Mixed Messages, Cont.

Bumper Sticker reloading

The second, lower bumper sticker is what takes this from typical NRA bravado to high art.

(Hat tip: Scissrhead Patrick Bjork, and yes, we have a new meme category: Mixed Messages.)

Your Daily Texas Update

The Sound of Machine Guns HT Skinny-D

The National Labratory For Bad Gubmint (thanks Molly Ivin!) has done it again!

In the wake of increasingly large and frequent protests by the open carry movement, the Texas House of Representatives approved rules that would allow for the installation of panic buttons and give representatives the power to have “hostile” citizens summarily ejected from their offices, The Houston Chronicle reports.

To quote Ivin again: “You gotta dance with them whut brung you.”

News That Will Drive You To Drink

This rally was in Olympia, WA (the state capitol). The voters in the state of Washington passed an initiative to close loopholes in the sales of guns, even at gun shows. The voters passed the initiative by an overwhelming percentage, so, you know, States Rights.

George Zimmerman Offers Us Advise

Just whip 'em out an measure 'em, boys.

Just whip ‘em out an measure ‘em, boys.

“Go to the range to practice, keep your guns in a safe location, and primarily, now that I know that I’m $2.5 million in debt, just in lawyers’ fees, I paid over $360,000 in hard costs to the state of Florida – just in, you know, copies, CDs, manuscripts, that kind of stuff – I would definitely invest in getting some type of self-defense insurance, and again, arming yourself with the knowledge of what you can do and what you should or shouldn’t do after the incident,” Zimmerman said.

So before you go out to slaughter some skittles-bearing blah kid, get some insurance. (Raw Story)

The Traitor Joe Award Goes To…

Senator Joe Manchin:

The Traitor Joe Lieberman Award

The Traitor Joe Lieberman Award


Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Monday bucked Democratic leadership to vote against the controversial surgeon general nominee whom conservatives have bashed for calling gun violence a public health concern.

“I don’t believe it’s appropriate for America’s number one doctor to participate in political activism,” Manchin said in a statement Monday an hour before the Senate confirmed Dr. Vivek Murthy in a 51-43 vote.

“I don’t question his medical qualifications; I just question whether the public will believe that he can separate his political beliefs from his public health views. I am wary that his past comments and political involvement will have an impact on his leadership capabilities and effectiveness,” Manchin added.

The Hill notes dryly that Manchin received an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association.

In Which Joni Earnst Makes Us Squeal

Queue up the theme from Deliverance, because IA Senate Candidate and animal husbandry enthusiast Joni Earnst has another interesting comment from her past which she will not explain:

“I have a beautiful little Smith & Wesson, 9 millimeter, and it goes with me virtually everywhere,” Ernst said at the NRA and Iowa Firearms Coalition Second Amendment Rally in Searsboro, Iowa. “But I do believe in the right to carry, and I believe in the right to defend myself and my family — whether it’s from an intruder, or whether it’s from the government, should they decide that my rights are no longer important.”

Look, that’s not even much of a veiled reference to kookie Sharon Angle’s famous Second Amendment Remedies. That really is claiming that anyone who feels so inclined has a right to violently overthrow the government. I think it is intended as a threat to, you know, those people (whoever they happen to be) that there will be retribution if patriots like Earnst don’t get their way.

Earnst has been conducting a campaign built upon her personality, very light on the specifics of what she proposes and so these revelations that keep popping up from 2012 need to be addressed. Earnst has helpfully decided to not have any press events between now and the election, so whatever is out there seems to be the record.

So we can now add insurrection to no abortions under any circumstances and hard money. What else has she got buried from the press?

Some Stupid For Your Bottomless Mimosa?

Canadian-born latino and immigrant-hating southern white supremacist Senator Ted Cruz tells us why there is no surgeon general (Second Amendment), that the Dim-controlled Senate couldn’t get the Surgeon General confirmed (but left out the part of the block put in by Sen. Aqua Buddha so that the nomination couldn’t be voted on), and claims that the CDC is well funded.

Here’s Some Stupid For Your Coffee

Oddly, Petunia and Pals does not address what would have happened if Alton Nolen had a gun instead of a knife. Back to you, Judge, since you were so good with hypotheticals.