Thursday, December 27, 2012


It' s unbelievable... freakin' Drudge has become the newest version of Weekly World News which features headlines such as "Batboy Goes Mutant" and Alien Spaceships to Attack Earth in November 2012. We all see this stuff in line at the Grocery Store and then we chuckle to ourselves at just how ridiculous this crap is.
But Drudge... Well, while we here may discount that on-line rag with the same contempt as one might have for the Weekly World News, millions of Conservative Americans take this site as truth.
As the NY Times Discussed:
Mr. Drudge understood the whole high-low bifurcation that news consumers are drawn to long before there was such a thing as Gawker. Andrew Breitbart, the founder of several conservative Web sites including and the author of “Righteous Indignation,” met him in 1995 when Mr. Drudge was still working at the CBS gift shop in Los Angeles and running the Web site on the side. Mr. Breitbart immediately began helping him. 
“Matt Drudge is an American original,” Mr. Breitbart said. “He does not rig search optimization, he does not care about the next big Web innovation, he just has the best nose for news there is. He gives people everything, every single thing, they want to know in a single stop.”
A big part of the reason he is such an effective aggregator for both audiences and news sites is that he actually acts like one. Behemoth aggregators like Yahoo News and The Huffington Post have become more like fun houses that are easy to get into and tough to get out of. Most of the time, the summary of an article is all people want, and surfers don’t bother to click on the link (vb1 emphasis). But on The Drudge Report, there is just a delicious but bare-bones headline, there for the clicking. It’s the opposite of sticky, which means his links actually kick up significant traffic for other sites.
SO... with that here is the top headline at today's Drudge Report "CIVIL WAR:SENATE TO GO FOR HANDGUNS". I noticed this because a co-worker had it sitting up on his desktop. Well, seeing that and with the fact that I am a handgun owner I figured I would take a look so I pulled it up. What does this ominous headline lead too... Senator Diane Feinsteins page regarding the Assault Weapon Ban.

NOW... if you read the bill that Feinstein supports it does mention handguns, HOWEVER, it only mentions handguns in the context of them having "Fixed Magazines with more than 10 rounds of ammunition" in them.
Now that is quite different story from the headline which screams "Senate Going After Handguns". But Drudge is meant to get clicks and readers so he doesn't care what he posts. However, he should care. There are a number of gun owners out there that buy into the paranoia that "President Obama is coming for their guns", and because of that they lash out and start shooting. That number of people is not high at this point, but we see the violence of this manifestation on a daily basis.

I have some acquaintances (Ron Paul supporters) who talk in terms of "revolution" if someone tries to take away their guns. Will they do anything? I don't know, I don't think so but, they are trained to use these weapons to a high degree. Here is the rantings of one them on Facebook:
Idiots, well I called this six years ago just like I called iraq before that, thanks voted for hitler cause hes black this time.... You stupid retards and your abortion/healthcare/wellfare crap destroyed amurica you fucking idiots....the holocaust only happened cause.people voted for it under the mask of protection...sheep.
BULLETS BULLETS BULLETS!!!! woohoo!!!! gun control gun control!!!!!!! fucking sheep. if i accidentally have a kid, its going to school in kevlar and with a 9milly before you start crying and voting our civil rights away watch some glorious police murders....its real... enjoy reality.
I mean this is the stuff that gets posted and they really believe it: The Government is coming to get you. SO... when Drudge posts this headline what is he doing? He is actively engaging in getting people that are heavily armed completely riled up. He is also engaging in mass consumer fraud to get people to buy up guns and ammo "before the ban goes into effect".

This is serious stuff. These headlines are meant to inflame. How many wingnuts are even going to actually click the link? My bet... not many. But what will be the result of this. How many people need to die before people like Drudge and his ilk actually take responsibility for their lies?

A possible solution? Get your conservative friends who read this ridiculous rag to actually click the link and call Drudge out. When I did - here is the conversation:
Me: You know this is bullshit right?
Co-worker: No way, Obummer is coming for our guns
Me: Well, did you actually read the story - it is about the "Assault Weapons Ban", what the hell does that have to do with Handguns?
Co-worker: I don't have to read the story - I know it's true. What do your read, the Huffington Post?
Me: Just READ the fucking page, NOW! Stop making shit up - just read it
Co-Worker: Ok, ok... (reads the link).
Me: Where is there anything about taking away Handguns?
Co-worker: Hmmm I don't really see anything but, it doesn't matter anyway, first it will be assault weapons then handguns.
Me: Oh for G-d sakes!!!!
Now at first this seems like a failed conversation, but after I saw him clicking on other misleading links just to check. You could tell that something about "Hmmm, this is not right" was going on. And so things change little by little. I think this is how we get the conversation started, by demonstrating that a lot of the fear around politics is just fear-mongering by a few.

Start and have the conversation. Fear is born of ignorance. The Right depends on ignorance for their strength. Deny them that fear and you deny them their meme's.


  1. Um, They want you to register the grandfathered guns that would be banned in this bill, thats pretty bold my friend. Going to be a lot of pissed off law abiding gun owners. I would say that Drudges headline is very appropriate.

  2. LOL... You would be right that there will be pissed off "law abiding Gun Owners" but the "appropriate" nature of the headline? NO!

    I mean, So WHAT??? You have to register your gun? OH NO, NOT THAT.... Oh the horror (/snark). That is not taking away your guns - that is simply registering older weapons. Why the objection? heh

    1. Well I'm sure you lack the intellect to grasp this concept but for starters, registering your weapons with the government has always been a sticking point. If they ever ban guns, they know exactly where they are and who has them. Secondly, why don't we start by making you register before you choose to use your 1st amendment rights. Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither....

    2. What a joke... They are not going after guns and so what if they know, they should know where the guns are. I don't have a problem with that.

      Second, as a citizen of the United States - I AM REGISTERED with the government. Dumbass. Talk about intellect... Sheesh.

      I am not sacrificing any liberty. I own a gun and I have no problem with registering it (and it is registered) whatsoever. I don't really have cowboy fantasies involving fighting off the Black Helicoptered UN troops with my Glock.

      But that is irrelevant because Gun Control is NOT Gun Banning. Simply put.

    3. Well best of luck trusting government to know whats best for you. Never thought I would see the day when the incompetent dictate to the competent, but what can you do. Go on living in your little "progressive" bubble of self inflicted enlightenment, as for me, I'll stick with the lessons of history, chump.

    4. What lessons of history?.. the one where lots of people get shot in a movie theatre?

      You wingnuts are interesting though.. I will give you that. Incompetent dictating to the competent? LOL

  3. (livosh1)
    Volley, you shouldn't engage with moron trolls.

  4. I may be living in a bubble of self-inflicted enlightenment, but I'm smart enough to know that no matter what guns I own, I won't win a fight with the United States of America.

    Hence, my interest in preserving democracy and the rule of law, rather than acquiring a huge family of pet semi-automatics, and complaining if I'm asked to register them.

  5. Bans the sale, transfer, importation, or manufacturing of:
    120 specifically-named firearms;
    Certain other semiautomatic rifles, handguns, shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine and have one or more military characteristics; and
    Semiautomatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds.

    This seems clear the government is coming after handguns. All semiautomatic handguns accept a detachable magazine. One could even argue that revolver cylinders, which can be taken apart from the rest of the gun, is a detachable magazine. Not sure what they mean by military characteristics since military handguns are simply civilian models with a different model number.