Clueless or condescending?

So. The New York Times published and then promptly removed this insight into the President’s television viewing habits:

Mr. Obama indicated that he did not see enough cable television to fully appreciate the anxiety after the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, and made clear that he plans to step up his public arguments.

There are three ways to parse that. One, the President is cluelessly isolated, gets his information from “the shows” like Donald Trump, but doesn’t watch the right shows. Two, he was making a condescending joke about the drumbeat of the news cycle and denigrating the intelligence of Americans. Three, both.

It’s true that the media hyped the shootings in San Bernadino. Of course, so did the President in the service of gun control.

It’s true that the media hyped the shootings in San Bernadino. Just as they did Obama’s candidacy in 2008.

Calmly outraging the outragers

Ben Carson’s Response to PC Outrage Is Smarter than Trump’s

Ben Carson’s Progressive Critics Are Terrified Of Answering This Question

One of the things Carson said that twisted some knickers isn’t mentioned in the above:
Ben Carson Upsets Mainstream Media: Openly Questions Fiat Money

And, if you’ve got 5 minutes, this:
“Francisco’s Money Speech”
…is a worthy followup to the 3rd link above.

“The images were not intended to portray Sen. Cruz in a negative light”

No, they were intended to suggest he should be shot in the head for speaking in favor of the Second Amendment. Or, if he was shot in the head, it would at least be deserved.

For Progressives, this:

Proved Sarah Palin was a deranged would be assassin.

While this:

Photo (by Charlie Neibergall) proves the Associated Press is an unbiased news organization.

Doubt it? Then name me a Progressive who’s complained that the picture of Ted Cruz promotes gun violence.

OK, let’s say you cheated and named yourself. The second requirement is to tell me what you think would have happened if, instead of Cruz, it had been Mrs. Bill or this guy:

Celebrating "Stimulus"

Today is the 5th anniversary of the President’s monetary stimulus, but at TOC we’re celebrating the only Obama stimulus that actually worked.

It created jobs, boosted private sector manufacturing and encouraged people to appreciate the Bill of Rights. Of course, none of that was intentional.

It’s tapering now, but the results are still far above pre-stimulus levels. CNN would have you believe otherwise in their headline, Gun sales are plunging, but the real story is a bit different:

Gun sales are dropping this year, according to FBI stats, but they still exceed sales from before Obama’s reelection and the Newtown massacre…

Though gun sales have dropped from their peak last year, they’re still outperforming monthly sales that preceded Obama’s reelection, said Lawrence Keane, spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the gun industry group based in Newtown.

For example, the tally of 1.66 million gun sales in January, 2014 is significantly higher than the 1.38 million sold in January, 2012.

“So we have come down from the peak but the valley floor is higher than before Nov 2012,” said Keane, in an email to CNNMoney. “The consumer base has grown. This is because for the past few years, retailers tell us that about 25% of customers at the checkout counter are first-time buyers.”

There are only so many first time buyers, but I’m guessing many of them will eventually want another gun.

Ammo sales have also tapered off:

“Customers shifted away from ammunition more sharply than we expected,” said Cabela’s Chief Executive Officer Tommy Millner…

Maybe the prices will fall back, too.

Ammo shortages & DHS

People have been noticing the large ammunition contract let by DHS. Shortages of ammo for use by private citizens are rampant.

DHS Won’t Answer Congress On Billion Bullet Purchase

Whatever the DHS plans are, this quote from the above is just silly:

…[Former] Marine Richard Mason told reporters with WHPTV News in Pennsylvania recently, hollow-point bullets (which make up the majority of the DHS purchases) are not used for training because they are more expensive than standard firing range rounds.

“We never trained with hollow points, we didn’t even see hollow points my entire 4-1/2 years in the Marine Corps,” Mason said.”

Different ammo has different ballistic characteristics, including where it hits. At only 50 yards, this may be measured in inches in some cases. Therefore, training with the ammo you will use in action is a preferred practice if you can afford it. DHS can. And, unlike the military, can use it “in action.”

The Marines can’t use hollow point ammo in action without violating the Geneva Conventions, so it’s not surprising this Marine didn’t see it while in the Corps. Training Marines with hollow points would be stupid not primarily because it’s more expensive, but because it can’t be used when it really counts anyway.

Then, too, maybe it’s not simply private citizens who are causing shortages for cops.

Cops Disarmed By Ammo-Hoarding Gun Nuts, Complains Salon Writer

Duh

A Washington Post editorial today begins with the sentence, “ONE UNSETTLING result of the debate over gun violence has been a spike in firearm purchases.”

Actually: One predictable result of government threats to force gun owners to buy special liability insurance, place confiscatory taxes on ammunition, ban firearms because of their appearance and limit the sale of normal capacity magazines has been more citizens exercising their 2nd Amendment rights.

There, fixed that for you, WaPo.