We're searching for the best place to hold the "Michael Buys the Beer" event at the NRA Convention in Houston next month...can any of you Texans make a suggestion that's in walking distance of the Convention Center?
BTW, this week I watched the Luc Besson opus The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, which I kind of liked...hey, Milla Jovovich...say no more! Of course, it didn't end well for Joan...
Looking at that big fiery finish I couldn't help but think...Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey! Who's gonna bring the marshmallows? I mean that figuratively — FIGURATIVELY!!! — of course, so Homeland, for heaven's sake don't raid the Secret Hidden Bunker until I've finished my taxes!
John Richardson at No Lawyers Only Guns and Money has a fascinating story on good ole boy Manchin and his good ole boat where he entertains and where, apparently, he worked out his deal to sell us out...this from WaPo from Manchin when questioned about the good ole boat:
“...I’m a wee little small owner and have a generous partner. But you know what, it’s an older boat, it’s nice, we have a lot of fun....But we can get 10 or more senators and have a good time. And you know what? We can go float out there and you can’t find us...We go out on the Potomac. You build relationships..."Yeah buddy...here's a picture of the kind of "old boat" Manchin bought for $620,000 back in 2003. It's a 54-foot Sea Ray Sundancer 540:
Looks a lot like an aluminum Jon Boat I had back when I was a kid...
Well, maybe not, but I hope that sunken boat is a good visual representation of Manchin's and Toomey's political future.
Realistically, we all knew we were going to get sold out by one (or more) of our "friends" sooner or later, and, frankly, it could be a lot worse. Manchin is a little man who wants to be a player so bad he probably dribbles urine in his underwear. Toomey is a good example of how all people who wave the Gadsen flag don't necessarily understand what it means.
I agree with Brother Bob Owens that the Red State Dems and moderate Republicans "deserve" an up-or-down vote, on the record, for this. As my friend Sheriff Jim Wilson once famously noted, "Pussies will reveal themselves..." I hope the Republicans have sense enough to tag as many "poison pill" amendments to this travesty as they can.
Finally, here's a great piece from My Gun Culture on "How To Buy a Gun on the Internet." How it really works, as opposed to the "Buy a grenade launcher off the Internet and get same day shipping!" that the gun grabbers portray. I've bought a few guns off the Internet and it's like watching molasses on a slow morning. That's a Southernism...