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Oh, the contradictions. Oh, the irony.   Oh, the nutcases in power. As if guns aren't hard enough to regulate, let's authorize state bureaucracies to detect, then commit, all with sacrosanct secrecy? More prisons? Oh yeah, the astronomical costs, in multiple billions: right, outsourced to private operatives.

3) WL on background checks: "Let's be honest. They will never be universal because criminals will never submit to them." And worse: [Obama] "wants to put every private, personal firearms transaction right under the thumb of the federal government. He wants to keep all of those names in a massive federal registry. There's only two reasons for a federal list on gun owners: to either tax "em or take "em."

So, government "sanity tests" are just fine, but jamming guns under the dire Obama "thumb," no, no, no. In fact, background checks cover a range of undesirables, not just criminals. "Let's be honest" rings especially hollow, from today's most undeniably dishonest talking head, nothing less than a "paid liar" (Lawrence O'Donnell).  

4) WL's opposition to assault/automatic weapons bans, alleging the '94 law had "no impact on lowering crime," is cravenly baseless. Logic first: does cherry-picked data on an 18 year-old law warrant doing nothing? Fact: that law was undermined badly with loopholes and grandfathering. Any new assault ban law would do better. Politically, a huge majorities (including NRA members) support background checks plus banning clip-laden military-style arms.

Judging by public rejection, Wayne is 0 for 4 in the gun debate sweepstakes, immortalizing the LaPierre Backfire Effect (LBE). Republicans willfully ignore NRA excesses, as defenders are conspicuous by their absence. As Alternet headlines, "Tea Party Group "Deeply Embarrassed' by Failure to Plan Pro-Gun Rallies." Overall, with mounting party blunders -- on abortion, tax giveaways, tickle-down nonsense, "safe" deregulation, immigration resistance, and now the tarnished glory of guns, will the right have any sane pitches by '14? "Rebranding' looks like maximizing GOP losses and, incredibly, digging bigger holes.

Palin Exiled as Top GOP Fibber

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Finally, LaPierre is now the poster child that really stupid lying boomerangs. As the Rove-Bush-Cheney-Rice conspiracy proved, lying is no simple art, whether enacting bad laws, installing primitives in top jobs, or redefining what "overseas debacle" means, as in Iraq. Thus, no political carnival barker today matches LaPierre ability to cloud public policy and make himself the issue, especially now that Palin is fading away quicker than melting ice caps. The NRA is reloading itself into irrelevance, shooting itself and its GOTP allies in the trenches.

LaPierre proves again that to be a serious national menace, you have to lie better, or avoid eminences like Paul Krugman (even Joe Scarborough) dismissing you as "insane." Let us distinguish blundering political hacks impaling themselves on their own bayonets from gifted demagogues, like mythomaniac Joe McCarthy, whose deceptions lasted longer and brought about more damage (well, maybe less actual bloodshed).

And since LaPierre sees his slash and burn tirades as insuring job security, one almost imagines him a plant, seeded by God to offset decades of divine miscues. Really, how else do you explain making a gun easier to take home than prescription drugs, tobacco, or alcohol? Months more of mortifying LaPierre face-time, and featherweights like Herman Cain or Donald Trump will be remembered as less noxious to our children's welfare. Now that's one legacy no spittle-covered, gun lobbyist will brag about to his grandchildren, assuming they all mercifully survive grammar school. 

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Educated at Rutgers College (BA) and UC Berkeley (Ph.D, English) Becker left university teaching (Northwestern, U. Chicago) for business, founding and heading SOTA Industries, high end audio company from '80 to '92. From '92-02 he did marketing (more...)

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And if so, how much of the rightwing can it take d... by Robert S. Becker on Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 2:10:08 PM
Unfortunately, you underestimate the appetite of t... by John Rachel on Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 9:28:07 PM
Gosh, I practically call them suicidal and I do ca... by Robert S. Becker on Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 12:38:36 AM
One dropped word, as with "The mentally ILL aren't... by Robert S. Becker on Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 9:57:36 AM
Expertly done, and---may I say this without soundi... by Paul Kibble on Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 11:01:26 AM
to inspire such luxuriant and impassioned prose. &... by Robert S. Becker on Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 1:15:03 PM
Yes, I meant Second Amendment, of course.  La... by Paul Kibble on Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 7:45:20 PM
RB managed to skewer LaPierre thoroughly without e... by Maxwell on Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 2:10:44 PM
if the shoe fits, as they say . . . ... by Robert S. Becker on Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 3:10:25 PM
it's a brilliant and apt metaphor.  The shoe ... by Maxwell on Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 9:55:35 AM
Two more good pieces I just came across:click her... by Robert S. Becker on Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 3:38:33 PM