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National Rifle Association Has Turned the Second Amendment Into a Cruel and Deadly Hoax

The NRA is the enabler of death-paranoid, delusional and as venomous as a scorpion. With the weak-kneed acquiescence of our politicians, the National Rifle Association has turned the Second Amendment of the Constitution into a cruel and deadly hoax. – Bill Moyers

NRA Enabler of death

NRA Enabler of death

Bill Moyers Essay: Living Under the Gun from on Vimeo.

The procession of funerals of innocent children under the casual gaze of the gun lobby and 2nd Amendment zealots, reminds us that our public spaces are no longer safe. This is the antithesis of freedom and civic life. Americans must rise up now against this terror and demand basic security for unarmed people.

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Bill Moyers on Guns and The Gun Lobby

I always pay close attention to Bill Moyers because he seems very smart and he is one of the most respected journalist and media thinkers in the world.

Just watch the video.

The saddest reality:

So, let the faithful of every persuasion keep their guns for hunting and target practice, for collecting. And their permits for a gun to protect their business or home, even though it’s 22 times more likely to shoot a member of their family than an intruder. But, please, every year there are 30,000 gun deaths and more than 400,000 non fatal gun-related assaults. Enough’s enough.

Full Transcript:

BILL MOYERS: Finally, you know by now that in our nation’s capital on Wednesday, an elderly white supremacist and anti-Semite is alleged to have walked into the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum with a rifle and killed a security guard before being brought down himself. 88 years old!

You will know, too, of the recent killing in church of Dr. George Tiller, one of the few doctors in the country still performing late term abortions. It was evidence that violence works. His family has now announced that his Kansas clinic will not be reopened. Read the rest of this entry »



Hate Mail From The Losing Side

Per our 3000th post, someone said, “Congratulations on this milestone for what I consider Utah’s edgiest blog.” Pondering that concept, anyone who knows the progressive blogosherewould also know that we are still in Utah. And I have to admit, that even I still hold back. It is still Utah. Sometimes I morn for the hardcore East Coast boy who spent his first six months in Utah (Dec.1992) with his jaw on the floor as he waded into what I describe as the countries greatest cultural enigma in America.

My first revelatory adjective was ‘non-confrontational’. This is our mud. Back east, when you have a problem with someone the first thing you do is confront them. In Utah its not even the last thing you do.

In Utah, confrontation is impermissible.

SO yeah. For Utah, OneUtah is unique because there is sometimes confrontation. I take a lot of heat for that. So this makes me feel better.

markos_armyMarkos Moulitsas pictured to the right, got this hate mail this week.

I just wanted to drop a line to let you know I appreciate your numerous references to the fox news channel and it’s broadcasts stars, Bill O. and Glenn B. and others. It does my heart good to see you fools spend so much time and effort on these true patriots. Your message is truly sick and diseased with paranoia and jealousy.Your site has no message except of hate. You are disgusting. Here is an idea. Why don’t you and your comrades join the U.S. Military, perhaps then you might start to understand what patriotism is. Oh, wait, thats right the Military is for patriots. Forget it.

Keep up the good fight! YOU WILL LOSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here’s someone who 1) doesn’t know I did join the military, unlike his true patriots Bill O and Glenn B, and 2) doesn’t know that we already won, last November. Who wants to break the news to him?

Bill Moyersfeatured President Lincoln last night. I had a revelation. Of the uncanny parallels between Presidents Obama and Lincoln, starkest is that they both faced a sharply divided country.

Then, it was Slavery and North and South. Today’s divide is as ugly but different, it is a cultural struggle between enlightment and progressive politics and an entrenched cultural deseasethat celebrates ignorance and that is imbued with the same moral hypocrisy of antebellum South.

I came to fully appreciate the idea that Obama is Lincoln’s clean-up batter for the Emancipation Double Header.

And this made me weep with joy. Visualize it!

BILL MOYERS: What do you think is his relevance today?

HAROLD HOLZER: The immediate relevance is that he is considered a hero and an inspiration to the sitting president of the United States. And it’s not just that he’s– that Lincoln is an inspiration to Barack Obama. It’s that Barack Obama is, in a way, brings is nearer to the completion of the unfinished work that Lincoln spoke about at Gettysburg.

His election is a validation of that dream, even if it took 150 years to get to this point. And I find the idea that two little girls, Sasha and Malia Obama, who are the descendents, through their mother’s side, of enslaved people, might this very evening be playing in the Lincoln bedroom, which was Lincoln’s office, and the room where he signed the Emancipation Proclamation. That is the apex of the arc of history since the Civil War, it seems to me, as simple as it is.

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“Brilliant, Clever, Cynical” – Palin for VP

Katrina vanden Heuvel used those words to describe McCain’s choice of Palin for VP. Here’s her longer explanation:

KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL: It’s a new kind of Republican grievance resentment politics. Large – I mean, so much of it is about feeding into the resentment about Hillary Clinton not getting one, the nomination of the Democratic Party, two, the vice-presidential nod. I think it’s a moment though when we need to keep our eyes on the issues, and on the issues, Sarah Palin has a great life story, like John McCain.

She makes some history in her own right. But she’s in lock step with John McCain on the big issues of our time. Whether – I mean, she’s a ferocious anti-choice woman, lifetime member of the NRA. And if women seek a better, more just America, more decent jobs, health care, education, a court that isn’t going to roll back rights, Sarah Palin is not someone you’d consider. But it is focus tested to the nth degree.

The whole discussion at PBS is an interesting read, including comments by Adolph Reed Jr.

My take: The idea that American women are so stupid that they’ll vote for someone just because they have a vagina is insulting. Palin is so far to the right that she can’t even see the middle from where she stands. A vote for Palin would be a vote against everything Hillary Clinton has ever worked for in her political life. How that attracts Hillary many voters remains a mystery.

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