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posted at 8:01 pm on March 24, 2013 by Allahpundit

President Barack Obama is ready to hit the road on a new campaign-style public relations trip, hoping to breathe new life into the push for stronger gun control laws

A White House official would not comment on the timing of more presidential travel, but said people should expect to see Obama travel outside DC to bolster his insistence that gun control measures “deserve a vote” in Congress.

Obama will have help. Over the coming two-week congressional recess, representatives of the Brady Campaign and Mike Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns tell BuzzFeed they’re gearing up for major campaigns aimed at ginning up votes for gun control over recess. That includes grassroots lobbying of members while they’re home and other efforts.

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[T]hree months later, the NRA has regained its footing, rallying gun owners and lawmakers against new gun controls in a fierce lobbying effort that appears to be paying dividends on Capitol Hill…

“[NRA CEO] Wayne LaPierre made terrible mistakes early on. They took two very bad spills,” Ross Baker, political scientist at Rutgers University, said Friday in a phone interview. “But they quickly recovered and they assumed their usual position of dominance…

A Democratic strategist familiar with the issue … [argued] that the more controversial elements of Obama’s gun-control wish-list —particularly the assault weapons ban — were never expected to pass Congress.

By pushing hard for that ban, the strategist said, Democrats were simply negotiating from the left, always with the idea they could cash in that chip to get the universal background checks that stand at the core of their effort to keep violent people from buying guns.

“For once, the Democrats actually did things in a smart way. Instead of starting by giving in, they started by asking for more,” the strategist said. “You could call it a momentum change, but this was always the way this was going to play out.”

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $12 million on a television ad campaign meant to pressure senators into backing gun control efforts, including comprehensive background checks.

The national campaign from Mayors Against Illegal Guns will target states whose senators are on the fence, according to the New York Post…

“These ads bring the voices of Americans — who overwhelmingly support comprehensive and enforceable background checks — into the discussion to move senators to immediately take action to prevent gun violence,” Bloomberg said in a statement issued by the group he co-founded in 2006.

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The N.R.A. plans to roll out its own lobbying campaign, using print and broadcast advertising to reach lawmakers during the recess. But its leaders said that their investment was unlikely to rival the intensity of Mr. Bloomberg’s spending, to be carried out through Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group he co-founded.

“Can we match Mayor Bloomberg dollar for dollar?” asked Chris W. Cox, the group’s chief lobbyist. “No one can. We don’t have to.”

He predicted that voters and senators would resist a message from an out-of-state magnate who is associated with government limits on soda and salt.

“What he is going to find out is that Americans don’t want to be told by some elitist billionaire what they can eat, drink and they damn well don’t want to be told how, when and where they can protect their families,” Mr. Cox said.

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So, why aren’t the polling numbers on gun control swaying more members of Congress? Many of the poll numbers don’t capture the nuances of public opinion. For example, there is a significant difference in the level of passion of voters on the two sides of the issue. While members of the National Rifle Association or conservative gun owners home in on this issue, gun-control proponents may not register that sort of excitement.

The level of voter passion may also depend on where the respondents live. In January, there were 44 gun homicides in Chicago. In 2011, there were only 40 gun homicides in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont combined. The political pressure for members of Congress from those states is much less than it would be for a senator from Illinois. In fact, Sens. Dick Durbin, a Democrat, and Mark Kirk, a Republican, both from Illinois, are two of the lawmakers who have come out strongly for some of these gun-control laws.

Lanae Erickson Hatalsky, the director of social policy and politics for Third Way, said her group has conducted polling in some of these states where gun violence isn’t a major issue. When they asked if they thought policies would be effective in reducing crime, most respondents said it wouldn’t. When asked if legislation was addressing a problem in their community or somewhere far away, most respondents went with the latter. The support for gun-control policies then is “really high but shallow,” Hatalsky said.

“People will support this and they think it’s a good idea, but they don’t feel super deeply about it,” Hatalsky said. “They’re not convinced that it will necessarily work and that it will work to change their own lives.”

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“I don’t think there’s ever been an issue where the public has spoken so clearly where Congress hasn’t eventually understood and done the right thing,” Bloomberg said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” adding: “I think we are going to win this. Celebrating in advance isn’t the right thing to do. We’ve got to go out — we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us.”

Bloomberg acknowledged that the assault weapons ban faces an uncertain future, though, because the public isn’t as united on that issue…

“I don’t think we should give up on the assault weapons ban,” Bloomberg said. “But clearly it is a more difficult issue for a lot of people. I don’t know that that reflects the NRA’s power. It may be just that people have different views about assault weapons than they do about background checks.”

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As I’ve said before, we may not be able to prevent every act of violence in this country. But together, we have an obligation to try. We have an obligation to do what we can.

Right now, we have a real chance to reduce gun violence in America, and prevent the very worst violence. We have a unique opportunity to reaffirm our tradition of responsible gun ownership, and also do more to keep guns out of the hands of criminals or people with a severe mental illness.

We’ve made progress over the last three months, but we’re not there yet. And in the weeks ahead, I hope Members of Congress will join me in finishing the job – for our communities and, most importantly, for our kids.


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libfreeordie on March 24, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Who cares?

Solaratov on March 24, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Who cares?

Solaratov on March 24, 2013 at 9:40 PM

As in…so what?

Solaratov on March 24, 2013 at 9:40 PM

As in…so what?

Solaratov on March 24, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Comment pages:

I like this version better :)

Electrongod on March 24, 2013 at 9:42 PM

The story is a non-Bernie Sanders senator calling the War on Drugs a failure. And the bigger story is a GOP senator recognizing that the criminalization of marijuana disproportionately effects kids in the “inner city” who can’t afford a good lawyer. In other words, Rand has suggested that the criminal justice is slanted against those without resources to pay for good representation, that’s a pretty progressive idea.

libfreeordie on March 24, 2013 at 9:32 PM

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Actually the story is that you are surprised that a large segment of the GOP feels this way. They are called libertarians, and the fact that they feel this way is not news to many of us. Furthermore, some of us who aren’t libertarian also feel that marijuana should be decriminalized for various reasons. Yes, you look at it from the race angle, but there is a whole slew of other angles like the clog the courts, prison angle and the fiscal angle etc.

melle1228 on March 24, 2013 at 9:42 PM

A good reason to stay away from Chicago..

From a parent’s point of view…

Electrongod on March 24, 2013 at 9:37 PM

So rather than fixing the inequities within the criminal justice system your suggestion is that everyone should just leave the city?

libfreeordie on March 24, 2013 at 9:43 PM

A good reason to stay away from Chicago..

From a parent’s point of view…

Electrongod on March 24, 2013 at 9:37 PM

So rather than fixing the inequities within the criminal justice system your suggestion is that everyone should just leave the city?

libfreeordie on March 24, 2013 at 9:43 PM

It’s you liberals running that criminal justice system, we can’t fix your kind of stupid.

SWalker on March 24, 2013 at 9:45 PM

if he actually changes the subject, let me know…

cmsinaz on March 24, 2013 at 9:13 PM

cmsinaz, Lol!, I had no idea who the guy even was until I started reading your comments in the morning on him/them. I might not be a great candidate to keep after what it is he is doing. Have never seen the show and own not one dang tv. ; )

Bmore on March 24, 2013 at 9:45 PM

So rather than fixing the inequities within the criminal justice system your suggestion is that everyone should just leave the city?

libfreeordie on March 24, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Root cause..

Fix that and Chicago will be safe..

Until then..

I will avoid it..

Electrongod on March 24, 2013 at 9:45 PM

melle1228 on March 24, 2013 at 9:42 PM

I’m aware of the libertarian segment within the GOP. What you seem to be purposefully obtuse on is the fact that Rand Paul’s statement on a Sunday morning talk show speaks to the ascendence of that segment of the GOP. Do you see GOP senators making these statements during the Moral Majority heydays of the 1980s? Its an interesting historical benchmark. And yes, I am aware that libertarians have long agreed with progressives on the problem of the War on Drugs (though one rarely sees them in any of the organisations which oppose the War on Drugs, but I suppose talking about it in private is better than nothing). I would have actually appreciated if Rand had made a strong argument on the fiscal component of the War on Drugs as that is obviously the most effective means of building a coalition against this failed experiment.

libfreeordie on March 24, 2013 at 9:47 PM

So rather than fixing the inequities within the criminal justice system your suggestion is that everyone should just leave the city?

libfreeordie on March 24, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Newsflash.. The criminal justice system is not the only thing wrong with Chicago. That is an internal problem. Some of Chicago’s problem as nothing to do with external racism and more to do with internal race problems.. Even you can admit that right Lib?

melle1228 on March 24, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Rational Thought on March 24, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Unlike Catherine and the others, though, Putin seems to have a blind spot he shares with Stalin.

The big news out of Russia and China today is an agreement for China buying Siberian oil, gas, and etc. This, at the same time that Xi JinPing, the new Chinese premier, is warning us not to “meddle” in China’s affairs- like the Spratley Islands, their confrontation with Japan, their determination to “return” Taiwan to Beijing’s control, etc.

Add in the fact that they seem to be OK with Mini-Kim nuking his way to paradise on the Korean peninsula, and it’s starting to look like the PRC is getting ready to go “Eight Corners Under One Roof” on the rest of Asia. With their own version of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in their back pocket to keep Russia off their backs, at least for now.

Of course, with Uncle Joe, that was just a delaying tactic, to buy him time to finish rebuilding his army after his own purges wrecked it. Sort of the way Putin is trying to do right now. And one big reason the Red Army got butt-f**ked by the Wehrmacht in the opening stages of Barbarossa was that they were out of their prepared defensive lines, getting ready to launch an attack into southern Germany through Czechoslovakia. (Stalin forgot, or maybe never learned, what is now known in military circles as Hogg’s First Law; Just because you’re getting ready to attack in no way prohibits the other fellow from having a go at you first.)

I don’t know what’s going through Putin’s mind- for sure. My guess is that he sees Russia’s future as being the domination of Europe, and not just the old WARPAC countries, but all the way to the Channel, if not the British Isles. (A collapsed European Union might be ripe for the plucking, in his mind; for that matter, an EU that is still controlled from Brussels, but bankrupt and in a state of decay, might be even more so.) He might be willing to let China have Asia, in exchange for that, and they could hash out the MidEast, Africa, and the Americas later.

But with any “Molotov-Ribbentrop” deal, the question will always be, who backstabs who first?

clear ether

eon

eon on March 24, 2013 at 9:48 PM

The story is a non-Bernie Sanders senator calling the War on Drugs a failure. And the bigger story is a GOP senator recognizing that the criminalization of marijuana disproportionately effects kids in the “inner city” who can’t afford a good lawyer. In other words, Rand has suggested that the criminal justice is slanted against those without resources to pay for good representation, that’s a pretty progressive idea.

libfreeordie on March 24, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Inner city people problem is barely the use of marijuana… It is the use of heavy drugs, rampant crimes, out of wedlock children, the non existence of families, total dependency on the producers and stupidity beyond belief… In other word the majority of the inner city people are doing everything that will make them absolutely destructive to their own lives, the lives of their children, and are badly hurting the American society in general…

mnjg on March 24, 2013 at 9:49 PM

It’s you liberals running that criminal justice system, we can’t fix your kind of stupid.

SWalker on March 24, 2013 at 9:45 PM

+100

Electrongod on March 24, 2013 at 9:49 PM

It’s you liberals running that criminal justice system, we can’t fix your kind of stupid.

SWalker on March 24, 2013 at 9:45 PM
+100

Electrongod on March 24, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Not to mention the fact that LIBERALS have been running Chicago for generations..

melle1228 on March 24, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Root cause..

Fix that and Chicago will be safe..

What’s the root cause?

libfreeordie on March 24, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Not to mention the fact that LIBERALS have been running Chicago for generations..

melle1228 on March 24, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Well, really it has been the Daley crime family.

Aviator on March 24, 2013 at 9:55 PM

What’s the root cause?

libfreeordie on March 24, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Just look to Jessee Jackson & Detroit.

Or Al Sharpton & Traybon, dawg. He wadn’t doin’ nuffin’, you know.

You know, I have to wonder. When blacks were being rounded up in Africa to be sold into slavery by their own (black) chieftains, did they say to each other “Don’ worry, dawg. He black. He ain’ gon’ do us like dat.”

You ‘spose they said that, libdie?

Lanceman on March 24, 2013 at 9:55 PM

I’m aware of the libertarian segment within the GOP. What you seem to be purposefully obtuse on is the fact that Rand Paul’s statement on a Sunday morning talk show speaks to the ascendence of that segment of the GOP. Do you see GOP senators making these statements during the Moral Majority heydays of the 1980s? Its an interesting historical benchmark. And yes, I am aware that libertarians have long agreed with progressives on the problem of the War on Drugs (though one rarely sees them in any of the organisations which oppose the War on Drugs, but I suppose talking about it in private is better than nothing). I would have actually appreciated if Rand had made a strong argument on the fiscal component of the War on Drugs as that is obviously the most effective means of building a coalition against this failed experiment.

libfreeordie on March 24, 2013 at 9:47 PM

I just have to laugh at you always bringing it back to race though. You are aware of Meth and the effect that Meth is having on the South correct? The effect of Meth on the low income WHITE person especially in rural areas..

melle1228 on March 24, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Well, really it has been the Daley crime family.

Aviator on March 24, 2013 at 9:55 PM

I think there was a Harold Washington and a Jane Byrne sprinkled in there too. :)

melle1228 on March 24, 2013 at 9:56 PM

What’s the root cause?

libfreeordie on March 24, 2013 at 9:52 PM

…*whispers*…(doesn’t read anybody else’s posts…just continues to brain drool!)

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2013 at 9:56 PM

What’s the root cause?

libfreeordie on March 24, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Root cause of Chicago and other inner cities are the people who live in the inner cities and the liberal politicians who control these cities… It is that simple…

On one hand the majority of inner city people are parasites living on tax payers expense, killing each others, robbing each others, producing 70% of their children out of wedlock, using heavy drugs, dropping out of school, getting dumber year after year and I mean their IQ is regressing, etc…

On the other hand the liberal politicians who control these inner cities want the inner city people to keep behaving as described above and in return for the welfare checks they vote the liberal politicians into power…

mnjg on March 24, 2013 at 9:56 PM

It’s you liberals running that criminal justice system, we can’t fix your kind of stupid.

SWalker on March 24, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Here’s the ugly secret the GOP isn’t really willing to think about. People imagine that the post LBJ GOP was opposed to the government expansion that was the “ineffective” War on Poverty. But all Nixon and Reagan did in their presidencies was reshift those policies into “Law and Order”/”War on Crime” and the “War on Drugs” respectively. Social workers that were doing rehabilitative work under the War on Poverty were simply retasked to become probation officers doing drug tests and surveilling people caught with small amounts of drugs under the “War on Drugs.” It hasn’t been a choice between “big government liberalism” and “small government conservatism.” These domestic “Wars” have been merely different shades of the same interventions. Your comment shows a profound ignorance of the long history of conservatism anti-poverty policy from Nixon to Bush Sr.

libfreeordie on March 24, 2013 at 9:57 PM

“For once, the Democrats actually did things in a smart way. Instead of starting by giving in, they started by asking for more,”

And that’s what has doomed them. Overreach.

GarandFan on March 24, 2013 at 9:57 PM

What’s the root cause?

libfreeordie on March 24, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Government intervention in the family..

Electrongod on March 24, 2013 at 9:57 PM

What’s the root cause?

libfreeordie on March 24, 2013 at 9:52 PM

The lack of the father in the family. The lack of the nuclear family which leads to poverty. How about the lack of importance that is stressed on education in the minority home? There are a lot of root causes, and you can’t blame it all on racial disparity.

melle1228 on March 24, 2013 at 9:58 PM

What’s the root cause?

libfreeordie on March 24, 2013 at 9:52 PM
Just look to Jessee Jackson & Detroit.

Or Al Sharpton & Traybon, dawg. He wadn’t doin’ nuffin’, you know.

You know, I have to wonder. When blacks were being rounded up in Africa to be sold into slavery by their own (black) chieftains, did they say to each other “Don’ worry, dawg. He black. He ain’ gon’ do us like dat.”

You ‘spose they said that, libdie?

Lanceman on March 24, 2013 at 9:55 PM

OUCH!! That one’s gonna leave a mark…
/Kunta Kinte (Toby)

Khun Joe on March 24, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Social workers that were doing rehabilitative work under the War on Poverty were simply retasked to become probation officers doing drug tests and surveilling people caught with small amounts of drugs under the “War on Drugs.” It hasn’t been a choice between “big government liberalism” and “small government conservatism.” These domestic “Wars” have been merely different shades of the same interventions. Your comment shows a profound ignorance of the long history of conservatism anti-poverty policy from Nixon to Bush Sr.

libfreeordie on March 24, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Seriously.. Let’s put all that liberal hearts drug addicts aside. How much does serious rehabilititation actually work? What is the recidivism rate like 85% or something?

melle1228 on March 24, 2013 at 10:02 PM

OUCH!! That one’s gonna leave a mark…
/Kunta Kinte (Toby)

Khun Joe on March 24, 2013 at 10:00 PM

I was actually watching that today.

Lanceman on March 24, 2013 at 10:02 PM

What’s the root cause?

libfreeordie on March 24, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Government intervention in the family..

Electrongod on March 24, 2013 at 9:57 PM

I see that others have responded to you post..

If you can’t see that parents (live in room mates in the libfreeordie world) aren’t in charge..

And government is..

Then there is no hope for you..

Electrongod on March 24, 2013 at 10:02 PM

the criminalization of marijuana disproportionately effects kids in the “inner city” who can’t afford a good lawyer.

libfreeordie on March 24, 2013 at 9:32 PM

And, if it was all suburban white kids affected by marijuana laws, you wouldn’t even get off of your boyfriend to care about it.

Freakin’ racist.

FOAD

Solaratov on March 24, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Complacency is not how to win. Note the clever use of universal background checks…who can be against that!

r keller on March 24, 2013 at 9:04 PM

I am far more concerned about the universal background check than I am about the AWB. The AWB is a joke; a sideshow. The real threat is the national gun registry that will be required for their universal background check to conceivably work. If the database isn’t included in the initial bill then it will be in the next, or will be installed through regulation. Even if they can’t do it overtly, if the government promises they will delete the data, the data will no doubt be sent over the Internet or intranet where it could be intercepted by the neoGestapo that monitors all our online activities. Once they have their national gun registration they will begin the process of expanding the offenses they use to deny people their second amendment rights. They will do it gradually over time so that most gun owners will stand by and allow the rights of others to be forfeited piecemeal, until eventually they will come for everybody’s guns—except the elitists themselves, their cronies and their minions.

This is the poison pill, not the AWB. Has the NRA been making this point? Has Gun Owners of America? I don’t watch much TV so perhaps I’ve missed it. If it’s available I’d like to see some push back on this issue.

I would rather have the AWB, which is pointless and stupid and can be easily repealed if not sunsetted, than the universal background checks that will necessarily lead to a national gun registry and eventual confiscation.

FloatingRock on March 24, 2013 at 10:05 PM

O/T

Bogus. The Governor killed Merle. WTF?

Lanceman on March 24, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Root cause..

Fix that and Chicago will be safe.

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What’s the root cause?

libfreeordie on March 24, 2013 at 9:52 PM

1. A corrupt, single-party government, or more precisely a succession of same. (Republican up to the 1930s, Democrat after that.)

2. Said present corrupt government embracing every single “social engineering” fantasy conceived since the 1960s. And when they fail, insisting that they are right, it’s everyone elses’ fault, and doubling down on the failure.

3. A destructive culture in the “inner cities” that exalts ignorance, regards crime as a valid lifestyle, and blames all its failings on “the Man”. Said culture cuts across ethnic lines, so this not a racial issue, no matter how much “progressives” like to portray it as such.

4. Voting blocs that keep putting these corrupt, cynical b*****ds back in office, based on their promises of “We’ll screw everybody else and pass the goodies on to you.”

5. Unions, especially, that are basically little more than these corrupt pols version of the Sturmabteilung.

6. And oh yes, the honest citizens being defenseless against the criminals- and their rulers’ hired legbreakers.

The only rational way to deal with a slow-motion apocalypse like this is to leave. Before they block the exits and beat you up for trying, before throwing you back in.

clear ether

eon

eon on March 24, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Good evening Hot Air.

KCB on March 24, 2013 at 10:08 PM

I think there was a Harold Washington and a Jane Byrne sprinkled in there too. :)

melle1228 on March 24, 2013 at 9:56 PM

There was Balandic in there too. All Chicago machine politicians.

Aviator on March 24, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Good evening Hot Air.

KCB on March 24, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Evening..

And to all that are schooling libreordie..

Electrongod on March 24, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Social workers that were doing rehabilitative work under the War on Poverty were simply retasked to become probation officers doing drug tests and surveilling people caught with small amounts of drugs under the “War on Drugs.” It hasn’t been a choice between “big government liberalism” and “small government conservatism.” These domestic “Wars” have been merely different shades of the same interventions. Your comment shows a profound ignorance of the long history of conservatism anti-poverty policy from Nixon to Bush Sr.

libfreeordie on March 24, 2013 at 9:57 PM

…more brain drool!

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2013 at 10:11 PM

ust look to Jessee Jackson & Detroit.

Or Al Sharpton & Traybon, dawg. He wadn’t doin’ nuffin’, you know.

You know, I have to wonder. When blacks were being rounded up in Africa to be sold into slavery by their own (black) chieftains, did they say to each other “Don’ worry, dawg. He black. He ain’ gon’ do us like dat.”

You ‘spose they said that, libdie?

Lanceman on March 24, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Is that you Scott Terry?

libfreeordie on March 24, 2013 at 10:13 PM

…more brain drool!

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Where’s MooseDrool?

Lanceman on March 24, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Is that you Scott Terry?

libfreeordie on March 24, 2013 at 10:13 PM

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Do you know where you children are?
Right now….

Electrongod on March 24, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Social workers that were doing rehabilitative work under the War on Poverty …

libfreeordie on March 24, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Even you aren’t stupid enough to believe that.

Well…maybe YOU….

Solaratov on March 24, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Even you aren’t stupid enough to believe that.

Well…maybe YOU….

I think it is.

Electrongod on March 24, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Bmore on March 24, 2013 at 9:45 PM

ooopsie :)

ok, will tune in from time to time then…I just know he’ll start off with his crazy talk on gun control

cmsinaz on March 24, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Is that you Scott Terry?

libfreeordie on March 24, 2013 at 10:13 PM

I asked you a valid question.

Go to youtube and see innumerable interviews of utter stupidity.

obama has been the worst President as far as blacks are concerned. Yet you vote for him in drives ‘becuz he black, dawg.’ (Yes, I realize you don’t speak this way)

Here This one pretty much says it all. Pay specific attention to the first black kid running his mouth on matters he has absolutely no clue and the last woman who, while stupid, is at least honest.

Lanceman on March 24, 2013 at 10:19 PM

I came here to discuss the heroism of Merle.

sentinelrules on March 24, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Is that you Scott Terry?

Is that you Hank Johnson?

tom daschle concerned on March 24, 2013 at 10:19 PM

I came here to discuss the heroism of Merle.

sentinelrules on March 24, 2013 at 10:19 PM

These guys can’t catch a break against that a$$hole Governor.

Lanceman on March 24, 2013 at 10:20 PM

FloatingRock on March 24, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Thank you for saving me the trouble of explaining this. +1,000.

cheers

eon

eon on March 24, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Sijnce the godless reprobate sodomite wants to play the juvenile, insincere, and illogical game of guilt by association..

Is that you Maurice Heath?

tom daschle concerned on March 24, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Is that you Hank Johnson?

tom daschle concerned on March 24, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Don’t tip him over.

Lanceman on March 24, 2013 at 10:21 PM

These guys can’t catch a break against that a$$hole Governor.

Lanceman on March 24, 2013 at 10:20 PM

He came so close. Merle’s plan was genius.

He is Legend.

sentinelrules on March 24, 2013 at 10:22 PM

He came so close. Merle’s plan was genius.

He is Legend.

sentinelrules on March 24, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Agreed. But he’d better die next week. I’d prefer Michonne to do the honors.

Lanceman on March 24, 2013 at 10:25 PM

It’s you liberals running that criminal justice system, we can’t fix your kind of stupid.

SWalker on March 24, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Sheila “Can you show me where Neil Armstrong planted the flag on Mars in 1969?” Jackson-Lee was a judge.

Alcee Hastings was a judge before he was impeached, convicted and removed.

Resist We Much on March 24, 2013 at 10:26 PM

What’s the root cause?

libfreeordie on March 24, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Your mentally defective philosophy.

Midas on March 24, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Alcee Hastings was a judge before he was impeached, convicted and removed.

Resist We Much on March 24, 2013 at 10:26 PM

And they made him their rep.

And lest we forget Marion Barry.

Lanceman on March 24, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Root cause..

Fix that and Chicago will be safe.

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What’s the root cause?

libfreeordie on March 24, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Here’s one root cause:

As the eyes of the nation, once again, turn to Chicago and its out-of-control crime and gang activity and the city’s Mayor and other “community leaders” like Jesse Jackson and David Axelrod call for nationwide gun control because their gun control laws, which are the strictest in the nation, are failing to reduce shootings, it is the perfect time to take a look at corruption in Chicago, Cook County, and the State of Illinois.

People, especially young people, look at the individuals that represent them as role models. If their politicians are corrupt and lawbreakers, then it is more likely that they will be as well. Political leaders create the climate of the areas that they represent.

The tale-of-the tape from the most corrupt state, county, and city in America:

ONE (1 each): Number of state treasurers, attorneys general and Chicago patronage chiefs EACH convicted of corruption since 1980.

THREE (3): The number of Congressmen convicted and imprisoned since 1972 – Dan Rostenkowski, Mel Reynolds and. Jesse Jackson, Jr.

FOUR (4): The number of Illinois governors since 1960 that went to the Big House – Blago, Ryan, Walker, and Kerner.

FIFTEEN (15): The number of Illinois state legislators that have been convicted and imprisoned since 1972.

NINETEEN (19): The number of Cook County judges convicted of corruption since 1972.

TWENTY PERCENT (20%): Percentage of elected Chicago aldermen convicted of crimes since 1970.

TWENTY (20): Number of suburban Chicago mayors and village presidents convicted of corruption since 1972.

THIRTY-ONE (31): Number of Chicago aldermen convicted of corruption since 1976.

FORTY-SIX (46): Number of public officials convicted of corruption in the Chicago area in 2010, ALONE.

SIXTY-ONE (61): Number of corruption scandals in Chicago and its suburbs since the 1970s.

SEVENTY-NINE (79): Number of then-current or former Illinois, Chicago or Cook County elected officials that were found guilty of a crime by judges, juries or their own pleas between 1972 and 2006.

ONE HUNDRED THIRTY (130): Number of elected officials from the suburbs of Chicago convicted of corruption since 1980.

ONE HUNDRED FIFTY (150): Number of TOP Cook County officials that have been convicted in the last 140 years.

TWO HUNDRED FIFTY (250): If the number of Chicago alderman sentenced to prison since 1972 was extrapolated to the US House, it would be as if roughly 250 congressman had gone to jail in the same period.

THREE HUNDRED (300): Number of Chicago police officers convicted of corruption, including gang protection, since the 1960s.

FOUR HUNDRED SIXTY-NINE (469): Number of politicians from the federal district of Northern Illinois that were found guilty of corruption between 1995 and 2004.

FIFTEEN HUNDRED THIRTY-ONE (1,531): Number of federal convictions of public officials and businessmen in Cook County for corruption or corruption-related crimes since 1976.

EIGHTEEN HUNDRED TWENTY-EIGHT (1,828): Number of total convictions of Illinois politicians for corruption since 1972.

And they wonder why there is so much crime and violence in Chicago…

Resist We Much on March 24, 2013 at 10:31 PM

c’mon devils!

cmsinaz on March 24, 2013 at 10:32 PM

“Riht now, we have a real chance to reduce gun violence in America, and prevent the very worst violence.”

And what would that be…?

Baby Dead after Two pre-teens shoot Baby in the Head Georgia Mother Could Not Help

Seven Percent Solution on March 24, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Is that you Scott Terry?

Is that you Hank Johnson?

tom daschle concerned on March 24, 2013 at 10:19 PM

He would rather be Anthony Johnson.

RickB on March 24, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Sheila “Can you show me where Neil Armstrong planted the flag on Mars in 1969?” Jackson-Lee was a judge.

Alcee Hastings was a judge before he was impeached, convicted and removed.

And lest we forget Marion Barry.

The best and the brightest. Yowzah!

Well, at least Hank Johnson was able to forestall the tipping over of Guam.

Solaratov on March 24, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Good evening Hot Air.

KCB on March 24, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Good evening back at ya. And Go Ducks!

John the Libertarian on March 24, 2013 at 10:34 PM

and replace him with someone the public can STAND to look at and listen to – Like A WOMAN!!!

williamg on March 24, 2013 at 9:08 PM

You got someone in mind? ;D

Lanceman on March 24, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Actually – no, but someone attractive who sets the liberals back on their heels and is articulate……..

Actually – they’re are a lot to choose from…..I can think of several of the women on FOX that would do well in this role………….

williamg on March 24, 2013 at 10:46 PM

And Go Ducks!

John the Libertarian on March 24, 2013 at 10:34 PM

…HEY!…Jimmy Howard made a good save at the end…and you lost 2 games in a row for the first time…GO WINGS!

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Well, at least Hank Johnson was able to forestall the tipping over of Guam.

Solaratov on March 24, 2013 at 10:33 PM

He lined midgets across the middle of the island. It is the Line of Demidgetisation.

Resist We Much on March 24, 2013 at 10:48 PM

The ugly secret is that liberals are low information voters who want hand outs.

SparkPlug on March 24, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Resist We Much on March 24, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Bad RWM, bad…

cozmo on March 24, 2013 at 10:50 PM

the Line of Demidgetisation.

Resist We Much on March 24, 2013 at 10:48 PM

You ever stand on a surfboard in a pool?

Lanceman on March 24, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Australian Carbon Tax Responsible for Damaging 80% of Australian Small Businesses http://goo.gl/0wLwJ

Resist We Much on March 24, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Using the logic of the left, would it not be better to register black males? Annual reviews. Warrantless searches etc? That is what the demise of The Constitution will entail.

pat on March 24, 2013 at 10:53 PM

He lined midgets across the middle of the island. It is the Line of Demidgetisation.

Resist We Much on March 24, 2013 at 10:48 PM

I always knew Ol’ Hank had a plan. Utter genius! //

Solaratov on March 24, 2013 at 10:53 PM

The ugly secret is that liberals are low information voters who want hand outs.

SparkPlug on March 24, 2013 at 10:48 PM

It isn’t really “secret” esp. after the last two general elections.

tom daschle concerned on March 24, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Another ugly secret is that liberal policies have caused an economic blight in major cities and turned them into gang war zones.

SparkPlug on March 24, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Which onna you ran off libdie?

Lanceman on March 24, 2013 at 10:56 PM

I stood on a surfboard in my living room and rode a carpet wave.

SparkPlug on March 24, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Which onna you ran off libdie?

Lanceman on March 24, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Who cares? If I wanted to, I could spew the same drivel it does. That libiot is so predictable.

cozmo on March 24, 2013 at 10:58 PM

GO WINGS!

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2013 at 10:46 PM

I’m just glad the Pac-12 is still representing. We never win at hoops!

John the Libertarian on March 24, 2013 at 10:59 PM

I stood on a surfboard in my living room and rode a carpet wave.

SparkPlug on March 24, 2013 at 10:57 PM

I rode a kid down the stairs like a surfboard once at a party, does that count?

SWalker on March 24, 2013 at 10:59 PM

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2013 at 8:43 PM

stop faking. you try so hard.

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on March 24, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Which onna you ran off libdie?

Lanceman on March 24, 2013 at 10:56 PM

…you cut one!…and now you’re asking… “who farted”?

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2013 at 11:01 PM

SWalker, yes.

SparkPlug on March 24, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Who cares? If I wanted to, I could spew the same drivel it does. That libiot is so predictable.

cozmo on March 24, 2013 at 10:58 PM

Well, he always seems to split when I show up.

I know the machinery in his head tells him I’m a racist, but all I do is provide him with logical truths.

I know, I know, liberals’ brains aren’t wired for logic.

Lanceman on March 24, 2013 at 11:01 PM

The ugly secret is that liberals are low information voters who want hand outs.

SparkPlug on March 24, 2013 at 10:48 PM

More like No-Information.

John the Libertarian on March 24, 2013 at 11:02 PM

stop faking. you try so hard.

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on March 24, 2013 at 11:01 PM

…are you having an orgasm?

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2013 at 11:02 PM

SWalker, yes.

SparkPlug on March 24, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Kool, cause the only other thing I got is crowd surfing at gigs… o_O

SWalker on March 24, 2013 at 11:03 PM

I know, I know, liberals’ brains aren’t wired for logic.

Lanceman on March 24, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Wired for logic? Hell their brains aren’t wired at all…

SWalker on March 24, 2013 at 11:04 PM

We need a gay thread or something.

Lanceman on March 24, 2013 at 11:05 PM

…are you having an orgasm?

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2013 at 11:02 PM

No, but I…

cozmo on March 24, 2013 at 11:06 PM

I’m just glad the Pac-12 is still representing. We never win at hoops!

John the Libertarian on March 24, 2013 at 10:59 PM

…I’m nuts…I bracketed 3 Big Ten teams for the Final Four!

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2013 at 11:07 PM

It is the Line of Demidgetisation.

Resist We Much on March 24, 2013 at 10:48 PM

lol

– I still heart you, you know. :)

Now I have to backtrack and try to see what the running arguments are . . .

Axe on March 24, 2013 at 11:08 PM

…I’m nuts…

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2013 at 11:07 PM

Admitting it is a good first step.

cozmo on March 24, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Social workers that were doing rehabilitative work…

libfreeordie on March 24, 2013 at 9:57 PM

What is the recidivism rate like 85% or something?

melle1228 on March 24, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Bump…

RalphyBoy on March 24, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Hell their brains aren’t wired at all…

SWalker on March 24, 2013 at 11:04 PM

So open-minded their brains have fallen out.

John the Libertarian on March 24, 2013 at 11:12 PM

Admitting it is a good first step.

cozmo on March 24, 2013 at 11:08 PM

..oh I’ve never kept it a secret here at Hot Air…my kids live with it…and at work they all know I’m nuts!…but I do wear pants on the weekend!

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2013 at 11:12 PM

Risë Stevens dead, at 99.

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2013 at 11:13 PM

…but I do wear pants on the weekend!

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2013 at 11:12 PM

Your loss…

cozmo on March 24, 2013 at 11:13 PM

“What he is going to find out is that Americans don’t want to be told by some elitist billionaire what they can eat, drink and they damn well don’t want to be told how, when and where they can protect their families,” Mr. Cox said.

Why can’t our elected representatives talk like that?

Cleombrotus on March 24, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Risë Stevens dead, at 99.

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Who’s Rise? Was he related to Red?

Resist We Much on March 24, 2013 at 11:15 PM

RWM, Met. Opera singer

More here

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2013 at 11:22 PM

That picture of Obama is hurl-inducing.

Schadenfreude on March 24, 2013 at 11:22 PM

On Guam, there is the DML, which runs down the middle of the island, and the two DMZs. Everywhere else, a Marine must be accompanied by a midget or the balance of the island will become unbalanced causing it to tipover and capsize. The DMZs are only permitted for couples with one very large spouse over 6’6″ and one very small spouse under 5′. All of this is based on the latest scientific findings from North Korea and Hank Johnson’s office and must be obeyed.

Resist We Much on March 24, 2013 at 11:23 PM

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