Today’s guest post by the one, the only, Will Durst:
YELLOW BELLIED COWARDS
And now for a few choice words about the recent Senate vote which scuttled universal background checks on gun purchases. And the first three of those words are… Yellow- Bellied Cowards. Here’s a couple more. Gutless Craven Chicken- Hearted Invertebrates. Dastardly Lily- Livered Spineless Jellyfish with the moral compunction of inbred Piranhas crowded into a too- small tank filled with liquid meth.
That giant arrogant pimp known as the NRA should be laughing hysterically after its lackeys trashed the ephemeral spirit of compromise that had settled over Washington like a soft dawn mist. 90% of Republicans voted against an issue 90% of the American people support. A bipartisan bill that was so watered down, it was translucent. Leaked moisture all through the Senate chamber to a depth of a half- inch. Would have easily supported 2 schools of guppies.
The Senators that deigned to speak before scurrying down their greasy little wormholes to bunk in the nether regions of hell, whined that pro-gun forces punish politicians for votes, while pro gun-control forces don’t. Nobody mentioned the right thing to do or keeping automatic weapons out of the hands of felons or making the country or our schools safer. You know, their job.
The NRA, itself worried about being primaried from the right by other gun associations, encouraged its well-compensated hookers to compete among themselves to see who could lie most outrageously. Numerous Senators claimed the bill would lead to a national gun registry even though the very bill they spoke of included provisions to specifically prohibit such a thing. Perhaps it needs to be spelled out in simpler language like: “Gun Registry- Bad. Not Good. No-Go. Not Going to Happen.”
Besides, exactly what is wrong with a national gun registry? You have to register a car. Most cities mandate bicycles be licensed. You need a card to take a book out of a library for crum’s sakes. Proving that some people are much more comfortable with guns than they are books. Which is part of the problem.
In what was surely meant as an inside joke, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn complained the bill would raise taxes. Why stop there? And child pornographers will camp in your back yard practicing Shariah law with uncircumcised goats riddled with Chinese bird flu.
This time the NRA may have overreached. Perpetrated an outrage too far. A revulsion too great. Could very well have created its own Frankenstein monster. 90% is a big figure. You’d think even the most casual of voters might tend to remember when someone turns their back on the country, jumps up and down on a litter of new born puppies then parties. And it would only take a committed few to throw their allegiance to candidates who pledge loyalty to the nation rather than a lobby that focuses on weapons of mass destruction.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal wasn’t kidding. The GOP’s path is clear. It is doomed to be the rich, white guy, anti-science, pro-gun, stupid Party. Destined to slowly strangle on its own gurgling incoherencies until it is no longer comprehensible or relevant. Couldn’t happen soon enough to a nicer bunch of rich white guys. And their grinning gun-toting treacherous minions.
Nothing like being willing to compromise, eh Boehner? Or as he insists on calling it, “finding common ground.” And by compromise I mean stonewalling.
He’s pulling a Mitch McConnell and obstructing his little orange head off regarding President Obama’s insistence on extending the middle income tax rates that will expire in January.
The Boehner seems set on gridlock as usual, at least until he meets with the president on Friday.
Per LiveWire, Boehner dodged and weaved– as cowards are wont to do when they don’t want to give a direct answer to a direct question– when pressed on the tax cut matter:
“Well, I think instead of the House moving on the Senate bill, the Senate ought to move on the House bill… We are not going to hurt our economy and make job creation more difficult, which is exactly what that plan will do… I look forward to my conversation beginning with the president on Friday.”
America first! Jobs jobs jobs! Republicans care about the middle class!
I got this email alert today. Since I’m not a subscriber, my access is limited, but here’s the tease:
Paul Ryan Is Said to be Planning an Active Role: Representative Paul D. Ryan expects to play a leading role in a Romney administration’s drive to enact a budget-shrinking government and overhauling programs like Medicare.
Two things: One is the obvious concern over their agenda. They want to turn Medicare into a voucher system that will cost more out of pocket, and they’d love to cut things like, oh, let’s see… FEMA. And that’s just for starters.
But the other thing is this: Romney-Ryan’s shunning the press. Both of these cowards are refusing to answer questions, neither will be interviewed and haven’t been for weeks. So what we got (or didn’t get) during their campaign was a conspicuous lack of details about their policies and plans, a press blackout, and a whole lot of lies.
Yet if– and that’s a big if– they win on Tuesday, Paul Ryan would suddenly become very visible and is already previewing the horror story that will become the United States of America should they gain the powers they crave so much. He aspires to be the next Dick Cheney, and we all know how that turned out.
I was about 12 years old when I heard a debate on the radio that prompted me to ask my parents why the debaters didn’t answer the questions. Fast-forward 61 years and the names and faces have changed, but a politician’s refusal to respond to a question with a related and meaningful answer remains unchallenged.
As long as moderators remain fearful of appearing overly aggressive or mindful that a candidate may start refusing interview requests, a dumbed-down society that is more enamored of sound bites and reality shows will continue to be satisfied with evasion and subterfuge.
Tamar Jacoby writes that many Republicans feel Mitt Romney “went too far in the heat of the primary and are glad to see him clarifying his position” on immigration.
“Clarifying”? Shouldn’t that be “changing” his position? During the primaries he touted, among other things, the self-deportation of millions of immigrants, an absurd proposal.
And where does the idea come from that the primaries’ heat is an excuse to spout any old nonsense, however mean-spirited or offensive, and then “clarify” it into a position less repugnant or inflammatory later?
If the heat of the primaries muddled Romney and his message, how can he be trusted to cope with the pressure of being president?
Unsurprisingly, the cowardly Willard Romney abandoned a substantive event and defaulted to his usual stump gaffing:
Romney had been set to hold an economic roundtable there as part of his day-long bus tour through the state. But the Romney campaign canceled that event last night, choosing instead to stick with rallies here and in Miami later today.
That was today’s Quickie. Was it good for you?
Today I told Paddy that I was getting a little disgusted with the excessive and fawning media coverage of their new shiny toy, aka Willard Romney’s veep pick, and of course the pivot from Romney’s secrecy and evasive ways regarding his own record (read: tax returns).
It’s time to go back to focusing on all of that and of course the sheer insanity of the Romney/Ryan Road to Ruin budget (h/t: Sandi Behrns for that one). Hence, this post.
Oh noes! #RyanVPShinyObjectDistration won’t stop #WeThePeople from demanding disclosure from Romney.
Seems Arrgh and I share a brain.
And another Twitter pal @StillJohnCA tweeted this:
Mitt Romney is only trying to make it thru the GOP convention. Now, the buzz about a brokered convention is over. Done. See?
Willard the Coward has made it his mission to get through this election without answering questions, without giving us details about who he is, and without offering specific solutions to specific problems. He’s been Etch A Sketching, slipping, sliding, and skating, but he has not been forthcoming. He has not been honest. At all.
Let’s not forget that and let’s not get completely sidetracked by the distraction of the week, Paul Ryan.
As I watched David Gregory slobber and refer to Romney as “courageous” for choosing a tea bagger as a running mate, I wondered, why would Romney be considered “courageous” for picking a guy who is less robotic who he can hide behind and rely on to simply make fewer gaffes than he does?
A guy whose budget plan would be disastrous for this country?
A guy who supported Bush’s fraudulent war without having ever served in the military himself?
A guy who the “Wall Street Journal said would ‘Essentially End Medicare.’”?
A guy who “Voted Against Raising Pell Grants”?
@GottaLaff Romney was courageous for picking a guy that Fox News and Ann Coulter told him to pick.
And it’s likely that the Koch brothers and Grover Norquist had more than a little influence as well.
“Courageous” my ass.
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