the scarlet NRA

Hours after President Barack Obama called on Congress to ban assault weapons, one man’s protest raised some eyebrows at a Utah store.

An Ogden woman snapped a few photos of a man standing inside a J.C. Penney on Wednesday with a big gun [ GHASP!!! a BIG gun!!! EEEEEEEEEEEEK ] slung over his shoulder.

Cindy Yorgason said that even for a firearm-friendly state like Utah, it was out of the ordinary.

“I’ve seen someone carrying on their hip or leg, but I have never seen anyone openly carrying an assault rifle,” she said.

Yorgason took two photos of the man and posted them on Facebook, where they received hundreds of comments and have since been shared more than a thousand times. She said she’s “incredibly amazed” at the attention the images received…


The star of one of the most emblematic Internet cultural phenomenons of the past decade is suing the artist who surreptitiously filmed him, claiming he stole his image and profited from the results.

The birth of the Technoviking character began more than a decade ago, at 2pm on a cloudy day at the 2000 techno music festival Fuckparade in Berlin. Artist Matthias Fritsch had brought his camera to the event and focused it on a crowd of dancers.

If you’ve watched videos on the Internet over the past five years, you probably know what happens next:

A bumbling dancer stumbles into the frame, crashing into a woman. That’s when you see him: Tall, with blond hair pulled back into a ponytail and the menacing musculature of a WWE wrestler, the giant snatches the other man’s arms and shoves him away, then points menacingly after him. A few seconds later, satisfied with his display of authority, he starts to march. The other dancers follow in seemingly spontaneous lockstep. Someone runs up and hands him a water bottle, with the cool deference of a dark age thane to his viking lord.

All along, techno music thumps in the background. And then, the gentle giant starts his dance…

To our readers:

In the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings, The Journal News thought the community should know where gun permit holders in their community were, in part to give parents an opportunity make careful decisions about their children’s safety.

The Journal News mapped the public database of permit holders, placing a dot on the address of every permit holder in Westchester and Rockland counties and providing the name and street address of each holder. The dots conveyed a powerful message: gun permit holders are everywhere in our counties.

But public reaction to the posting of names and street addresses was swift and divided. Many in the community expressed their gratitude for The Journal News’ decision to make the information available, but permit holders were outraged at what they considered to be an invasion of privacy. Gun owners from across the country vocally conveyed their anger and accused The Journal News of having exposed permit holders and non-permit holders alike to the risk of burglaries and other crimes. Hundreds of threats were made to Journal News staffers.

So intense was the opposition to our publication of the names and addresses that legislation passed earlier this week in Albany included a provision allowing permit holders to request confidentiality and imposing a 120-day moratorium on the release of permit holder data.

Today The Journal News has removed the permit data from Our decision to do so is not a concession to critics that no value was served by the posting of the map in the first place. On the contrary…

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, we’ve heard from too many grateful community members to consider our decision to post information contained in the public record to have been a mistake. Nor is our decision made because we were intimidated by those who threatened the safety of our staffers. We know our business is a controversial one, and we do not cower.

But the database has been public for 27 days and we believe those who wanted to view it have done so already. As well, with the passage of time, the data will become outdated and inaccurate.


  1. Caged Insanity
    Posted January 19, 2013 at 12:29 am |

    The people in the news media that make these sort of fascist moves need to be executed for treason. They know damn well what they are doing.
    They WANT people to die. The WANT violence to occur. They WANT the 2nd amendment to be destroyed.
    It gives them news to print, and forwards their agenda of destroying America.

  2. Lucius Severus Pertinax
    Posted January 19, 2013 at 12:53 am |

    What do want to bet somebody threatened to publish, on the web, the names, addresses and other information of the Journal News staffers?

    That is the proper way to deal with such scum; identify them, locate them, make their lives more interesting.

  3. Merovign
    Posted January 19, 2013 at 1:23 am |

    Sure, demonize a group of people, call them accessories to murder, call them threats to society, then publish their addresses. *Totally* responsible journalism.

    Scumbags. MFM delenda est.

  4. Posted January 19, 2013 at 1:23 am |

    Valid proof, once again, that those people are base cowards at their very souls. They lie with every breath to further their socialistic goals (ex: Joe Biden’s latest “I was shot at/heard the gunshots” b.s.,) and when challenged, run like cockroaches from the Light.

  5. Steve Skubinna
    Posted January 19, 2013 at 2:03 am |

    “The fact that we may have caused grievous social and personal harm is not relevant to our journalistic ethics.”

    Okay, they didn’t actually say that, not in so many words. It is what they mean, though.

    Or perhaps it just occurred to them that they’d provided the best possible reason to not comply with firearms registration.

  6. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted January 19, 2013 at 3:51 am |

    Cockroaches hate paperwork………….

  7. geezerette
    Posted January 19, 2013 at 7:35 am |

    They don’t need to publish it any more because Obama and his hench men are all organized and ready to take the killer gun owning NRA on. 4 more years!!! When he places his hand on those special bibles is it a symbol of how much he respects the bible and them or one of I have the power over all now?

  8. SondraK, Queen of my domain
    Posted January 19, 2013 at 7:38 am |

    Sane people always push and instigate and harass scary crazy people with guns who terrify them…

  9. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted January 19, 2013 at 8:18 am |

    I do what I waaaant.



  10. Steve Skubinna
    Posted January 19, 2013 at 9:41 am |

    You got that right, SondraK. I really wish they didn’t fear me so much, perhaps they’d treat with with a modicum of respect then.

  11. Posted January 19, 2013 at 9:52 am |

    “As well, with the passage of time, the data will become outdated and inaccurate.”

    Total bunk. Pure BS. My name and address appear on one of those dots, and I have not lived in one of those counties for 15 years.

    The real truth: one burglary in Westchester County where the thieves targeted the home specifically to steal the guns there, and failed. One crook caught. Is he singing? We don’t know. No other house on that street or in that town was burgled. Another burglary in Rockland County where the thieves targeted the home specifically to steal the guns there, and succeeded. They had to ransack the entire house to find the small gun safe in the 3rd floor attic, after breaking into two other safes in the home and not finding any guns. Those guns were stolen along with the permits that were kept with them. The criminals are still at large. No other house on that street or in that town was burgled.

    Obviously the Journal-News’ lawyers at corporate HQ went nuts with the cluebats when they added one and one and came up with “massive impending lawsuit”. And the very next day that web page was taken down.

    No news agency, not even Fox News, is reporting this amazing coincidence.

  12. Merovign
    Posted January 19, 2013 at 12:15 pm |

    Stealing the permits almost makes me think it’s a political crime. What the fuck use would burglars have for permits in someone ele’s name? They couldn’t use them because the contexts they’d use them in would result in checks which would show them to be flagged or revoked.

  13. Posted January 19, 2013 at 12:33 pm |

    The Germans have turned into such fags since WWII. It’s embarrassing. And I’m not a big lover of der ‘Chermans’ over here, but seriously, it’s embarrassing.