Wow! Your blogger had a full night's sleep, rare for me. I attended a fine Christmas party with a lot of old friends last night, and made some new ones. The Mayans were wrong, and the world DID NOT end yesterday, only their calendar ended.
From the first second of wakefulness, I began to have those thoughts which come from a functioning body and a clear mind, so here are some of them:
- I had a thought of how the whole Gun Control mantra is tied to the whole Progressive thing, and I suddenly saw a clear parallel between Gun Control and the GlowBull Warming thing. You see, it's the same (irrational) pattern of thought. Say that you as a Socialist need to accomplish an objective, in the case of Gun Control, that's the disarming of America, or in the Case of GlowBull Warming, it's to extract $$$$ from Capitalists, give it to the not-so-rich, and thereby purchase their political loyalty. Gun Control is just such a scam, just like "carbon credits". With Gun Control, the scam is to instantly dismiss all rational ideas of how to handle gun violence, then say your sloppy work (of protecting kids) has to be the fault of the tool (gun). In the case of the GlowBull Warming people, their tactic is to reject countervailing science, reject those who point out that their data is impure firstly by poor collection methods and more impure by (probably deliberate) misinterpretation. Once the facts are dismissed out of hand ("the science is settled"), you wrap the whole turd in gift-wrapping and call it a meaningful gift of value and heartfelt morality. That's how you do it if you are a Progressive, the whole Big Lie technique, which dates back to Adolph Hitler's "Mein Kampf"
- Does it get any clearer than Wayne LaPierre's statement yesterday? "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." Force, meet counter-force. Yes, that's a messy solution, and any such application of counter-force in a school hallway or classroom can bring ugly consequences, but just as cops suddenly decided after Columbine that you can't wait for the full SWAT team to get there while the shooters continue their damage inside, you also have to realize that once the armed threat has penetrated into the building, directed gunfire is going to be the only way to stop the threat. BTW, this is the plan for all active shooter situations, to shoot the threat, but since few schools have the threat-stoppers in place, the tactical edge flips over to the shooter. We put that counter-force in place, in the schools NOW, or we accept the fact that there WILL be more innocents lose their lives. There is NO completely "acceptable" collateral damage, but some collateral damage is more acceptable than a result such as Newtown. Mr. LaPierre stopped a bit short of the finish line, though: there is an immediate way to apply the safety he outlined in his message. To get to that point, all the President has to do is command, "Colonel, I need you now". His immediately available Nation Command Authority liason officer (the guy with the "football") comes to his side, and the President tells him that for the opening of school after the Christmas Holiday Winter Break, he wants the National Guard in every school until more permanent systems can be brought into place. The additional use of the command, "Federalize them" makes it happen. I ran some numbers just for my town, Gresham Oregon, a city of about 100,000, which has a police force of about 130 cops. The cops use between 10-12 officers/Sergeants per shift, and there are about 20 schools to protect. A minimum of two cops per school shows the impossibility of using local cops for this problem. It HAS to be the National Guard. BTW, if your memory has goine soft, we put the NG at all our airports after 9-11, and they did a good job for almost a year until the imposition of Security ops by the TSA (Tom Ridge's boys).
- If the Progressive Gun Control freaks think that they're fooling anyone, here's some comment from their own side: Dana Milbank, who scribbles for the WaPo, on Obama's naked use of the Newtown tragedy to advance his other agenda items. A Progressive skewers a Socialist. Oh! Can't we all just get along? It really IS all about Control, not just Gun Control, and Obama's use of the Emanuel Rule confirms it.