This could have ended so much worse

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A gunman opened fire Tuesday morning at a FedEx facility in Kennesaw, Georgia. Six were shot, with their injuries ranging from minor to one in critical condition. Authorities report that the gunman is dead.

What you need to know is that by law you must own a gun in Kennesaw.

Now imagine if everyone in this facility was packing heat, a gun goes off and everyone sees everyone else with a gun drawn? What do you do, who do you trust? Imagine when the police arrive and finds a warehouse full of people with drawn guns and some people shot? What do they do?

Sweet pistol-packing Jeebus, people, it could have turned into a mass murder. And somewhere, Wayne LaPierre is smiling.

In Which Repeat Myself Again (and again)

Not all Republicans are racist. However, if you are a racist, I bet you are a Republican:

Puppet Show and GOP

Well, according to multiple conservative media outlets, yes, [the rumor that Donald Sterling is a registered Democrat] does matter. On Sunday, National Review ran a blog post originally titled, “Racist Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Is a Democrat.” The post breathlessly noted a handful of contributions he made in the early 1990s to Democratic politicians, including California politician Gray Davis and Sen. Bill Bradley, who had played in the NBA. (Sterling has owned his NBA team since the early 1980s.) The headline has since been changed to “Racist Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Has Only Contributed to Democrats,” with an update reading, “his official party affiliation is not known.” Still, the Donald-Sterling-Is-a-Democrat meme already took hold within right-wing media:

“Report: Clippers Owner Caught In Racist Rant Is A Democratic Donor” — Fox Nation.

“NBA Sterling is a Democrat…” — Matt Drudge.

“Race Hate Spewing Clippers Owner Is Democratic Donor” — the Daily Caller.

“Media Ignoring Dem Donations of LA Clippers’ Owner, Allegedly Caught on Tape in Race-Based Rant” — NewsBusters.

“LA Clippers Owner Donald Sterling is a Racist Democrat” — the Tea Party News Network.

Except that he isn’t a Democrate, he’s a Republican. And he’s such a schmuck that he’ll probably get his dick caught in his body bag when it is time for him to take his final dirt nap.

(Mother Jones)

Grimm’s Fairy Tale

Rep. Grimm dismisses fraud charges as “witch hunt”: Rep. Michael Grimm, R-New York, was indicted on charges of perjury and hiding more than $1 million in restaurant income from the IRS on Monday. The former FBI agent, who spent time in FBI custody before his court appearance Monday morning, called the charges a “witch hunt” and vowed to say [sic] in Congress and stand for re-election. Grimm did resign his post on the House Financial Services Committee.

Yeah, that’s some brave posturing: Republicans have to keep him on the ballot. The deadline to file with the state and run for Grimm’s seat passed earlier this month. No word on how many halved-boys were left in his wake at his press conference.

The Morning Quote

Frothy Santorum (eew, gross!) implies that The Kenyan Usurper’s campaign team thought he could have ridden a wave of working-class votes to victory over the President in the 2012 Goat Rodeo.

The former presidential hopeful then recounted how he met with Romney’s campaign manager and pollster after dropping out of the race. Romney’s team showed him a poll from Pennsylvania that found Santorum down by four points among voters who went to the polls during the workday, but up by 21 points after 5 p.m.

Which is pretty good when you consider he lost his PA Senatorial seat by double-digits.

Happy Hour News Briefs

News that will drive you to drink

Let’s listen as Iowa GOP senate candidates tell our old pal E2 that they will demand that The Kenyan Usurper’s judicial nominees must follow Biblical Law.

  • Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, author of The Harbinger, which claims that 9-11 was God’s judgement on the United States, has been invited to join the speakers for the 63rd annual National Day of Prayer. (World Nut Daily)
  • Ironically named Xristian Xrazie Dr. Don Boys argues that the only thing worse than the gays themselves are the Christians who rise to their defense from the Xrazies. No, really. (Barbwire)
  • Notably nutty hate-radio host Alex Jones calls free-range conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck a Judas-goat for not supporting Cliven Bundy. But then in probably the best quote of the day blurts out:

    “They’re positioning him as a Judas goat to lead the liberty movement. It all just clicked. He is actually Benedict Arnold, he actually works for Obama. And I’m sorry I have to say that. He really does!”

    That’s gonna leave a mark. (Mediaite)

The Afternoon Quote

“Usually when I get up this early, I get up to kill something.”

–Zombie-eyed Granny-starver Paul Ryan to pastor Darryl Webster when visiting the Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church in Indianapolis, you know, as part of his outreach to the poors.

(BuzzFeed)

“Would you liked fries with your career?”

Ugh: Most Of The Jobs Added Since The Recession Pay Low Wages

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Four years into the recovery, low-wage industries have accounted for 44 percent of job growth, but they only made up 22 percent of the losses during the recession. These jobs pay between $9.48 and $13.33 an hour — even that higher wage is only about $27,000 a year. At the same time, mid-wage industries saw 37 percent of the job losses but have only made up about a quarter of employment growth. High-wage industries accounted for 41 percent of the losses but have only seen 30 percent of the recovery’s gains. In all, low-wage industries employ 1.85 million more people than when the recession began, while the other two groups have lost nearly 2 million jobs.

I don’t think that this comes as a surprise to anyone, really. If you are above a certain age, you won’t be offered these jobs, either. I know that by the economic definition we are no longer in a recession, but it sure feels like a depression. Thanks Chimpy for your lasting legacy of making everything worse.

(Think Progress)

Today in boy-breaking news… UPDATED

Aptly-named member of Congress Michael Grimm has turned himself into the FBI today and was arrested on Federal criminal charges, which have not been made public. Says his lawyer, William McGinley:

“We are disappointed by the government’s decision, but hardly surprised.

Us too. Dude looks shifty. And he also threatened to break a reporter in half, “like a boy.” Perhaps the FBI found some halved-boys lying about. Mystery solved!

From the beginning, the government has pursued a politically driven vendetta against Congressman Grimm and not an independent search for the truth,” McGinley said.

When you have clientele like Grimm, you probably have a speech like this memorized, or at least a photocopied stack of them by the front door? We’ll got with that.

“Congressman Grimm asserts his innocence of any wrongdoing. When the dust settles, he will be vindicated.”

Of course he will. But what has he been accused of doing, of which he is innocent until proven guilty? I’m going with halved-boys for now. Just as a reminder:

(NBC)

UPDATE 1 Looks like I was wrong about the broken-in-two boys (Politico):

NEW YORK — Rep. Michael Grimm was hit with a 20-count federal indictment on Monday, including allegations that he skimmed more than $1 million from a restaurant he owned before he came to Congress.

[snip]

The indictment unveiled by Lynch includes a long list of criminal charges, including mail and wire fraud, filing false tax returns, health care fraud, hiring undocumented workers, perjury and obstruction.