The NRA’s answer to domestic terrorism?

No, the NRA doesn’t exactly announce that the violent nutcase in the DC pizza place has inspired them to increase their insane power-mad drive to put guns and gun owners absolutely everywhere.

But here’s today’s Daily News piece. Read it and scream. Loudly:

NRA targeting gun-right limits

FIREARMS enthusiasts who embraced Donald Trump’s campaign and his full-throated support of the Second Amendment are expecting a sweeping expansion of gun rights under his administration and a Congress firmly in Republican hands. Among their priorities: eliminating gun-free zones at schools, reducing requirements for background checks and ensuring that concealed-carry handgun permits from one state are recognized everywhere in the U.S.

“This is our historic moment to go on offense and to defeat the forces that have aligned against our freedom once and for all,” Wayne LaPierre, chief executive of the National Rifle Association, said in a video after the Nov. 8 election.

One of the NRA’s paramount goals is getting Congress to pass a law requiring all states to recognize concealed-carry handgun permits issued by any other state. AP GETTY; AP; REUTERS

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Fake news and violence: companions in domestic terrorism

One especially ugly outcome of this election–fake news and the gullible (a kind word for “stupid”) people who believe it–was the nasty fake story about one Washington, DC pizza place.

In that link above, I wrote, “Can fake news get even more deadly?”

Yes. It can.

What concerns a lot of us are the true believers in these fake news conspiracies: stupid, crazy people who ignore factual news and own guns. This is combo guaranteed to make  bad things happen.

And bad things just happened again on the premises of Comet Ping Pong:

The man said he wanted to “self-investigate” a baseless online theory tying a restaurant, Comet Ping Pong, to a child abuse ring.

Source: Man Motivated by ‘Pizzagate’ Conspiracy Theory Arrested in Washington Gunfire – The New York Times

A couple of loathsome excerpts in this story about domestic terrorism. What else can we call it?

The man, Edgar M. Welch, 28, of Salisbury, N.C., told the police that he had come to the restaurant, Comet Ping Pong, in northwest Washington, to “self-investigate” what is being called Pizzagate, an online conspiracy theory asserting, with no evidence, that the restaurant is somehow tied to a child abuse ring. He entered the restaurant shortly before 3 p.m. with a rifle and fired it at least once inside, the police said.

People inside the restaurant fled, and the police locked down the area, ordering patrons of a nearby bookstore and cafe called Politics and Prose to remain locked inside. Officers with rifles and protective gear surrounded the restaurant and apprehended Mr. Welch. Two additional firearms were found, one on Mr. Welch and the other in his vehicle, the police said.

Then, to add to this act of domestic terrorism, take a look at who has promoted it: Trump appointee Gen. Michael Flynn. Since Flynn apparently actually believes this psychotic, libelous drivel, it would suggest that Flynn himself is non compos mentis.

Yet he’s getting a job in this new fake government.

Days before election, Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn tweeted a fake news story alleging the Clinton campaign was being investigated for pedophilia and other felonies.

Source: Trump Adviser Has Pushed Clinton Conspiracy Theories – The New York Times


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Trump Tower is Orthanc!


Just occurred to me, as I read a tweet about the progression of disturbed amateurs entering the tower to bow and scrape before Trump, pleading for important jobs in what used to be our government.

I don’t see Trump as Saruman, though. He’s no wizard, although he seems to have peered deeply into the Palantir and has been transfixed by its Evil Eye. (Nah, I’m not giving that to Putin. He’s a montebank.)

Perhaps Trump is Saruman’s sycophant, Grima Wormtongue, with a dye job.

I’m not yet sure who Saruman is. Maybe Bannon.

And since I’m more optimistic than paranoid, do not believe in any god and, ergo, do not believe in any absolute evil, I don’t think we have a Sauron anywhere in our Middle Earth.

It’s a bad thing, though, when real-life American politics sends me back into The Lord of The Rings. So I’m pleased to see that my own mayor has a firm grasp on reality. He’s sent a bill to Orthanc for all the extra security New York City has been forced to supply:

In a letter to President Obama, Mayor Bill de Blasio asked for federal reimbursement for expenses related to protecting President-elect Donald J. Trump and his family at his New York residence and offices until his inauguration on Jan. 20.

Source: Letter to Obama Requesting Trump Tower Security Reimbursement – The New York Times


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