Chain of Fools

Whiplash inducing quote of the day from The New York Times and MSNBC:

“As White House officials fended off new questions about how a fame-seeking couple finessed their way into the president’s glittering state dinner last week, the aspiring reality-TV stars themselves began trying to sell their story for hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Television industry executives said on Saturday that Michaele and Tareq Salahi had postponed plans for an interview Monday on CNN’s “Larry King Live” and were seeking top-dollar bids for their first television interview.

Not only should these media whores not get “top-dollar” for their side of the story, but they should have their asses thrown in jail—preferably with Michaele’s sharing a cell with Big Bertha.

But wait—there’s more:

“Meanwhile, several invited guests who had entered the White House through the same entrance as the Salahis said that the Secret Service’s normal security check-in process, familiar to many of them after years in political circles, had been haphazard.

They said Secret Service guards had not directed the visitors through the well-equipped guardhouse with its metal detector and X-ray screeners, located just inside the east entrance to the White House. Instead, after guards glanced at their ID cards in the dark, they had to wait in a chilly mist outside the East Wing portico. Then they were funneled to a portable metal detector but no X-ray scanner for checking purses and other belongings.

 So, let me get this straight.  People who would have direct access and physical contact with the President of the United States had to undergo less clearance than the average schmo who goes through security at the Podunk airport?  A blonde bimbo is allowed to bypass security clearing because she doesn’t fit the profile of a terrorist? 

And where was the White House social secretary, Ms. Rogers, who was supposed to have staff overseeing all of the checkpoints to prevent just such a “gate crashing”?  Too busy promoting herself?

What is dreadfully wrong with this picture?  I hate to advance conspiracy theories, but something tells me the Secret Service isn’t “all that into” protecting this president. 

 I hope heads roll at that department and with the White House staff.  I hope they bounce all the way to Lower Slobovia where their next job is picking up reindeer dung.

In that vein, I dedicate this ATC to the Salahis and the Secret Service. 

May you get what you deserve.



And the Threats Keep Coming….

GOP hopeful jokes about ‘Obama tags’

‘I would never support him being assassinated,’ Idaho candidate says

BOISE, Idaho – An Idaho Republican gubernatorial hopeful insists he was joking when he said he’d buy a license to hunt President Barack Obama.

Rex Rammell, a former elk rancher slated to run against incumbent C.L. “Butch” Otter in the May 2010 GOP primary, made the comment at a Republican rally Tuesday in Twin Falls.

Talk at the meeting turned to the state’s planned wolf hunt, for which hunters must purchase an $11.50 wolf tag.

When an audience member shouted a question about “Obama tags,” Rammell responded, “The Obama tags? We’d buy some of those.”

Rammell told the Times-News newspaper the comment was “just a joke.”

“I would never support him being assassinated,” he said.

Then don’t suggest it, shit-for-brains.


Guns ‘n Moses

What is it, really, with the American obsession with gun ownership?  Or even guns in general.  I live in a rural area of Texas and I understand the whole hunting tradition thing that’s been a part of this state forever.  We even have a “take an orphan hunting” program (or something similar) in this county.  At church during hunting season they have a “hunter’s blessing” Sunday, where they devote much of the service to wishing godspeed to the hunters (but I suspect it’s also to wish good profits to those folks who own hunting leases, too.)  Hunting and the conventional rifles that are attendant to that pastime are ingrained in the fabric of the community.  Okay, I get that.  But….

The big “but” (other than my own) is this:  Why in hell does any American need an AK-47 or semi-automatic assault rifle?  One does not go deer hunting with that kind of weapon unless one wants to splatter deer carcass all over the landscape. 

No, that type of weapon was made for killing people….lots of people, quickly. 

Today in Arizona near where President Obama was appearing, “a man, who decided not to give his name, was walking around the pro-health care reform rally at 3rd and Washington streets, with a pistol on his hip, and an AR-15 (a semi-automatic assault rifle) on a strap over his shoulder.”  This is the third such incident in the space of a week or so.

When asked why he was armed, he said “Because I can do it.” 

We have laws against women showing their nipples in public, but a man can prance around with loaded deadly weapons in close proximity to the President of the United States because “he can?” 

What is wrong with this picture?  What is wrong with this country?  The Christian majority supposedly worships the Prince of Peace, but don’t you dare take their assault rifles from them or there’ll be hell to pay. 

My son-in-law is currently in training at the police academy and will be graduating before too long.  He will be an excellent police officer because he’s smart and has great people skills.  Our town doesn’t have a big crime problem (yet) but I still fear for him because these weapons are out there and often are used against the very men and women who have devoted their lives to protecting us. 

People who scream about their Second Amendment rights are the same ones who make a big show of “supporting our troops,” and police officers.   If they really cared, they would “get” that these weapons weren’t foreseen by the Founding Fathers and how they would be used against our own people.

In that vein, here is an ATC I did several years ago (one of my first) that features my husband when he was a boy.  He knows and understands rifles, having learned from his rancher grandfather to have a healthy respect for what their purposes are and for what they can do if not handled properly. 

However, he is not gun obsessed and shares my view on assault weapons.