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Friday, December 14, 2012

Just another day in America

NEWTOWN, Conn. — As gunshots echoed through an elementary school in Connecticut on Friday, children huddled in the corners and closets where desperate teachers had tried to hide them from the gunman who had invaded their school.
By the time it was over, 28 people, including 20 children the gunman and his own mother were dead, and a nation was left struggling to put some kind of context to its latest school massacre.... 
 (snip of comments from Barack Obama about how tragic it all is) 
...The suspect this time is 20-year-old Adam Lanza, who is believed to have killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, a teacher at the school, before driving to the facility in her car with an arsenal that is now believed to have included at least five guns.Reports in the wake of the shooting said Lanza suffered from some type of personality disorder.

"some type of personality disorder" geez, YA THINK?!?!?! Another day, another meat robot with faulty wiring and a firearms collection. Earlier in the week it was shopping mall, now an elementary school. I'm not even surprised by these mass shootings anymore, they only seem to happen on days that end in a "Y." Seriously, America, get some collective therapy and ditch the fixation with the goddamned push-button death machines. Stockpiling guns doesn't make anyone 'free' or defend anyones' 'rights' they just lead to people getting dead, which is exactly what they are designed and built to do. So quit acting surprised or appalled when some lawabiding freedom loving 'hobbyist' with an armory in his basement suddenly has a bad day and decides to use his gun collection for exactly what guns are made to do: kill.

Quit spending money on guns and stupidity and start taking care of the mentally ill, and by taking care of them I do not mean electing more of them to Congress.

And the first dingbat who claims that this all could have been avoided if the principal or teachers had been packing a .45 wins a chance at a (figurative) boot in the plums.

update: less than ten minutes later and I didn't even have to go surfing anywhere I don't regularly visit. Fuck you Glenn Reynolds,  you miserable piece of gun-loving shit. I hope the ghosts of those six-year olds haunt your every moment for the rest of your pathetic life.


Monday, December 10, 2012

Santa doesn't send threatening cards

From the Huffington Post Canada:

abbotsford police santa

In the spirit of the holidays, Abbotsford police are sending Christmas cards to gangsters and drug dealers featuring the police chief dressed as Santa in tactical gear.
A message in the card says: "We believe it is never too late to make a better choice for your life. For the sake of your family & for your own sake, consider 2013 the year you choose a new & better life. Make your New Year’s resolution now! We’re here to help."
The cards are being sent to "prolific offenders, property offenders and persons known for drug and gang activity," said police in a news release Monday.
Call me oversensitive, but if the police sent a card like this to me, my first call would be to the crown attorney to ask that they be charged with sending me threatening mail. My next call would be a civil litigator to sue the department for harrassment. Given that the police have been known to shoot people from time to time, I think it would be considered a credible threat. What's the difference between this and the cops sending out a note like this with "happy Valentine's Day" printed on the back?

pics on Sodahead

As to the cops Christmas card list of  supposed ne'er-do-wells, I imagine a good trial lawyer might have something to say about presumption of innocence and predjudical treatment should any of them land in court.
If you sent a neighbour you had repeatedly quarrelled with this kind of picture with note that said "You better stop letting your dog shit on my lawn or else" and were known to own guns, well, as they say "I am not lawyer, but..."  You can bet that if one of the recipients of these cards sent back a photo of themselves with an assault rifle that read "thinking of you this Christmas" they would be in jail by Boxing Day.
If someone from the Occupy Movement had themselves photographed as Saint Nick holding a bag of feathers and a pail of hot tar and sent it out to a bunch of  Wall Street types with the message "He knows if you've been bad or good, so you better be good for goodness sake" just imagine the howls of outrage. Don't think for a second they wouldn't be prosecuted. Why should the police be treated differently?