Thursday, Dec 20, 2012
1. GUN RIGHTS: NOTHING IS CERTAIN EXCEPT DEATH AND TEXAS.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry told a meeting of the Tea Party that you should be
able to carry your handgun anywhere in Texas. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)
said he wishes the school principal at Newtown had kept an M4 in her
office. At the sound of gunfire she could have grabbed the carbine and
blown Adam Lanzas head off. Unless, of course, Adam, who she didn't know,
was faster, or a better marksman, or had a bigger gun. I grew up on a farm
in South Texas, belonged to the National Rifle Association, hunted deer and
game birds. An Eagle Scout, I taught marksmanship on the rifle range of a
Boy Scout camp one summer. But a few years later when I came home on leave
during the Korean War my father told me he had arranged for us to go deer
hunting. He was hurt when I said I don't hunt anymore. And I don't go back
to Texas anymore
Adam Lanza slaughtered 20 schoolchildren and seven adults. His first human
target was his mother, who regularly took Adam to a shooting range.
According to one account, she was a gun-hoarding survivalist who stockpiled
weapons in preparation for an economic collapse. Which brings us to the
It used to be called the Graduated Income Tax. It was based on the simple
concept that those who benefit the most from our system should pay a larger
share of its costs. Alas, it's not easy being rich. Expectations grow
faster than the economy. Like the lottery, the Republican tax plan depends
on the support of wannabes that don't understand mathematics.
We'll try to get back to the global warming/population problem.