Weakest, least effective speaker in the history of the House.
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They're total idiots.
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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!
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.
“When the next terrorist attack comes, the Obama administration won’t accept responsibility. Instead, it will do what it does every time: blame a scapegoat and count on Obama’s “mainstream” media enablers to go along.”
“After Hurricane Sandy, we saw the hellish world that the gun prohibitionists see as their utopia. Looters ran wild in south Brooklyn. There was no food, water or electricity. And if you wanted to walk several miles to get supplies, you better get back before dark, or you might not get home at all.”
“President Obama is leading this country to financial ruin, borrowing over a trillion dollars a year for phony “stimulus” spending and other payoffs for his political cronies. Nobody knows if or when the fiscal collapse will come, but if the country is broke, there likely won’t be enough money to pay for police protection. And the American people know it.”
“Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Riots. Terrorists. Gangs. Lone criminals. These are perils we are sure to face—not just maybe. It’s not paranoia to buy a gun. It’s survival. It’s responsible behavior, and it’s time we encourage law-abiding Americans to do just that.”
“We will not surrender. We will not appease. We will buy more guns than ever. We will use them for sport and lawful self-defense more than ever. We will grow the NRA more than ever. And we will be prouder than ever to be freedom-loving NRA patriots. And with your help, we will ensure that the Second Amendment remains America’s First Freedom.”
And on it goes. If ever there was just cause for greater gun control legislation, the growing madness of Wayne LaPierre and the NRA is that reason.