Thursday, March 07, 2013

Lindsey Graham In Fantasy Land

When you wish upon a star
It don't matter who you really are
Just tell your base what they want to hear
and you'll get re elected every year!
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) wants us all to go to his personal Fantasy Land, but of course, to get to Lindsey's special place, you have to take a side trip to Disaster Land. But when you get there, it's a magic place full of big Macho guys like Fess Parker and Guy Marks and heck, even Burt Reynolds. (Burt Reynolds? hey Lindsey, wrong movie...oh, uh huh, you been lookin at that old Cosmo Centerfold agin'...well what ever) You might even get to meet his imaginary fantasy family and get to go on the very scary hurricane aftermath fun house ride and get to fire your own AR-15 Military assault rifle to protect your fantasy land neighbor hood and family from roving armed gangs of thugs of a vaguely ethnic non caucasian appearance! 
Really,  just yesterday, Wednesday March 6th, during a Senate Judiciary hearing, the South Carolina Republican pressed Attorney General Eric Holder about his support for a proposed assault weapons ban.
"Can you imagine a circumstance where an AR-15 would be a better defense tool than, say, a double-barrel shotgun?" Graham asked. "Let me give you an example, that you have an lawless environment, where you have an natural disaster or some catastrophic event -- and those things unfortunately do happen, and law and order breaks down because the police can't travel, there's no communication. And there are armed gangs roaming around neighborhoods. Can you imagine a situation where your home happens to be in the crosshairs of this group that a better self-defense weapon may be a semiautomatic AR-15 vs. a double-barrel shotgun?"
Holder pointed out that the senator was "dealing with a hypothetical in a world that doesn't exist."
(Obviously, Eric Holder doesn't get it. That's where all wingnuts live!)
"I'm afraid that world does exist," Graham insisted. "It existed in New Orleans, to some extent up in Long Island [after Hurricane Sandy], it could exist tomorrow if there's a cyber attack against country and the power grid goes down and the dams are released and chemical plants are -- discharges."
(I'm not sure about what he means by discharges, but we won't go there, okay?)
"I don't think that New Orleans would have been better served having people with AR-15s in a post-Katrina environment," Holder replied.
"What I'm saying is if my (imaginary) family was in the crosshairs of gangs that were roaming around neighborhoods in New Orleans or or any other location, the deterrent effect of an AR-15 to protect my family, I think, is greater than a double-barrel shotgun."
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, there were reports of armed vigilantes with assault weapons shooting African-Americans.
"Facing an influx of refugees, the residents of Algiers Point could have pulled together food, water and medical supplies for the flood victims," ProPublica's A.C. Thompson wrote in 2008. "Instead, a group of white residents, convinced that crime would arrive with the human exodus, sought to seal off the area, blocking the roads in and out of the neighborhood by dragging lumber and downed trees into the streets. They stockpiled handguns, assault rifles, shotguns and at least one Uzi and began patrolling the streets in pickup trucks and SUVs. The newly formed militia, a loose band of about 15 to 30 residents, most of them men, all of them white, was looking for thieves, outlaws or, as one member put it, anyone who simply 'didn't belong.'"
Thompson found that at least 11 African-American men ended up being shot near the Algiers Point neighborhood by a militia of men who were apparently all white and they didn't even have to pay to get into Lindseys Fantasy Disaster Land Fun House! Really, all righty then,  let's go to the video:
Lindsey, let's get real...perhaps the best decision would have been to give all of those poor ethnically "challenged" victims trapped in the Superdome, AK-47s....heck with your logic, that would have made it safer for everyone! BTW, lindsey, I just love yer hair! Who does it? 

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