Bloomberg to spend $50 million to “outmuscle” the NRA

posted at 8:01 am on April 16, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Actually, it’s difficult to choose whether to start with the first paragraph or the last paragraph in this New York Times report on Michael Bloomberg’s latest project. The first paragraph covers Bloomberg’s ongoing efforts to pass gun-control legislation after the failure of his Mayors Against Illegal Guns to move the needle at all on his agenda. Besides, several of the mayors walked out after it became obvious that Bloomberg opposed a lot more than just illegal guns … which are, of course, already illegal.

This time Bloomberg wants to spend $50 million to set up a grassroots network to take on the National Rifle Association:

Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually outmuscle the National Rifle Association.

Normally, that would be arrogant enough to fuel a few blog posts all on its own. That brings us to the last paragraph, in which Bloomberg mulled over his mortality with NYT reporter Jeremy Peters. And … well, this has to be read to be grasped:

But if he senses that he may not have as much time left as he would like, he has little doubt about what would await him at a Judgment Day. Pointing to his work on gun safety, obesity and smoking cessation, he said with a grin: “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”

Ahem. According to Bloomberg, there may or may not be a God, but Bloomberg will tell Him what to do in the former case. I’m not an expert on Bloomberg’s Reform Judaism, but, ah … I’m pretty sure that’s not how it works. Or maybe Bloomberg just believes that heaven is the eternal nanny state. Hard to guess, really, from the data presented here, but from Bloomberg’s track record here on this side of the veil, I’d guess that Bloomberg figures to be on Big Gulp/Trans-Fat Watch for the rest of eternity. That may be heaven for Bloomberg, but how many of us dream of an afterlife with a self-important bureaucrat telling us and God how it’s going to be?

Speaking of which, here’s Bloomberg’s idea about how to win friends and influence people here on Earth:

Mr. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, said gun control advocates need to learn from the N.R.A. and punish those politicians who fail to support their agenda — even Democrats whose positions otherwise align with his own.

“They say, ‘We don’t care. We’re going to go after you,’ ” he said of the N.R.A. “ ‘If you don’t vote with us we’re going to go after your kids and your grandkids and your great-grandkids. And we’re never going to stop.’ ”

He added: “We’ve got to make them afraid of us.”

Well, it’s his money and he can do what he wants with it, but there are over 60 million lawful firearms owners in the US. He’s not even putting up a dollar against each of those. Fifty million samoleans might buy an election or two in New York, but spread out across the US for grassroots purposes, it’s not going to make as much of an impact as Bloomberg anticipates. It’s just a little over a fifth of the NRA’s annual budget, and they raise four times that much each year from their membership alone.

If Bloomberg thinks he can bully gun owners, he’s got another think coming. His arrogance really does know no bounds, and his Democratic allies had better rethink their relationship to him before political lightning strikes too close to them … or some other kind of lightning.

Update: Reform Judaism, not reform Judaism; it’s been corrected above.


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Little Napoleon tries desparately to stay relevant…but no one cares.

d1carter on April 16, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Oldnuke on April 16, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Ideology fueled by egotism trumps Theology fueled by humility.

well done Oldnuke

workingclass artist on April 16, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Although the comments are enjoyable to read I recommend we don’t this issue lightly. Bloomberg’s a pseudo-Democrat which gives him full rights to lie, steal, cheat and otherwise deceive the American people about guns. Laws are only meant for the American people, not the pseudo-royal Dems.

Bloomberg has an uphill battle but the media, the Dems and Obama will certainly aid him. This issue is only made to boost his image, nothing more.

Kingfisher on April 16, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Mayor Bloomberg hasn’t done any of his ‘good works’ in the name of Jesus or of God, so I wouldn’t hold out much hope.

And yes, the quote is from the New Testament, Matt 7:21-23. But I suspect Bloomberg was referencing the Christian concept of Heaven rather than his own, anyway.

There Goes the Neighborhood on April 16, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Every time Bloomberg spends another $50 Million to disarm the population, the populatio spends another $50 Billon to buy more guns.

Haiku Guy on April 16, 2014 at 10:48 AM

I am happy to say that my local mayor is a former member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. This looks like another Bloombergian effort to coopt local governments by throwing a little money their way.

But as much as your local politicians like a little money thrown their way, they like avoiding controversy even more. The time is now to let you local Mayor and Town Councilmen know that you do not want them playing footsie with Everytown for Gun Safety.

Haiku Guy on April 16, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Meh, I have a thought for him, and all like him.

Beyond the 9th layer…

Schadenfreude on April 16, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Molon Labe

Schadenfreude on April 16, 2014 at 10:55 AM

“I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”

That’s actually a very revealing statement on how liberals rationalize their despotic, overreaching, totalitarian behavior.

How many times have we heard “it’s for the children” or some other phrase to justify their dictatorial actions.

It’s as if God, a God many of them don’t believe in or whose name we dare not speak in public, granted them the knowledge and power to determine for the human race what is right and wrong.

Bloomberg doesn’t even see that by infringing on the free will of others through force and coercion he’s made moral judgments on his fellow man. He has stopped them from pursuing what is existentially their choice, as provided by God, by force.

I won’t be so crass, disrespectful, self-absorbed and heretical to purport what God might say. But as a man the evidence tells me Bloomberg is nothing more than a petty, narcissistic tyrant.

Marcus Traianus on April 16, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Pointing to his work on gun safety, obesity and smoking cessation, he said with a grin: “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”

‘After Prohibition, after everyone had seen how devastating it was to morals, to policing, to government. It was really a failure. People are picking up the pieces trying to make sense of it. The key thing, though, about this picking up the pieces after Prohibition, was the same God that laughs at our folly — and there was folly in Prohibition — still holds us responsible, still wants us to build a better society, to build a better world, and doesn’t disdain human endeavour. And, I think that post-Prohibition, you were picking up the pieces trying to find a moral framework to build a better America, but without quite so much of the pride, arrogance and self-assurance that the Prohibitionists had.’

- Martin Marty, Theologian

‘Very little good has ever been done by the absolute shall.’

- Anonymous American clergyman, 19th century

‘Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits. Fanatics will never learn that, though it be written in letters of gold across the sky: It is the prohibition that makes anything precious.’

- Mark Twain

‘Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.’

- CS Lewis


The ‘Absolute Shall’ Shall Always Absolutely Fail, Especially In America! And More Cheers For It!

(You’ve got to see the first photo)

Resist We Much on April 16, 2014 at 11:01 AM

This article makes an important point:

Mayors Against Illegal Guns isn’t about illegal guns at all. It seeks to restrict legally owned firearms and their purchases.

Russ in OR on April 16, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Exactly. Just as ACA has nothing to do with actually _caring_ for your health.

Power and control. It’s always about power and control.

bofh on April 16, 2014 at 11:02 AM

But… but… it’s SETTLED LAW! The debate is over!

Can we call him “un-American” now?

Socratease on April 16, 2014 at 11:08 AM

What struck me from the article is how condescending these people are toward women.

Of course all women just naturally want to ban those scary guns. Just like all women love abortion!

The Left has never stopped segregating people. To them, you’re not an individual, you are a member of a demographic group they’ve assigned you to, and they will scold you if you don’t vote in accordance with their bigoted stereotype of that group.

Herod on April 16, 2014 at 11:11 AM

This article makes an important point:

Mayors Against Illegal Guns isn’t about illegal guns at all. It seeks to restrict legally owned firearms and their purchases.

You have to understand the liberal ideal. It’s not to punish bad people and reward good people, that would be “discrimination”. The ideal is to mold society into one where acting badly is impossible so that they don’t have to judge you. They don’t care about laws against hurting other people, they care about laws that allow you the means to hurt other people. Their goal is a society where people are so restricted, so under surveillance, that you simply can’t do bad things.

Think of a cross between a maximum security prison, an insane asylum, and a Woodstock-like hippie free-for-all. That’s their ideal society. With them at the top, exempt from the restrictions and running it all, of course.

Socratease on April 16, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Oldnuke on April 16, 2014 at 10:34 AM

THAT was a dam fine “dialogue”.

dentarthurdent on April 16, 2014 at 11:20 AM

A Christian trying to convince a Jew by quoting the New Testament is like a Mormon trying to convince a Catholic by quoting the Book of Mormon, or a Muslim trying to convince a Baptist by quoting the Quran.

aunursa on April 16, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Must call you on the fallacy here.
A Muslim would only be quoting the Quran will trying to KILL the Baptist.

dentarthurdent on April 16, 2014 at 11:22 AM

I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.

I can imagine the conflict…

In one corner is the Creator of the entire universe who has NEVER lost an argument in the entire timeline of human history.

In the other corner is a politician with an over-inflated ego who may, or may not, believe in the Creator.

My money’s on God.

Kingfisher on April 16, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Is This Performance Artist Behind The Boston Bombing Backpack Hoax?

Isn’t he a sweetie? Maybe, he can get some beauty tips from Bradley Chelsea Manning while in Federal prison.

Has liveenslavedthendie checked in this morning to rail against left-wing, gay terror performance artists and terrorist-lovers?

This song goes out to Dzhokhar ‘Sexy…’til proven innocent’ Tsarnaev from Kayvon Edson:


Rod Stewart – Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?

Lolz.

Resist We Much on April 16, 2014 at 11:26 AM

He will fail because he doesn’t understand who the NRA is. He sees it as a monolithic entity. It isn’t. It is a collection of motivated individuals.

It wasn’t the NRA that ignored the registration laws in Connecticut, it was individuals.

It wasn’t the NRA that pushed gun registration forms through a shredder to protest the S.A.F.E. act the other day, it was individuals.

kurtzz3 on April 16, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Bloomberg is aiming his money at Texas…among other states.

Hope he wastes a lot of money down here…cause Wendy Davis is polling so well….

workingclass artist on April 16, 2014 at 11:30 AM

So, a super-rich guy is trying to buy elections and undermine the US Constitution? Surely the Democrats are indignant and Harry Reid will deliver speech after speech denouncing the man.

kozmocostello on April 16, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Like any Puritanical progressive, Bloomberg doesn’t realize that he could get further using a carrot. He should give $50 million to the NRA with certain conditions attached on the use of the funds. They may take him up on it (not that I’d want them to). Or maybe he should take out a Craig’s List ad and buy back people’s guns. That will be a nice futile gesture (i.e., totally liberal) sure to please the Purported Magic Man in the Sky.

Nomennovum on April 16, 2014 at 11:31 AM

BTW – Nanny Bloomy didn’t mention whether the Koch Brothers might be NRA members…

dentarthurdent on April 16, 2014 at 11:33 AM

The Zohar is not part of the Tanach.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on April 16, 2014 at 10:29 AM

No Zohar required:

“And the dust returneth to the earth as it was, and the spirit returneth unto God who gave it.” – Ecclesiastes 12:7

Things we Jews have learned since time immemorial. Go and learn.

Shy Guy on April 16, 2014 at 11:35 AM

kurtzz3 on April 16, 2014 at 11:29 AM

And it wasn’t the NRA that recalled 2 Dem legislators in Colorado – it was the people of those districts – many of whom happen to be NRA members.

dentarthurdent on April 16, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Below is the picture of Park Avenue Bloomy in his Paul Stuart suit and his smartly dressed Park Avenue Mama in a hot pink cardigan (undoubtedly cashmere), with pearls and a tailored black skirt and black stockings and black heels…very smart. They are posed standing in an empty Park Avenue corner office–undoubtedly where he’s setting up shop–looking out at mid-town Park Avenue through wrought-iron balconied French-door windows.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/16/us/bloomberg-plans-a-50-million-challenge-to-the-nra.html?emc=edit_th_20140416&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=61345923

Oh, I do hope they use that photo in those dreary fly-over target states–Indiana and Montana and Texas– that he’s going to rescue. The gals out there will identify with her immediately.

OCULUS on April 16, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Or maybe he should take out a Craig’s List ad and buy back people’s guns.

Nomennovum on April 16, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Hey – I like that idea.
Maybe I can sell him my Marlin .22 rifle, for say $200 (I paid $120 for it). Then I can go buy a nice new Ruger 10-22….

dentarthurdent on April 16, 2014 at 11:38 AM

OCULUS on April 16, 2014 at 11:37 AM

I’m just amazed he was able to find a woman shorter than himself….

dentarthurdent on April 16, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Judaism is almost exclusively concerned with the actions that one takes in this life. Judaism cares little for the motivation behind those actions but only that the actions should conform to Jewish law. This, of course, is another area where Christianity radically diverged from Judaism as the thoughts became as important, if not more, than the physical actions.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on April 16, 2014 at 10:29 AM

I don’t know where you get your ideas about Judaism from, but someone is lying to you big time.

Simply search for the word “heart” throughout Tanach, followed by doing a more massive search for the same word (in Hebrew and Aramaic) throughout the Talmud, Medrash and all of the classic books on Jewish ethics which followed thereafter.

Go and learn.

Shy Guy on April 16, 2014 at 11:42 AM

“We’ve got to make them afraid of us.”

Um. Mr Bloomberg? We’re the ones with the guns.
Perhaps you had better be afraid of us, instead. Because you’re not taking them.

Oh, and the ‘I deserve Heaven’ thing? You have established a new world record in arrogance. Congratulations.
Enjoy explaining that one to God. If, of course you condescend to speak to Him on your way in.

orangemtl on April 16, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Gun control is over for the Left and he can’t seem to face the facts and let go…

Johnnyreb on April 16, 2014 at 8:36 AM

That’s the thing. The left never lets go. And the Connecticut law is in place, do you think they plan to repeal it? It’s a rhetorical question, obviously not. It’s only going to get worse before it gets better.

Fenris on April 16, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Bloomberg is just getting his media fix since he’s left office. $50 million won’t make that much of a difference, and if you have to put up money to fund an organization, it’s not grass roots, it’s astro turf. Other than New Yorkers, who would want to be associated with Bloomberg and his money anyway?

lea on April 16, 2014 at 12:03 PM

That’s the thing. The left never lets go. And the Connecticut law is in place, do you think they plan to repeal it? It’s a rhetorical question, obviously not. It’s only going to get worse before it gets better.

Fenris on April 16, 2014 at 11:58 AM

I agree, it’s not over, so we have to keep our Governors and State legislatures’ feet to the fire to not sign anymore gun control bills. If the states stay strong, I doubt the House and Senate will pass anything.

lea on April 16, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Other than New Yorkers, who would want to be associated with Bloomberg and his money anyway?

lea on April 16, 2014 at 12:03 PM

The kind of people who always vote for people like Bloomy, Pelosi, Reid, King Putt…. – the gun-grabbing Dems across the country….

dentarthurdent on April 16, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Anyone remember when Jason Mattera asked Bloomberg about his security detail?

Like other elites, Bloomberg is a hypocrite.

Fallon on April 16, 2014 at 9:29 AM

I wonder if Bloomie still has armed guards now that he is no longer an elected official?

slickwillie2001 on April 16, 2014 at 12:06 PM

“They say, ‘We don’t care. We’re going to go after you,’ ” he said of the N.R.A. “ ‘If you don’t vote with us we’re going to go after your kids and your grandkids and your great-grandkids. And we’re never going to stop.’ ”

This is why we have to make sure our own families support gun rights. We do this by training our children and bringing them to the range. Get them involved in shooting, and you will have created a lifelong supporter of gun rights.

If we don’t bring along the next generation, private gun ownership will be a thing of the past in America within 30 or 40 years. Once private gun ownership is gone, the whole thing falls apart.

We cannot shirk this responsibility. We must train our children to carry on the fight after we are gone, because these idiots are never going to stop.

Haiku Guy on April 16, 2014 at 12:08 PM

workingclass artist on April 16, 2014 at 10:38 AM

dentarthurdent on April 16, 2014 at 11:20 AM

I see very little difference in the ideology, values and methods of progressives and Nazis or any other type of political movement that places the state above the individual. Well as long as they are the state they do. Godwin be damned.

Oldnuke on April 16, 2014 at 12:12 PM

And it wasn’t the NRA that recalled 2 Dem legislators in Colorado – it was the people of those districts – many of whom happen to be NRA members.

dentarthurdent on April 16, 2014 at 11:35 AM

And how bad is this timing to announce something like this during an election year when Governors like Hickenlooper are up for reelection. Gun control and the 2nd Amendment is not an issue he wants on the front burner.

lea on April 16, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Bloomberg as Don Quixote, tilting at the NRA windmill?

I sincerely hope this fool keeps burning his money attacking the NRA. He doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in Hell of making a dent in the NRA, and every dollar he wastes on the effort is a dollar the doesn’t give to Democrat candidates.

novaculus on April 16, 2014 at 12:14 PM

I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.

Earned by all the good deeds you’ve done, a righteousness by your works alone.

Good Luck Skippy!

roy_batty on April 16, 2014 at 12:15 PM

But if he senses that he may not have as much time left as he would like, he has little doubt about what would await him at a Judgment Day. Pointing to his work on gun safety, obesity and smoking cessation, he said with a grin: “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”

Hmmm, let’s see…

No one tells Mike what to eat
But he wants to regulate your intake..

No on tells Mike what to smoke..
But he wants to regulate your smoking…

No one tells Mike when to have armed security…
But he wants to take your security away….

Now, I’m no theologian, but I can’t think of one religion where a life of absolute hypocrisy is key to a heavenly afterlife.

Dunno, maybe I’m missing something…

Doc Holliday on April 16, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Like any Puritanical progressive, Bloomberg doesn’t realize that he could get further using a carrot. He should give $50 million to the NRA with certain conditions attached on the use of the funds. They may take him up on it (not that I’d want them to). Or maybe he should take out a Craig’s List ad and buy back people’s guns. That will be a nice futile gesture (i.e., totally liberal) sure to please the Purported Magic Man in the Sky.

Nomennovum on April 16, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Well since I’ve already invoked Godwin in this thread here’s some things that seem relevant to this.

All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach.
Adolf Hitler

I use emotion for the many and reserve reason for the few.
Adolf Hitler

How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don’t think.
Adolf Hitler

Oldnuke on April 16, 2014 at 12:20 PM

I think Bloomberg is going to discover (as he did in Colorado) that not every one in this country feels the same way as those in NYC. Take all the guns away from the entire state of NY for all I care and then put up billboards along the highways to let criminals know they can safely go there to commit their crimes.

COgirl on April 16, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Take all the guns away from the entire state of NY for all I care and then put up billboards along the highways to let criminals know they can safely go there to commit their crimes.

COgirl on April 16, 2014 at 12:25 PM

You mean signs like this?

Oldnuke on April 16, 2014 at 12:30 PM

To them, you’re not an individual, you are a member of a demographic group they’ve assigned you to

Herod on April 16, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Or, you could say it “you are a member of a herd they’ve assigned you to.” As in cattle. As in rail cars……..

GWB on April 16, 2014 at 12:31 PM

And how bad is this timing to announce something like this during an election year when Governors like Hickenlooper are up for reelection. Gun control and the 2nd Amendment is not an issue he wants on the front burner.

lea on April 16, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Depends on your perspective.
I happen to think this is great timing – tie Chickenpooper to Bloomy and his money and it gives us a better chance to toss out of the governor’s mansion – just as was done with the ads that tied the Dems to Bloomy and his money during the recalls.

dentarthurdent on April 16, 2014 at 12:39 PM

“There is, at most, one god: and I’m probably it.” -Mike BSberg

Akzed on April 16, 2014 at 12:40 PM

“There is, at most, one god: and I’m probably it.” -Mike BSberg

Akzed on April 16, 2014 at 12:40 PM

.
He’ll have to fight Obama for it.

listens2glenn on April 16, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Bloomie’s in for a rude shock when he sees God strapped with an AR.

WhatSlushfund on April 16, 2014 at 12:44 PM

You mean signs like this?

Oldnuke on April 16, 2014 at 12:30 PM

That wouldn’t work for me.
Most of my neighbors are current or retired/former military, and I know almost all of them also have guns….

In fact, I recently had to hand deliver (USPS misdelivered) the latest issue of NRA’s First Freedom magazine to a new neighbor across the street – first time I’ve met him in person – told him “I got 2 of these today, one with your name and address, and I wouldn’t want you to miss out”.

dentarthurdent on April 16, 2014 at 12:44 PM

I only have to look sixty miles up the road, as far as the Bundy ranch, to see that these gun grabs have nothing to do with ending violence and everything to do with controlling people and ending freedom. If there had not been guns there, Bundy, his family and his cows would all be in prison, and you would have heard squat about it. Oh, and Bloomie, that pride, arrogance, and enormous ego; that’s NOT the path to Heaven.

SailorMark on April 16, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Not necessarily…Perhaps Messianic Jews are having an impact?

Rabbis Reconsider Jesus (summary based on an original article at Israel Today)

workingclass artist on April 16, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Boteach and others trying to make Jesus fit into their image. They are not accepting the New Testament as divinely inspired scripture.

Regardless of whether Jews are being diplomatic when they say nice things about Jesus, my point remains that the New Testament is as authoritative to the Jewish religion as is the Book of Mormon or the Quran.

aunursa on April 16, 2014 at 12:50 PM

NY Gun Owners Shred Registration Forms To Protest SAFE Act Deadline To Register “Assault Weapons”

Gun owners and Second Amendment rights advocates gathered in downtown Buffalo’s Niagara Square Tuesday afternoon to protest the NY SAFE Act by shredding gun registration forms.

Akzed on April 16, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Isa 55:11

Kjeil on April 16, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Exactly. If you want to convince a Jew, you need to cite the Hebrew Bible.

If I wanted to explain to a Christian why I don’t accept Jesus as Messiah, it would be pointless for me to quote the Talmud or other rabbinic writings … because Christians don’t accept the Talmud as authoritative. Only if I refer to the Hebrew Bible can I explain to a Christian why the messianic prophecies remain unfulfilled.

aunursa on April 16, 2014 at 12:55 PM

:I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”

Hate to tell you Bloomie, but I’m pretty sure that you can’t buy the soul-sorting job. And pretty much EVERY religion agrees that refusing an interview and trying to barge in will get you immediate placement: but not in the place the rest of us call “heaven”!

landlines on April 16, 2014 at 1:03 PM

He added: “We’ve got to make them afraid of us.”

Good luck with that Bloomberg. 50 million dollars isn’t going to trump 300+ million firearms.

Wendya on April 16, 2014 at 1:06 PM

The NRA has weathered much larger, more provocative, treacherous storms than a noticeably losing Nanny with a checkbook.

The lobby of their Headquarters in Fairfax, VA. is littered with the bones of those who have tried. And FAILED! Dating back to the Clinton administration and its continuous illegal IRS audits.

Jack Deth on April 16, 2014 at 1:29 PM

The NRA has weathered much larger, more provocative, treacherous storms than a noticeably losing Nanny with a checkbook.

The lobby of their Headquarters in Fairfax, VA. is littered with the bones of those who have tried. And FAILED! Dating back to the Clinton administration and its continuous illegal IRS audits.

Jack Deth on April 16, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Of course – because the NRA is a collective of millions of people who are concerned about their rights.
Whereas Bloomy (and others like him) thinks he can “create a grassroots movement” with himself at the top.
Two very different things with very different results.

dentarthurdent on April 16, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Reminiscent of the Pharisees, huh?

either orr on April 16, 2014 at 1:33 PM

No Zohar required:

Whew.

“And the dust returneth to the earth as it was, and the spirit returneth unto God who gave it.” – Ecclesiastes 12:7

Things we Jews have learned since time immemorial. Go and learn.

Shy Guy on April 16, 2014 at 11:35 AM

For the righteous to be resurrected in the world to come. Things we Jews have learned since the giving of the Torah at Sinai. You go and learn.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on April 16, 2014 at 1:34 PM

William Easton,

I am pro-gun and I love Bloomberg. He makes gun grabbing almost impossible!

Never be critical of a incompetent general fighting for the other side…

One would truly be hard pressed to find a more unlikeable figure.

BTW, Mayor Bloomberg’s incompetence has killed more people than my Mossberg.

Mike Honcho on April 16, 2014 at 1:44 PM

If moral dementia is a ticket into Heaven, he’s in.

But, on a serious note, Bloomers claims that the NRA is “after” our children and grandchildren. Is the man clinically insane?

It’s not the NRA that’s after our children – and the rest of us. Does the word criminal mean anything to him? They used to have those in New York, before the seas parted for the little guy with the big head.

IndieDogg on April 16, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Corrected headline: substitute “Constitution” for “NRA”

Whitey Ford on April 16, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Good Luck with that!

The Problem For Democrats Is The Gun Lobby Is The Majority Of Americans
…..Charles Krauthammer

In Washington State there was a “Common Sense” Gun Control initiative (I-676) that was voted on.
(Washington is a Deep Blue State!)

We were told that a Majority wanted this “Common Sense” Gun Legislation.

The Initiative was a requirement that all guns be sold with, and all gun owners be required to use Trigger Locks. What could be more Reasonable than that?

The Gun Grabber groups also were prepared to make I-676 the springboard for a National Initiative of new “Reasonable” Gun Control Measures devoted to Safety but not to restricting access.

The Initiative was on the General Ballot, not a special election, yet there were over 100,000 ballots cast with nothing other than a NO on I 676 cast. (That is to say these were ballots where no candidates running for Statewide, nor local offices were voted on, only I 676.)

The final count on Initiative 676, the so-called “Handgun Safety Act” in Washington state, was:

FOR 496,633 29.4%
AGAINST 1,193,720 70.6%

The NO vote carried EVERY county in the state, even King County (56.7% NO), the most heavily populated, urbanized county in the state. Only one county east of the Cascades voted below 80% against the initiative (Whitman, at 78%). Even largely urban Spokane County voted 83.2% against. Only four counties west of the Cascades voted below 70% (San Juan, 54.9%, King 56.7%, Clark 65.8% and Clallam 67.5%).

You won’t hear the I-676 vote mentioned in the national media for one reason: it refutes the politically correct myth that “the people want more gun control.” As in Massachusetts in 1976 and California in 1982, Washington’s electorate rejected this gun control measure overwhelmingly.

Interestingly, before the election I-676 was described as a moderate, simple gun safety measure. After the election, and the surprising (to them) turnaround vote, the few media pundits who mentioned it at all excused its defeat by calling it a “harsh gun control law.”

Despite whining about “the NRA buying the election” and “lying to the people,” in fact the only lies were by I-676 proponents. Their own speakers guide instructed activists to “avoid getting bogged down in details,” “stress concept over content,” and “avoid the truth where it doesn’t support your argument.”

The NRA, who provided 2/3 of the $3.3 million collected to defeat I-676, spent about $28 per member in Washington, as opposed to $127 per member by Washington Ceasefire, the state’s Handgun Control affiliate.

Billed as a “grassroots movement,” I-676 proponents had a contributor list of about 1,000 individuals. 90+% of their money came from within a 20 mile radius of Seattle. WeCARE (Washington Citizens Against Regulatory Excess), the PAC formed to oppose the initiative, had a contributor list of more than 11,000. Who had the grassroots movement?

Law enforcement opposition to I-676 played a critical role in the election. While I-676 proponents claimed to have l/e support (1 sheriff and 6-7 police chiefs), 33 county sheriffs came out in opposition to the initiative, and more than 7,500 of the state’s 9,000 police officers opposed it as well.

The pro-I-676 side bragged about their endorsement by the Washington State Medical Association, but declined to mention that WeCARE was not even permitted to make its case to the WSMA (I guess they feel 1st Amendment rights are as subject to restriction as 2nd Amendment). If you examine the number of physicians and other medical professionals listed with the state’s Public Disclosure Commission as contributing for/against I-676, you will see that WeCARE reported more than twice as many doctors and health professionals than Washington Citizens for Handgun Safety (Washington Ceasefire’s cover name for the election).

jaydee_007 on April 16, 2014 at 2:43 PM

For the righteous to be resurrected in the world to come. Things we Jews have learned since the giving of the Torah at Sinai. You go and learn.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on April 16, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Whew!

And in the interim? Read what the verse says, not what you want it to mean.

(Or are we just bantering back and forth the opinions of the Rambam versus Rav Saadya Gaon?)

Shy Guy on April 16, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters…

Because nothing says “grass-roots” like a multimillionaire politician spending $50 million.

Sockpuppet Politic on April 16, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Kingfisher – ‘Who does he think he is – Chuck Norris? Good one.
And JD at 2:43 PM … great data.

Bloombummer suffers from what I call SGS (Short Guy Syndrome) cause he always has to throw his weight around and uses a LOT of money to do it.
Guess the wisdom of William Jeffersion Bly (‘Blue Dress’) Clinton will be ignored when Clinton said the historical loss his party suffered in 1994, losing BOTH houses in congress, that the loss was significantly attributable to his partys push for GUN CONTROL.
If the dearth of .22 RF ammo is any indication, gun control is being exercised by a RECORD number of citizens … on the shooting ranges ALL ACROSS AMERICA.
Keep your powder dry America. See you at a silhouette match somewhere.

Missilengr on April 16, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Bloomberg’s brand of Judaism does not have a heaven, at least not in the Christian sense. About the only reference in the Old Testament to life after death comes from Job, where he prophecies a resurrection in the flesh to meet God (19:26). Other than that, little references here and there that have to be fleshed out with Christian doctrine to mean much of anything.

So the question is, which heaven does he believe in? Or is that just a figure of speech?

JoseQuinones on April 16, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Hitlers mini-me just doubled the NRA registration numbers.

Texyank on April 16, 2014 at 4:51 PM

rrpjr on April 16, 2014 at 9:59 AM

And that’s no joke! I mean, seriously, not. a. joke.
Lol

TBinSTL on April 16, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Bloomberg, I hate you, and people like you. You are all hypocritical POS’s. You can spend all of your money Bloomy, putting the NRA out of business, but the people will never, ever, hand over their guns, nor will we let little f**k heads like yourself, who walks around 24/7 with armed guards, confiscate them. I am begging you Bloomberg, to come to my house and try and take my weapons. Please come.

F_This on April 16, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Bloomberg to spend $50 million to “outmuscle” the NRA American Constitutional Rights

FIFY.

dominigan on April 16, 2014 at 10:38 PM

I’d guess that Bloomberg figures to be on Big Gulp/Trans-Fat Watch for the rest of eternity. That may be heaven for Bloomberg, but how many of us dream of an afterlife with a self-important bureaucrat telling us and God how it’s going to be?

Sounds like Hades to me. I think this was covered off in the Screwtape Letters.

bigjack on April 16, 2014 at 10:40 PM

May he spend himself into oblivion.

Sherman1864 on April 16, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Bloomberg:

I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”

Bloomberg is not even sure God exists, but assumes he’ll be be rewarded for his totalitarian ways? He’s probably in for a nasty surprise, even if he did believe in God. Matthew 23:12 gives a hint to his fate:

Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.

zoyclem on April 17, 2014 at 7:37 AM

I think Bloomberg resembles Whoopi Goldberg.

That’s pretty much the worst insult I can think of.

Sherman1864 on April 17, 2014 at 8:07 AM

It’s always about how the message is delivered. The local news in Austin
Reported this story this morning with NO mention of Bloombefg’s
comments regarding the NRA.

Even in loony-central Austin the liberal press is acutely aware of
the need to report this without lighting fires under the bitter God-fearing
gun clingers.

Tyranny never sleeps.

Tenwheeler on April 17, 2014 at 9:24 AM

And talk about projection. “If you don’t vote with us we are going after
you, your kids and your grand kids. And we will never stop.”

Just like the left. Push your message with outrage and claim it’s the
other side’s message.

Because the truth is such a hard sell.

Congratulations, Mr. Bloomberg. As a direct result of your latest
effort, and the leftist propaganda machine that is the press.
The NRA will have a new member.

Tenwheeler on April 17, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Bring it on Bloomie. I would love to see you try and sell your schtick down here in South Carolina.

RZuendt on April 17, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Hey Mikey!
How’s that New York SAFE ACT working out for you?
Less than 5% compliance! Oh my.
Fed, State Local…doesn’t matter…
Come and get ‘em; you gutless twerp.
III

Sgt Stryker on April 17, 2014 at 10:49 AM

I’ve had the great pleasure to know two tzadikim (truly good and righteous men to their very cores; the kind God welcomes to his side when, not if, they go to Heaven). They are exceedingly rare. They do not boast. They do not describe themselves as such. In Christian parlance, they are known by their fruits. Bloomberg is apparently as self-deceived as he is deceiving. He is no tzadik.

Ay Uaxe on April 17, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Lets try on a small scale what bloomberg wants

all his bodyguards and those of members of congress un arm first for say 2 years

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

silk1947 on April 17, 2014 at 6:58 PM

“I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”

So liberal politics not only transgress the impenetrable “separation of Church and State” but in essence have become for them a certain path to paradise–God’s wishes become irrelevant to their reality.

Gosh, how Sister Mary would frown on such a prideful display of the “sin of presumption,” closely followed with another reminder from Genesis about that serpent whispering, “you can be like God.”

Don L on April 18, 2014 at 9:16 AM

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