America’s longest serving congress member, Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), to retire.
New York Times: …As he announced his retirement, Mr. Dingell talked about the failings of current lawmakers. “This Congress has been a great disappointment to everyone, members, media, citizens and our country,” he said. “Little has been done in this Congress, with 57 bills passed into law.”
He added, “There will be much blaming and finger pointing back and forth, but the members share fault, much fault; the people share much fault, for encouraging a disregard of our country, our Congress and our governmental system.”
Then he asked Americans to work together. “What unites us is far greater than what divides us,” he said. “No president should have to tell a Congress that if that august body cannot do its task he will do it by executive order.”
Today’s Tale of Second Amendment Heroism.
Two concealed-carry heroes save America from each other.
WZZM (emphasis mine): IONIA, Mich. — Two drivers are dead after a road rage incident escalated into a shootout. The incident happened around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday on M-66 near Steele Street.
Witnesses tell WZZM 13 one driver was following another driver too closely. The first driver pulled into the Wonder Wand Car Wash parking lot and the other driver followed him into the lot.
Witnesses say the driver of the following car fired shots, and the first driver returned fire. Both drivers were shot and killed. Authorities say both men had licenses to carry concealed weapons.
So don’t worry, it only seems like these guys were endangering the lives of people all around them. They had the Official State of Michigan Responsible Gun Owner Seal of Approval, so it’s simply not possible that they were two dangerous clowns who should never have been allowed within a mile of a loaded weapon. That’s an optical illusion or something. They were Second Amendment Heroes in the truest sense — it’s practically science.
If you doubt that, I give their deaths as evidence; they selflessly sacrificed themselves to protect the unarmed public from… well, from them.
Today’s Adventure in Second Amendment Freedom.
NWTimes.com: A 24-year-old man was arrested in the shooting death of a 3-year-old Michigan City-area boy in what an official said was a game the man played with a gun.
LaPorte County Prosecutor Bob Szilagyi said Monday the boyfriend of the victim’s mother told investigators he forgot the handgun was loaded when playing a gun game with the boy.
Zachariah Grisham, of rural Michigan City, is being held in the LaPorte County Jail on preliminary charges of reckless homicide and neglect of a dependent, both felonies.
LaPorte County and Michigan City authorities responded about 3:30 p.m. Sunday to Terrace Acres, a mobile home park along U.S. 20 near Hitchcock Street. The child, Lance Wilson, was found dead from a gunshot to the head inside the trailer where Grisham lived with the boy and his mother and at least one other child.
Szilagyi said Grisham and the boy often played a game where the boy pointed his finger at Grisham and said, “bang, bang.”
Grisham would respond by pointing his gun at the boy and pulling the trigger.
Szilagyi said the investigation shows Grisham “this time forgot the chamber was loaded.”
Zachariah Grisham, today’s Second Amendment Hero.
MI prosecutor determines Fox contributor picked fight, then claimed he was attacked.
Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III said he won’t file criminal charges after reviewing unedited video showing events that led to a Fox News contributor being punched during December’s right-to-work demonstrations.
Steven Crowder filed a police report following the Dec. 11 incident at the Capitol, which Michigan State Police had referred to Dunnings’ office for review. The fight occurred amid generally peaceful demonstrations involving more than 10,000 people who had gathered in Lansing that day as lawmakers voted on a package of bills that ban requiring union dues as a condition of employment.
Dunnings said today the first video his office reviewed had been edited. After reviewing an unedited clip, he decided to not pursue the case.
“It’s pretty clear the person that they wanted to charge was acting in self-defense,” Dunnings said of the union member who apparently slugged Crowder.
Crowder posted a heavily edited video of the altercation, which made it seem as if he’d been attacked out of the blue by Fox News patented “union thugs.” Needless to say, Crowder accompanied the video with a pocketful of victim cards. But a second, less dishonest video completely undermined his story.
Crowder said on Twitter later day that he suffered a minor cut to the forehead and a chipped tooth after being “sucker-punched” four times.However, unedited footage shows that the union member who apparently punched Crowder appeared to have been pushed to the ground seconds before the brawl.
It’s unclear who pushed the union member. Crowder was standing nearby and appears to throw his hands up in the air in a gesture of innocence after the man fell, the video shows.
If you see someone fall over, you don’t immediately claim you’re innocent unless you’re not. He might as well have shouted, “Wasn’t me!” He also provided the prosecutor with the dishonestly-edited version of the incident, which you would only do if you had something to hide. Both videos are at the link.
If you ever thought that maybe Fox News wasn’t really a propaganda outfit, that they were simply a conservative-leaning network in a mirror opposite mold of MSNBC, you can disabuse yourself of those notions. This “news” outfit was actively engaged in making pro-union people look bad, by trying (and succeeding) to incite them to violence. By all appearances, Crowder attacked a man to get him to take a swing at him.
One thing’s for sure, you’re probably not going to see this story on Fox News.
The Willard Scott equation.
It looks like Mitt Romney’s brother Scott is considering running to fill the senate seat left open by retiring Michigan Senator Carl Levin.
Since Mitt’s real name is Willard and his brother is named Scott, if you add the two together you get Willard Scott, former Today Show weatherman and the original Ronald McDonald, as my handy chart demonstrates.
Seems about right. Math doesn’t lie.