The National Rifle Association, as most people know, is the radical gun rights organization which protested the outlawing of kevlar piercing Teflon bullets, which are good only for killing people wearing bullet-proof vests,such as cops. They have also famously opposed any ban on automatic wepons and assault rifles, because we all know how sacred a right we have to be able to slaughter anything that moves. The NRA is considered by many to be a conservative organization, and most politicians approved by them are fiscal and social so-called conservatives. The NRA has come out in opposition to the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court. They have threatened to punish legislators who vote in favor of this highly qualified judge. Why has the N(utcase)R(rightwing)A(sshats) objected to Sotomayor? "As a federal appeals court judge, Sotomayor was part of a panel that ruled this year that the Second Amendment doesn't limit state controls on guns — only federal ones. That was in keeping with a 19th Century Supreme Court precedent and subsequent appellate court rulings" She stood up in this ruling, for state's rights based on precedent from at least a hundred years ago! How much more conservative a decision could this be? The basis of the freaking conservative movement is the limitation of strong central government, i.e. state's rights over the federal government's control. It doesn't get more ironic than this, although for the mouth breathers who make up the bulk of the NRA membership, it is far too subtle for them to see.
e-qua yona, Cherokee for 'big bear' is the only nick name I've ever had, at least one I liked. One of my favorite ever students called me that when I taught for the Eastern Band Cherokee. It is Mato Tanka in Lakota.
I have lived a nomadic life and have enjoyed most of it so far.
Seeking balance with the universe or great mystery is what life oughta be about.