Sunday, December 16, 2012

A Profile In Cowardice (Updates)

As noted here, all 31 pro-NRA U.S. Senators refused invitations to appear with Dancin’ Dave on “Meet The Press” today (I don’t have a confirmation, but I strongly suspect that “No Corporate Tax” Pat Toomey of PA is one of them). And as noted here, the NRA’s Facebook page disappeared also (and I believe their Twitter feed went down as well).

Wow, for a bunch of supposed heroes, they sure are acting like a bunch of stinking cowards. Wouldn’t now, of all times, be the opportunity for them to try and defend their thoroughly indefensible positions?

This reminds me of the global warming denialists who are nowhere to be found on 100-degree summer days or during a period of prolonged wildfires due to excessive heat.

In a related story, as they say, J.D. Mullane, the head carnival barker for the fourth-estate freak show that is the Bucks County Courier Times, typically blames “the culture” and says that we have a “fake debate” about gun control in this country here (what else can you expect from a newspaper that routinely accepts advertising from the gun industry?).

One final thought (and yes, I guess this is a bit of a nod to the conservative point of view)…I keep hearing about how the mother of the shooter stupidly went out and bought an automatic weapon for some reason and taught her disturbed son to aim and fire; he subsequently killed her that way along with his other victims, including the children (who apparently were shot so many times in the face that they needed to be identified from photos).

Any word whatsoever on what became of the father?

(Also, here is more on the victims - the next time I read anyone in the Courier Times complaining about how teachers supposedly have it so easy...well, those cement heads would do well to recall the heroism of the teachers during the shootings, as noted here.)

Update 1: By the way, I know I mentioned Toomey earlier, and thus far I’ve found no comment from him on the shootings. Maybe this is why.

Update 2: This is a message to anyone who owns an automatic gun of any type (unless you are in law enforcement and have a good reason to do so).

Update 3: By the way, I’ve seen a lot of comments out there basically saying that we need more funding for mental health services and access and support of other types for those services. I wholeheartedly agree. But good luck getting that type of funding with the Teahadists in charge of the U.S. House, with Mikey the Beloved as a member of course; these people want “offsets” for hurricane and disaster relief – good luck trying to get dollars for the type of services that would help to fend off the next lunatic with a gun.

Update 4: Interesting article in the New York Times here – I haven’t made it all the way through yet, but it looks like all of the “Fast and Furious” nonsense from Darrell Issa and his House Oversight Committee ended up sucking all the oxygen out of an effort by the Justice Department “to expand the background check system in order to reduce the risk of guns falling into the hands of mentally ill people.”

Heckuva job, U.S. House Repugs.

Update 12/17/12: Dana Milbank recently whined about how no one is taking Joe (“Short Ride”) Lieberman seriously now that he’s just marking time until he’s finally gone (and why isn’t he gone by now, actually?). Maybe this is why (taking a page from Mullane – I don’t recall anyone ever dying from playing a video game – duuuh!).

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