulled his children from school.

"Bundy disputes the claim that knives — sharp, pointy metal objects — are weapons, and explained to administrators that he has always taught his children it is essential to always carry one with them..."

And as long as kids have good role models around them, nothing bad will happen...

"30 SHOOTINGS IN 28 DAYS IN THE CITY OF FRESNO."

Photo: Milt Priggee's WA State Political Cartoons

"FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- There's been 30 shootings in 28 days in and around the city of Fresno. Police are concerned as two children were innocent victims in two of those incidents. There's also been an increase in homicides, as this year has already surpassed last year in numbers. Officers say what they can't track is the number of shootings they've been able to prevent.

"Since January there's been just over 30 murders. The most recent was near Florence and Weller in front of King Elementary in Southwest Fresno. One man was killed and a teenager was wounded. Police Chief Jerry Dyer says they generally attribute the increase to gang retaliation..."

If we teach our kids gun safety, everything will be peachy keen...



Won't it?

Photo: Bill Day



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The NRA is a progressive outfit and just when you thought you had their number when they misinterpreted the Second Amendment, they outsourced their message to our children to keep murders by gunshot alive.

Conservatives love the NRA, and with the all the money that the NRA throws at the GOP it's obvious that the NRA loves Conservatives too.

The whole issue might come to a standstill if somehow we regulate or eliminate campaign spending so that anti-American criminal syndicates like the Conservative "movement" and their corporate sponsors and think tanks can be eliminated from politics...

...or we can just criminalize Conservatism.




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"How many have to die before we will give up these dangerous toys?"


Stephen King, Guns.

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