Category Archives: politics

State Senator Commits Suicide

Sheriff’s officials: Sen. Rick Gudex died of self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest

Good lord.

It’s tempting to think of this in the context of the current GOP political maelstrom, but that could very well be inaccurate. It’s unknown what Senator Gudex’s actual motive was. It’s been at least a year (if I remember right) since he decided he was not going to run for reelection.

I didn’t know the Senator personally, but I know people who were acquainted with him. He was the sort of man who made a good impression on people, and who people (myself included) would have been happy to vote for, had he decided to run for reelection. In fact, I recall some consternation among conservatives in these parts when he announced he was not going to do that.

I am a die-hard skeptic in terms of the existence of an afterlife, but if there is such a thing, I hope he is forgiven for taking his own life, and that he can find some peace.

“Brexit? What Brexit?” sayeth the EU

Why are certain people in Brussels acting as if Brexit didn’t happen?

What happens if these “suggestions” are taken seriously and acted upon?  Will that not cast an aura of legitimacy on the idea of EU types issuing further “recommendations” to the United Kingdom, even though the Brexit vote suggests that none of them have any more business doing so than I have business issuing “recommendations” to Vladimir Putin on the proper governance of Russia?

This article is intriguing.  Not only does it eloquently suggest that the EU is designed to solve a 100 year old problem, but wonders if its leaders may pursue their solution to that problem with the same dogged determination which led to World War I.

In fact, I’ll quote the following.  Consider this a quote for today:

“The utter lack of regard for the people, the blind fidelity to a way of viewing the world, is always at the core of large scale human suffering.” – thezman

(If that link doesn’t work for a while starting Oct. 7, it may be due to Hurricane Matthew wiping out the server or something like that.)

Do you believe schools ought to be safer?

You’re now a racist if you say schools need to be safer.

Under pressure from Obama educrats, public school districts are no longer suspending even violent students; but now, under pressure from Black Lives Matter, they are suspending teachers who complain about not suspending bad kids.

Much more at the link.

I suppose as word gets around about this problem, the trend of families looking for creative ways to get their kids out of these schools will only continue to increase, which will in turn motivate the left and their BLM shock troops to counter-push. What will their next target be? Things are bad enough now that it actually takes some effort to imagine what more they could do to mess the situation up, short of creating an effective ban on homeschooling (which is already unfeasible for a whole lot of people, a fact which the radical left is surely happy about).

Then again, even if policy merely stays the same, current conditions in many areas sound extreme enough to push affected school districts into complete non-functionality within a few years.  Teachers can strike or quit, parents can sue, or en masse refuse to send their kids to schools that endanger their children, but none of that will do anything other than exacerbate the problem. So, what happens then? It seems that public schooling under the guidance of the Department of Education is approaching a breaking point.  What happens after it breaks?

All Hail the Onion

I saw this quoted over on Vox Day’s blog and actually had to check to make sure it wasn’t serious:

Moving quickly to begin the process of filling the unexpected vacancy on the Supreme Court bench, President Obama spent much of the weekend compiling a shortlist of gay, transsexual abortion doctors to replace the late Antonin Scalia, White House sources confirmed Monday. “These are all exemplary candidates with strong homosexual values and proven records of performing partial-birth abortions, but am I missing anyone?” Obama reportedly asked himself while reviewing his list of queer, gender-nonconforming, feminist Planned Parenthood employees, all of whom were also said to be black immigrants. “I definitely have enough post-op transsexuals on the list, but it is a little light on pre-op candidates. And I should probably add a cop killer or two on here just to round out my options.” Sources later confirmed that Obama was attempting to rapidly narrow the list down to the single best nominee to submit to the Senate in hopes of wrapping up confirmation hearings before his choice had to leave to attend the Hajj pilgrimage.

Ok, they got me. :)

 

Stupid parliament

Today, rather than spending their time debating issues of actual importance, the UK Parliament decided to allocate three hours of their limited time to debate the subject of whether Donald Trump should be banned from setting foot in the United Kingdom.

Let’s say they decide to ban him.  Does anyone think he actually cares? Does anyone think it’ll actually harm his chances on voting day? Does anyone doubt that if Trump wins the election they’ll fall all over themselves to backpedal such a silly and childish action?

If it happens, Trump’s response will undoubtedly be some variation of, “Who cares. The UK? They’re irrelevant.” With one sanctimonious outburst, the United Kingdom will have lowered itself from “no greater friend” status of the George W. Bush era, to “who cares.” Talk about effective democracy.

Incidentally, as I proofread this post and double-checked some of the info, I learned that this debate isn’t even binding! It’s 100% posturing, pure and simple.