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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Dan Casey's Weird World

Roanoke Times columnist Dan Casey is unnerved.  It seems there is a loophole in some Virginia air gun law that allows for a person to operate a "high-powered" air rifle in city limits.

Yes, an air rifle.

One that he's tracked down for the purpose of frightening himself.

See "State missed repercussions in passing air gun law."

He's got his thong in a knot over this - the Benjamin Rogue .357-caliber hunting rifle.


Because "it's an intimidating weapon."  "Fearsome, even."  "It looks like something commandos might carry."

Here it is in all its intimidating, fear-inducing (I'll give you a moment to chuckle) splendor.

Oh, Casey glossed over an important consideration.  Price tag? 1300 bucks.

Now maybe in his neighborhood there are people who can afford such toys, but not in mine where men find it difficult to come up with the necessary cash to buy ammunition, much less a $1300 pop gun.

Tell you what, Dan.  When the dude who lives in the condo behind you puts down his Chardonnay and starts slinging hot lead your way, with a device that won't ever be seen in the Commonwealth of Virginia, get back to us.

In the meantime, stay under that rock, man.  It's a really scary world out here.

Because They Can

Good grief:

As Willie Sutton said ...

We love you, Misstr prezdent

If only the NEA took as much of an interest in promoting education as it does its left-wing icons:

Meanwhile, Johnny can't read.

And Johnny is teaching in our public schools.

And donating to Obama's reelection.

And bringing up a whole new crop of Johnnys.

Oh, and Obama is expected to win reelection.


Affirmative Action? Still?

I had thought - or at least hoped - that America would have moved by now beyond the divisive and destructive notion that some people in this country deserve special consideration in the workplace because of the color of their skin.

Hopes dashed.

This in the year 2011. My, my, my:
A Horrible Racial Preference Ruling in Michigan
By Jeffrey Folks, American Thinker

On Friday, a panel from the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Michigan's ban on affirmative action. In a split decision (Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action vs Regents of the University of Michigan), Judges R. Guy Cole, Jr. and Martha Craig Daughtrey had the presumption to overturn the wishes of a solid majority of Michigan voters who had approved the ban in a 2006 referendum ("Proposal 2"). The idea that two individuals could presume to annul the actions of a democratic majority is troubling. Far more troubling is the fact that, rather than interpret the law as established by the referendum, a federal court has decided once again to legislate from the bench.

Once Americans accept the idea that opportunities are granted to some and excluded to others on the basis of race, the nation is well on its way to more virulent forms of racism. If whites can be excluded from university admission and job opportunities on the basis of skin color, they can be denied other basic rights as well. The Sixth Court ruling seeks to reinstate an unjust system of preferences, and it opens the door to far worse. [link]
What small-minded people like these two judges don't seem to be able to contemplate is this:  If we codify and defend the right of individuals to receive preferential treatment on the basis of the color of their skin, then we can't complain when a different group with a different hew use that argument to demand special consideration.*

After all - and you'd think they would have grasped this - modern day affirmative action for black Americans isn't the first instance in this country in which people were judged positively or negatively based on their color.  Can you say Jim Crow?

As long as really smart Americans continue to support the notion that there are good colors and bad colors, protected colors and non-protected colors, there will be those who will contend that their color is better and deserves special consideration.

I'm tired of bringing up that Martin Luther King quote.  So I'll not do it.

Just understand, when white folks in this country decide that they are better than black people - again - there are going to be a whole lot of black people who will wish they'd never argued that skin color was a qualifier for government consideration.

2011.  For the love of God.  It's never going to end.

* Today black activists see Latinos as being on their side.  Which brings a comfort in numbers.  I think, however, if I were a black activist I would be watching my back.