Posts tagged ‘Michael Bloomberg’

04/19/2013

Remember, gentle reader, that if you’re going to lose, lose big. And then be a total dick about it.

by wfgodbold

I got the bulk of my gloating in by quoting Conan the Barbarian, but I couldn’t let Bloomberg’s and Giffords’s post-gun-control-failure statements just sit there.

Bloomberg, the micro-managing tyrant of NYC, said:

Today’s vote is a damning indictment of the stranglehold that special interests have on Washington. . . . More than 40 U.S. senators would rather turn their backs on the 90 percent of Americans who support comprehensive background checks than buck the increasingly extremist wing of the gun lobby. [emphasis added]

Gabrielle Giffords, who was tragically shot in the head by a lunatic and then granted supreme moral authority by the hard-core anti-gun crowd, said much the same thing:

I watch TV and read the papers like everyone else. We know what we’re going to hear: vague platitudes like “tough vote” and “complicated issue.” I was elected six times to represent southern Arizona, in the State Legislature and then in Congress. I know what a complicated issue is; I know what it feels like to take a tough vote. This was neither. These senators made their decision based on political fear and on cold calculations about the money of special interests like the National Rifle Association, which in the last election cycle spent around $25 million on contributions, lobbying and outside spending. [emphasis added]*

President Obama, of course, was not one to leave the special-interest-bashing to others, as the New York Times noted:

Standing in the Rose Garden next to former Representative Gabrielle Giffords and other victims of gun violence, Mr. Obama flashed anger as he said that the gun rights lobby had “willfully lied” about the legislation, and that Republicans and Democrats had “caved to the pressure.”

Bloomberg, of course, founded and bankrolls Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a notorious anti-gun organization filled with criminal mayors. Giffords similarly started her own super-PAC to push for strict gun control.

I’m not saying that Bloomberg and Giffords aren’t free to spend their money (or in the case of Giffords, donor money) to lobby for policy changes they support. Free speech and the right to petition legislators and the government for the redress of grievances are at the heart of our political system.

That said, it’s disingenuous at best, and damnably hypocritical at worst, to bemoan the grip that other special interests have on Washington merely because they defeated your special interests.

Gun control isn’t about guns. It’s about control. Control of you, gentle reader. I’ll leave you with an excerpt from Rudyard Kipling’s The Gods of the Copybook Headings:

When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “Stick to the Devil you know.”

*For a complete list of the various fallacies Giffords employs in her blatant attempt at emotional blackmail, check out James Taranto’s response at the Wall Street Journal.

01/11/2012

Quote of the Intermediate Time Interval – Edgar Friendly

by wfgodbold

Between this statement of Joan Peterson’s regarding “doing something” about guns and cancer screening and who knows what else she thinks the man should tell her she can and can’t do/have/think, and Queen of the Nannies Michael Bloomberg’s latest initiative (this time to ban/restrict alcohol (as opposed to his previous plans to ban salt, trans fat, guns, idling cars, and everything else anyone who lives in his fiefdom dares to enjoy), I started thinking.

And then I remembered Demolition Man, and with it, Denis Leary.

Life imitates art, I suppose.

I want to eat what I want. I want to go to the doctor (or not) as I want.

I want to own what I want.

If I’m not hurting anyone, then the government has no business at all with me. And neither does anyone who wants to bring the force of the government against me to stop me from doing whatever they disapprove of.

Why do I want to do this horrible, horrible things? Trans fat and salt and booze can kill me! People kill other people with guns and knives and a plethora of other dangerous objects!

Because fuck you, that’s why.

You are not the boss of me.

08/14/2011

Is there anything Bloomberg doesn’t hate?

by wfgodbold

NYC’s crusade-prone mayor hates salt, guns, trans-fat, people who idle their cars…

And now, coal (via Sebastian).

Sebastian does a better job that I could of laying out why this is ridiculous, especially given the inability for so-called green power generation to provide reliable base power. Read the whole thing.

03/16/2011

I haven’t seen a walkback this severe since an ATF customer wanted a refund on the gun he smuggled to Mexico

by wfgodbold

From “I believe in the Second Amendment,” to “…if common sense prevails, we can … make the United States of America a stronger, safer place,” to (H/T Uncle) “Obama Looking For Ways Around Congress On Gun Policy,” in less than two weeks.

Doesn’t all that spin make them dizzy?

Or is this just another case of “This is my position on the issue, and if you don’t like it … well, I have others?” Do they learn doublethink on purpose, or did they all study at the feet of Groucho Marx?

All the usual suspects are said to have been consulted regarding the administration’s options on gun policy; Carolyn McCarthy, Chuck Schumer, and Michael Bloomberg (all of whom had a hand in this monstrosity).

Like Wayne LaPierre (head of the NRA) said to the NYT (H/T Sebastian),

Why should I or the N.R.A. go sit down with a group of people that have spent a lifetime trying to destroy the Second Amendment in the United States?

It really comes down to the cake analogy, yet again. LawDog‘s excellent analogy is quoted in full after the jump.

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