Two weeks ago, my computer shit the bed. Well, not exactly, but the monitor did emit a flash of bright light followed by a small puff of acrid smoke, as if from a tiny dragon. The good news is that the machine could be repaired without great expense or loss of data. The bad news is that it took two weeks to get a part that actually worked.
As a consequence, I missed a few things. First, the surfacing of a ruling by Supreme Court nominee Alito that strip-searching of children is, in some cases, permissible. Of course, controversy about the decision, and Alito's comments afterward, continues. But the whole thing reminds me of a quote from the poet Charles Bukowski. When talking of the police, Buk said something to the effect that "to prevent a potential wrong, we [as a society] are willing to create an actual monster." When we combine the Alito decision with VP Cheyney's "pro torture" stance (see my earlier post on the topic), we can start to see that monster materialize. Are we so afraid of terrorists that we are willing to publicly endorse torture? Are we so afraid of drug dealers who use children as "mules" that we are willing to defile those children yet again?
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If with all the hoo-ha lately about chaos in Iraq, controversial Supreme Court nominees, outing of CIA agents, threats to women's rights, and indifference to the needs of the poor during a natural disaster, anyone had forgotten what the real GOP stands for... bribery and fiscal corruption... we can thank this guy, for getting us back on track.
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The "Badlands" case in Lancaster County, PA. Is it me, or has the media missed the parallels between this case and the film starring Martin Sheen and Cissy Spacek? Anyway, if you haven't heard, this kid brought his girlfriend home at dawn after a date, and when her parents objected, he shot them. Then he and the girl drove off to Indiana. All very dramatic. You can read more here. Anyway, turns out that this home-schooled kid from a sleepy little Amish town that rarely sees any more excitement than a barn raising had ammassed quite a collection of guns. 54 to be exact. My question is: even in this foolish, shoot-your-own dick-off, gun-loving country, isn't there a limit on the number of weapons one person can own?
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Ever notice how the only people who wear ski masks are armed robbers? If we can't get a mandatory background check on gun-buyers, maybe we can get one on ski-mask buyers. Just a thought.
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Apologies again for the recent technical difficulties, and thanks to all who continue to check in.