Bernie Sanders’ States’ Rights Problem


When I first learned that Bernie Sanders’ voted against the Brady Bill 5 times, I was shocked.

When I dug deeper to find out more about his position, I learned that unlike the reputation he likes to project, he is a politician too.

Here is some background from the Washington Post…

A few days before Election Day in 1990, the National Rifle Association sent a letter to its 12,000 members in Vermont, with an urgent message about the race for the state’s single House seat.

Vote for the socialist, the gun rights group said. It’s important.

“Bernie Sanders is a more honorable choice for Vermont sportsmen than ­Peter Smith,” wrote Wayne LaPierre, who was — and still is — a top official at the national NRA, backing Sanders over the Republican incumbent. (emphasis mine)

Yes, you read that right, Wayne LaPierre wrote a letter supporting Bernie Sanders in his race for the House in 1990.

His reasoning was based on the principle of states’ rights.

Sanders was with the gun group on one major issue: he opposed a mandatory waiting period for handguns, saying that was best left to states. But, on assault weapons, his position was the same as the one for which Smith was getting hammered.

“It’s an issue I do not feel comfortable about,” Sanders said after one debate, according to a memoir about the race by a former aide, Steven Rosenfeld.

Sanders couldn’t very well rail against Smith for his views on assault weapons when they were the same as his own. Instead, the aide said, Sanders wanted to let others “do our dirty work for us.”

So not only was Sanders using the “states’ rights” excuse for giving his vote to the NRA, he also showed he is just as political as any other politician. The fact that he wanted to let others do his dirty work, which included the NRA, doesn’t sit very well with this liberal.

With the death of Justice Scalia this weekend, the principle of states’ rights and how each candidate truly feels about it needs to be addressed.

Bernie Sanders kept his word to the NRA.

After he was elected, Sanders stuck to the assurances he had given gun rights groups. In 1991, he voted against a measure that would have required a seven-day waiting period to buy a gun. In 1993, Sanders voted against a broader version of the bill — named for James Brady, the White House press secretary who was shot in the 1981 attempt on President Ronald Reagan’s life — that became law.

That bill set up the national background check system in place today. But Sanders objected because it also included a provision for a temporary waiting period, said Weaver, his longtime aide.

Making people wait 7 days before buying a weapon is just too much to ask for Bernie Sanders.

I disagree!


Jim Carrey Responds To The “Media Colostomy Bag” Called Fox News

Jim-Carrey-Cold-Dead-HandJim Carrey released this statement today in response to Fox News, who attacked him for his “Cold Dead Hand” video on Funny or Die.  The video targets assault weapons and large magazines.

Since I released my “Cold Dead Hand” video on Funny or Die this week, I have watched Fux News rant, rave, bare its fangs and viciously slander me because of my stand against large magazines and assault rifles. I would take them to task legally if I felt they were worth my time or that anyone with a brain in their head could actually fall for such irresponsible buffoonery. That would gain them far too much attention which is all they really care about.

I’ll just say this: in my opinion Fux News is a last resort for kinda-sorta-almost-journalists whose options have been severely limited by their extreme and intolerant views; a media colostomy bag that has begun to burst at the seams and should be emptied before it becomes a public health issue.

I sincerely believe that in time, good people will lose patience with the petty and poisonous behavior of these bullies and Fux News will be remembered as nothing more than a giant culture fart that no amount of Garlique could cure.

I wish them all the luck that accompanies such malevolence.

Go check out his Twitter feed, he’s on a mission. Go Jim!

Cross-posted at Extreme Liberal’s Blog

Jon Stewart Shoots Down The Stupidity Surrounding Gun Control!

Wow, that was a long break from blogging. I’m back. I’ve been spending a lot of time in the basement, hanging drywall, slopping mud, sanding and overall just playing in my workshop. I’ve also been kind of stunned by the state of our world in the wake of the horrible shooting in Newtown and needed a break to digest it all.

Jon Stewart spent two segments taking on the problem of gun violence in America. As usual, he lays it out better than anyone and gets to the heart of the matter surrounding this important issue. One of my favorite parts – I laughed out loud for a while – was a clip of Louie Gohmert. He is the poster boy for the modern Republican Party, but you would think he was a plant from The Onion.

For some damn reason, my version of WordPress won’t allow me to embed clips from Comedy Central, so go over to Angry Black Lady Chronicles to see the clips I posted there.

Look for a new Extremely Liberal Podcast, where we will discuss the latest craziness in the political world.

Throwing Your Gun Filled Hands In The Air Isn’t A Solution!

In the wake of the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, I’ve heard many comments along the lines of – with so many guns already in the public sphere, there isn’t much we can do at this point to stem gun violence in this country. I say bullshit. If sensible gun laws can prevent just one of these tragedies, it will be worth it.

My opinion on guns is that they are a part of our culture and surely aren’t going away. And although I personally have no use for them, I completely understand that others do. I appreciate that people enjoy competitive shooting or hunting for food and even owning a gun for protection.

Where I draw the line is on guns that are only designed for killing people efficiently and in large quantities. I support limits on assault weapons, how many bullets can be in a clip and limits on other efficient killing devices. I absolutely love Chris Rock’s bit on “bullet control”…

But the idea that throwing our hands up in the air is going to help is just fucking stupid. It isn’t just with gun control where people use that argument…well it’s really a lack of an argument, it’s giving up.

This argument is similar to the one that says, if you can’t fix the problem in one fell swoop, you might just as well not even try. The idea of raising taxes on millionaires usually brings that idiotic argument out as well. President Obama responded to this concept very eloquently…

There are others who are saying, well, this is just a gimmick. Just taxing millionaires and billionaires, just imposing the Buffett rule won’t do enough to close the deficit. Well, I agree. That’s not all we have to do to close the deficit. But the notion that it doesn’t solve the entire problem doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t do it at all.

Every time I hear a representative of the wealthy, usually someone in the media, trot out that idiotic “argument”, I want to jump through the television and smack them upside the head. Here are just a few examples of headlines I found by just typing into Google, “taxing millionaires won’t solve the problem”.

Budget expert: Taxing millionaires won’t fix the economy – CBS News

Taxing the Rich Won’t Solve Our Problems

Obama ‘Buffett Rule’ Won’t Solve America’s Budget Problems

Raising Taxes Won’t Solve America’s Debt Problem

President Obama’s Buffett Tax Won’t Solve Our Problems, It Will Only

NO ONE SAID IT WOULD “FIX THE ECONOMY” OR “SOLVE OUR PROBLEMS” you dumbass representatives of the wealthy.

It is such a blatant use of the “straw man” fallacy that it makes me sick to my stomach. In every one of those headlines above, it is implied that supporters of raising taxes on millionaires or passing “the Buffet Rule” are saying it will magically solve our deficit problems or as CBS said, “fix the economy”.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds this institutionalized stupidity frustrating. And although I would argue that Fox News is responsible for bringing this idiocy into the mainstream, the other sources of news in our country are jumping on the lunacy bandwagon. Is it any wonder that people like Louis Gohmert and Alan West were elected as one of 535 members of congress?

Registration of Guns and Licensing of Gun Owners from the Alien Perspective

Guest Blogger: MikeB302000

Aliens from a distant galaxy were approaching our solar system. Identifying Earth as the only habitable planet, they came for a closer look. One of the first things they noticed from a great distance was the air traffic and high-speed train movement. Realizing these were conveyances for moving people, they marvelled at the efficiency and complete lack of collisions and near-collisions. The coordination was impressive.

Coming a bit closer they began seeing the cars. Unlike the larger means of transportation, these seemed to be involved in countless mishaps and explosions. Everywhere they looked cars were running into each other and into other objects. The death and destruction was incalculable.

One alien said to the other, since these primitive vehicles are operated by humans, why don’t they assign a numerical designation to each one which could be linked to the operator. This way they could easily identify the ones causing all the trouble.

The other alien, scanning the highly-advanced computer system, said, it seems they already have done this. Perhaps it means the quantity of problems has already been reduced to the level we observe.

Coming still closer, but maintaining a distant orbit, they began to observe another phenomenon: gunshots. They recognized these as primitive projectile-ejecting weapons. With each blast their computers registered the event. They watched horrified and amazed that a civilization advanced enough to register all cars and license all car-drivers would allow this.

Wouldn’t registering those guns and tying them to the users the way they’ve done with cars eliminate much of the damage, asked the first alien.

The other more senior crew member said sadly – it’s time to return and make our report.