Wednesday, April 24, 2013


This would be funny…if it wasn’t so sad.
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY.) made headlines recently when he stood in the well of the Senate for thirteen hours to filibuster the administration’s use of drone attacks against US citizens.  “No American should be killed by a done on US soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court.”
Yesterday Rand Paul said the following:  “I’ve never argued against any technology being used when you have an imminent threat. If someone comes out of a liquor store with a weapon and fifty dollars cash, I don’t care if a done kills him or a policeman kills him.” 
What just happened here?

Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH.) are leading the charge against the furlough of 15,000 air traffic controllers.  The furloughs are the result of the sequestration cuts; a bi-partisan agreement that enacted automatic spending cuts thought to be so draconian they would force both parties to reach a debt/deficit agreement.  It seems that McConnell and Boehner don’t appreciate the long lines and flight cancellations brought on by the cuts. 
While Republicans are in a tizzy over flight delays they have been noticeably silent about the effects the sequestration cuts have had on unemployment benefits, teacher layoffs, Pell grants and Head Start programs just to name a few.
Republican want to cut, cut, cut…!  Cuts have real consequences.

The Obama administration says that the air traffic controller furloughs are necessitated by the sequester cuts.
The Aviation Administration says that the number of flights have decreased consistently since 2008.  Yet their operating budget continues to increase each year.  Their 2014 budget is scheduled for another increase; in spite of the decrease in flight operations and the furlough of 15,000 controllers.
Can you say “manufactured crisis for political purposes.”

Senator Max Baucus (Dem-MT.) is one of four Democrats who voted against the bi-partisan bill to require background checks on all commercial gun purchases.  He said that he broke party ranks due to the “overwhelming opposition to the bill voiced by his Montana constituents.” 
Recent polls show that voters in Montana SUPPORT background checks on all commercial gun purchases by a 95%-5% margin.
Max Baucus announced yesterday that he would not seek another term in the Senate. 
So not only was Baucus wrong about his constituent’s opinions when he cast his vote…he was not bound by any electoral considerations either.

The NRA has successfully defeated a bill that would have required background checks on all commercial gun purchases while strengthening the laws on gun trafficking.
Boston Marathon bombers Tamerlan and DzHokhar Tsarnaev are NOT licensed gun owners in the state of Massachusetts.
So one must ask…where did they get the guns? 
Not from a licensed dealer.

The Russian government says that they repeatedly warned the FBI about the radical leanings of Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
So why didn’t the Russian government pick him up when he was in their country for six months?

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