Sunday, August 31, 2014

NRA Shill Dave Kopel Adds 'Misogynist' To His CV

And why the heck not?  After all, if you have bigot, racist, liar, and Holocaust-revisionist on the list---well, what the hell--why not try for the whole shebang?

Seems Dishonest Dave is really, really upset (in a manly way, of course) about Shannon Watts calling herself a 'stay-at-home-mom.'  Because she used to be a communications and PR exec with bigtime firms like GE and Monsanto--Dishonest Dave believes a woman couldn't possibly be a a mom and also head up a group called "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America."

It's impossible.  You can't do both, reasons Dishonest Dave.  Therefore, Shannon Watts is just a canard to fool innocent Americans.

Et tu, Dishonest Dave?

Prose and cons: Back in '93, local Independence Institute activist David Kopel co-wrote an op-ed piece with a fellow named Theodore H. Fiddleman that accused the federal government of a "coverup" in the Branch Davidian debacle. The only "coverup" that can be proven so far is that Theodore H. Fiddleman doesn't exist. The name is a pseudonym used by Paul Blackman, chief researcher for the National Rifle Association's research and lobbying arm.
Readers of numerous letters to the editor across the nation haven't known, of course, that "Fiddleman," instead of being "a freelance writer from Arlington, Virginia," is really the grinder-in-chief of the NRA's propaganda mill. The charade was uncovered in July by the Washington Post, and there was much hemming and hawing by Blackman and his allies. Kopel, who merited only a small part in the Post story, doesn't hem or haw. He knew Blackman was Fiddleman, he says, and he defends his pal.


  1. I'm not super critical of Shannon Watts' history, and honestly I think the pro-gun side is jumping on this too hard for my tastes. But let's at least be honest about what their criticism is. It's not that she claims to be a mom. We all know she's a mom- it's not in dispute. It's that she claims to be a stay at home mom, which is conflict with working PR for Monsanto.

    1. I think you're right to not be "super critical of Shannon Watts' history." It's a minor quibble at best. It makes me wonder is that all they got?

  2. Misogyny: criticizing women, who deserve it. Not misogyny: criticizing women who deserve it.

  3. mi·sog·y·ny
    noun: misogyny

    dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women.

    Of course we wouldn't expect you to use a dictionary.

    1. Viciously attacking Shannon Watts over a minor issue like "stay at home mom" or not is good evidence of misogyny as well as knee-jerk gun-loonery.

    2. So when they attack Michael Bloomberg, Ladd Everett, Dan Gross, or even you, they are being misandrists in addition to knee-jerk-gun-loons? Or maybe they just care about your position on gun rights and it doesn't matter what sex you are?

    3. Attacking a woman about what kind of mom she is is different than the sometimes petty attacks levied against those men you mentioned. So, no, they are not equal.