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As is probably obvious to everyone here at DKos, the uproar on the right over "Fast and Furious" is just another fear-mongering myth concocted by paranoid right-wing loonies and the media vampires who roil and then suck their blood for their own purposes.

And, as has happened so many times in the past, serious investigative journalism has finally probed this ridiculous right-wing "scandal" and shown it to be utterly fabricated.

If you want the proof on this one, surf over to

It's an article by Katherine Eban called "The truth about the Fast and Furious scandal."

A bit more below the fold...

If you read the article, you will find all the usual hallmarks of conservative reality-manipulation: omission of crucial facts, interpreting of other facts to mean the opposite of what they clearly mean, half-truths, outright lies, complete fabrications, ominous and threatening overtones sprinkled over actual nothings, false accusations, unctuous disdain and disrespect for everyone and everything that stands in the way of the story line, and so forth.

You will also not be surprised when this expose of the real source of this faux constitutional crisis (that is, right-wing paranoia, racially tinged suspicions if not outright racism, and unhinged cowardly fear of change) fail to slow down the spread of this contagious meme among those who are susceptible to this kind of disease. Just as the birthers will never be moved by reality, just as the supply-siders will never give up their idiotic economics no matter how many times reality proves that it never works, just as the "free business" believers will never be budged by the mountains of evidence that unregulated business will almost inevitably turn evil, or by the truly obvious fact that neither business nor any other activity whose bottom line is money can be trusted to act morally—in short, just as reality cannot impinge on a completely dissociated psyche, so too will the truth just run off "Fast and Furious" like water off a duck's back.

This mania is too useful to the conservative power structure to be allowed to subside until after the election.

So it won't.

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  •  My favorite part (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Alma, FiredUpInCA

    "But the ultimate irony is this: Republicans who support the National Rifle Association and its attempts to weaken gun laws are lambasting ATF agents for not seizing enough weapons—ones that, in this case, prosecutors deemed to be legal."

    They are the ultimate hypocrites.

    Which is good news for John McCain.

    by AppleP on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 09:35:17 AM PDT

    •  The NRA is evil (0+ / 0-)

      The Fortune article is further evidence that the NRA is responsible for gun mayhem in the US and Mexico due to their undue influence in Congress and other legislatures which fail to pass laws controlling the sale of guns.  Then when someone gets killed who do they blame?  Not the NRA but police and other government officials who don't have the money or laws to help them prevent gun violence.  The NRA and their right wing supporters are the ultimate hypocrites.

  •  Great find. (0+ / 0-)

    I'm still more than a little confused about what all went on, but this is the first coherent and plausible explanation of what the hell the Phoenix ATF guys thought they were doing that I've seen.

    “What’s the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions if, in the end, all we’re willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true?” - Sherwood Rowland

    by jrooth on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 10:31:26 AM PDT

  •  Man.... Follow the money (0+ / 0-)

    Pretty clear - this is about money. The gun dealers are making a lot in selling guns to the "straw men" and the cartels and they don't want to stop and are straightarming the government (via the NRA and friendly pols). The article point out that the local prosecutors essentially avoided prosecuting these cases (and one was a "gun" enthusiast).

    But, to me the money quote is at the end. Gun interdictions are down and sales are up. Who benefits from this? Gun dealers and manufacturers. It's all about the business. they need the Mexican cartel's business. Owning guns - like fishing - is a older white guys hobby and those guys are dying off. Here's a Huff Post piece about it:  

    And, here's the money quote. The only hope is that - someday - enough of the old white assholes (hey - I'm one of them!) will die off and so will the gun lobby. Unfortunately, not before they help kill a lot of innocent Mexican and - sometimes - US Citizens.  Here's the quote:

    Issa's claim that the ATF is using the Fast and Furious scandal to limit gun rights seems, to put it charitably, far-fetched. Meanwhile, Issa and other lawmakers say they want ATF to stanch the deadly tide of guns, widely implicated in the killing of 47,000 Mexicans in the drug-war violence of the past five years. But the public bludgeoning of the ATF has had the opposite effect. From 2010, when Congress began investigating, to 2011, gun seizures by Group VII and the ATF's three other groups in Phoenix dropped by more than 90%.

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