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Rahm to Holder: ‘STFU on guns’

Rahmn Emanuel tweeted this yesterday. Compare with this 2009 quote from Jake Tapper:

It turns out that Defense Secretary Robert Gates wasn’t the only member of the Obama Cabinet with a STFU policy.

Then White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel had one too, on guns, according to Daniel Klaidman’s Kill or Capture:

“Now Emanuel had his sights set on Holder. The attorney general had gotten off to a rocky start with the White House with his ‘nation of cowards’ speech. One week later, Holder stepped into it again. On February 25, (2009) Jim Messina, Emanuel’s deputy, walked into his boss’s office to inform him of Holder’s latest ‘gaffe.’

At a press conference earlier that day, Holder had told reporters that the administration would push to reinstate the assault-weapons ban, which had expired in 2004. The comments roused the powerful gun lobby and its water carriers on Capitol Hill. ‘Senators to Attorney General: Stay Away from Our Guns’ read a press release issued by Senator Max Baucus of Montana-a Democrat, no less.

“Emanuel was furious. He slammed his desk and cursed the attorney general. Holder was only repeating a position Obama had expressed during the campaign, but that was before the White House needed the backing of pro-gun Democrats from red states for their domestic agenda. The chief of staff sent word to Justice that Holder needed to ‘shut the f*ck up’ on guns…”

The back story on this is important. Emanuel, as a congressman who chaired the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (and as such helped recapture the House) came to understand that for many Democratic members of Congress is swing districts, supporting gun control was a liability. The “majority makers,” as then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi came to call them, were often from rural or blue collar districts where the NRA was active.

Yes, Rahm was the guy who packed the Congress with so many Blue Dogs, he made sure we couldn’t get any progressive policies passed. In fact, he went out of his way to sabotage any real Democrats who were running.

Call or write your representatives today

Make them understand this time is different, they have to do something on gun control. Go to their sites, leave an email. Do something.

Art teacher Eric Mueller sets up 27 wooden angel cut-outs in memory of the victims of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. Yamiche Alcindor, USA TODAY

Wayne LaPierre and the NRA are cowards in the face of the death of little children, shot down in kindergarten class. They took down their Facebook page and they’re nowhere to be found in the media? Why? Because they can’t defend the indefensible. I’m not sure why it’s different this time, but I’m convinced this is the time we take on the NRA – and win:

Magazines that fed bullets into the primary firearm used to kill 26 children and adults at a Connecticut school would have been banned under state legislation that the National Rifle Association and gunmakers successfully fought.
[image display=”thumb” link=”source” align=”right” alt=”angels.jpg” width=”300″ height=”225″ id=”19542″]Art teacher Eric Mueller sets up 27 wooden angel cut-outs in memory of the victims of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. [/image]

The shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Adam Lanza, 20, used a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle with magazines containing 30 rounds as his main weapon, said Connecticut State Police Lieutenant Paul Vance at a news conference today.

A proposal in March 2011 would have made it a felony to possess magazines with more than 10 bullets and required owners to surrender them to law enforcement or remove them from the state. Opponents sent more than 30,000 e-mails and letters to state lawmakers as part of a campaign organized by the NRA and other gun advocates, said Robert Crook, head of the Hartford- based Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen, which opposed the legislation.

“The legislators got swamped by NRA emails,” said Betty Gallo, who lobbied on behalf of the legislation for Southport- based Connecticut Against Gun Violence. “They were scared of the NRA and the political backlash.”

Proponents abandoned the legislation, which drew opposition from gunmakers including Sturm, Ruger & Co. (RGR) In addition to the e-mails and letters, more than 300 pro-gun activists, including many NRA members, attended a committee hearing to oppose it, said Gallo, a Hartford-based lobbyist for more than 35 years.

[…] Both sides in the debate disputed the role of high-capacity magazines in the Dec. 14 school shooting.
Crook said state legislation “wouldn’t have made a difference.”

“We already have a lot of good gun laws on the books,” Crook said. “You can’t control people who have never done anything wrong before and then just go off the deep end.”

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, said in an interview that high-capacity magazines “made the crime all the more deadly” and called for limits.

The media office of the NRA didn’t respond to e-mails seeking comment about the shooting or the law, or return phone messages left with an answering service.

Come Thou font of every blessing

This brought back a funny memory from, oh I don’t know, at least ten years ago. I called my then-boyfriend (a classic-rock kinda guy) because for some reason, I couldn’t get the sound to work on my computer and I wanted to listen to a new CD. I tried everything he told me to do, and in frustration, he finally said it might have something to do with the CD. “What CD is it?” he said.

And since he was always accusing me of being a music snob (I’m really not – I’m more of a music nerd), I apologetically said, “Um, it’s the new Sufjan Stevens CD.” His response: Complete and utter silence.

Ten years later, a lot more people have heard about him –maybe even my ex. But it still cracks me up to think about it.

I’ll be home for Christmas

She & Him:

The Christmas song


Home for Christmas

Daryl Hall and Shelby Lynne:



Go tell it on the mountain

James Taylor:

Christmas in jail

Asleep At The Wheel:

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