Connecticut State Senate Passes Machine Gun Ban For Children Under 16

The Connecticut State Senate just passed a ban on machine guns for kids under 16 years of age. The bill now moves to the House of Representatives, where it is expected to pass according to  MSNBC .

Ummm, are we kidding?  What kind of a society would let children under 16 handle any types of guns?   I mean seriously.  And this is Connecticut, not Podunk, USA.  It’s Connecticut, you know the state sandwiched between Boston and NYC.

"For a young person, a minor, to handle an automatic weapon … it’s like saying that it’s OK to pick up a rattlesnake and that it is somehow going to be safe," said Senate President Donald E. Williams Jr., D-Brooklyn. "It’s not going to be safe and it should not be legal and I would think that a lot of folks would be shocked that there was not a law." Yes Mr. StateTheObvious, color me SHOCKED.  But, really, I have to say it again, why just "automatic weapons"?

Now, I don’t want to hear from another person who says "where I come from there is a long history of gun ownership"…  blah, blah, blah.  Well, so do I.  I come from New England, you know, where the Minute Men started (and I mean the real Minute Men, not the right wing whack jobs that "patrol" the border).  Continue reading Connecticut State Senate Passes Machine Gun Ban For Children Under 16

Live Dogs Used as Shark Bait

Just when I think humanity has sunk as low as it can possibly go, I get a stinging, shocking, reminder that we have further that we can sink.  This article in National Geographic, which admittedly is a few years old, was the latest thing to re-awaken me to how violent, sick, and depraved the human race can truly be.  The article, and there were several other articles from around the world as well, states that some fishermen on the French-controlled island of Réunion us both live and dead dogs and cats as bait for catching sharks. Continue reading Live Dogs Used as Shark Bait

Forget Detroit, The New Automotive Leadership Is In Anderson, Indiana

Bright Automotive in Anderson, Indiana today unveiled a 100-mpg delivery van called the IDEA.  Forget Detroit and their half-assed hybrid SUVs that get barely better gas mileage than the gas powered version.  Innovation in this field is going to come from small start-ups in this country and others.  Kudos to the Energy Department for offering significant grants towards the goal of super high efficiency vehicles, Bright Automotive has applied for a grant of $450 million to begin production.  They plan to start filling orders by 2013.

When I was a teen I was a car nut, just like so many of my friends, Continue reading Forget Detroit, The New Automotive Leadership Is In Anderson, Indiana

Torture? What Should We Be Willing To Do To Save Lives?

So on Fox News Sunday Michael Hayden, President Bush’s last CIA director from 2006 to 2009, said releasing the memos outlining terror interrogation methods emboldened terrorist groups such as al Qaeda.   Well, there are a few issues I have with Mr. Hayden.   First off, I am not a big fan of "Blind Loyalty", but, I am even less of a fan of "Blind DISloyalty".  As a very high level appointee, albeit not a Cabinet position, of the former President it is unseemly for him to be so blatently spreading this fear mongering bile in an attempt to smear President Obama and make his and his former bosses’ illegal acts appear critical in preventing some catastrophe.  However, it certainly isn’t surprising considering the way the former VP has been behaving in his first 100 days since leaving office.   That said, let’s actually look at his "logic".

First let’s look at the Emergency Case situation, also often referred to as the "Ticking Timebomb" scenario.  I think you know what I mean, “Suppose a bomb has been planted somewhere where it will kill many people if it goes off. Suppose we have the bomber in custody, the bomber refuses to say where the bomb is. We have no other way of either locating the bomb or safely removing people from the vicinity of the bomb.  Should we torture the bomber to locate the bomb?"  Continue reading Torture? What Should We Be Willing To Do To Save Lives?

Inner Peace

The path to Inner Peace…

  • If you can start the day without caffeine,
  • If you can get going without pep pills,
  • If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
  • If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
  • If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
  • If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
  • If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
  • If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,
  • If you can conquer tension without medical help,
  • If you can relax without liquor,
  • If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,

…….Then You Are Probably The Family Dog!

I bet that you thought I was going to get all spiritual.

This Country Needs An Enema

To paraphrase Jack Nicholson in the original Batman movie, "This country needs an enema!" It is absolutely amazing that the masses do not rise up and take control of their lives.  Virtually every system in America is designed to raise the very few privileged onto the backs of everyone else.  I’ll give you an example.  If you are a poor working stiff who has a credit card, and you pay your bill on time most of the time but, one month you are late.  Boom, you get whacked for a $20 or more late fee.  So, thinking you are a good customer you call said bank to ask for a waiver of the fee since it is the first time and they make a ton of interest off you at 18-25%.  "We are very sorry but because it isn’t a bank error we cannot waive that fee." click!  Why, because they know they have you over a barrel, after all what are you going to do pay off the $2k balance?  I don’t think so. Continue reading This Country Needs An Enema