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12/19/2012

As Fast as I Can Pull My Finger

Filed under: Politics — site admin @ 8:18 am

The mantra continues,
Guns don’t kill people. People kill people. (Usually with guns)
Let’s parse the definition of what an assault weapon is. It might depend on what your definition of is, is. The specific gun used by this gunman was a Bushmaster .223 AR-15. Let me clarify this for the super parser NRA whores in Congress. AR stands for assault rifle. It didn’t meet Connecticut’ definition of an assault weapon, but the manufacturer clearer defines it as an assault rifle.

A surrogate for the NRA is out there on Faux News saying that if there had been an M-4 locked in a safe in the principal’s office they could have used it to take out the gunman in Sandy Hook. Really? The answer to what some consider too many guns is more guns?

My family hunts and owns firearms for protection. I have worked at a gun range and got to shoot many guns that I could never own. No one is saying that we want all guns rounded up and melted down into paperclips. We are saying – I am saying – do we need magazines that can hold 25 rounds of ammunition? Not for hunting and likely not for home protection – unless you are trying to “protect” your home from the “police state”. Do we need guns that will take a bayonet or grenade launcher? Probably not.

My older cousin, who is in the Army had, and probably still does, a number of guns that he took us younger cousins out to shoot when I was about 14. I don’t remember all of the guns he had, a couple of .22 rifles and one that looked a lot like the one used on December 14. I remember that he didn’t let us shoot too many rounds from that gun as they were more expensive. I also remember that the gun had almost no kick – he held it up with one hand and steadied it on his chin to fire several rounds at the target.

How about it being time to clean up the federal gun laws? Yes, we must have a well armed militia in case England tries to invade us again. I think today we might want to agree that the word militia is defined as the military. The Bill of Rights was written well over 200 years ago when we didn’t pay soldiers to fight for us, we all fought side by side with muskets that had to be reloaded after each shot. Guns come with serial numbers. What would be wrong with a nominal, or no, fee to register that firearm? We do it with cars. License gun owners to purchase and own guns. Make them renew the license every five to ten years. Licensees would have to have an eye exam and a cursory review of mental health along with a criminal background check and show proficiency with a firearm. I drive a 13 ton vehicle and have to get a physical every two years to protect the public. How is carrying a gun any different? A licensing and registration scheme could close the “gun show loophole” that allows sales to anyone who walks through the door. Putting a magnetic stripe on the back of a photographic ID that a seller swipes like a credit card for approval of a sale would be easy. Yes, there will still be stolen and unregistered guns on the streets and in the hands of unlicensed owners – it’s that way with cars too. Just because there will be some people who steal cars or drive without a license doesn’t mean we throw up our hands and say we can’t register any vehicle or license any driver do we? Let’s stop trying to make that argument about guns and get serious.

Of course, we could just start referring to you as the “Not Responsible Association”.

8/23/2012

Romney Missing out on Obama’s Biggest Weakness

Filed under: Politics — site admin @ 8:31 pm

If you read or watch this story on Yahoo you would think that Obama has failed at creating jobs. Let’s repeat, 33 votes to repeal “Obamacare” by the Repugnican House, 0 votes on jobs bills. If they want to hammer him on jobs, they’re gonna hit their own thumbs.

8/22/2012

I Want My Country Back

Filed under: Politics — site admin @ 8:24 pm

Facebook allows people to express themselves without having to have a whole lot of tech savvy. I guess it’s the wave of the future or something, click like on this share that and all your friends can see what you’re made of. A shared photo from the Tea Party states “Not a Democrat Not a Republican I’m an American and I want my country back”

So I have to ask: Do you mean the America that us White Anglo Saxons stole from the “indians” while forcing them to believe in our religions and killing them with our guns and foreign germs and built on the backs of enslaved Africans? Is that the America you refer to?

The Tea Party has confused ordinary citizens into believing it includes them. Someone I used to work with complained about the tax rate they paid as self employed individuals. On self-employment the social security administration will collect ~15.3% of profits. An employed individual pays the same 7.65% from their pay and 7.65% of their pay that their employer pays on their behalf. In the lowest tax bracket, you can expect to pay 15% on your income after deductions. So to a self employed person that is arguably a 30% tax bracket. Add a state income tax and it’s higher. The people crying the loudest about the tax code pay 13% and want it lower. Any idea where the rest is going to come from? Those tea leaves in the bottom of your cup.

So which America do you want? The one where you can’t get health insurance coverage, period, or the one where the insurance companies have to insure your preexisting condition because of “socialist Obamacare”? I know. You want the America where your tax dollars didn’t go to Michigan to save the auto manufacturers, where our manufacturing should be shuttered and vacant homes should be strewn across the country. The government shouldn’t regulate anything unless it’s abortion or lines up with your religion.

Tea Time.

7/24/2012

Why You Should Check Your Email Address Book

Filed under: Politics — site admin @ 7:45 pm

Here we go again… I will add my comments at the end if you make it through 😉 – Oh, and I would soooo hate myself if some spambot scraped these email addresses…..

From: Donna Weiler ;
To: Bob and Betty Combs ; Billy Mitchell ; Cameron Mitchell ; Chad Mitchell ; Cindy Eigner ; Di and Charlie Chenoweth ; julie weiler ; mitchellskyking@att.net ; Pat Barber ; sullivandv@charter.net ;
Subject: FW: Why Romney is not likeable………
Sent: Tue, Jul 24, 2012 2:03:54 PM

Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2012 06:25:34 -0700
From: dhages@sbcglobal.net
Subject: Fwd: Fw: Why Romney is not likeable………
To: amreder@hotmail.com

— On Mon, 7/23/12, Mike Tokai wrote:

From: Mike Tokai
Subject: Fwd: Fw: Why Romney is not likeable………
To: “Mike Tokai”
Date: Monday, July 23, 2012, 7:28 PM

Subject: Why Romney is not likeable………

Very interesting facts………

One of the BEST things I’ve seen to date!!! Now, THIS is what we need to be circulating!
Why Mitt Romney is Unlikable!
A lot is being said in the media about Mitt Romney not being “likable” or that he doesn’t “relate well” to people. Frankly, we struggled to understand why. So after much research, we have come up with a Top Ten List to explain this “unlikablility.”
Top Ten Reasons To Dislike Mitt Romney:
1. Drop-dead, collar-ad handsome with gracious, statesmanlike aura. Looks like every central casting’s #1 choice for Commander-in-Chief.
2. Been married to ONE woman his entire life, and has been faithful to her, including through her bouts with breast cancer and MS.
3. No scandals or skeletons in his closet. (How boring is that?)

4. Can’t speak in a fake, southern, “black preacher voice” when necessary.
5. Highly intelligent. Graduated cum laude from both Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School …and by the way, his academic records are NOT sealed.
6. Doesn’t smoke or drink alcohol, and has never done drugs, not even in the counter-culture age when he went to college. Too square for today’s America ?
7. Represents an America of “yesterday”, where people believed in God, went to Church, didn’t screw around, worked hard, and became a SUCCESS!

8. Has a family of five great sons….and none of them have police records or are in drug rehab. But of course, they were raised by a stay-at-home mom, and that “choice” deserves America ‘s scorn.
9. Oh yes…..he’s a MORMON. We need to be very afraid of that very strange religion that teaches its members to be clean-living, patriotic, fiscally conservative, charitable, self-reliant, and honest.
10. And one more point…..pundits say because of his wealth, he can’t relate to ordinary Americans. I guess that’s because he made that money HIMSELF…..as opposed to marrying it or inheriting it from Dad. Apparently, he didn’t understand that actually working at a job and earning your own money made you unrelatable to Americans.
My goodness, it’s a strange world, isn’t it?

In reply,

  1. Do looks matter in politics? There are some butt ass ugly muffuggers in politics
  2. Um, how many wives has Obama had? How many did Clinton have? Reagan? Oh. Enough said.
  3. Except for the time when he “didn’t run Bain” but really did, or at least signed his name to the SEC forms saying he did. And the fact that Bain outsourced jobs and invested in an aborted fetus disposal company. And the Affordable Care Act – AKA ObamaCare – was modeled after RomneyCare
  4. Racist much?
  5. So?
  6. So?
  7. The America of yesterday? Even Jesus had prostitutes following him and my grandfather tells stories of “key parties” from when he was in his 20s. It’s the same America, really.
  8. The scorn as aimed at Anne pretending she has worked so hard all her life… so much harder than the single moms who held down two jobs and raised three pretty god damned decent kids like, um, my mom. Anne is a pretentious bitch who deserves the scorn she got by equating herself with moms who couldn’t afford to stay home.
  9. So some guy ditches school, trespasses in an apple orchard, eats the possibly fermented fruit, begins to write about angels and gold tablets and we’re supposed to just take that at face value? The church also condoned (and you can’t convince me they didn’t) the Mountain Meadows Massacre as well as the likes of Warren Jeffs
  10. Really, what is not relateable is how one guy crushed ordinary hard working Americans under his heel while he amassed fortunes for himself that he now hides outside the country. It’s not relateable how he could make fortunes while sending his former employees to the unemployment line (and calling what the newly unemployed are trying to do to scrape by welfare and lining up with the party that wants to eliminate any payments to those same poor schmucks they just fired). What’s not relateable is this idea it’s better for 1% of the country to feel all right while everyone else is just trying to hang on.

So, if you want a president who looks like he was carved out of cream cheese, is the 21st century version of a pillaging viking, follows a religion written from gold tablets that condoned murder and child brides – excuse me – still condones multiple child brides (Jeffs isn’t the only one still following this), whose wife doesn’t understand that just because most mothers are working mothers doesn’t put her on the same playing field as the mother who works 40 or more hours per week earning a paycheck and just as many or more on her children and family, and invested in an abortion disposal company, and hides his money by not even being as honest as his own father when it comes to financial disclosure, then vote for Romney. He might even kiss you before he gives you the “loving” of your lifetime.

6/18/2012

Obama’s Executive Order

Filed under: Politics — site admin @ 6:45 am

I got stuck watching Fox News yesterday morning and saw Karl Rove telling everyone how Obama has completely over reached as president when it comes to this executive order allowing certain people to stay in the US when they were brought here by their parents as children. Rove was saying they looked at this issue during the Bush administration and didn’t find that they had legal standing to issue such an order. Really? Not only do I not believe they looked at the issue, but they found justification for torture. And they found that torture was “legal”. They justified the invasion of Iraq, first because Saddam was behind 9/11, then because he had WMD, then to bring peace to the region or some such. They did the things they believed in, torture and war, and not the peaceful “occupation” by children immigrants.

5/30/2012

John Edwards Verdict

Filed under: Politics — site admin @ 8:10 pm

I remember when the tabloid story first broke about John Edwards, his mistress, his secret love child. Edwards denied it up and down. It’s what cheating men do. They deny, they lie. Sometimes they eventually have to confess in public. Larry Craig had a wide stance, Anthony Weiner never sent a photo of him in his wife beater. Personally, I don’t care what men or women do on their own time. I do care when they turn out to be liars when they’ve asked us for our trust. I never cared much for Edwards as a speaker. I couldn’t figure out how he was such a successful attorney, his long drawled out “and” never swept me up, never convinced me.

Here’s where we are. We’re waiting for a jury to decide if millions of dollars that were funneled to his mistress and their love child were actually campaign contributions or hush money that had nothing to do with the campaign. I don’t know the answer, but if it was campaign contributions, Edwards needs to head to the big house. I don’t care what your party affiliation is, illegal is illegal. If it was merely hush money, gifts (that should have the proper tax returns to back up) then let’s hope that Elizabeth beat him in private. For then, it’s a private matter that is none of our business.

5/9/2012

Time to Support Education

Filed under: Politics — site admin @ 7:24 pm

While the Repugnicans want to strip out preventative care funds from the Affordable Care Act to hold the cost of student loans in place (one might guess to nefariously point out that the preventative care funds were a failure) the greediest industry in the world – the industry with the largest after tax profits in the last few years, record profits, the highest profits ever – is standing up behind teachers and science and math. Check out Exxon Mobile’s community initiative. www.exxonmobil.com/letssolvethis

4/22/2012

Wait, Here’s a Good Email!

Filed under: Politics — site admin @ 1:20 pm

I just opened this email that’s been forwarded a few times:

——– Begin forwarded message ——–
Subject: Fw: F Best bar joke in a while. . .
Date: 4/22/12 3:17:12 PM
From: “Pat Barber”
To: pabar26@charter.net

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Jim Kavanagh
To: cathy collins
Sent: Friday, April 20, 2012 6:08 AM
Subject: FW: F Best bar joke in a while. . .

Best bar joke in a while. . .

A black guy,

An illegal alien,

A Muslim, and

A Communist

Walk into a bar.

The bartender asks,

“What can I get you

Mr. President?”

This is sooo witty!
Hey, I have another one for you, a racist forwards an email to an invalid address and the recipient posts your friends’ email addresses online to get scraped by spambots… and if the material gets too out of line “accidentally” gets forwarded to the Secret Service – tee hee!

4/17/2012

Is This Where We Are?

Filed under: Bumper Sticker,Politics,Seen on a — site admin @ 7:00 pm

I have to ask if this is where we are. The day after election day in 2008, I was shocked at the vile attitudes from people who appear normal. He was called a communist, a nazi, a muslim – everything “except a white man” as the saying goes. In private it was surely worse.

Today I received an email, surely by accident as I have a catch-all email account.

My daughter walked into the living room and said “Dad, cancel my allowance immediately, forget the College tuition, rent my room out, throw all my clothes out of the window; take my TV, iPhone, iPod, and my laptop. Please take any of my jewelry to the Salvation Army or Cash Converters. Then sell my car, take my front door key away from me and throw me out of the house.

Then disown me and never talk to me again.

And don’t forget to write me out of your will and leave my share to any one that wants it.”

Well, she didn’t put it quite like that.. she actually said…

“Dad, meet my new boyfriend – Mohammed. We’re going to work together on
President Obama’s re-election campaign.”

Hmm… racist and anti-muslim in one. Way to go white supremisist!

Next I saw a truck with a number of bumper stickers with Obama’s campaign logo. It was a crew cab dual rear wheel, turbo ram with a camper topper. When I looked closer I could read the sticker. Beside a photo of Obama was the caption

Does this ass make my truck look big?

Clever, but no. It’s your big truck with that bumper sticker that makes you look like a big ass.

Are we not past this hatred and racism?

4/6/2012

The Ryan Wealth System

Filed under: Politics — site admin @ 8:03 pm

Paul Ryan, the Eddie Munster of Congress, gets his budget plan chewed on by Ezra Klein over on the Washington Post web site.

Barack Obama called this budget proposal a “Trojan Horse“, but it’s more like Barbarians at the Gate. The plan would be more of the same from the greedy Adams Family running the House, take from the poor and elderly to give tax breaks to the wealthy. Is this really how we want to run our country? Is this how we want to treat the “least of these“?

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