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There’s nothing I can say about this clueless, feckless twit that hasn’t been said already by the Internets. I’m just here to show you irrefutable proof that Moms Demand Action frothing lunatics are also ignorant of history.

Exhibit A:

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Yes, this was from an actual conversation one of the guys I follow on Twitter had with a Moms Demand Action leader!

It’s quite obvious Alison A. Martin had no idea who Josef Goebbels was, so she replied in the usual gun-grabber flippancy.

I’m betting that after a cursory Google search, she realized what she said. But in typical gun grabber style, she deactivated her Twitter account and went into hiding, so to speak, rather than admit and own her mistake.

Cowardice, ignorance, and lack of personal responsibility… all trademarks of Bloombergian idiots.

Meet your adversary, and take the time to ridicule it.

Another Slap Upside the Raisins for Bloomberg

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This isn’t about guns this time, although it’s nice to see Bloomberg’s nanny statism thoroughly spanked in every arena possible.

No, this time I got a note from my old friend Alex – a doctor, by the way, and an avid gun rights supporter, as well as a fellow Johns Hopkins graduate (one of maybe three I know who aren’t worshiping at the twisted, leftardian, statist altar of fellow alum Bloomberg) – who shows me that salt – the boogie man Bloomberg banned while acting as nanny for the state of New York, leaving thousands of homeless shelters without food donations, because *gasp!* Bloomberg and his statist food police couldn’t control the salt content of donated goods - just ain’t that bad after all.

(And yes, that particular link was intentional)

The results published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine showed the expected link between heart complications and high levels of sodium, which is known to boost blood pressure and cardiovascular risks. Those at the lowest end, as measured by the amount of sodium in their urine, were also at greater risk — a 27 percent increased chance of heart attack, stroke and death from cardiovascular causes, the study found.

Oops!

The study, to my non-medical eye, confirms a very simple meme: everything in moderation.  And those of us who are smart enough to obey that simple rule without being ordered to do so by the tyrannical, dictatorial shit weasel former mayor of NYC, are happy to be vindicated.

The American Heart Association, apparently, isn’t backing down. According to the note Alex sent me:

Recall that the American Heart Association (AHA) has been pushing a 1.5 gram per day (g/d) limit on sodium intake for some time.[1]

But in 2013, when the Institute of Medicine (IOM) reviewed the evidence for what should be the suggested guideline for sodium intake, the agency reported that there was no evidence to support the 1.5 g/d limit.[2]

The most recent controversy over sodium guidelines comes in the August 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, which published 3 major papers[3-5] on the health effects of sodium consumption. The papers detail the results from 2 study groups: the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) group[4] and the Global Burden of Diseases Nutrition and Chronic Diseases Expert Group (NutriCoDE) group.[5]

The PURE study demonstrated the expected relationship between blood pressure (BP) and magnitude of sodium intake, whereas the NutriCoDE study was established by the proxy of urinary excretion and looked at sodium’s effect on global cardiovascular mortality. The PURE study found that the relationship between sodium and BP was nonlinear, with BP really only increasing when sodium was consumed at a rate of 3.5-4 g/d and higher.

Although there was a trend of higher adverse cardiovascular events with sodium excretion of > 5 g/day, this was much more pronounced at levels < 2 g/d. In other words, consumption of too little sodium is as harmful as consumption of too much sodium. In fact, the AHA guideline would lead — at least according to this latest research — to about a twofold risk for major adverse events.

To put these findings in context, these data are from 101,945 individuals in 17 countries. NutriCoDE was a modeling study that suggested that this relationship may not hold, but there were no direct measurements made; the data were extrapolated from published surveys from 66 countries. Both studies had warts, as Suzanne Oparil, MD,[6] nicely explains in an accompanying editorial. The usual call for a large, long-term randomized trial was made, but I think it is quite clear that that will go nowhere.

In other words – eat your salt, boys and girls! Bloombergian diktats may actually kill you!

Stupidest thing uttered by politician this week

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That dubious honor goes to Nanny Bloomberg – the gun-banning, soda-limiting, salt-hating tyrant from New York, who has decided to dub himself saint.

In an interview with the New York Times, Bloomberg asserted he was doing God’s work by controlling every aspect of his subjects’ lives.

“I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close,” Bloomberg said.

Thank goodness I’ve already decided I’m going to hell. I going, buying a hotel and charging extra for air conditioning, bitches! Because if that oozing hemorrhoid in the asshole of life is off to heaven, it would be an unbearable place to spend eternity.

No thanks.

Feds retreat from Nevada ranch… makes one wonder (UPDATED)

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I’ve never been a conspiritard. Y’all know this.  Most of the time I ridicule them mercilessly. But even a broken clock is right twice a day, so there may be something to the theory that the Feds nearly instantaneous retreat from the Bundy Ranch, where they have been congregating in what appeared to be an attempt to start a bit of a range war over grazing rights.

For those of you who don’t know…

[Cliven] Bundy claims his herd of roughly 900 cattle have grazed on the land along the riverbed near Bunkerville, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, since 1870 and threatened a “range war” against the BLM on the Bundy Ranch website after one of his sons was arrested while protesting the removal of the cattle.

“I have no contract with the United States government,” Bundy said. “I was paying grazing fees for management and that’s what BLM was supposed to be, land managers and they were managing my ranch out of business, so I refused to pay.”

The federal government had countered that Bundy “owes the American people in excess of $1 million ” in unpaid grazing fees and “refuses to abide by the law of land, despite many opportunities over the last 20 years to do so.”

See, if you refuse the government’s “services,” because they… you know… suck, they are apparently entitled to steal your property. Or so they thought.

Bundy thought differently and was ready to defend his property, if the need arose. For a while there, things got tense, and those of us watching really thought the need would arise.

And then, all of a sudden, the feds decided to pull out.

“Based on information about conditions on the ground, and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public,” BLM Director Neil Kornze said.

“We ask that all parties in the area remain peaceful and law-abiding as the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service work to end the operation in an orderly manner,” he said.

I’d say that’s a pretty smart move. I doubt anyone wanted a land war in Nevada. But some believe there might be more to the pullout than what meets the eye.

Now, there’s no way I’m linking to the Infowars psychos or driving any kind of traffic their way… ever. But that said, their claim is that the Bureau of Land Management’s Director, who was conveniently Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-ickhead.) former senior adviser, purged documents from the BLM’s site indicating that the reason BLM wants Bundy’s cattle off the land is to make room for solar panel power stations. The documents that were deleted by the Director, apparently entitled, “Cattle Trespass Impacts” claim that the presence of Bundy’s cattle impacts the construction of “utility-scale solar power generation facilities” on “public lands.”

Now, I have no way of knowing if any of this is truly real. I do know this, however, that almost immediately after the alleged “news” broke, BLM announced its retreat from the area.

Fortuitous timing, no?

I’ll leave it at that.

UPDATE: I knew there was a reason why I refuse to link to Infotards. Breitbart has some interesting information that actually refutes the conspiritard theory du jour, but admits there are definitely questions.

Despite the obvious partisan gain to be had if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s son Rory (a failed 2010 Nevada gubernatorial candidate) had somehow been involved in a “land grab” affecting the Bundy family ranch operation—the facts just do not pan out as such. Indeed, Rory Reid did in fact have a hand in plans to reclassify federal lands for renewable energy developments. Just northeast of Las Vegas and Nellis Air Force Base, plans were drawn by Reid allies to potentially develop 5,717 acres of land for such use. While it would be fair to claim that such activity was in Bundy’s relative neighborhood, the federal lands once leased by the family were more than 20 miles away, east of Overton, Nevada. Contrasting maps offered by InfoWars and those entered into federal court record prove such a theory to be a stretch.

Additionally, this feud began more than 20 years ago, and only RECENTLY did Harry Reid’s senior advisor purged the documents from BLM’s records? Not sure I believe that either. But again… why the purge? Why was it needed in the first place?

As I said earlier, I take everything with a grain of salt, because Alex Jones and the drooling fuckwads at Infotards do nothing but screech “CONSPIRACY!” at every turn. But there are definitely questions to be answered here – especially those about the federal government’s authority to simply push out families from the ranching business by restricting more and more land because of some random squirrel or reptile it claims to want to protect. Do the rat’s rights trump the humans’? I don’t think so.

On the other hand, “I believe this is a sovereign state of Nevada,” Bundy recently told a radio reporter. “…I abide by all of Nevada state laws. But, I don’t recognize the United States Government as even existing.”

Really, dude? You might want to read this nation’s founding documents. That little document called the Constitution, even. I somehow get the feeling this guy quickly admits that the US government exists when it suits his purposes.

In other words, he strikes me as a douchebag, so…

Lots of interesting things going on here. Wonder what will happen.

Feinstein at it Again

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Like herpes – the gift that keeps on giving – Dianne Feinstein (D-umbass) of California is at it again, trying to erode the right to keep and bear arms in the United States. I swear, this woman is a sore on the genitals of life! She just doesn’t stop! This time, she’s encouraging Dear Leader to use his Executive Order powers to ban firearms that make her shit her granny panties.  She wants 2014 to be a “Year of Action” vis-a-vis “assault weapons.” I keep wondering if that’s kind of like the “Year of the Pusillanimous Anti-Gun Dicknugget.”

The Great Claire Wolfe at JPFO has more.

Specifically, she targeting guns that are imported legally, looking like whatever she thinks “normal” weapons look like, but are later altered. Once in the country they’re taken down and rebuilt with made-in-USA parts to look more like military weapons. That is, they’re given features like thumb-hole stocks and higher magazine capacity. These, according to Feinstein’s letter, are “assault features.”

No one at JPFO has ever heard of an “assault feature.” We can’t even imagine how a feature could commit assault. But Ms. Feinstein seems to know an “assault feature” when she sees one, even if nobody else does.

Feinstein especially gets her knickers in a knot over one particular gun, the WASR-10, an AK-variant of Romanian origin, which is supposedly a favorite in Mexico.

Does me wanting to throat punch anyone this stupid make my fist into an “assault feature?”

Claire notes that the one good thing about Feinstein is that she and her ideas are getting old. Unfortunately, there’s never a shortage of gullible idiots willing to believe her tyrannical tripe.

As proof, I point you to my recent blog on the Nauckians of Arlington and their anti-gun shop dumbassery.

But I do hope Claire is right.

This is where I was born

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For the past few months, I’ve been watching the events in Ukraine with interest and growing horror. What started out as fairly tame set of demonstrators, protesting President Viktor Yanukovich’s decision to abandon an Association Agreement with the European Union and move closer to Moscow, grew into violent suppression by the police against protesters, progressed into shooting of demonstrators after the Rada (Ukrainian parliament) passed a law banning most forms of protest, making thousands into criminals overnight, and culminated with more than 100 dead over the past few days.

Kyiv burns.

Anti-government protesters throw stones towards Interior Ministry officers during a rally near the building of Ukraine's house of parliament in Kiev

It looks like a war zone, even though most still describe the events there as mass protests and demonstrations.

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And now, the rest of the nation mourns the events in Kyiv… the deaths… the blood… the corruption.

This is the city in which I was born. Lviv.

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The situation in Ukraine is complicated. It isn’t as easy as Yanukovych is a thug. He is a corrupt goon, as is most of his administration and his inner circle. He saw his authority swirling the drain, and instead of displaying some accountability to the will of the people who put him in office, this dumb bastard decided to outlaw dissent.

In an era of the 24 hour news cycle and social media, this douchetard thought the news about his tyrannical oppression wouldn’t get out? He thought bloody suppression of dissent would somehow allow him to hold on to his power – power he would probably not have gotten without the support of the Russians.

Yanukovych was indebted to and feared Moscow. Not only did the Russian support help his Party of Regions win elections, but the Russians hinted they would cut prices on natural gas – prices that Kyiv complained were exorbitant – and would help Ukraine service its debt. Additionally, Moscow screwed with Ukraine (and other former Soviet states that were considering closer relations with the European Union). Last August, Russia blocked nearly all imports from Ukraine in an attempt to pressure Kyiv into rejecting an association agreement. Plus, the Russians and Ukrainians share historical, cultural and religious roots.

It’s a complicated relationship, and one I somewhat understand. During the Cold War, no one differentiated between Ukraine and Russia. They were both part of the USSR. I spoke Russian at home. I spoke Russian in school. I was considered Russian.

Cultural and religious ties aside, Ukraine is economically dependent on Russia. Russia is Ukraine’s largest trade partner. Loads of Russian tourists visit Ukraine every year. Ukraine buys its natural gas from Russia’s Gazprom, and Russia has been holding gas prices over Kyiv’s head for years.

Additionally, even though an association agreement with the EU would have helped the Ukrainian economy, the EU was demanding reforms, to include the release of imprisoned former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko. And Yanukovych, being the tyrant and coward that he is, was afraid to release her for fear that she would run against him, AND win, especially as unpopular as he is.

Yanukovych doesn’t care about the welfare of his country. Yanukovych cares about Yanukovych. He tried to suppress the very people who elected him to office, to keep his competition locked up and to cozy up to the very nation that manipulated him into turning away from an agreement that could have improved and modernized his nation’s economy.

But I guess he didn’t exactly count predict the insanity that ensued. Bloody suppression during the Olympic Games. Hundreds of people dead or wounded. Yanukovych forced to sign an agreement with the opposition that vastly dilutes his powers, as well as institutes a caretaker government until a special election can be held. The Rada passed a law that would free Timoshenko, and the Minister of the Interior has been booted for ordering his thugs to fire live rounds at protesters.

In other words, everything Yanukovych was trying to do to avoid losing his power has happened…

…but only after a lot of bloodshed, trauma and heartache.

Yeah. This is where I come from.

Is it any wonder I love this country as much as I do?

*Facepalm*

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Submitted without comment, because… really… there’s just nothing I can say.

These are the progtards for whom Californians vote and give them the power and authority to disarm them and render them vulnerable not just to armed thugs, but also to sniveling tyrants.

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