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Friday, December 28, 2007

Make Your Words Count, Man

If you're going to influence the gun control debate through your editorial commentary news articles, you need to get to the nut of the issue, avoid the use of indifferent declamations, and twist like hell.

Dear Washington Times, you can do better than this:

Gun law battle gets personal in Virginia

[blah blah blah]

Since the April 16 shootings, in which Cho killed 32 others and himself after a long history of mental illness, several of the victims' families have demanded stricter oversight of gun purchases and a revamping of the state's mental health system. Nine survivors and 16 families of those killed signed a letter of support to Congress urging lawmakers to strengthen the background check system for weapons purchases.

Cho was able to pass a background check and buy two guns despite having been deemed mentally defective by a Virginia court. In response, Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, signed an executive order requiring that anyone ordered by a court to get mental health treatment be added to a state police database of people barred from buying guns.

But people can still buy guns through other means that require no background check in Virginia, such as gun shows — vast firearms bazaars where scores of people sell or swap firearms. (link) (my emphasis)

People? People? That sure ain't gonna get it done.

If you're going to sway the populace - the people - you need to come up with something better than that. If you're going to make people forget that gun shows had nothing to do with the Virginia Tech massacre, you'll need to use some language far more pejorative.

You're right of course. People show up at gun shows. People swap their guns between themselves. People sell their rifles and shotguns to make a buck. People meet at shows - as they have for hundreds of years (your choice of the word bazaar is revealing; it comes from ancient Persian and means "market"; it's been in place that long) - and do what Americans have done since before there was an America. Even before there was a Virginia Tech. People buy and sell and trade firearms. Good people. Honest people. Law-abiding people. American people.

But your being right is not going to move the gun control agenda.

So let me rework that sentence, just to provide a boost to your effort:
But deranged psychopaths can - and will, unless stopped - buy lethal weapons of mass destruction through other means most nefarious that, because of the machinations of corrupt Republican (make that word drip off the page) politicians over the years, require no background check in Virginia, a legal deathtrap, such as those infamous gun shows — vast assault weapons exchanges where scores of miscreants, child killers, and potential mass murderers meet to sell or transfer their messengers of death and to plot the destruction of our way of life.
Lest the people get the wrong impression, you guys need to make yourselves clear.

Guns bad. Guns kill. Gun shows a malignity. Stop gun shows.

There. See?

A Paladin. A Punic.

I listened to all the presidential candidates yesterday ruminate magniloquently about the life (cut short) and legacy of Benazir Bhutto. Hillary, Edwards, Romney ... all say she'll be missed desperately ... that the world has lost a beacon of light ... that democracy is on the brink because of her assassination ... that she was an inspiration to millions of women worldwide, etc., etc., etc. ...

Then I read this, from Ralph Peters:
For the next several days, you're going to read and hear a great deal of pious nonsense in the wake of the assassination of Pakistan's former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto.

We need have no sympathy with her Islamist assassin and the extremists behind him to recognize that Bhutto was corrupt, divisive, dishonest and utterly devoid of genuine concern for her country.

She was a splendid con, persuading otherwise cynical Western politicians and "hardheaded" journalists that she was not only a brave woman crusading in the Islamic wilderness, but also a thoroughbred democrat.

In fact, Bhutto was a frivolously wealthy feudal landlord amid bleak poverty. The scion of a thieving political dynasty, she was always more concerned with power than with the wellbeing of the average Pakistani.

Educated in expensive Western schools, she permitted Pakistan's feeble education system to rot - opening the door to Islamists and their religious schools. (link)
Don't beat around the bush there, Bud. Tell us what you really think.

My guess is, Bhutto will be remembered in history books as being something less than what Hillary was shedding crocodile tears over yesterday and something more than that which Peters describes above. But assassinations have a way of making regular humans bigger than life, so - only time will tell.

Will Someone Take That Cocaine Away From Him?

Warped thinking like this can - and will - end our glorious American experiment in a heartbeat:

Obama Aide Ties Pakistan to Iraq War
By Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times


Des Moines — The chief strategist of Senator Barack Obama’s campaign said Thursday that the assassination of the Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto “underscores the case for judgment” when voters begin to select their presidential candidates next week.

The strategist, David Axelrod, said voters should take into consideration that the Iraq war led to the rise of terrorist activity and political instability in Pakistan. Mr. Axelrod said that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton backed the Iraq war in 2002, while Mr. Obama did not. (link)


I know we give Democrats wide latitude when it comes to their understanding the world around them. And we can't very well blame Barack Obama for not knowing that the terror threat we face today has been growing since the 1970's. He was, after all, heavily involved in shoving cocaine up his nose at the time. Leon Klinghoffer and the Munich Olympics Massacre would have been just dull irrealities to the dude, no doubt.

But the man wants to be president. A perfunctory understanding of history isn't too much to ask, is it?

"The Iraq war led to the rise of terrorist activity." For the love of God.

Wienies. We're All Wienies.

I was somewhere in Pennsylvania yesterday listening to the car radio - a reporter interviewing a zoo administrator (in Philadelphia maybe), asking if the walls to the tiger enclosure there were secure. In Pennsylvania. Because of that which occurred once in the history of humankind. In California. That tiger getting loose and mauling three people.

Fear sweeps the land.

For the love of God, people.

Breaking News ... To Some

Violence at abortion clinics in Albuquerque makes headlines in the New York Times this morning.

But isn't that an everyday occurrence at abortion clinics? Why just today?

Depends on your perspective, I guess.

Men Who Live Their Faith

You can keep your milquetoasty, wishy-washy, limp-wristed, tiresome, peacey/lovey Episcopal kinda preacher. I'd rather have a man of the cloth who puts his faith where his fists are.

I have only one comment: What would Jesus say?
Priests brawl at Bethlehem birthplace of Jesus
Breitbart.com

Seven people were injured on Thursday when Greek Orthodox and Armenian priests came to blows in a dispute over how to clean the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

Following the Christmas celebrations, Greek Orthodox priests set up ladders to clean the walls and ceilings of their part of the church, which is built over the site where Jesus Christ is believed to have been born.

But the ladders encroached on space controlled by Armenian priests, according to photographers who said angry words ensued and blows quickly followed.

For a quarter of an hour bearded and robed priests laid into each other with fists, brooms and iron rods while the photographers who had come to take pictures of the annual cleaning ceremony recorded the whole event. (link)
Breitbart has video to go with the article.

Broom-wielding priests beating the crap out of each other. On the site where The Son of God was born no less. I've now seen it all.

How Do They Do This?

Computer morphing.

Amazing stuff.