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.

Here’s Your Eggs Benedict With Extra Stupid Sauce

“We should be clear for our viewers, assault weapon is a made up term. And there really is no such thing as an assault weapon.”

–Hebephrenic TeeVee Dinner heir and vanity press owner Tucker Carlson

Baby’s First Manslaughter


*Sniff* They grow up so fast:

A 9-year-old girl learning to fire a submachine gun accidentally killed her instructor at a shooting range when the weapon recoiled over her shoulder, according to Arizona authorities. The instructor, 39-year-old Charles Vacca, died at a hospital late Monday night after he was shot in the head. The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said the girl was with her parents. The website of Bullets and Burgers, the shooting range where the accident happened, says children between the ages of 8 and 17 can shoot a weapon if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Well, I’m sure the NRA will have some soothing words of wisdom, you know, if only a good guy with a gun were there, etc. I’m getting the sense that the ammosexuals are sort of thinning their own herd.


Hunting Season in Ferguson? – UPDATED

Celebrity free-range hunter of black teens George Zimmerman was arrested in Ferguson after stalking 2 kids and pointing a gun at them:

Authorities say Zimmerman was exiting the Dunkin’ Donuts at approximately 9:45 am when he encountered the two teenagers, who are identified only as black males ages 16 and 17. In cell phone footage obtained by the police and shown, but not released, to the media, the two teens make every effort to evade Zimmerman, but finally confront him after he followed them for a short distance.

“We just saw George Zimmerman, and he’s in Ferguson,” one of the teens says in the cell phone video. “He’s following us. We’re trying to walk away but he’s following us.” The camera shows Zimmerman, carrying a bag of food and a drink, who yells something illegible at the teens. “We don’t want anything to go down. We’re just minding our own business. We’re minding our business.”

Zimmerman is heard yelling something again, and finally the teens stop. One of the teens rather articulately asks Zimmerman to leave him, his friend, and his town, alone. “Sir, sir, we don’t… we don’t have an issue with you, sir. Please leave us alone,” the younger teenager says in the video, while Zimmerman continues to rant about something in the background. “Mr. Zimmerman, I don’t know why you’re here in Ferguson, but It’s pretty damn insensitive, you showing up here. This town’s been through enough already, we don’t need you here intensifying things, okay? And my friend and I didn’t say anything to you.”

“I have a right to be here. It’s a free country, we’re on a public street,” Zimmerman angrily says to the teens. “Why were you following me? Why were you harassing me?”

“We did no such thing, Mr. Zimmerman. You were leaving the store and we saw you and crossed the street,” the younger teen replies. “You followed us for a whole block. We said nothing to you and we were not following you.”

“Why are you here, George?” the older teen asks. “Ferguson has enough going on without you trying to get in the news again.”

At this point, Zimmerman drops his beverage and reaches into his jacket. The teen holding the cell phone raises it, and then the video abruptly ends. Authorities say a State Police cruiser, which just happened to be driving by at that moment, pulled over, and the officers found Zimmerman aiming a 9mm pistol at the two teens, who had their hands raised above their heads. After drawing their own weapons and ordering Zimmerman to drop his, Zimmerman was taken into custody.

Police found two handguns, a shotgun, and several knives inside Zimmerman’s car at the time of his arrest. It is unclear why Zimmerman was visiting Ferguson, when he arrived, or where in town he was staying. Police say the teens will be allowed to release the full video to the public after their investigation is complete.

UPDATE: we got Rick-rolled. Again. I apologize to all loyal scissorheads, and even to the free-range shooter of black kids wherever (Mr. Zimmerman) for falling for it.

He Seems Nice

chain linked stupid

Gavin Ellzey, the vice chairman of the Kansas Republican 3rd Congressional District Committee, advised on Twitter in early July that “offending Muslims is the duty of any civilized person.”

Ellzey added, “Especially with a .45.”

And so the usual apology:

“I’m not trying to offend anybody. I sure wouldn’t shoot anybody. I don’t even own a gun.”

Oh. OK. As long as you were not trying to offend anybody.