Daily Archives: January 12, 2013

Okay This Is Awesome

Okay This Is Awesome

I completely agree with TPM ‘s Josh Marshall on the White House’s response…

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The White House has officially responded to the ‘We the People’ petition to commit the US to building a Death Star.

Best line: “Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?”

Next best: “The Administration does not support blowing up planets,” which may represent a slight shift from the position of the previous administration.

The White House’s full response:

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2nd Amendment

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Cognitive Dissidence

Thanks to the vast right wing echo chamber, it appears that we cannot have a real debate on guns until we first make clear what the Founders had in mind when they authored the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution.

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Unfortunately, the right wing echo chamber has been hard at work trying to convince people that the 2nd Amendment was written to protect people from their “tyrannical Government”!   Studying the Founders, we realize that is wrong and just plain silly!

We also know that Founders wanted every man to be part of a “well regulated militia” instead of have a standing army.  They wanted everyone to band together to protect out country when the time came, instead of having a standing army.  Standing armies scared them:  Thomas Jefferson himself called them “an engine of oppression.”

Later, in an 1814 letter to Thomas Cooper, Jefferson wrote of standing armies: “The Greeks and Romans had no standing armies, yet they defended themselves. The Greeks by their laws, and the Romans by the spirit of their people, took care to put into the hands of their rulers no such engine of oppression as a standing army. Their system was to make every man a soldier and oblige him to repair to the standard of his country whenever that was reared. This made them invincible; and the same remedy will make us so.”

Had the early framers of the Constitution embraced a standing army during times of peace, then there would be no need for a regulated militia, and thus no need for the 2nd Amendment.

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In fact, during that first gun debate, the state of New Hampshire introduced an amendment that gave the government permission to confiscate guns when citizens “are or have been in Actual Rebellion.” To those early legislators in New Hampshire, the right to bear arms stops as soon as those arms are taken up against our “we the people” government.

Just ask the ancestors of those who participated in the Whiskey Rebellion. In 1794, armed Americans took up guns against what they viewed as a tyrannical George Washington administration imposing taxes on whiskey. President Washington called up 13,000 militia men, and personally led the troops to squash the rebellion of armed citizens in Bedford, Pennsylvania. No Army. No right to have guns to overthrow the oppressive US government.

Need some more let’s look  at the 1794 Whiskey Rebellion:

On August 1, 1794, President George Washington was once again leading troops. Only this time Washington was not striking out against the British but rather against fellow Americans. The occasion for this was the Whiskey Rebellion. Various efforts had been made to diminish the heated opposition towards the tax on distilled liquors. However, there was only one man who has derived the best course of action. That man, President George Washington, deserves all the credit and recognition for his actions concerning the Whiskey Rebellion. In September 1791 the western counties of Pennsylvania broke out in rebellion against a federal “excise” tax on the distillation of liquor. After local and federal officials were attacked, President Washington and his advisors decided to send troops to assuage the region. On August 14, 1792, under the militia law, Henry Knox (secretary of war) had called for 12,950 troops.

The Founders who had just overcome the British to form our own country, had no interest in the people that they governed doing the same thing to them.  So when there was that possibility George Washington squashed it quickly!

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So its time to listen to people like General McChrystal:

 “I spent a career carrying typically either an M16 or an M4 Carbine. An M4 Carbine fires a .223 caliber round which is 5.56 mm at about 3000 feet per second. When it hits a human body, the effects are devastating. It’s designed for that,” McChrystal explained. “That’s what our soldiers ought to carry. I personally don’t think there’s any need for that kind of weaponry on the streets and particularly around the schools in America.”

By the way, Hitler encouraged the ownership of guns….he didn’t take your guns!  

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Is Fox News REALLY This Stupid?

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No, but their audience is.  Therefore, they have to play to their base…

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It would appear so. Or at least they’re hoping their audience is:

Just to be clear, the Trillion Dollar Platinum coin does not actually have to be one trillion dollars worth of platinum in the same way the paper and ink used to make a dollar bill is not actually worth one dollar .

Also to be clear, the TDP coin is an example of how ridiculous the GOP threat over the debt ceiling is.

Here’s the skinny on the coin: The Treasury can’t just print money all willy-nilly, BUT it can mint a commemorative coin of pretty much any kind. Soooooo…some intrepid blogger suggested that they do exactly that: mint a coin “worth” one trillion dollars, hand it over to the Federal Reserve and taaaadaaaaa! A trillion dollar account to draw from.

It’s a thought-exercise in the same exact way the debt ceiling is a thought-exercise. The difference between, minting the TDP coin and not raising the debt ceiling, according to Paul Krugman, is:

“A choice between two alternatives: one that’s silly but benign, the other that’s equally silly but both vile and disastrous. The decision should be obvious.” [Source]

Fox, of course, would be quite happy with the GOP crashing the economy because it would scare the bejeezus out of their viewers and that means ratings! To that end, they’ve decided that the TDP coin is a bad idea and either can’t be bothered asking an economist what it really means or delivering ridiculously bad information to their viewers.

Probably a bit of both.

Here’s the full explanation of the TDP coin and why the GOP/Fox/right wing media machine really wants it to go away. It’s very thorough and straight forward. Enjoy!

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