Thursday, December 08, 2005

Allow me to get all political on your asses...

I just want to say that before you read all this, it sucks a guy was killed.

The thing that a lot of people don't know about guns on airplanes are these facts:
1: Air Marshalls have been flying with guns for a long time, something like 30 years. Since the start of the program at any rate and I thin the Post said it was in the 60s or 70s.
2: A handgun fired in a plane, even if it directly strikes a window, is not going to cause a massive depressurization of he plane and kill everyone like in the movies.
3: Every system in a plane is at least double redundant. If there is one thing the government does right, it is redundancy. There is no point failure source, except for the pilot and people on board.
DISCLAIMER: The part about the plane's redundancy comes from my brother who works with some guy who flew for the military. As I have not met the guy, it may easily by false. Still, it sounds true enough to me.

And one final note, I don't think we are criminalizing mental illness, so much as ignoring it until it becomes a criminal issue. Which is criminal in another sense. There were lots of state mental institutions until taxes were cut in the 70s and 80s. Since the 50s, our government has been slashing taxes. Our current tax obligation is the lowest ever.

Taxes: they aren't a burden for those who believe in social responsibility.


Unknown said...

No guns. No guns. Repeat after AG: no guns.

Chuckles said...

What do you want them to shoot people with? Meat?

Chuckles said...

That is sooo 1960s of you, AG!

Unknown said...

Make love, not war.

Peace, love and fertility drugs, doll face.

Chuckles said...

Peace, love and the Pill, sugar butt.

teh l4m3 said...

I have been mildly chastened in my alarmism by your post (which is word for word your comment on my post -- I'm honorificated!). The investigation is underway. My point may stand, or only partly, or not at all. Anyway, thank you for being a level-headed counterpoint.

Also, I offered the olive branch of Stacy Lattisaw...Dynamite!!!

teh l4m3 said...

PS: Hate to burst your bubble (and I was going to let it stand, but whatever -- I'm an attention whore), but I am "anonymous."

It's true. I was at work, and forgot to click off of the "Anonymous" button.

Chuckles said...


I was really hoping Anonymous was somebody cool. Or as Ag would say, kewl.

Psyke. Yer kewl.

Chuckles said...

Basically what we have here is a failure to take care of the members of our society that can not take care of themselves. Personally, I would have shot his ass, too, even if 9/11 had never happened. This event is what it was, it became a tragedy when we found out he was 'touched'.

I am in no way defending all of the draconian and moronic attempts at security that the Dept. of Homeland Insecurity made. The whole shoe removal thing is preposterous. These steps are all reactionary and based what has previously happened when the reality of the situation is that we need flexibility not inept rigidity.

Did you know that you can buy a knife that is sharp enough to cut flesh and entirely made of plastic? Tape a couple of those to you and you're in!

Unknown said...

Boys, no guns, no violence. It's all about the "free love". Poppie R. knows about the Free Love even if he disses all over my music.

Birth control pills are bad. Very bad. They reek havoc on women's bodies. God dammitt!

Why do you hate women so much? What's her name? You want me to fuck her up? You want me to do to her what I did to the Project Manager? I totally will. I love the Italian in me when it comes to peeps that have done me or homie-bees wrong.

I will take it down a notch and then rip the ever lovin' 33 and 1/3 out of her. Just say it. Say it!

Chuckles said...

Interesting. I had heard from an ex that she really liked being on the pill. Said she felt better during her period. But hey, if it isn't good for you, babe, then don't do it.

Hedonism is not a swear word.