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Thoughtful as always, Rob. My dad (in his late 70s) and I recently had a related discussion about the changing cultural paradigm. Dad observed that when he was growing up, he and his peers looked to the upper crust elite for cues on behavior, fashion & affectation. Movie stars, business magnates, athletes & entertainers... very few of them would have been caught dead with tats & piercings & a Glock in their pocket. At the very least, they kept their private escapades cordoned off from their public personas. In the here and now, belligerence & criminal transgressions are embraced & celebrated, and their perpetrators seem inclined to wear that behavior like a badge as often as not. The eagerness with which many try to emulate the affectations of the most violent & criminal among us baffles me. I think I first noticed things trending in that direction during the 80s.
This is where the conversation needs to go: http://anarchistsoccermom.blogspot.com/2012/12/thinking-unthinkable.html?m=1
" ...I live with a son who is mentally ill. I love my son. But he terrifies me.
A few weeks ago, Michael pulled a knife and threatened to kill me and then himself after I asked him to return his overdue library books. His 7 and 9 year old siblings knew the safety plan—they ran to the car and locked the doors before I even asked them to. I managed to get the knife from Michael, then methodically collected all the sharp objects in the house into a single Tupperware container that now travels with me. Through it all, he continued to scream insults at me and threaten to kill or hurt me...
...I am sharing this story because I am Adam Lanza’s mother. I am Dylan Klebold’s and Eric Harris’s mother. I am James Holmes’s mother. I am Jared Loughner’s mother. I am Seung-Hui Cho’s mother. And these boys—and their mothers—need help. In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental illness..."
Jerry: I often take the Lord's name in vain as an invective, even though I don't believe in Him. Why not invoke Him in an expression of sympathy and condolence?
Mark: Non belief is not analogous with denial. It's the difference between agnosticism and atheism. Hatred may be part of your paradigm; it has not been factored into mine.
Mike Huckabee on Fox today: “Should we be surprised” at the carnage when “we've removed God from schools?”
Newsflash, halfwit: it's not the school's job to provide religious instruction and indoctrinate new members into the ranks of the faithful. Meanwhile, I'm sure our jackbooted friends on the totalitarian left will react as they always do – by insisting we confiscate guns from the people who didn't do it. Huckabee & Costas: two sides of the same dribble glass.
It appears the shooter was afflicted with autism & Aspergers. The Aurora & Virginia Tech perps were 1st class whackjobs, whose psychological & mental challenges were matters of record. Charles Krauthammer has proposed involuntary commitment in the event a professional has reason to believe a patient is dangerous. Makes my skin crawl, but it's certainly worth talking about.
Finally and most importantly... to the extent that an unbeliever's prayer has any utility: may God keep the lost and embrace their loved ones.
It's not about making anything “right”, it's about penalizing undesirable behavior. The “two wrongs don't make a right” pretense can be equally and just as disingenuously applied to any imposed sanction. Two wrongs don't make a right, so cops should never arrest anyone for any crime; I shouldn't shoot an intruder who forces his way into my home.
The moral implications of the death penalty is a separate discussion.
A world-class scumbag. Glad he's off the streets, but murder's a high price to pay to secure the public from a cockroach like him.
Administration Weighs Legal Action Against States That Legalized Marijuana Use http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/07/us/marijuana-initiatives-in-2-states-set-federal-officials-scrambling.html?_r=0
WASHINGTON — Senior White House and Justice Department officials are considering plans for legal action against Colorado and Washington that could undermine voter-approved initiatives to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in those states, according to several people familiar with the deliberations.
I've been surprised at the number people I encounter (myself among them) who have abandoned television. I find the only thing I miss is the NFL, but I miss it less with each passing season.
Talk about a slippery slope. I'm sure there are equally large numbers of people who are "very much against" bars, liquor stores, mj dispensaries, junkyards, guided hunts & Jehovah's Witnesses. Subjecting the private enterprises you find objectionable to a public vote won't happen here, and it shouldn't.
I'm skeptical that a casino could succeed, but my hat's off to the Sleeping Giant Group putting their money where their mouth is.
Robert L. Waltrip and Service Corporation International. Why bother looking into the financial resources of the rancher in question when childish naivete is so much easier. Waltrip could likely find the $ for that piddling little road in the cushions of one of his Gulfstream V's.
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