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Friday, August 05, 2022

A Texas man who identified himself as a preacher, armed with a semiautomatic assault rifle and pistol, confronted gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke ...

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"God, Guns, and Trump!"

(not necessarily in that order)

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2022-08-05 02:14 AM | Reply

armed with a semiautomatic assault rifle and pistol

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And, at any given moment, one fraction of a second from killing Beto and everyone in that room.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2022-08-05 08:10 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

#2

The black guy in the foreground was like, somebody get this crazy ----- with the AK outta here!

Beto handled it well. He's actually been turning some red clowns blue in the state at these town meetings.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2022-08-05 01:03 PM | Reply

He was a class act all the way through. If we could keep Beto's hands from waving all over the place he'd be a great candidate for President, though his stance on guns might be tough for some to swallow.

#4 | Posted by YAV at 2022-08-05 01:15 PM | Reply

And these people expect to taken seriously and given respect.

Lord and savior my ass. Fake ass Chreestians.

#5 | Posted by jpw at 2022-08-05 01:35 PM | Reply

They're just ISIS with a different fake diety.

#6 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-08-05 01:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Not ISIS yet.

They're currently in the Taliban stage.

#7 | Posted by jpw at 2022-08-05 02:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This guy is living by the sword and expects not to die by the sword.

Not much of a pastor really.

Does he have love and hate tattooed on his knuckles?

#8 | Posted by Tor at 2022-08-05 02:22 PM | Reply

Looks like a terrorist, sounds like a terrorist, acts like a terrorist, must be a *checks notes* pastor.

#9 | Posted by qcp at 2022-08-05 02:30 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Here's a fun mental exercise:

Picture this guy dressed like Bin Laden and calling himself Allah's messenger.

yeah his behavior isn't acceptable is it?

#10 | Posted by Tor at 2022-08-05 02:35 PM | Reply

It will never look normal to me for someone to be wielding an assault rifle in a crowded public place. What a ------- weird, stupid country this is.

#11 | Posted by JOE at 2022-08-05 02:49 PM | Reply

If as a pastor you believe need an assault rifle to protect you at town meeting, you obviously have trust issues with the God you say you serve.

Of course, any clown can say they are a pastor.

#12 | Posted by Corky at 2022-08-05 02:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"any clown can say they are a pastor."

right out of night of the hunter those people are.

#13 | Posted by Tor at 2022-08-05 03:12 PM | Reply

Can anyone help me understand why this person thought that he needed to show up at a town meeting so heavily armed?


#14 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-05 07:03 PM | Reply

why this person thought that he needed to show up at a town meeting so heavily armed?

As Boaz frequently says, it's not the need, it's the right.

#15 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-08-05 07:06 PM | Reply

@#15 ... it's not the need, it's the right ...

I do not deny his right to do so.

I do question the rationale for doing so, though.

"Right" does not determine sanity.

"Rationale" might.

Depending upon his rationale, there may be some manner of issue mental health involved.

I'm not concerned about the gun (OK, assault weapon), I am concerned about the stability of the person carrying it.

As Republicans are oft to say, "it's not the gun, it is the person."

So I will ask once more...

Can anyone help me understand why this person thought that he needed to show up at a town meeting so heavily armed?


#16 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-05 07:19 PM | Reply

Like Mr. Pastor Bator, I too am pro semiautomatic weaponry, but for very different reasons. See, if Jesus packed semi-auto those uppity Romans wouldn't have crucified him. And if they didn't crucify him then he woulda lived a long and productive life as a normal man and then all those simian-brained, rock smoking MAGAts who insist that they are saved through Jesus' death and resurrection would instead be going straight to hell.

#17 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2022-08-05 08:09 PM | Reply

I was intrigued by Beto, and thought he might be the candidate for me....until I found out he'd never held down an actual job.
www.elpasotimes.com

#18 | Posted by Miranda7 at 2022-08-05 08:15 PM | Reply

...thought he might be the candidate for me....until I found out he'd never held down an actual job.

Neither did Lewzer... but he was president.

#19 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-08-05 08:26 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Yeah, didn't vote for him either

#20 | Posted by Miranda7 at 2022-08-05 09:13 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

@#16

To repeat...

Can anyone help me understand why this person thought that he needed to show up at a town meeting so heavily armed?


#21 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-05 10:06 PM | Reply

#18 sounds like you just want a reason to dislike him.

Government is full of people who have had "real jobs," even those superior humans who've been in "duuhhh bizness," who are absolute trash.

It's an irrelevant metric.

#22 | Posted by jpw at 2022-08-05 10:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

@#21

To repeat...

Can anyone help me understand why this person thought that he needed to show up at a town meeting so heavily armed?

#23 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-05 10:31 PM | Reply

#21 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER

Being a living example of god's love and forgiveness?

#24 | Posted by memyselfini at 2022-08-05 10:34 PM | Reply

Can anyone help me understand why this person thought that he needed to show up at a town meeting so heavily armed?

Fear.

#25 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-08-05 11:26 PM | Reply

He's a pastor, right? Obviously he's one that believes you can only get converts through intimidation; fear of burning in hell for eternity, not through love.

Or in this case, intimidation through a gun, a coercion to believe as he does.

He's a weak, pathetic man, and decking himself out with the armor of a military instead of the armor of God.

That should be enough of an indication of the value of what he believes.

#26 | Posted by YAV at 2022-08-06 09:53 AM | Reply

#18 FTA your cited: "After graduating, O'Rourke worked a series of jobs in New York, including as a live-in nanny, at his uncle's tech company, moving fine art, and in publishing. But after a few years he moved back to El Paso.

He founded a web development firm, called Stanton Street, based in El Paso. The company started in 1999 and is still operating. His wife, Amy, took over the company shortly after he was elected to Congress, and she sold her stake when he ran for Senate.

In addition to the tech firm, Stanton Street was also the name of O'Rourke's short-lived alternative newspaper that was online, and briefly in print."

Starting a company that is still around doesn't count as a 'real job' in your eyes? What is a real job, slinging burgers?

#27 | Posted by mattm at 2022-08-06 10:20 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

WWJB: What Would Jesus Brandish?

#28 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2022-08-06 10:32 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Anyone can call themselves a "Pastor," right?

It's not this guy's actual job that gives him an actual W-2 or 1099, right?

And people are saying Beto is the one without a job???

#29 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-08-06 10:35 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This kook, clearly in love with the dulcet tone of his own voice, certainly knows who Jesus would shoot, and probably agrees with that sage Homer Simpson that Jesus would still be alive if he had a gun.

I've said it before and will say it again: if you have to bring a gun to church you are attending the wrong church. If you are afraid of dying while in God's house you are doing religion wrong ...

#30 | Posted by catdog at 2022-08-06 12:50 PM | Reply

"Anyone can call themselves a "Pastor," right?"

Exactly. He has placed his faith in guns. Not God.

#31 | Posted by donnerboy at 2022-08-06 03:28 PM | Reply

#27 | Posted by mattm

Miranda7's an idiot. Do not expect more.

#32 | Posted by Angrydad at 2022-08-06 07:14 PM | Reply

#18 sounds like you just want a reason to dislike him.
Government is full of people who have had "real jobs," even those superior humans who've been in "duuhhh bizness," who are absolute trash.
It's an irrelevant metric.

#22 | POSTED BY JPW AT 2022-08-05 10:24 PM | REPLY | NEWSWORTHY 2

No, I really did like him, but I do look at someone's work history when making a judgement about whether I want the to run the country. I'm hoping to see some sort of trend of progressively increasing responsibility. English major, Punk rock guitarist, art mover and proofreader just didn't quite get me there.

#33 | Posted by Miranda7 at 2022-08-07 10:04 AM | Reply

#33 | POSTED BY MIRANDA7

Did you skip over #27, or are you willingly ignoring it?

#34 | Posted by memyselfini at 2022-08-08 02:41 AM | Reply

MEMYSELFNI

Take ANGRYDAD @ #32 at his word:

"Miranda7's an idiot. Do not expect more."

I could add more about a lack of mental bandwidth, but I think the consensus is already in.

#35 | Posted by Twinpac at 2022-08-08 07:07 AM | Reply

#35 | POSTED BY TWINPAC

I've read enough of their comments to have an opinion. It's just sometimes I'm curious if it real ignorance or intention deception. I've no time for a dishonest broker.

#36 | Posted by memyselfini at 2022-08-08 10:55 AM | Reply

MEMYSELFINI

Miranda is a different kind of troll. She/he is trolling for attention, not facts. Attention trolls drag people into long protracted conversations on the pretext of looking for explanations to explain their own indecisions (which probably don't even exist).

You can't help people like MIRANDA because help isn't what they're looking for. It's all about getting attention.

TONY ROMA figured it out. I would suggest you follow his lead and stop feeding the troll.

#37 | Posted by Twinpac at 2022-08-08 11:49 AM | Reply

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