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While gun nuts sink a little deeper into madness with each passing day, Seattle is turning guns into bricks.
The Seattle Police Department collected more than 700 guns during a buyback in January, and now city officials have a plan for what to do with them.
Mayor Mike McGinn is expected to announce Tuesday that they’ll be melted into bricks carrying messages of peace, and the bricks will be placed around the city.
The buyback program was announced a month after last December’s elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., by city leaders sick of hearing about gun violence.
Private sponsors including Amazon.com contributed tens of thousands of dollars so that people could anonymously turn in their weapons for shopping cards worth up to $200.
Some 716 guns were turned in. With support from the charitable foundation of famed glass artist Dale Chihuly, they’ll be turned into bricks.
One thing about the gun crazies, they’re well organized and quick to mobilize. Check out the comments section of the story above to see what I mean. The anti-gun law kooks are in mad frenzy mode regurgitating the crap they’ve heard on Fox and hate radio from NRA types.
“Only from the minds of Seattle’s leadership can you get an idea to turn a perfectly good weapon into a chunk of hippie scrap…”
“Only liberals, who want gov’t to control us, believe that gun laws work. [...] As far as ‘Peace Bricks’, MORE liberal garbage. Our children need to be raised to be better people.”
After reading what these people have to say, I can only say – long live the Peace Brick!
If your “way of life” involves handing deadly weapons to five-year olds, your way of life is completely screwed up and you should change it immediately because it is stupid and wrong. (And, again, also, too: goddammit, “learning to use and respect a gun” means at least knowing that the fking thing is loaded when it’s sitting in the corner of the parlor like it’s a damn umbrella stand or something, and we should talk about that part, too.) It is not in any way “normal” to hand a kindergartner a firearm. If a mother from the inner-city of, say, Philadelphia did that, and the kid subsequently shot his sister to death, Fox News never would stop yelling about the crisis in African American communities and the Culture Of Death, and rap music, too. If your culture is telling you that children who have only recently emerged from toddlerhood should have their own guns, then your culture is deadly and dangerous and that should concern you, too. If your culture demands that, in the face of a general national outrage over the killing of other children, your politics work to loosen the gun laws you have, as they apparently did in Kentucky, then your culture is making your politics stupid and wrong and you should change them, too. I do not have to understand these people any more, and it is way too early in the day to be drinking this much.
And while we’re on the topic of guns, the criminally insane NRA have taken on a redneck from Alabama to be their new president. The clown’s name is Jim Porter and he takes pride in referring to the Civil War as the “War of Northern Aggression”. He also believes that Obama is a “fake president” whose “entire administration is anti-gun, anti-freedom, anti-Second Amendment.”
Another sack of shit joins Wayne LaPierre on the NRA’s board of sociopaths.
Over at Wonkette, they had a few choice words for Wayne LaPierre (“incoherent sack of rancid meat“) and David Gregory (“a dead floor lamp with a nice head of hair”) after LaPierre’s Meet The Press appearance last Sunday.
The other LaPierre comment that had us yelling at David Gregory’s blank-eyed visage on our laptop screen was his pooh-poohing of the way AR-15’s have become some sort of bogeyman. Why, the AR-15 shoots .223 bullets, which are so weak they are only good for target shooting! Hunters won’t use them to shoot deer, and are in fact banned from doing so in some states! Why David Gregory could not point out that .223 cartridges may not be great for bringing down a ten-point buck but sure did seem damaging enough to all those six-year-olds gunned down by Adam Lanza is beyond us.
The reason that so little progress has been made on the gun issue is directly related to douchebag “journalists” of the David Gregory variety who refuse to challenge drivel of the sort spewed by the rancid meats of the world.
World War II propaganda posters (see below) played a big part in maintaining civilian support during the war years. It’s primary purpose was to instill hate for the enemy while boosting morale on the home front. The posters focused on patriotism and duty to the cause but a secondary purpose of the propaganda campaign was to deflect any criticism that might surface as the war effort dragged on.
Poster art has long been a favored tool of propagandists and with that in mind, I thought that Republicans might appreciate a little help in selling their message to Americans. After Mitt blew it in 2012, the rallying cry from the right has been, “Hey, jackass…the problem isn’t the message! It’s a great message! It’s a wonderful message! We just need to articulate it better so the 47 percent of idiots out there can understand it!”
Absolutely right. Having the middle class pay for the debt by slashing social programs like Medicare and unemployment benefits while the richest in society get their taxes reduced is a great message. So is arming grade school teachers to the teeth and loosening up gun laws even more. Background checks? Are you kidding me?
Reduce spending on education and increase funding to the military. Demonize gays and immigrants and shove probes in women’s bodies whether they want it or not. What is there not to love in the right’s message?
So here’s what I thought: Why not use those propaganda posters from the past and tweak them to help sell the Republican message? Mark Fiore inspired me with his short video so here we go. Buy A Gun (based on a Norman Rockwell WWII poster) is the first in a series of posters which hopefully will help the GOP get their message through to all. It’s the least I can do.
If you have any ideas for future GOP propaganda posters, post them in the Comments section.
World War II Propaganda Posters
While we’re on the topic of posters, you really need to check out The 16 Most Hilariously IneffectivePropaganda Posters. These are actual posters that the gang from Cracked.com thought could use a little commentary on the poster’s messaging and problems. Some very funny stuff.
One of my favorites…
#2. Loose Talk (USA)
Hey, asshole, don’t try to impress your date by blabbing about weapons-manufacturing installations and top secret attack plans: You never know who’s listening. Just do what the rest of us do and lie about your penis.
“Don’t turn now.”
“What? What is it?”
“A guy with a giant ear just sat next to us.”
“What do you — holy shit!”
“Joe, I told you not to … Wait. Is that Hitler?”
“Probably. Honestly, I’m way more impressed by the giant ear part.”
“And why is he dressed like Charlie Chaplin?”
“I’ve never seen anything like that ear. That’s just grotesque.”
“OK, now he got up and started walking.”
“Do you think he heard us?”
“I think he’s crying.”
The Soviet Union is building a better tomorrow. And we’ve got the modest, one-bedroom apartments to prove it!
Look, we get that it’s probably hard to convey emotions like pride when you’ve never seen anyone smile without the assistance of vodka. But the star of this poster doesn’t seem to be saying, “Welcome to your new apartment!” so much as, “Oh God, they took everything!” Propaganda 101: Never use a bereaved man whose left eye appears to have been beaten halfway shut to make you feel good about the future.