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Lines I liked this morning:
First up: from Ann Coulter’s latest column. She’s continuing to try to edify liberals (good luck with that, Ann) on the stupidity at the root of their pathological gun control fetish, the construct of which has them purposely shielding their gaze from some of the actual roots of the actual problem.

… Of course, the vast majority of mentally disturbed individuals are not dangerous. But looking at it from the other end, more than half of all mass murder is committed by the mentally ill. Gun ownership doesn’t lead to random murder rampages; mental illness does.

And the good news for Republicans is: Democrats will only pretend to support keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous psychotics, while working frantically to gut and undermine such measures. Liberals fear “stigmatizing” the mentally ill more than they fear another mass murder.

Instead of proposing serious reforms, the Democrats play politics by demonizing responsible gun owners and the Republicans who defend them.

The Democrats’ gun proposals are like the joke about the drunk looking for his keys under the lamplight:

“Is that where you dropped them?”

“No, but the light’s better here.” …

I might add that in my opinion, the pose struck by liberals on the gun control issue reminds me of a drunkard pissing in the wind, and then lying and blaming the direction of the wind on “man-made global warming” and, of course, as if I had to tell you, Bush. And yes, my over-the-top mixed metaphor is happily acknowledged.

Another favorite quote comes from the equally inimitable James Taranto, and his Best of the Web column at the Wall Street Journal, today. Part of it concerns the death of the evil socialist dictator Hugo Chavez:

The socialist Venezuelan demagogue died of cancer yesterday, as London’s left-wing Guardian notes in an over-the-top obit:

No one imagined it would end like this. A ravaged body, a hospital bed, a shroud of silence, invisible. Hugo Chávez’s life blazed drama, a command performance, and friend and foe alike always envisaged an operatic finale.

He would rule for decades, transform Venezuela and Latin America, and bid supporters farewell from the palace balcony, an old man, his work complete. Or, a parallel fantasy: he would tumble from power, disgraced and defeated by the wreckage of revolution, ending his days a hounded pariah.

Oh give us a break. Chavez announced he had cancer almost two years ago, and it had been clear for months that his condition was terminal. It would take either an overactive imagination or none at all to fail to imagine “it would end like this.” Still, Chavez’s expected death calls to mind Hilaire Belloc’s “Epitaph on the Politician Himself”:

Here richly, with ridiculous display,
The Politician’s corpse was laid away.
While all of his acquaintance sneered and slanged,
I wept: for I had longed to see him hanged.

I don’t even appreciate poetry, but that struck a bell with me. I appreciate the facts of life, and that there is good, and there is evil, and Hugo Chavez was firmly, if not also arrogantly and glibly, on the side of evil. Yes, that is a little ironic too, given his speech at the U.N., the supposed bastion of diplomacy, where he sneered that he could smell sulfur in the wake of President Bush speaking there just before him. Bush actually being squarely on the side of good. So I, too, longed to see Chavez hanged, if metaphorically.

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Obama staged an apocalyptic freak-out show for weeks, using first-responders and others as props, to scare Americans into siding with him and hating Republicans.

Finally, it’s not so much a quotable quote, but an observation by Michael Reagan this morning, which gave me some hope for the salvation of what I’ve come to worry is a nation full of what Rush Limbaugh calls the “low-information voter.” (By the way, that term is, in its own right, a spot-on term worthy of serious consideration among conservatives hoping to win elections; i.e. inform them, preferably with Reagan’s father’s own method: speaking in “bold colors!”).

Michael Reagan is talking about a vote during this week’s Los Angeles mayoral primaries, which because they are pretty much going bankrupt after years of progressive party rule, included a proposition to raise city sales taxes (and adhering to one of the real modi operandi of the political progressive liberal left, it would of course also raise government spending). See if this image doesn’t look familiar:

Proposition A was backed by the police chief and outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who used police academy recruits as props and warned of losing 500 city cops if the sales tax hike was defeated.

Yes…

Just as Obama tried to scare the public into believing that the sequester would hurt our national security, the local pols here tried to scare voters into thinking public safety would be endangered without Proposition A.

And yet… perhaps hoist with their own petard (the petard being lie-bomb Obama), the lying politicians in the left coast’s center of the left-wing universe lost the vote.

 

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