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Mayor 1% Bloomberg Accused Likely Next NYC Mayor of Racism for Having a Bi-Racial Family

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Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

After three terms of carefully grooming an image that the mainstream media referred to as an "independent thoughtful" mayor, Michael Bloomberg -- who got the City Council to change the rules and allow him a third term -- spent the last few weeks of the NYC mayoral primary ... making a few remarks that normally one expects from a racist sexist cracker. [...]

As the Washington Post (WP) reports, it may have been Bloomberg's remark that de Blasio was a racist for essentially having a bi-racial family that boomeranged in de Blasio's favor:

... Just before Tuesday’s primary, a New York magazine interview was published in which Bloomberg labeled de Blasio’s campaign “racist.” Why? Because de Blasio, who is white, had featured his black wife and bi-racial children in his campaign ads and his family had frequently joined him on the campaign trail. Bloomberg said de Blasio was “making an appeal using his family to gain support. I think it’s pretty obvious to anyone watching what he’s been doing.”

[...] But Bloomberg also revealed the ugly, ill-informed side of his stop-and-frisk policing policies during the campaign in response to de Blasio denouncing them [...]

Okay, so according to Mayor 1%, a politician is a racist for marrying a black woman and having children who are bi-racial and campaigning with them. And according to the mayor of Wall Street, white people are stopped more under his stop and frisk program than blacks, even though this is an egregiously preposterous statement according to the facts.

These are the kind of sub-epidermal racist sentiments of a billionaire who has spent three terms helping to redistribute the wealth upwards to his best buddies in the financial and real estate worlds, few of whom one can presume are black or Hispanic. [...]

WaPo: In addition to the aforementioned remarks about Quinn’s wardrobe and hair, the mayor was forced to clarify remarks he made about drunken Irish people (Quinn is of Irish descent).

[...] Often a key problem for billionaires and big dog politicians is that they are surrounded by people who slavishly agree with them.  This makes them extremely vulnerable to becoming publicly unglued when under pressure.

Such appears to be the case with the multi-billionaire lame-duck mayor.

Please read the entire post here.

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How The Worst Moments of the NRA’s 2013 Annual Meeting Showed the Organization’s Ugly History Repeating Itself

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Please welcome Christopher W. Brown, a researcher for the Coalition To Stop Gun Violence. This is his first guest post at TPC:

History Repeating Itself At The NRA’s Annual Meeting.

How The Worst Moments Of The NRA’s 2013 Annual Meeting Showed The Organization’s Ugly History Repeating Itself

The world was following the NRA’s annual meeting with greater levels of attention than ever before and the NRA lived up to their reputation with a series of shocking, embarrassing and offensive moments. While these events show the extremism of the modern NRA, many of them also show the NRA is in fact embracing and repeating the ugliest moments in the organization’s sordid history. Here’s some of the worst moments of the 2013 annual meeting and their historical antecedents:

1.  New NRA President James Porter Demands A New Culture War. 

James Porter didn’t waste any time before stoking controversy telling his fellow gun activists it was their responsibility to wage a new “culture war.”   The extremism on display at the convention is nothing new for Porter who has previously called President Obama a “fake President” and referred the American Civil War the “War of Northern Aggression.”

Porter’s words echoes long time NRA President Charlton Heston’s racist and homophobic culture war speeches. In 1997 Charlton Heston, who served as the NRA’s President from 1998-2003, listed a variety of purported grievances against whites in a speech delivered to the Free Congress Foundation. Heston’s remarks were denounced by former President of the NAACP Julian Bond as “bigoted and homophobic.” In 1999 Heston returned to the subject in a speech titled “Winning the Culture War” where he lamented that the term “white pride” was viewed as racist.

The relevance of Porter’s decision to start his term as NRA president mirroring the language Heston used to express barely veiled bigotry shouldn’t be lost on anyone.

2.  Glenn Beck Suggests That A Shooting Was A “Set Up” Meant To Discredit The NRA.

One day before the convention opened it’s doors a highly disturbed man opened fire in Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport drawing counter fire from security personnel before turning the gun on himself. The shooter brought an AR-15 assault rifle to the airport, but never used it.  Sadly and unsurprisingly Glenn Beck suggested the incident could have been a “set up” by the “uber-left” meant to discredit the NRA. 

In fact it would be surprising if pro-gun extremists weren’t pushing a conspiracy theory in the wake a well-publicized act of gun violence. Most recently, Alex Jones called the Boston Marathon bombings a “false flag” and we saw the sickening outbreak of Sandy Hook truther videos suggesting the mass shooting was fake and the victims families were “crisis actors.” The NRA didn’t touch those two smears, but the group is no stranger to these types of conspiracy theories. The NRA spent 2011 suggesting the Obama administration intentionally orchestrated the failed ATF investigation Fast and Furious to enable a push for greater gun restrictions. Years earlier Wayne LaPierre  similarly suggested Bill Clinton willfully allowed gun violence for the same reason.

3. Glenn Beck Portrays New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg As Nazi

Glenn Beck might have been too crazy for Fox News, but that didn’t stop the NRA from inviting him to again share his conspiratorial ramblings with the conference attendees. The NRA got their money’s worth as Beck smeared New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as he displayed an image likening Bloomberg to a Nazi.

Nazi smears are nothing new for the NRA. During the nineties Wayne LaPierre likened federal law enforcement agents to Nazis in the NRA's publications and fundraising materials. Former President George H.W. Bush famously resigned his lifetime NRA membership over LaPierre describing federal agents as “jack-booted thugs”, but in fact an earlier comment by LaPierre made the Nazi link explicitly.

4. Obama Look-Alike Zombie Removed For Convention.

Disturbing rhetoric is old hat for the NRA, but this year’s annual meeting also featured the visibly disturbing and indeed just plain disgusting. Convention vendor Zombie Industries was asked to take down their zombie themed shooting target after complaints that it resembled President Obama. While the life sized three-dimensional target was taken down, it was still available for sale at the booth.

Remember the concealed-carry hoodie they pushed after the Trayvon Martin shooting?  The NRA aggressively markets branded accessories, such as the toaster that will burn their logo onto your bread, to their supporters. When unarmed African American teenager Trayvon Martin was killed by concealed carry permit holder George Zimmerman his hoodie gained wide symbolic importance after Geraldo Rivera suggested the hoodie had contributed to Martin’s death. As the case was receiving wide media attention the NRA’s online store generated controversy by selling a hoodie designed with a special pocket to hold a handgun.

5. NRA Embraces Fringe Gun Activist Jeff Knox’s Extremist Resolution.

During the opening session of the convention the attendees approved a resolution calling for opposition to any and all new gun restrictions put forward by Jeff Knox head of the hardline Firearms Coalition. The resolution’s blind and thoughtless embrace of absolutism perfectly encapsulates the modern NRA’s indifference to common sense gun policy.

Pushing the NRA to the fringe is a family business for Knox. Knox’s father Neal is credited with purging moderate voices from the NRA in the 70s and 80s.  This year the NRA proved so compliant to their most extremist supporters’ agenda that even without a formal leadership role Jeff Knox was able to continue the family tradition of pushing the NRA even further as far from the mainstream.

If you’re interested in learning more about the NRA’s leadership please visit http://www.meetthenra.org/, which is maintained by the Education Fund To Stop Gun Violence.

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What I will not write about today

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Sometimes I get so frustrated and/or disheartened and/or annoyed by some of the news stories of the day that I can’t bring myself to write about them. Here are a few recent reports that made my blood pressure hit the roof. I am avoiding delving into them at length out of concern for my physical and mental health.

See what I mean? So who’s up for a couple of Margs or a trough of wine?

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Senate Reaches Bipartisan Deal on Checks of Gun Buyers

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Just an FYI in case you missed the breaking news, via a New York Times email alert:

A bipartisan collection of Senators on Wednesday announced a compromise measure to expand background checks for gun buyers, increasing the chances that a viable package of new gun safety laws will soon hit the Senate floor.

Senators Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, and Patrick J. Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania have joined forces on the deal.

Under the terms of the agreement, background checks for gun buyers would expand to gun shows and online sales — a huge portion of gun sales that are made without the background checks used by gun stores — and will maintain record-keeping provisions that law enforcement officials find essential in tracking criminal gun use, but which gun rights groups find anathema.

More here.

It's not enough. What does it take??

Below are statements from the Mayors Against Illegal Guns co-chairs, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

The coalition today also released this fact sheet on the Manchin-Toomey amendment.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns Co-Chair and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg: 

“Over the last few months, Americans across the country and in both parties have demanded that those in Washington take commonsense steps to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the seriously mentally ill. Today, Senators Manchin and Toomey have forged a bipartisan compromise agreement to extend background checks to cover commercial gun sales, including online and at gun shows. In addition, the bill preserves the same record-keeping practices of the past 40 years that have helped law enforcement solve crimes. I want to thank Senators Manchin and Toomey for their determination to find common ground on a bill that Democrats and Republicans can fully support. This bill will not only help keep guns out of the wrong hands – it will help save lives and keep our communities safe. Our bipartisan coalition of more than 900 mayors strongly supports this bill and looks forward to working with other leaders, including Senators Schumer and Kirk who have worked tirelessly on this issue, to do all we can to ensure its passage.”

Mayors Against Illegal Guns Co-Chair and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino:

“Today's announcement of a bipartisan Senate agreement to require background checks for virtually all commercial gun sales shows that, even in an age of Washington gridlock, both parties can work together to reform our gun laws in a way that makes sense and keeps Americans safe. I applaud Senators Toomey and Manchin for putting forth a commonsense bill that will help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. We've seen far too many American lives lost over the years – now is the time for the rest of Congress to stand with the American people and pass sensible gun reform for the sake of our neighborhoods, our families, and our children.”

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NRA score card, meet Michael Bloomberg's score card

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a whole lot of money. So does the NRA (thank you, gun manufacturers). But now Bloomberg's nonprofit group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, is introducing a scoring system similar to a system used by the National Rifle Association, one that ranks lawmakers with grades of A through F.

The NRA has been using their report cards to grade Congress members... or as I like to call it, keep them under its thumb. They use the letter grades against (or for) politicians to influence them, and as a result, affect election outcomes.

NRA score card, meet Michael Bloomberg's score card. The Washington Post:

“For decades, the NRA has done an admirable job of tracking to minute detail how members of Congress stand on gun bills. We’ve simply decided to do the same,” said Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which is chaired by Bloomberg and is made up of more than 900 mayors from across the country.

This is Bloomberg’s latest move to establish his organization as a counterweight to the influential NRA and to create legislative momentum on Capitol Hill around President Obama’s proposals to toughen the nation’s gun laws. [...]

The group is targeting Sens. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Daniel Coats (R-Ind.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pa.).

Between the Mayors Against Legals Guns' ad campaigns and their report cards, it's a whole new ball game. So get ready voters and political donors, the NRA is no longer the only group in town that rewards/punishes lawmakers for the gun laws they support/reject.

Which means, if another WTF Moment happens, like Sen. James Inhofe telling Newtown families that the gun debate has nothing to do with them, you can bet that someone will get a big fat

grade F

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PhotOH! Immajin wut a thret gun zelluts wud bee if thay kud spell!

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Illinois gun "enthusiasts" sent out an anti-Bloomberg, anti-Robin Kelly postcard...and managed to misspell both Debbie Halvorson's name and-- wait for it-- "February".

Here's an idea:

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Imagine what would happen if gun zealots could spell! Thay kood beekum a reel thret:

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The above images were sent to me in an email, and they come to us via @dkoselections. I edited them to highlight the errors and also added the arrows.

but wait there's moreThis photo comes by way of the Downtown Asheville Facebook page. I edited it down a little for size only, but the image is intact:

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Yes, according to Very Dedicated to the Constitution Guy, we are to "suport" the right to "own bare arms"... according to the "Secont Ament." I'm relieved to hear that, since I own two bare arms, and even a bare the-rest-of-me.

Actually, the Second Amendment mentions a little something about a "well-regulated militia," presumably in uniform. A bare-armed militia would get plenty of laughs, but not much protection from the elements. And don't get me started on the chafing.

As a special added bonus I'm adding a few other choice examples of the genius behind right wing messaging:

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Michael Bloomberg: "You can joke about [Biden] all you want, [but] he’s got a set of balls."

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Michael Bloomberg in a POLITICO interview:

“You know, Joe Biden — you can joke about him all you want, [but] he’s got a set of balls, and he says what he believes,” Bloomberg said. “And he forced the focus [on gay marriage].”

But before you start patting Bloomberg on the back (even though he was spot on, and Biden deserves that pat and more) and tweeting me your new-found support, as inexplicably happened with Chris Christie, consider this:

He stuck to one endorsement — former Sen. Scott Brown, who is weighing another campaign, and who Bloomberg hosted a fundraiser for last year and supported over newly minted Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

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