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Moms Demand Action, gun nuts scare the children

This morning in Indianapolis.

The group Moms Demand Action held the rally outside the Indiana Statehouse on Thursday to call for an assault weapons ban, restrictions on magazine sizes, and an end to the so-called gun show loophole . .

After those twenty children were killed in Newtown, I can’t imagine a more predictable response. I’m sure there were millions of mothers shedding tears as the reports come in.

The National Day to Demand Action was organized by the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The event coincided with the release of a television ad featuring family members of those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School last year.

This is all well and good. But only when you’re a liberal. For the folks at the other end of the spectrum, it’s natural to feel differently. Perhaps they’d like to remind the Moms what they’re up against. Really.

Several men with assault rifles and hand guns crashed a Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns National Day to Demand Action event in Indianapolis, Indiana on Thursday and stood silently as the state chapter of Moms Demand Action held a rally in favor of limiting the availability of military style weapons and universal background checks . .

A member of Moms Demand Action said that she felt unsettled by their presence and said that the organizers would have to think twice before holding another event, particularly one where children could be present.

I’m not exactly sure what the counter-message there is. But I’m awestruck by such displays of courage. How hard it must be to stand defiant among women and children and wear a pair of sunglasses and an M-16. I couldn’t be prouder to be a man.


Confederate Yankee comes across scenario to blow liberals away, claims it would be perfectly justified

I can only assume Confederate Yankee serially spent plenty of ‘alone time’ in the nearest Confederate Condo Crapcloset after this post. Those gunpowder-and-ballistics Palin pics surely are now spotty and plenty worse for wear, assuming they’re not just stuck together like stacks of rice paper mats after a corn syrup monsoon.

confed yank 2Labor union SEIU turned up the heat on the business flaks and banksters by staging protests directly in front of their homes. They realized that bringing a few hundred people to demonstrate outside the mega-skyscrapers of the powerful and insulated results in nothing much effective, so they changed tactics.

The scene is certainly more aggressive, and its politics are controversial. Huffington Post reported on the cacophony this way:

Class Warfare: Hundreds Protest Outside Bankers’ Houses In DC
First Posted: 05-16-10 08:00 PM | Updated: 05-17-10 05:46 PM

Huge raucous crowds converged outside bank employees’ houses on Sunday afternoon to demand banks stop lobbying against Wall Street reform.

“Bank of America: bad for America!” shouted community leaders outside the house of Bank of America deputy general counsel Gregory Baer.

The Chicago-based grassroots organization National People’s Action, in coordination with the SEIU, bused more than 700 workers from 20 states to Baer’s neighborhood, one of the wealthiest corners of Washington. The action kicks off several days of protests targeting K Street for lobbyists’ role in financial reform.

Baer’s son was in the house at the time and got scared, though no harm or destruction resulted. The group apparently packed up and moved to another bigwig’s house. Confederate Yankee, however, caught an electric whiff off the fear and fired back:

It’s All Fun For Them, Until One of Their Little Unionized Terrorists Get Shot
Posted by Confederate Yankee at 08:07 PM

I was offline most of the weekend, spending the bulk of Saturday and Sunday in an NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home course with a class filled with NRA instructors. All of us were concealed carry permit holders, and all had previously taken the Personal Protection in the Home course (more on the courses at another time, perhaps).

As a result, I didn’t get a chance until today to read about Nina Easton’s account of a SEIU/NPA mob action that terrified the teen-aged son of a Bank of America lawyer, who was alone when the mob poured out of 14 buses and stormed their home . .

You can tell where this is going, right?

If a homeowner in such a situation felt that a chanting mob banging forcefully on door [sic] and windows was attempting to break into the home, they would be fully justified under the laws of many states if the [sic] decided to start firing a gun through the door into the tightly packed mob behind it in order to stop what they felt was a felony home invasion in progress.

Now that would be the felony home invasion of all-time. When the massive group pours out of a whole bunch of buses, wearing the same colorful shirts, carrying signs, marching up and down the street and yelling cliches through their bullhorns, you can be sure they’re there to sneak up on the front door and stampede it if you inexplicably answer the doorbell. “WHOOOIIIZZIIITT?” Wait for the 110-decibel pleas of “SSSSHHHHHH!!” coming through the hand-helds, bouncing through the neighborhood. Then you can tiptoe to the door and brace for the worst.

Gotta admit, it’s a brilliant strategy. After they’ve tied you up and taken all your jewelry, long after they’ve skulked away in the bright light of day, disappeared in an elephant migration of diesel-spewing buses, how will you ever identify them? There are hundreds of them, dammit. Of course, you might just tell the police you’re being robbed — they are, after receiving all the calls from angry neighbors, standing there monitoring the whole thing. Nonetheless, go ahead, pull out your rifle and pour a couple clips worth of high-velocity rounds through the door at the “tightly packed mob behind it.”

This is not an extreme nor unusual statute, but a simple acknowledgment of castle doctrine and stand your ground laws applied to a bizarre situation.

confed yankNow there’s some logic: it’s a bizarre situation, I feel scared, time to blow your noggin off. Unless you mean after the fact, then I would agree: indiscriminately and blindly opening fire upon a crowd of protesters in your front yard would be a bizarre situation, AKA “wholesale slaughter.” Incidentally, considering the unarmed hundreds of them, good luck convincing anybody that tactic constituted a reasonable solution to your problem.

No jury on earth would convict a family trapped by 500 thugs screaming through bullhorns and causing them to reasonably suspect that their lives were in danger from a mob they thought was breaking down his door, and it’s doubtful there would even be a prosecution in many jurisdictions.

On second thought, that might be true, knowing what some places in the country are like. Doesn’t mean it’s legal or justified or that you wouldn’t be a notorious mass-murderer of working class types. But then, you’d also become a celebrated anti-union Bernie Goetz for the far-right, so your ticket would be eternally punched. Hmm, this is an even better Confederate Yankee fantasy than I’d originally figured.

Barack Obama’s comfort with thug politics and love of strong-arm behavior may get some of his supporters killed one day, and he’ll have no one to blame but his own tactics and allies.

Grab some Jergens and go satisfy yourself, Yankee. God fear monkey nuts.

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Patriots attack


Tea party protesters scream ‘nigger’ at black congressman

WASHINGTON — Demonstrators outside the U.S. Capitol, angry over the proposed health care bill, shouted “nigger” Saturday at U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia congressman and civil rights icon who was nearly beaten to death during an Alabama march in the 1960s.

Protesters also shouted obscenities at other members of the Congressional Black Caucus, spat on at least one black lawmaker and confronted an openly gay congressman with taunts.

. . and . .

‘Tea party’ protesters accused of spitting on lawmaker, using slurs

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus said that racial epithets were hurled at them Saturday by angry protesters who had gathered at the Capitol to protest health-care legislation, and one congressman said he was spit upon. The most high-profile openly gay congressman, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), was heckled with anti-gay chants . .

Democratic leaders and their aides said they were outraged by the day’s behavior. “I have heard things today that I have not heard since March 15, 1960, when I was marching to get off the back of the bus,” said House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the highest-ranking black official in Congress.


Barney Frank: ‘Mass hysteria‘ on Capitol Hill

Tea Party protesters disrupted Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s press stakeout at a House Office Building, yelling “you’re a disgrace to your office” and one protester yelled a gay epithet at Rep. Barney Frank again on Sunday, adding yet another layer of chaos to an already tense afternoon on Capitol Hill . .

Someone in the crowd yelled “faggot” — an epithet overheard by a POLITICO reporter — at Frank, who is gay. A group of Catholics supporting reform sang a chorus of “we love you Barney, oh yes we do.”

“It’s like the Salem witch trials, and healthcare is the witches,” Frank said. “There is mass hysteria.”

Conservative bloggers to the rescue. Ann Althouse:

The members of Congress have a lot of power, and they ought to have to hear the anger their exercise of that power is causing. It’s outrageous for them to pose as victims without very good cause. So what if some idiot said a bad word? That’s a trivial distraction compared to the power they are about to exercise in the face of such strong opposition to what they are about to do.

So what if they spat on you and called you a “nigger”? Christ, you’re about to provide millions of Americans with healthcare. At long last have you no decency, sir? Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugs:

Big media only deemed fit to cover the people’s revolution to smear, libel and sexually smear them (“tea baggers”).

This campaign of destruction culminated yesterday when a specious charge was made that a protester shouted “ni**er” at the Congressional Black Caucus. Color me skeptical. I am not sure why the Black Congressional Caucus deliberately chose to walk through the crowd as they shouted “killl the bill,” but it sure sounds like a set-up.

Deliberately choosing to walk through the Tea Partiers. What were the Black Congressional Caucus thinking? They know damn well that they’re black, but they’ll just try this bullshit anyway. What a set-up.


“UC Irvine has been a disaster area for Jews”

In the sense of, what? Jews are uncomfortable with an angry Muslim population? What a surprising “disaster”.

Israeli ambassador Michael Oren gets shouted down at UC Irvine:

“Well, this one will get your blood going. The ultimate responsibility for this resides with the university which has done nothing to curb this already known problem.”

The problem of interrupting speechifying you don’t agree with? That problem’s been around for thousands of years. I don’t agree with the Muslim Student Union’s tactics, but I certainly understand the anger. I’d rather have heard them go after this guy in the Q and A.

“UC Irvine has been a disaster area for Jews and a seething pot of jihadism for a long time. Students should have been expelled and the Muslim Student Union de-certified (or the equivalent) long ago.

This isn’t “jihadism”, idiot. And de-certifying the MSU won’t make them, or the yelling, disappear.

“What you see in the video is not free speech, but the signs of a growing minority who seek to drag us down to the level of the typical Middle Eastern third world hell-holes they so admire.”

Yes, you’re so much better than them. Who is this asshole?

Solomonia (“Solomon” with an “ia” at the end) is the web log of Martin ‘Solomon.’

His last name in quotes?


Death of Iran’s reforming Grand Ayatollah Montazeri draws out university students and the opposition by the thousands

Grand Ayatollah Montazeri’s funeral sees hundreds of thousands challenge the Iranian regime

Opposition supporters chanted anti-government slogans in Iran’s holy city of Qom on Monday after the funeral of Ayatollah Montazeri.

Mourners wearing green items, a symbol of the protests that followed last June’s presidential election, chanted slogans similar to those used in the post-ballot demonstrations.

Iran says it will not be held responsible for ‘bloodshed’ on the streets

There were clashes between hardline pro-government vigilantes and mourners, reports said. “Ansar Hezbollah groups entered the crowd and wanted to derail the slogans and disrupt the ceremony. They went away after clashing with some people,” Rahesabz website reported.

Presidential challengers Mir-Hussein Mousavi and Mehdi Karrubi were among those present. “Hundreds of thousands from all over the country” gathered today outside Montazeri’s house in the city of Qom to take part, opposition leader Mr Mousavi’s Kaleme.org website said.

Ayatollah Montazeri, once an ally of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini who led the 1979 Islamic Revolution, was designated to succeed him as Supreme Leader before the two fell out over the execution of opposition members shortly before Khomeini died in 1989. The post of Supreme Leader has since been held by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

In September, authorities arrested three grandsons of Montazeri after he urged the clergy to speak out against Iran’s leadership and the crackdown that followed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s re-election. The opposition alleged that the June election was marred by fraud, a charge that Ahmadinejad denied.

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Kaleme said people were chanting slogans in support of opposition leaders Mr Mousavi and Mr Karoubi.

It quoted one slogan as saying, in reference to the green colour of the pro-reform movement in Iran: “Today is the day of mourning and the green Iranian nation is the owner of this mourning.”

Kaleme said people were carrying various “green symbols”, an apparent reference to green wristbands and other items in the same colour.

It said there was a “considerable” presence of security forces, but that there had so far been no report of any clashes.

Ayatollah Montazeri’s death on Saturday coincides with tensions rising once again in the Islamic Republic, six months after the disputed June presidential poll plunged the major oil producer into political crisis.

The cleric was named in the 1980s to succeed revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as Iran’s top authority, but fell out with the leadership. He was under house arrest in Qom from 1998 until 2003 and became a respected opposition figure.


Seen front and center at Michelle Bachmann’s teabagger party on Thursday: a pile of Jewish dead

Why would anybody want to hang around these people? “Elie Wiesel calls tea partyers’ signs ‘indecent and disgusting’.”


ADD: Actual anti-semitism, much better. “Obama takes his orders from the Rothschilds.”


Fox ‘News’ caught in shameless hackery: reporter gushes over Teabaggers while producer stokes them for the camera

No wonder Fox was so angry with the other major outlets’ ‘coverage’–those jerks just wouldn’t manufacture ‘the news’ last Saturday. Must be embarrassing for Fox, I’d imagine, to be exposed so comprehensively.

Here’s a clip of the sort of ‘coverage’ Fox News provided. Griff Jenkins, fresh from Planet Dweeb engineering, talks to the inventor of the 9/12 project, Glenn Beck. And do you sense there’s already some serious problems with Fox’s role here? Maybe?

While Fox inexplicably posts the chyron “9 Principles, 12 Values” (…any of you recall protesters going on and on about those 21 sacred things last Saturday? I don’t…), Glenn oh-so-sincerely wants to know “Who are these people?” Surprisingly, according to Griff, they’re just the Ultra-Diverse Salt of the Earth:

Meanwhile, on these remotes, Associate Producer Heidi Noonan carried out her Fox News’ duties beside the camera shots:

Having been primped, pimped and pandered to, how does the crowd show it’s appreciation?


No big surprise, Americans just love their journalists.


The hopeless stupidity of Conservatives: ’97 photo of D.C. ‘Promise Keepers’ rally? “That’s us!” January estimates of Obama’s inauguration? “That’s us!”

How fucking dumb do you have to be to try to pretend that a 50,000 person rally is actually 2 million people? How dumb do you have to be to run with that story long after it’s been proven rankly bullcrap? How dumb do you have to be to try to substitute others’ rally photos and National Park Service estimates for your own to pretend that your protest was “the largest event held in Washington, D.C., ever”?

These questions have no answers because Conservatives are too stupid to fathom.

Bloggers claim photo shows millions at “tea party” protest

…So supporters of Saturday’s “tea party” protests against President Barack Obama were quick to highlight their big turnout. To bolster countless claims on blogs and Facebook, many posted a photograph that showed a gargantuan crowd sprawling from Capitol Hill down the National Mall to the Washington Monument.

But it turns out the photo is more than 10 years old, apparently taken during a 1997 Promise Keepers rally…

Pete Piringer, public affairs officer for the D.C. Fire and Emergency Department, said the local government no longer provides official crowd estimates because they can become politicized. But the day of the rally, Piringer unofficially told one reporter that he thought between 60,000 and 75,000 people had shown up.

“It was in no way an official estimate,” he said.

We asked Piringer whether there were enough protesters to fill the National Mall, as depicted in the photograph.

“It was an impressive crowd,” he said. But after marching down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol, the crowd “only filled the Capitol grounds, maybe up to Third Street,” he said.

Yet the photograph so widely posted showed the crowd sprawling all the way to the Washington Monument, which is bordered by 15th and and 17th Streets.

There’s another problem with the photograph: It doesn’t include the National Museum of the American Indian, a building located at the corner of Fourth Street and Independence Avenue that opened on Sept. 14, 2004. (more…)


Senators introduce ‘Human-Animal Hybrid Prohibition Act’. Defiant centaurs, pro-morphs form coalition, cavort

Brownback, Landrieu introduce Human-Animal Hybrid Prohibition Act

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Sam Brownback today with Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) introduced the Human-Animal Hybrid Prohibition Act of 2009.

“This legislation works to ensure that our society recognizes the dignity and sacredness of human life,” said Brownback. “Creating human-animal hybrids, which permanently alter the genetic makeup of an organism, will challenge the very definition of what it means to be human and is a violation of human dignity and a grave injustice.”…

“Tampering with the human germ-line could be the equivalent to setting a time-bomb that might detonate many generations down the line; but once it is set, there is no reversing course.

Chimeric, transformational organisms oppose new ‘Hybrid Prohibition Act’, flitter and galavant in protest

Sheena Chestnut (above, in hooves) and supporters protest Brownback-sponsored anti-hybrid legislation in a Mount Olympus-adjacent meadow. In opposition to the Kansas Senator’s bill, Chestnut claims the potential law is reckless and will eventually reach as far as amphibians. ‘It’s exactly the dangerous sort of the thing Hitler tried during World War II in order to “purify” the populace. It’s an insidious attempt at eugenics.’