The Handgun Problem

Posted on 06.26.2008 at 18:39
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Considering our current Supreme Court, today's ruling on gun ownership wasn't surprising. Here is my favorite quote from the AP article:

"Scalia noted that the handgun is Americans' preferred weapon of self-defense in part because 'it can be pointed at a burglar with one hand while the other hand dials the police.'"


I note that the handgun is the burglar's weapon of choice because it can be pointed at you with one hand while the other hand snatches the phone away from you.

I'm not an anti-gun activist in any sense, and I recognize how highly many people value their right to gun ownership. I passed the gun safety course and became licensed when I was 14 so that I could start bird hunting with my father. However, I do not think handguns should be legal in this country. Here is why:

On the average, if someone gets shot and killed, four out of five times it will be with a handgun. In 1997, for example, handguns were used in 79.4 percent of all firearm homicides.

From 1990 to 1997, handguns were used in a majority (55.6 percent) of all homicides; that is, they were used in murder more than all other weapons combined.

From 1990 to 1997, there were 293,781 firearm deaths—homicides, suicides, and unintentional shootings.

From 1990 to 1997 in the United States there were more than—

* 160,000 homicides

* 110,000 firearm homicides

* 89,000 handgun homicides

Handgun homicides hit record highs in the early 1990s, peaking in 1993. That year there were 13,258 such killings—out of a total of 16,120 firearm homicides. Source: VPC


To complement this post I tried to find a picture of James Madison pointing a musket at a burglar with one hand while the other wrote a letter for help post-haste, but for some reason Google Images failed me.

Review: "The Happening"

Posted on 06.15.2008 at 00:34
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Dear M. Night Shyamalan,

I want my $10 back.

The Empire Strikes Barack

Posted on 05.03.2008 at 03:35
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This is easily the funniest political video I've seen this primary season... the Democratic primary à la Star Wars:


Bizarro Charlie Rose vs. Bizarro Charlie Rose

Posted on 04.21.2008 at 23:59
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As some of you may know "Charlie Rose" is my favorite show on television. Therefore I was delighted to stumble across this absurdist imagining of what it would look like if Samuel Beckett had directed the show, with Charlie interviewing himself:


What a great time to be a Dodgers fan

Posted on 04.11.2008 at 01:58
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You would think you'd know you're in trouble when your ace is Barry "My Fastball Tops Out At 83" Zito and your cleanup hitter is Bengie Molina. As usual, The Onion reports it best: San Francisco Giants Band Together To Score Run

And to make the whole thing even better, the brilliant Giants' marketing team just came out with a new slogan: All Out, All Season. Wow. It almost makes me feel guilty for hating them.

Four Days in Denver

Posted on 04.08.2008 at 04:50
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"West Wing" writer Lawrence O'Donnell has a brilliant piece in the latest "New York Magazine" in which he imagines the upcoming Democratic Convention: Four Days in Denver: A Psycho-Political Thriller

To write a story? Six words.

Posted on 08.01.2007 at 18:52
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http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.11/sixwords.html

I just ran across these at Wired. They had a bunch of different authors write a story... in 6 words. Most of them are bizarre, and some are brilliant. Some of my favorites:

Cryonics: Disney thawed. Mickey gnawed. Omigawd.
- Eileen Gunn

Wasted day. Wasted life. Dessert, please.
- Steven Meretzky

Gown removed carelessly. Head, less so.
- Joss Whedon

“Cellar?” “Gate to, uh … hell, actually.”
- Ronald D. Moore

Cross-Country Crutch Skiing (say that 3 times fast)

Posted on 07.14.2007 at 02:01
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The video to RJD2's new song "Work It Out" is incredible. The most amazing thing is that it appears to be a single shot:



Flight O' Conchords

Posted on 06.21.2007 at 19:20
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The new HBO comedy "The Flight of the Conchords" is brilliant- it's exactly like Prince's 1984 cinematic masterpiece "Purple Rain" except that it's intentionally funny:


Yabba Dabba Doo!

Posted on 05.24.2007 at 08:18
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I think the new Creation Museum in Kentucky would be a great place for the next Republican presidential candidates' debate.

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