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Those hoping the GOP talking sense about the budget and the NRA talking sense about gun safety would herald the dawn of Mayaquarius saw their hopes dashed over the past 24 hours. Instead Speaker John Boehner couldn’t get enough House Republican votes to pass his own budget plan, and NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre blamed mass shootings on everything but rapid-fire, high-capacity guns. Was at least half of the title The Complete Idiot’s Guide to 2012 accurate?