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Seattle Times Editorial page.

Fannie Flagg? Dr. Joyce Brothers? Sandy Duncan?

This can't be a National Rifle Association blacklist. It sounds like an old guest roster from "Match Game '75."

For something designed to be discriminatory, the NRA's 19-page e-raspberry is hardly discriminating.

Instead of putting the fear of God — or Moses, as portrayed by Charlton Heston — into people, the list is putting them into hysterics and has made the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action a momentary laughingstock.

Not only does the list lack firepower, but it also has started a new trend of Wanting On. Thousands of people have written to the pro-gun lobby, begging to be blacklisted.

Hooray for Hollywood.

One problem, though: For all the attention the list has brought them, NRA members I talked to said they knew nothing about it until a grass-roots group called "stoptheNRA.com" found it on the official NRA Web site.

One 30-year card-carrier named Max let me read the ledger to him over the phone.

I could have sworn I heard a shrug. "I think they just gave the anti-gun people money," he said of the catalog of names.

He's right. The list officially compiles the names of those who have "lent monetary, grass roots or some other type of direct support to anti-gun organizations."




It also includes celebrities who have "lent their names and notoriety" to anti-gun causes (hey, when Marla Maples talks, people listen), journalists who have written in favor of gun-control laws, and corporations that have supported gun-control initiatives.

If there's someone on the list who deserves scorn, it might be Rosie O'Donnell. Not only did she tactlessly broadside NRA supporter and "guest" Tom Selleck on her former feel-good show, she hasn't been funny for years. Every time you see O'Donnell, she's yelling at someone. Too bad it isn't her hairdresser.

NRA members were unimpressed.

"I don't feel especially threatened by those people or anyone," Max told me. "Unless they come at me with a hammer or something."

(Estelle Getty with a hammer? I'd pay to see that.)

NRA member Moe thinks the whole thing is a hoax.

"Maybe the list really doesn't exist," he said. "Maybe it's what anti-gunners put out.

"Why would the NRA have a blacklist?"

Others wonder what they belong to anymore. Why use some celebrities to define the enemy and others, like Heston, to define their purpose?

"When I joined 50-some years ago," one member told me, "the NRA agenda was basically marksmanship and hunting, and I enjoyed both.

"As soon as 'Moses' came on the scene, it became political."

The only bonus is that the sting of McCarthyism that Hollywood associates with the word "blacklist" may have faded a bit. Thanks to the NRA, the blacklist is the new A-list.

Even better, it's another way to play "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon." My name would land 10 names away from his, and likely lose.


But it's worth a try, isn't it?

Nicole Brodeur's column appears Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Reach her at 206-464-2334 or [email protected].

More columns at www.seattletimes.com/columnists.

What? No Wink Martindale?
 

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I guess I would just respond that I dont really religiously follow any kind of blacklist as far as where to spend my money, but I do bear it in mind when I spend my money.

If the Seattle Times wants to be considered for inclusion on a list of far left, anti-gun, anti american people or concerns so be it.

I wont ever subscribe.

Is everyone happy now?

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PS Who ever heard of the fear of Moses? Is that what passes for journalism quality writing these days?
 

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Mus said:
PS Who ever heard of the fear of Moses? Is that what passes for journalism quality writing these days?
I believe she is refering to a film role that actor Charleton Heston had taken. I think it's a bit of a "dig" at him personally.
 

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Yeah I understood that I was just pointing out that what was intended to be a clever play on words was neither clever nor much of a play on words.

That kind of writing quality makes you wonder if she really interviewed NRA members Larry Curly and Moe, or if she just made them up off the top of her head to provide her with the "quotes" she needed for the article.
 

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I don't care what they say about Sandy Duncan. I still like my guns...and my Wheat Thins. :)

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I believe she is refering to a film role that actor Charleton Heston had taken. I think it's a bit of a "dig" at him personally.
Nothing like smacking someone when they are down. And the Libs do it so well. But of course that's because they cannot win in a standup fight or argument. Heck, most are unarmed! :D
 

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I've heard the "I was in the NRA before it became political" going around, never mind that it becomes political in response to threats of making its members no longer gunowners.

I'd be more than happy for all the gun control to go away and the NRA to sponsor shoots and hunter training and such.

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Is the so-called "blacklist" real though? Or is it something the antis have brought up to drum up support for their anti-gun causes?
 

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Dear ssr,

I wondered the same as you and did a little searching at the NRA website http://www.mynra.com It's for real, but it's not really a blacklist as such. A blacklist is a document used to prohibit those on the list from being allowed to go somewhere or be able to work somewhere. The most famous blacklists that I know of were the one kept of entertainment personalities during the red scare and the so called "black book" kept by the Nevada Gaming Commission which lists organized crime figures who are prohibited from entering any casino. While the NRAs list of people and organiztions might be considered a "boycott" list it certainly is no blacklist. It's really just a list of who is not a friend of firearms. You can see the whole thing at http://www.mynra.com/frame.cfm?title=NRA Institute for Legislative Action&url=http://www.nraila.org Stay safe, Gary

*edited to add: click on "Join The NRA's "Good Guys" List" and then click on the listing of "National Organizations With Anti-Gun Policies"*
 
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