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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bluegrass Bruce: NRA Endorses Sen. Lamar Alexander Despite Anti-Gun Votes

UPDATE BY Eddie Howell -- A subsequent article by Bluegrass Bruce finds that it's questionable whether NRA has actually endorsed Sen. Lamar Alexander. He apologizes for incomplete fact-checking as do I. Please read the later article. Thanks.
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Bluegrass Bruce: NRA Endorses Sen. Lamar Alexander Despite Anti-Gun Votes --  The NRA is supporting moderate Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander in his primary against Tea Party challenger Joe Carr, despite Alexander’s poor track record on gun issues in Congress. Alexander is merely the latest in a string of questionable endorsements that the group has made in this year’s Republican primaries.


Alexander sided with Democrats when gun rights were on the line in 2013. When Rand Paul tried to lead a Republican filibuster of the Obama’s background check bill, Sen. Alexander joined Democrats and provided a crucial vote to allow debate. He also voted to confirm Obama’s gun-grabbing Attorney General, Eric Holder.


Several other gun groups are opposing Alexander, including Gun Owners of America and the National Association for Gun Rights.


In their endorsement of Joe Carr, GOA said: “Washington establishment insiders — who care more about their reelections than your constitutional rights — are being defeated by an electorate fed up with the status quo. It’s time for the same kind of change in Tennessee.”


Unlike Alexander, Carr has an unblemished record on gun rights. In its endorsement, GOA said:


“Time after time in the state legislature, Rep. Carr stood up for gun owners’ rights. Joe voted to protect the privacy of concealed carrypermit holders, and he voted to expand concealed carry to all restaurants so you are better able to protect yourself and your family.Joe voted to eliminate the unconstitutional requirement that gun buyers submit a thumbprint to Tennessee firearms dealers."


GOA added that Alexander has a “C” rating from the group and he refuses to fill out the group’s survey.


This is far from the first time that the NRA has chosen to support a moderate Republican with a weak record on guns over a more worthy conservative challenger. The group endorsed several moderate candidates
in 2014 including Mitch McConnell, Mike Simpson and Thad Cochran.


Like Alexander, Mitch McConnell won the NRA’s support despite having a history of weakness on gun issues. In 1991, McConnell voted for Joe Biden’s crime bill that imposed a waiting period on handgun sales. In 2004, he supportedBarbara Boxer’s bill to prohibit the sale of guns without a safety storage device.


McConnell also voted with the Democrats to allow debate on Obama’s background check bill. Just like Alexander.


The NRA needs to go back to picking candidates according to their record on gun rights — period. If gun issues are not important to the NRA,then what is?


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bluegrass Bruce: Obama’s Biggest Regret? Failure to Pass Background Checks

Bluegrass Bruce: Obama’s Biggest Regret? Failure to Pass Background Checks:  A few weeks ago, Obama said that his biggest disappointment as President was Congress’ failure to pass background check legislation . Yes, you read that correctly. Of all the things he has bungled and ignored over the past six years, Obama thinks that his failure to limit the Second Amendment is the worst failure his presidency.

Really? That’s all he can come up with?

There are about seventeen million things that he should regret more than failing to take away gun rights from law abiding Americans. In case he forgot, here is a short list to remind him of some of the big ones:

Abandoning Iraq and thrusting the country into civil war.
Using the NSA to spy on millions of Americans.
Spending the country’s future into oblivion.
Bailing out all of those banks and companies that were “too big to fail”.
The unmitigated disaster of Obamacare.

Instead, despite this endless list of screw-ups, Obama’s biggest regret is the fact that Congress didn’t pass a background checks law.

2016 cannot come soon enough.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

What Obama's "Leadership" Has Given Us: Condensed Version

Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma has summed up the major features of President Obama's leadership in a one-minute speech on the House floor. And he doesn't mention the economic failures, which would take a few more minutes.




 This is the same congressman who wasn't allowed to visit a federal facility for housing illegal alien children in his district.


From the website of Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Oklahoma):

Congressman Bridenstine Denied Access to UAC Housing at Ft. Sill

Congressman Jim Bridenstine (OK) was denied access yesterday to the HHS facility at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma currently housing up to 1,200 unaccompanied alien children (UAC) who illegally crossed the southern border into the United States.
 Congressman Bridenstine said, “There is no excuse for denying a Federal Representative from Oklahoma access to a federal facility in Oklahoma where unaccompanied children are being held.  Any Member of Congress should have the legal authority to visit a federal youth detention facility without waiting three weeks."