Archive for 2009

"So Annie Oakley was more of a woman then say, Golda Meir?"


annie oakley

I've been getting tweet after crazed tweet from gun zealots who are insisting that I shouldn't live in Chicago (which I don't) because their gun ban just plain old failed, and since I'm not a gun owner, I'd have no way to defend my defenseless little self.

Handguns are great! Handguns are essential! Handguns are what keep us safe, they keep tweeting me! How dare I suggest otherwise!

Actually I didn't. I referred only to military-style weapons and large capacity magazines, but who's counting?

But since they insist...

In 2009 prior to the handgun ban being lifted, per the Chicago police department:

chicago gun murders 2009

chicago murders by shooting 2009

Them's the stats, folks.

In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Chicago’s 28-year-old handgun ban. After the ban was lifted, in 2012 alone there were 516 gun-related deaths, per The Washington Times:

Chicago ended 2012 with a bang — an astonishing 516 gun-related deaths in one year.

In the first week of 2013, Chicago had already outpaced 2012’s gun deaths with 12 homicides.

I'd like to share what one of our Commenters wrote (in part) in response to one of my posts and a few of my own tongue-in-cheek comments that he seemed to take literally:

You are obviously not a reasonable adult, merely a child with the appearance of grown woman. You have probably never held a weapon let alone had to use one to defend yourself.

Real women hold guns. Got it.

One of my Twitter followers, @4dogsplus1, responded with:

So Annie Oakley was more of a woman then say, Golda Meir?

@SandiBehrns tweeted:

Bright side: Always fun when "real women" can be defined in terms just as assholishly macho as "real men"!

And finally, @MegTee tweeted:

I have held & fired a gun. I'm "grown up" & still for gun control. Their reasoning is non existent.

H/t: @KingDavidLane for all the links and stats.


L.A. Times: Both Pres. Obama AND Chief Justice Roberts "mangled the wording" of presidential oath in 2009. Not quite.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. re-administers the oath of office to President Obama in the Map Room. (By Pete Souza -- White House)

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. re-administers the oath of office to President Obama in the Map Room. (By Pete Souza -- White House)

Here's what I read in my morning L.A. Times today:

Roberts and Obama proceeded carefully through the oath, the third time the duo have gone through it. At Obama's first inaugural in 2009, they mangled the wording, prompting White House lawyers to summon the chief justice to the White House for a do-over.

"They"? "They mangled the wording"?  Really, L.A. Times?

Not so much.

First Read, January 20, 2009:

But Chief Justice John Roberts, using no notes, flubbed his lines, and Obama knew it.

WaPo, January 22, 2009:

After flubbing his one role on Inauguration Day -- administering the oath of office to Obama -- Roberts traveled to the White House to re-administer the oath.

L.A. Times: Your "librul media" at work.

bias liberal media my ass smaller


VIDEO: Etch A Sketch Romney wanted President Obama to fail before he wanted him to succeed.


It's getting pretty comical. The only bounce Willard Romney gets is from lie to lie.

March 2009 on Larry King Live:

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"I want liberal policies to fail. I want him to fail in trying to put in place a health care plan that takes away the private sector from health care. I want him to fail in this cap and trade program as long as China and Brazil and Indonesia are not going to play in it. But I want him to succeed as a president, meaning, I want him to succeed in strengthening our economy, keeping us free, bringing our troops home in success from Iraq and Afghanistan. But I don't want his liberal policies to succeed."

August 2012:

"I wish President Obama had succeeded, because I want America to succeed."

No you didn't.

H/t: Taegan


VIDEO: Rick Santorum has been making incorrect statements about Dutch euthanasia since 2009



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Via who else? The wonderful

Rick Santorum has been making factually inaccurate statements about assisted euthanasia in the Netherlands since 2009. The statements by Santorum appear to be made using exaggerated or outdated and other allegations he makes about the practice are not backed by any evidence at all.


2008, 2009 VIDEO: The Crooner in Chief strikes again! And again!


Big thanks to TPM for finding these YouTubes of the Crooner in Chief vocalizing, right in public and everything:


Sen. Barack Obama warms up a Detroit Labor Day crowd - before declining to give a political speech because of Hurricane Gustav - by thanking his union friends and singing a little Aretha Franklin. Sept. 1, 2008


on Apr 23, 2009:

You sorta knew that Barack Obama had a level of confidence that was special. As US Senator, at a democratic rally in East Orange, NJ. He recognized Dionne Warwick and sang one of her songs. She was delighted as well as those in attendance. Senator Obama also gave a tip to the young men.

Paddy posted President Obama's Al Green impression here. Not bad!

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2009 VIDEO: Newt Gingrich praises President Obama on the stimulus & healthcare


Oh Newtie, Newtie, whatever will the GOP do to with you?

Via my pal

Newt Gingrich in February 2009 praises President Obama on the stimulus and it's impacts on healthcare in America. Follow me on Twitter at for more great political videos.


Flashback to 2009, Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS): "We hunt Democrats..."


Reader Curliequeue reminded me about one of Paddy's 2009  pieces. I'll re-post it, since it is so sadly appropriate now:

What a gem of a guy.

“We hunt liberal, tree-hugging Democrats, although it does seem like a waste of good ammunition.”

– Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS), in an interview with Politico, on his participation in the Congressional Sportsmen Caucus.

Just now on Hardball, Chris Matthews and Judson Phillips were discussing the Gabby Giffords shooting, and Phillips insisted that no Republican ever said they'd shoot someone. Chris came back with Sharron Angle's Second Amendment remedies quote.

I guess this one slipped his mind.