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News Round up – Bloom County, Theater Shooting, Guns

Berkeley Breathed and Bloom County have returned!!! Woohoo!!!  Bloom County is only available thru his facebook site but …woohoo!!!

Another movie theater shooting. Damn. Do we need metal detectors in movie theaters now? This is crazy. Do we all need to walk around with bullet proof vests?

Kurt Eichenwald has written a thoughtful piece on guns and gun control. He starts with the premise that no right guaranteed by the constitution is absolute. Once we can agree that no one has the right to have any gun at any time then we can begin to discuss what is reasonable.

I would add that I think Slave Patrols are an important part of the second amendment.

As Dr. Carl T. Bogus wrote for the University of California Law Review in 1998, “The Georgia statutes required patrols, under the direction of commissioned militia officers, to examine every plantation each month and authorized them to search ‘all Negro Houses for offensive Weapons and Ammunition’ and to apprehend and give twenty lashes to any slave found outside plantation grounds.”

When you think about how oddly the second amendment was written you have to scratch your head. We all know that the founders were able to write sentences that make sense. What is this militia about? Why does it say State instead of Country? (2nd Amendment – A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.)

Linda Monk (Constitutional Scholar and lawyer) has updated her GREAT book, Words We Live By. This book goes through the constitution and discusses the passages that are aggressively debated. The book is well written and easily read. If a book like this can be a page turner, this is a page turner.

By |2015-07-25T13:44:09-04:00July 24th, 2015|Domestic Issues|Comments Off on News Round up – Bloom County, Theater Shooting, Guns

A Few Odds and Ends

  • Greg Mitchell from Editor and Publisher has a column out today praising the media’s coverage of Corsi’s new book. He does reflect on how timid the media was four years ago in condemning Corsi’s famously wrong “Swift Boat” book.
  • Senator John McCain, who denounced the swift boating of John Kerry, is silent about this new book “Obama Nation.” I wonder why? Again, isn’t this a character issue? If you, as a man of honor (which McCain says he is) know a book has published a pack of lies against your opponent are you not duty-bound to declare it unacceptable?
  • Juan Cole, popular blogger and Modern Middle Eastern and South Asia history professor, has an excellent article in He explains how the Bush administration’s policy of trashing international law has lead directly to Russia’s invasion of Georgia.
  • Pakistan continues to be a country that confuses me to no end. It appears that Pervez Musharraf may be stepping down. Pakistan is such a complex county. There are tribal areas which have no running water or indoor plumbing but then there are modern cities with the internet and movie theaters. Again, Juan Cole has a thoughtful explanation of what’s going on in Pakistan.
  • CNN used to be my main source of news. I’m glad that has changed. When they asked the question “Is Obama the Anti-Christ” then I think that they are sending me a message. Don’t turn on CNN. If that is the message that they are sending, I will listen to their message.
  • A real cease-fire seems to be taking hold in Georgia.
By |2008-08-15T20:42:24-04:00August 15th, 2008|Domestic Issues, Election 2008, Foreign Affairs|Comments Off on A Few Odds and Ends
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