In a sign of just how crazy things have become in some sections of the gun rights crowd, apparently some advocacy groups are finding fault with the NRA's "armed guards in schools" report for being unconservative:
"The armed guard approach would be prohibitively expensive," says Erich Pratt, director of communications at Gun Owners of America.
GOA backs allowing teachers to carry guns, rather than training special personnel. "Teachers and principles who are authorized by state to concealed carry should be authorized to concealed carry in school....As far as the armed guard approach, it's not possible to have enough of them to cover any school."
Pratt suggests armed teachers would be better at defending kids, as well as being cheaper. "At Columbine they had an armed guard...he may have been on a lunch break."
A spokesman for a gun control group says he can explain why the NRA and GOA differ. "The NRA is in the pocket of the gun makers and their proposal is designed to sell more guns," said Ladd Everitt of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, while the GOA is "more based on radical anti-government ideology and arming every citizen to the teeth."
Hostess management, which is currently blaming unions for killing the Twinkie, awarded company execs absurdly large raises around the same time as filing for bankruptcy in January 2012 - including a 300% pay raise for then-CEO Brian Driscoll.
According to the the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union:
"As the company was preparing to file for bankruptcy earlier this year, the then CEO of Hostess was awarded a 300 percent raise (from approximately $750,000 to $2,550,000) and at least nine other top executives of the company received massive pay raises. One such executive received a pay increase from $500,000 to $900,000 and another received one taking his salary from $375,000 to $656,256."
I know this 300% pay raise has been mentioned within other diaries (e.g. Mark E Anderson's
), but I wanted to add a diary highlighting just this one data point, because it's such a striking piece of evidence undermining the myth that organized labor killed Hostess.
Mother Jones's David Corn has another leaked Romney recording for us. This time, Mitt and Ann are on record at a fundraiser expressing contempt for the president. Romney told donors that Obama thinks of businesspeople as "a necessary evil," and Ann Romney suggested that the president was not a "grown-up."
ANN: You know—the ship's going over the waterfall, it's almost there. And we look what's happening in Greece, and we look what's happening around the world, we look what's happening internationally. This is a frightening world, and we need a grown-up, and we need someone that understands the economy. So I'm glad…Mitt is grown up to you all.
As David Corn points out, Ann's comment isn't a one off or a gaffe:
In August, Ann Romney, talking about the gender gap, said, "I'm hearing from so many women that may not have considered voting for a Republican before that said, it's time for the grown-up to come."
After Ann spoke, Romney made some extended remarks, including his hyperbolic statement that Obama "doesn't like you very much" and sees business people as "a necessary evil":
ROMNEY: I'm convinced that if this president is reelected, the war on business and economic freedom will continue. I don't think the president likes you very much. If you're in business, I think he looks at you as a necessary evil—and maybe not so necessary. I love you, all right? I love, I love business. I love people who employ other people, who have dreams and ideas, and are willing to start enterprises, and put people to work—all good things grow from successful enterprises.
I'm still impressed by all the not-good US media coverage of Romney's First Foreign Trip, now known as Incompetents Abroad.
Romney was no doubt hoping that his Hindenberg-scale London disaster wouldn't leave much of an impression on Americans, but there's evidence that the story is sticking.
Here's a selection of items still topping the most-read/most-commented lists on US-based websites:
Most Commented at Business Insider: Mitt Romney's Trip To London Is A Total Disaster, And Here Are The Headlines To Prove It
"Most Popular" at The Blaze (Glenn Beck's website!): 'Incomprehensible': Charles Krauthammer ‘Out of Adjectives’ to Describe Romney Olympics Remark
"Most Read" at Slate: Why Romney’s Foreign Blunders Represent His True Worldview
Most Popular at the WaPo Politics: "Romney bans media from Jerusalem fundraiser, violating pre-established protocol." Whoever wrote that piece managed to sound actually quite annoyed in a straight-up news headline, signaling that Romney has pissed off his press entourage some more - having already pissed them off once in London.
How about the Israeli press? Here's Romney on A1 of the Jerusalem Post: "Romney arrives following rough start to foreign tour in London."
A final indignity: as I write this, #RomneyShambles is trending again on Twitter.
When I first heard the Romney team's dog siren of a phrase, "Anglo-Saxon heritage," I was shocked and dismayed. But it's been kind of heartening how much negative attention the Romney campaign is getting for the comments (e.g. from TPM and the LA Times). Not to mention from the Tweeps who kept #AngloSaxonHeritage trending on Twitter for 24 hours, a hashtag apparently started by Mother Jones's David Corn.
I especially liked these:
Gary Dunion: Obama's grandfathers served in the British & US armed forces in WWI & WWII respectively. Can Romney say the same? #anglosaxonheritage (@garydunion).
Jason Febery: Bet Romney wouldn't be so fond of our #AngloSaxonHeritage if he knew the UK's stance on gun control, healthcare, and the Republican Party. (@JasonFebery).
And there's more:
Joel Ingersoll: Breaking: Romney picks Beowulf as VP running mate. #AngloSaxonHeritage (@FlyoverJoel).
Disalmanac: UPDATE: An adviser has touted Mitt Romey's "Anglo-Saxon heritage." So apparently Mitt is a barbarian pagan ready to invade England. Yay! (@Disalmanac).
Max Read: As a long-time Anglo-Saxon I'm excited for Mitt Romney to restore our shared heritage of fighting Vikings and being conquered by the French. (@max_read).
The Daily Edge: Mitt Romney arrives in London to discuss his #AngloSaxonHeritage and how serfdom might work in 21st century America. (@TheDailyEdge).
Henry Tudor: Monarchy. Hunting. Impregnating ladies. Nailing heads to city gates. Looking hot w a 52 inch waist. You're welcome. #AngloSaxonHeritage (@KngHnryVIII).
Gabe Ortiz: Is Mitt trying to take the White House or Downton Abbey? #AngloSaxonHeritage (@Tusk81).
The Romney people have been denying in a half-assed kind of way
that "Anglo-Saxon heritage" was ever a bona-fide campaign-endorsed talking point. But they can't exactly roll back the phrase (retroactively, if you will) now that it's had a life of its own on Twitter.