Fort Hood: Think about it…

The man who went on a murderous rampage at Fort Hood was on the loose for 15 to 20 minutes before a military policewoman confronted him.

Fifteen to 20 minutes running around shooting people without being stopped. On a U.S. military base — full of disarmed soldiers.

Can you imagine what kind of carnage would ensue if somebody were able to pull off a coordinated attack involving several gunmen at a base because of the ridiculous PC gun regs at U.S. military installations?

Last night I read some comments from people on lockdown at Fort Hood, and a couple of them said they felt safer and less helpless in Afghanistan than they do when they’re at Fort Hood. And no, Piers Morgan, they don’t feel less safe because others might have a gun. They feel less safe because they’ve been stripped of theirs.

Bob Costas Agrees: Handguns Have to Go

You knew it would be said, but I thought Bob Costas might have been one that would have at least waited until all the facts are known before going off in this direction. I was wrong:

BOB COSTAS: Well, you knew it was coming. In the aftermath of the nearly unfathomable events in Kansas City, that most mindless of sports clichés was heard yet again: Something like this really puts it all in perspective. Well, if so, that sort of perspective has a very short shelf-life since we will inevitably hear about the perspective we have supposedly again regained the next time ugly reality intrudes upon our games. Please, those who need tragedies to continually recalibrate their sense of proportion about sports would seem to have little hope of ever truly achieving perspective. You want some actual perspective on this? Well, a bit of it comes from the Kansas City-based writer Jason Whitlock with whom I do not always agree, but who today said it so well that we may as well just quote or paraphrase from the end of his article.

“Our current gun culture,”Whitlock wrote, “ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy and that more convenience-store confrontations over loud music coming from a car will leave more teenage boys bloodied and dead.”

“Handguns do not enhance our safety. They exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments, and bait us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding it. In the coming days, Jovan Belcher’s actions, and their possible connection to football will be analyzed. Who knows?”

“But here,” wrote Jason Whitlock,” is what I believe. If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.”

Yeah, just like O.J. Simpson. If he hadn’t had a… wait, nevermind.

The author quoted by Costas notes Belcher’s actions could have a “possible connection to football” — and yet Whitlock and Costas never once claimed that it might be necessary to ban football?

There’s a tremendous hole in the argument of those pushing to make handguns illegal everywhere. Murder is also illegal. If someone isn’t dissuaded by the latter law, what makes anybody think the former will deter them? Designing more laws to stop people who don’t pay attention to laws seems stupid, but what do I know? I’m just a bitter clinger.

Ben Stein made some good points in this article published over the summer:

In Sandpoint, North Idaho, where I live for most of the summer, it’s extremely easy to buy a gun. You can buy them at stores and at gun shows, or just at yard sales. Yet there are almost no gun deaths in Bonner County, Idaho.

The last ones of note in North Idaho were done by the FBI at Ruby Ridge, and that’s a different story.

On the other hand, in my beloved Los Angeles, where I live most of the year, there’s extremely strict gun control. It’s a real project to buy a gun.

Here, we have gang shootings and death by guns on a terrifying scale. In my native city of Washington, D.C., the same goes: Strict gun control and lots of shootings.

The same goes for Chicago. Strict gun control and a lot of killing.

Obviously, Sandpoint, Idaho, is a very much calmer place than Chicago, and I’m not saying that people in Chicago should be allowed to just tote guns in their cars the way many can, and do, in North Idaho.

But my point is that there is nothing easy or simple about the relationship between gun control and crime. If a man had started shooting in a crowd in North Idaho, probably several men in the crowd would have shot him down immediately. Maybe a woman, too.

I’m not for vigilante law enforcement. But I am also not for government disarming everyone but criminals.

Here’s Costas from last night, presumably spoken while guards carrying handguns kept NBC’s perimeter secure:

Update: It had to be said.

Florida State Board of Education: We Don’t Expect Hispanics and Blacks to Perform Nearly as Well as Asians and Whites

If I were black or Hispanic and my kids were in Florida schools I’d find this just a tad offensive:

The Florida State Board of Education passed a plan that sets goals for students in math and reading based upon their race.

On Tuesday, the board passed a revised strategic plan that says that by 2018, it wants 90 percent of Asian students, 88 percent of white students, 81 percent of Hispanics and 74 percent of black students to be reading at or above grade level. For math, the goals are 92 percent of Asian kids to be proficient, whites at 86 percent, Hispanics at 80 percent and blacks at 74 percent. It also measures by other groupings, such as poverty and disabilities, reported the Palm Beach Post.

What are the odds though that if you were to hold a bake sale in Florida similar to this one the Board of Education there would find it terribly offensive?

Report: US/British Soldiers Asked Not to Fire on Taliban at Night So They Don’t Disturb Sleepy Time for the Locals

I’ve read the reports and have been told by members of the military that the rules of engagement are nuts, which is why this wouldn’t surprise me in the least:

Reports indicate U.S. soldiers and British Royal Marines have been urged to show “courageous constraint” by not shooting Taliban members spotted planting IEDs.

The reason? Shooting them might disturb the locals.

This news comes out on the heels of an investigation into the death of Royal Marine Sergeant Peter Rayner, whom witnesses say watched the Taliban plant IEDs at night but was ordered not to engage them. Families of other soldiers and Royal Marines are telling stories of how their loved ones were not allowed to use mortars or night illumination when they came across Taliban members in an area full of IEDs.

The reason given was that “the sound of shooting ‘might wake up and upset the locals.'”

Over 2,000 of our finest have died there and thousands more have made life-altering sacrifices, and some of these can probably be attributed to orders from on high to not interrupt beauty sleep for nearby residents? Maddening.

Flashback to April: New rule of engagement says night raids won’t stop, but will be limited and controlled by the Afghans:

NBC Apologizes for Olympic Ad Placement

From the “imagine if Fox News did something like this” file, we have NBC’s coverage of Gabby Douglas winning the gold medal, which then led into this break:

I was watching, but I’m not hard-wired to be offended by anything and everything so I didn’t even really notice it at the time… until my Twitter feed started going bat-Pelosi crazy. Many did freak about it though, and NBC apologized for the placement.

Not to defend NBC, but having done my share of work in commercial television, the spots are purchased, trafficked and placed well before anybody knows what content will be where (with certain exceptions, i.e. sponsorships, etc). The production end doesn’t usually work in concert with the business end to make sure something like that can’t happen. For example, many years ago our local newscast did a story about somebody who lost fingers in a 4th of July fireworks accident the previous year. Immediately after the story we ran an ad for a fireworks store. Whoops. But there was really no way of knowing that story would be there. The only way to be sure would have been to eliminate from the rotation any ad with any kind of potential to offend in any situation — which would have left us with zero commercials to air and, worse yet, zero billing. (Update: It’s actually a promotion for one of NBC’s upcoming sitcoms and not technically an ad, but same difference as far as blind placement)

If NBC botched anything it was by apologizing. If I ran NBC, I’d have responded this way: “It’s been brought to our attention that some found the ad that ran after coverage of Gabby Douglas winning the gold medal to be offensive. We are indeed sorry, but only for those who think black people resemble monkeys. Our staff believes black people are the same as all other people — human beings — and monkeys are primates… different genus entirely you see. Racists may draw similarities between the two, but our staff, not being racist while having a firm grasp on biology, didn’t see anything wrong with the ad placement.”

The irony here is that this happened to NBC, which provides a home for Race Hustler Central, otherwise known as its MSNBC lineup, so a good deal of NBC’s apology was probably directed at people who get a paycheck from NBC.

If anything about that clip was worthy of offense, it was Costas’ patronizing comment before the commercial.

Earth Day Open Thread

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Let this meeting of the Gas-Powered Leaf Blower Appreciation Society come to order…

Eco scam zillionaire Al Gore has written “Reflections on Earth Day” (I’ll reserve my opinion of Gore’s hero Rachel Carson for another day).

I mention the Goracle because he helps me get right to the point of why I hate Earth Day as it is observed: I spend my life being responsible. I clean up after myself. I turn off lights in rooms nobody is in. I don’t waste gas. I pick up garbage if I see it on the walking trail. I recycle as much as possible. I help keep the park clean. I’m careful with proper disposal of chemicals, batteries, used oil, etc. And then, on Earth Day, a bunch of pious millionaires who embrace political philosophies that have throughout history destroyed many a country and left those environments in smoldering ruin emerge from their limousines, private jets and mansions to tell me I’m the problem with the planet. Even more annoyingly, this is the day that the people who heralded the arrival of The One by doing this to the National Mall turn on the smug and say their way must be followed if we’re to clean up this place. No thanks.

The first Earth Day was in 1970, and it featured entertainment provided by folk artist/communist (not necessarily in that order) Pete Seeger. Connections like that… as well as these… are other reasons I hate Earth Day.

Oh, coincidentally, today is also the birthday of the private-property abolitionist Vladimir Lenin. I’m just sayin’…

With that said, here’s something I post almost every year. George Carlin’s famous Earth Day bit. “Save the f*#@ing planet!?”

Miss Universe to Allow Transgender Contestants

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Good news for any of you guys who have been pulling for the Miss Universe pageant to feature more contestants who look like RuPaul and J-Nap:

With newly inclusive pageant rules, transgender women can now aspire to the Miss Universe crown. The Miss Universe Organization announced Tuesday that it will allow contestants who were not born as women to compete for the title, after 23-year-old Miss Canada Jenna Talackova pleaded with pageant officials to reconsider her initial disqualification.

Talackova had begun hormone treatments at 14 and underwent a sex reassignment surgery four years ago. She won the Miss Canada competition, but she was disqualified when pageant officials discovered her history. Talackova, who was represented by celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, appealed to Donald Trump, the owner of the Miss Universe Organization, and he wished her luck.

If Gloria Allred’s going to have a say in who participates in the Miss Universe contest, within five years the pageant contestants are going to look regulars at the Star Wars cantina.

Time Once Again to Play ‘Imagine if a Republican Celeb Did This’

Hey, it’s funny and acceptable if white Hollywood liberals participate in it:

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Time to play “imagine if a Republican did this”:

Video footage obtained by The Daily Caller shows Hollywood screen legend Tom Hanks and Eagles musician Glenn Frey at a 2004 fundraising auction, playfully interacting with a white man dressed as an African native, complete with blackface makeup and a giant Afro wig.

Hanks most recently provided the narration for ”The Road We’ve Traveled,” a 17-minute-long campaign video meant to help President Barack Obama win re-election in November.

The 2004 auction’s routine included a white man in blackface, identified in the footage as investment banker James Montgomery, CEO of the Santa Monica, Calif., firm Montgomery & Co. In addition to blackface makeup and the wig, Montgomery wore a leopard-print toga and an arm band made to look like it consisted of animal teeth.

During a lull in the auction, Frey refers to Montgomery and comments, “See how boring money management and stock investment is, people? It’s not nearly as much fun as, like, professional basketball.”

In response to the video, Congress of Racial Equality national spokesperson Niger Innis has called on President Obama to remove Hanks’ narration from his campaign film. Innis called the incident “an orchestrated, heinous, and racist ‘Stepin Fetchit’ routine that Mr. Hanks was a part of.”

The final item auctioned in the 2004 fundraiser depicted in the video was a large stuffed “trophy gorilla” that came with what Hanks described as a “dowry”: 5,000 shares of pre-IPO stock in Corus Pharmaceuticals, a company whose limited partners included Montgomery’s family trust.

The video shows Montgomery in blackface, holding the stuffed animal and standing with Hanks, while Frey is heard saying into his microphone: “This is as close to diversity as we’ll get at St. Matthew’s.”

Those guys should team up with Ted Danson and take the show on the road where they could help mobilize Obama voters to do battle against those racist Republicans.

If these twits were Romney supporters you’d be looking at the lead story on all the nightly newscasts:

TSA Pat-Down of the Day

The Daily Mail says this was recorded at Chicago’s O’Hare airport. The three year old boy is in a wheelchair because of a broken leg and trying to get to Disney World, but he won’t be hijacking the plane today thanks to crack security. Not this time, Junior Jihadi:

You know, kid, for a hundred dollar bribe fee you could avoid the hassle next time.

Here’s more security camera footage from the same airport later that day:

Kathleen Sebelius: Bully is as Bully Does

This just in from the Federal Department of Counter-Productivity and Mixed Messages…

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius screened a Cartoon Network anti-bullying video for some middle school students recently. The video instructs kids not to call others names like “stupid,” “fat” and “jerk.”

Sebelius was asked what people should take away from the film and how to respond to bullies. Her response:

“I think, very important, is for kids to understand how powerful you really are. You might feel like you’re not big enough, not strong enough, not–don’t have enough tools. But just saying, ‘Stop it! You know, you’re being a jerk!’–walk away, get away from this person can make a huge amount of difference.”

Heh.

By the way, the anti-bullying video stars Barack Obama, naturally. I haven’t seen the video yet, but it can’t be completely accurate unless Obama brought along his union thug pals to play the part of the bullies.