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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 09:51 AM

Latest Right Wing Fantasy/Meme Being circulated:

Military Drawing Up Plans for Nation-wide Gun Confiscations

(As usual, not having any real things to glom onto, they invent fiction. Something else to work up their low-infomation base into a frenzy about.)

UPDATE: THIS WAS ORIGINALLY A SPOOF WRITTEN FOR DUFFEL BAG (A MILITARY VERSION OF "THE ONION")


WASHINGTON, DC – A senior U.S. general has confirmed that the military has secretly drawn up plans to round up large numbers of privately-owned firearms from American gun owners.

General James M. Scott of the U.S. Air Force confirmed that the Pentagon received a series of formal directives from the White House between November 7 and December 13 to begin plans for a massive nationwide operation to confiscate guns using a series of federal databases compiled over the last few decades.

Scott also confirmed that a certain four-star general who heads the U.S. Transportation Command was intimately involved in the planning. General Scott would not reveal the general’s name out of concerns for his safety.

The plan, known in the military as Operation PREAKNESS, combines a series of tactics developed for house sweeps and room clearing in Iraq and Afghanistan, which General Scott admitted had been used as test-runs for the U.S.

“If we can confiscate millions of firearms in a country where we don’t speak the language or understand the culture, the U.S. should be easy,” General Scott told the interviewer. “I just feel sorry for that poor Osama fellow we had to kill to justify the whole thing.”

According to Scott, the actual planning for Operation PREAKNESS was initiated in early 2009 and developed in conjunction with the United Nations, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and several other liberal organizations such as the National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood, Greenpeace, the American Federation of Labor, and the National Rifle Association, which is apparently a front for all the previous groups.

While there was initially some concern about the constitutionality of using the military on American soil, page 2131 of the ObamaCare Act actually amends the Posse Comitatus law to allow the military to disarm private citizens at the direction of the Secretary of Homeland Security. Objections by then-CIA Director David Petraeus were quietly silenced in November.


A test-run for PREAKNESS was actually conducted in early December in Clinger, PA. A joint platoon of Army Rangers and UN Peacekeepers, working with select state and local officials and using imagery collected by the Google Street View Car, quietly went door-to-door and managed to collect all the firearms from Clinger owners.

The few owners who did complain were initially transported to Fort Leavenworth in Kansas to explain their case before a special international tribunal, before being sent to the National Center For Gun Control in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

A follow-on operation using just the UN Peacekeepers is planned later this week for any owners missed in the previous sweep, although the Peacekeepers have confirmed they will be using a post office truck to infiltrate the area.

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Actually it's really sounds like it should have been written by The Onion. At least the spelling is right.

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Reply Latest Right Wing Fantasy/Meme Being circulated: (Original post)
Katashi_itto Feb 2013 OP
yardwork Feb 2013 #1
Katashi_itto Feb 2013 #2
Motown_Johnny Feb 2013 #8
Recursion Feb 2013 #15
yardwork Feb 2013 #20
NYC_SKP Feb 2013 #25
UncleYoder Feb 2013 #3
Katashi_itto Feb 2013 #7
Recursion Feb 2013 #4
Katashi_itto Feb 2013 #6
rdharma Feb 2013 #16
gtar100 Feb 2013 #5
Recursion Feb 2013 #9
Katashi_itto Feb 2013 #10
rdharma Feb 2013 #18
rdharma Feb 2013 #11
pipi_k Feb 2013 #21
muriel_volestrangler Feb 2013 #24
rdharma Feb 2013 #29
Tommy_Carcetti Feb 2013 #12
Recursion Feb 2013 #14
Kolesar Feb 2013 #13
Katashi_itto Feb 2013 #22
Kolesar Feb 2013 #23
EastKYLiberal Feb 2013 #17
rdharma Feb 2013 #19
Peregrine Feb 2013 #26
BanzaiBonnie Feb 2013 #27
deutsey Feb 2013 #28
Katashi_itto Feb 2013 #30

Response to Katashi_itto (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 09:54 AM

1. This is obviously satire. Do you have a link to the original source?

This is not serious. Read this paragraph:

A test-run for PREAKNESS was actually conducted in early December in Clinger, PA. A joint platoon of Army Rangers and UN Peacekeepers, working with select state and local officials and using imagery collected by the Google Street View Car, quietly went door-to-door and managed to collect all the firearms from Clinger owners.

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Response to yardwork (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:05 AM

2. I thought it was satire too, till I did a search and found lots of RWers were taking it as gospel

Course you are talking about a group that has a high % that think Jesus rode dinosaurs.

http://www.bing.com/search?q=Military+Drawing+Up+Plans+for+Nation-wide+Gun+Confiscations&src=IE-SearchBox&FORM=IE8SRC

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Response to Katashi_itto (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:09 AM

8. Conservatives can't grasp satire

Most think Stephen Colbert is a conservative.

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Response to Motown_Johnny (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:16 AM

15. I dunno. The original site is hardly "liberal" politically, but it does great satire (nt)

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Response to Katashi_itto (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:25 AM

20. Exactly.

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Response to yardwork (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:07 AM

25. I found the source article. It is the equivalent of "The Onion". LOL, "Clinger, PA"!!! LINK:

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"Clinger, PA" as the city for a trial run!

A test-run for PREAKNESS was actually conducted in early December in Clinger, PA. A joint platoon of Army Rangers and UN Peacekeepers, working with select state and local officials and using imagery collected by the Google Street View Car, quietly went door-to-door and managed to collect all the firearms from Clinger owners.

The few owners who did complain were initially transported to Fort Leavenworth in Kansas to explain their case before a special international tribunal, before being sent to the National Center For Gun Control in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

A follow-on operation using just the UN Peacekeepers is planned later this week for any owners missed in the previous sweep, although the Peacekeepers have confirmed they will be using a post office truck to infiltrate the area.

Read more: http://www.duffelblog.com/2013/01/military-drawing-up-plans-for-nation-wide-gun-confiscations/#ixzz2LYAqjRVj
Follow us: @theduffelblog on Twitter | duffelblog on Facebook


And to think how many people believe it!!!


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Response to Katashi_itto (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:06 AM

3. General James M. Scott, you say.

Where have I heard that name and title before?

Seven days in May?

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Response to UncleYoder (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:09 AM

7. To bad it wasnt General Ripper :)

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Response to Katashi_itto (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:07 AM

4. It was written by the Onion. Or at least Duffel Blog

Which is sort of the Onion meets Stars & Stripes (it's a great site if you're into military humor)

http://www.duffelblog.com/2013/01/military-drawing-up-plans-for-nation-wide-gun-confiscations/

The original is actually pretty hilarious.

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Response to Recursion (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:08 AM

6. Even better! It means as usual RWers have picked up a fake story and are running with it :)

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Response to Katashi_itto (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:17 AM

16. RWers have picked up a fake story and are running with it

 

For example: Rand Paul believing that Sen. Hagel is supported by the non-existent "Friends of Hamas"!

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Response to Katashi_itto (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:07 AM

5. Making stories up like this is just plain irresponsible.

Some people are going to believe it and possibly do something stupid. That makes the creators of this fiction culpable.

I really don't get the mentality some people have that justifies making up stories and attempting to pass them off as true in order to support their beliefs and interests. It tells me that at least on a subconscious level they know they are full of shit.

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Response to gtar100 (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:09 AM

9. I don't blame the creator any more than I blame the Onion

The original article is actually very funny, like pretty much everything the site does: http://www.duffelblog.com/2013/01/military-drawing-up-plans-for-nation-wide-gun-confiscations/

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Response to gtar100 (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:09 AM

10. I think New Conservitism is a form of insanity. Where you and I hear the President give a speech

about rebuilding the country. A RWer hears how he plans on turning it into some sort of hellhole.

Two different realities.

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Response to gtar100 (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:20 AM

18. Some people are going to believe it and possibly do something stupid.

 

OR...... they'll realize how gullible they are and start employing a bit of critical thinking and doing a little independent fact checking when they read stuff like this!

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Response to Katashi_itto (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:14 AM

11. It's from Duffel Blog

 

duffleblog.com - WAY funnier than the Onion.

It's been fooling a lot of people like Rand Paul ..... and others.

I just had a thread hidden with this same article. Some don't understand obvious parody!

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Response to rdharma (Reply #11)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:26 AM

21. Hahahaha!!! Some of the "stories"

sliding across the top, too...

"Pope Benedict resignation tied to Paula Broadwell affair"


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Response to rdharma (Reply #11)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:53 AM

24. You didn't attribute it to them; you just posted it all

That breaks DU copyright rules (because, basically, it breaks the law); and when the source can be seen, then people can know it's parody. Until then, it can look like right wing fiction designed to stir up RW paranoia.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #24)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:36 AM

29. You didn't attribute it ......

 

That kind of spoils the joke.

But if those are the rules.......OK.......I'll play by the rules.

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Response to Katashi_itto (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:15 AM

12. Operation Preakness? Page 2131?

Sounds like someone is a fan of Baltimore sports.....

"Clinger, PA" Ha. Ha. Ha. Nice inventing a name based on a widely misconstrued quote by the President, there.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Reply #12)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:15 AM

14. It's a very funny site. Their takedown of Westboro baptist church is hilarious

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Response to Katashi_itto (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:15 AM

13. Two of you have put the same RW email up on DU this hour

If you delete your original post, you can accomplish "locking" this thread. That would be best.

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Response to Kolesar (Reply #13)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:28 AM

22. Why are you hot on locking this thread? It's about the gulibility of RWers..

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Response to Katashi_itto (Reply #22)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:36 AM

23. Even your weapons-forum buddy admits it's a right wing source

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Response to Katashi_itto (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:19 AM

17. Fuck it. Let them believe anything they want.

 

The President is in office for another 4 years regardless of what they believe.

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Response to Katashi_itto (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:23 AM

19. Did you read the duffleblog article.....

 

Claiming that prisoners from Guantanamo were receiving GI Bill benefits?

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Response to Katashi_itto (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:17 AM

26. Actually, there probably is a contingency plan for this which is updated periodically

Military has contingency plan for and to do almost everything. But with that said the Duffle Bag story is good. And Clinger, PA is where the Toledo Mudhens do their spring training. Also a key contributor to the plan was Captain Major who has since been promoted to Major.

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Response to Katashi_itto (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:22 AM

27. Looked up General James M. scott...

Adapted by Rod Serling from the best-selling novel by Fletcher Knebel and Charles Waldo Bailey II, Seven Days in May was allegedly inspired by the far-right ramblings of one General Edwin Walker.

Burt Lancaster plays General James M. Scott, who, convinced that liberal President Jordan Lyman (Fredric March) is soft on America's enemies, plots a military takeover of the United States. Every effort made by President Lyman to find concrete evidence of General Scott's scheme is scuttled by political protocol, human error and accidental death.

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Response to Katashi_itto (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:34 AM

28. People who believe this is real have very poor reading comprehension skills

They probably didn't bother reading beyond the fourth paragraph, because the part where the general says he feels sorry for "that poor Osama fellow we had to kill" should have tipped the reader off that something's off here.

Then this:
According to Scott, the actual planning for Operation PREAKNESS was initiated in early 2009 and developed in conjunction with the United Nations, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and several other liberal organizations such as the National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood, Greenpeace, the American Federation of Labor, and the National Rifle Association, which is apparently a front for all the previous groups.

If they did read that far, then they truly are morans.



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Response to deutsey (Reply #28)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:39 AM

30. I loved the part where they were using a post truck to infiltrate :)

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