What Gun Nuts Actually Said was Worse Than ‘Deceptive’ Silence

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From Tommy Christopher at the Daily Banter:

To hear conservatives tell it, Yahoo News anchor and executive producer of the documentary Under the Gun Katie Couric committed high crimes and misdemeanors against gun-nuttery when one of her editors followed a question about background checks with eight seconds of silence, when in reality, the group of gun enthusiasts had given immediate responses. Couric has apologized, because of course she has, but it doesn’t seem like anyone has actually stopped to listen to the answers Couric’s editor cut out of the film, because if anything, she should be apologizing to the families of all the gun violence victims, not the gun nuts. She did the cause of unfettered access to guns a huge favor.

Really, she did them several favors, because not only did that edit cover up the completely insane and stupid answers these people gave, Couric also failed monumentally even in the interview. Here’s the audio of the two minutes following that fateful question, which was, “If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorist from walking into, say, a licensed gun dealer and purchasing a gun?”

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Great

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From Capt. Fogg at Human Voices:

Quite frankly, nobody is going to make America great again, at least not to any universal agreement. Nor is it really possible to define the word. That’s why it makes such a catchy campaign slogan. Everyone has his own notions about greatness. For some it means to make America white again, for others it means to return to a day when this was a manufacturing powerhouse and assembly line jobs allowed workers to be part of a booming middle class, a time when foreign competition was feeble and public tastes preferred domestic goods. It’s not going to happen and temporal dysphoria, like entropy, will increase. Short of an apocalypse, the world continues to get smaller.

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The Continuing Scam of Veterans

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From Iron Knee at Political Irony:

Some people might argue that the Trump University scandal is old news. That Donald Trump did that back when he was a businessman, so it was ok to swindle people out of their money for his own enrichment. But if he becomes president, he will be our scumbag swindler, using his evil powers to make America great again (whatever the hell that means).

And yet, even now, Trump continues to con people. Remember when he decided to skip one of the Republican debates because Fox News had been mean to him? He held a “fund raiser for veterans” instead, which he claimed had raised $6 million dollars. Then the Washington Post checked into it, and found that far less had actually been disbursed to veterans groups.

So caught lying by the media, Trump did what he always does —

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How To Make Punditing a Lot More Interesting

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From driftglass:

The fundamental problem with the pundit class is that they have absolutely no personal stake in anything they say. If they get one thing even marginally right, they wear it a Medal of Freedom until the end of their days. But when get something wrong? When they get many things wrong? When they get most things wrong — big things, life-and-death things — over and over again, year after year after year?

Then what happens?

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A Challenger Arises

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From Vixen Strangely at Strangely Blogged:

You can read the text of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s speech here. Clinton broke down point by point a handful of the very wrong things that Donald Trump has said with a brief explanation of why he’s very wrong. There might be some areas where Clinton’s perspective about policy and political reality differs from mine, but to see her define Trump as badly informed and of poor, not to say dangerously rash (OK–exactly to say that!) temperament was necessary.

This is something that no Republican primary challenger could have done, because in being knee-jerk opponents to anything President Obama has done, they at least had to support Trump’s constant, if wrong, criticisms. Clinton, as part of Obama’s circle, has an intimate knowledge of why some things were done, and not others.

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Is Ryan Bundy Right?

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From Green Eagle:

Ryan Bundy is not happy in jail. Well, I guess that’s the idea of jail, but Ryan has some very specific complaints. He can’t hang out with his friends, which violates his constitutional right of assembly, he can’t wear his Mormon underwear, and perhaps most notably, this:

“He also argues that his Second Amendment rights have been violated, presumably because guns are not allowed in jails.”

Now, I know that, at first reading, that seems to be one of the most ludicrous things that you have ever heard in your life, but after thinking about it, I am not so sure.

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Government Regulations Punish Innocent for Wrongdoing of Few

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From libertarian Michael A. LaFerrara at Principled Perspectives:

The Obama Administration dumped new regulations onto the financial industry “that would require financial advisers to serve the best interests of their clients,” according to Politico. On the face of it, this makes no sense. As any merchant knows, the path to sustainable profitability is precisely to “serve the best interests of their clients.”

You don’t have to be an expert to see that this rule to override natural market incentives has nothing to do with serving consumers’ interests. In reality, it’s another government power grab intended to give government officials the power to dictate to consumers what is and is not in their best interests.

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Ali!

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From Max’s Dad:

Damn, they keep dying. Though The Greatest, Muhammad Ali, has in effect been dead for a long time, when they actually go away I can’t help but think about what they meant to me when I was young. I loved boxing as a kid. The history, the great fights, and Muhammad Ali.

I was pretty young when Cassius Marcellus Clay first burst upon the scene in 1964 by beating Sonny Liston (when the hell is a movie about that guy going to be made?) in what was considered to be a shocking upset but in reality was nothing of the kind. Then he got all goofy (my Dad said that) and became Muhammad X and eventually Muhammad Ali and hung around with Malcolm X and then Malcolm got killed and Ali was under guard before the second Liston fight.. Oh it was a mess, that I only remember because I have read about it.

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Patrick Holt Thinks I Hate Christians, God, and the Bible

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From The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser:

A man by the name of Patrick Holt from Grover Hill, Ohio responded today to my May 25, 2016 letter to the editor of the Defiance Crescent-News concerning the Transgender bathroom use issue. Holt, as far as I can tell, pastors an Independent Fundamentalist Baptist (IFB) church in Grover Hill. I featured his church in the On the Road Looking for God’s True Church series. Here’s what Holt had to say:

This is a reply to the May 25 letter by Bruce Gerencser.

In his letter he implied that someone, like myself, who objected to a male using the same bathroom that my mother, wife, daughters, and granddaughters were using was hateful. So, basically, if you disagree with someone, then that, according to Bruce, is hateful. Using that same logic, then Bruce Gerencser, must hate Christians, God and the Bible. Would that not be a proper statement?

Patrick Holt, Grover Hill

Holt would like people to think that the whole Transgender bathroom use issue is all about differences of opinion. It’s not.

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Do You Know The Way To…

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From tengrain at Mock Paper Scissors:

I lived in San Jose for years, and what happened at the Trump rally was as predictable as it was regrettable. If Trump has a California campaign manager, I can only suspect that the violence that the rally incurred was planned.

San Jose is a majority-minority city, with the majority being Latino. It is the third largest city in the state (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose), and it is a tough, proud town. This is also a reliable Democratic stronghold, though the white-flight gated communities to the south are probably reliably red. Why would you choose to hold a rally there?

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