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Friday, January 18, 2013

Hypocrites You say!

I think the word “hypocrite” is one of the most used words in the blogosphere. I used the word yesterday to describe some GOP legislators who voted against the Sandy disaster funds although all of them are from states that have been on the receiving end of those funds at one time or another.

The sun came up, so that must mean someone from the right wrote another letter-to-the editor. Keep them coming; it makes writing a blog that much easier. All they have to do is parrot what they read or hear on right-wing media and all I have to do is contradict their posting, paragraph by paragraph.I guess, I should be grateful that the writers haven’t posted  one of the  most ridiculous arguments for gun control that I’ve heard so far. A wing nut who calls himself a historian, David Barton, told Glenn Beck that "The great example, in the 1850s you have a school teacher who's teaching," the historian explained. "A guy, he's out in the West, this guy from New England wants to kill him and find him. So, he comes into the school with his gun to shoot the teacher, he decides not to shoot the teacher because all the kids pull their guns out and point it at him and say, 'You kill the teacher, you die.' He says, 'Okay.' The teacher lives. Real simple stuff."
Barton added: "There was no shooting because all the kids -- we're talking in elementary school -- all the kids pull their guns out and says, 'We like our teacher, you shoot our teacher, we'll kill you.'

"Kids did not shoot each other," Beck insisted. 

You’ve got to see the video it will give you a laugh to start your morning.

Carl Bankston of my home town of Victoria wrote a letter following the theme that was started by the NRA in support of their hideous ad they recently posted. Bankston stated that then Senator Obama voted for a gun control ban in his state and now he and his family are enjoying protection from the secrete service,  so naturally it’s hypocritical to be for gun control. looked at those allegations and came to the conclusion that the assertion was false. This is’s analysis :
The NRA bases this overheated claim on a vote Obama cast on March 24, 2004, in the Illinois state Senate. He was one of 20 who opposed SB 2165. That bill, which passed 38 – 20 and became law, did not make it a crime to use firearms for self-defense, however. Rather, it created a loophole for persons caught violating local gun registration laws.

It states that in any Illinois municipality where a gun ban is in effect, it shall be an "affirmative defense" if the person accused of violating the ban can show that the weapon was used "in an act of self-defense or defense of another … when on his or her land or in his or her abode or fixed place of business."

Letting the owner of a banned firearm escape a municipality's penalty is one thing, but it's another thing entirely to make it a crime to use any firearm – registered or not – in self-defense. The bill came about after Hale DeMar, of Wilmette, Ill., shot a burglar who had invaded his home. At the time, Wilmette had an ordinance that prohibited owning handguns.

Clarification: To avoid any confusion, we've modified this section to make clear the bill would have pertained to municipalities with local gun bans.

I have my disagreements with Mayor Bloomberg, but I think he’s more of a moderate but I understand your thinking “either you're a conservative or a stinking liberal.”New York state just passed the strictest gun control laws in the nation, so he’s very much in line with the people from that state, but I’ve never heard him talk of gun confiscation. I bet you can’t provide proof of that and no, wanting firearms to be registered is not the first step to confiscation. I guess state's rights don’t apply when it comes to gun control.

Mr. Bankston, I'm 67 years old, and I have never lived under anything  that even slightly reassembles a tyrannical government, and I grew up in the pre -civil rights era. Tyranny only comes up when a Democrat is president, and I guess you can double down  on that theory when a black democratic president is in office. Tyranny is basically a lack of trust in government especially if your party is not in control but you have a short trigger response if your first course of action is an armed rebellion.Thanks again for the material to write another contradictory blog.

Blog Material won’t be hard to come by because the Texas legislators are back in session. Picking some dribs and drabs whenever I turn on my truck’s AM radio it looks like it’s going to be another controversial session. The lawmakers are introducing more abortion bills, nullification bills, a state smoking ban, and another look for a way to allow more casinos in our state. I imagine the Lotto lobbyists outnumber the church organizers who are opposed to casinos. Our neighboring states would like to keep their Texas customers, so you know their lobbyists are wining and dining our legislators.


Edith Ann said...

I am working on a reply for Mr. Bankston, but the short answer is this:

When YOUR side decided to question MY ability to be responsible with MY vote and that I needed to show a photo ID to execute MY right to legally do that, YOU opened the door for MY side to question YOUR abilty to be responsible with YOUR gun and thus require you to show me you're sane to do so.

Mike said...

Something going on in Tanglewood..there's a law enforcement truck with red & blue lights flashing and a KAVU team.

That's a good point that will never register with people like him.

I was listening as Rush Limbaugh was telling his audience that Obama raised their taxes (the 2% FICA increase) and his supporters don't have the brains to figure that out...Why does he have to lie to them...The GOP never liked the payroll tax cut and they didn't do anything to keep it from sun setting...Some Dems wanted to keep it but with unemployment @ 7.8% the Social Security system needed replenishing...

Legion said...

There was a car chase in Tanglewood. I had a glimpse of a silver mini van being chased by a silver PU, constable I guess, headed toward Airline on Linwood. About 30 minutes later, I looked out and VSO and VPD had Linwood closed. I guess the mini van somehow managed to go back down Linwood South bound and hit a mailbox and bailed out on foot. The man hunt ensued.

I don't know if they every caught the person or not.

Mike said...

Dang ,I moved to Tanglewood 11 years ago because it seemed to be a quiet neighborhood but in all honesty I ignored the rash of car break-ins in Taglewood I had heard about a month or two before we moved in...:-)

Let's see in the past year and 1/2 we had the doper they caught ridding on his rims,the guy that ran into a tree in front of a town house,the mail boxes that were destroyed at the end of Teakwood and around on Palmwood there's always local enforcement paying a visit to the apts...Victoria is going through growing pains...:-)

Legion said...

KAVU says the chase was started by Federal Marshalls, not a constable, trying to arrest a felon in possession of a firearm and yeah they caught him.

Mike said...

Thanks Legion,I missed the KAVU segment...Great news.

I wonder if this felon would have released and the Federal Marshall arrested under Rep. Steven Toth 's "Firearms Protection Act proposal which would make Fed law banning semi automatic weapons or limiting the size of magazines unenforceable,

born2Bme said...

EA, Where's the LIKE button when you need it?

Mike, I guess the problem was my pop-up blocker, because it is working now. Wonder why it always worked before.

Mike said...

Good to hear Born,glad to have you back.

I agree EA gets several thumbs up.

Edith Ann said...

EA needs several thumbs up after the week i've had!

So I go to leave the neighborhood via Linwood to go to DPS. Blocked, so I kept going and did a U-turn. Stopped to ask if Airline would be blocked. I knew the officer, so I asked what was going on. He said Marshalls came to serve a felony warrant on a wanted fugitive. The fugitive bolted, got on the roof of the apartments on Airline and was jumping from roof to roof. I just got home about an hour ago, and I don't know if they apprenhended him or not.

Edith Ann said...

A friend's comment on FB:

‎"2 miracles in 2 days!!!! God is awesome!!!! Target practice turned almost fatal when a bullet ricocheted and hit me in the chest! It bounced off and hit the ground!!! Hurt but I'm ok. Was a .38 instead of the .357 I wanted to use. God is my hero!!!!!"

I have no idea how to respond to this. She (a pastor's wife) is very vocal about the gun stuff right now.

BTW, I do not know what the first miracle was.

Mike said...

Maybe it's just me but I just can't naturally correlate God & guns.

Listening to some of the folks on TV,they would marry their guns if they were allowed to.

Last night Bill Maher said he gets a kick when a guy named Skeeter pounds on his chest and thinks he can hold back the entire US Army with his gun)s).

Then Jon Stewart said the right should should look up the meaning of tyrant because it generally means a cruel dictator who doesn't have a legal right to power...If Obama was a tyrant why did his campaign sweat out the results of Ohio?

BIGJ said...


Your blog reminds me of the Facebook exchange between myself and my arch enemy Matt Ocker. He and I agreed on guns however, I displayed such an attitude that more about extreme hate and ignorance. He stated that President Obama disrespect his children. I asked why. He stated that the President favors citizens including the all knowing Mr. Ocker to disarmed.

Mike said...

The argument is being based on a false assumption that gun owers will be disarmed....It 's like Howard of Yorktown(this morning's Advocate under the caller's section)said Democrats have concern for 20 children who were killed but no concern for 45 million who were aborted...He could have used Americans instead of Democrats but he wanted to make a political statement.

Again I don't think gun owership has a thing to do with respect for one's children,so to say that about President Obama is just another politcal statement....BTW You can't prove a negative. Ther's no one talking about confiscation or disarmanent.