The Government You Paid For

Number 30 in a Series

This series of posts is supposed to be about people getting the government they paid for. Sometimes that is not the case. Please follow this humorous story.

Republican Tim Murphy represented Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District until last year. Then he apparently got a woman pregnant (artificial insemination I presume) and subsequently encouraged her to abort the pregnancy. Then, for reasons left for the reader to figure out, he resigned his office. So the Commonwealth of  Pennsylvania figured it needed a replacement to represent its 18th district, and a special election was scheduled for the 13th of this month. Democrats pounced.

Eager to get back into  the game, maybe even to obtain a majority in the House of Representatives, Democrats put up a candidate to run for the open position. That was Conor Lamb. The Republican Party fielded candidate Rick Saccone.

Saccone is critical of welfare spending and is considered a budget hawk. He supports large-scale cuts to K-12 education, childhood education programs, public libraries, child welfare, and other state programs in order to pay back the federal government’s debt. Saccone’s beliefs are strongly influenced by Christian reconstructionist and author David Barton, who also introduced Saccone’s 2018 special election run.

Yes! Rick Saccone is everything the Republican Party has come to  stand for, and his association with Texas religious crank David Barton demonstrates he has well and truly drunk the Kool-Aid.

Conor Lamb is a Marine Corps Reserve officer, having served an active tour as a judge advocate general. Prior to the congressional campaign he was a federal prosecutor.

This was shaping up as an election to  define the political landscape for the remainder of the year. District 18, shortly to disappear as lines are redrawn, was represented by Republicans for the past 15 years, and President Trump carried the district by a 20-point margin in 2016. Turning this district would be a grand prize for the Democrats. They poured in the resources. Full disclosure: I have contributed money to the Democratic Party, and I  receive several times daily email solicitations for funds. Prior to the election on Tuesday I am sure I received at least a dozen appeals to donate to the District 18 race.

And that’s what this is all about. It’s a prime example of how American politics is about money. There seems to be something about the American voter, maybe voters all over the world. So many do not take a look at the facts available, make a decision, then vote their conclusions. It’s either they must be told how to vote, or else they are prone to follow the most recent and the loudest voice. It’s this latter case where money comes in. Money buys the voice. The more money, the longer and the louder the voice speaks.

And the money came in, not from me. Despite the flood of emails, I kept a tight fist, saving my salvo for a pair of  Texas races coming up later this year. But others did. Apparently, Conor Lamb pulled heavily from individual donors like me. Rick Saccone had tremendous outside help. Rather than reconstruct the story from pieces, I am posting what was published on-line by Time.

Republicans and Democrats are employing very different fundraising strategies ahead of the midterm elections, but the results of a special election in Pennsylvania show the GOP strategy may have some drawbacks.

As in other races, a higher amount of Democratic dollars went straight to candidate Conor Lamb, while more Republican money went to outside groups backing state Rep. Rick Saccone. Lamb’s official campaign committee outraised Saccone’s 3 to 1, according to Issue One, a non-partisan group that tracks spending in politics. But outside groups backing Saccone outspent outside groups backing Lamb 6 to 1.

Regarding money raised by Lamb’s campaign, Rick Saccone was quick to mention this. His campaign touted, for voters’ appreciation, his opponent’s fund-raising success. Critically, Saccone failed  to mention the tremendous flow of cash from outside sources. That would be money not spent by his campaign but by groups supporting his election. The NRA made its weight felt:

The National Rifle Association has engaged in an under-the-radar spending campaign for Republican candidate Rick Saccone in Pennsylvania’s Tuesday special election.

It is the only federal political spending the pro-gun group has reported since the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., according to FEC reports.

The NRA spent $7,868 in support of Saccone but the money wasn’t seen in a high-profile venture like TV ads or get-out-the-vote efforts. Most of it – $7,532 – was spent on mailings scheduled to be distributed in the district on Monday. The remaining $336 was spent on phone banking earlier this month, according to campaign finance filings.

Nobel Prize laureate Bob Dylan has been  noted for pointing out that “money doesn’t talk, it swears.” In this case it whispered. Despite the lop-sided [UNDERSTATEMENT ALERT] spending, Conor Lamb eked out a win by a handful of votes. A recount is in progress, but it’s apparent Mr. Lamb is heading for Washington.

Conor Lamb ran as a conservative Democrat, but Republicans can expect little help from him. While he may vote against the Democrats’ more liberal social ideals, there are a number of things he can be counted on not  to  do:

  • Vote to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.
  • Vote funding to build a wall between the United States and Mexico.
  • Vote to disassemble the Affordable Care Act.

And more.

The big difference between Rick Saccone and Conor Lamb is that President Trump did not come to Pennsylvania to campaign for Conor Lamb. He did for Rick Saccone. The Trump brand is daily becoming more toxic, and we are wondering, come November, whether Republican candidates will look to keep their distance from this rogue leader. Having elected a president from the least qualified, Republicans may have come to think they have some sort of mandate, forgetting in the short term that their candidate was the less popular of the two top contenders.

Powerful lobbying groups such as the NRA and high-pocket industrial interests such as the Koch Brothers can be counted to back Republican candidates in the coming months. Whether they will obtain the government  they paid for is now open for question.


Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks (number 102).

So, how is that working out?

Florida Moves To Arm Teachers After School Massacre

Legislative committees’ answer to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School slaughter? More guns.

Florida, home of the popcorn shooter, home of the Treyvon Martin killing, home of the loud music shooting may want to consult with the state to the north:

Armed social studies teacher arrested after shooting at Georgia high school

DALTON, GA. – An armed social studies teacher has been arrested after shots were fired at a high school in a small town in northern Georgia.

Fifty-three-year-old Jesse Randall Davidson, a social studies teacher who also serves as the play by play voice for the Dalton High School football team, fired at least one shot before barricading himself inside a classroom, according to the Dalton Police Department.

I know, and I fully understand, that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. But I do notice that guns seem to be drawn to people killing people. May Jesus have mercy on our souls.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks (number 101).

These are terrible times. Your right to resort to deadly force is enshrined in the Constitution. Let me know how that turns out.

6-year-old dies after accidental shooting

Posted Jan 31, 2018 at 11:04 AM
Updated Jan 31, 2018 at 5:27 PM

JACKSON COUNTY — A 6-year-old accidentally shot Friday in Jackson County
has died of his injuries.

According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Ervin Gerard Sims Jr., 6, was
pronounced dead Tuesday. He was shot in the head Friday at a home on
Townhouse Drive and flown to a nearby hospital in critical condition.
JCSO investigators reported a family member accidentally fired the handgun.

This is a continuing investigation.

Do not allow liberal politicians to revoke your God-given rights and leave you defenseless. Thoughts and prayers and all that stuff.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks (number 100).

The right to keep your family safe is protected by the Second Amendment. The NRA is at your side during these troubled times. With exceptions.

7-Year Old Girl Accidentally Shot by Brother

By: Karen Libby 

Posted: Jan 17, 2018 08:27 AM CST

Updated: Jan 17, 2018 11:24 AM CST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A 7 year old girl is recovering from a gunshot wound after her younger brother accidentally shot her early Wednesday morning.

The Greene County Sheriff’s Department says the preliminary investigation indicates an adult was visiting the family’s home in the 2400 block of W. Alta just outside the southwest Springfield city limits, and unknowingly dropped a small handgun.

The 6 year old boy found the gun and shot his sister while playing with it.

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.

This is your President speaking.

Number 60 in a long series

And now a few words from the President of the United States:

What many people don’t understand, or don’t want to understand, is that Wayne, Chris and the folks who work so hard at the are Great People and Great American Patriots. They love our Country and will do the right thing. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

“Let me make one thing perfectly clear.”

People Unclear

This is number 36

Wait. Wait! This is just plain crazy:

‘Game Changer’: Florida Sheriff Working With Schools To Train And Arm Teachers

The world truly has gone crazy when the solution to protecting high school students from random people with firearms is to arm up the schools. Wouldn’t it be a better idea to stop whacked out shooters before they get their hands on a gun? Else, if you just protect the schools, then shooters (they aren’t going anywhere) are going to take on other soft targets. I don’t want to give those NRA fans any ideas, but there are lots of other places besides high schools overflowing with easy targets.

Or, we could keep people who have no legitimate reason for having a gun from getting one in the first place. Nah. That would never work. Kevlar vests, anyone?

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks (number 97).


Don’t let liberal politicians fool you. They aren’t concerned with your right to defend yourself. They only want to take your guns. Take your guns. Take your guns.

(CNN) — Another high school has turned into a scene of carnage, this time in western Kentucky.

Fourteen people were wounded, two of them fatally, after a shooter opened fire Tuesday morning at Marshall County High School, Gov. Matt Bevin said at a news conference. Another five people sustained other injuries.
A 15-year-old male student was arrested at the scene and will be charged with murder and attempted murder, Bevin said.
Stay alert, and keep your powder dry.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks (number 96).

Forget about counseling, arbitration, reconciliation. The Second Amendment means you can dispense with the formalities and get straight to some personal justice:

Jordan Armstrong and Alisha Ebrahimji, WFAA 10:37 PM. CST January 22, 2018

ELLIS COUNTY — The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office has a 16-year-old student in custody after a school shooting Monday morning that left a 15-year-old injured.

Just before 8 a.m., an active shooter was reported at Italy High School in Italy, Texas.

A 16-year-old male student was taken into custody without incident after shooting a 15-year-old female student in the cafeteria with a semi-automatic handgun, Sheriff Charles Edge said.

I’m starting to feel better already.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks.

From Joe For America

Take comfort in the Bible. Take comfort in the Second Amendment. Apparently not both:

Police: Lincoln man shot neighbor following argument over the Bible


A Lincoln man remained in jail Monday after police say he shot his neighbor twice following an argument over the Bible Friday night.

Jimmy Livingston, 60, shot 30-year-old Andrew Pickering in the shoulder and hip in the incident at an apartment building at 741 Sumner Street, according to an affidavit for Livingston’s arrest.

I really miss that part in Isaiah 2:4 about beating swords into plowshares.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks.

I like to remind my readers that the National Rifle Association is their friend, always ready to protect their Second Amendment freedoms. Nobody appreciates this concern more than Radee Labeeb Prince, 37 years old:

The man believed to have killed three people in a “targeted attack” near a Maryland business and also suspected in a later shooting in Delaware was apprehended by police in Delaware Wednesday evening after a manhunt that stretched on for hours.

Thankfully for Mr. Prince, the NRA was there to look out for his rights. Although Mr. Prince may not have been allowed to possess a handgun legally, that would not have been much of a problem. If a dealer had sold him the weapon he used, it’s possible a considerable waiting period and a comprehensive background check would not have thwarted the transaction. If Mr. Prince had purchased the weapon at a gun show, there would have been no background check, and there would have been no record of the transaction forwarded to legal authorities. Similarly if Mr. Prince had purchased the gun from an individual. Same for if an individual had given Mr. Prince the weapon with no money changing hands. Had Mr. Prince stolen the weapon, it would have been the first time in its recent history that a law had been broken, but there would have been no requirement for the previous owner to report the theft, along with the weapon’s serial number.

No, there was little if anything to prevent Mr. Prince, despite his legal history, from having the weapon he used to kill three and to  injure three others. We can be so thankful that Mr. Prince’s Second Amendment rights have organizations such as the NRA to protect them. And the elected officials who take their money.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks.

I was out of town and catching all my news by way of a hand-held device. Something came across that made me think of this:

Room service: Room service!
Guest: Yes, is this room service?
Room service: Yes, sir. It is.

Guest: Can you send up an order of the pumpkin pie?
Room service: Yes, sir. Coming right up.
Guest: And a bottle of red wine. Do you have Château Oran pinot noir 2011?
Room service: Yes sir. Should I add a bottle?
Guest: Yes. That will be just wonderful.
Room service: Anything else, sir?
Guest: While you’re at it, could you please bring up 200,000 rounds of 5.56 NATO – 62 Grain Lake City M855 Ball FMJ – Federal American Eagle?

But that’s not this week’s story. This week’s story is about how the National Rifle Association stands guard over the Second Amendment, protecting your right to defend yourself and your self esteem:

Police are on the hunt for a Houston man accused of shooting a homeless man in the leg.

Jamin Stocker, 33, is accused of firing at the 50-year-old man from the balcony of the townhome in a Midtown neighborhood where friction has been growing between homeowners and residents of a burgeoning homeless encampment nearby.

Stocker, however, was apparently not just another frustrated homeowner. Neighbors said he had been living in the home, which went into foreclosure in 2008 but appeared to have reverted to the previous owner last month.

Well, this was definitely a case where an armed response meant the difference between  life and life with some loss of dignity. Keep on keeping on, NRA supporters.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks.

When it comes to protecting yourself and your property, the Second Amendment is your right to arm yourself. What could possibly go wrong?

BONNEY LAKE, Wash. — A woman has died after being hit by a stray bullet in what appears to be a tragic accident. Deputies said she was shot in the head when a man was running down the street firing at someone who was stealing his car.

According to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, witnesses called 911 shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday to report hearing ten gunshots in the Prairie Ridge Area.

This citizen has the National Rifle Association to thank for (almost) keeping his property safe.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks.


Pesky house guests? Don’t call the ACLU. They don’t give a damn about your personal liberty. When guests won’t leave it’s the National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment you can rely on:

A Florida woman opened fire on her house guests because they were “too loud” and had overstayed their welcome, police say.

Alana Annette Savell, 32, was hosting a couple at her Panama City home when the visitors apparently became noisy.

Police say she ordered them to go, before shooting the man and woman in the legs. The victims went to hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Take that, all you bleeding-heart liberals. Where were you when I asked these people to leave?

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks.

Because of the National Rifle Association and its defense of the right of all Americans to carry firearms, this is the safest country in the world—with a few exceptions:

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Attorneys completed closing arguments in the murder trial of Shawn Smith, 26, on Tuesday.  Smith is one of three men accused in the shooting death of a 13-month-old Elijah Johnson back in January 2016.

Smith took the stand in his own defense Tuesday.  He testified that he was in fear for his life in what police describe as a drive-by style shooting.

According to police reports, the shooting was sparked after Isaiah Smith robbed the defendant and Dontay King earlier that day.  The prosecution argued that S. Smith and King were enraged over the robbery and went on a manhunt for Isaiah that night and opened fire while he [Isaiah] was holding the toddler.

I mean, man, the police aren’t going to  be there when somebody takes your stuff. It’s up to you and your trusty handgun to take matters in hand and defend your rights. Too bad about the baby. Maybe next time.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks.

The National Rifle Association works tirelessly to defend the Second Amendment’s guarantee that all citizens have the right to carry firearms to protect themselves. Because of this, the United States is the safest of the industrialized countries—with a few minor exceptions:

Two 3-year-old boys were wounded Friday evening in an accidental shooting outside of a Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant in southwest Fort Worth, police said.

The children were taken to Cook Children’s hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The incident happened about 5:50 p.m. in the parking lot of the Chuck-E-Cheese’s at Southwest Loop 820 and International Plaza in the Overton Park Plaza shopping center.

Sgt. Marc Povero, a police spokesman, said the children left the restaurant ahead of their parents and went to the family vehicle, where they found a .380-caliber pistol. As one of the children was playing with the weapon, it discharged, injuring the child in the hand and striking the other child in the back.

Any earnest defender of the Second Amendment will tell you this is a small price to pay to protect us from foreign terrorists coming across our borders in droves.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks.

Liberal politicians don’t care about your liberties. Only the National Rifle Association, in its relentless defense of the Second Amendment, is there for you when pesky children disrupt your peaceful existence:

Frustrated by young children playing in his Goose Creek-area neighborhood, a man shot their grandparents and fired at two others, including a 1-year-old girl, investigators said Tuesday.

George Ernest Merritt, 64, of Gator Drive, faces four counts of attempted murder and possession of a firearm in the gunfire Monday afternoon, the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office said. The grandparents are expected to survive their wounds.

The Second Amendment is there to ensure you have the right to protect yourself. Keep it loaded, and don’t leave home without it.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks.

Nobody is going to keep you and your family safe if you don’t take steps of your own. The National Rifle Association, in its campaign to protect the Second Amendment, works tirelessly to ensure you have the right to keep your family safe. How is that working out?

According to police reports obtained by KJRH, investigators believe that 44-year-old James Delbert Tygart and 42-year-old Janie Marie Tygart got into an argument on Saturday inside their Bartlesville home.

When Janie Tygart attempted to leave the house, authorities allege that James Tygart grabbed a gun and shot her. At that point, he reportedly turned the gun on himself.

Authorities say a 15-year-old boy was in the home at the time of the shooting.

Don’t let liberals take your guns away. The next victim could be you.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks.

The ACLU is not going to protect you when your manhood is threatened. In times like this you can rely on the National Rifle Association and its support for the Second Amendment to ensure you can protect your honor:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — An ex-convict who shot two women at a Fort Wayne beauty college before turning the gun on himself was upset that one of the women would not date him, police said Tuesday.

Davion D. Brown, 24, entered Ravenscroft Beauty College on Monday evening carrying a backpack and found the woman who would not date him, Patricia Ann Hahn, 29, of Fort Wayne, in a break room and began shooting with a .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun, police spokesman Michael Joyner told a news conference.

All these bleeding heart liberals think about is taking your guns away. They never show any consideration for you when women reject you. Thank God for the National Rifle Association.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks.

Because the Second Amendment allows American citizens to own and carry guns, America is the safest nation in the world. With minor exceptions:

PORT ARTHUR – A boy was accidentally shot by another boy Tuesday afternoon at a home in Port Arthur according to a police spokesperson.

From the Port Arthur Police Department…

Port Arthur Police Officers were dispatched to 3200 42nd Street, a private residence, earlier this afternoon.

Obviously, this is a case of the exception proving the rule. Keep ’em loaded, cowpoke.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks.

If you don’t have a gun available when danger threatens your children, how are you going to keep them safe? You can never be too vigilant:

n Ohio police department chided gun owners about firearms safety after one local boy shot another while playing unsupervised.

An 8-year-old boy and 6-year-old boy were playing in a basement Thursday at a Columbus home when they found a loaded handgun, police said.

The boys were handling the weapon when it accidentally fired, shooting the older boy in the arm.

He was treated at a nearby hospital for the gunshot wound, but additional details about his condition were not released.

“PLEASE LOCK UP GUNS,” Columbus police said on their verified Twitter account. “We’re posting this incident to raise awareness & educate the public.”

Of course, if you keep your weapon safely locked up, then how are you going to get to it when foreign terrorists come over the back fence to murder your family? The cops didn’t think about that.