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February 19, 2013 5:59 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Props to Michael Lind for waking me up on an increasingly drowsy Tuesday afternoon. Here are some final news/views items of the day:

* Dumb wingnut state legislator du jour: a Missouri pol who introduced bill to make introduction of bill restricting gun rights a “Class D Felony.”

* Tea Party Patriots sends out fundraising email with photoshopped image of Karl Rove dressed up like Heinrich Himmler. TPP now blames hireling firm, apologizes. Just a little falling out among friends.

* TNR’s Molly Redden profiles new NARAL president Ilyse Hogue, born the year the organization was founded. \

* At Ten Miles Square, James Wimberley marshals evidence that “well-regulated militias” no longer associated with stable democratic regimes.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports study indicating that 80% of citations in academic papers reference material the authors haven’t actually read.

And in non-political news:

* Macy’s suing JC Penney to block deal with Martha Stewart.

To close this day, here’s White Stripes again, performing “Icky Thump” at Hyde Park.

Selah.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

Comments

  • jkl; on February 19, 2013 9:55 PM:

    *" Tea Party Patriots' fundraising email with photoshopped image of Karl Rove dressed up like Heinrich Himmler. TPP now blames hireling firm, apologizes...."

    Sigmund Freud said there are no accidents!

  • Charles on February 19, 2013 11:34 PM:

    Dumb wingnut state legislator du jour: a Missouri pol who introduced bill to make introduction of bill restricting gun rights a “Class D Felony.”

    And the sad yet hilarious thing is that the guy probably spoke at great length about how Obama is leading us down the path to tyranny: this guy who has now proposed a law that would jail his political opponents.

  • Altoid on February 20, 2013 12:21 AM:

    About the MO pol: the stupid, it burns! Missouri's constitution guarantees that senators and representatives "shall not be questioned for any speech or debate in either house in any other place" (Art. III sec. 19). That would be, like, in a court of law, maybe.

    In other words, what he's proposing isn't even about infringing somebody's free speech. It's about what representatives and senators have the freedom to do and say in their official capacity. Even to hint at the kind of thing he has apparently actually put in the hopper is a gross violation of privilege and out of order on the face of it. He should be reprimanded by the speaker for this, in the well of his House.

    The guy really doesn't have a clue what he and the other legislators can and can't do. And yet he wants to make laws for the rest of Missouri. It wouldn't hurt him to have to pass a short course in parliamentary procedure and learn how constitution systems work.

  • Gold IRA on February 20, 2013 6:32 AM:

    He's not infringing on free speech. He should be punished for this.

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