Stop Attacking Refugees

[UPDATE] : 2

German security believes the passport found at the scene of one of the Paris attacks was a plant to turn Westerners away from refugees:

PARIS (AP) — Germany’s top security official says a Syrian passport found with one of the Paris attackers may have been false flag intended to make Europeans fearful of refugees.

Germany’s interior minister, Thomas de Maiziere, told reporters in Berlin that it was “unusual that such a person was faithfully registered in Greece, Serbia and Croatia, even though we’re usually pressing for registration to take place and lament that it isn’t always done properly.”

He said the multiple registrations by a person using the passport were “evidence that this was a trail that was intentionally laid, but it can’t be ruled out at the moment that this was an IS terrorist who came to France…via Germany as a refugee.”

I suspected this all along. Too weird that a passport would be found at the scene, too neat and convenient.


Republicans, useful idiots all, are playing into the hands of ISIS DAESH:


Building new barriers to keep them out with the absurd argument that Muslims are inherently dangerous could provide propaganda benefits to the Islamic State. The group, also known as ISIS, has drawn recruits around the globe by offering a cause and a home to Muslims who feel marginalized and scorned.

I just thought that stated the argument really well.  Meanwhile, did you hear about the crazy lady in Michigan who said we should fuck up Dearborn to teach ISIS a lesson? She’s really sorry, you guys.

I’m sure she’s not representative of white Christian ladies or any other group. Right?


Who were the Paris attackers?

While Republicans argue about nonsenscial semantics, authorities are starting to identify those who planned and orchestrated the attacks. And, welp, looks like it was mostly French and Belgian citizens. One of the attackers was born right there in Paris.

So naturally Republican governors have vowed to reject Syrian refugees. Yes that makes about as much sense as invading Iraq after America was attacked by Al Qaeda.

Slow clap, Republicans. Always wrong. Never change!

President Obama, as always, remains the voice of reason:

He said people must “remember that many of these refugees are the victims of terrorism themselves.”

“That’s what they’re fleeing,” he continued during a press conference in Turkey.

“Slamming the door in their faces would be a betrayal of our values. Our nations can welcome refugees who are desperately seeking safety and ensure our own security. We can and must do both.”

Saying no to refugees is exactly what ISIS wants. Reject the refugees so they can be exterminated at home! But hey, it’s not like Republicans care about human life or anything.

I must say, there’s an eerie familiarity to all of this “close the borders” handwringing and fearmongering. It reminds me a lot of last year’s ebola crisis (remember that?) Back then, Republicans attacked Obama for not instituting a travel ban, Boehner was going to bring the House back into session to address the Ebola crisis, and even Marco Rubio jumped into the game, in an effort to look like a problem-solver and “presidential”:

Mr. McConnell, said a spokesman, Don Stewart, was “using shorthand” last week when he said, “It would be a good idea to discontinue flights into the United States from that part of the world.” He, too, supports a temporary suspension of visas, a position put into legislative language on Monday by Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, who vowed to press visa-suspension legislation when Congress returned in November.

Snort. Got that, everyone? Mitch McConnell “was using shorthand” by saying he wanted to “discontinue flights into the United States from that part of the world,” instead of the much longer and more cumbersome, “suspend visas.”


Because these idiots didn’t know before they opened their fat yaps that there are no direct flights to the United States “from the part of the world.” So there are no flights to suspend.

That was then, this is now. But while the cast of characters has changed, the play remains the same:

In reality, Republicans are not planning a legislative response, at least for now, Republican leadership aides said Monday. They merely want their voices heard.

God, they never fucking shut up! They have their own news network and they still never shut up, but “they want their voices heard.” No, they don’t! They want to spread fear and grandstand and point fingers at “the other.” Ebola, terrorism, refugees, it doesn’t matter. They want to close our borders by hook or by crook.

These Republican governors can’t refuse Syrian refugees. They have no authority to do so. You can’t say, “bring me the blond-haired, blue-eyed refugees from Sweden not the swarthy bearded guys from Syria.” That’s not how it works, and they are powerless so they’re gonna resort to type and just tamp their feet and say scary things.

They never change. They’re always wrong. They’re still wrong.


Filed under Current Events, immigration

Congratulations, Unidentified LA Man! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

I’m not sure which one surprises me more: that this guy was vacuuming, or that he was vacuuming with a gun. I mean, Mr. Beale had me pretty convinced that if a man touches a vacuum cleaner, his penis falls off.

But I digress:

GREENWOOD, La. (KTBS) – A Greenwood man ended up at the hospital after he accidentally shot himself while cleaning house.

The man was wearing a small pistol while he vacuumed his home on Blue Nole Road this afternoon when the gun went off.

The bullet went through the right side of the man’s body.

He was taken to University Health for treatment, police said.

What. The. Fuck.


Filed under gun control, Guns

Congratulations, Unidentified Texas Man! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

The plot of every country song, wrapped up in one glorious gunfail:

The man told police who responded to his home that he had been drinking, got drunk and was listening to music while he sat in his truck. When a sad song that he didn’t like started playing, he shot the radio with a .22-caliber pistol, KTRE reported.

The man’s wife took his gun away and took custody of the man, a police report said.

Let me give the Missus some advice: dump the gun. AND the man.


Filed under Guns

Congratulations, Unidentified TN Man! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

We have an awful lot of Nervous Nellies running around the state of Tennessee with their pew-pew-pew toys, firing them every time they’re a-skeered. Yesterday it was Sherry McLain of Lacassas, who pulled a gun on a man (some reports say he was African American) who approached her in the parking lot of a Murfreesboro Walmart.

Today we return to Murfreesboro, where a man who is apparently a veteran is inexplicably shot by a terrified driver:

It happened just before noon at the intersection of Middle Tennessee Boulevard and South East Broad Street, and witnesses said the victim was a veteran.

The man witnesses said to be a former Marine, was driving a black infinity and stopped in the road to get out of his car and say something to the 22-year-old driver of a Volvo.

The 22-year-old fired one shot from inside his car, which hit the man in the stomach and exited through his side and hit his elbow.

A witness told NewsChannel 5 that the man asked the shooter, “why did you shoot me?” The driver responded by saying,” you scared the [expletive] out of me.”

Once again, I’m going to go out on a limb and say our veteran was a person of the melanin-enhanced persuasion. Hey, I could be wrong! But I’m probably not!

BTW, happy Veterans Day! Thanks for your service! BAM!

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Tennessee Gun Report

We’ve got some awesome gunfail from across the state this week. Let me tell you, I feel so safe with all of these Second Amendment Heroes on the loose. Really, we must be the safest state in the country! No? Why not?

• November 9, 2015:

If I were placing bets I’d say the man in question was black, but hey, I could be wrong about this:

MURFREESBORO, Tennn. – A 67-year-old woman was arrested for pulling a gun in a Walmart parking lot after she was approached by a stranger in what she called self defense.

The woman said she feared for her life and pulled out a gun, but she was the one facing serious criminal charges.

It has become a controversial case raising questions about how far you can go if you think you are in mortal danger.

“It scared me absolutely to death,” said Sherry McLain. She was loading groceries into her car this past Saturday in the crowded Walmart parking lot on Old Fort Parkway in Murfreesboro.

That’s when a strange man approached, surprising her, and she pulled her revolver. “I have never been so afraid of anything in my whole life I don’t think,” said McLain. “This guy is the bad guy and I’m the one in handcuffs walking away.”

Murfreesboro police said there’s much more to the story. “There was no reason for her to perceive any legitimate threat,” said Sergeant Kyle Evans.

Officers at the scene talked with McLain and the man who approached her. It turned out that he had just bought cigarettes and asked her for a light.

Witnesses confirmed this and security video showed the man, who we could not reach for comment, never got closer than 10 feet to McLane.

Sherry McLain, you are my favorite Second Amendment Hero this week! I love all of these terrified people pulling guns on everyone and everything that spooks them. Drop a jar? BAM! Car backfires? BAM! Dog barking? BAM! BAM! BAM! It makes me feel so safe! Don’t you feel safer knowing there are terrified Sherry McLains out there pulling out their guns at everything in public places? Thank you, Tennessee Republicans for making this possible!

Yes, she had a CCW permit.

By the way, watch the video at the link. It’s priceless.

• November 8, 2015:

A woman driving in Murfreesboro was shot at by a BB gun or pellet gun:

The incident occurred late last week and police wrote that the pellet shattered the victims passenger side window. The gun that fired the shot was evidently powerful enough to cause not only the glass to break, but also hit the victim in the shoulder.

The officer wrote in the report, “I observed a small circular abrasion along with a couple of linear abrasions on her right shoulder blade.”

Probably fired by Sherry McLain who was scared by a bird.

• November 7, 2015:

Tennessee, you have a gun problem: a fisherman was shot at on Percy Priest Lake outside of Nashville. Ironically, the incident occurred during a fundraiser for another fisherman who was shot and killed on the same lake last month.

Bogdal was fishing on his Kayak Saturday morning on Percy Priest Lake near the Smith Springs boat ramp.

He was fishing as part of a fundraiser for Gregg Hawkins who was shot and killed a month ago at the Mona boat ramp.

“As I was fishing I was facing the bank, so the opposite way and I heard three or four shots,” said Bogdal.

He told Channel 4 News when he turned around he saw an orange two door car.

“They saw that I saw them, he moved the position of his car and re-angled it this way, so he could get a clear shot from his passenger window. He made four or five shots across channel you know to try to get them as close as he could and then he left the area,” said Bogdal.

You know, it’s almost as if more guns don’t make us safer! Unless, you know, maybe it was Sherry McLain out for a day on the lake, and she got spooked by a snapping twig. Could happen! She’s very scared, you know.

• November 5, 2015:

I don’t usually post gun violence stories here because there’s just too many of them and they aren’t usually gunfail (gun stupidity), but this story deserves a mention.

A Metro Nashville Councilman was shot three times outside a gas station in West Nashville. The shooters are still at large.

It is truly startling how gun violence now dominates the morning news. I’ve watched our CBS affiliate every morning for about 10 years now; it’s part of our morning ritual at the Beale household. Used to be there might be one gun violence story; now, they’re all shootings or gun related. Clearly moar gunz! has had a deleterious affect on the quality of life in Middle Tennessee.

2- The Metro Nashville Fair Board is considering changing its policy about gun shows at the Fairgrounds. The NRA is not amused.

• November 3, 2015:

A Clarksville woman was accidentally shot in the head and is believed to have died.

• November 1, 2015:

Two Memphis teens were accidentally shot:

The 15-year-old victim of that shooting told police he was with his 16-year-old friend at the time. He said the friend had his hands in his pockets, and the gun “just went off,” shooting him in the foot and the 16-year-old in the hand.

The 15-year-old was transported to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in noncritical condition, and the 16-year-old fled the scene on foot, police said.

• October 30, 2015:

A rumored school shooting in Lebanon kept kids out of school the day before Halloween.


Filed under gun control, gun violence, Guns, Tennessee

Who Is Joshua Feuerstein?

Is there nothing funnier than a bunch of Fundiegelicals getting all butthurt over the absence of a snowflake on their coffee cup? I think not! What I really love is that these useless idiots think they have “pranked” Starbucks by forcing baristas to write Merry Christmas on their cups, while they continue to pay $8 for a latte. Hilarious.

All of this fauxtrage has been ginned up by one Joshua Feuerstein, who posted a coffee cup rant on Facebook. But who is Joshua Feuerstein? Let’s ask the Great Gazoogle:

Former evangelical pastor proposes fighting LGBT rights with assault weapons
Talking head Joshua Feuerstein implies the Second Amendment is the best way to combat homosexuality

Taking a note from the disgraced California attorney who recently proposed a measure to shoot all the gays, a former evangelical pastor has recommended using guns to fight ever-expanding LGBTQ civil rights across the country. Joshua Feuerstein, a Facebook personality known for his vitriolic talk radio-style tirades, implied earlier this month that the Second Amendment is the best protection from “bigoted” anti-discrimination measures and legalized same-sex marriage.

“They are coming after our First Amendment constitutional rights,” Feuerstein said. “This is one pastor that will not bow. Why? Because my First Amendment right is guaranteed by my Second Amendment right. Think about that, ladies and gentlemen.”

The closely zoomed video backs up at the mention of the Second Amendment, so that Feuerstein can reveal he’s holding what appears to be an assault rifle, which he brandishes close to his face. He then urged his viewers to “stand up and say ‘no more.’”

Good thing Starbucks is a “gun-free zone”!

Feuerstein is referred to as a “former” evangelical pastor. On YouTube there’s an absolutely priceless clip featuring a pastor named Brother Wayne (“live, from my bedroom!”) whose guest is someone claiming Feuerstein was inappropriate with the members of his church’s youth group:

He gave an altar call, and the altar call he gave Brother Wayne? it was ridiculous. I ain’t never heard nothing about it in my life. He was talking about girls looking for daddies, and girls never experiencing the daddy figure in their life. And he had a whole altar call, Brother Wayne, just for teenage girls. I couldn’t imagine it. He was walking around praying for these girls, touching ’em and feeling ‘em and everything else and I just couldn’t believe it, Brother Wayne, and I checked it in my spirit. I checked it and I felt it in my spirit that this was not of God.

That night I came to Brother Wayne, did I not? I sure did, and I said I just feel like God is not in this. You know, every time I see his big fat head on Facebook I just feel like, it’s not of God! Christians if you’re out there, if you’re listening, you need to jump on this bandwagon. Because this bandwagon is going straight to heaven, and the bandwagon of Josh Feuerstein? Well, you know where that’s going.

All of this needs to be taken with a huge grain of salt — we don’t know anything about these people except that they say at the outset that their aim is to run Feuerstein out of town. Still, I think it’s just hilarious that even other church people despise this guy.

Even more disturbing are allegations that Feuerstein mishandled donations from a GoFundMe page that were supposed to go towards camera equipment.

There appears to be a lot hinky about this guy. He certainly likes the spotlight and our mainstream media seems happy to give him the attention he craves while saying nothing about the more sketchy elements in his background. So, thanks for playing along, liberal media! This is how the fringe gets mainstreamed.


Filed under conservatives, right-wing hate, War On Christmas

Congratulations, Unidentified MI Woman! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

The hits just keep on coming from our safest, most responsible citizens evah! This profile in responsible gun ownership happened in the parking lot of a Kroger:

TROY, Mich. – A 4-year-old boy shot himself in the upper abdomen Friday afternoon with his mother’s gun in the parking lot of a grocery store in Troy, police said.

Capt. Bob Redmond said the boy’s mother was loading up the family’s car in the Kroger parking lot at Crooks Road and W. South Boulevard when the boy found the gun in the center console and fired it.

Redmond said the woman’s 10-year-old son also was with them. He was not injured.

Police said the boy’s mother is a licensed gun holder. The gun is a 9-mm Smith & Wesson semi-automatic handgun. Police said the trigger lock was not in place. The gun was loaded with 16 rounds.

The boy shot himself once in the upper abdomen. The bullet exited through his right thigh. His mother is with him at Beaumont Hospital. The boy is in stable condition.

The gun assholes are now blaming this incident on gun control activists, believe it or not, because if Kroger allowed CCW holders to carry their weapons inside (so the logic goes), the gun wouldn’t have been in the center console! (They didn’t say anything about the trigger lock not being in place, of course.) Brilliant way to dodge responsibility. Apparently CCW holders are always responsible, even when they aren’t.

As an interesting sidebar to this story, there is some dispute as to who owned the gun:

The mother of the child, reportedly from Rochester Hills, told police the gun belonged to her husband. Both she and her husband have concealed pistol licenses.

Which parent owned the gun is immaterial, Redmond told the Free Press.

“We talked to both of them – we’re not sure they’re living together – and there’s some disagreement about who left the weapon in the console. That doesn’t matter to me. She’s still responsible for the child’s safety,” Redmond said.

Two CCW holders. Double the risk. This family was an accident waiting to happen.


Filed under gun control, Guns

Apparently NOW Is The Time To Play The Blame Game

With Jeb!’s presidential campaign swirling the drain, I think it’s really cute how Papa Bush is now blaming the Cheney family and Donald Rumsfeld for the giant turd that is the Bush family legacy:

In interviews with his biographer, Mr. Bush said that Mr. Cheney had built “his own empire” and asserted too much “hard-line” influence within George W. Bush’s White House in pushing for the use of force around the world. Mr. Rumsfeld, the elder Mr. Bush said, was an “arrogant fellow” who could not see how others thought and “served the president badly.”

Mr. Bush’s sharp assessments, contained in a biography by Jon Meacham to be published by Random House next week, gave voice to sentiments that many long suspected he had harbored but kept private until now. While he continued to praise his son, he did tell Mr. Meacham that the younger Mr. Bush was responsible for empowering Mr. Cheney and Mr. Rumsfeld and was at times too bellicose in his language


He speculated that Mr. Cheney was influenced by his wife, Lynne, and his daughter Liz, both strong conservatives. “I’ve concluded that Lynne Cheney is a lot of the éminence grise here – iron-ass, tough as nails, driving,” he said.

Talk about passing the buck. Not only does he blame Cheney and Rummy, he actually blames Cheney’s wife and daughter, too. Meanwhile W, his own demon spawn, is simply to blame for “letting” Cheney have too much power and using some impolite words.

What utter bullshit. W is the one who went to great lengths to make Cheney his veep in the first place. Many people have forgotten (or didn’t know to begin with) the court challenges to Cheney’s eligibility to be VP, which violated the 12th Amendment of the Constitution. An Appeals court stacked with Reagan appointees disagreed, but the fact remains, the Cheneys were residents of Dallas:

Cheney, a former Wyoming congressman, lived in Dallas while he was chairman of Halliburton Co. until he changed his voting registration to Teton County, Wyo., on July 21 — four days before becoming Bush’s running mate.

The campaign fought hard to keep Cheney on the ticket. This wasn’t W being a little too lenient with his veep. This was the GOP backing Darth Cheney’s agenda. I’ve always thought that there was some kind of coup within the Republican Party, a takeover by the oil interests who were hell bent on getting their hands on Iraq’s oil.

There were so many ways the Bush disaster could have been avoided. But it happened. W picked Cheney to be his vice president. W picked Rumsfeld. Jeb! did everything in his power to give his brother Florida’s electoral votes and the Supreme Court sealed the deal. Mistakes were made, sure, but the biggest ones seem to have been made by members of the Bush family itself. So don’t tell me the Iraq War and torture and our ruined economy and all the rest were really Liz Cheney’s fault. That’s fucking stupid.


Filed under President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney

Vote, Dammit!

There’s been lots of wailing and gnashing of teeth over yesterday’s election results, which put a Fundiegelical wackadoodle into the Kentucky governor’s office, denied transgender rights in Houston, and some other depressing news.

It seems this happens every time it’s not a presidential election year. And there’s a very good reason for that.

Democrats don’t vote in off-years. They just don’t. There may be a lot of good reasons for it — voter suppression, working three crap jobs, etc. etc. but the bottom line is, rank and file Democrats don’t think it’s important to vote in non-presidential elections. They’re not going the extra mile to overcome the obstacles like they do in presidential elections. They just don’t see it as a priority. The volunteers aren’t there, the motivation isn’t there, the energy isn’t there.

Republicans sweep every off-year election (I don’t know, feels like it, at least). Republicans run on amygdala-tweaking issues like gays and ‘bortions and fear and loathing and that gets people to the polls every time. Democrats don’t seem to do that; if they do, it doesn’t seem to resonate. Yesterday we did have one sparkle of good news: the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court. Seems to me people understood the importance of that vote and they made the effort.

This is a big problem for Democrats. It’s why we have Tea Party nutballs in Congress and state legislatures voting on Agenda 21 resolutions. Now thousands of Kentuckians could lose their health insurance as a result.

Democrats, you need to figure this out. Not too long ago Nashville had a very important General Election where we voted for a new mayor. Several of my gay friends, people in their early 30s, did not vote. They “didn’t have time.” Really what they were saying is, they didn’t make the time (although with a week of early voting in Nashville, there’s really no excuse for that). Among those running were a candidate who voted for a GLBT non-discrimination ordinance, and someone else who said they were against such things. You’d think that would have been sufficient motivation. Someone who supports your right to exist, versus those who do not. In fact, one of my gay friends said he supported Megan Barry but when I asked if he voted, the answer amazingly was no! That’s some support, folks.

People, with support like that, how can Democrats win?

Fortunately, Nashville’s mayoral election went into a runoff and I badgered my non-voting friends mercilessly until they went to the polls, and showed me “I Voted” stickers to prove it.

But you know, this is a problem for Dems nationwide. And we will continue to lose elections until we figure out how to impress upon our voters the importance of, you know, actually making the effort to vote.

It seems stupid and it is, but this is something the DNC and state and county parties really need to figure out. There needs to be a public education campaign, there needs to be a real grassroots effort, from the churches to the unions to neighborhood organizations and every other group to get people off their asses. Every election. Not just every four years but every year.

Elections are every year, people! And if you don’t vote in every election, you’re a bad person.

If we can’t figure this out, the rest is just pointless. We cannot succeed with a party that doesn’t care about anything but the White House.


Filed under Democratic Party, rants

Let’s Not And Say We Did

I’m glad State Rep. David Hawk likes his job and all but I think this is a spectacularly bad idea:

The Tennessee legislature has been quite efficient in recent years, according to State Rep. David Hawk.

Hawk, R-5th, of Greeneville, said for the past three years, legislators, who convene each year in January to begin their legislative session, have completed budgetary duties by the end of April. But lawmakers’ quick work in hashing out the state’s finances has “inadvertently weakened” the state’s legislative branch of government for the remaining seven to eight months of the year, Hawk said.

“While the legislature is in session from January through April, I feel that we are an equal third branch of government,” he said. “But for the other eight months of the calendar year, I feel like all we can do or say is, ‘Wait until we get back into session in January.’ We’re living in such a fast-paced world now where issues can arise quickly, or when we leave issues hanging over from a prior session, I feel our constituents deserve better from the body that is supposed to be the people’s voice in Tennessee.”

To alleviate this concern and allow lawmakers to address issues that may arise after the legislative session has ended in April, Hawk said he intends to introduce legislation that would create a September legislative session.

No. Nooooooooo. Let me repeat: NOOOOOO.

What a crock. If the Legislature is so efficient, why do you need an extra session? Hawk says the regular legislative session is focused primarily on the state budget;

[…] a September session would allow lawmakers to focus more on creating new state policies.

Oh. So apparently there isn’t enough time for gay bashing, ‘bortion hating, and Planned Parenthood defunding? So maybe you aren’t as efficient as you think? Even better, Hawk only wants to do this in odd-numbered years so the extra session doesn’t interfere with legislative members’ campaigning. Priorities!

But here’s the best part:

“My hope is that there is no financial obligation associated with this,” he said.

Hilarious! So everyone will work for free. No per diems, no costs, no nothing. Dream on!

Personally, I think you guys have more than enough time to inflict your damage on the state. There is absolutely nothing that comes up over the summer and fall that is so urgent it requires immediate state legislative action.

I’m sure Hawk and the others were unhappy they couldn’t grandstand over the Kim Davis affair, the bogus Planned Parenthood videos, the mass shootings on college campuses. So hard to sit on the sidelines while these hot-button issues flare up on social media and then disappear, and our legislature never got to say a word about it! Aww. Too bad.


Filed under Tennessee, Tennessee politics