Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Texas crazy got a little worse this week.

Juanita's been documenting the contagion, so I'm just gravy-training.

Let's open with the AG.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has a message for New Yorkers who don’t like their state’s new gun-control measures. Move to Texas.

On Wednesday, New Yorkers in Manhattan and Albany began seeing two web ads, paid for with Abbott campaign funds, and designed to tug on their holster strings. According to The Austin American-Statesman, the text of one ad reads: “Is Gov. Cuomo looking to take your guns? Sick of the media outing law abiding gun owners? Are you a lawful NY gun owner seeking lower taxes?” The second ad reads: “Wanted: Law abiding New York gun owners looking for lower taxes and greater opportunity.”

His gubernatorial campaign is under way, ladies and gentlemen. Hey, he's gotta spend that $18 million on something, and I can think of a lot worse things than online advertising.

Let's double down with the governor.

Gov. Rick Perry recommended prayer rather than changes in gun laws to combat violence in society, following President Obama’s call for increased gun control and enforcement.

“There is evil prowling in the world – it shows up in our movies, video games and online fascinations, and finds its way into vulnerable hearts and minds,” Perry said in a statement issued after the president’s Washington, D.C., news conference on gun violence. “As a free people, let us choose what kind of people we will be. Laws, the only redoubt of secularism, will not suffice. Let us all return to our places of worship and pray for help. Above all, let us pray for our children.”

You know, because praying worked so well with ending the statewide drought a couple of summers ago. And finally, let's push all in with Steve Stockman...

U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Friendswood, said in a statement today that he would “thwart” any executive action by Obama “by any means necessary including but not limited to eliminating funding for implementation, defunding the White House and even filing articles of impeachment.”

Stockman has a history of fighting gun control. He ran for Congress in 1994 and defeated veteran Rep. Jack Brooks, D-Beaumont, who had sponsored legislation to ban the sale of automatic assault  weapons.

... and Ted Poe:

Gun control measures discussed in Washington, D.C. are ‘hypocrisy at its highest,” claimed Rep. Ted Poe, recently in speech on the floor of the House. The Texas Republican argued that it’s easy for lawmakers to advocate gun control when they are surrounded by armed officers of the Capitol Police.

The Republican from Humble said:

“As I speak on the House floor, there are guns by the doors, to the North, to the South, to the East, to the West. On the roof, on all of the entrances and by the steps. The excellent armed guards of the excellent Capitol police protecting us. But most of the citizens don’t have government guards protecting them twenty-four/seven. Many people feel defenseless. Some people of this Chamber want protection for themselves, while advocating more restrictions on guns for the people of America. Hypocrisy at its highest.”

According to Poe, some of his colleagues want to keep special protection for themselves while “red-lining Second Amendment.”

“They say protection for me, but not for thee,” Poe said.

You don't have to be batshit insane to live in Texas. But you certainly are if you voted for any of these wads.

Update: Jon Stewart, as he usually does, speaks for me.

Update II: I'm also going to work a little harder at taking Rachel's advice and stop feeding the trolls.


Gadfly said...

Why haven't we heard yet from Gohmert Pyle? Is he sick? (Well, he is in a sense, yes.)

PDiddie, aka Perry Hussein Dorrell said...

I'm sure it's only a matter of time. He will not be outdone.