Thursday, June 18, 2015

Cruel and unusual

Fox News: "Charleston church massacre suspect caught, but answers elude victims' loved ones."


Onion said...

Posted today by the Onion:

National Dialogue Dusted Off

Reposted today by the Onion:

‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens

Nonion said...

Found in Onion editorial office cutting room floor (for some reason):

Poll of Criminals Shows Overwhelming Support for Disarming of Law-Abiding Citizens

Eric said...

My local paper headlined a series of very important discussions on race to be held in Worcester and implied that each would be covered by a reporter.

They were not.

Anonymous said...

Found in Onion editorial office cutting room floor (for some reason):

Poll of Criminals Shows Overwhelming Support for Disarming of Law-Abiding Citizens

Wow, it's the head writer for Fox's new hit comedy program "The Greg Gutfeld Show."

Economist said...

The Economist - "The latest American mass killing":

One searches for reasons in order to assign responsibility and to devise solutions, but in this case no one will accept responsibility, and no solutions will be devised... It has become clear since Sandy Hook that meaningful gun control is politically impossible in America. While certain forms of restrictions on gun ownership are popular, the power of lobbying organisations such as the National Rifle Association and the lock-step opposition of Republicans in Congress have blocked all moves towards legislation. This political dynamic helps explain why the rise in mass killings in America has not led to any changes in policy. Such killings have become increasingly common, even as the overall number of gun-related homicides has declined.
This is not to say that Wednesday's massacre in Charleston has had no political consequences at all. There has been one: Jeb Bush, the Republican presidential candidate, cancelled a rally in the city that had been planned for Thursday.
The regularity of mass killings breeds familiarity. The rhythms of grief and outrage that accompany them become—for those not directly affected by tragedy—ritualised and then blend into the background noise. That normalisation makes it ever less likely that America's political system will groan into action to take steps to reduce their frequency or deadliness. Those who live in America, or visit it, might do best to regard them the way one regards air pollution in China: an endemic local health hazard which, for deep-rooted cultural, social, economic and political reasons, the country is incapable of addressing. This may, however, be a bit unfair. China seems to be making progress on pollution.

Nonion said...

Here's a few more I gave Greg (whom you're obsessed with for some reason):

Public Says Favorite Part of Obama Era All the Racial Healing

Scientific Theory That Guns Kill People Now Consensus

Fundraisers Leave President Insufficient Time to Fix Gun Problem

Government-Funded Study Finds Public Has No Need To Be Armed

President Bitter That Country Has Failed Him

Area Blog Commenter Hoping It Forgotten He Thrown Under Bus said...

See, this is why conservatives are shortsighted when they propose budget cuts to NASA. With enough funding, time, and research, we may one day find a planet on which jokes like those get a laugh.

Nonion said...

A planet without buses, one hopes.

No fuss, no muss, no bus said...

Beep beep, mmm beep beep, yeah!