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I used to call local talk radio (in Albany, NY) regularly, but not so much lately, as I cut back on listening to daily denigration of everything Democratic.

What's the point -- the 27 percent cannot be dissuaded from their delusions, and conservative radio hosts have no incentive to treat Democratic callers fairly.

Plus, we won. Let them cry, gnash their teeth, lie about Democrats nationally and locally, and preach to their little choir of old white men.

Heard it all before, and it gets boring.

Occasionally, I check in, like today, when Melody Burns, the afternoon wingnut on WGDJ-AM, was going on about how Democrats lie 24/7 about every issue.

Since this is gun-nut rabble-rousing time on talk radio, Burns spent some time bewailing the "lie" that the Newtown mass-murderer used an AR-15 in his elementary school massacre.

For the first time in many months, I was inspired to call in, and point out that police and local media reports in the aftermath had confirmed that an AR-15 killed most/maybe all of the children.

Burns would have none of that, because of "conflicting reports" and some audio from the Today show.

More, below.

While listening to Burns' ranting, I googled to find the facts.

The best I came up with quickly was a blog post by Ken Tingley, Pulitzer Prize-winning editor of the Glens Falls Post Star, headlined "Debate and misinformation continues on Newtown, guns."

From today.

The relevant bit:

I am also seeing an uptick on readers using facts that are not true. It has surfaced again on the Internet that the Newtown shooter did not use a rifle at all in the killings, only pistols. Those were the initial reports the day of the shooting, but we have checked and rechecked this and the police in Connecticut have established that the victims were each shot multiple times by the AR-15 rifle.

In the interest of not perpetuating misinformation we have not allowed comments that insist the pistols were used to kill the children to be published in the comments section.

RW talk radio standards are nothing like that -- fact-free CTs about Obama/Hitler, Agenda 21, etc., from callers are welcome, and supported.

So I told Burns that an AR-15 did kill kids in Newtown, and she started yelling that she had a tape from the Today Show.

I responded that she was lying, during a show dedicated to Democratic "lying."

She had some trouble getting the tape on the air until after she cut me off, but when she played it, it was obvious that it was from the day or two after the massacre.

So I called back to talk to the screener (an Albany city cop early-retired on disability), and asked him what the date was for the Today tape.

He would not tell me, and repeated the "conflicting reports" BS.

I expected as much -- WGDJ has been rabble-rousing the gun nuts since Gov. Cuomo moved a gun control bill through the Legislature in near-record time.

And, if WGDJ's callers reflect its meagre audience, they are mostly angry, old white men who hate Democrats who provided them with Social Security and Medicare.

And the major gun store owner in the area is an advertiser, and regular on-air "guest" (he's paying for it).

And Burns said she will be a speaker at the gun-rights rally tomorrow at the Capitol, part of the NRA-promoted Guns Appreciation Day.

I'll be there, too -- to see what the tea party far-right is like after they took a couple years off from mass rallies.

And to record some lies and CT BS from the speakers, and photograph some Second American Revolution wingnuts.

Who will be some of the same people who spoke and turned out for tea party rallies in 2009 and 2010 -- the few hundred of the GOP far-right around here.


Originally posted to devtob on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 04:39 PM PST.

Also republished by Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA).

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    A public option for health insurance is a national priority.

    by devtob on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 04:39:33 PM PST

  •  Dr jbou... (8+ / 0-)

    says arguing with idiots on talk radio leads to high blood pressure and has been proven not to sway anyone's opinions ever.

    There will always be someone gauging you with a tolerance meter. Deeming you acceptable or evil. They're the best to offend.

    by jbou on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 04:48:19 PM PST

  •  They're Replaying 2010. It's 2 Years to the Next (6+ / 0-)

    midterm so they're ramping up the madness to be sure their base turns out strong in 14.

    The trillion dollar platinum questions are, have they gotten crazy enough that it will suppress their turnout, and will the Democrats step up to compete in this midterm?

    So far it appears the second question is, thankfully, trending yes.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 05:01:53 PM PST

    •  Obama's modest gun safety (2+ / 0-)
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      DefendOurConstitution, wlkx

      proposals have reinvigorated the tea party right.

      But they remain the 27 percent, who believe wacko CTs and support loser candidates like Mourdock, O'Donnell, etc.

      Smart Democrats have been attacking the GOP, factually, as the party of the far-right.

      They know that the 2014 elections will depend on turnout of Democrats who do not usually vote in off-years.

      And that those voters will be the key to winning back the House.

      A public option for health insurance is a national priority.

      by devtob on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 05:22:55 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  These people are bottom feeding snake oil (3+ / 0-)
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    devtob, Smoh, wlkx

    purveyors with an emphasis on the snake.  Their day is ending and they will say about anything to get or maintain an audience.  You have alot of guts to keep with these people at all, I could not be bothered to take them seriously and would gag if I had to listen to the crap they put out like this stuff you told us about. But like I said you  are that rare person to enter the den of the fool and live to tell about it.  They are human, I guess, but just barely, so God love you for connecting to them.  But remember, this is entertainment not reality in any form we would recognize.  Have fun, if you can and be humorous which is the best defense against this psuedo-serious clap trap crap.

  •  These people need 2 be exposed and shamed n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    devtob, Smoh
  •  If anything happens to the President.... (2+ / 0-)
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    devtob, Smoh

    ....I will blame these people who run the US version of Radio Rwanda.

  •  Lots of stuff on YouTube put together by a (1+ / 0-)
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    "serious sounding" narrator who had beaten the FBI, all professional journalists, and the local law enforcement agencies in finding clues in the narrative that pointed to........(drum roll, please).....a Democratic/federal conspiracy to stage the whole thing.  Everyone in authority was in on it!!  It was a hoax, folks!!   I could watch only so much before I turned the PC back over to its owner, the person who told me about this.  We had a short (and very polite, I must say) discussion about the concept of Occam's Razor.  Something really, really disturbing when 26 real funerals in a modest size locale where lots of people know one another, I would bet, register as fraudulent in the minds of some.  Such hatred of others is difficult for us as a group to process.  

  •  At least one of those Blessed little babies (1+ / 0-)
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    had eleven bullets in their body:

    The gunman massacred 20 first graders, shooting some of them as many as 11 times, the medical examiner said today.


    Several weapons were found in the school, including a semi-automatic rifle.

    "All the wounds that I know of at this point were caused by the long weapon," Carver said, and many were shot at close range.

    So let the rethugs lie all they want.... after all it's what they do best.

    "Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Matthew 5:11

    by parsonsbeach on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 08:40:59 AM PST

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