Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Short Subjects for Early April
The National School Shield
The NRA's idea for putting armed guards into every school is, of course, absurd. The organization, sponsored by gun manufacturers, had to come up with something — and, needless to say, their solution had to involve more guns. The NRA has offered to "train volunteers," but the cost of just insuring against the risks of some yahoo with a semi-automatic wandering around a school building probably would have to be offset by firing two teachers.
While we wait for the Supremes to act, here's a thought: I've always been in favor of Civil Unions. If you want your marriage recognized by the state, go to a judge or a JP or some other state official. If you want to get married by a religious personage, well, go do it — but don't expect the state to recognize that personage's authority. On the other hand, if you think religious leaders should have the right to approve marriages, just let them decide who can get married — gay, straight, or interspecies. As an ordained minister, I would hesitate to marry a man to a sheep, but if it looked like they really were in love...
Well, it looks like Kim Jong Un is striving to outdo both his daddy and his granddaddy in the craziness category, but I suspect his real problem is nobody takes the North Koreans all that seriously these days. The boy king with the bad haircut can beat his chest like Kim Kong, and nobody pays much attention. "Okay," say the Americans, the South Koreans, the Japanese and, increasingly, the Chinese, "let him rant. If the need arises, we can blow his ass right off the peninsula, and we're pretty sure he knows that." On the other hand, I think we have kind of a moral obligation to keep some of those undernourished kids alive.
Okay, the bail seemed kind of high to me for a batch of school administrators — I mean, where in hell are they supposed to go? Will they join the Colombian rebels, or the Taliban? Can they drain the "vast" profits from their administrator bonuses to flee? I don't think so. It is no secret that I'm not at all a fan of school administrators, but I suspect the main failure of the cheating assholes was less cheating skill and a little more hubris than other cheating assholes who are doing it in the white neighborhoods.