“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
About a year ago there was a tragedy near where I live. A mentally disturbed man started shooting at the psychiatric hospital killing a young man. The tragedy hit home even more when it was discovered that his sister had also been murdered a year earlier. She was also shot. The family recently held an event to raise money “to prevent gun violence.” That is understandable, but I couldn’t help but wonder why just “gun violence?” Why not all violence? Why not try to stamp out violent people? Why not try to have psychotics taken off of the streets? It may sound trite, but guns don’t kill people…people kill people. Do you doubt that a murderer will no longer murder if they cannot get a pistol?
The dictionary defines Inflexible as:
- not flexible; incapable of or resistant to being bent; rigid: an inflexible steel rod.
- of a rigid or unyielding temper, purpose, will, etc.; immovable: an inflexible determination.
- not permitting change or variation; unalterable
Synonyms: unbendable, stiff, rigorous, stern, unrelenting, unremitting, stubborn, obstinate, intractable, obdurate, unbending, adamant,Inflexible,relentless, implacable, inexorable
News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…
Brief 1: What are the REAL chances of meaningful tort reform in the United States when one of the men responsible for that task files a lawsuit. Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) is suing the company that runs the cafeteria at the Longworth House Office Building. The suit claims that his veggie sandwich “contained dangerous substances, namely an olive pit, that a consumer would not reasonably expect to find in the final product served.” So when you get something with olives it is not reasonable to possibly find a pit once in a while? Since when is an olive pit a “dangerous substance?” Kucinich is only asking for $150,000 to cover his “permanent dental and oral injuries requiring multiple surgical and dental procedures,” and he also wants compensation for his pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment. I can imagine the heartfelt testimony as Kucinich describes his crippling fear of olives and not even being able to stand the sight of Popeye’s girlfriend. Perhaps it would have been more fitting if the dangerous substance had been a nut.
News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories and this volume is chock full of stories from an upside down political world…
Brief 1: The Keystone State (Pennsylvania) has recently announced that they are making changes to their appliance rebate program. Pennsylvania budget deficit projects are not good so you would expect that a rebate program might be on the chopping block. Not in Pennsylvania’s upside down world. It was announced that the rebates are actually INCREASING, some by more than 100%. In all fairness this is “stimulus” money (federal tax dollars versus state tax dollars).
Last year I wrote a three part series on Earth Day. Part 1 addressed my role working as a government employee in the environmental field while balancing my environmentalism with conservatism. In Part 2 I tackled some of the issues surrounding alternative energy and why the energy solution is not easy or cheap. I finished with Part 3 with a blast of the media and the misinformation that they spread as facts about the environment.
Brief 1: The Associated Press reported that a man stripped off his clothes and began to jog near the White House. He was quickly apprehended and taken to a hospital for mental health observation. The nude jogger posed no threat to the President, who was home at the time. It was unclear, however, whether CNBC’s Chris Matthews would be available for his Hardball telecast or would be committed to a mental health facility for further observation. An angry Keith Olberman was overheard saying, “That damn Matthews. I wish that I had thought of that. That would make Obama love me more.”