Monthly Archives: June 2013

My Month With Some Antifreeze…

My palms were sweating. But not because of the latte I had just chugged. I found myself in Starbucks with an NAPA shopping bag that had a bottle of antifreeze in it. All around me were cups of coffee, tea, mocha chinos and the antifreeze bottle’s deadly contents only a few feet away from contaminating any one of them and creating a potentially fatal cocktail…

Getting it had been easy. No one in the store asked me any questions or even for an i.d. I just picked out the bottle and went to the cash register. I paid for it and left the building. It must have been clear to the salesperson that I know nothing about cars or chemicals but he took my money just the same.

Driving to Starbucks I had a panic attack – what if the bottle opened up from jostling in the car, its deadly contents leaking out and poisoning any hapless pedestrians that I passed or drivers next to me with their windows open? I needed some advice so I pulled into the next gas station I saw. I asked a mechanic working on a transmission if the antifreeze was safe to transport just in its bottle. Would its cap stay on? Could the fumes harm innocent bystanders? He thought I was an idiot…He was right.

A journalist for Ms. Magazine¬†is writing a piece about carrying a handgun for a month. She has decided to do this without, apparently, taking any course to train herself in the use of firearms. She hasn’t asked anyone for any advice other than a policeman involved in a traffic stop to show her that her gun wasn’t loaded. The above parody is a pretty accurate copy of her breathless prose.

The only point that her first article actually makes, is that it is relatively easy for a person with remarkably bad judgement to do something dangerous. WOW, polish up the Pulitzer!

Maybe she could report on the dangers of poisonous chemicals in the home Рnumber of accidental injuries due to poisonous substances in homes, 33,000,000  annually. Number of firearms related accidents, assaults or self inflicted wounds totaled, about 63,000 in the most recent yearly statistics.

People with bad judgement do stupid things constantly – including apparently lame journalistic stunts. There are no laws or regulations that will prevent this.

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NSA vs Stop, Question and Frisk…

Why does the liberal establishment want to make excuses for the indiscriminate mass-collection of the personal phone and internet data of millions of undifferentiated US citizens by the NSA? It has failed to make us safer from terrorist acts such as Fort Hood, Benghazi, or the Boston Marathon bombings. Thank you ACLU for stepping up to stop this trampling of the fourth amendment.

At the same time, liberal activists attack New York City’s Stop, Question and Frisk policy (built on principles sanctioned by the Supreme Court in 1968) as racist. Who does the policy help and who does it hurt? Law abiding minorities in what used to be the most dangerous urban neighborhoods in the country have experienced plunging crime rates and their neighborhoods’ return to relative safety. Criminals have been stopped before committing more crimes. These policies work:

Murders have gone down by nearly 80%, and combined major felonies by nearly 75%. No other American metropolis comes close to New York’s achievement. Bostonians are twice as likely to be murdered as New Yorkers, and residents of Washington, D.C., three times as likely.

In today’s Wall Street Journal Heather MacDonald points out just how bad it would be for New York and the country, were these policies to be defeated by race-baiting activists more interested in political ghettoizing than in making our black communities safer. Read the whole thing here.

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The IRS Scandal Isn’t About Partisan Politics…

I know that my many liberal friends will think that The IRS Scandal is a partisan issue because conservatives were attacked. But this is about something far more troubling than partisan politics. It is about a government bureaucracy that is unaccountable. With a change in political fortunes, the IRS could just as easily target liberal organizations. The entire machine needs to be profoundly reformed and its duty to be fair and impartial needs to paramount and unquestionable. Are any of my liberal friends equally concerned?

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