The terrifying yet sadly amusing world of Wayne LaPierre

Coming to an America near you!!

Coming to an America near you!!

I am very, very grateful that I do not live in Wayne LaPierre’s world. Because as described in a new column by the NRA leader, that world is a scary place right out of a Mad Max movie:

“Meanwhile, President Obama is leading this country to financial ruin, borrowing over a trillion dollars a year for phony “stimulus” spending and other payoffs for his political cronies. Nobody knows if or when the fiscal collapse will come, but if the country is broke, there likely won’t be enough money to pay for police protection. And the American people know it.

Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Riots. Terrorists. Gangs. Lone criminals. These are perils we are sure to face—not just maybe. It’s not paranoia to buy a gun. It’s survival. It’s responsible behavior, and it’s time we encourage law-abiding Americans to do just that….

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Responsible Americans realize that the world as we know it has changed. We, the American people, clearly see the daunting forces we will undoubtedly face: terrorists, crime, drug gangs, the possibility of Euro-style debt riots, civil unrest or natural disaster.

Since the election, millions of Americans have been lining up in front of gun stores, Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops exercising their freedom while they still have it. They are demonstrating they have a mass determination to buy, own and use firearms. Millions of Americans are using market forces like never before to demonstrate their ardent support for our firearm freedoms. That’s one of the very best ways we can Stand And Fight.”

There’s a quivering, even pornographic quality to LaPierre’s description of the apocalypse that looms ahead. And isn’t it interesting that his recommended solution — BUY MORE GUNS!!! BUY MORE AMMO!!!! PANIC!! – just happens to dovetail with the best interests of his paid masters in the firearms industry.

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As he puts it in his closing:

“We will not surrender. We will not appease. We will buy more guns than ever. We will use them for sport and lawful self-defense more than ever. We will grow the NRA more than ever. And we will be prouder than ever to be freedom-loving NRA patriots. And with your help, we will ensure that the Second Amendment remains America’s First Freedom.”

– Jay Bookman

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stands for decibels

February 14th, 2013
11:11 am

These are good times for people who deal in hardware that slaughters people.

Conservatives, stand up and take a bow.

Jefferson

February 14th, 2013
11:13 am

More proof that only scared people run to guns.

barking frog

February 14th, 2013
11:14 am

Sad to see. Fear is a great motivator and has been
used by religions for centuries so Lapierre’s play book
is handy.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

February 14th, 2013
11:14 am

— buy more ammo!! buy more guns!! PANIC!! —

Buy ammo?

Where?

stands for decibels

February 14th, 2013
11:15 am

Having posted that bit @ 11.11, I do think that the cray-cray paranoia you get from Wayne and his toadies isn’t entirely misplaced. I mean, there WILL be some modest gun legislation to emerge, both short-term (i.e. whatever can get pushed through this Congress) and down the road (when the majority of non-gun-owning America + the non-crazy gun owners finally tire of being dictated to by these fringers). Slowly their world is coming to an end, and nobody’s ever happy about that.

At least some will make a show of not going gentle into that good night, although hopefully that lack of gentility will be mostly non-violent in nature. But with these guys, who knows.

Jack

February 14th, 2013
11:16 am

I wonder how many people will give up their memberships to the NRA? Not many politicians in Georgia would have the courage to.

barking frog

February 14th, 2013
11:17 am

Probably his speeches are constructed with
bullet points.

Steve

February 14th, 2013
11:18 am

Guns go BANG BANG!

Cutty

February 14th, 2013
11:18 am

Unless you have a militia protecting your homestead, one AR-15 wouldn’t protect you and yours from a drug gang with .22s.

Aquagirl

February 14th, 2013
11:18 am

What sloppy-@$$ speech writing, he left out the zombie apocalypse.

barking frog

February 14th, 2013
11:19 am

He has to say something since Nugent was neutered at
the SOTU.

stands for decibels

February 14th, 2013
11:19 am

the possibility of Euro-style debt riots

you know what would make those even better? More guns.

Brosephus™

February 14th, 2013
11:20 am

Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Riots. Terrorists. Gangs. Lone criminals. These are perils we are sure to face—not just maybe. It’s not paranoia to buy a gun.

And I will recommend a Nobel Science Prize to the first person who thwarts a hurricane or tornado with a gun.

:lol:

getalife

February 14th, 2013
11:20 am

Elmer Fudd could be beat our President said the cons.

Too funny.

USinUK - former Girl Scout

February 14th, 2013
11:20 am

“Since the election, millions of Americans have been lining up in front of gun stores, Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops exercising their freedom while they still have it. They are demonstrating they have a mass determination to buy, own and use firearms.”

well, there you go – if there ever was an argument for more background checks, there it is in black and white.

barking frog

February 14th, 2013
11:22 am

Confiscating all private firearms except ‘black powder’
would not violate the Constitution.

jewcowboy

February 14th, 2013
11:22 am

And the National Rifle Association officially slips the surly bonds of sanity to descend into bat-sheet crazy. They no longer represent responsible gun owners…

DownInAlbany

February 14th, 2013
11:22 am

Oh, NO, not this, again! I’m not sure who more the sensationalist…LaPierre or Bookman! If folks want to stock up on guns and ammo, waiting for the civil unrest, let ‘em! Then, when it doesn’t happen, oh well, what’s the harm? It’s an economic stimulus! And, the libs love them some economic stimulus!

the dog

February 14th, 2013
11:23 am

He is just displaying more delusional paranoia that kept him from serving his country. The word cuckoo comes to mind.

Jefferson

February 14th, 2013
11:23 am

It is much easier to steal a gun than buy one, cheaper too. (If you want one bad enough)

barking frog

February 14th, 2013
11:24 am

Many of those buying guns are hoping for a large
profit down the road, capitalism at it’s finest.

USinUK - former Girl Scout

February 14th, 2013
11:24 am

“If folks want to stock up on guns and ammo, waiting for the civil unrest, let ‘em! Then, when it doesn’t happen, oh well, what’s the harm?”

nope. people stockpiling guns has never been a problem in the past.

what could go wrong?

Brosephus™

February 14th, 2013
11:25 am

well, there you go – if there ever was an argument for more background checks, there it is in black and white.

I have absolutely little to no faith in background checks. The system is basically only worth the information put into it. When nothing’s allowed to be entered, nothing will be returned when a check is performed. Case in example:

http://www.live5news.com/story/21064002/womoan-a

bookman parrot

February 14th, 2013
11:25 am

liberal hogwash jay…

Doggone/GA

February 14th, 2013
11:25 am

“And I will recommend a Nobel Science Prize to the first person who thwarts a hurricane or tornado with a gun”

Beat me to it!

DownInAlbany

February 14th, 2013
11:26 am

barking frog

February 14th, 2013
11:19 am

He has to say something since Nugent was neutered at
the SOTU.

Nugent said the other night that the pubs had no balls. I thought he’d be the hero by now!

In the middle

February 14th, 2013
11:27 am

OMG, buying guns for sport and self defense. Oh my, how horrible. Quick, let’s get all twisted in a bunch because law abiding citizens are buying guns, oh the horror.

Erwin's cat

February 14th, 2013
11:27 am

I don’t see his speech as dramatic as y’all do. The Obama admin rhetoric has caused for more guns to be purchased /sold more so than any speech WLP has made.
Weren’t there armed gangs and looters during the days and weeks after Katrina?

Joe Hussein Mama

February 14th, 2013
11:27 am

I’m perfectly willing to allow open ownership and carry of firearms to whoever wants them on one condition.

Every firearm owner and user is deemed by law. jointly and severally, to consent to the application of a strict liability standard with respect to the consequences of each and every round they fire.

In other words, if you ’stand your ground’ and exchange fire with a bad guy, then you’re liable for any damage, injury or death caused directly or indirectly by the shots you fired. And just so we’re all on the same page, ’strict liability’ means that if your round is found in a dead bystander, you’re *automatically guilty* of wrongful death at best, manslaughter or second-degree murder at worst. The specific charge you’d be punished for would be determined by the facts and circumstances surrounding the events that led you to shoot that bystander (whether you meant to or not).

I don’t have a problem with people owning firearms; I own firearms myself. My problem is with people who misuse them or who don’t think before they use them. Perhaps by raising the stakes in this way, people will think a little more before they shoot.

Doggone/GA

February 14th, 2013
11:28 am

“Quick, let’s get all twisted in a bunch because law abiding citizens are buying guns, oh the horror.”

Horror? It would appear that you have missed the AMUSEMENT being expressed here. I haven’t seen any “horror”

Keep Up the Good Fight!

February 14th, 2013
11:28 am

What’s the solution to gun violence? More guns!

And for those who will inevitably post “but how will this have stopped Newtown” the question is “How will lowering the legal limit for blood alcohol stop drunken boating Lake Lanier as proposed in the GOP controlled Georgia?”

USinUK - former Girl Scout

February 14th, 2013
11:29 am

Brocephus – 11:20 – well, I for one would like to see some of these yay-hoos stand in the path of a Cat 5 tornado and try to stop it with their guns … (no, no … you gotta get REAAAALLY close for it to work – didn’t you see “Twister”?)

DownInAlbany

February 14th, 2013
11:29 am

USinUK – former Girl Scout

February 14th, 2013
11:20 am

If the guns were purchased at a gun store, Cabela’s or Bass Pro Shops, they DID undergo a background check!

barking frog

February 14th, 2013
11:31 am

Brosephus™
I had to click your link just to find out what a womoan was.
However it is interesting to consider how many people are
on the edge of insanity, but not diagnosed and would not
show on a background check.

USinUK - former Girl Scout

February 14th, 2013
11:31 am

“The Obama admin rhetoric has caused for more guns to be purchased /sold more so than any speech WLP has made.”

bollocks – LaPierre has been fear-mongering since Obama took office the first time, 4 years before Newtown.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/frankminiter/2012/08/23/what-the-left-wont-tell-you-about-the-boom-in-u-s-gun-sales/

Keep Up the Good Fight!

February 14th, 2013
11:31 am

Funniest NRA line ever: “We [the NRA] are the largest civil rights organization in the world.”

We achieve this by being fanatically devoted to the right to deny civil and other rights to others.

DownInAlbany

February 14th, 2013
11:31 am

Joe Hussein Mama

February 14th, 2013
11:27 am

Good commentary. I wholeheartedly agree!

USinUK - former Girl Scout

February 14th, 2013
11:32 am

Down – 11:29 – sorry, I wasn’t clearer – I just meant the surge in purchases, not necessarily from whence they were bought.

Erwin's cat

February 14th, 2013
11:32 am

frog – Confiscating all private firearms except ‘black powder’
would not violate the Constitution.

I’ve heard the real “survivalist” are partial to black powder arms since ammo won’t be available after the apocalypse and sooner or later they’ll exhaust their stock pile of ammo…

the dog

February 14th, 2013
11:32 am

Down-I was unfortunate to be in a Bass Pro shop not long ago looking for winter socks. There were people in line to buy guns that from their behavior I would not trust to wash my car. They all passed the background check. Of course the check lasted about 2 seconds and who is to say the machine is working correctly or even turned on? Background checks should be done in places other than the point of sale.

Patrick

February 14th, 2013
11:33 am

Much more Yosemite Sam then Elmer Fudd.

In the middle

February 14th, 2013
11:33 am

I defy any of you “open minded” individuals to stand and defend the rights of people you disagree with. Fat chance.

stands for decibels

February 14th, 2013
11:33 am

Probably his speeches are constructed with hollow bullet points.

hadda fix that, hope you don’t mind.

Erwin's cat

February 14th, 2013
11:35 am

How will lowering the legal limit for blood alcohol stop drunken boating Lake Lanier as proposed in the GOP controlled Georgia?”

It won’t ,but it will be a good revenue stream for the municipalities

In the middle

February 14th, 2013
11:35 am

Doggone/GA – Thought I was being amusing (tongue firmly planted in cheek)

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

February 14th, 2013
11:36 am

well, there you go – if there ever was an argument for more background checks, there it is in black and white.

Don’t see your point Miss UK.

boomer

February 14th, 2013
11:36 am

Nothing should be banned. Just increase the penalties for any issue (notice I did not say crime) involving a firearm. If you shoot somebody automatic life in prison, if your gun goes off while cleaning and hurts some one automatic life in prison. If you are a “responsible” gun owner and you forgot the gun was in your luggage when you go to the airport, automatice 10 years. Responsible gun owners should know where their gun is at all times.

DownInAlbany

February 14th, 2013
11:37 am

the dog

February 14th, 2013
11:32 am

I was listening to Chris Matthews on MSNBC (imagine that!). I’m not sure who he was interviewing, but, they were in agreement that the b/g checks should take very little time. They actually used the analogy that it takes less time for the check than the time spent in the normal traffic stop. Sounds like the process was working as designed. IF the federal database is working like it should, it SHOULD only take a few seconds for completion.

Background checks should be done in places other than the point of sale.
What do you suggest? The local court house, the sheriff’s dept, police dept?

ty webb

February 14th, 2013
11:37 am

LaPierre’s speech makes sense to me…and I don’t own a gun. As to stopping weather events, forget guns, everyone knows that government and higher taxes are the only forces able to do that.

the dog

February 14th, 2013
11:37 am

Oh I see-now in the middle is pulling the old doomy trick. I was just kidding!! BS

stands for decibels

February 14th, 2013
11:37 am

“The Obama admin rhetoric has caused for more guns to be purchased /sold more so than any speech WLP has made.”

echoing UnU here, the gun-tards have been claiming that Obama is a “great salesman” ever since Nov. 2008.

They were going to say this about any Democratic president, of course–see also Ted Nugent’s tasteful public pronouncements about former Secretary Clinton for some idea of how that’d go down.

DownInAlbany

February 14th, 2013
11:38 am

USinUK – former Girl Scout

February 14th, 2013
11:32 am

Down – 11:29 – sorry, I wasn’t clearer – I just meant the surge in purchases, not necessarily from whence they were bought.

No worries!

barking frog

February 14th, 2013
11:38 am

Erwin’s cat
I’ve heard the real “survivalist” are partial to black powder arms since ammo won’t be available after the apocalypse and sooner or later they’ll exhaust their stock pile of ammo…
…………………………………………………………………………..
That would be pragmatic if they truly believe the situation will occur.

Erwin's cat

February 14th, 2013
11:39 am

the dog – They all passed the background check. Of course the check lasted about 2 seconds

bull, even with a CCW it takes about 25 min to go thru the check and registration

the dog

February 14th, 2013
11:39 am

DowninAlbany-I would hate to tie up police depts, sheriffs, whatever. If someone wants a gun badly enough, how about a fee to perform the background check?

Question-how often would the database be backed up and information added?

Common Sense is Uncommon

February 14th, 2013
11:40 am

No one has caused the sale of more guns than Barack Obama, not including the millions he purchsed through his homeland security agency and the ones he sold to Mexican drug cartels. He is now arming the Syrian rebels with high capacity assault weapons. There has never been a better time to be in the gun manufacturing business than there is today.

In the middle

February 14th, 2013
11:40 am

What is a doomy trick?

Stevie Ray

February 14th, 2013
11:40 am

I say we use that Patriot Act to install secret camera in his home and eavesdrop on his phone calls..it remains completely doable thanks to a major change of mind by BO post election.

Another example of Obamas continuing on with Bush’s defense strategies..

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/28/fisa-feinstein-obama-democrats-eavesdropping

barking frog

February 14th, 2013
11:41 am

sfd
feel free to correct, anything is usually an improvement….

stands for decibels

February 14th, 2013
11:41 am

Weren’t there armed gangs and looters during the days and weeks after Katrina?

Not anything like the BS our lovely right wing concocted. There are, probably, still millions of Americans who actually believe that rescue choppers were shot at by crazed Negroes, and of course that the Superdome was some rape factory.

ty webb

February 14th, 2013
11:42 am

“There are, probably, still millions of Americans who actually believe that rescue choppers were shot at by crazed Negroes, and of course that the Superdome was some rape factory.”

not to mention Bush blowing up the levees.

Erwin's cat

February 14th, 2013
11:43 am

echoing UnU here, the gun-tards have been claiming that Obama is a “great salesman” ever since Nov. 2008.

WLP’s pitch is no good without a boogey man….unfortunately Obama hasn’t exactly lived down that moniker with the gun enthusiast

DownInAlbany

February 14th, 2013
11:43 am

the dog

February 14th, 2013
11:39 am

DowninAlbany-I would hate to tie up police depts, sheriffs, whatever. If someone wants a gun badly enough, how about a fee to perform the background check?

Agreed re: police, etc. It’s been a while since I purchased a gun (the last was shotgun for my kid to hunt dove with), but, I seem to remember paying a nominal ($10?) for the background check. I have a buddy that owns a local sporting goods store, I’ll ask…

barking frog

February 14th, 2013
11:44 am

DowninAlbany
Nugent is a pub. Per him pubs have no balls.

stands for decibels

February 14th, 2013
11:44 am

What is a doomy trick?

Google the words “Thulsa”, “Doom” and “Bookman.” Or, “passive-aggressive personality disorder.” either way you’ll get the gist of it.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

February 14th, 2013
11:44 am

Of course the check lasted about 2 seconds and who is to say the machine is working correctly or even turned on?

That wasn’t my experience at Bass Pro.

I bought a gun there about a year ago, and I waited for 30-45 minutes.

Stevie Ray

February 14th, 2013
11:44 am

Background checks as proposed always should have been the law. I really don’t expect any reduction in gun killings as a result.

Jefferson

February 14th, 2013
11:44 am

What you want is to drive the cost up for guns and bullets, to make it more expensive for the illegal gun. It seems to be working.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

February 14th, 2013
11:44 am

Well, I say if you don’t turn around in the wrong driveway you’ll be OK.

Have a good noon time meal everybody and if you miss a turn get back on the highway and wait for a innersection to go back. People are mighty touchy about their driveway around here.

Erwin's cat

February 14th, 2013
11:44 am

Not anything like the BS our lovely right wing concocted. There are, probably, still millions of Americans who actually believe that rescue choppers were shot at by crazed Negroes, and of course that the Superdome was some rape factory.

so they only got shot up and raped a little bit?

Recon 0311 2533

February 14th, 2013
11:44 am

Back to Wayne LaPierre, I see. I noticed that Rubio was added to Jay’s enemies list yesterday.

Trusslady

February 14th, 2013
11:44 am

You can’t get a job without a criminal background check, a drivers license check and a credit check. Why the big freaking deal about a background check to own a gun? Personally, I think you should be licensed and have to validate that license every few years. And yes, I own guns.

Jefferson

February 14th, 2013
11:45 am

Why not wait weeks ? Check all the relatives too.

In the middle

February 14th, 2013
11:46 am

I would not want the efforts of the NRA to be any differant than the efforts of NOW in defending their positions. Sorry if you disagree. It is called free speech and freedom of association.

Aw the heck with it, let’s just pass legislation that compels all individuals and organizations to comply with the a singular view of the world. It would be a much better planet if we can just force everybody to agree.

fedup

February 14th, 2013
11:46 am

barking frog sorry NRA is creating gun bubble. In 2016 when the bubble burst you won’t be able to give away the AR15s.

the dog

February 14th, 2013
11:47 am

ERwn-I d not know what a CCW is but at Bass Pro shop they were lasting less than 10 seconds.

Stevie Ray

February 14th, 2013
11:47 am

Does a super soaker re-tooled to shoot caustic chemicals the domain of the NRA? How about a wrist rocket?

Nothing more needs be said about the NRA king jackass..

F. Sinkwich

February 14th, 2013
11:47 am

“Meanwhile, President Obama is leading this country to financial ruin, borrowing over a trillion dollars a year for phony “stimulus” spending and other payoffs for his political cronies.”

And…

“There’s a quivering, even pornographic quality to LaPierre’s description of the apocalypse that looms ahead.”

I guess looming apocalypses will happen if a republican gets elected. Let’s review:

Elect a repub, granny goes over a cliff.

Elect a repub, blacks will get water hosed and dragged behing pick-up trucks.

Elect a repub, Medicare and SS will die.

Elect a repub, you will die from poluted air and water.

Etc.

Wayne’s projections have more basis in reality than those above…

Keep Up the Good Fight!

February 14th, 2013
11:47 am

DownInAlbany

February 14th, 2013
11:47 am

barking frog

February 14th, 2013
11:44 am

DowninAlbany
Nugent is a pub. Per him pubs have no balls

Exactly. That makes him a hero on here, right? :)

barking frog

February 14th, 2013
11:48 am

fedup
barking frog sorry NRA is creating gun bubble. In 2016 when the bubble burst you won’t be able to give away the AR15s.
……………………………………………………………………………………
That’s capitalism for you.

j

February 14th, 2013
11:48 am

Have you kissed your gun lately? Weaponry is taking on a new more feverish 0ccupation of the American mind. Like the flu bug that has been making its way around, now it is the “gun bug” to be better armed more equiped for deadly force.
Unlike the flu bug that one can get a shot for, there is no immunization for the gun bug, it simply grows, multiplys and becomes more ominous with every passing day.
In every city, crime is on the rise, there is no slowing this epidemic.

Oscar

February 14th, 2013
11:49 am

Maybe the Braves can have a gun day this year instead of cap day. Fist 10,000 fans get asemi-auto rifle with a 30 round mag.

In the middle

February 14th, 2013
11:49 am

the dog. A CCW is a comcealed carry permit. It allows you to carry a gun on your person (except where prohibited by law). You have to go through an extensive background check to get one. Takes about 4 weeks.

Owl

February 14th, 2013
11:50 am

“Never let a good crisis go to waste.”
Maybe you’ll learn something for a change Jay…it cuts both ways.

USinUK - former Girl Scout

February 14th, 2013
11:50 am

Erwin – 11:43 – please – he didn’t do ANYthing about guns in his first administration

that didn’t stop 4 years of fear mongering!

Oscar

February 14th, 2013
11:51 am

Guns make great Valentine’s day gifts. Hurry while supplies still last. Special on high capicity mags.

barking frog

February 14th, 2013
11:51 am

DowninAlbany
DowninAlbany
Nugent is a pub. Per him pubs have no balls

Exactly. That makes him a hero on here, right?
……………………………………………………………
To be a hero here he would have had to say
pubs have no brains, balls not so much.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

February 14th, 2013
11:51 am

Stevie Ray

February 14th, 2013
11:51 am

Keep Up the Good Fight!

February 14th, 2013
11:47 am

Good stuff and I’m all in favor of putting up as many obstacles as possible to get a weapon. Problem is that we already have 310,000,000 guns in circulation that we know about…getting guns will still be about as difficult as scoring dope…

Oscar

February 14th, 2013
11:51 am

Enter your comments here

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

February 14th, 2013
11:52 am

ERwn-I d not know what a CCW is but at Bass Pro shop they were lasting less than 10 seconds.

Lie.

Oscar

February 14th, 2013
11:52 am

Have a Happy Gun Day.

Corbin Sharpe. I think, therefore I am...I think.

February 14th, 2013
11:52 am

Someone is going to have to explain to me how owning a gun protects you from hurricanes and tornadoes…

King of Planet Kolob

February 14th, 2013
11:52 am

It’s sad day in “Wayne’s World”. He should be the poster child for the mentally unstable who should not own guns.

Meehhh

February 14th, 2013
11:53 am

“Guns go BANG BANG!”

So does Cactus Jack….

Stevie Ray

February 14th, 2013
11:53 am

barking frog

February 14th, 2013
11:51 am

Oddly enough and I didn’t realize until after many years of being a Nugent music fan what “Stranglehold” was about. Crushing the face of some babe?

stands for decibels

February 14th, 2013
11:53 am

EC, setting aside my skepticism that you are quite as unaware of / can’t recall the grotesque rumor mongering indulged in by the media at the time of the disaster…

http://reason.com/archives/2005/12/01/they-shoot-helicopters-dont-th

[T]he basic premise of the article that introduced the New Orleans helicopter sniper to a global audience was dead wrong, just like so many other widely disseminated Katrina nightmares. No 7-year-old rape victim with a slit throat was ever found, even though the atrocity was reported in scores of newspapers. The Convention Center freezer was not stacked with 30 or 40 dead bodies, nor was the Superdome a live-in morgue. (An estimated 10 people died inside the two buildings combined, and only one was slain, according to the best data from National Guard officials at press time.)

Tales of rapes, carjackings, and gang violence by Katrina refugees quickly circulated in such evacuee centers as Baton Rouge, Houston, and Leesville, Louisiana–and were almost as quickly debunked.

From a journalistic point of view, the root causes of the bogus reports were largely the same: The communication breakdown without and especially within New Orleans created an information vacuum in which wild oral rumor thrived. Reporters failed to exercise enough skepticism in passing along secondhand testimony from victims (who often just parroted what they picked up from the rumor mill), and they were far too eager to broadcast as fact apocalyptic statements from government officials–such as Mayor Ray Nagin’s prediction of 10,000 Katrina-related deaths (there were less than 900 in New Orleans at press time) and Police Superintendent Edwin Compass’ reference on The Oprah Winfrey Show to “little babies getting raped”–without factoring in discounts for incompetence and ulterior motives.

Problem is, there are STILL people who choose to believe much of what got reported as “news” at the time, because (I’m assuming here) it reinforces their prejudices about Those People.

Constructive Feedback

February 14th, 2013
11:54 am

Mr Bookman:

The NRA chief sounds just like you when Bush was President.

Your response to these words resemble how I felt when I read your commentraries throughout the 2000’s until Obama got into office.

Funny how things work.
Don’t you miss Cynthia Tucker as part of your left-wing trinity with Luckovich?

Butch Cassidy (I)

February 14th, 2013
11:54 am

Reminds me of the movie ‘Survivors” with Robin Williams and Walter Matthau.