January 7, 2013

Pathetic: Des Moines Register Columnist Who Wished Death on GOP Leaders, Gun Owners Now Cries ‘Satire’

On December 30 (originally noted at NewsBusters by MRC’s Tim Graham), twice- or thrice-retired Des Moines Register columnist Donald Kaul, feeling compelled to come back and begin writing columns again, in the Register’s words, “when events move him,” made five immodest proposals: 1) “Repeal the Second Amendment”; 2) “Declare the NRA a terrorist organization and make membership illegal”; 3) “Make ownership of unlicensed assault rifles a felony”; 4) People resisting the confiscation efforts of those trying to pry their “guns from their cold, dead hands” should get their wish; 5) “tie Mitch McConnell and John Boehner … to the back of a Chevy pickup truck and drag them around a parking lot until they … (see) the light on gun control.”

Following a firestorm of outrage, Kaul wrote a January 5 follow-up column claiming he was only engaging in satire, while arrogantly comparing himself to Jonathan Swift and the revered satirist’s Modest Proposal. Really. Mr. Kaul seems to have missed something about how his supposedly satirical original column differs from Swift’s work:

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‘Hate Speech’ Hypocrisy: Wash. Examiner’s Kane Compares Treatment of Limbaugh-Fluke to Donald Kaul-NRA

In a Washington Examiner column last night, Gregory Kane made several quite valid points in comparing the media firestorm over Rush Limbaugh’s comments about Sarah Fluke to the virtual silence over Des Moines Register columnist Donald Kaul, who, if he were in charge, “would tie Mitch McConnell and John Boehner … to the back of a Chevy pickup truck and drag them around a parking lot until they saw the light on gun control.” Kaul also wrote that he would, “If some people refused to give up their guns,” make “that ‘prying the guns from their cold, dead hands’ thing” operative.

Confirming what readers here would expect, a search at the Associated Press’s national web site on Kaul’s last name comes up empty. Key paragraphs from Kane’s column follow the jump (HT Instapundit; bolds are mine):

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (010713)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

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Positivity: NYC IPhone Owner Tricks Thief Using Dating App

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From New York City:

A New York City musician used a combination of technology, seduction, a hammer and a bribe to reclaim his missing iPhone from a confused crook.

Jazz trombonist Nadav Nirenberg says he left the phone in a livery cab on New Year’s Eve. The next morning, the 27-year-old learned via email that someone was sending messages to women using a dating app on the phone.

Nirenberg logged on to the service and offered the man a date – posing as a woman. He even posted a picture of a pretty girl.

When the culprit arrived at Nirenberg’s Brooklyn apartment building with wine, the musician greeted him with a $20 bill while holding a hammer – just in case.

The thief handed him the iPhone and left without a word.