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. Factcheck.org looked at those allegations and came to the conclusion that the assertion was false. This is Factcheck.org’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.