Archive for January, 2012


Another New Year, another chance to remember what’s important.  I like to take today to think about what a much better country this could be without all the guns.
I’m not alone – Dan Bern wrote a funny and truthy song about disarmament.

Last year there were many reasons to heed the sentiments of this song.  In my home state of Arizona, Gabrielle Giffords was shot by a nutcase who had easy access to as many guns as he wanted.Today, a man shot and killed a park ranger in Mount Rainier National Park.  A National Park!  These spaces were set aside to show us what the Earth is capable of on its best day, and here comes one lunatic with a gun to ruin it all.  But that’s not the worst part.  From the article:

It has been legal for people to take loaded firearms into Mount Rainier since 2010, when a controversial federal law went into effect that made possession of firearms in national parks subject to state gun laws.

You let people take guns into national parks, and what happens?  They shoot other people.

Rage like what I’m feeling right now should be reserved for later in the year, long after the plastic has been ripped off and it’s become scuffed and worn.  New Year’s Day is not supposed to be a day of violence, yet here we are.

So let me go down this well-worn path once more and say, Disarm!  As Vonnegut put it:
We cannot get rid of mankind’s fleetingly evil wishes. We can get rid of the machines that make them come true. I give you a holy word: DISARM.

the legacy of president w bush

The man who shot and killed a park ranger in Mount Rainier National Park turns out to be a suicidal Iraq War veteran.  He is dead too, though it was due to freezing to death and not another gun.

Go ahead, W.  Take a good long look at your legacy:
I’m not just talking about the fact that people are allowed to bring guns into national parks, although that in itself is pretty heinous.  I’m talking about the unnecessary Iraq War, the Iraqi lives it ended, and the American veterans who came home damaged beyond repair.

So, to sum it up:
1. Guns are bad.
2. War is worse.

President W. Bush pushed for both of these things, and this is the result.  A legacy?  A tragedy maybe; certainly not what I’d want as a token of my presidency.

On a completely related note: President Obama ended the Iraq War in 2011.  I just thought I’d mention that, as it didn’t get much press at the time.

friday robots

Today’s robots were inspired by a very inspirational figure in today’s culture.
Allow me to present: Biebernaut!

After you’ve awoken from your faint, have a great weekend.
You’re welcome, America.

two cowboys: part 2

For the scintillating first chapter, see “two cowboys.”

└ Tags: ,