February, 2018 archive
A stable genius could not have predicted . . . .
A Georgia high school teacher is facing a number of charges after he barricaded himself inside an empty classroom and fired a handgun while students stood outside the door, authorities said Wednesday.
The shooting, which took place around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, led to a frantic lockdown at Dalton High School. One student suffered a minor ankle injury while running down the halls, police said at a press conference.
Via Juanita Jean.
The wounded person died.
Police believe that the shooting may have been an accident but they are still investigating.
One more time, there is no such thing as an “accidental” shooting.
The only choices are “intentional” and “negligent.”
Jay Bookman considers the Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor’s (and gubernatorial candidate) threat to deny Delta Airlines an (unneeded) tax break in retribution for Delta’s decision to stop giving NRA members discounts. An excerpt:
Since the Parkland shooting tragedy, the National Rifle Association has come under harsh attack nationwide because of its extremist, no-compromise approach to gun-safety laws. Under public pressure, dozens of major companies, including Delta, have ended discount programs that they had offered to NRA members. Delta claims that the move is not anti-NRA, that by ending its discount program it is merely adopting a policy of neutrality, but that’s not how it’s being interpreted by many.
For Georgia Republicans, that creates a dilemma. In the hierarchy of lobbying groups at the state capitol, Delta ranks near the top. But at the very top, at the summit, sits the National Rifle Association. Delta is powerful; the NRA is sacrosanct.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Eric Dietrich muses on America’s love affair with guns. A snippet (emphasis in the original):
Americans are protected by the largest military in the world. Our military is larger than the next nine largest militaries put together, and our military budget dwarfs the next 7 largest budgets combined, and that includes both China and Russia (see Business Insider) Our police are well-armed and often well-trained. Yet Americans fear.
What do we fear? We fear abortion (as an essential component to women’s rights), animal rights, any religion besides conservative Christianity, bans on hunting, birth control, carbon footprints, the politics of caring, controlling energy use, controlling mining, discussions of sexism, diversity, economic crashes, education, euthanasia, evolution, flying planes into buildings, gay marriage, gender (and the word “gender”), getting mugged, gun control, home invasions, homosexuality, immigration, not logging, statistically not common sexual behavior, population control (and discussing same), protecting the environment, races other than the white one, restrictions on parenting, running out of gas and oil, science, sex, taking global warming seriously, talk of climate change, talk of social class, talk about the Second Amendment, terrorism, transgendered humans, types of governments besides ours, vaccinations . . . .In fact, we fear discussing gun control so much that Congress has prevented our Centers for Disease Control from conducting any research on gun control. Such willful blindness is not only immoral, it is illegal (trying getting away with willful blindness in a criminal case).
Dick Polman reacts to Donald Trump’s claim that, had he been present, he would have stormed Parkland High School to be less than credible. A shppet.
You’ve heard his riff by now. Referring to the Parkland massacre yesterday, he said: “I really believe — you don’t know until you’re tested — but I really believe I’d run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon.” That, from the same guy who ran from serving his country in Vietnam, courtesy of five deferments and a purported boo-boo in his foot. That, from the same guy who couldn’t even walk with world leaders at a G7 summit in Sicily, opting instead to roll a short distance in a golf cart.
Now suddenly he thinks he’s Rambo. No, wait, he fancies himself more macho than Rambo, because even Rambo deemed it prudent to tote a weapon.
Learn about the wonderful world of free and open source. Use computers to do what you want, not what someone else wants you to do. Learn how to use GNU/Linux and its plethora of free and open source software to get stuff done with computers.
It’s not hard; it’s just different.
Who: Everyone in TideWater/Hampton Roads with interest in any/all flavors of Unix/Linux. There are no dues or signup requirements. All are welcome.
Where: Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital in Norfolk Training Room (map). (Wireless and wired internet connection available.) Turn right upon entering, then left at the last corridor and look for the open meeting room.
Surround your children with politeness.
The handgun used Monday morning was within reach of the child’s 2-year-old and 7-year-old brothers and authorities told Channel 2 Action News they believe one of the siblings fired the shot.
Meanwhile, Adam Gopnik comments on the latest NRA spin. A snippet:
Wayne LaPierre, the executive director of the N.R.A., in a speech the next morning to the Conservative Political Action Conference, outside Washington, D.C., made evident the deeper social compact that gives the gun lobby such power in the face of all reason and, at the moment, universal grief. The issue, as LaPierre presented it, is no longer simply defending guns. The tattered old apologies by the way of hunting and target shooting and even self-defense are absent. Guns now are the symbol of a license to hate the other: the liberals and the media and the rest who are part of a “socialist wave.”
I’m looking really really hard, and I don’t see any “socialist wave,” but I guess fighting the Cold War (flash! Communism lost!) never gets old.
Link to Gopnik via The Colorado Independent.