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Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – gun goons edition

Hoo boy. Here we fucking go again.

I’m actually getting into Adrastos’s territory here, but –  you must not live in Lousiana!

Two Killed, Eight Injured in Louisiana Theater Shooting
CNBC.com ^ | July 23, 2015 | M. Alex Johnson and Erin Calabrese

Posted on ‎7‎/‎23‎/‎2015‎ ‎8‎:‎55‎:‎18‎ ‎PM by rdl6989

Two people were killed and at least six others were injured in a shooting Thursday night at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, authorities told NBC News.

1 posted on 7‎/‎23‎/‎2015‎ ‎8‎:‎55‎:‎18‎ ‎PM by rdl6989

You know – sooner or later, even the Freeperati are going to start grudgingly admitting that there is a problem here.

To: rdl6989

Another copycat. Thanks “media”!

2 posted on 7‎/‎23‎/‎2015‎ ‎8‎:‎56‎:‎15‎ ‎PM by FlingWingFlyer (Remember! It’s not a hate crime if the victim is white.)

Of course – how stupid of me! The issue is “the media”, not nutcases with handguns!
To: Rodamala

What is going on here? There are FAR too many of these happening and FAR too often. Just a few years ago this was almost unheard of.

5 posted on 7‎/‎23‎/‎2015‎ ‎8‎:‎58‎:‎07‎ ‎PM by rdl6989

CaptainObvious
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To: Rodamala

Gov. Bobby Jindal said he was on his way to Lafayette and asked for prayers for the victims.

Now theres a LEADER!

God Bless Him and the families friends and associates of the dead and wounded!

8 posted on ‎7‎/‎23‎/‎2015‎ ‎8‎:‎58‎:‎48‎ ‎PM by MeshugeMikey (“Never, Never, Never, Give Up,” Winston Churchill ><>)

Wait for it….
To: MeshugeMikey

“Now theres a LEADER!”

You must not live in Louisiana.

12 posted on 7‎/‎23‎/‎2015‎ ‎9‎:‎00‎:‎27‎ ‎PM by odawg

Heh.
Seriously, though – apart from the media, who’s responsible for these deaths?
To: rdl6989

Its either black gangs, an ADD/autistic drug white boy on antidepressants, or a moslem.

Lay your bets,,,

22 posted on 7‎/‎23‎/‎2015‎ ‎9‎:‎05‎:‎47‎ ‎PM by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)

OK – I’ll bet my pink slip against yours.
To: rdl6989
City Marshal Brian Pope has confirmed for The Daily Advertiser that six people were injured in a shooting Thursday night at the Grand Theatre.
The shooter then turned the gun on himself, Pope said, and is dead.
Katie Domingue of Carencro was at the 7 p.m. showing of “Train Wreck” with her fiance’, Joshua Doggett. About 20 minutes into the movie, Domingue said, she heard a loud noise.

“We heard a loud pop we thought was a firecracker,” she said.She saw “an older white man” standing up and shooting down, not in her direction.

Enjoy your drive to Dallas,  DesertRhino. I’ll have a notary standing by. Just park it in front.

Hey – waitaminnit – what’s a fucking RINO doing on Free Republic?

“He wasn’t saying anything. I didn’t hear anybody screaming either,” Domingue said.

She heard about six shots, then she and Doggett ran to the nearest exit, leaving behind her shoes and purse.

15 posted on ‎7‎/‎23‎/‎2015‎ ‎9‎:‎02‎:‎40‎ ‎PM by Gasshog (DemoKKKrats: Leaders of the Free Stuff World)

Of course, I can always rely on re_nortex to bring the crazy…

To: rdl6989

What is going on here?

Simple. Rampant liberalism is the cause.

Of course it is.  Liberals are famous for shooting up movie theaters. We live for that shit.

There are FAR too many of these happening and FAR too often. Just a few years ago this was almost unheard of.

The axis of evil in the White Mosque has set up an environment for leftists to engage in these killing sprees. Aside from the shooter, hussein, holder and jarrett are equally guilty. As long as the regime remains in place, it’s vital for Patriots to be well armed.

20 posted on 7‎/‎23‎/‎2015‎ ‎9‎:‎05‎:‎34‎ ‎PM by re_nortex (DP – that’s what I like about Texas)

So – to recap:

It’s not you, (or the mouth breathers like you who populate Free Republic) who are to blame for stirring up the crazies by screaming “Treason”, Big Goverment”, and “Tree Of Liberty” , but Hussein, Holder, and Jarett (kinda sounds like a law firm, doesn’t it?).

Makes perfect sense.

You DO know that projection is one of the hallmarks of sociopathy do you not?

More, including armed patriots guarding our military recruitment centers and after the media jump.

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Fuck Yeah, Jefferson Parish

The floodgates are finally opening in Louisiana:

Jefferson Parish will begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses to anyone who applies for them on Monday, Clerk of Court Jon Gegenheimer said.

 Gegenheimer’s office made the decision about 10 a.m. after speaking with his agency’s legal counsel, attorney John Litchfield. Litchfield spent the weekend reviewing the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision on Friday to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide and said Jefferson Parish should begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples immediately.

By about 10:30 a.m., Gegenheimer said, Jefferson Parish issued what appeared to be Louisiana’s first same-sex marriage license to a pair of women whose names are Celeste Autin and Alesia LeBoeuf.

Autin and Leboeuf work in the Jefferson Parish Clerk of Court’s Office, Gegenheimer said.

Common sense and personal knowledge trump malakatude from the Governor and Attorney General. This makes the otherwise very conservative Mr. Gegenheimer a good next door neighbor indeed. One could even call this a Gegenheimer maneuver…

Orleans is the most gay friendly parish in the state, but it’s also the only one where the Gret Stet guvmint issues marriage licenses at a state office building. To be fair, if this were up to the Mayor and Orleans Clerk of Court, we would have been the first in the state.

It’s unclear exactly when couples will be able to marry but I suspect it will be sooner than the 25 days mentioned in the article.

Meanwhile, Gov. Jindal is reduced to sputtering irrelevant inanities about abolishing the Supreme Court to save money. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

UPDATE: A New Orleans couple obtained a license in Jefferson Parish and were married by an Orleans Parish judge. Congratulations to Michael and Earl.

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You Learn Something New Every Day

The name Jindal is synonymous with bullshit here in Louisiana but until today I had no idea that Jindal Plast is a popular brand of terlet in India. So, both Jindals are linked to shit, only one is useful. I learned this from my friend Paul who took the picture below when he traveled to India:

Jindal Terlet

If only Gret Stet voters could just flush PBJ down the Jindal Plast terlet. Since he’s running at a whopping 1% in national GOP polls, it looks as if Iowa Gopers will give him a political swirly, and end his delusions of grandeur. I wish it would have happened before that fast talking four flusher destroyed public education and health care in Louisiana.

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The Jindal Portrait Flap

There was a huge internet driven controversy yesterday that was started by this tweet sent out by an old friend and blogger comrade in arms:

I’m not going to deal with the Jindal camp’s weasely-n-whiny response or go into the details of the portrait. I’d rather discuss *why* I find it so disturbing that Gov PBJ likes this poorly done portrait that doesn’t resemble him at all. The twitter people are having a hard time understanding why this reveals something significant about PBJ. There was a lot of chatter about “the issues, not the man.” That’s nonsense, they’re inseparable. I rarely talk about “character” in the MSM sense of the word, but this isn’t like Bill Clinton’s zipper issues. It goes to the core of who Bobby Jindal is; his very identity as a human being.

Here’s the deal: I have NO problem with Bobby Jindal’s ethnicity. I have NO problem with his name change: I grew up with Chinese kids with names like Jeff, Kirk, and Darlene. I have NO problem with his religious conversion and neither do most Indian-Americans. What I do have a problem with is Jindal’s REJECTION OF HIS INDIAN HERITAGE. He is so desperate to assimilate and achieve power that he’s forgotten who he is and where he came from. That’s not unusual for a politician but PBJ has one of the most extreme cases I’ve ever encountered.

As a second generation ethnic American I find this extremely vexing. And it has nothing to do with politics: my papou and my father were ardent and active Republicans. But they believed in taking care of their own and helping our family in the old country. My papou was active in the AHEPA, a Greek-American fraternal organization that raised money for and built a hospital in the biggest city of his home region. World War II devastated occupied Greece because the Nazis considered them sub-human, and then a violent and deeply stupid Civil War broke out between far right Royalists and the ultra Stalinist Communist Party. Both sides were cruel, brutal, and wrong headed. My family helped a string of refugees, both relatives and others, escape this calamitous conflict.

Jindal’s family has walked a different path and that’s their business, BUT I still find it appalling as well as baffling. They’ve turned their backs on their Indian relatives and the proud culture from which they sprung. PBJ attacks those who embrace their own heritage, which is particularly outrageous coming from someone who is palpably ashamed of his own. Just imagine Jack Kennedy rejecting his Irish Catholic background. I can’t and neither can you because it was a part of who he was and what made him tick. The worst (best?) that could be said of JFK was that he was lace curtain and not shanty Irish. But his visit to Ireland as President made that cool and suave man cry over the ecstatic reception he received.

The person PBJ is starting to remind me of is Kennedy’s great rival, Richard Nixon. Like Tricky Dick, he combines megalomania and deep seated insecurities. PBJ’s rejection of his Indian background is a sign of a man who is uncomfortable in his own skin. The good news is that Bobby Jindal will never be President but the bad news is that he *could* be on a future Republican ticket. We don’t need another Nixon a heartbeat away from the Presidency.

Do I think Bobby Jindal wants to be white? I’m not a mind reader so I have no earthly idea but the mere fact that the question can be posed is unsettling. I do know that he’s ashamed of his Indian heritage and a fanatical assimlationist. I have no problem with the latter: the earlier generations of my Greek family had that whole immigrant super patriot thing , but they never forgot who they were or where they came from. If only Bobby Jindal could say the same, that ugly, poorly rendered portrait would be revealing of nothing except for bad taste in art.

There’s a lot of discussion about whether calling Jindal by his given name Piyush is racist. It’s not inherently so BUT some of the people who use it are dog whistling, which is one reason I stopped calling him that 8 years ago. The other reason is that you waste a lot time arguing about whether using that name is racist instead of discussing Jindal’s horrible record as Gret Stet governor. It’s been a veritable demolition derby of our public education and health care systems since he took office in 2008. My compromise on the name issue is to call him PBJ. After all, who among us doesn’t like the Other PBJ?

The main mistake I made on the Tweeter Tube was violating my rule about getting involved in serious, substantive conversation on a platform that limits one to 140 characters. I know better but a friend was under attack from self-righteous lefties who criticized him for being insufficiently moralistic or some such shit. All Lamar did was post a picture, what happened afterwards was out of his control. That’s why they call it viral.

Since there were no jokes in the post, I’d like to end on a lighter note with this tweet from my fellow NOLA blogger, Cliff Harris:

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Ebola Hysteria Is More Contagious Than Ebola

The latest outbreak of Ebola hysteria is in Baton Rouge:

State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is seeking a temporary restraining order to block the disposal of incinerated waste from the Dallas Ebola victim’s personal items and belongings at a Louisiana landfill.

It has been reported that six truckloads of potential Ebola contaminated material collected from the apartment where the Dallas Ebola victim became ill were brought to Port Arthur, Texas on Friday to be processed at the Veolia Environmental Services incinerator. From there the incinerated material is slated to be transported to a hazardous waste landfill in Louisiana for final disposal.

Caldwell said the unknowns involved surrounding the Ebola virus have the state wanting to proceed with caution.

“We certainly share sadness and compassion for those who have lost their lives and loved ones to this terrible virus, but the health and safety of our Louisiana citizens is our top priority,” he said. “There are too many unknowns at this point, and it is absurd to transport potentially hazardous Ebola waste across state lines.This situation is certainly unprecedented and we want to approach it with the utmost caution. We just can’t afford to take any risks when it comes to this deadly virus.”

The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office said it is in the process of finalizing the application for temporary restraining order and expects it to be filed as early as Monday morning. Additionally, the office is sending a demand letter to Texas state and federal officials, along with private contractors involved seeking additional information into the handling of this waste. Caldwell’s office is in contact with Louisiana health and environmental agencies involved in the matter.

This is rich considering that these incinerated items are headed to a HAZARDOUS LANDFILL in a state loaded with petro-chemical plants. Not only that, but we import medical waste to our HAZARDOUS LANDFILLS. There’s no indication that this shit is more dangerous than the shit that’s already been dumped in our HAZARDOUS LANDFILLS.

Like everything else involving politicians this is about politics as opposed to a sudden fastidiousness about toxic waste or a concern about public health. Caldwell is a party switcher who blew with the wind into the Republican party *after* the election of a black President. Strictly coincidental, right? He’s from what I call the real south region of Louisiana, pandering to the GOP base is always more important than being a responsible public servant.

It’s depressing how much of the Ebola hysteria is recycled from the AIDS hysteria of the 1980’s. Just change “gay disease” to “African disease” and the reaction on the right and, more shamefully, in the MSM is identical. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

A friend of mine provided her snarky take on this malakatude on Twitter this morning, so I’ll give her the last word:

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The State Of The Gret Stet Senate Race

You’ve probably already seen the video of Allison Lundegran Grimes squirming like a cochon du lait before being skewered and roasted. She was asked by the editorial board of the Louisville Courier-Journal if she’d voted for Barack Obama. It was amateur hour as she squirmed, hemmed and hawed and ducked the question. This headless chicken reply was the worst of both possible worlds: she looked weaselly, and nobody believes that she didn’t vote for the President. Twice. It reminded me of when loudmouth bus driver Ralpha Kramden got tongue tied on the venerable Honeymooners teevee show:

I nearly called this post Homina, Homina, but decided to write about a Blue Dog who knows how to answer a question like that, Senator Mary Landrieu. The only way to reply in a place where the President is unpopular is something like this, “Yes but I put my state above my political party and will fight for you.” Now I realize that Obama is even more unpopular in Kentucky than in Louisiana (we have a very large African-American population, and they have lots of Boyd Crowders and Dewey Crowes) but Ms. Lundegran Grimes’ non-answer ain’t foolin’ anyone, especially when she called herself a “Clinton Democrat.” It reminded me when Bill attempted to parse the meaning of is…

The MSM is obsessed with certain Senate races this year: Kentucky, North Carolina, Colorado, Iowa and, more recently, Kansas, and haven’t written and/or broadcast as much about my home state campaign. I’ll try to fill in a few blanks without asking y’all to sharpen a number-2 pencil…

More about the state of the Gret Stet Senate race after the break.

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The Bolivarian Kingfish

I had mixed feelings about Hugo Chavez. On the one hand, it was hard not to enjoy his flamboyant persona and Bush mockery. On the other hand, he was an elected autocrat whose human rights and economic records defined the term mixed bag. In the context of current dictators, he was near the bottom of the list when it came to repression, his methods tended more to bribery than murder:

And unlike Castro and many other autocrats, Chávez didn’t fear
elections; He embraced them. Most opposition leaders will tell you that
Venezuelan elections are relatively clean. The problem isn’t Election
Day—It’s the other 364 days. Rather than stuffing ballot boxes, Chávez
understood that he could tilt the playing field enough to make it nearly
impossible to defeat him. Thus, the regime’s electoral wizards engineered gerrymandering schemes that made anything attempted in the American South look like child’s play. Chávez’s campaign coffers were fed by opaque slush funds holding billions in oil revenue. The government’s media dominance drowned out the opposition.Politicians who appeared formidable were simply banned from running for office.
And the ruling party became expert in using fear and selective
intimidation to tamp down the vote. Chávez took a populist message and
married it to an autocratic scheme that allowed him to consolidate
power. The net effect over Chávez’s years was a paradoxical one:With each election Venezuela lost more of its democracy.

There is an Amercian politician that Chavez reminds me of. That’s right, Louisiana’s very own Governor/Senator Huey P. Long. Long stuck it to what he liked to call the “fat boys” while doing good things for poor and middle class folks including the Charity Hospital system and lavishing funding on the LSU system and during the Great Depression to boot. That was the good side. The Kingfish, like Chavez, was an elected autocrat who used fear and intimidation when it suited his purposes and bribery when that would do the trick.

And like Chavez and Hugo’s hero Fidel Castro, Huey had an outsized personality and loved to talk for hours upon end. I shudder at the mere thought of Long’s having access to state owned television, he would have surely used it in much the same way as Chavez.In his time in the Senate, Huey loved to filliblather in the days when cloture was much harder to invoke than it is now. Unlike Chinless Mitch and his ilk, Long was entertaining, often holding forth on his favorite dishes.

The Kingfish also named his own successor. In his case, it was the meek little man he installed in the Governor’s chair a few years before his assasination, Oscar K. Allen. No, I did not name my cat after OK Allen, y’all. Allen was a stooge and sycophant who did as he was told. Chavez’s Veep Nicolas Maduro seems to be cut from the same cloth but he may have more talent for demagoguery than the bland Allen ever dreamed of having:

Maduro’s statement informing
Venezuelans of Chávez’s death wasted no time in engaging in bizarre,
politically charged scapegoating. “We have no doubt, the time will come
in history when we can create a scientific commission to show that
Comandante Chávez was attacked with this disease,” said Maduro on
Tuesday. “We already have plenty of clues about this, it’s a very
serious matter that will have to be investigated by a special committee
of scientists.”

Some nefarious force gave the Commandante cancer? Those boys at the CIA are even more gifted in the dark arts than we imagined. Following this conspiracy theory should be very interesting to watch in the weeks leading up to the election called for by the Venezuelan constitution. The very existence of such a clause shows that Chavez was a populist autocrat who believed in elections of a sort, which given the history of South America made him a democrat with a small d and not your basic old school Caudillo.

There’s a lot of interesting articles about Chavez on the interwb today. Some I agree with and others I do not but like the Bolivarian Kingfish himself, none of them are dull:

John Lee Anderson in the New Yorker.

David Sirota at Salon.

Rory Calhoun in the Guardian.

The late Christopher Hitchens at Slate.

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The Bolivarian Kingfish

I had mixed feelings about Hugo Chavez. On the one hand, it was hard not to enjoy his flamboyant persona and Bush mockery. On the other hand, he was an elected autocrat whose human rights and economic records defined the term mixed bag. In the context of current dictators, he was near the bottom of the list when it came to repression, his methods tended more to bribery than murder:

And unlike Castro and many other autocrats, Chávez didn’t fear
elections; He embraced them. Most opposition leaders will tell you that
Venezuelan elections are relatively clean. The problem isn’t Election
Day—It’s the other 364 days. Rather than stuffing ballot boxes, Chávez
understood that he could tilt the playing field enough to make it nearly
impossible to defeat him. Thus, theregime’s electoral wizards engineered gerrymandering schemes that made anything attempted in the American South look like child’s play. Chávez’s campaign coffers were fed byopaque slush funds holding billions in oil revenue. The government’s media dominance drowned out the opposition.Politicians who appeared formidable were simply banned from running for office.
And the ruling party became expert in using fear and selective
intimidation to tamp down the vote. Chávez took a populist message and
married it to an autocratic scheme that allowed him to consolidate
power. The net effect over Chávez’s years was a paradoxical one:With each election Venezuela lost more of its democracy.

There is an Amercian politician that Chavez reminds me of. That’s right, Louisiana’s very own Governor/Senator Huey P. Long. Long stuck it to what he liked to call the “fat boys” while doing good things for poor and middle class folks including the Charity Hospital system and lavishing funding on the LSU system and during the Great Depression to boot. That was the good side. The Kingfish, like Chavez, was an elected autocrat who used fear and intimidation when it suited his purposes and bribery when that would do the trick.

And like Chavez and Hugo’s hero Fidel Castro, Huey had an outsized personality and loved to talk for hours upon end. I shudder at the mere thought of Long’s having access to state owned television, he would have surely used it in much the same way as Chavez.In his time in the Senate, Huey loved to filliblather in the days when cloture was much harder to invoke than it is now. Unlike Chinless Mitch and his ilk, Long was entertaining, often holding forth on his favorite dishes.

The Kingfish also named his own successor. In his case, it was the meek little man he installed in the Governor’s chair a few years before his assasination, Oscar K. Allen. No, I did not name my cat after OK Allen, y’all. Allen was a stooge and sycophant who did as he was told. Chavez’s Veep Nicolas Maduro seems to be cut from the same cloth but he may have more talent for demagoguery than the bland Allen ever dreamed of having:

Maduro’s statement informing
Venezuelans of Chávez’s death wasted no time in engaging in bizarre,
politically charged scapegoating. “We have no doubt, the time will come
in history when we can create a scientific commission to show that
Comandante Chávez was attacked with this disease,” said Maduro on
Tuesday. “We already have plenty of clues about this, it’s a very
serious matter that will have to be investigated by a special committee
of scientists.”

Some nefarious force gave the Commandante cancer? Those boys at the CIA are even more gifted in the dark arts than we imagined. Following this conspiracy theory should be very interesting to watch in the weeks leading up to the election called for by the Venezuelan constitution. The very existence of such a clause shows that Chavez was a populist autocrat who believed in elections of a sort, which given the history of South America made him a democrat with a small d and not your basic old school Caudillo.

There’s a lot of interesting articles about Chavez on the interwb today. Some I agree with and others I do not but like the Bolivarian Kingfish himself, none of them are dull:

John Lee Anderson in the New Yorker.

David Sirota at Salon.

Rory Calhoun in the Guardian.

The late Christopher Hitchens at Slate.

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