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Overnight: If My Uterus Were a Gun

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Many thanks to Lauren Mayer (here's her website!) for this great 'overnight'. Lauren is a singer/songwriter/pianist who writes comedy songs about everything from Supreme Court decisions to the Kardashians. She proudly supports leftist causes including equal pay, reproductive choice, fair minimum wage, addressing climate change, and marriage equality.

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Senator Bernie Herpin - A Real Rocky Mountain Low

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Did you ever find yourself saying something stupid and it was too late? It had already slipped out. You then look for a way to talk your way out of it before others realize how nuts your remark was? I know I have countless times. That's the beauty of the do-over. If you're given the chance down the road to correct it, you take it.

Not so much with Colorado Republican State Senator Bernie Herpin. He made a statement that was as outrageous as a Ph D after Sarah Palin's name. And when called upon to think it over and see if he hadn't misspoken, the senator tried to justify his stand, digging the hole he stood in deeper and deeper.

Here you go. Watch how Sen. Herpin goes from outrageous  to total moron, right in front of your eyes:

Now giving the Senator the benefit of the doubt -- his ignorance, not his intelligence -- I am once again amazed at how little intellect it takes to get elected to office.

So according to the Senator, the fact that the Aurora shooter's gun jammed after 70+ bullets is somehow a good thing. I'd have thought it was a good thing if he never had a gun in the first place. But allowing for the Second Amendment arguments, perhaps if he had to stop and reload 6 or 7 times with a 10 bullet magazine there would have been enough time for some of the victims, wounded or dead, to have reached some sort of safety.

When you put your faith in something going wrong, the gun jamming, instead of something working right, limited bullet clips, then you're as looney as the Tunes.

The lesson here is that we all need to vet our candidates much better than we have. Look at Congress with a 9% approval rating. Yet how many of you are willing to vote out those phonies who you see are not doing your bidding?

Colorado, here's hoping you don't return the madman to your assembly. And boot out his supporters as well. This man is dangerous to you and your health. Perhaps if he had a loved one in the theater that day, he'd have a different story.

Let's cut down on wackadoos like Senator Herpin. Some bozo's will slip through the cracks, but lets start asking the candidates real questions and demand real answers in return -- not just their talking points.

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Overnight: Pete Seeger - Wasn't That a Time?

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Pete Seeger was asked about the song 'Wasn't that a time?' during the McCarthy hearings. Here is a video of the song. The lyrics to it appear below.

Wasn't That a Time? (Lyrics by Lee Hays and Walter Lowenfels.)

Our fathers bled at Valley Forge.
The snow was red with blood,
Their faith was warm at Valley Forge,
Their faith was brotherhood.

Wasn't that a time, wasn't that a time,
A time to try the soul of man,
Wasn't that a terrible time?

Brave men who died at Gettysburg
Now lie in soldier's graves,
But there they stemmed the slavery tide,
And there the faith was saved.

Wasn't that a time, wasn't that a time,
A time to try the soul of man,
Wasn't that a terrible time?

The fascists came with chains and war
To prison us in hate.
And many a good man fought and died
To save the stricken faith.

Wasn't that a time, wasn't that a time,
A time to try the soul of man,
Wasn't that a terrible time?

And now again the madmen come,
And should our vic'try fail?
There is no vic'try in a land
Where free men go to jail.

Isn't this a time!
Isn't this a time!
A time to try the soul of man,
Isn't this a terrible time?

Our faith cries out we have no fear
We dare to reach our hand
To other neighbors far and near
To friends in every land.

Isn't this a time!
Isn't this a time!
A time to free the soul of man!
Isn't this a wonderful time!

(Two additional verses written by Lee Hays and sung at the 1980 Weavers reunion:)

How many times we've gone to kill
In freedom's holy name.
And children died to save the pride
Of rulers without shame.

Informers took their Judas pay
To tell their sorry tale
And gangs in Congress had their way
And free souls went to jail.

Here's Pete's testimony before the HUAC where he's asked about this song.

HUAC Peter Seeger Testimony

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God Of Republicans - Ghost of Reagan - Returns To Warn GOP

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ReaganGhostw367h244Ah, yes, Ronnie's no longer with us. And if you're a Democrat you're probably not shedding too many tears considering the damage he caused this country. But if you're a Republican, we're talking here about their deity. The GOP hasn't had a convention since his first nomination that his name hasn't been invoked in the most pious of verse.

Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan. Say it three times fast, click your heels together and Conservative wishes will come true -- or at least the conservatives think so.

I just discovered a video done by Drew Christie just over half a year ago, that captures the truth about gun control and the history of limitations, going all the way back to the framers of the Constitution. There's a short visit by Ronnie -- definitely worth watching.

But I warn you, this video features ghosts -- and what they have to say might be very scary. Watch this with someone you love -- or hate. The point is there. And as the Ghostbusters theme song goes: I ain't afraid o' no ghost:

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Twinkies, Skittles, Popcorn -- All Justifiable Causes of Gun Deaths

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No, nothing's gotten out of hand. The world isn't off it's rocker. Sanity hasn't taken a vacation. The trouble today is a four letter word -- guns.

It doesn't matter what side of the Second Amendment you personally come down on, it's really only a matter of time before people finally start figuring out that uncontrolled gun usage is going to kill us all.  And it'll all be justified. But no blame will be on the fact that we allow guns everywhere with no real restrictions. That's because guns don't kill. It's true. The NRA told me.

Think about it this way. We regulate the safety of food. Of the air we breath and even the medications we take to cure us. But the one item sure to cause our death is something off limits. Taboo.

Here's the latest wackadoodle story. We've already lived through the San Francisco killing that was justified by the assailant eating too many Twinkies -- the victims, Harvey Milk and Mayor Moscone of San Francisco.

After that there have been many others, cops shooting handcuffed suspects, naked unarmed suspicious suspects shot 12 times and allowed to bleed to death under the banner of justified. Oh, and what about the justifiable murder of Trayvon Martin. His crime was walking while eating Skittles. That is surely one of Florida's finest moments.

But Florida is not just the Sunshine State. It's also the "We try harder" state -- kind of the Avis of the 50 United States. The Orange Juice capital of the world didn't cause enough racial animus with George Zimmerman and the "Stand Your Ground" law, they've taken that to new heights.

It's called the popcorn defense.

Evidently the retired cop took the title of the movie, "LONE SURVIVOR" too literally.

Instead of letting management handle the situation, the cop engaged the texting man in an argument, which led to the angry father tossing the ever dangerous contents of a bag of popcorn -- that deadliest of weapons when it's butter topped -- on the shouting and enraged ex-cop. The next action was the former officer, a man trained to quell arguments with the least amount of hostilities, did what any true blooded second amendment American would do.

He drew his peacemaker -- a snubnose .38 caliber pistol -- and shot. The bullet first hit the texting man's wife's hand which she instinctively put up in fearful reaction, and then went straight through it, finding it's final resting spot in the heart of her husband. He was pronounced dead on the spot. One bullet. Two victims. Tell me this isn't a trained cop.

When brought into the police station where he served for nearly 20 years, the officer gave his statement. He was in fear of his life when he drew his gun and that is "stand your ground." It was the popcorn tossed on him that put him into fear for his life and allowed him to draw upon the unarmed man and his wife.

No one yet knows what the outcome of this will be, or if it will even get to trial. But I have heard rumors that Orville Redenbacher has been retained by the defense as an expert witness.

To borrow from Will Durst, the problem isn't too many guns in schools, it's too many schools. In this case, it's not too many guns in movie theaters, it's too many movie theaters. Aurora Colorado. Carson California. Now Tampa Florida. Where's the popcorn insanity going to lead us? Be careful at the hot butter topping dispensary at your movie house. Can't you just see the trouble brewing there?

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"Well Shut My Mouth," Scott Brown Is Told In New Hampshire

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Well, well, well. Looks like former Senator Scott Brown, defeated by Senator Elizabeth Warren in the last Senate elections in Massachusetts has been stirring up quite a controversy in neighboring state, New Hampshire.

Scott Brown, a Massachusetts resident is about to go carpet bagger. He's planning on running for the US Senate but from the Granite State just north of his legal residence.

People move all the time. Some even do it for political reasons, say, Liz Cheney. There's an election for the senate in Wyoming so she decided to carpet bag herself there to run against Mike Enzi. She doesn't stand a chance, but she needed some place to run and her family does have some tangential connection to the state. Her father was a congressman there before he became Vice President and creator of an illegal war. So perhaps an argument can me made for her choice.

But then you get to Scott Brown. He was once the darling of the Senate, a GOP newbie who had star written all over him, until he opened his mouth and Elizabeth Warren slammed it shut. But you can't keep a determined ex-centerfold nude model down for too long. So he's openly stated his interest in running as the GOP candidate against first-term Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.). He's going to do it, take my word for it. And if you want to know my record at predictions like this, I called both Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren's runs six months before they each announced. I'm a New England boy, I know these things in my backyard.

You may be wondering how well the Republican golden boy's future announcement is going over? Not well. Not well at all. But the outspoken opponents are not the Democrats who think he's border jumping just to upset the apple cart. Brown's opposition is coming from his own party. And they're mad.

How mad? If I were Scott Brown I'd start wearing a bullet proof, Kevlar vest.

Huffpo reports:

During an interview with conservative podcast Granite Grok's GrokTalk on Saturday, New Hampshire state Rep. J.R. Hoell (R-Merrimack)suggested that it may some day be necessary to use "firearms and ammo" against the government if its policies continue to be shaped by elected officials like former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.).

Yikes, that's pretty scary. There's already too much gun violence, so to start putting out hints that guns and ammo might be necessary is outrageous.

Hoell was discussing plans to protest outside a state GOP fundraiser that is scheduled to feature Brown, who is rumored to be considering a run for one of New Hampshire's U.S. Senate seats. Hoell has characterized Brown as too liberal for the state, and accused him of supporting laws that encroach on the Second Amendment. Hoell then invoked the armed uprisings of the Revolutionary War.

Progressive thinking in New Hampshire does go back to the Revolutionary War and Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys. And sadly, that's the last time they had any sort of solid footing alongside contemporary thought or forward thinking. It's been a march backward in time since then.

When asked whether protesters should bring weapons to the rally, Hoell responds: I'm never going to tell a person not to carry a firearm ... I will recommend people carry firearms concealed. Tactically it's a better solution; it doesn't make you out to be a target.

The message needs to get out that Scott Brown does not represent New Hampshire. If things continue the way they are, there may be a day or a time where firearms and ammo are necessary. It happened in the Revolutionary War. I'd like to think we're not there yet, but as things continue to unravel, that may be the next step.

Protestors. Guns. Ammo. Concealed weapons. Targets. Revolutionary War. Firearms. Tactics. New Hampshire. Next step. Does this sound like peaceful discourse to you or a trip back down Memory Lane to 1776?

You can follow me on twitter: @Linzack

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Saturday, Dec 14th Will Be A Moment of Silence -- After A Year of NRA Imposed Congressional Silence

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This coming Saturday, there will be a national moment of silence for those victims of  the Newtown shootings. It will be a year to the day. And in that time of tragedy and immediately afterwards, the brave families and friends of the Connecticut shootings pushed, pressed and pleaded with Congress to do something so this tragedy would never be repeated. Children and teachers would be safe in schools.

All sorts of ideas were floated about and most commonly agreed upon by the public was the need to install some stronger background checks on the new purchasers of guns and rifles. Polls showed a whopping 90% or more of the public approved this measure.

But it fell on deaf ears. Those ears of our elected officials who are in the pocket of the Second Amendment/NRA extremists and alarmists. Those are the frauds who don't understand what representation means. It's not stuffing their pockets with graft and corruption money, it's doing our bidding. How can you go wrong as a representative doing your job and representing your district's overwhelming wishes? You can't. But the 113th Congress has. Ninety percent approval by the national public and this wasn't good enough for the cowards in Congress to  move. The only sound they seem to recognize is "ca-ching" -- the lobbyist money coming into their coffers.

Maybe a friendly reminder -- this video below -- will get you and our elected officials off their asses and let justice and prevention shine. We didn't pull the trigger at Sandy Hook, but we are contributing to the risks in all future mass murders. Background checks are simple and they can save lives. Are you prepared to take a stand? Let your Congressperson know with a call, an email and your vote.

Here's the commercial from the group: Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America. 

Don't forget to pay your respects on December 14th. Email your Congressperson and demand they join you and then vow to take a stand for gun purchase background checks. It's easy to do. Just click here.

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