September, 2018 archive
Where like minds gather . . . .
“It was determined the shooting was accidental,” Somoano said. “One person sustained non-life threatening injuries.”
This is the third shooting at Oak Tree Gun Club in 2018. On Sept. 2, a person was transported to a local trauma center after suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the facility.
(Misplaced tag fixed. I’m only human.)
Rex Stout, in the voice of Nero Wolfe:
One of the prime ambitions of a jackass is to bray louder than any other jackass . . . .
Stout, Rex, “The Cop Killer” in Triple Jeopardy (New York: Bantam, 1957), p. 76
One of my history professors used to delight in pointing out what he called “the ironies of history.”
Image via Juanita Jean.
Those ironies are oft bittersweet.
I think the professor was Dr. Bill Shade, under whom I studied the Early Federal Period during my year in graduate school, out of which I dropped, for I realized that I was not cut out to be an academician.* (Hell, when I drove away in my U-Haul heading east back to the Eastern Shore, I did indeed feel a weight lift from my shoulders. It was a metaphor come to life.)
He was a bright spot in that experience
*”Academic” is an adjective. “Academician” is a noun. It’s called “proper usage.” Live with it.
A polite society is a clean society.
The boy didn’t know gun was loaded when it discharged into his abdomen and the bullet continued through his back, according to Soldan.
Will Bunch analyzes why the media, both broadcast and print, fell so hard for the fake “Rob Rosenstein resignation” story late last week. His piece is well worth a read. Here’s a snippet:
The media seemed reluctant to admit that the biggest story on Monday wasn’t either the developments in the Rosenstein matter (since there weren’t any, really) or in Kavanaugh’s defense, but the way the naive Charlie Brown of highly paid inside-the-Beltway access journalism fell thump on its head yet again, duped by the football-yanking Lucy of an administration that yells “fake news” at its enemies yet specializes in inventing alternate version of reality.
Paul Krugman suggests that there is no Republican there there. A snippet:
In fact, Republican policies are so unpopular that the party’s candidates are barely trying to sell them. Instead, they’re pretending to stand for things they actually don’t — like protecting health coverage for Americans with pre-existing conditions — or trying to distract voters with culture war and appeals to white racial identity. The GOP has become the party of no ideas.
Follow the link for the rest.
Roy Eidelson explores the mind games that the right-wing deploys to further their agenda and how they are being used to protect the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. Here’s a bit about one of them:
Superiority. “Pursuing a Higher Purpose.” They insist that tainted actions—such as the torture of war-on-terror prisoners—must be evaluated within the context of the greater good and America’s enduring exceptionalism.
Follow the link for the complete list with more detail.