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Gun lobbyist faces ethics probe after telling state rep, "You just earned yourself another round of mailers."


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The Denver Post has a story up about Coloardo state Rep. Cheri Gerou (R) who filed an ethics complaint against gun lobbyist Joe Neville. She told Neville to "(expletive) off" after demanding that he stop "scaring her constituents" by claiming she was going to support four gun bills that she actually voted against.

The gun lobbyist didn't take too kindly to being told to f*** off and replied, "You just earned yourself another round of mailers in your district." Of course, he interpreted her anger as an attempt to silence Second Amendment supporters.

Apparently his "another round of mailers" sentence broke a rule that says lobbyists must not influence lawmakers "by means of deceit or threat ... or political reprisal."

Gerou is probably grateful Neville didn't whip out a Glock instead.


WTF is the matter with Michigan? Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse...


Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said that union busting is “pro-workers! It’s a good thing! This is a positive thing for unions!” Then the union busting “Right-to-work for work for less” measure was signed it into law. It's important to remember that Michigan’s “Right to Work” law contains verbatim language from ALEC model bill.

Speaking of remembering, remember King Ricky's appalling financial martial law? That was the legislation that allowed one person to dictate all kinds of things without any input from voters. For example:

He could do away with unions, with police officers, mayorships, you name it. You voted for someone and they won? Pfft, fuggetaboutit. OUT.

You like that school your kid goes to? Nevermind. GONE.

You cherish democracy and thought it would always be The American way? TOO BAD.

Remember all my rants about the GOP’s goal of crushing unions as a way of denying Democrats their political funding which would lead to eventual single party rule? Me too.

And now Michigan's House has passed new version and sent it to the Senate all nice and repackaged under a different name, and they're pushing it right on through as they are wont to do:

The state House passed late Wednesday what the Snyder administration says is a new and improved emergency manager law, but opponents say is a warmed-over version of what voters rejected Nov. 6.

Michigan gun owners with extra training could carry concealed weapons in schools under a bill OK'd by a House panel Yes, guns in schools are A-OK with Michigan's "pro-life" Republicans:

Gun owners with concealed weapon permits could get additional training that would allow them to carry their concealed firearms in schools and at sporting events on school property under legislation approved Wednesday by a Michigan House committee.

The bill, OK'd 7-2 by majority Republicans along party lines, is awaiting potential final votes before lawmakers conclude their lame-duck session. [...]

Public schools - currently gun-free unless someone openly carries a weapon - would have to allow concealed weapons under the bill... [U]nintended consequences - more potential for altercations at football games or students finding teachers' guns in locked places.

Is it the right time to discuss responsible gun regulation yet?

Because Republican just can't seem to learn any lessons from the November elections, they decided to pass a bill attacking LGBTs and women. And to make double super sure that their so-called "small government" keeps their big paws off the rights of individuals, they included a "conscience objection" for health care providers who don't want to give that care when they feel it conflicts with their religious beliefs. Never mind anyone else's beliefs... or non-beliefs.

In other words, they get to discriminate against gay people and female people, even when it means that their well-being is at stake:

The Republicans in the Michigan legislature have passed a bill today that would allow hospitals, nursing homes or any other health care center to deny services that run contrary to the religious teachings or conscious of its leaders. This so-called conscience objection bill would open the doors for healthcare providers, insurance companies and employers to disallow healthcare services to anyone they find objectionable, such as LGBT people and women seeking family planning services including birth control and abortions.

There you have it, Michigan in a very ugly nutshell.


VIDEO: More on the news made during an interview that Paul Ryan cut short.



The other day I posted a video of Paul Ryan throwing a bit of a tantrum and cutting short an interview with an award-winning local reporter who pressed him on taxes.

In that post, I wrote about one sentence that Tantrumy Paul inadvertently blurted out that caught my attention:

“I don’t even think President Obama is proposing more gun laws.”

That remark caught someone else's attention, too, and she called it "news". I agree! Paul Ryan defended President Obama while making it clear that the NRA is supporting the GOP candidate, their own Republican candidate, who has a schizophrenic gun rights record, while Obama's record is that of not taking away guns.

And that same someone else caught yet another scoop by that reporter than I overlooked. Rachel Maddow noticed that Ryan callously asserted that poor people in inner cities are lacking "good discipline and good character." And according to Ryan, teaching them how to remedy those character defects is how they can climb out of poverty. Right. got it.

No wonder his people cut the interview short. Rachel takes it from here:

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"Are all people who are poor, only poor because they have not been taught good character? Or is it only poor people in the inner cities who are poor because they don't have good character? They don't have good discipline, they need to be taught that. You watching at home, do you not make a lot of money? Was there a time you did not have a lot of money? Is that because you have bad character? If I were the Romney/Ryan campaign, I would probably try to trash that reporter..."


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VIDEO: Justice Scalia suggests hand-held rocket launchers protected under Second Amendment


A rocket-propelled grenade and RPG-7 launcher, via Wikipedia

See that weapon above? How'd you feel if it were completely legal to open-carry one of those suckers?

The scary part is that Justice Antonin NRA Scalia is dead (no pun) serious about what he's saying about just that, which is why re-electing President Obama is so important. We do not want any more people like Scalia on the Supreme Court:

"Obviously the [Second] Amendment does not apply to arms that cannot be hand-carried, it’s to keep and “bear,” so it doesn’t apply to cannons, but I suppose there are hand-held rocket launchers that can bring down airplanes, that will have to be decided."

So anything one can carry around is dandy with him. Got it. He's good with legally schlepping weapons that can are used against tanks and planes and stuff. How measured of him.

And imagine a rocket launcher in the hands of someone like the Colorado murderer... in a movie theater. Or a mall. Bye bye Macy's.

And somehow I don't think we'd need to rely on one of those explosive-projectile-type things to protect ourselves from burglars. Call it a hunch.

To those out there who are big on "Second Amendment Remedies," there's this to consider: If the big bad government were really coming after us and our sidearms, hey, they have drones and bombs and the military on their side. I have a funny feeling they'd still win.

Because the rockets fired from RPGs are not guided, accuracy can be a problem. Rockets from RPGs achieve the best results when fired at close range. This often requires people using an RPG to put themselves in the line of fire to score an accurate hit.

Think Progress:

There is no conceivable way to apply the Founding Fathers’ understanding of a  ”well-regulated militia” armed with slow-to-load, hard-to-aim muskets to today’s weapon technology.

And there's that.

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