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Cliff Notes: "Gun insanity, my friends, this is where Florida really and truly excels."

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My dear friend and mentor, Cliff Schecter, has a new post up; Cliff has given me permission to share his work with you, so I’ll give you the latest edition of what I call Cliff Notes.

He skewers better than a chef at Smokey Joe’s BBQ. He has comedic insights that rival those of our mutual friend, the hilarious Lizz Winstead. He’s sharper than the point on Sarah Palin’s pin head.

Here are a few excerpts from his latest, with permission. Please read the whole thing, because he has way more than I’ve included here. It's about Florida and its Zombie Apocalypse gun insanity bill. 'Nuff said.

Here are bits and pieces that don't do it justice. Please, link over for the entire post:

Florida is what you might call a special place. There’s a reason why when you type “Why is Florida…” into the Google Machine, among the first options that pop up are “crazy” and “so crazy.”[...]

But gun insanity, my friends, this is where Florida really and truly excels. Whether it’s their pioneering effort in passing racist Stand Your Ground laws (Thanks to former Gov. Jeb Bush—The Smart One!—and pint-sized troll-cum-gun lobbyist Marion Hammer) or applying them to non-whites possessing the audacity to get their groove on while gassing or munching too loud on rainbow candy treats.

Their can-do spirit comes in the form of the disgruntled marching into a school-board meeting in Panama City and firing on the assembled members in an attempt to get his wife’s job back. Shooting a man for texting his babysitter from a movie theater. And returning a Glock pistol and assault rifle to a gentleman named Wayne Rogers, after he shot his “drinking buddy.” And killed him. Did I mention Rogers is blind?

For these reasons and many other infamous ones, you could call Florida the Grand Ole Opry of gun nuttery. [...]

Presently, the gun monster’s reared its ugly head in the form of an NRA-backed bill in the statehouse—HB 209—that seeks to allow anyone lacking a concealed carry permit to go ahead and ignore that whole permit thing during “riots” and other emergencies.... And just what constitutes an emergency that would put this law into effect? Nobody knows, least of all the sponsor of the bill , State Rep. Heather Fitzhagen (R-Fort Myers). [...]

The result is that those with actual experience dealing with criminals, such as Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, respond like this: “To allow people to go into a riot while concealing a gun without a permit is the definition of insanity… The bill is crazy. It’s absurd.”[...]

[A]s we understood for most of our history in this country and Texas’ governor explained in 1893, the “mission of the concealed deadly weapon is murder. To check it is the duty of every self-respecting, law-abiding man.”

Please read the entire post at The Daily Beast, here.

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AUDIO: Paddy was my Lou Grant, income inequality was her *Newman

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I don't know what I'd do without Nicole Sandler, my dear friend as well as my radio host. I am on with her every Tuesday, and today she allowed Cliff Schecter and me to tell the world about our Paddy, and to bring a new awareness of the miserable conditions in which she lived.

Her death might have been prevented, and it's important to emphasize that income inequality aided and abetted in her untimely death. In case you missed it, the world's 85 richest have same wealth as 3.5 billion poorest.

Here is video of today's show in which we went into that in greater detail, along with a loving tribute to the best partner and friend a girl could have:

Below is audio of Paddy's July 2013 appearance on Nicole's show. Please remember Paddy always, and if you can, please click here to help her family with funeral arrangements:

Paddy:

"I am the Lou Grant to Laffy's Mary Tyler Moore."

To quote Mary, "Ohhhhhh, Paddy."

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*Newman:

Newman was created as a counterpoint to the Jerry [Seinfeld] character, though the reason for their animosity is never revealed. Seinfeld once described Newman as Lex Luthor to his Superman.[2] Knight has described him as "pure evil"[3] ...

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Cliff Notes: Bipartisan-ship of fools in DC, where "being right-wing, malevolent, & wrong is an actual career advancement plan"

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My dear friend and mentor, Cliff Schecter, has a new post up; Cliff has given me permission to share his work with you, so I’ll give you the latest edition of what I call Cliff Notes.

He skewers better than a chef at Smokey Joe’s BBQ. He has comedic insights that rival those of our mutual friend, the hilarious Lizz Winstead. He’s sharper than the point on Sarah Palin’s pin head.

Here are a few excerpts from his latest, with permission. Please read the whole thing, because he has way more than I’ve included here. He explains why DC bipartisanship, as opposed to real outside the Beltway bipartisanship, should be taken to task for it's warped values and how it repeatedly fails us and promotes evil and stupid people, while ignoring important things.

It's a must-read. Here are bits and pieces that don't do it justice. Please, link over for the entire post:

Bipartisan is just so darn cool. It's hip! It's now! It's Rand Paul's talking filibuster [...]  Or, and I'm just thinking aloud here, perhaps when that word is uttered in Washington there is only once choice to be made: Run. 

Because you see, there is actually bipartisanship that makes sense. It is all over the US. It will tell you that over 90 percent of the American public thinks there should be a 3-minute background checks before you purchase a combat weapon that can dismember kindergarten-aged kids, that the minimum wage should surpass that of Heilongjiang Province and that marriage equality is a concept long overdue

But that is not the bipartisanship that exists in Washington... It's the variety that just gave us the 10-year anniversary of the tragedy in Iraq and rewarded Condoleezza Rice of the "smoking gun", "mushroom cloud" and "what does 'Bin Laden determined to attack in US' mean" with a new role as a political analyst on CBS - as if she can figure out day in and day out how to tie her shoes. 

That's bipartisanship DC style. It ignored Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Trayvon Martin and finally got around to thinking we have a gun problem after grotesque inaction reached its logical conclusion, with 20 six and seven year olds mowed down like cattle in their classroom. [...]

Spawn of the dead, Liz Cheney, is close buds with key DC media gatekeepers - so by all means let's have her on the Sunday shows even though she's a cretinous dolt whose father is so evil - he's literally burned through something like four hearts by now.  

A recent Sunday morning talk-show lineup resembled a chain gang, with Ralph Reed, onetime Jack Abramoff water boy, Tony Perkins... alongside the Ku Klux Klan and the NRA's Wayne LaPierre... Because being right-wing, malevolent and wrong is an actual career advancement plan in Washington!

Cliff Schecter is an author, pundit and public relations strategist whose firm Libertas, LLC handles media relations for political, corporate and non-profit clients. 

Follow him on Twitter: @CliffSchecter

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Cliff Notes: GOP has "pre-pubescent angst fueling vitriolic rage... Not a legislative or legal strategy. But it sure feels good."

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My dear friend and mentor, Cliff Schecter, has a new post up; Cliff has given me permission to share his work with you, so I’ll give you the latest edition of what I call Cliff Notes.

He skewers better than a chef at Smokey Joe’s BBQ. He has comedic insights that rival those of our mutual friend, the hilarious Lizz Winstead. He’s sharper than the point on Sarah Palin’s pin head.

Here are a few excerpts from his latest, with permission. Please read the whole thing, because he has way more than I’ve included here:

Praise be to Judge Antonin Scalia, for he sees what the rest of us do not. The man for whom nasty, brutish and short is not simply a political formulation, but a mirror image, can look at hundreds of years of slavery, 100 more of legalised segregation and another 50 of daily discrimination and see "racial entitlement" in the basic right to vote in America. I guess it's kind of like the right-wing-clown entitlement enjoyed by our current Supreme Court. [...]

Policy-wise, the GOP is an entity that literally lacks any new ideas, has no interest in governing, and has rejected all of its own policy positions [...]

You believe in global warming? Then they don't, dang it! You accept that human beings didn't ride saddleback on a brachiosaurus into the Battle of Little Bighorn? They have an App for that, the Creation Museum, where you can ride Noah's Ark with your friendly Triassic-period imperial walker. You offer them way-too-friendly a deal on the budget? Then as Cartman from South Park says, "screw you guys... I'm going home". 

The most potent example is the rise and fall of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as conservative heartthrob. [...]

Meanwhile, Antonin Scalia seems to size up any crowd he's in and think to himself, what would a Morlock do? And then does it. [...]

The key to McCain, as I argued in my 2008 book The Real McCain (to the horror, the horror! of mainstream media back then... who these days have pretty much come to agree with this analysis) is that he legislates via anger. [...]

Whether calling his wife some really bad names, bum rushing fellow members of Congress or condescendingly and heartlessly lecturing a mother whose son was killed in the Aurora-Movie-Theatre massacre that he has "straight talk" for her, one thing you can count on is that McCain will bring the bitter with a healthy-helping of McNasty (his high school nickname). This is what allows him to survive his occasional maverick-ness on issues like immigration. Well, that and the fact he switches his positions every six years just in time for re-election. 

Pre-pubescent angst fueling vitriolic rage. Sure, it's not a legislative or legal strategy. But it sure feels good.

Cliff Schecter is an author, pundit and public relations strategist whose firm Libertas, LLC handles media relations for political, corporate and non-profit clients. 

Follow him on Twitter: @CliffSchecter

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Cliff Notes-- IOKIYAR: Republicans preach morality but do the opposite

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Recently I posted about hypocrite extraordinaire Pete Domenici, the former GOP senator who admitted to a secret affair and fathering a child outside marriage.

Which brings me to my dear friend and mentor, Cliff Schecter, who has a new post up; Cliff has given me permission to share his work with you, so I’ll give you the latest edition of what I call Cliff Notes.

He skewers better than a chef at Smokey Joe’s BBQ. He has comedic insights that rival those of our mutual friend, the hilarious Lizz Winstead. He’s sharper than the point on Sarah Palin’s pin head.

Here are a few excerpts from his latest, with permission. Please read the whole thing, because he has way more than I’ve included here:

Domenici is certainly not the first politician to suffer from "Strom Thurmond's Disease". ... Just another sad story of conservative hypocrisy, and in Thurmond's case, one of many dalliances with women not his wife for the "family values"-spouting, Lost Cause romantic.

This is not to say this kind of thing doesn't happen on the Democratic/liberal side... Yet, the difference is that like most Republicans, Domenici was abundantly concerned what was going on in our private lives if we were gay, a woman, or a President being impeached in the 1990s over an affair.  [...]

For kicks, here was his statement at the time, dripping with enough irony to quench even Marco Rubio's thirst. [...]

Truthfulness is the first pillar of good character in the Character Counts program of which I have been part of establishing in New Mexico... Guess which one of these pillars comes first? Trustworthiness. Trustworthiness... So what do I say to the children in my state when they ask, "Didn't the President lie? Doesn't that mean he isn't trustworthy? Then, Senator, why didn't the Senate punish him?"

Ooh, I have an answer! How about you tell the children of your state that if character counts, your life adds up to a goose egg? [...]

Frankly, the most important part of this affair is that it's another reminder of why the troupe of old men playing pajama dress up, known as the "Tea Party", are so perpetually angry. This is the way the world is supposed to exist... Old white guys thumping Bibles on weekends ... and doing the very things they warned us to avoid.

No longer do they get to just live in this world of white, male privilege, and it's a serious bummer. It's why you see Ted Nugent doing performance art for dementia, and more famous white guys from David Mamet to Rick Warren striking out with articles or tweets that make no sense in the real world. And let's not even get started on Pope Benedict.

These guys have to actually answer today for the ultimate form of elitism: their white male privilege of being able to tell us all how to behave while blithely ignoring the very same dictates. ... [W]e have the numbers at polling booths, and it's driving them bonkers.

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opposite worldCliff Schecter is an author, pundit and public relations strategist whose firm Libertas, LLC handles media relations for political, corporate and non-profit clients. 

Follow him on Twitter: @CliffSchecter

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If you like Lewis Black, Thom Hartmann, Mike Papantonio, and Las Vegas, but aren't thrilled with "tort reform", read this

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The Mass Torts Made Perfect Conference coming up. What the heck is that? you may be asking. Well you would be right to ask. Mike Papantonio, the superb progressive host of Ring of Fire and guest host for Ed Schultz's radio show, is holding a conference for plaintiff's lawyers in Vegas in April.

Are you yawning yet? You shouldn't be and here's why.

Great progressive lawyers will be there, and so will our own Cliff Schecter, plus Crooks and Liars' John Amato and one of our all time faves and progressive Alaskans' best weapon, Shannyn Moore.

And if you are a progressive lawyer, and you're reading this, it is the place to be, so go register and go.

Via Pap's piece at Mass Torts Made Perfect:

Like we have in the past, we are hosting the names you know in litigation, such as Howard Nations, Morris Dees and other legends, and the people you want to meet during the breaks and receptions. We have comedian Lewis Black performing this year, as well as mentalist Lior Suchard, who will amaze you. We also will be hosting talk radio star Thom Hartmann, syndicated columnist Karl Frisch and bestselling author Cliff Schecter. In the past we have been visited by Bill Clinton, Dan Rather, Bill Maher, Pete Rose, Bobby Kennedy, Jr., Terry Bradshaw, Al Sharpton, Jason Alexander, Harry Reid, Ted Koppel, Wanda Sykes, James Carville, Ed Schultz, Paul Begala and many other names you know, as well as other talents you may not. Yet.

If you’re interested in knowing what is really happening with GranuFlo, SSRIs, Pradaxa, Actos, Pelvic Mesh, DePuy, as well as Meningitis, Mirena, Fosamax Femur, Medtronic INFUSE, and many other important litigations, you can’t miss out hearing from the leaders in these areas – they come to MTMP to educate and share information – period. There are no defense attorneys at MTMP, so we are able to give real, concrete and substantive presentations that will help you win your case.

I’m also proud to be hosting the first MTMP Auction to benefit the American Association for Justice’s “Take Justice Back” media campaign. The AAJ is an incredibly important organization and they fight every day to protect your ability to practice your profession, from those who would undermine you and the people of this country with frivolous laws such as so-called “tort reform.” Supporting the AAJ is the right thing to do – I hope you will come out Thursday night, April 11 at the Wynn Hotel, and help us raise much-needed funding for this important effort.

Still yawning? I didn't think so.

H/T to Colleen Kirby

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Fiscal Cliff Notes

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My dear friend and mentor, Cliff Schecter, has a new post up at HuffPo; hence, because Cliff has given me permission to share his work with you, I’ll give you the latest edition of what I call Cliff Notes.

He skewers better than a chef at Smokey Joe’s BBQ. He has comedic insights that rival those of our mutual friend, the hilarious Lizz Winstead. He’s sharper than the point on Sarah Palin’s pin head.

Here are a few excerpts from his latest, with permission. Please read the whole thing, because he has way more than I’ve included here:

[W]e're now forced to confront a band of enormously wealthy people who've benefited from - or bestowed upon others - large financial bailouts and ill-considered tax cuts who like lecturing Americans living on earned benefits about "shared sacrifice". As in, you give up a meal each day, and I'll give up a pair of yacht shoes! Deal? 

It is this truth that often goes unreported during discussions of our so-called "fiscal cliff" (besmirching my good name, I might add), a supposed doomsday scenario where the economy will turn into some sort of a combination of the prom scene from Carrie and Fox News' "1/2 Hour News Hour", if we don't all sing kumbaya by year's end.  [...]

As cognitive linguist Anat Shenker outlines in her enormously insightful book, Don't Buy It: The Trouble With Talking Nonsense About The Economy, the economy isn't a living, breathing thing. It can't be hurt. In fact, as Shenker says, the problem is that the debate is still often about "who loves the economy more, when it should be about people". 

Because, you see, people are actually hurt by layoffs, lack of health insurance and the austerity-police, or those plutocrats who'd consider it unclean to fly coach. [...]

Thankfully, there is reason for optimism, as a number of groups with whom I've worked closely, such as Social Security Works and USAction, have led a grassroots effort to point out who's leading the charge to starve grandma - while wearing their finest Italian suits. [...]

[R]oughly nine in 10 respondents don't want their Social Security or Medicare cut in any way. [...]

It seems the President is paying close attention to all this, with his much tougher bargaining stance so far, which is heartening.

Cliff Schecter is an author, pundit and public relations strategist whose firm Libertas, LLC handles media relations for political, corporate and non-profit clients. 

Follow him on Twitter: @CliffSchecter

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