The NRA owns the Republican Party

The National Rifle Association had its convention in Houston last week. I originally didn’t bother to find out anything about it because I already know what the message is. Nothing in the U.S. Constitution matters other than my right to have any kind of killing machine with a firing pin that I want.

But, I thought I’d take a look at the speakers lineup:

Glenn Beck
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
Former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska)
Former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R-Arkansas)
Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton (R)
Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas)
Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pennsylvania)
Gov. Bobby Jindl (R-Louisiana)
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin)
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin)

So, the NRA meeting was really the Republican National Convention. And let’s stop pretending that the NRA is a bipartisan group. It’s the militia arm of the GOP.

And while we’re at it, this is not amusing (from Jonathan Capehart at the Washington Post):

I read with interest about Adam Kokesh’s outrageous plan for July 4.

The 31-year-old former Marine and radio talk show host wants to lead armed demonstrators on a march across Memorial Bridge from Arlington National Cemetery around the Capitol, Supreme Court and the White House. Kokesh is calling on the thousands he hopes will join him (as of this writing, the count stands at 2,673) to march “with rifles loaded & slung across our backs to put the government on notice that we will not be intimidated & cower in submission to tyranny.” …

While Kokesh insists that violence isn’t the protest’s aim, the threat of it lurks on his blog.

“This will be a non-violent event, unless the government chooses to make it violent. Should we meet physical resistance, we will peacefully turn back, having shown that free people are not welcome in Washington, & returning with the resolve that the politicians, bureaucrats, & enforcers of the federal government will not be welcome in the land of the free.”

We already know these domestic terrorists have a death fetish. They see nothing wrong with shooting up theaters and churches and schools, because the right of a psychopath to have a gun outweighs my right not to be shot by a psychopath with a gun.

I just plan to be somewhere else when this circus comes to town.


John McCain’s legacy

John McCain - Caricature

John McCain - Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

This is why John McCain should never be listened to again:

Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday asked the Arizona senator to respond to HBO’s movie “Game Change,” which implies that he only selected Palin because she was a woman.

“I thought she was the best qualified person,” McCain insisted. “I thought she had the ability to excite our party, and the kind of person that I wanted to see succeed in the political arena. She was a very effective and successful governor [of Alaska]. Again, I look forward and not back.”

“What I don’t understand, even in the tough world of politics, why there continues to be such assaults on a good and decent person, Sarah Palin, a fine family person, a person whose nomination energized our campaign,” he said. “We were in the lead and they continue to attack and disparage her character and her person.”

If he really believes Palin was the best qualified, that shows he has no judgment and should not have been allowed in the Oval Office. If he doesn’t believe what he’s saying, that shows he’s dishonest and should not have been allowed in the Oval Office.

Sen. Grumpy McLoser has to know that his legacy and the first paragraph of his obituary will be that he inflicted Sarah Palin on America, and as a result he lowered political discourse and he damaged the country. Live it up, John!

Do as I say, not as I do

Sarah Palin is the queen of abstinence. At least that’s what she’d have you believe.

So this takedown at Lynnrockets’ Blast Off is worth a look:

Sarah Palin did not personally practice abstinence. It would appear that oldest son Track was conceived prior to her wedding on August 29, 1988 inasmuch as he was born on April 20, 1989.

The former ex-quitting half-term Governor of Alaska was also apparently not a very good teacher when it came to instilling the virtues of abstinence on her own children either. First, teen daughter Bristol gave birth out of wedlock. … Now we have eldest son Track who also seems to have violated the abstinence only rule. Track was married only last May, yet today we learned that his new wife gave birth to a baby girl over the weekend.

Geesh Palins, how’s that abstinence-only thingy working out for ya?

She can’t even lead her children. Why does anyone think she can lead the country?

Cover girl

What is the media obsession with Sarah Palin all about? She wasn’t able to complete a whole term as governor for a state that doesn’t even register on the electoral scale. She’s  wrong on major issues, mistaken on American history, regularly makes up stuff out of thin air and is one of the most vindictive political figures of my lifetime.

The world thinks she’s a joke and is pretty straightforward about pointing that out.

But her supporters will follow her off a cliff like a bunch of lemmings, and respected voices in U.S. punditry have proved to be completely delusional when referring to her chances of becoming president of the U.S.

Which is why the above Newsweek cover really annoys me. Let’s get beyond the quote, “I Can Win,” because she can’t. She has no political organization. She isn’t in the Republican debates because she would make Michele Bachmann look statesmanlike. She can’t answer a basic question from a reporter because every question anyone asks Palin, no matter how innocuous, is a “gotcha” question. The Paul Revere question she mangled in Massachusetts was something like “What will you take away from your visit today.” The question that too many pundits praised Katie Couric for in the last presidential election was “What do you read.” These are softball questions that a high school freshman can knock out of the park. But they’re “gotchas” from “the lamestream media” for the thrilla from Wasilla.

So those are a few reasons why the Newsweek cover pisses me off.

And here’s another reason.

You’ve got two Newsweek covers that essentially objectify her as a political babe. A couple of cutie pie, beauty queen poses that people should be up in arms about but serve as the basis for what are supposed to be a “serious” examination of the Palin phenomenon.

And at no time does Newsweek come out and say “Look folks, we know she doesn’t have a chance in hell, but these covers are bait for the 27% of America that lives in a delusion and 27% means about 80 million potential readers.” I know I’m not supposed to take anything I read seriously. But I don’t think Newsweek, no matter how desperate it is to boost sales, has to suspend the concept of reality to give Republican men with the libidos of adolescent boys something to hide under their mattresses. And what’s worse is that this means Michele Bachmann is going to be in the next batch of Red State pinups.

This delusional election season is never going to end.

Tea Party history 101: the revisionists

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I rang bells and fired a gun?

The Tea Party crowd loves to wow the world with their interpretation of American history. Lord knows, I’ve written enough times about it.

But this is taking it too far (from Little Green Footballs):

Man, you’ve gotta almost admire the sheer blind dedication of Sarah Palin’s wingnut acolytes.

Now they’re trying like crazy to edit the Wikipedia page for “Paul Revere” to make it match Palin’s botched version of history. Here’s the Revision history of Paul Revere; check out the edits that are being reversed.

Also see the discussion page for an entertaining exchange between Wikipedia editors and a would-be revisionist.

Here’s a simple remedy for the Tea Partiers. Go to the Texas School Board. It’s more than willing to modify textbooks to fit your version of history.

(By the way, Sarah, if your going to say you were hit with a “gotcha question,” make sure the question is a bit more difficult than: “What have you seen so far today and what are you going to take away from your visit?”)

Palin punk’d Romney

If I were Mitt Romney and I had let everyone know that I was going to announce that I was running for president in a speech in New Hampshire, I would despise Sarah Palin for this.

This is the front page of the Manchester Union Leader, one of the state’s biggest newspapers. This newspaper has destroyed presidential hopes (ask Ed Muskie). A Republican would sell his first born for an endorsement from this newspaper. Romney coveted a big front page splash on his announcement.

And then the Thrilla from Wasilla brings her buscapade to the state and blows him away.
Don’t think for a minute that she didn’t know what she was doing.

Romney is the “front runner” and a half-term governor made him look like a chump in his own back yard on his big day.

I still don’t think Palin’s ever going to say she’s running for the presidency. I’ll bet she thinks the GOP field will be so scattered come convention time, she’ll just walk in and delegates will fall to their knees, begging her to take the nomination. It’s delusional, but it mavericky.

But in the meantime, people like Romney need to strike back hard when Palin pulls this kind of stunt. Because if they can’t outmaneuver her, Obama can just start enjoying the next four years of his presidency.

Tea Party history 101: the Sarah Palin edition

I was ready to declare Michelle Bachmann the queen of Tea Party history, but Sarah Palin proves she can never be counted out.

Where do I begin?

1) Paul Revere warned the British?

2) Paul Revere rang bells?

3) Paul Revere was firing a gun?

Did I miss that part of the history lesson in grade school?

This must be why she doesn’t answer questions from the lamestream media.