Saturday, March 9, 2013

A few quick hits from the news

John McCain demonstrates to Piers Morgan just how much of a doddering old fool he's become. Quote, "I am always intrigued by the fact that when I disagree with my own party leadership, my own president...then I’m a brave maverick. When I’m taking on others, then [I'm] just an angry old man." Mr. McCain, consistent opposition to your own party is a weak form of consistency, especially when you oppose so many disparate ideas. Also, Morgan wasn't patting you on the back, he was playing you for controversy.

Diane Feinstein very bizarrely argued at a Senate hearing that it is legal to hunt humans with high-capacity magazines. Quote, "We have federal regulations and state laws that prohibit hunting ducks with more than three rounds. And yet it’s legal to hunt humans with 15-round, 30-round, even 150-round magazines." Okay--benefit of the doubt--she obviously misspoke in crafting an ill-conceived parallel. But it's still pretty funny and excellent fodder for Republicans if they would take it. But they won't.

Children being expelled from school for all manner of gun-like items. This week I've encountered stories involving bubble guns, paper guns, and even Pop Tarts chewed into "L" shapes resembling--you guessed it--guns. This is approaching Freudian level obsession. It just so happens that "L" shaped things are extremely common and handy and it is just plain silly to associate all such things with lethal weapons. We need an inflection point to occur, otherwise we may find janitors barred from using triggered spray-bottles, hand-drills removed from shop class, and possibly a ban on the 12th letter of the alphabet.

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