- For a change, the Supreme Court got it right and upheld the ban against the ghastly -- and totally unnecessary -- partial-birth abortion procedure. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day. Now we can continue working to make abortion illegal once and for all. 50 million babies (and counting) will thank us.
- So now Maryland will award its 10 electoral votes to whoever gets the most popular votes in the Presidential election. This is ridiculous; it completely negates the Electoral College. In case you need reminding, we don't live in a democracy; we live in a republic. The Electoral College was created in order to prevent the election being decided by, say, California, New York, and Texas. Now, the battleground states will be even more so, not less so. Want the Presidential candidates to come to Maryland? Work to make this a two-party state! (Which I admit is an awful lot to ask for in the bluest state in the U.S., and it doesn't help that the Maryland GOP has long been a well-intentioned, but disorganized, mess.)
- Bravo to Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler for deciding to drop the "Wal-Mart bill" that tried to tell Wal-Mart -- and only Wal-Mart -- how much it had to spend on its employees for health care. The Washington Times editorial gets it right; this was solely a hissyfit thrown by (increasingly irrelevant) unions which hate, hate, hate Wal-Mart. If a union ever says things are going well, it's done, so union bosses are perpetual "nattering nabobs of negativism." If I were CEO of Wal-Mart, I'd close all my stores in Maryland immediately. Then what would the unions say? This state is so anti-business.
- Lennie Thompson, our local wacko county commissioner who wants to bulldoze all housing from the Potomac to the Mason-Dixon line, has a solution to funding highway improvements: charge everyone who drives through the area. Welcome to the Garden State Parkway, Maryland-style. Look, if there's money for a Bridge to Nowhere for Ted Stevens, there's money to upgrade I-270. I'd just shrug Thompson's proposal off, but New York is planning to do something similar. We just got EZPass transponders to pay tolls, but I bet all sorts of politicians are licking their chops to make those mandatory and then run all sorts of charges for just driving through a particular area. Then Every Road A Toll. Grrrrrr.
But that being said, I need to say a few other things:
- The reason this sicko got away with it is because he KNEW no one had a gun to stop him. Concealed.carry.works. Just approve it. An armed society is a polite society. Even more disarmament is not the answer.
- I agree with Steve Czaban that the university must bear responsibility for the fact that it had no plan. Two hours after the first shootings, they sent an e-mail (!) informing the community to look out. Then the rest of the carnage began. No matter what the organization, there have to be contingency communications plans for this sort of event.
- Kudos to the family members who refused to talk to NBC after they had the gall to run that propaganda from the shooter (whom I will not give the pleasure of naming).
- And now, here comes the proposed "assault weapons" (what on earth ARE those?) legislation. Since when is a 9mm handgun an "assault weapon"? Remember when the catchphrase was "assault rifle"? And in this article, Representative Jim "Captain Preppie" Moran gets it wrong again: not one gun has fired itself at anyone. Ever. I used to be on the side of gun control, but it's obvious that it doesn't work.