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President has secret strategy to dismantle 2nd Amendment?

The Huffington Post is reporting that the election of President Barack Obama in 2008 has “apparently led to a dramatic increase in the sale of guns and applications for concealed handgun permits. As a result, Obama has been labeled the ‘greatest gun salesman in America,’ by online gun and ammunition retailer Ammo.net.”

But don’t let the title confuse you, it isn’t a compliment, according to the story Ammo.net has said, “President Obama’s perceived hostility towards gun owners has been one of the key factors behind the multi-year financial boom the firearms industry continues to enjoy.”

Due to its good old boy backing – meaning white male conservative Christian rednecks – the National Rifle Association is preparing to (surprise, surprise) oppose the President’s re-election this year.

According to Ammo.net, since the beginning of the President’s term, taxes on the sale of new firearms and ammunition has gone up 48 percent, not due to new federal firearms taxes by-the-way, but to new hoarding of weapons and ammo in fear of a government crack-down, which just goes to show how little most right-wing gun owning nut-jobs understand either our nation’s history or its Constitution. No President can do away with any of the rights guaranteed under the Constitution, it takes an amendment to the Constitution to achieve that you numb nuts.

NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre is leading the current charge of fear mongering claiming the President is after our guns.

“Lip service to gun owners is just part of a massive Obama conspiracy to deceive voters and hide his true intentions to destroy the Second Amendment during his second term,” LaPierre told the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC this month.

“We see the president’s strategy crystal clear: Get re-elected and, with no more elections to worry about, get busy dismantling and destroying our firearms’ freedom, erase the Second Amendment from the Bill of Rights and excise it from the U.S. Constitution.”

LaPierre no doubt has a bunker filled with survival equipment and racks of firearms, ready to defend his 2nd Amendment rights, and he’s also no doubt divined this “conspiracy” theory through his tin foil hat.

The President’s made no, repeat NO, moves against either the 2nd Amendment or the Bill of Rights and contrary to LaPierre’s bizarre theories he’s actually expanded gun rights beyond anything any conservative President’s ever done, including Saint Reagan, signing a measure into law allowing Americans to carry guns inside national parks. And according to Huffington,  he’s been criticized by his own party, in the wake of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting, for not enforcing stricter measures on high-capacity ammunition clips, such as the one used by her shooter.

According to the Post, last year, the President went so far as to write an op-ed for the Arizona Daily Star in which he stated that most gun owners are responsible people.

“I believe that if common sense prevails, we can get beyond wedge issues and stale political debates to find a sensible, intelligent way to make the United States of America a safer, stronger place,” he wrote.

Gun owners need to calm down; do you really think if the President wanted your guns the police and military would just gleefully go along with it? Both have sworn oaths to protect and defend the Constitution, not oaths to this or any other President. Time to grow up and stop fear mongering; I have no doubt LaPierre’s opinions have less to do with the 2nd Amendment however and more to do with his pocket book; fear mongering is good for gun sales, and for kick backs to CEO’s of organizations promoting them.

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in 2012 Election

 

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Posted by on February 21, 2012 in 2012 Election

 

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Newt says he’ll lower gas prices to $2 per gallon and turn lead to gold

According to the Associated Press (AP) Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential candidate Newton Leroy Gingrich is pulling a page from former candidate Michele Bachmann’s playbook claiming he’ll make gas prices drop to as low as $2 a gallon if he’s elected.

The promises were flowing deep as Gingrich campaigned in Oklahoma hoping to capitalize on the latest GOTP fear and gloom tactic that gas prices will rise sharply this summer and Newton is pushing if he’s elected he’ll enact relaxed regulation on domestic oil production which will cause the gas to flow like water.

What the Newtser isn’t saying is that Presidents have extremely limited, if indeed any, power to affect prices of a global commodity like oil. Why does the most powerful man in the world have such limited influence? Because such costs depend largely on supply and demand, hence as the country’s economy improves, demand could rise, putting extra pressure on prices.

Gingrich’s been playing the oil exploration card hard as he tries to resurrect a dead campaign slamming the President for delaying a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline even though the building of the pipeline wouldn’t affect one single penny of the short-term gas prices; Gingrich however is not one to play on reality, and claiming the President is hurting the oil and gas industry plays well in states like Oklahoma which depend heavily on those industries.

“With Gingrich policies, what we know is we will dramatically expand our independence in the world market, dramatically expand our capacity to produce energy without regard to our foreign potential enemies and in the process prices will clearly be a lot lower,” Gingrich said. “Now, I picked $2.50 as a stabilizing price for capital investment reasons. It could easily go down to $2.”

Newt waxed nostalgic, boasting that gas cost was as little as $1.13 per gallon when he led the House and that the national average was below $2 when President Obama was inaugurated.

Newt’s memory is a little off, the average cost of gas when he was speaker ranged from $1.41in 1995 to $1.34 in 1999, but if President Obama’s responsible for rising gas prices now, then wasn’t President Clinton responsible for lower prices then, and not the Speaker of the House? How exactly would the Speaker affect gas prices anyhow? What Newt failed to mention during his litany of Obama bashing was how the price of gas capped out at $4.21 near the end of the Bush/Cheney era in 2008.

This is good old fashioned conservative fear mongering plain and simple; if we re-elect the President gas prices will sky rocket, Iran will destroy Israel, the Constitution will be torn to shreds, dogs and cats will live together … blah, blah, blah. Truth is the price of gas has increased because the U.S. economy is doing better, raising demand for gas along with everything else, and that’s good – not bad; the only way someone like a (God forbid) President Gingrich delivers $2 per gallon gas is if the economy tanks again. Of course the average Tea Party voter doesn’t care about facts, they care about hating the President, and that’s what Newt’s counting on.

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2012 in 2012 Election

 

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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in Humor

 

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Jerry D. Reed II

A soldier with the Germany-based 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade died in Afghanistan on Thursday, the Department of Defense reported.

Sgt. Jerry D. Reed II, 30, of Russellville, Ark., died in Paktika province, according to a press release. The cause of his death was not provided. Reed was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, based in Grafenwöhr.

The 172nd deployed to eastern Afghanistan in summer 2011 for a 12-month tour.

SGT Reed is the 4,496th American to die in support of operations in Iraq … ich hatt’ einen Kameraden

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in War on Terror

 

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Romney didn’t save the Olympics

There’s a lot of hype about Willard Mitt Romney’s role in saving the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics; Mittens of course is trying to showcase his position of “savior” of the games as a natural springboard to the Presidency, but I’m not sure there’s a lot of bobsledding or downhill skiing competitions scheduled through the Oval Office.

Of course Mitten didn’t handle the scheduling of events, or the producing of the opening or closing exercises, or the choice of venues for the events, anymore than he sold concessions, so, what exactly did Romney do?

Romney was asked to step in as a titular head of the committee after his predecessors had been caught in a scandal of providing money and hookers to the Internal Olympic Committee to help sweeten the deal of choosing Salt Lake City. They needed someone who looked squeaky clean in a business suit, and they picked a millionaire businessman, with perfect hair and a Pepsodent smile. Let’s be serious, he made business decisions; he didn’t “save the Olympics”.

As far as his role there preparing him for being President, really? That’s like saying Coach Smith at the local high school set up a great track meet he should be the mayor; or Joe Jones, owner of the local tire store, helped setup advertising for the state basketball tournament he’d make a great governor. Since when does running the business end of a sporting event qualify someone for being President? The short and long answer is it doesn’t, any more than Mittens time as a pirate at Bain Capital has. It’s all resume padding.

Mittens has exaggerated his spot as the head of the Salt Lake Olympics, just like his claim that he was a “severe conservative” governor, or that he was a job creator. One thing’s absolutely clear about Romney; he may not be very good at hyping his career, but he’s good at trying to sell stuff; the key operating word being “trying”.

What’s truly amazing is how Romney can be showered with wonderful accolades for having saved a sporting event, but conservatives won’t give the President any credit for having gotten Bin Laden?

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2012 in 2012 Election

 

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No more lap dances

While Republican Tea Party (GOTP) members of the House and Senate are licking their collective political wounds after approving the payroll tax cut bill extending unemployment benefits through 2012, former GOTP presidential hopeful, Congresswoman Michele “Krazy” Bachmann’s doing her best to spin it as a win, crowing how conservatives have put an end to recipients using their debit cards to receive lap dances.

“They’re extending unemployment, too, but the big thing that we get is no longer can a welfare recipient walk into a strip club and get money out of an ATM machine to pay for a lap dance,” she told conservative radio host Mark Levin. “Now, I’m not making this up. That’s the big thing that we get out of this bill.”

That’s right folks, with all the issues we’re dealing with in the economy the GOTP House and Senate members in the Congress have taken the time to ensure welfare recipients won’t be able to use government-issued debit cards to get cash through ATM’s at strip clubs, casinos or liquor stores.

“Welfare recipients across the country have been using their welfare cards — they look like credit cards, it’s a debit card. They get these debit cards, they can walk into a casino, they can walk into a liquor store, they can walk into a strip club and if there’s an ATM machine in there, they can use their welfare card, draw down the money and use it to pay for gambling, lap dances,” Krazy claimed.

Bachmann called the issue “unbelievable.”

“People need to be outraged by this, because we are literally going into hock and reducing our standard of living to keep this kind of ridiculous spending up,” she said. “That’s a problem.”

We’re going into hock because a few welfare recipients might have taken their benefits and gone to a peep show or a casino? No, someone needs to explain to Krazy that we’re in “hock” because we were thrown into two wars without raising taxes to pay for them – instead, the uber-conservatives gave us tax cuts for wealthy and a devastated economy. It’s time for the Congresswoman to get a new brain captain; hers is either dead or asleep at the wheel.

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2012 in Federal Budget

 

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New Hampshire Tea Party Conservative Urges Married Couples to Return to Puritanism

A New Hampshire Republican Tea Party (GOTP) lawmaker has suggested that married couples who should practice abstinence instead of using birth control pills.

State Representative Lynne Blankenbeker made the proposal saying abstinence is available “over the counter” along with condoms. She made her outlandish statement during a legislative committee hearing on a resolution urging the Obama administration to drop the birth control requirement for non-profit organizations providing health care insurance to their employees.

“People with or without insurance have two affordable choices, one being abstinence and the other being condoms, both of which you can get over the counter,” she said.

The comments came at the same hearing where another GOTP Rep. Jeanine Notter, sounding remarkably like a Michele Bachmann knock off, claimed that birth control pills lead to prostate cancer. She does understand that it’s the women who take the pills?

According to the Huffington Post, “Blankenbeker was engaged in a dialogue with Sylvia Kennedy, a New Hampshire doctor, who was testifying in support of Obama’s plan. Kennedy urged the coverage of birth control and responded to Blankenbeker that condoms are not a foolproof means of contraception, and also suggested that abstinence does not work all the time, a notion Blankenbeker disagreed with”.

“Abstinence works 100 percent of the time,” she said.

How many married couples under the age of 100 practice abstinence?

Blankenbeker also asserted that condoms and abstinence offer married couples a wider range of family planning options than oral contraceptives.

And it offers wider range how Ms. Blankenbeker?

“If you decide you want to get pregnant you can refrain from abstinence,” she said.

I understand things are a little provincial in New Hampshire, but asserting married couples practice abstinence is one of the more obtuse things I’ve ever heard, second only to suggesting birth control pills cause prostate cancer; yep, they sure know how to pick em’ in New Hampshire.

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2012 in Contraception

 

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Latest 2012 Presidential Polls – 16 Feb 12 Edition

The current regular season records for the remaining four GOTP candidates are Santorum 4, Romney 3, Gingrich 1 and Paul 0; and Maine remains to be decided!

After Ricky pulled the trifecta, Mittens scrambled for a desperate win in Maine, and after some shenanigans by the state GOTO he maybe, kinda, sort of picked up a win; but hold the phone, there’s a lot of votes remaining to be counted and many more yet to be cast in the pine tree state, many of which may be for Ron Paul, and may give Uncle Ron his first primary win.

Michigan’s Hybrid Primary with 30 Delegates – 28 Feb 12; last Inside MI Politics/MRG poll of likely voters conducted 13 – 14 Feb 12: Santorum 43; Romney 33; Gingrich 11 and Paul 8 with 5% undecided.

There’s no new polling in Arizona’s Winner Take All Primary with 29 delegates – 28 Feb 12; the last Rasmussen Reports poll of likely voters conducted 01 Feb 12: Romney 48; Gingrich 24; Santorum 13 and Paul 6 with 9% undecided.

Super Tuesday (6 Mar 12)

Georgia Proportional Primary with 76 delegates; Landmark/Rosetta Stone poll of likely voters conducted 09 Feb 12: Gingrich 35; Santorum 26; Romney 16 and Paul 5 with 18% undecided.

Ohio Proportional Primary with 66 delegates; Rasmussen Reports poll of likely voters conducted 15 Feb 12: Santorum 42; Romney 24; Gingrich 13 and Paul 10 with 11% undecided.

Oklahoma Proportional Primary with 43 delegates; Sooner Poll of registered voters conducted 17 Nov – 16 Dec 11: Gingrich 33; Romney 14; Paul 4 and Santorum 2 with 47% undecided.

Massachusetts Proportional Primary with 41 delegates; PPP (D) poll of registered voters conducted 16 – 18 Sep 11: Romney 50; Gingrich and Paul 5 and Santorum 1 with 44% undecided

Vermont Hybrid Primary with 17 delegates; PPP (D) poll of registered voters conducted 28 – 31 Jul 11: Romney 26; Paul 7 and Gingrich 6 with 61% undecided

Virginia Hybrid Primary (where only Romney and Paul are on the ballot) with 49 delegates; Quinnipiac poll of registered voters conducted 1 – 9 Feb 12: Romney 68 and Paul 19 with 13% undecided.

The Current GOTP Delegate Count is: Romney 90; Santorum 44; Gingrich 32 and Paul 13. Hopefully the state officials in Maine will figure it all out and figure it out soon allowing the voters to know who’s really in the lead moving into Arizona and Michigan.

The current GOTP Popular Vote Count is:

Romney 1,119,283

Gingrich 838,344

Santorum 430,753

Paul 305,797

Nationally the GOTP Nomination according to the latest Rasmussen Reports poll of registered voters conducted 14 Feb 12: Santorum 39; Romney 27; Gingrich 15 and Paul 10 with 9% undecided.

So, how does each of the Four Horseman of the GOPocalypse stack up against the President? The latest Rasmussen Reports poll of likely voters conducted 13 – 15 Feb 12, if the general election were held today:

President Obama 47/Romney 43

President Obama 51/Gingrich 37

President Obama 47/Santorum 41

President Obama 44/Paul 39

If the GOTP clown car had finally stopped spinning, and the general election was held today, Rick Santorum would be the GOTP nominee, and he’d lose to President Obama in the general election.

What’s the electoral map look like if the election were held today?

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2012 in 2012 Election

 

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Posted by on February 16, 2012 in Humor

 

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