The media are having fun in the spirit in which our new video and website are intended. People get it that criminals are benefitting from the gun laws or lack thereof in many states. And the criminals are laughing all of the way to umm, the bank. And places like the bank.
The Guardian reported the “CrimAdvisor” story this Thursday morning under the headlines: "The Funny or Die spoof hoping to revitalise the push for gun control: In partnership with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, comedy website produces ‘CrimAdvisor’, which hopes to breathe new life into gun control.”
They embedded this CrimAdvisor video.
On January 7, a federal grand jury in Cincinnati indicted Michael Hoyt, a bartender who had told police in October that he believed he was Jesus Christ, and that he had a loaded .380 Beretta handgun, with which he planned to shoot House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Hoyt had recently lost his job at a country club where Boehner was a member.
Police found the handgun in his home, and Hoyt was voluntarily taken to the University of Cincinnati hospital for a psychiatric evaluation at the time. A later search of his house turned up an SKS assault rifle magazine and boxes of 7.62 ammunition for the rifle and .380 rounds for the handgun. Officers said they also found a bullet hole in the wall of Hoyt’s bedroom.
A lot of attention has rightfully been paid to an alarming cell phone video of an Indiana toddler, filmed by her parents as she plays with what appears to be a .40-caliber handgun.
Both parents can be heard encouraging the one-year-old to say "Pow!" and "Bang!" as she points the gun and then puts the muzzle in her mouth. Police officers said the gun’s magazine had apparently been removed, but a round could have been in the chamber.
The parents have been arrested and charged with neglect, criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, and allowing a child to possess a firearm. The child and a sibling have been placed in protective custody.
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence President Dan Gross states, "Florida's law gun laws make it easy for dangerous people like George Zimmerman to buy and carry guns."
A Florida judge set a $5,000 bond for George Zimmerman on January 10 and ordered him to surrender his firearms as a consequence of his January 9 arrest for aggravated assault – domestic violence with a weapon.
Cross-posted from The Huffington Post.
Michael Peroutka, the Republican candidate for Anne Arundel County Council, stood up for secession and the white nationalist League of the South, at a hastily called, standing-room-only press conference on July 30 in Glen Burnie, Maryland. Peroutka has been under fire for months for his involvement in and leadership of the League of the South, a white nationalist group that advocates conservative, Christian theocracy and secession to form a Southern Republic. Top Democratic and Republican leaders had called for him to resign from the group.
Most prominently, Maryland Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan, Jr., recently disavowed Peroutka because of his involvement in the racist and theocratic group. Hogan campaign spokesman Adam Dubitsky said: "Larry absolutely disavows him. Those views have never been a part of the Republican Party and they never will."
But before the state press corps, Peroutka refused to resign from the the League, which he calls "a Christian, free market group."
Cross-posted from The Huffington Post.
The head of Maryland's Republican Party, Joe Cluster, has called local candidate Michael Peroutka to the woodshed for a "clarification" about his involvement with a high-profile, white nationalist hate group. At least that's what Cluster thinks the subject of their July 25 meeting will be.
But wait until he reads this.
Cross-posted from The Huffington Post.
White nationalists from the League of the South -- the premier neo-Confederate group -- are hailing the recent Republican primary victory of Maryland's Michael Peroutka -- who won his party's nomination in an Anne Arundel County Council race, as well as a seat on the GOP Central Committee there -- as "a political victory for us."
The race promises to be a bellwether for the kind of theocratic, secessionist politics espoused by Peroutka (the Constitution Party's 2004 presidential candidate), whom a conservative columnist for the Annapolis-based newspaper, the Capital Gazette, compares to another prominent white nationalist: former Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, and former Republican Louisiana State Representative David Duke.
Four Democratic candidates have filed papers with Maryland's Anne Arundel County Board of Elections, to campaign and raise contributions jointly as the Democrats for 33 slate, and to call out their Neo-Confederate opponent who is running as a Democrat.
This is cross-posted from The Huffington Post.
Maryland Tea Party activist and State Delegate Don Dwyer (R) is a well-known character who once enacted an Annapolis version of the Boston Tea Party - donning a tricorner hat and Colonial breeches to dump floating boxes labeled "tea" into the Annapolis harbor. He was once named Legislator of the Year by the far-right Gun Owners of America, headed by Larry Pratt.
Dwyer also floated an idea, Operation DINO (Democrats In Name Only), in March 2013, calling on Republican gun owners to become Democrats in order to vote out progressives in the 2014 Democratic primaries. And while he did not do the switcheroo he urged others to do, some of his political soulmates have switched parties and dressed up as Democratic candidates.
While the motives and possible level of coordination of these party-switching candidates is not yet clear, what we do know is that conservative Republicans in at least three states are quietly switching to the Democratic Party to run for offices from County Council to Congress.
This April Fool's Day is a good time to check any unfamiliar names on Democratic primary ballots to make sure that Trojan horse candidates don't sneak votes away from candidates who support real Democratic values.
This diary is cross-posted from Talk to Action.
Michael Peroutka, the presidential candidate of the Constitution Party in 2004 and co-founder of the theocratic Institute on the Constitution, made news recently when he flipped his party to run for office in Maryland as a Republican. Less well known in the political community is his donation of a dinosaur skeleton to the creationist museum in Kentucky.
Peroutka's family foundation -- the Elizabeth Streb Peroutka Foundation (named in honor of his mother) -- purchased an allosaurus skeleton for $200,000 in 2004 and spent a decade carefully restoring it. Creation Museum proprietor Ken Ham seems to think that the acquisition of the dinosaur fossil lends his endeavor credibility.
"For decades I've walked through many leading secular museums, like the Smithsonian in Washington, and have seen their impressive dinosaur skeletons, but they were used for evolution," Ham told the Associated Press. "Now we have one of that class for our museum."
You'll remember Ham as the creationist who recently lost a debate to Bill Nye the Science Guy. He's now demanding some time on Neil deGrasse Tyson's "Cosmos."
“Many of you may be thinking that I have lost my mind,” Republican Del. Don Dwyer wrote in a March 2013 email and Facebook post to his GOP colleagues in the Maryland General Assembly. Dwyer's mind-losing idea was to switch parties in order to drag the Democratic Party to the right (indeed, the Neo-Confederate, theocratic right) in the 2014 primaries.
“If the gun community alone follows me in this strategic plan, we will have a devastating effect on the next statewide election,” he surmised. He posted a comment on a Maryland gun owners’ forum, stating, “Friends, I am considering taking ‘Operation DINO’ statewide. DINO stands for Democrat In Name Only.” He then spearheaded a Free State DINOS website, which urges Republicans to reregister as Democrats, and sells mugs and T-shirts of dinosaurs emblazoned with the Maryland flag.
The Satellite Sentinel Project is on a media roll, helping to focus world attention on Sudan in influential outlets ranging from TIME Magazine, CNN's "Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer," ABC's "This Week with Christiane Amanpour," Al Jazeera, and BBC Arabic to pop culture platforms, such as a new collaboration with MTV and mtvU to help deter war in Sudan, and recently, the homepage of YouTube, where this video featuring George Clooney has racked up over 300,000 views.
In its top story on January 12, Comedy Central’s "The Daily Show" went to Sudan to report some good news and speculate on the reason why George Clooney initiated the Satellite Sentinel Project.