Thursday, January 17, 2013

Last Call: And It Continues In Earnest, Part 5

And the Obama Derangement kicks up another very serious notch, as Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant and a couple dozen GOP state lawmakers held a press conference just after President Obama's announcement of several executive action involving gun control to say that the state really doesn't give a damn about this whole union thing, and will simply refuse to enforce federal regulations the Governor doesn't like.

Leading the charge to ignore new federal regulations is Mississippi, where the state’s Republican governor and state House speaker took to the mics right after Obama finished announcing his plans and pledged to ensure the ones they don’t like don’t take effect in the state.

The Constitution is clear that such an effort would be illegal. Nevertheless, the Mississippi leaders say they have a plan.

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger:
Gov. Phil Bryant and House Speaker Philip Gunn said they would block any federal measures limiting the right to bear and possess arms from being enforced in Mississippi. … State Rep. Chris Brown, R-Aberdeen, said he is drafting legislation to say that firearms manufactured in Mississippi would fall under state law and wouldn’t be subjected to federal regulations.
Earlier in the day, Bryant made his intentions known in a letter posted online. Bryant wrote that Mississippi lawmakers should be read to block any Obama executive actions that infringe on the right to bear arms. Once the list of Obama’s executive actions were announced, Bryant held a press conference in the capitol to say they don’t all bother him. “He isn’t opposed to background checks and enforcing laws already on the books, but he doesn’t believe in limiting the type of guns or ammunition a person can possess,” according to the Clarion-Ledger.

“When it’s for self protection, you need as much firepower as needed to protect your family,” he said.

Two issues here, the Governor's nullification of executive orders, and the argument that any guns or ammo made in the state aren't subject to any federal regulations.  Either one of those would be laughed out of the Supreme Court.  The much larger problem is we have a sitting state Governor and over two dozen legislators saying they reserve the right to ignore the federal government.

The last time that happened, it didn't work out so well for the country.

This has now gone beyond mere bluster if Bryant goes through with this:  it's open rebellion of a state government against the federal.

Welcome to Obama's second term, folks.

Use As Directed

To all the "guns don't kill people" out there:  yes, they do.  And they kill people right here in Kentucky.

A 12-year-old girl was fighting for her life at a Lexington hospital Wednesday after a shooting that killed her father and a cousin Tuesday in a parking lot at Hazard Community and Technical College.

Killed were Caitlin Cornett, 20, who was living in Letcher County, and her uncle Jackie "Doug" Cornett, 53, of the Perry County community of Happy, Hazard Assistant Police Chief Joe Engle said.

Jackie Cornett's daughter, Taylor Cornett, a sixth-grader at R.W. Combs Elementary School in Perry County, was in critical condition at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, hospital spokeswoman Julie Phillips said.

Hazard police charged Dalton Stidham, 21, Caitlin Cornett's former boyfriend, with two counts of murder, one related to domestic violence, and one count of attempted murder. Stidham turned himself in to Kentucky State Police after the shooting.

So where'd he get the firearm?  Two hours earlier.

Kenny Woods, a Baptist minister who owns H & K Gun & Pawn Shop in Perry County, said in a telephone interview Wednesday that Stidham bought the gun legally at his shop about 1 p.m. Tuesday.

"He cleared a background check without even a delay," Woods said. "Everything was fine with him."

Sure.  And then the guy supposedly takes the gun he just bought, offs his ex-girlfriend, offs her father, and puts another round in a 12-year old girl just because she was there.   I know.  "Unfortunate cost of the freedom that the Second Amendment provides the rest of us," right?  Two dead, one in critical condition, that gun "sure solved that problem with that stupid bitch who dumped him", right?  He bought the gun just a neatly as you please, "proves background checks don't work," right?

Please continue to justify to yourself how the problem has nothing to do with the tens of millions of firearms in the country, and has everything to do with everything other than the tens of millions of firearms in this country, you know?

Guns.  Used as directed.

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RIP, Dearest Abby

MINNEAPOLIS — Pauline Friedman Phillips, who under the name of Abigail Van Buren, wrote the long-running “Dear Abby” advice column that was followed by millions of newspaper readers throughout the world, has died. She was 94.

Phillips was always in competition with her twin sister, the famous Ann Landers (Esther Lederer), but the two women brought advice columns to the attention of the general population.  They may not have been the first, or the only, but they were the best.  Their styles were different but that also let them cover wider topics.

Phillip's daughter had taken over the column years ago when Pauline was officially diagnosed with Alzheimer's.  Though sources conflict, the rumor is that Phillips and her famous sister buried the hatchet after years of arguing.  Ann Landers eventually handed the column down to her daughter before she died in 2002.  Jeanne Phillips is better known as Dear Margo now.  The fact that just about everyone alive, old or young, knows the phrase "Dear Abby" is a testament to how many people this family of helpful authors have reached.

Rest in peace, dear lady.  You most certainly earned it.

And It Continues In Earnest, Part 4

The derangement never stops, folks.  This time we have yet another House Republican calling for impeachment because of "executive overreach" on gun control enforcement.

Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) said Wednesday that "all options should be on the table" when asked about the possibility of Republicans initiating impeachment proceedings against President Obama.

In an interview with Florida political website The Shark Tank, the freshman lawmaker was asked about the possibility of impeaching the president for executive overreach. Citizens "have completely lost our checks and balances in this country," he said. "The Congress needs to hold the president accountable for the decisions that he’s making right now, and that's why, again, I would say that all options should be on the table.”

I say to Rep. Radel what I said to Rep. Stockman yesterday:  please proceed, gentlemen, preferably sooner.  Please, please do this before 2014.  It'll be awesome.

Meanwhile, the excellent Roy Edroso flags down this diatribe from winger blog Confederate Yankee:

Were an angry group of disenfranchised citizens to target in a strategic manner the substations leading to a city or geographic area—say, Albany, for example—they could put the area in the dark for as long as it took to bring the substations back online. Were they committed enough, and spread their attacks out over a wide enough area, perhaps mixing in a few tens of dozens of the residential transformers found every few hundred yards along city streets, they could overwhelm the utility companies ability to repair the damage being caused or law enforcement’s ability to stop them...

How many days with partial power or no power, how many nights in the dark, would it take before the local economy collapsed in the targeted area? Insurgents could cripple a city, region, or state, without ever firing a bullet at another human being. 
Progressives seeking to undermine the Constitution seem to think they hold all the cards. I would warn them that they are not remotely prepared for what will happen if they attempt to cross Constitutional boundaries and natural rights. 
It could be a cold, dark winter. 
Tread carefully.

But don't you dare call them the right wing Taliban, right?   FBI should be knocking on this clown's door any minute now.


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