Saturday, April 20, 2013

Thoughts on the Boston Bombing

An author whose work I admire, Tiffany Madison, commented yesterday about a picture showing SWAT police in full kit, loaded for bear, accompanied by an armored car, performing a sweep of the streets of Watertown during the search for the last terrorist of the Second Boston Massacre.

"Grandpappy told my pappy
Back in my day, son
A man had to answer 
For the wicked thing he done..."

She commented that the amount of force levied seemed excessive.

"Take all the rope in Texas
Find a tall oak tree
Round up all of them bad boys
And hang 'em high in the street
For all the people to see..."

In any normal situation, I would agree--were they after a car thief, or at a peaceful protest. They were, however, after (and not being a member of the press I can say) a terrorist. One known to have used bombs to murder. One who shot a police officer earlier in the day, and who was throwing explosives from a moving car. Wounded or not, this was an extremely dangerous animal.

"We got too many gangsters
Doing dirty deeds
Too much corruption
And crime in the streets
It's time the long arm of the law
Put a few more in the ground..."

This is precisely why the police need to have this ability. As much as my libertarian side fears its misuse, this demonstrates why we have police, and is one of the most concrete examples of tax dollars being used appropriately I've seen in some time.

"Send them all to their Maker
And he'll set them on down
You can bet, He'll set 'em down..."

My only regret is that the bomber was captured alive.

"Cause justice is the one thing
You should always find
You gotta saddle up your boys
You gotta draw a hard line..."

I believe in the American system of justice in a rational way: I believe most guilty people get punished, and most innocent folks are found inculpable, and there are provisions to help ward against injustice. But the fact that this murderer gets his day in court is also going to give him a soapbox. Our struggle to understand the unfathomable mind of a madman will likely just give his fellow madmen hope that their tactics will gain them airtime.

"When the gunsmoke settles
We'll sing a victory tune
And we'll all meet back
At the local saloon..."

While I'm sure the burden of proof in court is higher than mine, I was pretty sure this guy was guilty when they started throwing explosives from their car and shooting at the police when chased. While not iron-clad, I'll admit, it seems damning on its face.

"And we'll raise up our glasses
Against evil forces
Singing, 'Whiskey for my men, beer for my horses!'
Whiskey for my men, beer for my horses!"

I don't think we'll find the answers our rational minds are looking for by looking at the mind of killer. I think all we are bound to find is a flawed and broken mind. One that thinks the murder of innocents to garner attention is justified in the pursuit of their cause. Our rational minds simultaneously demand rational answers not found in the irrational.

(Thanks to Toby Kieth for his lyrics)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

You can lead a man to the polls...

Well, you can lead a man to the polls, but you can't make him think.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Fatigue

I hope everyone goes out and votes, regardless of whether or not they are making a bad decision, or voting against President Obama.

Kidding aside, its this peaceful transition of power every 4 years, or so, and the ongoing political discussion that is one of the great things about the American political process.

You'll see the previous post was last week, and I apologize.  I always get election fatigue at this point in any campaign.  So much news coverage!  I get saturated, and have a hard time even thinking about politics.  I can't wait for the election to be over one way or another.

I'll be back tomorrow, with more posts, but for now, I'll leave you with this great comic from xkcd.

If you aren't familiar with them, its a comic that is at the same time fun and extremely informative.  One of my favorites.

Anyhow, without further ado:

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Lip Reading of the Presidential Debate

The Americans with Disabilities Act has brought us many things that help many wonderful people.  What you didn't know, is that they provide lip-reading services.  Below is a video with their lip-reading of the Presidential Debate:

Sunday, October 28, 2012

It's a Wonderful Life! (with capitalism)

If capitalism were to leave America we would become nothing other than another Third World country. - a world where everyone is equally miserable. "Take away the carrot and all that is left is the stick."

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Obama: Another Lack of Manners

Lena Dunham: More Free Crap

A parody that is spot on for the tramp. I bet her parents are not too proud of her. The person in the short video does not look like her though, with a small stretch of the imagination there is a minor resemblance.