There is some of the usual nutty conservative antics going on, and I’ll get to those, but this is probably the most important news of the day, Senator Rockefeller Is Said to Be Retiring
Senator John D. Rockefeller IV of West Virginia, the scion of the Rockefeller family who established himself as a liberal voice in Congress, will announce his retirement on Friday after five terms in the Senate, Democratic officials said.
The decision was not a surprise. In June, Mr. Rockefeller took to the Senate floor to oppose Republican efforts to block a regulation on mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants, declaring, “The coal industry today would rather attack false enemies and deny real problems than find solutions.” The speech was greeted with shock in coal-dependent West Virginia and led immediately to speculation that he would not seek a sixth term in 2014.
Senator John D. Rockefeller IV – I know that is a mouthful, but there are quite a few Rockefellers around – mentions in this Politico piece that he did think Democrats might have some difficulty hanging on to his seat. But as The Caucus notes,
With Democratic voter registration still outnumbering Republicans two-to-one in the state, Democrats believe they can keep the seat — and could possibly have an easier time with a lesser known candidate unencumbered by his connections to Mr. Obama.
Let’s just say that Senator Rockefeller would have been easily re-elected and now the seat is in play. Former Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin won the Late Robert Byrd’s seat against millionaire Republican John Raese ( Raese actually lives in Florida). While Manchin is a very conservative Democrat, he did win. What makes West Virginia so difficult is when conservatives run a millionaire like Raese. That means the Democratic candidate has to run against a candidate for whom money is not an issue and big coal throws around huge dollars to wage their usual smear campaign – the Democrat is always portrayed as a commie who wants to shut down coal mining. Some miners, not many but enough, buy into that to make Senate races there tough for new candidates. Nationally Obama had enough money to push back against Romney and Karl Roves character assassination. Local-state candidates do not always have that kind of resources to draw on.
Unhinged Tactical Response CEO James Yeager Threatens to ‘Start Killing People’ Over Obama’s Gun Control. Yeager, perhaps due to rethinking a public promise to start murdering people, tried to get that video off the net (C&L still has it at the link). Yeager releases another video. In this one he is just so much more reasonable, “Now, uh, I don’t condone anybody committing any kind of felonies, up to and including aggravated assaults and murders. Unless it’s necessary.” No murder unless necessary. That is pretty much the code that all murderers live by. There are quite a few posts on Yeager and many of those post and their commenters, understandably suggest that Yeager is a sociopath. He is not winning over gun enthusiasts who know him. This is a pro-gun rights site that considers Yeager a screw-up and coward. Since people like Yeager live in constant fear – in this instance of gun safety regulations that the president has no intention or constitutional authority to pass simply using an executive order, a fear of something created by his own imagination. The blogosphere has this all well covered by now, but I just wanted to suggest another possibility about Yeager and those who think like him ( Matt Drudge for instance). Maybe Yeager is not a sociopath. That would mean he suffers from a condition that renders him incapable of distinguishing right from wrong. While that is possible, we really do not know that for a fact. All we have to go on is what he said and what he believes. On that basis, Yeager is simply a malevolent individual. He believes in and conducts his life in a way that is contrary to good moral and good citizenship. That is what we know without speculating on his mental health. The Founders did not have single shot bolt action rifles much less a semi-automatic weapon that holds 12 rounds. To suggest some basic changes in the law that would make the use of such urban assault weapons less dangerous is not even within spy glass view of being unpatriotic. pro gun safety advocates say one thing, and acting like we’re using some ancient dead language, the Yeagers and the NRA translate what we actually say into something we did not. It is the far Right ages old crutch, the straw man argument (Don’t Worry, NRA: Obama Can’t Do Much on Guns by Himself). And here, Joe Biden Gun Control Recommendations To Come Tuesday
The recommendations are expected to address a number of angles and topics on gun policy, ranging from the availability of certain firearms and ammunition to data collection between federal and state law enforcement agencies. Biden announced that a top priority would be to create a more thorough system of background checks to prevent those with criminal histories or mental illness from purchasing weapons.
“So far,” he said, there has been “a surprising recurrence of suggestions that we have universal background checks. Not just closing the gun show loophole, but have total universal background checks including in private sales.”
[ ]…”I have never quite heard as much talk about the need to do something about high capacity magazines as I’ve heard spontaneously from every group we have met with so far,” Biden said. An attendee at one of the vice president’s sessions, meanwhile, said that he was leaning towards recommending some form of regulation of assault weapons as well.
Nothing there about destroying the 2nd amendment. Nothing about banning guns altogeter. I’m a little concerned myself with the constant talk about mental health – most people who are mentally ill are not violent. So the NRA shows up to this meeting shocked that VP Biden did not talk about banning violent video games and movies. They also seemed to have been wearing their ear plugs as well,
The NRA released the following statement regarding today’s White House task force meeting:
The National Rifle Association of America is made up of over 4 million moms and dads, daughters and sons, who are involved in the national conversation about how to prevent a tragedy like Newtown from ever happening again. We attended today’s White House meeting to discuss how to keep our children safe and were prepared to have a meaningful conversation about school safety, mental health issues, the marketing of violence to our kids and the collapse of federal prosecutions of violent criminals.
We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment. While claiming that no policy proposals would be “prejudged,” this Task Force spent most of its time on proposed restrictions on lawful firearms owners – honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans. It is unfortunate that this Administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems. We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen. Instead, we will now take our commitment and meaningful contributions to members of congress of both parties who are interested in having an honest conversation about what works – and what does not.
Guns don’t kill children video games do. Our prisons population is the highest per capita in the world. Overall violent crime is at an historic low. As information enters the Yeager/NRA brain something happens to the meaning of words. Smaller magazines and better background checks become an attempt for the executive branch to single handedly redact the 2nd Amendment. Now that makes one wonder if there is anyone in the NRA who has the intellectual capacity required to have a simple rational conversation about anything, not just guns. If the entire NRA has the IQ of a fern the nation can safely disregard anything they say since it is like having a discussion about mortgage rates with a two year old. One hates to be negative, but many of these people are the ones that also believe Barack Obama’s parents knew he would be president one day and hatched an ingenious plot to smuggle him into the country.
The gun fundamentalists do seem clueless about the kind of behavior they are perpetuating and unforeseen consequences, Portland residents panic as men armed with assault weapons ‘educate’ the city
“This happens to open that line of communication, to let people know that you can defend yourself in a time of crisis or any time that you want to,” Boyce added.
But KPTV’s Kaitlyn Bolduc reported that the demonstration created a “state of panic” in Portland’s Sellwood neighborhood.
What is one those business’s where employees tried to find some place to hide, instead stood their ground and the thinking went…. Those creeps are carrying assault style weapons, they’re a threat, I have no choice except to shoot them. When everyone is carrying guns to walk down the street, to get their hair cut, to get some ice cream who is a threat and who isn’t. Something fun to look forward to the day when you leave the house with gun out ready to shoot just in case one of the other people just practicing their strange interpretation of 2nd Amendment rights, shoots first.