We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
OK, that's enough of today's items on the shooting. The original news story should have been "paranoid pothead goes on shooting rampage."
But within hours of the news report, people began to exploit the sad story for their own purposes. Twisting the facts, inventing false narratives, "letting no crisis go to waste" (not that this represents a crisis). It's like Tawana Brawley all over again, the flat-out lie which Al Sharpton rode to seemingly perpetual fame and fortune. Propaganda designed to create a consensus view, or at least a thinkable view regardless of the facts. A snow job:
Slangchiefly US and Canadian an instance of deceiving or overwhelming someone with elaborate often insincere talk
Even the worthy Dr. Torrey did it, above. This kid would not have been hospitalizable, much less long-term hospitalizable, against his will, anywhere in the US. Well, I might be wrong about that: apparently he had been making death threats.
The only sane comment I saw this morning was the slain girl's father. He gets it. Well, this guy gets it too, at Am Thinker via Lucianne, The Media Has Declared War:
Newsrooms and hospitals have one major thing in common: the "hush" is the loudest thing anyone ever hears. The "hush" is the moment when normal activity stops cold for an announcement of major events that will entirely reshape any usual activity. While both newsrooms and hospitals stop on that kind of news -- and then, following it, race into a whirlwind of overdrive -- the similarities end there.
Comments: In the crosshairs of the trigger-happy MSM: Sarah Palin In the crosshairs of the trigger-happy MSM: the 1st Amendment In the crosshairs of the trigger-happy MSM: anyone who defies the imposition of socialism in America
Otherwise, the blizzard of exploitation is disheartening, if not sickening.
It's a winter wonderland out there; a perfect day to be 6 or 7 years old.
I remember in the 1960s when, for budgetary reasons among others, we emptied the sate mental hospitals in Wisconsin with the blithe assurance that those folks we put back on the streets would have their more dangerous impulses controlled by medications which the hospitals prescribed.
Oh, yeah. Get real, as the children say. Once these confused folks hit the streets away from supervision, many of them stopped taking their meds entirely. Others took them only occasionally. The results were both sad and predictable. Street violence increased, not only against normal citizenry, but against those formerly hospitalized. Judges stopped committing convicted criminals who claimed mental disturbance. It was a large and continuing mess.
I don't think it would work any better now than it did then.
A good large UPS is less than $150 from Amazon and others. Such a unit will also provide an audible warning of an outage. A good investment even here is Southern California, where weather related outages are quite rare.
I really, really hate to lose work when the power goes out. The "autosave" feature of many programs don't really protect you all that well.
I predict that, for various reason, power outages will become more common in the future, so now is the timer, etc.