Petition to Make President/Vice-President Safer Just 3,600 Short of Number Needed for White House Response

There’s a petition at the White House website calling for a law that would declare the areas surrounding both the president and vice-president to be gun free zones:

Gun Free Zones are supposed to protect our children, and some politicians wish to strip us of our right to keep and bear arms. Those same politicians and their families are currently under the protection of armed Secret Service agents. If Gun Free Zones are sufficient protection for our children, then Gun Free Zones should be good enough for politicians.

At this time, with a week until the deadline, over 21,000 people have signed it, leaving the petition about 3,600 signatures short of the number needed to get a response from the White House. Sign the petition and help keep our leaders safe! They deserve nothing less than the same protections they believe are satisfactory for the general public.

Al Sharpton: Put Obama on Mt. Rushmore We Much

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Al “Resist We Much” Sharpton is on another crusade. It’s funny to watch him talk about Mt. Rushmore like it’s a presidential version of the Baseball Hall of Fame and somebody gets voted in almost every year. Sorry Al — to my knowledge the artists didn’t leave blank spots for future inductees, but if you’re lucky there might be enough room on the rock to carve a teleprompter:

MSM’s Favorite ‘Republican’: GOP Still Looks Down on Minorities

The mainstream media loves having the Republican Party’s resident Democrat Colin Powell on as a guest, because he says everything they love to hear. Powell didn’t disappoint this morning:

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday and had some strong words for his fellow GOP members: “The Republican party needs to take a very hard look at itself and understand that the country has changed.” Powell criticized the GOP of today for everything from their views on climate change to taxes. Most importantly? The party has a “dark vein of intolerance” running through it and “if they don’t change” along with America’s changing demographics, “they are going to be in trouble.”

Host David Gregory asked Powell why he was still a Republican and he noted that it was the way he was “raised,” but that “the Republican party right now is having an identity problem.”

The GOP “still looks down on minorities,” Powell said. He slammed Sarah Palin‘s “shuck and jive” comments from last year about President Obama and criticized Republican’s use of the word “lazy” to describe the president.

The GOP only represents the far right-wing of the political spectrum? The Republican presidential nominee was the man the left credits with providing the model and inspiration for Obamacare, for cryin’ out loud!

Has Powell forgotten the vile, demeaning and hateful things the left called him (as well as Condi Rice) when he served under Bush? If Powell wants to see a party looking down on minorities, he should take notice of how the left treats minorities who dare stray from the Democrat plantation.

The MSM doesn’t need Cialis as long as they have “Republicans” like this to interview (all real Republicans endorsed Obama, didn’t they?):

Maybe More Gun Metaphors From Joe Biden Will Help

An update from Joe “Republicans have their bullets aimed at you” Biden regarding the progress of his task force on figuring out how to rid society of a dangerous gun culture:

Vice President Joe Biden said on Friday he was “shooting for Tuesday” to get President Barack Obama his recommendations on how to battle an epidemic of gun violence and warned “there’s no silver bullet” to stop the killing.

Early next week I expect Biden to say that his task force has targeted some solutions that they have in their crosshairs — ideas that he hopes the president and Congress will pull the trigger on by passing his group’s recommendations lock, stock and barrel — and subsequently stick to their guns and bite the bullet on any added cost of implementation.

Meanwhile, a news update from the city with gun laws the administration wants to break out nation-wide to stop gun violence.

Obama Signs Legislation Giving Himself, Bush and Future Presidents Secret Service Protection for Life

I don’t have any particular problem with re-establishing this, but it is incredibly ironic that at the same time the White House is telling everybody guns don’t make them safer, the president signs into law legislation that will surround him with guns for the rest of his life in order to… make him safer:

President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into a law a measure giving him, George W. Bush and future former presidents and their spouses lifetime Secret Service protection, the White House announced.

The legislation, crafted by Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, rolls back a mid-1990s law that imposed a 10-year limit on Secret Service protection for former presidents. Bush would have been the first former commander in chief affected.

Obama knows the lives of important people should be protected with guns. The rest of us, not so much.

As seen on Twitter, Facebook and everywhere else:

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Doofus Sports Writer: Tea Party Types are the Reason No Players Were Nominated This Year for the Hall of Fame

For people like this, when it comes to finding excuses to take swipes at the Tea Party, no topic is too ridiculous:

While lamenting how perpetually-snubbed candidate pitcher Jack Morris seems to get a bad rap from sabermetric analysts, Rosenthal felt it the opportune moment to invoke the Tea Party movement as an analogy for the divisiveness of the baseball insiders who prevent the pitchers’ nomination:

I will say this about Morris. I don’t vote for him, but the level of discourse against him by certain segments of the sabermetric community right now is over the top. It’s almost a crusade and it’s ridiculous. And one thing that has bothered me at times, some of us, is the polarized view of the world now that has come to pass. And it’s as if the Tea Party has taken over one part of baseball discussion. And that’s not right.

Rosenthal’s bitching about Tea Party-ish people being the reason there were no inductees voted in this year, but he voted against Jack Morris? Welcome to the Tea Party, pal!

By the way, I think Jack Morris should be in the Hall, but I’m biased:

The 2013 National Father’s Day Council’s ‘Father of the Year’ Award Goes To…

To save you the time of asking, no, this is not satire:

The National Father’s Day Council has announced its selection for the 2013 “Father of the Year” award — President Bill Clinton.

“We are extremely honored to have President Clinton accept this award for Father of the Year,” says Dan Orwing, Chairman of the National Father’s Day Committee. “With the profound generosity, leadership and tireless dedication to both his public office and many philanthropic organizations, President Clinton exemplifies the attributes that we celebrate through the father of the year award.”
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The award will be presented at the 72nd annual Father of the Year Awards in New York City on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

There were several runners-up for the honor (as matter of fact, Anthony Weiner was close, but… no cigar). In the end though, Bill Clinton had something the judges look for in a “Father of the Year” recipient: A child whose most indelible memory of dear old dad is having watched him be impeached for lying to a grand jury about schtupping a 22 year old intern in the Oval Office while his wife was in another room down the hall.

In 2007 the same organization gave the award to another world class dad — a beacon of monogamy and faithfulness who led kids by example. You might recognize him:

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Tuesday Morning/Afternoon Open Thread: Brent Musburger Mentors Boys on How to Pick Up Chicks as Hot as AJ McCarron’s Girlfriend

Lots going on this morning and early afternoon, so I doubt I’ll be able to get to anything of political substance until a little later.

Until then, here’s Brent Musburger’s mind (and other things) wandering during last night’s Notre Dame/Alabama game. When I was a kid I don’t recall Tom Brookshier giving pointers like this during his play-by-play calls:

For a minute there I thought Brent was going to start diagramming with the telestrator ala John Madden. “Boom!”

I’ll be back in a while. For some reason my son wants to go out into the backyard and throw the football around.

Time for Another Episode of ‘How it Would Have Been Reported if the Political Affiliations Were Reversed’

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Here’s how this story would have been reported in the mainstream press if a white Republican said it about a black Democrat: VP says victorious white candidate did country a favor by getting black man out of Congress:

Vice President Joe Biden apparently isn’t the biggest fan of now-former Rep. Allen West.

During a rooftop party for West’s competition — newly sworn-in Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.) — the VP expressed his delight about the outcome of the 18th Congressional District race.

“I’d like to say to all of you, you did the country a favor,” Biden told the party crowd on Thursday, according to TCPalm.

Biden wouldn’t at least admit West was clean and articulate?

There was also this aside:

Biden also joked about West’s claim that there are 80 communists in the House of Representatives — meaning the Democrats in the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Biden was right to joke about West’s comment on the number of communists in the House, because it’s ridiculous — only 80?