Sep 15, 2016

Toy Guns

A 13-year-old kid with an airsoft gun takes a police bullet and your heart breaks. Then your head takes over and wonders what the Hell is up with the adults in this boy's life.

Is it all that hard to plant the simple message  in a young skull that if you start waving a toy gun around,  some people are quite reasonably going to think it's a real one. And get scared. And shoot you.  Did anyone ever tell him so?

I put myself in the cop's place. While I like to think I'd have been been quicker to analyze and decide nothing lethal was needed, I am not all sure I could have.

It's getting getting dark. The dispatcher sent me to check out an armed robbery. The neighborhood isn't exactly a Norman Rockwell scene. My suspect ran into an alley and I saw his gun, a dead ringer for a Glock. And I wanted to go home under my own power at shift's end. Wife.  Kids.

The finer points can and will be debated in and out of the media, the courts, the demonstrations to the tune of millions of words, and eventually we may have some vague idea of what actually happened.

Now, the first police reports suggest the lad and an older chum did use the fake pistol to rob somebody. Maybe he was on the fast track to violent adult thuggery. Maybe not. None of that is the point, which is, dammit, don't waggle guns at cops. Real ones. Fake ones.  If you do, you're very likely to die.

Why don't you have a little talk with your kids tonight?

Sep 2, 2016

Hillary says she can't remember whether she might have lied,  or, possibly,  told the truth to federal cops about what she did or did or didnt do  with classified material. She was suffering from this concussion, you see.

In other words, "Not tonight Dear. I have a headache."

Jul 25, 2016

Not that I'm a Republican or Anything, But

I am getting the damnedest kick out of the Democrats' sun dance in Philadelphia.

The usual suspects among the media Dog Soldiers of the left are beside themselves. Until he spoke, they told us Bernie Sanders would calm his frustrated little Leninites and everything would get cuddly on the convention floor and the boulevards outside. Sorry about that, Chief. 

Now they're pinning their hopes on today's speech by Michelle Obama, the unelected First Mama whose concern for her family consists of incessant grumpy demands that we eat our veggies. Even the Sanders people are probably still pissed about that. They like their Twinkies and Doritos as much as anyone else.

Their backup plan, in case Michelle can't spread enough Balm of Siliad around the hall, is Senator Liz "Medicine Woman" Warren.  Liz, sometimes known as Pocahontas,  is heap diverse. She tellum Yale she Cherokee maiden -- well, female anyway -- and will join the council fire for much wampum so Yale can count coup and show great white majority how affirmatively active it is.

Summing up we have:

--Michelle, an ineffectual has-been,

--Liz, a system-working hanger-on to the great diversity drive, and

--Bernie, who probably still wears tie-died undies and has fantasies about being locked in a VW van with Mama Cass Eliot. 

Hillary, I don't think this is going to work for you.


Jun 18, 2016

Chuckie Cheese Puffs (and Huffs) - Schumer on Gun Control

Senator Charles Schumer, D-NY, is not a stupid human being. Objectionable, perhaps, but possessing some impressive mental credentials, a perfect SAT score, class valedictorians, degrees with honors.

So he is other than dumb, and yet he says:

"Every senator is now going to have to say, whether they're for terrorists getting guns or against terrorists getting guns," Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer told reporters on Thursday.

With an articulated belch like that coming from his mouth, and with the possibility of stupidity off the table, what word might we use to describe him?  The dead-accurate term "demagogue," comes to mind but is embarrassingly weak.  The others immediately occurring to me are unprintable in a family-oriented blog such as this.


In fact, what every senator must decide is the extent to which we must go in make everyone feel good    and safe and all.

A frightening number of them would say the boundary has been reached when every man, woman, and child in America is on a no-fly list. Which would  be a no-weapon list,  leaving every American defenseless against any actual terrorist strolling down the street.