Bill Menezes Has a Man-Crush on Me

Posted by on Mar 04 2009 | Capitol Crazies, PPC, Purely Personal

As I have mentioned before, Tim Gill’s plaything Bill Menezes, of the paid-to-be-hyper-sensitive Media Matters, sends me the oddest little nasty personal emails.  I can only come to one conclusion – he’s got a man-crush on me.  I’m flattered and suppose I understand a bit.  I had the same feelings once for John Entwhistle, bass player for The Who, after I saw him play live.  Nothing gay.  I just fantasized that we would hang-out, throw back some beers, watch the big game, and jam a little.  It’s a guy thing.  How else would you explain Bill’s last nasty-gram:

The fact you are so ignorant on a gun issue is quite entertaining:

KOA’s Caldara supported false claim that Mexican Cartels’ assault weapons are “not comin’ from us”

Call the local ATF office and see what they have to say about the subject.

Oh, and keep crying; given your steep slide into irrelevance, I suppose there’s not much more you can do.

I stand by what I said on the radio program.  Assault weapons are not going to Mexico via the US.  The problem might be that the left doesn’t like to use the definition of “assault weapon,” which is a select-fire, intermediate caliber gun capable of automatic firing, like a machine gun.  These guns are, for the most part, already illegal in the US.  But again, accuracy isn’t what Tim Gill pays Media Matters for.

As far as my “steep slide into irrelevance,” Bill, when the hell was I ever relevant?

Although given all the attention you pour on me how can I not feel, well, special.  I am finally starting to get the man-crush signals you’ve been throwing my way.  You wrote an entire column about me in the Denver Daily News, comparing me to Archie Bunker (who like me once proudly proclaimed, “My job ain’t got nothing to do with thinking, and I’m very good at it”).

I am sorry Bill.  As flattered as I am, I don’t want you for my Edith. After my heartbreak over John Entwhistle, I am just not ready for a bro-mance right now.

5 comments for now

5 Responses to “Bill Menezes Has a Man-Crush on Me”

  1. stmp692

    Has anyone produced any sort of meaningul proof to back their claim? I haven’t lost sleep trying to find it but I haven’t noticed anyone show anything that looked valid.

    04 Mar 2009 at 4:02 pm

  2. bmenezes

    Actually, stmp692, they have:

    From the ATF’s Oct. 28, 2008, statement (http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2008/October/08-nsd-958.html) regarding prosecutions against individuals charged with “illegal exports of restricted military and dual-use technology from the United States”:

    “A significant portion of the cases in FY 2008 and in FY 2007 also involved illegal exports to Mexico. These prosecutions primarily involved illegal exports of firearms, INCLUDING ASSAULT WEAPONS AND RIFLES, (emphasis added) as well as large quantities of ammunition destined for Mexico.”

    ATF’s acting director for the past two years has been a Republican, so it’s unclear what evidence Caldara has for claiming that ATF’s statement that “assault weapons” are being smuggled into Mexico results from a characterization by “the left.”

    Our item on Caldara’s original lie (here: http://colorado.mediamatters.org/items/200902280002) also links to ATF source material and myriad news reports citing the ATF’s statements that indeed, assault rifles are being smuggled from U.S. suppliers to Mexico, specifically to Mexican drug cartels.

    Caldara here is engaging in, as always, The Big Lie; he believes if he tells it frequently enough and loudly enough, people will start to believe it. And as usual, a quick fact check shows that as in most cases, Caldara doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about.

    05 Mar 2009 at 1:01 pm

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    06 Mar 2009 at 2:31 pm

  4. Captain Arapahoe

    Actually, stmp692, Bill Menezes is misleading you…
    (“Big Lie?” You decide – here are some relevant facts):

    Checking out the DOJ source BM listed, it does in fact include the quote he cited. HOWEVER, the supporting reference provided by the DOJ press release (the attached “fact sheet” (http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2008/October/08-nsd-959.html) provides no evidence to back that claim. In fact, out of the 100 “major cases” listed on the fact sheet, only 1 (!) even had anything to do with Mexico – and that was a case involving 3 men convicted of smuggling a total of 80,000 rounds of ammunition (a relatively insignificant amount; heck, I’ve bought that much ammo for personal use). Those guys were busted more on account of evading customs duties and taxes than the threat of the ammunition in those quantities.

    Note that the DOJ fact sheet lists NO cases involving smuggling of weapons (“assault” or otherwise) to Mexico in their listing of major cases in 2007-8 (although there were 3 cases cited of weapons smuggling to Canada – apparently the fearsome Canadian drug cartel is on the march).

    Bottom line: the quote may have been accurately cited, but it appears to be an inaccurate quote.

    09 Mar 2009 at 12:39 am

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    09 Mar 2009 at 3:03 am

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