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A "WTF?" Weekend

I think I fell through the looking-glass or slipped into a mirror universe this weekend -- and it was a scary experience.

First, Bill Clinton did something that made me want to stand up and cheer. When confronted with one of those blithering "9/11 Troooth" idiots, he told them off in no uncertain terms.

Then, the very liberal Representative Tom Lantos (D-CA, as if that wasn't redundant) tells Europe a very unpleasant truth about themselves, smacking certain elitist fops upside the head.

Then Laura Bush goes to Saudi Arabia, poses in a Hijab, and comes home to defend the practice of keeping women in tailored Hefty bags as a "right" and "custom."

Then word comes out that FEMA -- who apparently missed the good old days of being mocked and loathed and slapped around -- decided to turn their otherwise-decent performance with the California wildfires into yet another excuse to question their competence (as well as sanity) by staging a fake news conference, with employees posing as reporters and asking questions that "softball" is simply too soft a term.

Then the Boston Red Sox -- perennial losers who just broke an 87-year-old "curse" and won the World Series four years ago -- swept the Colorado Rockies to win it AGAIN.

Then (and Paul e-mailed me this one) Yahoo! News publishes this photo from Agence France Press. (I'm including a screen cap he made in the extended section.) Here's the complete caption:

A US airman with a machine gun in Indian Springs. Burglars in the United States could once sue homeowners if they were shot, but now a growing number of states have made it legal to shoot to kill when somebody breaks into a house(AFP/Getty Images/File/Ethan Millar)

The photo was posted in connection with this article, about how more and more states are passing "shoot first" laws allowing homeowners to defend their homes from intruders, instead of having to "duty to retreat" from criminals.

The idiocy of the article itself probably deserves a full posting, but it's just stupid and wrong -- not plumb crazy, and that's the theme here.

Just what is the message here? "If a burglar breaks into your home, the US Air Force will send a guy with a machine gun to kill him for you?" Paul's theory is that it's an anti-gun statement, but I think it's just too damned bizarre to present such a coherent message.

They say "life begins at 40," and I just hit that landmark last week. But if this is what real life is like, I wish I'd pulled a Jack Benny and stayed 39.

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Comments (16)

ya know JT, it could be tha... (Below threshold)
Tim:

ya know JT, it could be that global warming everyone is talking about. :) but then, who knows about the french and democrats,they never fail to baffle me.

Laura Bush pulls a Pelosi? ... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Laura Bush pulls a Pelosi? The disease of multiculturalism knows no bounds. I am extremely disappointed.

WTF?... (Below threshold)

WTF?

Bizarro-world for sure.... (Below threshold)
Eric Forhan:

Bizarro-world for sure.

And the FEMA guy responsibl... (Below threshold)
Allen:

And the FEMA guy responsible for it just got promoted. WTF?

Well happy birthday! Welcom... (Below threshold)

Well happy birthday! Welcome to 40...I too reached this milestone this year.

I think that sometimes it does feel like the Twilight Zone!

Hollywood couldn't write a script as well as what is going on.

Is it bad that I love this ... (Below threshold)
Deas:

Is it bad that I love this entry? Is it worse that I want more of the same (style entries, I mean - not this kind of news)? Ha ha ha. It really has been an oddball weekend.

hey killin burglars at will... (Below threshold)
moseby:

hey killin burglars at will is just a roundabout way of curtailin population growth and it is best to start with the scum of the earth.

Well, there was a full moon... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

Well, there was a full moon last week...

Having spent a few years at... (Below threshold)
epador:

Having spent a few years at ISAFAF before it was RENAMED back to Creech AFB (Frenchies can't even get the name right!), I can note that this picture, probably taken at a Silver Flag Alpha program, belies that the M-16 is still the preferred weapon on base, and an unregistered 45 off base in the little town across the street. Of course, since it is home to those pesky Predators armed with Hellfire and other nasty ordinance, maybe its just as well they stuck to the 50 cal shot...

Damn, I am so jealous they ... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Damn, I am so jealous they get 50's and I'm stuck with this puny 44... /sarc

Yes, it was an inverse weekend all around.
Belated Happy Birthday and just wait till you hit 50...

*sigh* Americans love guns.... (Below threshold)

*sigh* Americans love guns. It's true.

It's actually rather interesting that more and more states are passing "must issue" concealed carry laws and "no retreat" laws. We tend to think that gun laws are getting tighter with back-ground checks and making it harder to buy them and "gun free" zones but the laws about carrying them or using them for home defense are expanding greatly.

If you think this is all to... (Below threshold)

If you think this is all too bizarre to be true... you forget that the anti-gun nuts in Britain locked up
Tony Martin
for shooting a knife wielding burglar that he challenged in his very own living room and then denied him parole because he constituted a continuing threat to the safety of other burglars.

A belated happy 4-0 there, ... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

A belated happy 4-0 there, Jay Tea. Welcome to the club! The Hair Club for Men, that is.

Synova, do you have a probl... (Below threshold)
The Listkeeper:

Synova, do you have a problem with the gun laws being shifted to favor the law abiding?

The Bill Clinton and Tom La... (Below threshold)
Proof:

The Bill Clinton and Tom Lantos stories just give proof to the old adage that even a blind pig can find an acorn every now and then!




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