At NRO, Frank Miniter examines what the billionaires contributing to gun control groups hope to accomplish, and the playbook they’re using:
In a section labeled “Overall Messaging Guidance,” the guide gives its number-one “Key Messaging Principle”: “Always focus on emotional and value-driven arguments about gun violence, not the political food fight in Washington or wonky statistics.” It further explains this strategy by saying, “It’s critical that you ground your messaging around gun violence in prevention by making that emotional connection.” Its second key principle is: “Tell stories with images and feelings.” The guide says, “Our first task is to draw a vivid portrait and make an emotional connection. We should rely on emotionally powerful language, feelings and images to bring home the terrible impact of gun violence.” They realize they’ve lost the rational and empirical debates about what really stops gun violence and instead want the debate enflamed by emotion.
That’s ever the way, of course; you can’t win the argument with rational facts, so legislate by emotions.
Isn’t this the tack they take with virtually EVERYTHING? After all, it’s for the children!
(re: ‘offensive’ sports team names…)
Just call them the Redskin Potatoes. That way nobody gets hurt.
And no one gets to amputate the dictionary.
Light pink/tan people remain white.
By now you’ve likely seen the suggestion to drop Washington
from the name, because it’s too embarrassing too.
Hypocrisy though is no longer racist, according to The National Council for La Raza, speaking for the United Negro College Fund, according to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, at a meeting of the Black Congressional Caucus. It remains improper to call mulattos mulatto.
This is cultural Marxism, an effort to control thought and language, by applying opprobrium, cultural taboos and using social constructs designed to pit classes against each other in a power struggle. It leads up to use of force justified by new law, to exercise political control over a population. It’s a very effective political technique and tearing at the fabric of America.
(from Page Nine #136 – Alan Korwin – the Uninvited Onbudsman)
On a similar bent, have you seen the TV commercials for a Blacks Only on-line dating site? Can you imagine the furor if there was a Whites Only dating site? THAT (of course) would be racist!
No wait, yes we do!
(reposted from Random Acts of Patriotism/asm826)
…it’s just another brick in the wall.
If it was my son, I would be willing to give up every swinging dick in Guantanamo to get him back. I get that part. But it’s not. And now the enemy knows what we will pay for a live American soldier. We will pay five for one. And we will negotiate.
1. Mohammad Fazl
One of the first detainees captured in Afghanistan to be transferred to Guantanamo — in January 2002 — Fazl is the Taliban’s former deputy minister of defense. He was one of the Taliban’s founding members, rising through the ranks to become Taliban Chief of Army Staff when it ruled Afghanistan. Human Rights Watch accuses Fazl of presiding over the mass killings of Afghanistan’s Shi’ite Muslims in 2000 and 2001.
2. Mohammad Nabi
The former chief of Taliban security in Qalat, the capital of Afghanistan’s southern Zabul Province.
3. Abdul Haq Wasiq
Also accused by Human Rights Watch of mass killings and torture during the Taliban’s time in power, the Taliban’s former deputy minister of intelligence is considered to have been at one time one of Mullah Omar’s closest confidants.
4. Mullah Norullah Nori
Nori was the senior Taliban commander in the strategic northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. He is considered to be one of the most high-ranking Taliban officials ever to be held in Guantanamo. He is also accused of being involved in the massacre of thousands Shi’ite Muslims in 2000 and 2001.
5. Khairullah Khairkhwa
The former Taliban governor of Heart Province, which borders Iran, Khairkhwa has also served as a military commander and a minister of the interior.
I get that part, too. (About willingness to give up those in Git’mo) I grieve for every soldier, sailor, Marine and others who gave all in service to this Nation. And those horribly wounded or held as prisoners-of-war. It must be horrible for them and their loved ones.
But every one who signs on for this kind of service understands the risks.
ASM826 is correct – do we want to change U.S. Policy and show weakness when the enemy only understands strength?
And since this story broke, it’s come out that Bergdahl’s father is a Muslim, AND, Bergdahl himself may have given aid and comfort to the Taliban, not been a prisoner! And there is evidence he renounced his U.S. Citizenship and walked away from his unit!
How many men died and were wounded trying to ‘save’ him? If the above allegations are indeed true, he should be placed in Fort Leavenworth and shot.
There’s been much ‘press’ lately with regard to sports team owners and figures expressing themselves, and being held accountable for their statements. Regular readers know I’ve little interest in sports, so if I get some details wrong
forgive me I don’t care!
- a team owner makes some statements about some players using politically incorrect language. This was thought to be a private conversation, but it was taped and the tape ‘leaked’. The owner has been lambasted in the media and forced by the parent organization to give up rights to be in the same geographic area as the team, and to renounce team ownership.
- another team player ‘came out of the closet’. A different player tweeted some disparaging comments about the newly outed player and has been called to account. He has apologized, and penalties are being applied.
- a couple of players have publicly displayed their religious views (one by openly praying before games) and both have been harshly criticized for being so open with their beliefs. It’s interesting to note that the religion in question is Christianity.
I know there have been many other such incidents – after all, many professional sports players are recruited out of high school, and haven’t finished college, and based on their status have money and fame thrust upon them. This unfortunately means in some cases they haven’t been properly educated in ethics, etiquette or how to interact properly in the public arena. They are as rock stars or kid TV stars turned adult.
And they have the rights to their opinions and their religions, even if we might disagree with them!
Of course, in this New World Order of political correctness, we’re not allowed to think that way. I understand the player who made disparaging remarks is being sent to mandatory sensitivity training!
Returned for Re-Grooving, indeed!
Their first album, “Waiting for the Electrician or Someone like Him” (1968) includes a satirical tale of the future based on the values of the psychedelic sixties. In particular, there is one track involving two police officers of the future traveling together in their patrol car. As part of their duties, they have to check to see if all of the citizens are “groovy.” If a citizen looks suspicious, the police would stop them, ask them some pointed questions to determine their grooviness, what drugs they were carrying, as well as to check their clothing and body paint. If the citizen wasn’t compliant, he/she would be “taken away for regrooving” which meant a massive reorientation to bring them up to date with the times. (from Tim Bryce’s blog, musing on the Firesign Theatre)
Yeah, not so much…
For the past several months, the U.S. Department of Justice has been pressuring banks to refuse service to businesses the DOJ is targeting politically, such as gun stores, in a program entitled Operation Choke Point.
Under the program, the DOJ, headed by Attorney General Eric Holder, is attempting to shut down various legal businesses, including firearm dealers, dating services, purveyors of drug paraphernalia and pornography distributors, by coercing financial institutions to close the bank and merchant accounts associated with these businesses.
The businesses targeted follow a 2011 Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation bulletin which lists all of the above legal activities and others as “merchant categories that have been associated with high-risk activity” involving “disreputable merchants.
This reminds me of when I first began working for TMCCC (in 1987). While we were investigating credit card fraud, if we found a merchant of a “questionable nature”, we were to contact the merchant division and see about having them shut down. Massage parlors, adult bookstores and bars with private dance rooms were common targets.
Suddenly, without warning, the prohibition against such businesses was quietly removed.
At least Mr. Holder is operating from a moral compass – one that points to Nazi Germany or La Cosa Nostra.
I suspect TMCCC decided free enterprise was a better agenda.
h/t Theo Spark, Info Wars
How DOES one measure a President’s greatness? Can we really compare John Adams to Millard Fillmore? Is it holding to the Constitutional base? Preserving the Union through extra-legal means? Being a good guy?
I remember as a kid being taught Washington was great because he was offered kingship and declined. And he was a great general who never told a lie. Of course, he wasn’t so great during the French and Indian War, and the whole Whiskey Rebellion thing.
Jefferson. One of my heroes. Governmental minimalist. Except, he too, took the reins and expanded governmental power. And, he was a nasty slave owner, like Washington. Of course, he did draft the 3/5 compromise, setting the stage for eventual emancipation of the slaves.
Lincoln. Preserved the Union! Through extra-legal means like suspending Habeus Corpus. Massacred Indians. Freed slaves in States over which he had no control.
Theodore Roosevelt. Rough Rider. Trust Buster. Progressive. Racist.
Franklin Roosevelt, his second cousin. Kept us in the Great Depression much longer than the rest of the World. Another Progressive. Locked up the Nisei. Military tribunals for combatants and civilians. Was elected FOUR times!
JFK. Didn’t duck. Daddy bought him the White House by dealing with Sam Giancana. Had style. Charisma.
Reagan. Likable. Snowed the Soviets into disbanding and taking down the wall. High taxes. Central American underground war stuff.
G.W. Bush. Also likeable. Kept us ‘safe’ after 911 with the War in Afghanistan and The PATRIOT Act.
You notice certain names are conspicuous by their absence…?
So what do YOU think?
Check out this chart. All of the numbers are adjusted for inflation.
It compares the kickoff of LBJ’s War On Poverty income stats to those of 2009. (And yeah, the Evil 1% somehow started doing a lot better in 2009 when Obama got elected. I wish I had those numbers on here.)
Everyone is doing better than they were. Granted, they would be doing better if LBJ had never been born, because trillions and trillions were wasted on redundant government programs rather than productive industry and services.
But seriously…. are the numbers on that chart something to get worked up over?
Go here to read the article from which these stats came.
Let’s move on.
Do you earn more than $34,000 per year?
Then you are in the Evil 1%. Yes. If you pull in 34K, you are in the top 1% of earners in the world. (The Whited Sepulcher)
I’m on medical disability and bring in way less than that.
‘Duck Dynasty’s’ Phil Robertson on Indefinite Hiatus Following Anti-Gay Remarks
Here’s a TV show I never watch, and have no interest in. I’ve seen snippets, and except for the family’s touching religiosity (like dining together and saying grace) I find it inane. It’s reportedly the most watched show on television!
Based on Mr. Robertson’s pronouncements, this is an area where he and I disagree.
Chick-fil-A president deletes tweet denouncing Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage
I’ve never been to a Chik-fil-A. There isn’t one nearby. I understand the food is exceptional (for fast food), the places are spotless, and, because of the company’s president’s predilections, it is closed on Sunday. They are rumored to have terrific biscuits.
The media was all over the Chik-fil-A story last Summer, and is now having a feeding frenzy over the Duck Dynasty story. How dare people hold opinions different from those promoted by the mainstream media?
This doesn’t mean I agree with the President of Chik-fil-A or Phil Robertson. But, I can make my own decisions with regard to my interaction with them! (or not).
AND, they have a right to express their opinions!!
If you disagree with the president of Chik-fil-A, so be it. If you choose not to patronize them, don’t. If Phil Robertson upsets you, don’t watch the show. Or watch it and yell at the TV – I don’t care!
Just don’t tell me what is politically-correct to buy or watch. I make my own decisions, thank you.
Gun Owners of America
A CONTACT YOUR SENATORS FORM – CLICK HERE TAKE ACTION TODAY!
Gun Control Coming to the Senate Floor on Monday
Contact your Senators
“[Democrats] just spent all year trying to effectively destroy the gun lobby, so why in heaven’s name [should] we give them this Christmas present?” — GOA’s Michael Hammond on the plastic gun ban (ABC News, Dec. 3, 2013)
The U.S. House of Representatives did a very dangerous thing Tuesday — and, apparently, it did so with the consent of one gun organization.
By voice vote, the House slammed through a ten-year reauthorization of the poorly drafted 1988 plastic gun ban.
Lest anyone be confused about how the anti-gun Left views this, USA Today crowed, on the front page of Wednesday’s newspaper that the “HOUSE SAYS YES TO ONE GUN BILL — Plastic gun ban only firearm legislation to pass since November.”
Taken alone, this gives the Obama administration, if it chooses, another three years to use the 1988 law to ban large numbers of guns.
But there is an even bigger danger: Chuck Schumer held a press conference the same day to indicate that he will use the House-passed bill as a vehicle to pass even more gun control. We don’t expect to know Schumer’s bill number or language before he actually offers it, but it will purport to deal with guns from 3-D printers, while actually being much broader.
So here’s what we are doing: We are asking our friends in the Senate to put a “hold” on any effort by Schumer to amend the House bill.
The Senate will only be in session four or five days next week before the House goes out for the year, and Schumer may not be able to get time on the Senate floor without “unanimous consent” from all senators.
So, by doing this, we would force Schumer to give up on his vehicle for banning printer-guns if he wanted any reauthorization of the 1988 bill. If Schumer remains adamant, there will be no reauthorization at all. Even if he capitulates, we’ll see what happens.
It’s not a perfect outcome. But we think it’s an outcome we can probably achieve.
ACTION: Contact your Senators. Ask them to oppose any effort by Senator Chuck Schumer to add gun control to the H.R. 3626, the plastic gun ban reauthorization which passed in the House.
Please click on the link above and let your senators know where you stand on civil rights! Do it TODAY!
Monday could be too late.
(A PHONE CALL WOULDN’T HURT, EITHER! 202-224-3121) Guffaw
h/t Rev. Paul
(Yeah – I’m shocked, too!) :-P
That is a turnout increase of 300%. If voter ID was intended to suppress votes, it is failing as spectacularly as HealthCare.gov.
And here’s the entire article.
Now hers’ the SHOCKING PART!
h/t CNN !