The Watering Hole; Thursday May 5 2016; Guns and Roses Losers

My Life had stood — a Loaded Gun —
In Corners — till a Day
The Owner passed — identified —
And carried Me away . . .

Ted Cruz speaks for evangelicals and the right wing in general when he says:

“Listen, absolutely, yes. I think the first obligation of everyone in public office is to protect life. Life is foundational. In fact, as you look at the Declaration, that ordering of unalienable rights — life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — I think is a very deliberate ordering.”

And when he says:

“It doesn’t make sense for grown adult men, strangers, to be alone in a restroom with a little girl. This is the height of political correctness. And frankly, the concern is not of the Caitlyn Jenners of the world, but if the law is such that any man, if he feels like it, can go in a woman’s restroom and you can’t ask him to leave, that opens the door for predators.”

And he really grabs them when he talks about what wingnuts everywhere perceive as serious threats to their Second Amendment “rights,” as in this:

“Following the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, President Obama and Harry Reid lead an assault, not on going after violent criminals, which is what they should have done, but instead going after the Constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens. And I led the fight to protect the Second Amendment in the U.S. Senate and we defeated President Obama’s efforts to undermine our rights.”

And on the campaign trail in Iowa, he wowed ’em with this bit of “wisdom”:

“The great thing about the state of Iowa is (that) I’m pretty sure you all define gun control the same way we do in Texas: hitting what you aim at.”

Ah yes. As every good gun owner knows, hitting what you aim at is the PURPOSE! of guns, and that PURPOSE! is what the Second Amendment is all about! It PROTECTS our RIGHT to hit what you aim at and KILL IT!  YeeeeeHawwwww!!

Seems to me there’s a serious discrepancy embedded in the premises noted above. On the one hand, the fear of transgender people seems to DEMAND that the Declaration of Independence’s ordering of unalienable rights, i.e. life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness which Ted Cruz considers to be a very deliberate ordering, is an ordering that does NOT apply to everyone, and clearly not to transgender people, or to LGBT people in general. Instead he seems to reckon that to lend them the ‘impression’ that they enjoy the same rights as everyone else would be a really dangerous concession, one that would open the door for predators and put the entire rest of the nation in grave danger.

All of which is something, of course, that guns could NEVER do. Right? Right. Except — as a recent report points out

The American College of Physicians has been calling gun violence an epidemic since 1995, and though homicide incidences have decreased dramatically since the early 1990s, the medical community still remains deeply concerned, as more than 478,000 fatal and nonfatal violent crimes were committed with a firearm in 2011, according to the most recent data from the Department of Justice.

Gee. What’s up with THAT? Close to a half million violent CRIMES in only ONE YEAR were committed with GUNS? Nah, that’s just them commie democrats lyin’ to us again, trying to find a way to accelerate President Obama’s efforts to undermine our rights and confiscate our guns! — which of course has absolutely NO relationship to the fact that ALL “conservatives” everywhere know and believe that the first obligation of everyone in public office is to protect life. Right? Right.

The article also notes that

In February, several leading health associations issued a call to action asking Congress to develop policies that would reduce the incidences of gun violence. Many of the recommendations look similar to those proposed by gun-control advocates – including limiting the availability of assault weapons and closing loopholes that exist in background checks for those who buy guns at gun shows or from dealers – and they are expected to gain little traction in the GOP-controlled Congress . . .

Well, you know, they say there’s somewhere between 30 and 35 thousand people that die every year from gunshots, but prolly half o’ them’re suicides, so what’s the problem. Right? Right.

Problem obvious: 478,000 fatal and nonfatal (gun) crimes per year, 35,000 people dead from gunshots every year, but that’s nothing, really. Where our REAL problem lies is that them transgender people wanna use the wrong restroom, and if that’s allowed God will rain death and destruction down and destroy Amurkkka in the process!

And we haven’t even touched on the gay marriage stuff, and how many people are doomed cuz of THAT!

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Has anyone published the numbers yet of how many die from gay marriage or how many transgender restroom assaults (and deaths) there are each year? Bet the numbers are really scary-scary! Most likely all-a-dem gun owners are really lucky that Life is foundational for DEM and not for THEM! Right? Right.

Actually, I’m guessing the number in those LGBT scenarios is probably zero even though I’ve not seen any confirming stats. I should ask Ted Cruz, maybe; bet he’d know. I mean, since Life is foundational, maybe there could be a tee-tiny flaw in the Second Amendment interpretation and expression? You gotta wonder.

Too bad Ted’s dropped out of the presidential race; maybe I should ask Trump. He’ll know. Right? Right.

Though I than He — may longer live
He longer must — than I —
For I have but the power to kill,
Without — the power to die –
(Emily Dickinson)

Remember always the “conservative” point of view: Guns are a RIGHT — the height of political correctness — no matter how many lives they might take. Personal Lifestyles, where no other lives are taken, are not, because “Christian Nation” and all, wherein The power to kill without the power to die is of prime import — even as the power to live one’s life as one chooses is forever open to challenge. By the righteous.

I wonder why that is?

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11 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Thursday May 5 2016; Guns and Roses Losers

  1. While Drinking A Glass Of Flint Water, Obama Ripped The Heart Out Of The Republican Party

    Obama said, “It doesn’t matter how hard you work, how responsible you are, how you raise your kids. You can’t set up a whole water system for a city. That’s not something you do by yourself. You do it with other people. You can’t hire your own fire department or your own police force, or your own army. They’re things we have to do together. Basic things that we all benefit from.”

    President Obama attacked the heart of small government ideology, “Volunteers don’t build water systems and keep lead from leaching into our drinking glasses. We can’t rely on faith groups to reinforce bridges and repave runways at the airport. We can’t ask second graders, even ones as patriotic as Isiah Britt, who raised all that money, to raise enough money to keep our kids healthy. You hear a lot about government overreach. Oh, Obama, he’s for big government. Listen, it’s not government overreach to say our government’s responsible for making sure that you can wash your hands in your own sink, or shower in your own home, or cook for your family. These are the most basic services. There’s no more basic element sustaining human life than water. It’s not too much to expect for all Americans that their water is going to be safe.”

    This one you need to bookmark for future heart-ripping rebuttles of Republican/Conservatives who think ‘community’ is just liberal-speak for Communism. The Reich-Wing only wants government to be small so they can steal from it and cheat it, and it can’t fight back!

    • One can quite easily and legitimately make the exact same arguments in favor of Universal health care; e.g. “There’s no more basic element for the sustaining of human life than adequate health care. It’s not too much to expect for all Americans that health care services are always there as needed.” Don’t have to change too many words to speak reality AND drive the Reich-Wing ever more crazy and freaked out.

      I’d say the proof is everywhere that “conservatives” have zero concept when it comes to designing and implementing a functional government, one that is made to serve all its people, not just the select few.

  2. Prominent Democratic Consultants Sign Up to Defeat Single Payer in Colorado

    INFLUENTIAL DEMOCRATIC CONSULTANTS, some of whom work for the Super PACs backing Hillary Clinton, have signed up to fight a bold initiative to create a state-based single-payer system in Colorado, according to a state filing posted Monday.

    Coloradans for Coloradans, an ad-hoc group opposing single payer in Colorado, revealed that it raised $1 million over the first five months of this year. The group was formed to defeat Amendment 69, the ballot measure before voters this year that would change the Colorado constitution and permit a system that would automatically cover every state resident’s health care.

    The anti-single-payer effort is funded almost entirely by health care industry interests, including $500,000 from Anthem Inc., the state’s largest health insurance provider; $40,000 from Cigna, another large health insurer that is current in talks to merge with Anthem; $75,000 from Davita, the dialysis company; $25,000 from Delta Dental, the largest dental insurer in the state; and $100,000 from SCL Health, the faith-based hospital chain.

    See why sHillary is against replacing Obamacare with real healthcare?

    • If it isn’t already, it should be a crime (fraud) to call yourself something like “Coloradans for Coloradans” and not be comprised of Coloradans. I’m not arguing they can;t form a group and oppose Single Payer, I’m saying they shouldn’t be allowed to lie about who they are, and from where their funding comes.

      After the marriage equality amendment failed out west because groups from another state poured money into opposing it, that practice should have been illegal. And Conservatives, of all people, should be behind banning outside money from interfering with a state matter. They’re the ones who believe in States’ Rights, so they should be in favor of not allowing people from one state to interfere with a ballot initiative in another state.

    • Speaking as a Coloradan, it’s fair to note that those bums have been fairly silent on the matter so far. My guess is that they’ll start to get noisy after the conventions and when the electoral campaigns are in full swing. That’s when there will suddenly appear anti-single-payer fear ads all over the place. To get me to vote against the concept, however, they’ll have to have me shot. Or something.

      Insurer-based health care is ridiculous and stupid. It’s nothing more than a cash cow there for the milking. I’d like to see every health insurance company go bankrupt and forced to crawl back under the rock from which it came.

  3. I think the first obligation of everyone in public office is to protect life.

    If that were true, then Capital Punishment would not exist in the USA. And, hypocritically enough, Cruz’ home state of Texas executes more people, guilty or not, than any other state, and is responsible for about one third of all executions. And yet, even though people know they might get the death penalty if they murder or rape someone, it still happens,. Which would lead anyone with an IQ in the three-digit range to one conclusion: Capital Punishment is not a deterrent to crime. Which means Ted Cruz does not have an IQ in the three-digit range.

    • Capital punishment deters but one person: the one executed. S/He will never kill again (or the first time in re the many executions of falsely convicted innocents).

      As for Ted’s IQ, lots of stupid shits think he’s a genius. Tells me all I need to know. Ted’s about as phony as anyone out there in the political world today, sole possible exception being Donald tRump.

      • I forgot to add that in the USA, the first obligation of everyone in public office is to support and defend the Constitution, which includes a right to abortion.

      • Following Ted Cruz’s former college roommate is entertaining. He knows better than anyone how much of a phony scumbag Cruz is

  4. True story: Last night while driving back from the hospital (no broken bones, thank you), we were behind a luxury suburban wagon-type vehicle that big shots buy, and the NY license plate said “DJ TRUMP”. He headed into a strip mall while we turned to head home. I don’t know if it was the Donald himself, his son, Jr., or someone else, but I gave them the finger anyway just to be safe.

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