Sunday Evening Open Thread: Thank You, Senator Sanders

I’m genuinely glad he’s stopped defending the ammosexual’s favorite corporations, and sincerely hope it won’t be a problem when he runs for re-election in 2018. From the article:

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Sunday said Sandy Hook victims should be able to sue gun manufacturers for the 2012 elementary school shooting that killed 20 students and six adults, backtracking on previous comments.

“Of course they have a right to sue, anyone has a right to sue,” the Vermont senator said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Sanders in an interview with the New York Daily News last week initially said the Sandy Hook family members should not have the right to sue gun manufacturers for damages…

He said he opposes the sales of assault-style weapons in the U.S., such as the one used at Sandy Hook.

“That’s the kind of weapon that caused the horrible tragedy in Sandy Hook,” Sanders said. “Those weapons should not be made in the United States of America. So in that sense, I agree with the Sandy Hook parents.”…

Apart from applauding progress towards sensible gun regulation, what’s on the agenda for the evening?

Late Night/Early Morning (Eastern Daylight Time) Open Thread: Mad Weapon Designer Edition

If you’ve never seen one of the Slingshot Channel’s videos, you are missing out on sheer, insane, fun. Jorge Sprave, the genius behind the Slingshot Channel, seems to have more fun, at all times, than anyone I’ve ever seen. In this recent episode from April 7, he demonstrates his fully automatic Ping Pong ball shooting Gatling Gun!


Tuesday Evening Open Thread: Compare & Contrast

From The Hill article:

…. “I want young girls and boys to come here 10, 20, 100 years from now to know that women fought for equality,” he said at the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum in Washington. Obama designated the Capitol Hill site as a national monument to honor the women’s rights movement.

“I want them to be astonished there was ever a time when women were vastly outnumbered in the boardroom or in Congress, that there was ever a time when a woman had never sat in the Oval Office.”

Without mentioning the current presidential race, Obama said he does not know how long it will take for a woman to be elected. “But I know we are getting closer to that day because of the work of generations of active, committed citizens.”…

Obama and Biden are officially neutral in the hotly contested Democratic presidential primary between Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and aides made an effort to show they’re not tipping the scales in favor of Clinton.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Obama was making a “values statement” and not a comment on a specific candidate in his speech Tuesday.

“I think the president indicated in his remarks that the country is ready for that,” Earnest said when asked if Obama is ready for a female president. “But the candidates are going to be evaluated on their values and their priorities and their agenda.”…

Always keeping in mind that this is our actual opposition:

Hurts Too Much To Laugh; We’re Too Big To Cry*

ETA:  What follows takes on extra resonance with the news reported in the post below.


Just when you thought the ammosexuals couldn’t get any creepier, they do:

The world of make-believe can be a scary place, but never fear: Thanks to a series of reimagined fairy tales published online by the National Rifle Association, classic characters like Hansel and Gretel are now packing heat…

In the N.R.A. version, Little Red Riding Hood set off through the forest to visit her grandmother, just like in the original. But the Big Bad Wolf did not scare her this time, because she “felt the reassuring weight of the rifle on her shoulder.”


Grandma’s got a shotgun, Hansel and Gretal round up an armed posse to take care of the witch and….

The NRA says this is all about making fairy tales less scary, and teaching gun safety. (After all, H & G go tell grownups when they spot danger!)  Others see a different motive:

“The intent here is to create future customers” for the gun industry, said Mr. Everitt. “I think it is wholly a marketing thing.”

Sounds right to me.  As we await the next tale in the series — “The Three Little Pigs, with guns…” — I reflect:  nothing says childhood like 125 grains of hot lead traveling at 1700 feet/second.

I f**king hate these folks.

*Not quite as honest Abe put it, but close.

Arthur Rackham, Little Red Riding Hood1909

Monday Evening Open Thread: Must Be Tourist Season

Per the local paper, the Washington Post:

A man with a gun was shot by police Monday afternoon at the Capitol Visitor Center at the U.S. Capitol Complex, according to two D.C. police officials. He was taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

The report of gunfire in a city on heightened alert because of terrorist attacks in Europe sent dozens of emergency vehicles to the Capitol building and forced staff and visitors into lockdown. Road barricades went up, and police officers with automatic rifles were stationed on street corners.

The shooting occurred about 2:40 p.m. at the entrance to the visitors’ center, an underground complex east of the Capitol building. All visitors are screened through metal detectors as they enter the facility…

[U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew R.] Verderosa said the man is known to Capitol police from prior contacts, but he declined to elaborate. He said police “believe this is an act of a single person who has frequented the Capitol grounds before. There is no reason to believe this is anything more than a criminal act.”…

The Capitol will be open on Tuesday, the chief said.

Trevor Kussman, a textile executive visiting with his wife and children from Chicago, said his family was inside the visitors’ center watching an educational movie when an announcement was made about “shots being fired.” The movie continued to play, but some people got up to leave…

On the plus side, as the Post points out, the “Capitol Hill shooting today happened in a building built to protect the Capitol from shooters”.

And in tangentially related news, the Secret Service responds to that petition by announcing that, Second Amendment lulz or not, the only guns at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland will be in the hands of “law enforcement personnel”. Of course, there’ll be lots of LEP in attendance…
Apart from the predictable consequences of America’s national religion, what’s on the agenda for the evening?

Late Night Horrorshow Open Thread: Guns’N’Repubs at “the Q”

It’s almost certainly a joke — because Murphy the Trickster God does not love us Democrats that much — but it’s hard to imagine a better practical joke emerging before next Friday. Per USA Today:

More than 25,000 people have signed a petition to allow firearms inside the Republican National Convention being held in Cleveland in July.

Firearms are currently not permitted inside the Quicken Loans Arena, known as “the Q,” where the gathering will take place.

The petition, posted Monday on, sought only 5,000 signatures but has since quintupled, topping 25,000 Saturday afternoon. It was posted by an author identified only as “N.A.” from Cleveland, but the user profile appears to have been deleted from the website.

It was not clear whether the person posting the petition was backing the proposal or attempting to put the party, which strongly backs gun rights, in an awkward position…

The Ohio GOP denies all knowledge, as they would.

Sunday Evening Open Thread: Please Proceed, Senators

mcconnell defaces scotus handelsman

(Walt Handelsman via

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) suggested Thursday he would be willing to meet with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, though it won’t change his position.
“I have no problem with meeting with people,” he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I’ll have to say, I’m not sure what the point will be.”

Johnson, considered one of the most vulnerable senators up for reelection, is the latest Republican to split with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and say he would accept a meeting if the White House reaches out…

Republican Sens. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Mark Kirk (Ill.) and Rob Portman (Ohio) — who are in reelection fights that, along with Johnson’s, will help decide which party controls the Senate next year — have also said they would be willing to meet with Garland…

Separately, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said Thursday he would agree to a meeting, though it wouldn’t change his position. He also spoke with Garland Wednesday.

Apart from REPUBS IN DISARRAY!, what’s on the agenda as we wrap up the weekend?