Thursday, February 24, 2011

Remember, They're Only Kidding

Haha, good one!

...Under Rep. Franklin's bill, HB 1, women who miscarry could become felons if they cannot prove that there was "no human involvement whatsoever in the causation" of their miscarriage. There is no clarification of what "human involvement" means, and this is hugely problematic as medical doctors do not know exactly what causes miscarriages. Miscarriages are estimated to terminate up to a quarter of all pregnancies and the Mayo Clinic says that "the actual number is probably much higher because many miscarriages occur so early in pregnancy that a woman doesn't even know she's pregnant. Most miscarriages occur because the fetus isn't developing normally."
This one probably falls under the self-parody category. "You think our opposition to abortion goes to far? Check THIS out! We'll jail a quarter of all women! (snort)"

Don't worry, they wouldn't have introuduced it if they thought it could become a law. Remember, they don't want to make laws. They want to make jokes!

Misjudging the Opposition

I spent a considerable amount of energy yesterday fighting a crazy talking point. Hat tip to Warner Todd Huston!

"Obama Misspells Libya on Twitter Feed "

This is not a major issue, but it got into my craw. Normally I have a voluminous craw but somehow this stuck noticably in it, among the rest of the stuff. I think I was just fed up with what I see as the whisper campaign of half-truths and out and out lies. The thing that bothered me about this is, obviously, Obama doesn't write the twitter feed. I wanted to stop this one before it spread like wild fire and a whole nation of Republicans carried around an image in their heads of a stupid drooling Obama, who can't run the country because he can't even spell Libya.

I tried to get Huston to admit that Obama doesn't write the twitter feed, I argued with his Facebook followers, I made a troll of myself. And for all the wrong reasons.

What they made me realize, withough actually dropping the facade, is that they are all in on the joke. Of course Obama doesn't write his own twitter feed. Of course he wasn't born in Kenya. Of course Democrats aren't just like the Nazis.

The RNC talking points that I so vigorously fight here are, for the most part, a bunch of inside jokes that they won't 'fess up to, because that kills the punchline.

If it was a mystery why all the leading minds in the party seem to be entertainers instead of politicians, there's your answer. They have given up on solving the nation's problems. Sure they think things might be slightly better if conservatives ran everything, but the first six years of Bush taught them that also leads to crashing disappointment.

Conservatives are bitter cynics now, who are so bereft of hope that even the laws they propose are for fun - sometimes a parody of Democrat laws, like the one that would require all South Dakotan's to carry guns the way that they all have to buy health insurance; sometimes self parody, like the one that would allow child labor. But the one thing they aren't bothering with, it appears, is crafting laws to make life better for constituents, because they believe they are powerless to do so.

So I guess what I learned from this episode yesterday is for a default position, assume that what a conservative is telling you is a joke. Just clap them on the back and say, "Good one!"

(PS, One of Warner's tweet's from today: Drudge hit my Obama misspells Libya story today:... I love it when a joke goes viral! Good one!)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I Stand With Scott Walker So I Can Hold Up A Devil Horn Sign Behind His Head

I'm not as worked up about this as my liberal brethren are. It would be great if Walker had admitted to something illegal or at least deceptive (I was rooting for an admission of spiking the crowd with phony liberal plants) but he doesn't. He really doesn't share much in private than he would have in public, except for a few predictable strategy things.

As I said on my Twitter feed it's hardly a smoking gun; more like a lukewarm gun with fingerprints all over it.

Still, it's interesting to watch this play out. Walker took office last month and apparently this is his biggest priority, busting one of the state's unions. Not all of them (firefighters and police, who endorsed him, haven't gotten a bad word out of the man) and not necessarily working with the teachers to balance the budget, because they've agreed to a pay cut as long as they can retain collective bargaining rights.

It's not playing well for Walker, according to some sources. Probably because most Americans still support collective bargaining rights. But by God, Walker ain't gonna budge. Democracy isn't about compromise!

Well, technically it is. Leaders who don't compromise are generally referred to as "dictators" and its kind of been a bad year for those guys so far.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

No, It's Never Too Soon

Guns are feeling really bad after that Giffords shooting. It wasn't their fault! Guns don't kill people, fans of people kill people! And that's why Arizona is taking the initiative to cheer guns up, with a little honorarium.

Sponsored by 43 of the 90 members of the Arizona legislature, the new bill seeks to make the Colt single-action Army revolver the "official state firearm" of Arizona. In January, lawmakers in Utah moved to make M1911 semi-automatic pistol the official gun of that state.

In a Facebook group advocating for all states to adopt official state guns, the administrator writes, "States have symbols such as flags, birds, dinosaurs, reptiles, insects, flowers, even cookware. None of these symbols would have become necessary without guns and the freedoms they helped our forefathers obtain."
Oh America and her necessary symbols!

That's so sweet! Buck up, guns! Maybe in a couple of years, another state will bestow this honor on a Glock 19!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Update to Warner Huston's Civility Posting - Not Warner Speaking This Time

MOVEON.ORG IS as bad as the Nazis!

Doug Hackett Both groups, MoveOn and the KKK base a argument on half truth, emotion (useually hate) and attempt to silence those who oppose thier ideology through intimidation and threats.

As a Historian, I understand what the impact is when a handful of extemists are out there preaching to the masses who are too busy living life to pay attention to what the real truth is. The old saying goes, say it often and long enough and it becomes a fact. It does not matter if MoveOn does not lynch people like the KKK, what they stand for could lead to such an offense happening. How many times have you seen signs with kill Bush or kill Rush at leftwing demonstrations. Right now you can turn on news of WI demonstration and the signs are packed with very hateful comments. If a this was a right wing demonstration, the mass news media would be running endless video and Joy Behar would be foaming at the mouth on the View.

Now you might say, I seriously doubht that MoveOn could incite violence, well, many siciologists have a hard time understanding how an entire nation would march 10 million people to the gas chambers. So my answer to you is, my argument is oppose all extremists whomever they are in whatever mask they wear because we have had enough lynching and Dachau's.

In Which Warner Todd Huston Calls Worse Than the KKK, and Complains About Incivility

Note: exchange is from Warner Todd Huston's Facebook page. Follow him today!

Daniel Krause Is Move On illegal? Is PBS thanking them for money?

Warner Todd Huston I didn't say it was illegal. Let me put it this way, would you be upset that PBS was thanking the KKK for it's support?

Daniel Krause Yes I would. So you are equating with the KKK?

Warner Todd Huston Why not. What's the major difference between them?

Daniel Krause Oh how I was hoping you'd respond that way.

"So, what’s the answer to all of this? Mostly just ignore the name calling."

So really, you're advising people to ignore you.

Daniel Krause BTW, doesn't have a history of lynching people. That's a major difference.

Warner Todd Huston How is that name calling?

Moveon wants America destroyed and remade into something it is not. They are an enemy just as much as the KKK. Description is NOT name calling.

Of course, I know how you'd love that to be the case. After all, that w...ould make discussing your hate-America groups unassailable because any description of their efforts would be made un-discussed.

But you re right. The KKK is hardly that big a deal. Hardly anyone belongs to it. Moveon is far more dangerous. It has millions of dollars and thousands of wild-eyed, anti-American members.

So, you are right. I should not have said the KKK is like Moveon. Clearly Moveon is worse.See More

Ken Suminski (I'd like to see him weigh in more, but nothing so far)  No they don't lynch people, but the level of hatred they inspire is equal.

Daniel Krause So your complaint is that says hateful things. Then I should ignore you AND

Warner Todd Huston Free country. Ignore who you like. Me, I'd be happy if leftists ignore all of politics.

Daniel Krause You still haven't said what has done wrong, in your opinion. If criticizing politicians is anti-american then YOU'RE as bad as Moveon. And therefore, as bad as the KKK.

Warner Todd Huston They want to eliminate America as it is and turn it into something it isn't and should not be. They want capitalism hampered, government grown, and American liberties shackled. They want the USA turned into a less powerful version of Europe....

As to your claim that I am as bad as the KKK, I have no doubt you think that way. So your saying so is not surprising.See More

Daniel Krause I don't think you're as bad as the KKK. You do. I think you're kinda charming.

Carving A Backward "B" In The Face of the Unions

Disappointed that the SEIU rallys aren't violent enough? Worried that the left isn't cooperating with your talking points? Stop complaining and take action!

Here is what I am doing in Sacramento, where they are holding a 5:30 PM event this coming Tuesday: (1) I signed up as an organizer (2) with any luck they will contact me and I will have an "in" (3) in or not I will be there and am asking as many other people as can get there to come with, all of us in SEIU shirts (those who don't have them we can possibly buy some from vendors likely to be there) (4) we are going to target the many TV cameras and reporters looking for comments from the members there (5) we will approach the cameras to make good pictures... signs under our shirts that say things like "screw the taxpayer!" and "you OWE me!" to be pulled out for the camera (timing is important because the signs will be taken away from us) (6) we will echo those slogans in angry sounding tones to the cameras and the reporters. (7) if I do get the 'in' I am going to do my darnedest to get podium access and take the mic to do that rant from there...with any luck and if I can manage the moments to build up to it, I can probably get a cheer out of the crowd for something extreme.

Since I have radio shows to host in Fresno tomorrow (KMJ FM and KMJ AM) I am going to try to gin up some support from down there and salt the crowd here with more people. Several Tea Party chapters around the country are planning to join with me, if you are a member of one in your area please contact them for details. If they are not participating get them to!
Take action and then pull the posting, because it's potentially embarassing. As long as no one knows that everything on the internet is cached, we'll get away with it!

*****UPDATE: IOWA, COLORADO, MASSACHUSETTS AND SEVERAL OTHER STATES HAVE CHECKED IN.... Tea Party Patriot groups and individuals are flooding me with emails vowing to participate and come up with their own creative ruses! Several have also reminded me that we have a distinct advantage in that the SEIU primarily represents non-English speaking illegal aliens so we will be the ones whose comments will make air!!!!*****
You gotta admire this guy. Most right wing radio hosts are content to just pass along the lies of their betters. This Tuesday, a serious attempt to gin up some fresh new lies! Atta boy, Mark Williams of KMJ! I'm looking forward to the unbiased and exhaustively verified coverage on Fox!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Something Else Fox News Is Making Up

Add this to the list.  Fox News reports on the hot "sexting" craze that all the kids are in on!

Here are a few of the more common sexting acronyms:

GYPO: Get Your Pants Off

IAYM: I Am Your Master

IWSN: I Want Sex Now

K4Y: Kiss For You

LMIRL: Let's Meet In Real Life

MOOS: Member Of The Opposite Sex

MOSS: Member(s) Of The Same Sex

NALOPKT: Not A Lot Of People Know That

S2R: Send To Receive

TDTM: Talk Dirty To Me

WIN: Want It Now
Do any of these look familiar to you? Me neither. Here's what happened when Gizmodo tried out a couple of 'em.
Oh well, could be worse. They could have reported about mexting.

They Were Kidding Then, NOW They're Serious

Or they're kidding now, and THEN they were serious.

Warner Todd Huston (Hi Warner! Hope your feeling better) is either terrified that the Winsconsin non-violent protests are about to get ugly, or he's satirizing the nationwide response to the Tea Party rallies. Look at these headlines!!!!!!!!!!!!! ZOMG!!!!!!!!

These Hatemongers Are in Control of Our Children!

Violence Soaked Union Thug Flocks To Wisconsin

I especially like the 2nd one - his hate is so fearsome, it only takes a single one of him to constitute a flock!

Anyway, here is the kind of rhetoric which Warner has suddenly decided is "egregious":

Wasn't there a kind of effort to defend these particular rhetorical florishes a month ago? What's the difference? These people are protesting on behalf of TEACHERS, and therefore their signs aren't misspelled.

As for our flock, you have to drill down a few links to find out what terrible violent acts this guy is accused of committing.

A nonunion contractor who operated heavy equipment, York was shot to death during a strike called by the United Mine Workers 17 years ago. Workmates who tried to come to his rescue were beaten in an ensuing melee. The head of the UMW spearheading the wave of strikes at that time? Richard Trumka. Responding to concerns about violence, he shrugged to the Virginian-Pilot in September 1993: "I'm saying if you strike a match and you put your finger in it, you're likely to get burned." Incendiary rhetoric, anyone?
Yep, incendiary rhetoric is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS, even from 17 years ago. No wonder they're talking about bringing in the National Guard!

I think WTH's point is not that these things are dangerous, it's that Liberals shouldn't have worried about it. But since he doesn't make it explicit, he's going to get a lot of readers (unlike me, Warner HAS a lot of readers) who take him at face value. And he's fine with that. And this is the same attitude that other leaders of the Republican Party (Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh) have. I don't care how you interpret me, as long as my numbers stay high. Thus this party which is always complaining about liberal entertainers shooting their mouths off about politics puts most of its trust in entertainers who have no other talent BUT politics.

DJs run the Republican platform. Unlike David Bowie's lyric though, they're interested neither in "humble pie (nor) bitter truth." In fact, just the opposite. I wonder if we could get Bowie to run?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Big Tease

I was so exited to see this near where I work yesterday. A new breakfast place, just across the street!

Turns out they're a company that makes signs and banners, the bastards.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Put Down That Transformer, Break Time's Over

I have been wondering why the anti-regulation, pro-business types haven't tried this already.

SB 222 – This act modifies the child labor laws. It eliminates the prohibition on employment of children under age fourteen. Restrictions on the number of hours and restrictions on when a child may work during the day are also removed. It also repeals the requirement that a child ages fourteen or fifteen obtain a work certificate or work permit in order to be employed. Children under sixteen will also be allowed to work in any capacity in a motel, resort or hotel where sleeping accommodations are furnished. It also removes the authority of the director of the Division of Labor Standards to inspect employers who employ children and to require them to keep certain records for children they employ. It also repeals the presumption that the presence of a child in a workplace is evidence of employment.
What the Dickens?!

They're Tryin' to Kill Me Jimmy!

Stuart Margolin as Angel, just to shore up the quote in the title
I have had a rough week. Sunday night I noticed the hot water had vanished in my apartment. No hot water! Rescue forces have replaced the heater but it's still only gradually returning to normal. I only have lukewarm water.

Meanwhile I come home last night to discover that the nerve center of my life is also down. My DSL modem has failed! ZOMG ZOMG ZOMG ZOMG ZOMG ZOMG ZOMG ZOMG ZOMG ZOMG ZOMG ZOMG !!

As it happens, I have backup systems - my iPhone, the computer at work, Starbucks. I guess I have access to hot showers too, because of the gym membership, but this internet thing is driving me nuts. It's not just my computer, you know. Though that's a problem (almost everything I do on the computer hooks into the cloud somehow, and what's worse my printer is connected via Wi-Fi so I can't print) the TV and BluRay player are also internet-enabled. For some reason, my TV has decided that it's an hour later than it was a couple days ago, because it's not getting its time from a server online.

And remember, without a constant supply of new material from blogs and internet radio, my source of home amusement is television. And I DON'T HAVE CABLE. Why would I, right? Television is different than the internet. If someone says something stupid on TV, you can't answer back to them. You can't save funny screen grabs and email them to your friends. Ads show up whether you click on them or not. And without cable, it's almost impossible to find porn. I think it's pretty obvious now that Mubarak sealed his own doom when he shut down the internet in Egypt.

Someone report this whole blog to this guy, willya? I can't.

Thank God Trader Joe's is still open so I can still get Organic Kona Whole Bean Coffee. I suppose my grinder will go down next!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Republicans, Joke That This Guy Should Be Killed

Because "Curveball" caused a few problems for you.

As US secretary of state, Colin Powell gathered his notes in front of the United Nations security council, the man watching — Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, known to the west's intelligence services as "Curveball" — had more than an inkling of what was to come. He was, after all, Powell's main source, a man his German handlers had feted as a new "Deep throat" — an agent so pivotal that he could bring down a government.

As Curveball watched Powell make the US case to invade Iraq, he was hiding an admission that he has not made until now: that nearly every word he had told his interrogators from Germany's secret service, the BND, was a lie.

Everything he had said about the inner workings of Saddam Hussein's biological weapons programme was a flight of fantasy - one that, he now claims was aimed at ousting the Iraqi dictator. Janabi, a chemical engineering graduate who had worked in the Iraqi industry, says he looked on in shock as Powell's presentation revealed that the Bush administration's hawkish decisionmakers had swallowed the lot. Something else left him even more amazed; until that point he had not met a US official, let alone been interviewed by one.

"I had the chance to fabricate something to topple the regime," he told the Guardian in a series of interviews carried out in his native Arabic and German. "I and my sons are proud of that, and we are proud that we were the reason to give Iraq the margin of democracy."
So at the time of writing this, an estimate of what this guy has cost Americans is $774 trillion dollars. For the current estimate, click here. That's just money. The cost in Americans themselves is around 5000 casualties. Iraqis have lost about 100k of their number.

And YOU, Republicans, were behind it all the way. It lost you the 2006 and 2008 elections and you're still hurting from it. Sure a lot of Democrats were for the Iraq war as well, but as far as I can see, it was ALL y'all. Plus you insisted on invading a country based on this one guy's story rather than trusting some second opinions. Hans Blix, for instance. So the point is, if anyone is interested in revenge, it should probably be you. Send Cheney after him.

Monday, February 14, 2011

You Decide

I'm thrilled to say I'm not making this up. Fox Nation has found something that even eluded Glenn Beck!

This is an incredible piece of video. At the 1:20 mark you clearly see some greenish figure moving through the crowd.

Between the crowds of protesters and barricades, the video shows a flowing, pale green image that resembles an erect rider atop a horse in Medieval-like barding. The ethereal figure remains for a few moments before floating over protesters' heads and off the screen.

Is this the Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse?"

Yes! It is totally the end of history! The rapture has already started, as per revelations! Quick, buy gold! Wait a minute... if you lived a pure life, you won't NEED gold! Just who is the audience for Fox anyway?

I haven't had so much fun since a couple of weeks ago, when the aliens on V introduced a "machine to identify and extract the human soul."

Happy Valentine's Day!

"Be a Valentine and get me a cup of coffee willya sweetheart?"

-(photo courtesy my old improv pal Barbara Duffy)

I have been known, in the past, to dread Valentine's Day more than any other holiday. And I'm a guy who has major isssues with Christmas, so that means something. This year, as it happens, I'm in love so it's going down pretty easy. I took the lovely LeAnne to a Stan Ridgway concert and dinner over the weekend, so the today will be a cakewalk for me. No pressure!

Still, this is a day of infamy for those with Social Anxiety Disorder, or those who are simply not in a relationship, or men. Love is one of the few things in our society that men aren't in charge of, and it freaks us out. As far as we're concerned if we could keep the whole love thing quiet we'd be a lot happier.

Still, we recognize the importance of love, and we even grudgingly approve of it. So women, be gentle with men today, and men spend a little extra at Godiva for the good stuff. You'll be glad you did.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Some Catching Up to Do

Egypt: See? You can do regime change without spending 3 trillion dollars or killing Americans!

Chris Lee: Shouldn't have resigned. Obviously his marriage is in trouble. His personal life is messy. If we fired everybody who had that problem, unemployment would be closer to 80%. If he was stealing, or trying to pass laws against Craigslist, maybe I'd be singing a different tune; but this shirtless texting has nothing to do with one's ability to govern.

CPAC: It pains me to say this but I think dissention in the ranks is good for the Republican party. When they agreed on everything all the time they wound up going to some pretty nutty places instead of putting the brakes on. A little booing makes them stronger. And if that's how they become stronger, great. I have no quarrel with the sensible Republicans, just the extremist ones. Protest mitigates extremism.

I used to complain that there was no difference between the two parties; now I see that time as the Golden Age.

LA KARAOKE CAST: You haven't heard of this, because they haven't got it off the ground yet. My favorite Karaoke outfit Seize the Mic Entertainment was experimenting last night with U-Stream, potentially making my performance of Spandau Ballet's True available to Tunisians. I'm still on the fence with this one, even though I totally rocked True. They promised me they will allow shy singers to opt out, because after all anything that goes on the internet is potentially forever trapped in digital amber. Even if no one is watching live, that don't mean they won't later. And if you think a picture of Brent Favre's junk is bad for a career, imagine a wobbly rendition of New York New York. Anyway, it's moot as of right now because they couldn't iron out the kinks by the time I left. Which is a shame because, did I mention? I totally rocked True.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Chief Executive Decision

Further thoughts regarding the President's interview on Superbowl Sunday (by the way, who won?) - I've been puzzling about this. Fox News, repeatedly has made the claim that their policy to present "fair and balanced news." When you point out that the hosts of most of their programming are conservatives they will say that they have opinion shows and NEWS shows, and that the news shows are unbiased.

So my question is, for the Superbowl interview on Fox TV (not Fox News) why not send one of the News people instead of O'Reilly? Why not Chris Wallace, who anchors Fox News Sunday? It just doesn't seem like the decision of a fair and balanced news department to use O'Reilly, because you've acknowleged that he has a conservative bias.

No Wonder Sarah Palin Won't Talk to the Press!

"Let's never forget, we're the real story, not them." Aaron Altman (Albert Brooks), Broadcast News

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Wink, Wink

Environmental obstructionists found a federal judge in Missoula that was willing to ignore the scientific evidence as well as the expert opinions of on-the-ground wildlife managers here in Montana. And he ruled last August that the grey wolf had to remain on the Endangered Species List.

When I first heard his decision, like many of you I wanted to take action immediately. I asked: how can we put some of these judicial activists on the Endangered Species List? I am still working on that!
Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, in his speech to a Joint Session of the 62nd Montana State Legislature. Italics mine.

Friday, February 04, 2011

Glenn Beck Surprisingly Not In Favor of "Free Speech" Any More

I'm not sure what conclusions he's reaching here, but I think he's saying that allowing people to talk like that will lead to a holocaust. Allowing a man in the street to speak his mind. Just imagine if a maniac like that had a show on a top-rated cable network!

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Like A Pendulum Do

The free market may, in the opinion of John Avlon of the Daily Beast, bring about the return of sensible political discourse. He uses the occasion of Keith Olbermann's departure from MSNBC to look at the state of cable news ratings.

Here's a snapshot side-by-side comparison of their slide: On January 20th of last year, Olbermann reached an estimated 251,000 people aged 25-to-54 at 8 p.m., according to data kept by Exactly one year later, this past Thursday, he reached only 198,000—a decline of nearly 20 percent.

Beck's collapse was even steeper over the same period. On January 20th of 2010, he was flying high at a point of maximum influence coincident with Tea Party enthusiasm, reaching 965,000 in the 24-to-55 demographic. On 1/20/11, Beck reached roughly one-third that number at 5 p.m.—only 377,000.

To be sure, even at their reduced rates of viewership, both men were leaders at their respective networks. But the trend lines are clear—both hosts were trending down by double digits in the first four months of last year—and comforting from an independent's perspective.
Similarly, I'm not supposed to mention someone all through February, but check out this trending!

(if it isn't working, try this.)

Congress, meanwhile is trending up since November. You could argue that it's because there are more Republicans now, or you could argue that seeing them actually compromise and pass a bunch of laws in the lame duck session was appealing to people.

For my part, I'm tired of hateful, demonizing rhetoric. In addition to the corrosiveness, it really paints people into rhetorical corners which limit them later on.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Humor or Hypocrisy? Harder to Tell Than You Think

Can I just say at the outset that sarcasm is not a good launching off point for lawmaking? Therefore, let's do these guys the courtesy of assuming that they're not that childish, and this is a serious issue to them.

Five South Dakota lawmakers have introduced legislation that would require any adult 21 or older to buy a firearm “sufficient to provide for their ordinary self-defense.”

The bill, which would take effect Jan. 1, 2012, would give people six months to acquire a firearm after turning 21. The provision does not apply to people who are barred from owning a firearm.

Nor does the measure specify what type of firearm. Instead, residents would pick one “suitable to their temperament, physical capacity, and preference.”

The measure is known as an act “to provide for an individual mandate to adult citizens to provide for the self defense of themselves and others.”
The self defense of others! Just sayin'.

So in other words, Quakers and Muslims alike must be armed if this bill passes in South Dakota. And it will be a state in which everyone is required to own a firearm but no one is required to be TRAINED IN ITS USE. And teens will be at the mercy of every armed adult within shooting distance, defenseless.

Of course, they say it's just a gag.

The humor, of course, is passing some by. But I spoke to Rep. Wick about the proposal—the funny, clever idea he had for getting under the skin of everybody who thinks the health-care bill is constitutional. And he clearly gets the joke he’s made, both the bite of the thing and the comedy. If the government can force us to buy and keep health insurance, then why can’t it compel us to keep and bear guns?
Yeah, right, humor. "Those Asians - they just can't drive! Ha ha, just kidding." They're not kidding. They'd be thrilled to death (literally) if we all had to own guns. Every time there is a shooting in a high school, it's a conservative who suggests that this tragedy could be avoided if ALL the kids were armed. Ideally, the Republicans want poor people to be armed to the teeth without being able to afford medical care, because that would thin their ranks.

Ha ha, just kidding.