A brief update on the Ft. Lauderdale shooting

We know considerably more about Esteban Santiago, the man who killed five people at the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport yesterday, and the emerging picture suggests a man with some sort of profoundly violent mental illness. Santiago, 26, was a combat engineer in the National Guard in Puerto Rico and then Alaska before being discharged last… Continue reading A brief update on the Ft. Lauderdale shooting

Selective focus

If you’ve been watching TV news and/or listening to our political leaders, then you know one thing about Omar Mateen: he was an ISIS terrorist, or an “Islamic radical,” or whatever magic combination of words we’re all supposed to say. But the more we learn about him the clearer it is that his motivations for… Continue reading Selective focus

The things we do to one another

The news all afternoon has been consumed with the still-developing story of yet another mass shooting in the United States. This time the scene was the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, a facility that serves people with developmental disabilities, though the specific target appears to have been a conference room in which a… Continue reading The things we do to one another

Another one of those non-politicized moments

It had been at least a week or so since the last one, right? Preliminary information indicates 10 people were killed and more than 20 others injured in a shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College on Thursday, said Oregon State Police spokesman Bill Fugate. Douglas County Commissioner Chris Boice told CNN that the shooter is… Continue reading Another one of those non-politicized moments

What to talk about when you can’t talk about anything

We can’t talk about gun control today (or any other day), because it’s not (ever) the time to politicize things, at least not in that particular way. Also because a flawed document written by flawed men over 200 years ago must be treated as though it were literal Truth at all times or else Scary… Continue reading What to talk about when you can’t talk about anything

How the New York Times reports on a shooting

A man was shot and killed yesterday in a movie theater in Tampa. Apparently he’d been texting on his cell phone, with his 3 year old daughter no less, when the previews started. Another patron complained to him about texting during the previews, they argued, and the other patron availed himself of his Second Amendment… Continue reading How the New York Times reports on a shooting

yeah, we know it’s not a “bill of needs,” but…

I’ll be real honest with you: by the time November 6 of last year had come and gone, I had long since lost all desire to tune in to the prime time funland on any of our fine 24-hour “news” networks. It gets tiresome constantly repeating the “What Simple Thing Are Crazy People in Washington… Continue reading yeah, we know it’s not a “bill of needs,” but…