Get comfy, get a beverage and hunker down for some reading folks, we’re calling out an honor roll this week.
First, to Vladimir Putin, our international relations drinking buddy, for his Op Ed that basically reads, “Woah, put the hard stuff down, my friend!” Bombing Syria? Yes, children are dead. Bad. If we bomb Syria might that kill more children? Will it stop the government from using force that kills children? Will it stop rouge factions of the military, rebels, or out of control elements in society from killing children? No. No. No. Will it through kerosene on a fire? Yes. Will that fire be on Russia’s doorstep? Probably why our fellow Town Drunk is telling us, “OK, alcohol and maybe some pot is one thing, but no one said anything about heroin and PCP. It’s one thing to be the town no accounts, let’s not get ridden out on a rail.” Things aren’t good these days—England’s circling the wagons and pulling it’s Island = Isolationist routine, and in case you need any more evidence, Germany and France *are getting along.* How bad to circumstances in the International Politics world have to be for Germany and France to get along? Please also take note of the dateline on the Op Ed—Hello!!! History? Karma? So before we blow up the World by getting involved in a land war in Asia, let’s try some surgery rather than amputation. Let’s see if we can get some people in to look at the chemical weapons stock and production facilities, get a plan together to destroy them and start rolling on that. Then with the bad stuff out of the way, we can go back to throwing rocks at each other.
Next, because the individual is never least or last, to yet another twelve year old girl who died as the result of an apparent suicide following extended bullying in person and via social media from other twelve year old girls because she liked the same guy some other twelve year old girl did. Lovely world we live in. Lesson: kids can be cruel.
And to the Court in India that came down hard on the guys who gang raped, tortured and murdered a young women and beat her date. Will they really be executed, or is this essentially life in prison without the possibility of parole? I guess that’s up to India. Not a great sitch any way you cut it, but it’s a big contrast to how courts in this country are valuing the lives of women. We are half the voting population . . . .
And, finally, to voters in Colorado who exercised their rights to force a recall and the opportunity to vote their conscience. It is, according to the Denver Post, the first time recall has ever been exercised in Colorado and it was inappropriate and excessive. I think it was democracy. Probably painful for the recalled politicians and their supporters, no doubt. Wrong? Never. Recall provisions are a part of basic democratic governance, this one was litigated to death, so there is no question that the advocates were within their rights. Perhaps this exposed some weaknesses in the Colorado Recall statutes—if so, amend them. And as to concerns about voter disenfranchisement, suppression, or other irregularities? Take them seriously. Threats to democracy don’t just arrive in canisters following a gravimetric trajectory hurdling through the air at the speed of sound. If only.
That’s it for this week. Be safe, Folks.