Feb 232018

Here is the one hundred tenth article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre. He is so honored for his Republican conspiracy theories, invented to continue the Republican tradition of trading children’s lives for gun profits.

0223NAZI_Rifle_AssociationThe head of the biggest gun lobby in the US has accused Democrats of pushing a "socialist" agenda to deprive gun owners of their weapons, in an uncompromising speech just a week after 17 people died in the Florida school shooting.

Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association, made no attempt to moderate his message a day after survivors of the Parkland shooting faced down lawmakers in a CNN debate and the President at the White House. Instead, he told conservative activists that voters should be "frightened" of any future Democrat election victories, and accused Democrats of exploiting the deaths in an effort to destroy the Second Amendment.

"Socialism is a movement that loves a smear," he said.

Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of conservatives outside Washington, LaPierre warned Democrats would use the tragedy to push an agenda that went beyond gun control. "What they want is more restrictions on the law-abiding," LaPierre said. "They want to sweep right under the carpet the failure of school security."

Staring out into the audience, LaPierre told them "you should be anxious and you should be frightened" about the potential of another Democratic takeover of the House, Senate and White House.

"If they seize power … our American freedoms could be lost and our country will be changed forever," he said. "The first to go will be the Second Amendment."…

Inserted from <WRAL>
Graphic credit: zaxtor.net

Here’s video:

Bullshit Bag Alert!!

Is that projection or what?  No Democrats want the things he claims.  The common sense items I favor are closing the gun show loophole, requiring a better background check.  I also favor requiring certification of proficiency in gun handling and safety, and requiring special permits for assault weapons.  It’s having different classes of firearms licenses the way we have different classes of motor vehicle licenses.  Like virtually all other Democrats, the only people, whose guns I want to take away, are those people shouldn’t have guns for cause.  Nobody is talking about taking guns from law abiding citizens, except Republican conspiracy theorists.

I’ve written about LaPierre at least a dozen times over the years, and I’m shocked that I’ve never given him a parade before.  God knows he deserves it!


Feb 222018

Almost the entire nation wants common sense gun control to make America safer from mass shootings.  Most Republican voters want it.  Independent voters and politicians want it.  Democratic voters and politicians want it.  The only ones who don’t want it are the Republican base, that is, the extremist minority of Republican voters, virtually all Republican politicians, and gun manufacturers. 


An anguished father mourning his 18-year-old daughter vented his anger and pleaded for safer schools.

A fear-stricken student who watched classmates die last week wept openly as he called for banning assault weapons.

A mother who lost her 6-year-old son in a school shooting just over fiveyears ago warned that more parents would lose their children if President Trump did not act, adding, “Don’t let that happen on your watch.”

One by one at the White House on Wednesday afternoon, survivors of school shootings and family members of victims shared their stories and their calls to action. The extraordinary public exchange with the president gave voice to an intensely emotional debate over how to respond to the latest gun massacre in an American school.

A week after a gunman opened fire with an AR-15-style assault rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., killing 17 people and prompting a rash of student-driven lobbying for new gun restrictions, Mr. Trump met for more than an hour with grieving people in search of solutions. News cameras captured the unusual listening session, revealing an emotional give-and-take between a president and private citizens that is typically shielded from public view.

Mr. Trump used the event to pitch his own ideas about how to prevent such debacles in the future, polling the group about whether they supported allowing teachers and other school employees to carry concealed weapons, an idea he said could have halted the carnage in Parkland…

Inserted from <NY Times>

That was yesterday.  This morning, Trump was tweeting the NRA’s praises.

Rachel Maddow reported on this story and discussed it with Nicole Hockley of Sandy Hook Promise.

I disagree with Nicole, because she said that nobody favors gun violence and school violence.  That appears to be a platitude.  I think both the NRA and the Republican Reich do favor both gun violence and school violence.  Both organizations depend on fear as a means to further their respective  agendas.  What engenders fear better than a school shooting?  Ammosexuals and frightened parents are flocking to gun stores to buy more guns they don’t need for self-defense.  That’s more profit for gun manufacturers.  Before the blood dried in the school hallways, Republican fundraisers were flooding conservatives’ email, explaining how those libruls are after their guns. Republicans are raking in more money.  In Republican politics, more money equals more power.  That’s why I think the NRA and Republican Reich love to see gun violence and school violence.

I would love to be wrong.  Can you fault my logic?


Feb 222018

WWWendy brought my groceries last night.  She knew I was going to put a few extra dollars in her pay, but that’s now what she’s about.  The store was out of one of my items, boneless fried chicken wings.  A normal person would have called and asked, if I wanted to skip it, or have her get bone-in wings instead, but not Wendy.  During a Winter Storm Alert that has schools and many businesses shut down, Wendy drove several miles to a different store, just to get my wings.  All I can say is that God has made her wings invisible, because I can’t see them, but I know they’re there.  I finally had to turn on the heat.  I awoke to a record low.  Tonight, we should set a new record low, by a full 7° F.  I watched the women’s hockey gold medal game last night.  Woooo Hoooo!!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:05 (average 5:10).  To do it, click here.  Hoe did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (Parody Project Channel): THE COUNTRY’S HEART (The Parkland Eulogy) – Based on "Illegal" by Shakira


"It should be illegal to deceive a country’s heart." Amen! Silence the Republican bubble machine by sending the Republican Party the way of the Whigs. RESIST!!

From YouTube (Daily Kos Channel): Why is ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ less important than the Second Amendment?


The NRA and the Republican Reich want to keep us so paralyzed with fear that we want "good guys with guns" to protect us. That fear drives up both profit for gun manufacturers and power for the Republican Reich. RESIST!!

From NY Magazine: If there remains any doubt that Donald J. Trump is the undisputed master not only of the Republican Party but of the conservative movement that is supposed to be the GOP’s conscience, this week’s annual CPAC conference — the preeminent right-wing political gathering of this and every year —should remove it. As Dave Weigel reports, the event is shaping up as a long celebration of the 45th president and of MAGA in all its dimensions.

Both President Trump and Vice President Pence will deliver speeches at the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference, on Friday morning and Thursday morning respectively. A half-dozen members of the administration will give remarks or sit for interviews.

Trump critics will be nowhere in sight. And he and his entourage will not have to share the limelight with mere congressional leaders, either; Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan won’t be there. Indeed, aside from conservative warhorse Senator Ted Cruz (who has conspicuously reconciled with Trump since the unpleasantness in 2016), perhaps the most prominent speaker from the Hill is Representative Devin Nunes, that great Trumpian warrior against Robert Mueller and the FBI, who will give the conference’s closing address.

CPAC has even found space on its agenda for representatives of what its organizers seem to consider international Trumpism:

[There’s] a prominent Thursday morning speaking slot — less than an hour after Pence — for Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, the youngest member of France’s far-right political dynasty.

Former leader of UKIP and Trump adviser Nigel Farage will also be in the house.

I would have never believed that CPUKE could be any more vile than it has been, but I sure it will be. RESIST!!



Feb 192018

The Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a Republican Ammosexual domestic terrorist, who has been photographed in his MAGA hat, massacred seventeen of their classmates, are planning a major protest.  I fully support their efforts.  They are trying to be bipartisan.  That is, they don’t want to side with one party or the other.  That’s somewhat naive, but they will discover for themselves how partisan the issue is.


Among growing calls for gun control legislation, students who survived the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School continue to deliver some of the most powerful statements in the wake of the tragedy, and on Sunday a group of them declared that “now is the time for us to stand up” and announced plans for a march in Washington, D.C.

The students, Jaclyn Corin, Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, Cameron Kasky, and Alex Wind, made the statements to NBC’s “Meet the Press”  and CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Gonzalez, who on Saturday gave a moving speech that went viral, told NBC, “This is our opportunity to talk to President Trump, Gov. Rick Scott, and state [sic] Senator Marco Rubio to make sure that they know we are talking directly to them and all other members of the United States government that are being funded by the NRA to tell them now is the time to get on the right side of this.”

According to Kasky, “the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas was not because of Stoneman Douglas. It was because people like Nik–Nikolas Cruz were able to buy these weapons.” Speaking to “Meet the Press,” he vowed, “we’re not going to let the 17 bullets we just took take us down. If anything, we’re going to keep running, and we’re going to lead the rest of the nation behind us.”…

Inserted from <Common Dreams>

Here’s the video with students Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky, David Hogg, Alex Wind and Jaclyn Corin:

When Democrats controlled the White House and both Houses of Congress, Democrats did pass gun control legislation in the House. Republicans were unanimous in opposition. In the Senate, Republicans defeated the measure with a filibuster.

Those kids may be willing to work with anyone on common sense Gun Control, but so are Democrats.  The best either will get from Republicans is platitudes, but when anyone gets serious, Republican rhetoric will turn to Second Amendment Solutions, as always.

The students will learn that it’s only the Democrats that will work with them.


Feb 172018

I got up a little early, so I decided to publish today, but I am in a hurry, as WWWendy will be here shortly.  She lest and I’m a scrubbed Puddy Tat!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:44 (average 5:27).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (CSPAN Channel): Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein: “The indictment charges 13 Russian nationals…”

Not definitive, but it I expect it to become so. RESIST!!

From YouTube (NY Times Channel): Survivors of the Florida School Shooting Speak Out

Put petty partisanship aside? One party favors gun control. The other, the Republican Party, favors allowing the NRA to keep killing children. RESIST!!

From YouTube (MSNBC Channel): Lawrence: Donald Trump’s Fears About What Vladimir Putin Knows

The only other explanation is that Putin is blackmailing Trump over financial activities. My estimate is that Trump is Putin’s Pee Pervert, and Putin is threatening to release the pee-pee tapes.  RESIST!!



Completely by accident, because it stopped!


Blood Money Bought 17 Lives

 Posted by at 1:13 pm  Politics
Feb 152018

Already Republicans are tweeting their prayers and condolences, but anytime someone mentions negotiating common sense gun control, they purse their liver lips and say that this just isn’t the time for that.  Bullshit!  If not now, when?  If pressed, Republicans continue that they would really love to help, if only the Second Amendment didn’t prevent them.  Well, if I have an absolute right to bear arms, perhaps, I’ll go to Joe’s Nuke Shop, pick up a small thermonuclear device, and head for the White House… just to visit of course.  Now all but the most rabid Republican Ammosexuals would agree that I don’t have a tight to bear nukes.  Since I don’t have an absolute right to bear those particular arms, the issue becomes where we draw the line.  For Republicans, the line is drawn with blood money.


In the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) called it a "terrible day you pray never comes," and the backlash on Twitter was quick.

The New York Daily News reports that over the course of his career as an elected official, Rubio has received $3,303,355 from the NRA, plus an "A+" grade, and during the 2015-16 campaign cycle, he accepted $90,205 in contributions from gun rights groups. Several people tweeted "$3,303,355" to Rubio, adding comments like, "You chose money over dead kids" and "While you’re praying, also pray for a spine to stand up to the NRA that has bought you off so effectively with their blood-money."

Others called him out for voting against limiting firearm magazine capacities and keeping people on the terrorist watch list from purchasing guns, and said he should draft legislation that bans AR-15s, the weapon used by the alleged shooter on Wednesday… [emphasis added]

Inserted from <This Week Magazine>

Lawrence O’Donnell interviewed an anguished father, whose daughter survived the shooting without physical injury.

Now Rubio is just one politician when scores have red hands from handling blood-soaked NRA Money.  According to common wisdom, Republicans and Democrats are equally guilty, but are they?  Where does NRA money actually go?

Total Independent Expenditures: $1,516,091

     For Democrats: $0

     Against Democrats: $336,882

     For Republicans: $1,275,066

     Against Republicans: $44,591

Total Electioneering Communications: $0

This data came from Open Secrets for 2018.

That makes it clear that the problem is Republican.  They may talk a good game on occasion, but as long as they have the power to prevent gun reform, they will.  Republicans would rather see families lose children than gun manufacturers lose profits.