Gun Babe May Get Some Jail Time

160310130520-jamie-gilt-exlarge-169You may recall a story from earlier this month in which a gun-butt mother was shot in the back by her 4-year-old. The mother, Jamie Gilt, had a pro-gun Facebook page,  jamie-giltJamie Gilt for Gun Sense” (which has since been yanked) in which she bragged that her “4-year-old gets jacked up to target shoot the .22.

I’m sure that the NRA (National Rifle Manufacturers Lobbying Association) would have been happy to claim that she was a perfect example of a “responsible gun owner” (RGO)

Well, on the 8th of this month, this ammosexual RGO was driving to pick up a pony (she’s also a horse lover). On this trip, her son in the back seat. Also, on the back seat was a children’s car seat (not being used). Ms Gilt had laid her .45 caliber handgun on the floor and it slid under her seat and into the rear. I guess her son was still jacked up because he picked up the gun and started playing with it.

The gun went off and the bullet went through the seat, through Ms Gilt and out through the windshield.

Her son was probably pretending his mother was a target. (Can you say “karma?”)

A sheriff’s deputy spotted Jamie’s pickup partially parked in a travel lane on Florida 20. He also spotted Jamie “behaving frantically.” (Pretty understandable, considering the situation.) She was sent to the hospital, but since the bullet missed any vital organs, she’s expected to fully recover.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s department called it an accidental shooting and began an investigation into the situation. A few days ago, hey released a statement,

Our investigation has revealed that the firearm was legally owned by the victim and the child came to possess the firearm without the victim’s knowledge. Florida Statute makes it a misdemeanor for a person to store or leave, on a premise under his or her control, a loaded firearm in such a manner that it is likely a child can gain access to the firearm. The investigation is ongoing to determine exactly how the firearm was stored in the vehicle. The primary concern for PCSO at this time is to provide the necessary services and assistance to the young man and his family. Due to her medical condition, Detectives have not been able to interview the victim and any decision on the filing of criminal charges will not come until after we speak with the victim. It is not known when we anticipate speaking with the victim.

Tuesday (3/22/16) the Sheriff’s office filed an affidavit asking that Ms Gilt be charged with “failure to properly secure her gun” which is a 2nd degree misdemeanor with a penalty of up to 180 days in the “stony lonesome.”

She hasn’t been charged yet, because the State Attorney’s Office is deciding whether to file additional charges. Those charges could include felony child neglect. In Florida, that’s defined as:

A caregiver’s failure or omission to provide a child with the care, supervision, and services necessary to maintain the child’s physical and mental health, including, but not limited to, food, nutrition, clothing, shelter, supervision, medicine, and medical services that a prudent person would consider essential for the well-being of the child.

Florida’s Department of Children and Family Services is also investigating the incident.

Stay tuned!

Michele Fiore: Taking Up Arms Against The Government Is Acceptable (VIDEO)

FioreGun1-1024x596Miss Michele Bachmann’s batty brain-dead banter? Swoon over silly Sarah Palin’s slurry, sappy syntax? Have I got a bumble-headed bimbo for you! Meet Michele Fiore! This ding-bat (with apologies to ding-bats everywhere) is soooo far out there that she makes the previous two ladies sound like Al Einstein and Steve Hawking rolled into one.

Michele is an assemblywoman in Nevada, the state that gave us such female political filberts as Sue (Pay your doctor with a chicken) Lowden and Sharron (2nd Amendment Remedy) Angle. PostCards_6x9_CS

She is currently campaigning for a promotion to the U.S. House of Representatives.

I first ran across Michele (Only figuratively, unfortunately.) a little over a year ago when she shook up the medical profession (with side-stitching laughter) with her discovery of the cause and sure-fire remedy for cancer.

If you have cancer, which I believe is a fungus, and we can put a pic line into your body and we’re flushing with, say, salt water, sodium cardonate ([sic] through that line and flushing out the fungus. These are some procedures that are not FDA-approved in America that are very inexpensive, cost-effective.

(For you non-chemistry majors, her miracle cure of sodium cardonate is commonly called washing soda. It’s used as a water softener.)

A little while later, she came up with another sure-fire cure. This time for campus rapes. As she explained it to the New York Times,

If these young, hot little girls on campus have a firearm, I wonder how many men will want to assault them. The sexual assaults that are occurring would go down once these sexual predators get a bullet in their head.

Then last December she sent out a Christmas card that truly evoked the spirit of the holiday.merryfiore2(Need I mention that Michele is a “2nd Amendment” ammosexual of the first water?)

Just last month, Michele inserted herself in the news cycle  when she traveled up Oregon way to give aid and comfort to the Bundy bozos in their patriotic quest to free a bird refuge for commercial exploitation. She even hung around and held their hand as they were hauled off to the hoosegow.

After she got back down to Nevada, she explained to the “Las Vegas Sun” that she didn’t see what the big deal was, the refuge occupiers were just camping out.

It was abandoned. No one was there, so they basically kind of said, This is a great place to camp and make our statement.

When confronted with a list of illegal acts that were perpetrated, she wasn’t buying it.

I’d need to see some proof. Somebody would need to show me.

Michele had been involved with the Bundys before. She was a supporter of Cliven Bundy in his fight to keep from paying $1,000,000 in fees for grazing rights on government land, which led to the Bundy Ranch Standoff (aka the “Battle of Bunkerville“).Bundy & BimboShe also told the “Sun” that if provoked, taking up arms against the government was perfectly acceptable.

If the government is going to point a gun at me, I’m going to point one right back. If you’re going to shoot me, I’m going to shoot you back.

The reporter then asked her if the occupation of the refuge was acceptable, what about occupying other government buildings such as congress or the White House. She evaded giving a direct answer, only commenting that the White House was surrounded by gates to keep people out.

Stay tuned!

New Charges In The Bundy Oregon Bird Refuge Occupation

7-mug-graphic-burns-arrestsIt looks like the feds are going to throw the book at the Bundy bird(brain) refuge occupiers. And the book keeps getting bigger.

The group was already facing the charge of “conspiracy to impede officers of the United States” from the refuge occupation“. A number of them were also facing charges relating to the 2014 Bundy Ranch Standoff, including “conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States, conspiracy to impede or injure a federal officer, weapon use and possession, assault on a federal officer, threatening a federal law enforcement officer, obstruction, extortion to interfere with commerce, and interstate travel in aid of extortion.”

Yesterday, new charges were added against several of the defendants. Penalties for conviction on the charges range from five years to life in prison.

  • Ammon Bundy: “Possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities and use and carry of firearm in relation to a crime of violence”
  • Ryan Bundy: “Possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities, use and carry of firearm in relation to a crime of violence and theft of government property”
  • Jon Ritzheimer: “Possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities, use and carry of firearm in relation to a crime of violence and theft of government property”
  • Ryan Payne: “Possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities and use and carry of firearm in relation to a crime of violence”
  • Brian Cavalier: “Possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities and use and carry of firearm in relation to a crime of violence”
  • Shawna Cox: “Possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities”
  • Jason Patrick: “Possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities and use and carry of firearm in relation to a crime of violence”
  • Dylan Anderson: “Possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities”
  • Sean Anderson: “Possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities, use and carry of firearm in relation to a crime of violence and depredation of government property”
  • David Lee Fry: “Possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities and use and carry of firearm in relation to a crime of violence”
  • Jeff Wayne Banta: “Possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities”
  • Sandra Lynn Anderson: “Possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities”
  • Kenneth Medenbach: “Theft of government property”
  • Wesley Kjar: “Possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities”
  • Corey Lequieu: “Possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities, use and carry of firearm in relation to a crime of violence”
  • Jason Charles Blomgren: “Possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities”
  • Darryl William Thorn: “Possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities”
  • Geoffrey Stanek: “Possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities”
  • Travis Cox: “Possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities”
  • Eric Lee Flores: “Possession of firearms and dangerous weapons in federal facilities”

It’s the charge of “carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence” that carries the life sentence. Ammon and Ryan Bundy, along with seven others were charged with that offense.

Kenneth Medenbach’s theft charge stems from his taking an Agency Ford pickup. Ryan Bundy and Jon Ritzheimer stole cameras valued at more than $1,000.

Along with Sean Anderson, there was an additional person charged with “damaging the tribal site by means of excavation and the use of heavy equipment.” This person’s name was redacted since he was not yet in custody.

All the defendants pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.

The April trial date was scrapped due to the number of defendants and the complexity of the case. Peering at the three rows of defendants, the judge cited their numbers and the volume of evidence.

I think any person looking at this room would have to concede this case is complex.

At this point, there is already 3,500 pages of government evidence in relations to the charges. (Like I said, that’s a BIG book.)

The proceedings brought out protesters. (Well, at least three of them.)peopleStay tuned!

Michael Savage: Scalia Was Murdered By A CIA Hired Hooker

M.S.Just when you think the final frontier of filbert fantasies has been traversed, along comes Michael Savage. Michael is a guiding light to the “Conspiracies-R-Us” crowd, possibly only outshined by Alex Jones and the king himself, Glenn Beck. And let me tell you, the competition between these three is stiff.

Michael has a brand new twist in a fable that has making the rounds of the wing-nut wacko circuit. You know, the one where the Big O has Justice Scalia whacked for whatever the reason du jour happens to be. Michael has figured out who done it.

Well, in fairness, Michael didn’t actually figure it out all by his lonesome. He was tipped off by…….wait for it……..a supermarket tabloid. But not just any supermarket tabloid, this came straight from the (nether) mouth of the Big Daddy of them all – The National Enquirer.

In a bombshell world exclusive, The National ENQUIRER has learned that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death was a highly planned “political assassination” orchestrated by the CIA and carried out by a $2,000-a-night hooker! A top Washington, D.C. source said the Feb. 13 death of the 79-year-old jurist at a remote Texas ranch just 15 miles from Mexico was part of a “shocking conspiracy that tracks back to the CIA and the White House!”

Of course, the NE story carried no proof of its accusations, other than a so called “top Washington D.C. source” and named no names involved in the “murder.” And remember, this is the same National Enquirer that reports stories like the one about the two women that admitted they had babies following sex romps with aliens of the interplanetary variety.

Despite silly stories like that, Michael claimed “the National Enquirer does better reporting than the New York Times and all the American newspapers put together.” (So, that makes the interplanetary baby makers story true?) He expressed his amazement that no other newspaper or any “main stream media” had picked it up. According to him, that was because the media was working for Obama. (Bullshit Mtn is working for Obama??? Could have fooled me!)

He went on to claim that the story had to be true because nobody was suing the tabloid over it. The story was published four days before Michael’s rant and it seems to me that it would take lawyers a lot longer than that to develop grounds for a law suit. Besides, who has standing to sue? Nobody but Scalia, the CIA, Obama and the nebulous “top Washington, D.C. source” were named. Scalia can’t sue, he’s dead. The CIA would retaliate in more nefarious ways and Obama wouldn’t dirty his hands in this pile of horseshit.

Besides, if the CIA was ordered to snuff Scalia, they would have done it themselves rather than trust an outsider, especially a hooker. After all, they have trained professionals for this sort of thing.

And what was the self-righteous Scalia doing with a high priced hooker in the first place. If he was, he was committing a crime and could be impeached. All the CIA would have had to do was blackmail him into toting the Obama line. Problem solved without bloodshed.

Don’t bother staying tuned.

Scalia’s Death? It’s OBAMA’S FAULT! (VIDEOS)

Its-all-thatUnless you’ve been snow-camping this weekend, you’re probably aware that SCOTUS’s #1 troglodyte, Antonin Scalia, is no longer among the breathing. (Better late than never, I guess.)

The facts of the case are simple and straightforward: After a day spent murdering small birds, Scalia decided to take a nap after din-din. It turned out to be a permanent nap, brought on by a heart attack. (To me, this was a bit surprising, since I’d never seen any indications that he even had a heart.)

As I stated, those are the facts. But, then again, what do facts have to do with the fervent, faulty, fevered, fantasies of the filberts? Almost immediately after Scalia’s death was announced, the thought(?) leaders of the bullshit bubble brigade resorted to their favorite mantra: IT’S OBAMA’S FAULT!

Let’s start with Glenn “Conspiracies-R-Me” Beck’s biggest competition in the wacky theory department: Alex Jones.

The question is, was Antonin Scalia murdered? And the answer to that is, has the Bill of Rights and Constitution been murdered? Has it been reported that members of the Supreme Court have been blackmailed? Yes it has.

When they kill somebody they say, ‘it appears to be natural causes, nothing to see.’

And I wish it was natural cause, but man, my gut tells me no. And if this is an assassination, this signifies that they are dropping the hammer.

This theme was quickly picked up be even dimmer bulbs.

Other voices around the innernuts chimed in. Here’s some round brown droppings from some dud who calls himself NatureHacker,

This is a white house president government coverup. The fbi and cia with barack are probably involved. mercury nitrate may have been the poison of choice at dinner or the sulfate with lead, cadmium, radium, plutonium, uranium, or organophosphate. Roundup is an organophosphate that could have been used by leonard nimoy. This justice was killed and found dead. He died of a premeditated murder. Another term for this is that he was assasinated for his spot in the supreme court to be appointed by a liberal.

(Sounds more like a “NatureWhacker” to me. Oh, and btw, It couldn’t have been Leonard Nimoy. It’s a little hard to pull something like that off when you’re six feet under.)

And, of course, the twitterverse filberts joined the chorus, mostly blaming the Big O:

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2016-02-14_0-05-022016-02-13_23-53-07Or, maybe if it wasn’t Obama, it was Hillary!
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 Or maybe he was offed as part of the great liberal conspiracy.
2016-02-14_0-02-15 And then, there’s always the possibility that Obama had his Islamic buds do the dirty deed.2016-02-13_23-50-40
That’s just in the first 12 hours or so, folks. We haven’t heard too much of Bullshit Mtn’s take on all this, but I have the feeling they won’t try to suppress any of this nonsense.  And, speaking of nonsense, here’s one last brown nugget:

Last Oregon Refuge Occupier Surrenders

David FryThis has been quite a 24 hour period for the ‘Murican millitia morons. And, not in a good way for them.

It started off last evening, when Cliven Bundy arrived at Portland International Airport on his way to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, south of Burns, Oregon. He had some people awaiting his arrival and they weren’t Bundy fans, they were FBI agents with a warrant for his arrest. And, since he just got off the plane, he wasn’t packing shootin’ irons.

The good news is that he’ll get to visit his sons. In fact, they’ll all be vacationing for a spell in the beautiful, scenic (if you like the view through bars) Multnomah County Hoosegow. The boys are just down the cell block. Cliven is charged with conspiracy to interfere with a federal officer. That’s the same charge his sons are facing. The senior Bundy also faces weapons charges.

Then this morning, three of the four refuge occupiers bid a fond farewell to the area’s birds when they surrendered to law enforcement officers. From there it was a rather loooong drive to Portland to occupy the aforementioned hoosegow with their buds. Going along for the ride and to supply encouraging words, were Nevada legislator nut-cake, Michele Fiore and somebody’s (certainly not God’s) gift to Islamophobia, Franklin Graham.

That left David Fry as the sole soul (other than law enforcement types) at the refuge. Seems David thought this was all fun stuff and couldn’t believe he was actually going to be arrested for his little winter outing. He just wanted to go home to mommy.

He might have been engaging in a bit of the local loco weed, because he was more than a little incoherent at times and even suggested he was only willing to leave horizontally in a non-breathing condition unless all charges were dropped.

However, the feds managed to convince him that the charges were sticking and perhaps suggested that “horizontal” was fine with them. In any case, he came to the conclusion that he looked better standing up and decided to take them up on their offer of a lift to Portland. He was arrested and is currently enjoying the scenery along the route.

While all this was going on, he was streaming to Youtube for everybody’s listening and dancing enjoyment. If you’re into that sort of thing, here ’tis:

Update On The Oregon Bird(brain) Refuge Occupiers

oregon_bloodbath_160127a-800x430Things are a mite quieter down at the ol’ Malheur National Wildlife & Birdbrain Refuge. Six of them fellers and one good ol’ gal got their behinds behind bars and one is fertilizing a future crop of daisies. Most of the rest of them “real ‘Murican patri-rats” took off for the four winds soon as they found out the fuzz had no problem adding a little lead to their diet. (And, they wouldn’t even have to go to Flint, MI for the treatment.)30A2034300000578-0-image-a-21_1453909054925-1Howsomever, there’s still four militia morons holding down the compound with a stock of penile substitutes in their arsenal. Seems several of the “stand your ground and shoot back” types got the hell outta Dodge so fast, they plumb forgot their shootin’ irons.

So, let us take a look-see at the goin’ ons, goin’ on.

The Bundy bros and four of their favorite Y’all Qaeda buds are currently guests of the Multnomah County Stony Lonesome. And, it looks like they’re gonna stick around for a spell. A mean ol’ federal judge (who according to them, ain’t got no business buttin’ into their business*) is giving them an all-expenses paid stay until it’s time to take the stand.

*There is no justice in a federal court. The feds have used the courts to take rights, not protect them. – Ammon Bundy, August 16, 2015

Seems the prosecutors pulled a nasty and argued that despite their short term residency out among the sagebrush and pygmy rabbits, they have no Oregon ties and no real reason to stick around and face the music. For instance, take a gander at what they said about poor Ammon:CZ6oJfyUEAA-2dF

Now, afore you start a thinkin’ that this is just another example of gay-lovin, ‘Murica-hatin’, hipster-toleratin’ liberal-ass Portland types bein’ mean to some good ol’ boys (and gal). Why, that’s far from the thing. Heckins, we were so dad-blamed happy they’re here, one of our fine establishments, (Voodoo Doughnuts, by handle) baked Ammon a (file-less) cake. Actually, it was a big doughnut, but the thought was there.Bundy-Donut

Oh, and that seventh hoosegow inhabitant, ‘Murica’s favorite Muslim-hatin’ gun slinger, Jon Ritzheimer, is currently a federal guest in Arizona. He missed all the Oregon fun and games on the 26th because he was on leave visiting his family in Peoria, AZ. He’ll find out next Tuesday (2/2/16) whether he can buy his way out till trial or join the gang in Portland.

Meanwhile, back at the compound, there are still four mental midgets who are contemplating suicide by law enforcement unless they can walk outta there with a “get out of jail” card. (Conventional wisdom says that just may happen 15 minutes after the sun rise in the west on Feb, the 30th.) Barring that, they are calling for reinforcements to join them in their suicide pact.

Most patri-rat militias have turned down the honor of dying for the cause, but one, the Pacific Patriots Network, has issued a call for action. They called it “peaceful,” but it don’t look too darn peaceful, particularly when their demands get laughed at.kben9gskggjchuzr9iajxioft5t8b4owriwfyaso

However, those damn interfering feds have the area sealed off for a 50 mile diameter. There are also rumors, that they’ve beefed up their forces with armored vehicles and a Blackhawk. (And, I ain’t talking about a big bird.) No word on whether drones have been deployed, but it wouldn’t surprise me none.

There’s this tea potty myth goin’ round that AK47 armed “real ‘Muricans” can defeat the government in their fight for “freedom.” We just may find out, but I wouldn’t ante up much money on it (unless it’s Confederate coin).duck_dynastymeme

Y’all stay tuned! It ain’t over till the fat guy squeals.

Bundy Gang Busted, 1 Dead, 1 Wounded, 8 In Jail

Bundy BozosThe story so far:

Yesterday afternoon (1/26/15) Ammon & Ryan Bundy, along with some of their cohorts left the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to travel to a meeting in John Day, 70 miles away. They were stopped a few miles north of Burns by FBI agents and Oregon State Police. A firefight ensued resulting in the death of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, one of the occupation’s spokesmen and the wounding of Ryan Bundy. Ryan was taken to Harney District Hospital in Burns. The hospital was immediately locked down.The remaining vehicle occupants were taken into custody.

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A little over an hour later police arrested Donald O’Shaughnessy in Burns and an hour after that they also arrested Peter Santilli. Santilli is an ultra right-wing talk show host who was embedded with the occupiers.

Later in the evening, Jon Ritzheimer turned himself in to the Peoria, Arizona police department. He had left the refuge earlier to visit his family in Arizona. Ritzheimer gained notoriety last year with his armed anti-Muslim protests in Phoenix.

Last night, Ryan Bundy was released and placed into custody. He and the other occupiers arrested in Oregon were taken to Portland and incarcerated in the Multnomah County Jail. They have been charged with a felony: “conspiracy to impede federal officials in their official duties through the use of force, intimidation or threats.” Other charges may follow, including charges related to the shootout.12592755_10153819047173290_5679065988423978441_nFollowing the arrests, the FBI and police blocked a 50 mile stretch of  the highway to the refuge. The FBI strongly advised the remaining occupiers to vacate the refuge. Anyone leaving the compound was to show identification and have their vehicle searched.

At the time of the FBI ultimatum, there were about 40 people in the compound, including women and children. According to reports, most, if not all, of the women and children have left. The remaining occupiers, said to be five or six, held a meeting and decided to continue the standoff.

Several law enforcement convoys have been reported to be heading for the refuge and journalists have been advised to leave the area.

At 11:00 am this morning, the US Attorney for Oregon, the FBI and the Harney County Sheriff held a news conference. Stating there is an on-going investigation, no new information was released. It was stressed by all three that every effort was made to ensure a peaceful conclusion and that remains their goal.

STAY TUNED!

Tony Perkins Lied! Reagan Did Negotiate With Iran! (AUDIO)

Iran ContraBefore I dive into the steak and spuds of this post, some of you might not be familiar with Tony Perkins, so a bit of background is in order. First off, he is not the Tony Perkins who stared in Hitchcock’s movie, “Psycho”. (Although, there seems to be a bit of psycho in him.)

tony-perkinsIn Tony’s past life, he was a Louisiana lawmaker and a failed senate candidate. As another senate candidate’s campaign manager, the Federal Election Commission fined him $3000 for covering up his purchase of a KKK mailing list.

But, those were the good ol’ days. Nowadays, he’s head honcho of the Family Research Council, (FRC) a prominent member of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hate Group List. The FRC purports to be “the leading voice for the family in our nation’s halls of power,” but it specializes in lying about gays and lesbians.

However, LGBT whoppers aren’t the subject of this rant. This is about a revisionist view of Saint Ronnie.

For those of you who may not know, there are two Ronald Reagans. There’s the Regressive’s mythological Reagan, the fearless fighter for freedom from tyrannical progressives, excess taxation, government regulations and nasty terrorists. Then there was the real Reagan, who raised taxes seven times and tripled the national debt. He presided over a major expansion of government. He granted amnesty to 3,000,000 illegal immigrants. He funded Osama Bin. And, he was in favor stricter gun regulations. (Even before he got shot!) images-1He also had a few other accomplishments that I’ll get to shortly.

As, I’ve stated, if there’s a bit of inconvenient history, Regressives seem to have no problem re-writing it. For instance, Texas school books have rebranded slaves as “workers.”

Tuesday, (1/19/15) on the FRC program, “Washington Watch,” Tony and a Texas rep, Ted Poe, were discussing Obama’s negotiations to free the Americans imprisoned in Iran. Tony stated,

Long gone are the days of Ronald Reagan when we said, ‘We don’t negotiate with terrorists.’ Now we make all kinds of deals and it just appears that America comes out on the short end of the deal.

This, of course, is a well-documented LIE!

Saint Ronnie negotiated with terrorists on more than one occasion, beginning even before he moved into the White House.

When the Iranians took over the American embassy in Tehran in April of 1980, they took 52 diplomats and staff hostage. At the time, Reagan was running against Jimmy Carter for the Oval Office and the contest was extremely close.

Ronnie sent William Casey, his campaign chairman and “Papa” Bush, his Veep candidate to Madrid and Paris for secret meetings with Iranian representatives. As a result of these negotiations, the 52 hostages were released 20 minutes after Ronnie finished his inaugural address. jan20-1981

The Reagan Administration rewarded Iran for its participation by supplying them with weapons channeled through Israel and unblocking Iranian assets in U.S. banks. This has been confirmed by such diverse sources as Israel’s former Prime Minister, Yitzhak Shamir, Iranian President Abulhassan Banisadr and National Security Council staff member Gary Sick among others.

12 years later, the House and Senate both conducted investigations into the matter but decided their wasn’t enough documentation to confirm this. (No docs on secret negotiations? Gee that’s strange.) Plus, let’s be honest. When was the last congressional inquiry into political hijinks that was actually worth the cost of the paper documenting it?

If there’s any controversy about those negotiations, there sure isn’t about the negotiations with Iran as part of the Iran-Contra Affair.

In 1979, the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) took over in Nicaragua, canceled elections and confiscated business property, including American. (These were NOT the “good guys,” but there was a severe lack of good guys in this whole episode.)

The Reagan administration began providing financial backing to the Contras, an opposition group waging guerrilla warfare from their bases in Honduras. However, on Dec. 21st, 1982, Congress passed the Boland Amendment baring “the use of funds ‘for the purpose of’ overthrowing the government of Nicaragua or provoking a war between Nicaragua and Honduras.”

What to do? What to do? At first, the CIA ran drugs to support the Contras, (although they deny it to this day) but it wasn’t doing the job. Then someone in the administration came up with an idea. (It probably wasn’t Ronnie. He had a reputation for sleeping during meetings with the Cabinet.)

It was a three-part plan. The administration sold arms to Iran, which needed them because of their ongoing war with Iraq. Iran would then use it’s influence to get American hostages in Lebanon. The profits from the arms sale would then be sent to aid the Contra cause.

Of course, there were a few nit-picky problems with this. Besides violating the aforementioned Boland Amendment, it was illegal to sell arms to Iran and there was a long held ban on ransom for hostages. However in an administration that had increased prison population with 21 of its officials, no big deal. (Btw, despite the fondest desires of the Regressives, there hasn’t even been one in the Obama administration.)

Methinks that Mr. Perkins should probably bone up on some real history!

Tea Bagger Explains How To Murder Elementary Students

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While most voters pay attention to the presidential race and to their congressional and/or gubernatorial candidates, quite a few don’t pay too much attention to their local races. Unfortunately this allows organized fringe (i.e. Tea Bagger and Religious Wrong) types to slip in under the radar. The subject of this post is a case in point.

Meet Jorge Mesa-Tejada, ex-marine, current tea bagger and chairman of the Hampstead, New Hampshire Advisory Budget Committee. Mr. Mesa-Tejada has a history of being an inflammatory gadfly, but last Thursday, he topped himself.

The scene was a Hampstead School Board Meeting to discuss an upcoming $4.5 million construction bond. A portion of the money would go towards eliminating modular classrooms and new classrooms to the main building. One of the more minor reasons for this would be to better protect children in an active shooter situation.

Mr Mesa-Tejada objected to this reasoning.

Based on today’s situation, we can have snipers anywhere shooting people and all that, they might be shot. Well, that’s true, it could happen — but based on my Marine Corps training, if I wanted to really do harm, I wouldn’t do it while they’re going from the portables to the main building. I would wait until recess. I would hide in the woods behind them and I’d have a field day.

Needless to say, that went over about as well as a reshaped tootsie roll in a Baptist picnic punch bowl.

In a letter, School Board Chairman, Jason Cipriano and Superintendent, Earl Metzler called Mr. Mesa-Tejada’s statements offensive and disgusting.

We take seriously these offensive and disgusting statements made by Mr. Mesa-Tejada and wholeheartedly denounce his behavior and blatant display of disregard for our children and their safety.

Mr. Cipriano stated publicly,

I can’t even begin to explain how someone goes from discussing a bond article, talking about construction at the school, to detailing how he would commit a mass shooting at our elementary school,” said Jason Cipriano, Hampstead School Board chairman. “I can’t speak to him and his mentality, or how he got there. All I can say is that I am very disturbed.”

The Mr. Metzler added,

Anybody that puts our children’s safety at risk, I don’t think is fit to serve in any public capacity.

One of the students parents also commented,

When I saw the recording, I had two first reactions. One was disbelief that an elected official would be talking this way, and my second reaction was to feel sick to my stomach.

The superintendent has placed a no-trespassing order on Mr. Mesa-Tejada, so he is not allowed on any school property including fields or playgrounds.

Mr. Mesa-Tejada has apologized for his remarks.

My intention was to highlight the fact that the children are more at risk on the playground than when moving between the trailers and the main building, should someone want to harm them. Stupidly, I used excessively graphic language. It’s inexcusable and I apologize.