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21 July 2012

President Barack Obama: American Idle



M2RB:  KISS, Quilmes Rock Festival, River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina







You show us everything you've got
You keep on dancin' and the room gets hot
You drive us wild, we'll drive you crazy
You say you wanna go for a spin
The party's just begun, we'll let you in
You drive us wild, we'll drive you crazy
You keep on shoutin', you keep on shoutin'

I wanna rock and roll all nite and party every day

I wanna rock and roll all nite and party every day
I wanna rock and roll all nite and party every day
I wanna rock and roll all nite and party every day




Our fearless leader with a laser focus on jobs for America.*




Besides Not Meeting With His Jobs' Council Once, What's Obama Been Up To Since 01.19.12**?




Campaign Events Attended:  135

Fundraisers Attended:  106

Interviews Given: 33

Politicking: 36

Speeches/Remarks Made: 162

Press Conferences Deigned To Hold: 6

NCAA/NBA Games Attended: 3

State Dinners Or Other WH-hosted Events Held:  24

DC Social-Circuit Breakfasts/Lunches/Dinners Attended: 3

Cabinet Meetings Held: 1

Visits To Troops/Military Bases:  5

Meetings a/k/a "lunch(es) in the private dining room" with the Vice-President:  13

Meetings with Secretary of State:  14

Meetings with Secretary of Defence: 13

Meetings with Secretary of Treasury: 12

Meetings with Secretary of Commerce:  1

Meetings with Secretary of Agriculture:  1

Meetings with Heads of State: 30

Meetings with International Organisations:  16

Meetings with Senior &/or Campaign Advisers: 37

Meetings with DHS/FEMA:  1

Conference Calls Held:  1

Meetings with Private Sector Leaders, Community Groups, etc.: 6

Presentations of Presidential Medal of Honours, other medals,the  honouring of special Americans and foreign dignitaries, and the visitations of injured soldiers: 12

Routine Presidential Duties*** Performed: 26

Foreign trips: 4

Vacations: 3

Rounds of Golf: 10****

Known Number of Hamburgers/Hotdogs Eaten: 4 cheeseburgers and 13 hotdogs

Meetings with President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness:  0






Paul Krugman says we are in a depression.  Joe Biden has said that, for many Americans, it feels like we are in a depression.  Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity have said we are in a depression.  Millions of Americans are in a depression and are taking anti-depressants because of the intense economic stress under which they are suffering regardless of whether we meet the technical definition of a "recession" or a "depression."

Ben Bernanke keeps issuing dire warnings about the fiscal cliff the Choom Van will sail off of on 01.01.13, if the assholes in Washington do not get their shit together.  Paul Ryan says we have, maybe, 3 or 4 years before we hit a full-blown financial crisis and debt spiral.  The Centres for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the CBO and the OMB all say that Medicare will be bankrupt within the decade (Actually, it already is in the red and the IOUs it holds from the Treasury are only worth what's actually in the Treasury), the CBO's economic models can't even predict an American economy past the year 2037, i.e. the economy collapses, unless massive overhauls of the entitlement programmes are undertaken.   The Europeans are telling us, 'STFU and get your own house in order before offering us advice."

Meanwhile, our noble, young President has meet with the Secretary of the Treasury and his own Council on Jobs and Competitiveness -- combined -- fewer times in number than he has been photographed eating hotdogs and hamburgers on different days in the last 6 months at some campaign event or courtside.  Cue the "Don't Worry, Be Happy" music.

For all of you, who know someone planning to vote for Obama, here's a Sophie-gram for you to send them:   Stupid Is As Stupid Does





** End date 07.19.12


*** National Prayer Breakfast, welcoming sports' champions, spelling and science winners, groundbreakings, etc.


****  Someone mentioned that 10 rounds of golf in the last 6 months seemed low for a President, who has played more than 100 rounds in his 3.5 years in office.  It would have been in 2009, 2010, or 2011, but fundraisers and campaign events do cut into tee times and visits to the 19th hole.  Never fear, if he (Allah-damned-forbid) somehow manages to get reelected, he'll be playing 10 rounds per month. 




Rock and Roll All Nite - KISS

You show us everything you've got
You keep on dancin' and the room gets hot
You drive us wild, we'll drive you crazy
You say you wanna go for a spin
The party's just begun, we'll let you in
You drive us wild, we'll drive you crazy
You keep on shoutin', you keep on shoutin'

I wanna rock and roll all nite and party every day
I wanna rock and roll all nite and party every day
I wanna rock and roll all nite and party every day
I wanna rock and roll all nite and party every day


You keep on saying you'll be mine for a while
You're lookin' fancy and I like your style
You drive us wild, we'll drive you crazy
You show us everything you've got
Baby, baby that's quite a lot
And you drive us wild, we'll drive you crazy
You keep on shoutin', you keep on shoutin'


I wanna rock and roll all nite and party every day
I wanna rock and roll all nite and party every day
I wanna rock and roll all nite and party every day
I wanna rock and roll all nite and party every day
I wanna rock and roll all nite and party every day
I wanna rock and roll all nite and party every day
I wanna rock and roll all nite and party every day
I wanna rock and roll all nite and party every day
I wanna rock and roll

Jimmy's Got A Gun



M2RB:  Aerosmith





Jimmy got a gun
His whole world had come undone

From lookin' straight at the sun

Jimmy got a gun
His dog days had begun

Now, everybody is on the run

Because Jimmy got a gun

What could anyone do?
It was Jimmy's last I.O.U.








"All the other countries have strict gun laws while the United States does not. If guns aren’t responsible for the increase homicide rate, then what is?"

- Ric, 20 July 2012



Germany has very strict gun laws. In fact, the German laws are far stricter than existing gun control in the US, or the restrictions that are routinely discussed here. Germany has strict licencing and registration requirements.  Valid licences expire after 3 years. To even get a licence, people must past background cheques that include a demonstration of characteristics such as the subjective "trustworthiness" and convince the authorities that they have an urgent necessity for a gun. Of course, Germany also has requirements against licencing alcohol or drug addicts, those with mental disorders, people with violent or aggressive tendencies, and felony convictions.   With all of this, Germany still holds the honour of being the host country to 3 of the 5 worst school massacres in the recorded history of civilisation (Germany: Erfurt, 2002, 18 were killed; Winnenden, 2009, 15 murdered; and Emsdetten, 2006, 11 murdered).  The other two were: Dunblane, Scotland, 1996, 16 kindergarteners and their teacher were killed, and Columbine, Colorado, 12 students and 1 teacher were murdered.

In Britain, we have some of the most stringent guns laws in the world, but they haven't prevented the country from being at or in the top 5 of almost every crime category in the EU.  Even with our very strict gun laws, we still have gun crimes. Primarily, they are spree killings like that occurred in Cumbria.

Following the Port Arthur massacre in Australia in 1996 where 35 people were murdered, media hysteria and bipartisan political support for punishing gun owners increased. As a consequence, gun laws were tightened and, fewer law-abiding citizens had guns, but the illegal arms market and gun-hungry gangs multiplied exponentially. Against the assurances and predictions of the politicians, mainstream media, and gun control advocates, turf wars and tribal fights exploded after the Port Arthur massacre-inspired gun laws.  Take Melbourne, Australia’s second most populous city. Between 16 January 1998 and 19 April 2010, 38 crime figures were murdered during the Melbourne Gangland Killings.

We all know the old saying that "the road to hell is paved with good intentions" and I'm sure that there are many proponents of gun control that have good intentions, but intentions, alone, must not be the manner in which we judge the success of a law or programme.

After the aforementioned Port Arthur Massacre, the government passed laws prohibiting civilians from owning or possessing semi-automatic long guns and/or pump action/self-loading shotguns.  Another law restricted magazine capacity to 5 rounds for rifles.  To purchase a firearm, both the weapon and the owner had to be licenced by the government.  Finally, a prospective purchaser had to state an "acceptable reason" as to why s/he wanted to purchase the weapon and "cool off" for a period of 28 days while the government decided whether the reason stated was "acceptable."  Only after the prospective purchaser kissed the government's ring and ass, along with receiving its blessing, was s/he issued a licence.

If you listened to gun control freaks, you'd think "That'll show those Jared Loughners and James Holmes!!!"  If you bowed to the demands of Nanny Doomberg and the Brady Bunch, you'd think "LBJ may have said, 'I'll have those n*ggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years,' but we are going to keep 'em both alive AND voting for the next 200 years by taking away their Second Amendment rights!"  If you had listened to Doctor Rebecca Peters, New Zealand, which doesn't have gun control laws like Australia, would have a higher gun crime rate.  Instead, it has a much lower rate.


Australia: 

Homicides > % homicides with firearms:  16.3435




Homicides > Overall homicide rate > per 100,000 pop.:  1.8802
  
Homicides > Non-firearm homicide rate > per 100,000 pop.:   1.5729
  
Homicides > Overall homicide rate > per 100,000 pop.:  1.8802

  
New Zealand:

Homicides > % homicides with firearms:  13.4615

Homicides > Overall homicide rate > per 100,000 pop. 0.1827

Homicides > Non-firearm homicide rate > per 100,000 pop.:   1.1747

Homicides > Overall homicide rate > per 100,000 pop.:  1.3574


Mexico has very strict gun control laws...even more stringent than those in the UK.  How's that working out for the innocent people being terrorised by the drug cartels and, in some cases, murdered with guns made available by the Obama administration?

On the other hand, SWITZERLAND HAS THE SECOND HIGHEST GUN OWNERSHIP RATE OF ALL INDUSTRIALISED COUNTRIES BEHIND THE US. 22% OF ALL HOUSEHOLDS HAVE FULLY AUTOMATIC WEAPONS; YET, THE GUN CRIME RATE IS SO LOW THAT STATISTICS ARE NOT EVEN KEPT. The country has a population of 6 million, but there are estimated to be at least 2 million firearms, including about 600,000 automatic rifles and 500,000 pistols.

In the US, 60 million (or less than 20%) of the population own 200 million guns. In Switzerland, there are less guns per capita, but VIRTUALLY EVERY HOME HAS AT LEAST ONE WEAPON.

The army sells a variety of machine guns, submachine guns, anti-tank weapons, anti-aircraft guns, howitzers and cannons. Purchasers of these weapons require an easily obtained cantonal licence, and the weapons are registered.  Besides subsidised military surplus, the Swiss can buy other firearms easily too. While long guns require no special purchase procedures, handguns are sold only to those with a Waffenerwerbsschien (purchase certificate) issued by a cantonal authority. A certificate is issued to every applicant over 18, who is not a criminal or mentally infirm.

There are no restrictions on the carrying of long guns. About half the cantons have strict permit procedures for carrying handguns, and the other half have no rules at all There is no discernible difference in the crime rate between the cantons as a result of the different policies.

Thanks to a lawsuit brought by the Swiss gun lobby, semi-automatic rifles require no purchase permit and are not registered by the government. Thus, the only long guns registered by the government are full automatics. Three cantons do require collectors of more than 10 guns to register.

While there are around 200 million guns in the United States, only about 20% of Americans own guns. There may only be 2 million guns in Switzerland, a country of 6 million people, but nearly EVERY household is armed.

Again, Switzerland — a tiny country — lags only behind the United States in gun ownership; yet, gun crime is so negligible that statistics aren’t even kept.

Switzerland's murder rate is about 40% lower than that of Germany.  New Zealand's rate is than Australia’s. Finland and Sweden have very different gun ownership rates, but very similar murder rates.  Kennesaw, Georgia requires every head of household to own a weapon.  After this law went into effect, the crime rate dropped 89%.  Washington, DC, and Chicago have extremely strict gun laws, but much, much higher crime rates than Kennesaw, Georgia.

MORAL OF THE STORY:

MORE GUNS DO NOT TRANSLATE INTO MORE CRIME AND MORE GUN CONTROL LAWS DO NOT RESULT IN LESS CRIME.




"Even when you take out the admittedly high murder rate of Blacks, the murder rate for whites is still more than double that of other European countries."

- Ric, 21 July 2012




We weren't discussing the murder rate.  We were discussing the gun crime rate.

Of course, since guns aren't the only means of killing and meaning, our nannies have entertained all sorts of ideas and imposed some real doozies.  Some of their greatest hits include redesigning the pint glass. Why?  Because pint glasses lead to 5,500 stabbings in pubs every year. Have pint glass, will slash and stab!  Considering mandates that pubs and low-end restaurants only be allowed to use plastic eating utensils because silverware can kill!!  I'm a Mayfair girl, but give me a metal spoon and I bet that even I could create a shiv.  Want a 
Swiss Army knife?  Don't look on eBay-UK.  Sales have been banned...somebody might get hurt.  

After the London riots last year, sales on Louisville Sluggers on eBay-UK zoomed up 6,000% in a 24-hour  period -- law-abiding citizens, lacking a right to bear arms -- armed themselves with a Ted Williams' "Bonefish Special."  Aluminum baseball bat sales soared by 52,211% and the sales of a particular type of aluminum billy club skyrocketed by 50,000% in one dayThe government wasn't going to have any of that!  The citizenry defending themselves against marauding miscreants, ne'er-do-wells, and feral children? Balderdash!  And, before you could say "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!," the Holy Bat Ban! went into effect. 


"Even if they are being bought by respectable home and business owners, they should be banned from sale temporarily.  Vigilantism is not the answer. Get these items off the shelves, we are all scared and angry in London and need to know that measures are being taken to help us to feel safe in our cities again.  There is nothing wrong with being vigilant, with being present on the streets and helping the police.  But this crosses the line when it involves weapons. That just encourages the sense of fear – we want to reduce tension and fear in the area. People with baseball bats roaming the streets is not helpful: don't go on Amazon buying them.  Hundreds of people in Walthamstow are helping run a respite centre for police. That's helpful."

- Stella Creasy, Labour MP for Walthamstow, a constituency in Northern London hit hard by looters



If you think that I'm kidding about the stance the British government has taken on the idea of an innocent subject defending himself/herself against malevolent actors, look no further than the case of Tony Martin.



 Wheeler Dealer

 Allegedly, a picture is supposed to say a thousands words; yet, this picture taken during the London riots last summer always leaves me speechless.

Keep in mind, too, that these are the nanny staters/police staters that are part-and-parcel of the mindset that brought you, albeit temporarily, the "fact" that "water does not hydrate," will send the WRAP police into your home to inspect your cupboards, look at your leftovers, and teach you how to recycle food; has used drones to determine if government employees, who ring up to report in ill, are running the streets; places "Smile!  You're trash is on bin cam!" recorders that photograph every item that you place in your wheelie bin to make sure that you are complying with recycling laws; require your best friend to obtain a licence, pay around $150, and attend annual training sessions before she can babysit your child while you run to Tesco to pick up some eggs and milk, and disallow parents from entering many playgrounds without government background cheques.  Further, this is the same Apparatchia that brought us what could easily be one of the finest examples for future historians to include in their tomes titled along the lines of "The Rise and Fall of the British Welfare, Nanny, & Police State Or How To Go From Being The Most Powerful And Deadly Military Force On Earth To Committing Suicide By Wheelie Bins And Hysteria In 300 Years":  
 

In May of 2006, the unemployed, single mum of 3, Donna Challice, persecuted and dragged into court by the Exeter Council. Her crime?  Allegedly – and by accident -- putting non-recyclable rubbish in her green wheelie bin.  If convicted, she faced a £1,000 ($1,851) fine.  She was to be the first person in the United Kingdom to be prosecuted under the Environmental Protection Act of 1990, which permits local authorities to prosecute individuals, businesses, and organisations, if environmental, emission, and recycling rules are not followed.

At the conclusion of the trial, Ms Challice was acquitted of all charges.  The government had spent more than £6,000 ($11,106) on the folly not taking into account the opportunity cost lost by shifting governmental resources from the investigation and prosecution of “real” crimes to an agenda-driven political farce.

One might think that the verdict would have given the government cause to take a deep breath and reconsider the rationality and reasonableness of this inane law, but one would be wrong.   Mike Trim, the Recycling Officer of Exeter Council said:

'The cost of this case to the council is £6,000, but it has been worth it because the cost of contamination to us each year is £100,000 ($185,100).  In addition, the cost in terms of climate change is incalculable.  We shall continue to enforce them and prosecute.”


**eyeroll** 

What gun control advocates ignore is the number of lives saved due to civilian use of firearms.  Florida State University criminologist, Gary Kleck, analyzed data from the Department of Justice's National Crime Victimization Survey (1992-1998).  Describing his findings on defencive gun use, in Armed: New Perspectives on Gun Control,  Kleck wrote: 
 
"In general, self-protection measures of all types are effective, in the sense of reducing the risk of property loss in robberies and confrontational burglaries, compared to doing nothing or cooperating with the offender. The most effective form of self-protection is use of a gun. For robbery the self-protection measures with the lowest loss rates were among victims attacking the offender with a gun, and victims threatening the offender with a gun. For confrontational burglary, attacking with a gun had the second lowest loss rate of sixteen self-protection measures, bested only by another mode of armed self-protection, threatening the offender with a non-gun weapon." (p. 291)

In Chapter 7, he quantified the benefit of gun ownership.  According to his research of reported data, firearms are used in self-defence about 2.5 million times per year in the United States.  If you doubt his findings, then even the 100,000 lives saved as a result of defencive gun usage according to the National Crime Victimisation Survey  are worth the freedom of choice to own a firearm.
 

These shootings are a symptom of cultural and mental rot.  According to ABC News, "a San Diego woman identifying herself as James Holmes's mother spoke briefly with ABC News this morning.  She had awoken unaware of the news of the shooting and had not been contacted by authorities. She immediately expressed concern that her son may have been involved. 'You have the right person,' she said. 'I need to call the police,' she added. 'I need to fly out to Colorado.'"

The guy was obviously a mental case and had exhibited disturbing behaviour of such a severe nature that his own mum KNEW he was responsible before being contacted by law enforcement.   Society, i.e., his family, his physician, his school, local government, etc., failed.  If his mum knew that he was the killer after the fact, but before being contacted, then a reasonable man can conclude that his actions were foreseeable.  Thus, they might have been prevented if people had pursued legal means of commitment. 

James Holmes was going to kill.  He didn't need guns to do it either.  Obviously, he was intelligent enough to build bombs.  He could have used incendiary devices rather than bullets.  OJ Simpson didn't need a gun.  The 9/11 hijackers didn't need guns.  Timothy McVeigh didn't need a gun.  The Unabomber didn't need a gun.  The Japanese Aum Supreme Truth cult didn't need guns.  The 7/7 bombers didn't need guns.

As I have long said, when people say that they want to kill you, believe them.  No one took Hitler seriously.  Not many took OJ Simpson seriously.

Moreover, when people want to kill, they will find a way.  Do you think most gun crimes are committed with legally purchased guns?  Do you think that the Federal government could seize all of the weapons in this country when it can't prevent illegals immigrants and massive amounts of drugs from being smuggled into the country?  Really?  How's that going to work?  We don't want to see your papers to determine your immigration status, but we are going to have to conduct a strip/cavity search to see if you are smuggling in any contraband, including weapons parts?  After we stick our fingers up your rectum and vayjay, if you are a woman, -- provided they are clean -- we'll let you go have your anchor baby in a border hospital?

It's nuts.  It's impractical.  It punishes the law-abiding and will do nothing to prevent the law-breakers from obtaining guns on the street or the net.  It infringes upon my rights and I am unwilling to give them up.



"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

- Benjamin Franklin




"This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilised nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!"

- Adolf Hitler, 1935 



"Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not."

- Thomas Jefferson




Some interesting data...

AUSTRALIA: MORE VIOLENT CRIME DESPITE GUN BAN


It is a common fantasy that gun bans make society safer.  In 2002 -- five years after enacting its gun ban -- the Australian Bureau of Criminology acknowledged there is no correlation between gun control and the use of firearms in violent crime.  In fact, the percent of murders committed with a firearm was the highest it had ever been in 2006 (16.3 percent), says the D.C. Examiner.

Even Australia's Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research acknowledges that the gun ban had no significant impact on the amount of gun-involved crime:

  •  In 2006, assault rose 49.2 percent and robbery 6.2 percent.
  • Sexual assault -- Australia's equivalent term for rape -- increased 29.9 percent.
  • Overall, Australia's violent crime rate rose 42.2 percent.

Moreover, Australia and the United States -- where no gun-ban exists -- both experienced similar decreases in murder rates:

  • Between 1995 and 2007, Australia saw a 31.9 percent decrease; without a gun ban, America's rate dropped 31.7 percent.
  • During the same time period, all other violent crime indices increased in Australia: assault rose 49.2 percent and robbery 6.2 percent.
  • Sexual assault -- Australia's equivalent term for rape -- increased 29.9 percent.
  • Overall, Australia's violent crime rate rose 42.2 percent.
  • At the same time, U.S. violent crime decreased 31.8 percent: rape dropped 19.2 percent; robbery decreased 33.2 percent; aggravated assault dropped 32.2 percent.
  • Australian women are now raped over three times as often as American women.

While this doesn't prove that more guns would impact crime rates, it does prove that gun control is a flawed policy.  Furthermore, this highlights the most important point: gun banners promote failed policy regardless of the consequences to the people who must live with them, says the Examiner.


Source: Howard Nemerov, "Australia experiencing more violent crime despite gun ban," D.C. Examiner, 8 April 2009.




"Janie's Got A Gun" - Aerosmith

Dum, dum, dum, honey what have you done?
Dum, dum, dum it's the sound of my gun.
Dum, dum, dum, honey what have you done?
Dum, dum, dum it's the sound

Janie's got a gun
Janie's got a gun
Her whole world's come undone
From lookin' straight at the sun
What did her daddy do?
What did he put you through?
They said when Janie was arrested
they found him underneath a train
But man, he had it comin' Now that Janie's got a gun
she ain't never gonna be the same.

Janie's got a gun
Janie's got a gun
Her dog day's just begun
Now everybody is on the run
Tell me now it's untrue.
What did her daddy do?
He jacked a little bitty baby
The man has got to be insane
They say the spell that he was under the lightning and the
thunder knew that someone had to stop the rain

Run away, run away from the pain yeah, yeah yeah yeah
Run away run away from the pain yeah yeah
yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
Run away, run away, run, run away

Janie's got a gun
Janie's got a gun
Her dog day's just begun
Now everybody is on the run
What did her daddy do?
It's Janie's last I.O.U.
She had to take him down easy and put a bullet in his brain
She said 'cause nobody believes me. The man was such a sleeze.
He ain't never gonna be the same.

Run away, run away from the pain yeah, yeah
yeah yeah yeah
Run away run away from the pain yeah yeah
yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
Run away, run away, run, run away

Janie's got a gun
Janie's got a gun
Janie's got a gun
Everybody is on the run

Janie's got a gun
Her dog day's just begun
Now everybody is on the run
Because Janie's got a gun
Janie's got a gun
Her dog day's just begun
Now everybody is on the run
Janie's got a gun 

20 July 2012

Broad Brushes Paint Wide Swaths




M2RB:  Louis XIV








As you peel back the skin from an orange
Remember how you got all of this?
Well, all of this
Is never ever coming true
There's nothing you can do to change it
You don't have to do the crime to do the time
It's just guilt by association








"For those commenters whining about why the tea party is being perceived as dangerous, your anti middle class and radical pro gun policies are a major determinant. Couple that with spitting on black congressmen and wishing death on poor people without insurance; and you shouldn’t be surprised why middle America thinks of you as dangerous."

Yeastie Noyz a/k/a Uppereastside, 20 July 2012




Before we get to the main topic, let's slay some of your strawmen:




Picnic held for the community of Oakland by the gentle-as-Mary's-little-lamb, Occupy Oakland



"...why the tea party is being perceived as dangerous..."
  


Granted, I haven't updated it since 3 December 2011, here are 498 incidents of criminal behaviour resulting in arrests of Occupy members.  The offences range from simple trespass to aggravated rape.  I'll also make sure to leave links to some of my posts documenting the violent, destructive, anti-semitic, and rather gauche behaviour exhibited by scores of Occupiers below.

None of us will hold our breaths while you compile your list of examples of 'dangerous" behaviour of or actions taken by the Tea Party.

Also, unlike the Occupy Movement, the Tea Party has never been endorsed by the Socialist Party of America, the Democratic Socialists of America, the Communist Party of America, the Revolutionary Communist Party, the Government of North Korea, the Ayatollah Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran, David Duke, Hugo Chavez, the Revolutionary Guards of Iran, the Black Panthers (original), the New Black Panther Party, Industrial Workers of the World (Who even knew that the Wobblies were still around?,) the Communist Party of China, CAIR, Hezbollah, the White Revolution, Marxist Student Union, Anonymous, the Freedom Road Socialist Organisation, the International Socialist Organisation, the Party for Socialism and Liberation, the International Bolshevik Tendency, and the American Nazi Party!!!

I have a suggestion for you:  Why don't you ask the Tea Party to join Occupy in a PPV event?  Let America decide who's most dangerous.  The Tea Party can appear with their Gadsden flags, breeches, Betsy Ross dresses, powdered wigs, and clean-up equipment and you can bring all of the above.  Y'all can let your freak flags fly....high and proud!!!



 We can get John Walsh to host and call it "America's Most Dangerous.  We Report.  You Decide."



Oh, do us a favour and don't forget to bring the fruits, flakes, and nuts...we (sort of) miss 'em:




Gettin' buggy with it...
 


An extra from an off-off-off-Broadway production of Mulan?   
Somehow, I think Chairman Mao would have thrown him back.



Why do they never demand free soap and other personal hygiene products?



 Mmmm-Kay, well, maybe not....



All-American Girls 


"We are going to Rio for Carnival straight from here.  Luckily, we are Trustifarians!  Sorry, you suckas!"



And, of course, calling for the violent overthrow of the United States government is not the sign of a dangerous individual or organisation.  Nope.  Never.






"One of the speakers said the solution is nonviolent movement. No, my friend. I’ll give you two examples: French Revolution, and Indian so-called Revolution.

Gandhi, Gandhi today is, with respect to all of you, Gandhi today is a tumor that the ruling class is using constantly to mislead us. French Revolution made fundamental transformation. But it was bloody.

India, the result of Gandhi, is 600 million people living in maximum poverty.

So, ultimately, the bourgeosie won’t go without violent means. Revolution! Yes, revolution that is led by the working class.

Long live revolution! Long live socialism!”

 - Occupy Los Angeles speaker, 10.01.11


 
More contestants in the Democrats' "Just Your Average, Hard-Working, Middle Class American" Spokesperson Contest




"...your (sic) anti middle class..."


Sorry, but the Tea Party is primarily comprised of the middle class.  As I have told you repeatedly, Barack Obama lost the middle class vote in 2008 by 20 points.  You have little understanding of the composition of the Tea Party.   According to Gallup, Tea Partiers are fairly mainstream in their demographics.  Per the Los Angeles Times, Tea Partiers are "average Americans and 41% of them are either Democrats or Independents."  While the New York Times has made its manifest dislike of the movement quite apparent, even it has taken the time to look into the demographics of the Tea Party and not make assumptions, as you and your ilk continuously do.

I have never attended a Tea Party event nor is my financial situation representative of 99% of most people and you should refrain from assuming that all libertarians, conservatives, Tea Partiers, Republicans, "limited government types," etc., are fat cat corporate jet owners.  Unlike you, the overwhelming majority of them can't afford to live on the Upper East Side...even in the basement.




 

Mohawks!  Getcha Mohawks!  Middle Class Accountant From Wichita, Getcha Mohawk Heeeeyah!  Not!



Middle-class Americans are not European Socialists.  They are a different breed of cats.   Europe is very different from the United States.  Europeans have never really been free.  They have been serfs, pawns, indentured servants, slaves, the conquered, the vanquished, subjects, meat for grinding war machines, prisoners, concentration camp victims, comrades behind a wall built to keep them from leaving their countries (as opposed to a fence designed to keep out people, who lack the host country's permission to enter,  which the illegal immigration lobby odiously compares to the Berlin Wall), and dependents.  For most of the history of Europe, its residents have been ruled by monarchs or dictators.  For brief, fleeting moments, they have had elected leadership that may or may not have governed according to the will of the people.   Now, against the will of the majority of Europeans, the continent is reverting to type.  Instead of several monarchs or dictators, we see darkening clouds on the horizon and the curtain of iron once again rising in the form of the Dictatorship of the European Union.    Americans wouldn't put up with most of the shit that Europeans do because they enjoy their freedom.


If you think messages like the one below is going to win the middle class, you are an Allah-damned fool.






 Do they look like supporters of the American middle class to you?









 "...wishing death on poor people without insurance..."



THE HYPOTHETICAL DID NOT INVOLVE ANY "POOR PEOPLE," YOU DUNCE.

The transcript from the Tea Party Express Republican Debate in Tampa, Florida, on 12 September 2011, courtesy of CNN:


BLITZER: Thank you, Governor. Before I get to Michele Bachmann, I want to just -- you're a physician, Ron Paul, so you're a doctor. You know something about this subject. Let me ask you this hypothetical question.

A healthy 30-year-old young man has a good job, makes a good living, but decides, you know what? I'm not going to spend $200 or $300 a month for health insurance because I'm healthy, I don't need it. But something terrible happens, all of a sudden he needs it.

Who's going to pay if he goes into a coma, for example? Who pays for that?

PAUL: Well, in a society that you accept welfarism and socialism, he expects the government to take care of him.

BLITZER: Well, what do you want?

PAUL: But what he should do is whatever he wants to do, and assume responsibility for himself. My advice to him would have a major medical policy, but not be forced --

BLITZER: But he doesn't have that. He doesn't have it, and he needs intensive care for six months. Who pays?

PAUL: That's what freedom is all about, taking your own risks. This whole idea that you have to prepare and take care of everybody --

(APPLAUSE)

BLITZER: But Congressman, are you saying that society should just let him die?

PAUL: No. I practiced medicine before we had Medicaid, in the early 1960s, when I got out of medical school. I practiced at Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio, and the churches took care of them. We never turned anybody away from the hospitals.

(APPLAUSE)

PAUL: And we've given up on this whole concept that we might take care of ourselves and assume responsibility for ourselves. Our neighbors, our friends, our churches would do it. This whole idea, that's the reason the cost is so high.

The cost is so high because they dump it on the government, it becomes a bureaucracy. It becomes special interests. It kowtows to the insurance companies and the drug companies, and then on top of that, you have the inflation. The inflation devalues the dollar, we have lack of competition.

PAUL: There's no competition in medicine. Everybody is protected by licensing. And we should actually legalize alternative health care, allow people to practice what they want.


If you have the money, but decide not to insure your house and it burns to the ground, should I feel obliged to pay for it to be rebuilt?  

You people claim to be pro-choice, but you are not.  "Live free or die" is just something kewl to put on a licence plate to you.  How dare anyone expect you to live by it!

On many occasions, I have told you that I am young, healthy and fairly wealthy.  I could pay for my medical care out-of-pocket completely, if need be, but choose to carry a major medical policy.  Because of authoritarian, do-goodering, social justice pushing Mrs Kravitzes like you and Barack Obama, I no longer will have that option in 2014.  I will be forced to purchase an expensive policy with bells and whistles that I neither want nor need.  Why?  Because you want me to subsidise others.  Should the kid down the block with 3 accidents and 6 speeding tickets be able to demand that your auto premiums skyrocket so that his can fall?  Should I have to pay more for health insurance so that fat smokers can pay less?





 "Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." 


- C S Lewis



As I always say:




PROGS ARE ONLY PRO-CHOICE WHEN IT COMES TO UTERI, RECTUMS, AND POT.  PERIOD.