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This talk of rainbows and ponies needs to end.

Casual Observation
by BooMan
Sun Dec 23rd, 2012 at 10:58:56 AM EST

Critiques of President Obama's negotiating style are certainly warranted, but the most boring thing in the world is the suggestion that the president is really a moderate Republican who wants to move the Democratic Party to the right and gut entitlements. We have control of half of Congress, and any suggestion that we can get 100% of what we want if only we are more inflexible is moronic. The only real debate is over what we are willing to give up, not whether or not we have to give anything up. So, progressives should put themselves in the shoes of a negotiator and ask themselves honestly what they are willing to sacrifice and what they want in return. This talk of rainbows and ponies needs to end.

http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/12/23/105856/79

Letter of Resignation Sent By Bush to NRA

Letter of Resignation Sent By Bush to Rifle Association
Published: May 11, 1995



Poppy Bush’s 1995 letter of resignation from the NRA isn’t getting nearly enough press these days. He specifically named Wayne LaPierre as the reason.
Following is the letter of resignation sent last week by former President George Bush to the National Rifle Association: May 3, 1995



Dear Mr. Washington,

I was outraged when, even in the wake of the Oklahoma City tragedy, Mr. Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of N.R.A., defended his attack on federal agents as “jack-booted thugs.” To attack Secret Service agents or A.T.F. people or any government law enforcement people as “wearing Nazi bucket helmets and black storm trooper uniforms” wanting to “attack law abiding citizens” is a vicious slander on good people.

Al Whicher, who served on my United States Secret Service detail when I was Vice President and President, was killed in Oklahoma City. He was no Nazi. He was a kind man, a loving parent, a man dedicated to serving his country — and serve it well he did.

In 1993, I attended the wake for A.T.F. agent Steve Willis, another dedicated officer who did his duty. I can assure you that this honorable man, killed by weird cultists, was no Nazi.

John Magaw, who used to head the U.S.S.S. and now heads A.T.F., is one of the most principled, decent men I have ever known. He would be the last to condone the kind of illegal behavior your ugly letter charges. The same is true for the F.B.I.’s able Director Louis Freeh. I appointed Mr. Freeh to the Federal Bench. His integrity and honor are beyond question.

Both John Magaw and Judge Freeh were in office when I was President. They both now serve in the current administration. They both have badges. Neither of them would ever give the government’s “go ahead to harass, intimidate, even murder law abiding citizens.” (Your words)

I am a gun owner and an avid hunter. Over the years I have agreed with most of N.R.A.’s objectives, particularly your educational and training efforts, and your fundamental stance in favor of owning guns.

However, your broadside against Federal agents deeply offends my own sense of decency and honor; and it offends my concept of service to country. It indirectly slanders a wide array of government law enforcement officials, who are out there, day and night, laying their lives on the line for all of us.

You have not repudiated Mr. LaPierre’s unwarranted attack. Therefore, I resign as a Life Member of N.R.A., said resignation to be effective upon your receipt of this letter. Please remove my name from your membership list.

Sincerely,

George Bush

http://kaystreet.wordpress.com/2012/12/23/letter-of-resignation-sent-by-bush-to-rifle-association/

Bullet-Proof Liberty

Tagg Romney: Father wanted to be president ‘less than anyone I’ve met’

Source: The Hill

Tagg Romney: Father wanted to be president ‘less than anyone I’ve met’
By Meghashyam Mali - 12/23/12 09:45 AM ET

In an interview with the Boston Globe, GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney’s son Tagg described his father as reluctant to run for the presidency and hesitant to reveal his personal side during the long campaign.

“He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life. He had no desire to … run,” said Tagg, according to the report.


“If he could have found someone else to take his place . . . he would have been ecstatic to step aside,” he continued.” “He is a very private person who loves his family deeply and wants to be with them, but he has deep faith in God and he loves his country, but he doesn’t love the attention.”

According to the report, Romney was shaken by his 2008 failed bid to capture the GOP nomination and was wary of a second run. The former Massachusetts governor initially told family members he would not run again.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/274445-tagg-romney-father-wanted-to-be-president-less-than-anyone-ive-met

Obama Throws Boehner To The Wolves: "You Missed Your Opportunity"-&-“You get nothing”

Obama to Boehner: “You get nothing. I get that for free”


When Boehner asked Obama if they agree on a deal along the same lines as the one he walked away from during the 2011 talks, according to the paper, Obama retorted: “You missed your opportunity on that.”

Obama’s frustrations grew, and he told Boehner he would rail publicly against the Republicans in the absence of a reasonable compromise. As the Journal reports: Mr. Obama repeatedly lost patience with the speaker as negotiations faltered. In an Oval Office meeting last week, he told Mr. Boehner that if the sides didn’t reach agreement, he would use his inaugural address and his State of the Union speech to tell the country the Republicans were at fault.

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At one point, according to notes taken by a participant, Mr. Boehner told the president, “I put $800 billion in tax revenue on the table. What do I get for that?”

“You get nothing,” the president said. “I get that for free.” Also during the talks, as Obama bristled over Boehner’s unwillingness to budge on rates, the paper reports that he snapped: “You’re asking me to accept Mitt Romney’s tax plan. Why would I do that?”

http://www.salon.com/2012/12/23/obama_to_boehner_you_get_nothing_i_get_that_for_free/

Connecticut School Officials Blast NRA’s Reaction To Newtown

Source: Think Progress

Connecticut School Officials Blast NRA’s Reaction To Newtown
By Igor Volsky on Dec 22, 2012 at 10:43 am

Teachers, school superintendents, mayors and police chiefs in Connecticut are rejecting the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) response to the shooting in Newtown, describing the gun lobby’s proposal to equip schools with armed guards and more guns as too simplistic, shameful, and opportunistic.

One Connecticut school superintendent dismissed the NRA’s suggestion as “an ill-conceived reaction from an organization that does not have any credibility or expertise with respect to addressing school violence” and said that the idea “is an excuse for not addressing the need to enact meaningful safe gun legislation in conjunction with an investment in mental health services.” Putnam Police Chief Rick Hayes called the proposal “scary,” noting that teachers can’t possibly have the kind of training necessary to safely handle large weapons.

In fact, newspaper headlines across the state flatly rejected militarizing Connecticut schools:





Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/12/22/1373121/connecticut-school-officials-blast-nras-reaction-to-newtown/

Nine Inch Nails are a rap band? Well, you learn something every day.

Waggish.com has some awesome Robert Bork quotes, mostly from his book Slouching Towards Gomorrah (via):



One evening at a hotel in New York I flipped around the television channels. Suddenly there on the public access channel was a voluptuous young woman, naked, her body oiled, writhing on the floor while fondling herself intimately…. I watched for some time–riveted by the sociological significance of it all.


Plenty of other good ones there too.

The greatest conservative legal mind of the 20th century, folks.

http://www.waggish.org/2012/robert-bork-in-memoriam/

NYT Editorial: N.R.A. Crawls From Its Hidey Hole

EDITORIAL
The N.R.A. Crawls From Its Hidey Hole
Published: December 21, 2012 250 Comments

Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, would have been better advised to remain wherever he had been hiding after the Newtown, Conn., massacre, rather than appear at a news conference on Friday. No one seriously believed the N.R.A. when it said it would contribute something “meaningful” to the discussion about gun violence. The organization’s very existence is predicated on the nation being torn in half over guns. Still, we were stunned by Mr. LaPierre’s mendacious, delusional, almost deranged rant.
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Mr. LaPierre looked wild-eyed at times as he said the killing was the fault of the media, songwriters and singers and the people who listen to them, movie and TV scriptwriters and the people who watch their work, advocates of gun control, video game makers and video game players.

The N.R.A., which devotes itself to destroying compromise on guns, is blameless. So are unscrupulous and unlicensed dealers who sell guns to criminals, and gun makers who bankroll Mr. LaPierre so he can help them peddle ever-more-lethal, ever-more-efficient products, and politicians who kill even modest controls over guns.

His solution to the proliferation of guns, including semiautomatic rifles designed to kill people as quickly as possible, is to put more guns in more places. Mr. LaPierre would put a police officer in every school and compel teachers and principals to become armed guards.

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MORE:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/22/opinion/the-nra-crawls-from-its-hidey-hole.html?_r=0

Michael Moore: How the truth could destroy the NRA

Michael Moore
‏@MMFlint
If the public could see what a .223 bullet from a Bushmaster does to a 6 yr old face or body, the gun debate would be over & the NRA finished


https://twitter.com/MMFlint/status/282308323951390720

all i want for xmas...

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