The shrewish, pitchy rhetoric of Wayne La Pierre is noise pollution. The content of his CPAC speech is thought pollution. In less than an hour, the NRA’s main man spouted a barrage of talking points to be regurgitated by every purchased politician, gun lobbyist, Russian bot, ammosexual and NRA faithful.
We are already seeing his script repeated on talk shows, in Facebook posts and on Twitter feeds. His screeds will be around at least through the November Midterms.
La Pierre’s tirade must be viewed for what it is – a manifesto of what is permitted and what must be denied in its ongoing effort to keep Americans armed and allied gun manufacturers enriched. Politicians take heed. If you swerve from the assigned NRA course, punishment awaits. If you hang tough, expect continued donations and votes.
In the spirit of awareness, here is a bulleted list of La Pierre’s propaganda nuggets.
On the Stoneman Douglas High School slaughter:
- The FBI failed.
- The high school failed.
- The only solution to school shootings is “hardened schools” with armed brigades.
On the #NeverAgain movement:
- The Parkland HS students are not legitimate critics.
- School children are being manipulated by outside forces.
- The movement will destroy “basic freedoms.”
On Gun Ownership Limits to Mentally Ill:
- People with nightmares could be put on a list and denied a gun.
- “All” who seek mental health services “will be denied a gun.”
On Washington DC:
- Washington DC is a “socialist society”.
- The Democrats are bad people.
- They’re all liars in DC unless they support the NRA agenda.
On Blaming and Bad People:
- Racism, misogyny and xenophobia are all “smears” and not legitimate offenses.
- The #MeToo movement is bad.
- The #BLM movement is bad.
- Former FBI chief James Comey is bad.
- The FBI elite are bad.
- Senator Chuck Schumer is a “liar to the core” and bad.
- Senator Bernie Sanders is a socialist and bad.
- Tom Steyer is bad.
- George Soros is bad.
- Mario Cuomo is bad.
On the NRA:
- The NRA was the first to call for background checks on “mentally incompetent” people.
- The NRA is the “largest law enforcement organization” in the United States.
- The NRA protects the “God-given right” to own a weapon.
So there you have it. These are the NRA talking points. When you encounter them, know their source, and act accordingly.
Let’s hit the Pause button.
News is swirling out of our nation’s capitol at a pace and depth worthy of 21st century rapidity. Significant issues of national security have swelled amid documented claims of domestic abuse. White House staffers are forced to quit while others face intense questions about their truthfulness and credibility. The investigation into Trump and the Kremlin result in a detailed indictment against Russian actors. National intelligence heads speak in one voice for the first time in what seems a very long time, denouncing Russian measures, White House narratives and Trump’s cavalier pronouncements. Meanwhile, a few stalwart Republican legislators are buttressing the foundations of law and order.
Are we approaching a paradigm shift? It would seem so. It looks as if the Trump Administration is both imploding and exploding as pressure heats up to an unsustainable degree.
And this is just during a two-week period.
Here’s a chronology of significant events moving the scenario of White House instability. Continue reading “The Last Two Weeks”
At this point, it doesn’t really matter if Putin has tapes of Donald Trump with Russian sex workers in a ritzy Moscow hotel room playing Golden Showers.
We all heard the Access Hollywood audio. We’ve heard the many allegations of sexual misconduct, the charges of rape, the whispered accusations of pedophilia and incest. We know about his liaisons with the porn star, and his lawyer’s cover-up. And now we know about his dalliance with a Playboy Bunny. We’ve heard it all. Continue reading “Forget the Pee Tapes”
There’s a thing out there on Twitter with the initials FBR. I ignored it awhile. Then it started invading my timeline. And all the red flags and whistles of the campaign of 2016 went into full-blown alert status.
Beware the harvesters – even and most especially when they look like your friendly #resistance comrade. Some may be. But that is not the point.
Here is the point: the Russians are here. They have a single aim – to weaken or destroy our democratic system. They will disrupt our electoral system. They will weaken those who resist. They will attack the strongest among us. They will do it through infiltration, through misinformation, through doubt and confusion, false tales, division, faux friends, rabbit holes and rat fuckers. Continue reading “Beware the Harvesters”
A little publicized Executive Order signed by Donald Trump almost a year ago may become his weapon of choice in thwarting the Trump-Putin investigation and the work of Special Counsel Bob Mueller.
Signed on 31 March 2016, Executive Order 13787 provides for a line of succession within the Justice Department.
The one-page document looks like an insignificant administrative process. It designates how officers – starting with the Attorney General through an Acting Attorney General – will be replaced, aka the order of succession. However, the section on Exceptions might raise eyebrows. Here, in innocuous detail is the following caveat: Continue reading “How An Executive Order Could Upend the Mueller Investigation”