Arizona Legislators Veto Pistol-Packin’ Kindergardeners

Author’s note: This post turned out to be sadly prophetic.

Arizona's gun rightsI read in yesterday’s International Herald Tribune that Arizona state senator, Karen Johnson, has sponsored a bill–which the Arizona State Judiciary Committee approved last week–that would allow people with a concealed-weapons permit to carry firearms at public colleges and universities.

This is a self-styled “right-wing wacko’s” solution to the ongoing epidemic of shootings in American high schools and on college campuses. Granted, a single right-wing wacko (RWW) does not make a summer, but since she was elected, it’s only fair to suppose that she is seconded by thousands of other RWW’s out there in the Arizona sun without their hats. The Herald Tribune adds, “She initially wanted the bill to cover all public schools, kindergarten and up, but other lawmakers convinced her it stood a better chance of passing if it were limited to higher education.” If you ask me, that “other lawmakers” euphemism refers to other elected RWW’s with their respective RWW constituencies. Continue reading

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NATO is Scraping the Bottom of the Tank

Septic think tank diagram

The think tank, that is. According to an article published in The Guardian on January 22, 2008, five of the west’s most senior military officers and strategists got together to affirm that “the west must be ready to resort to a pre-emptive nuclear attack to try to halt the ‘imminent’ spread of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction.”They recommend this extreme measure in order to “tackle the challenges of an increasingly brutal world.”

One doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Continue reading