The political buzz around Queensland, Australia these days is centered on a young parliamentary candidate who has managed to make more gaffes than Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi combined – and do it all within a single interview.
Things started off badly for Stephanie Banister, a 27-year-old welder running for a seat in Rankin, Queensland, when she described Islam as being a country during her interview with CNN affiliate 7 News. Instead of correcting the blunder, she piled one on top of another, according to CNN.
“I don’t oppose Islam as a country,” Banister began, “but I do feel that their laws should not be welcome here in Australia.”
Then she added, “Less than 2% of Australians follow haram.” Did she mean the Quran, or the Muslim dietary laws? She wasn’t at all clear, but nonetheless plowed ahead to offer her ignorance of other religions.
“Jews aren’t under haram, they have their own religion which follows Jesus Christ,” she asserted.
After muffing up the world’s religions, she decided to tackle Australian national issues, noting its disability insurance program was “working at the moment.” It is not set to begin until 2016, according to Australian 7 News.
Almost immediately after it aired, the interview went viral – worldwide – an inauspicious beginning for a young pol. Shortly afterwards, she withdrew her candidacy, claiming to be the victim of malicious editing.
“With the way Channel Seven edited my interview, I was left quite the fool,” Banister said.
Banister is now being referred to in Queensland as the former candidate for Parliament, her campaign having lasted a total of 48 hours. May I suggest she consider moving to the United States? The Democratic Party would welcome her with open arms as one of its own.
Watch the video courtesy of Australia 7 News.
Joe Biden proves once again that the Left judges morality on the basis of their own agenda. If something helps them further their agenda, it is moral. If it hurts their push for more Leftism, then it is immoral.
Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday bashed voting rights requirements — calling them “immoral, callous” — and warned of political consequences for those who try to impose barriers to casting a ballot.
“To me it is the most immoral, callous thing that can be done, the idea of making it more difficult to vote,” Biden said at the annual gala dinner of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a minority-focused public policy organization.
The vice president pointed to data indicating that in 2011 and 2012 at least 180 bills in 41 states were introduced that aimed to stiffen requirements for voting — voter identification measures, for example.
“If there’s one thing people who want to restrict the vote didn’t understand, they didn’t understand what it means when you tell someone, ‘I’m going to make it difficult for you to vote,’” Biden said, appearing to take a swipe at Republicans. “It means, and I was certain and Barack and I talked about it, you did too, that it guaranteed people would show. The more they attempt to restrict the right of minorities, the greater the determination and the stronger the will to turn out, and that’s exactly what everyone saw in 2012.”
I hope no Girl Scouts try to sell Crazy Uncle Joe any cookies, his door can be damned dangerous
I’m glad the Girl Scouts are almost done with cookie sales for the year. Thanks to Joe Biden, selling Thin Mints door-to-door could get you killed.
A Virginia man who followed Vice President Joe Biden’s advice to fire through doors isnow facing criminal charges.
Vice President Joe Biden told Field & Stream magazine in an interview published Monday, “[if] you want to keep someone away from your house, just fire the shotgun through the door.”
Coincidentally, a 22-year-old man in Virginia Beach, Va., was charged Monday with reckless handling of a firearm after doing just that a couple days earlier.
Local TV station WAVY 10 reports that the man observed two masked men leaning into his bedroom window. The men allegedly had weapons and told him to close his bedroom door. He stepped outside of his bedroom and did as instructed, then fired his shotgun through the closed door and then several more times at the window.
Had Trevor Lamont Snowden actually hit anyone, his charges could have been upgraded to felonies.
This is the second time in days that the Vice President has advised citizens to commit crimes—potentially felony crimes—by dangerously and recklessly discharging firearms.
In the first instance, he advised firing “two blasts” into the air, despite the fact that shots fired into the air must come back to earth, and when they do they have the power to kill. Four-year-old Marquel Peters was killed by someone firing a bullet into the air, as was 15-year-old Rachel Yoder. Yoder’s killer was charged with reckless homicide.
In the second instance, Biden advised firing shots through doors. Firing through doors, without knowing who or what is on the other side, is grounds for homicide charges in every state in the union and in nearly every country overseas. Olympian Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murder in South Africa, after firing shots through an interior door that killed his girlfriend. He likely would have faced murder charges even if the person on the other side of the door had been an intruder.
If anyone could possibly be a worse spokesman than Biden for gun control, I cannot imagine who it would be. The man is a buffoon, a walking, talking gaffe factory. But, what else can you expect when you ask anyone to defend a position like the gun grabbing Left takes? They are trying to seem as non-threatening to gun owners as possible. That is a scam of course, we know what the Left wants, and that is to take American’s guns away. We know this because that is what Leftism ALWAYS does. It disarms the people. But, they send idiots like Joe Biden out there to say things that make them look like they want to defend the right to both own guns and defend yourself, when, in truth they want the exact opposite. So, of course Biden will stick both feet and part of his left arm in his mouth, how can he help but do that?
While we are at it, let me remind all of you that when police chiefs talk about the need for tighter gun restrictions remember that they are politicians, not real cops! They are no more than tools of the Left, here is a classic example
Well, someone get a Gaffe-O-Meter ready, but I find this interesting because this the rhetoric Biden is talking
Vice President Biden delivered a message for rural America: He’s coming to talk about gun violence.
“I’m coming, I’m coming,” Biden said here after saying he’d read a skeptical comment in the local newspaper about the White House outreach to rural areas. “The one thing I want to make clear is this is, this message of rational gun safety is a message that will be embraced by rural communities as well as urban communities simply because it makes sense. But we cannot wait. The still voices of those children require us, requires us to speak now.”
And this is what the American people think about theeffectiveness of gun control laws
In a Pew Research Poll listing 21 things the public believes should be government priorities for 2013, passing more gun laws is number 18 out of 21.
The majority of Americans simply do not see gun control as a pressing concern problem like President Obama and the Democrats do.
Instead, the American people are worried about the economy (first on the list), jobs (second), the deficit (third), and terrorism (fourth).
So, maybe it is not about the will of the people, but the fetish for control that Democrats have. Speaking of control, guess which issue is dead last on the list. Go on, guess, here is a hint, Al Gore would be very upset.
Good old Joe Biden, sometimes his gaffes are simply him letting the truth slip out!
Via Beltway Confidential:
Vice President Joe Biden was perhaps a little too candid on the subject of new gun control laws when talking to reporters Thursday after a meeting with Senate Democrats in the Capitol.
“Nothing we’re going to do is going to fundamentally alter or eliminate the possibility of another mass shooting or guarantee that we will bring gun deaths down to a thousand a year from what we’re at now,” Biden said, according to a Politico report.
From the mouths of babes and morons……
During the National Rifle Association’s meeting with Vice President Joe Biden and the White House gun violence task force, the vice president said the Obama administration does not have the time to fully enforce existing gun laws.
Jim Baker, the NRA representative present at the meeting, recalled the vice president’s words during an interview with The Daily Caller: “And to your point, Mr. Baker, regarding the lack of prosecutions on lying on Form 4473s, we simply don’t have the time or manpower to prosecute everybody who lies on a form, that checks a wrong box, that answers a question inaccurately.”
Submitting false information on an ATF Form 4473 – required for the necessary background check to obtain a firearm – is a felony punishable by up to ten years in prison, depending on prior convictions and a judge’s discretion, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Baker, the NRA’s director of federal affairs, told TheDC that he was given five minutes to present the NRA’s concerns and the approach the group saw as being the most effective to prevent another massacre like the Newtown, Conn. shooting. During those five minutes, he said, he mentioned the need to prosecute existing gun laws.
He pointed to the low number of prosecutions for information falsification and the relatively low felony prosecution rate for gun crimes.
Biden was apparently unmoved by Baker’s concern.
In 2010, prosecutors considered just 22 cases of information falsification, according to a 2012 report to the Department of Justice by the Regional Justice Information Service. Forty additional background-check cases ended up before prosecutors for reasons related to unlawful gun possession.
In all, prosecutors pursued just 44 of those 62 cases. More than 72,600 applications were denied on the basis of a background check.
“We think it is problematic when the administration takes lightly the prosecutions under existing gun laws and yet does not seem to have a problem promoting a whole host of other gun laws,” Baker told TheDC.
“If we are not going to enforce the laws that are on the books, it not only engenders disrespect for the law but it makes law-abiding gun owners wonder why we are going through this exercise we are going through now,” he added.
Gun prosecutions in 2011 were down 35 percent from the previous administration’s peak in 2004, according to Justice Department data compiled by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.
Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, said he was shocked by the administration’s lack of interest in pursuing individuals who lied to obtain a firearm.
“They don’t have time to pursue people who are dangerous, who aren’t supposed to get guns, and the message they have sent is literally ‘Good luck, go get them elsewhere,’” Cox said in an interview with TheDC.
Cox reiterated that he believes the real issues the country needs to deal with are mental health and crime, and he stressed the importance of enforcing and prosecuting existing laws.
“You can talk all you want,” Cox said, “but until there is a will to follow through, then it is literally just going to paper over the problem and guarantee that bad people continue to have access to firearms and good people will be blamed for it.”
Vice President Biden’s press office did not respond to requests for comment.