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Thursday, December 03, 2015

Same as it ever was

What can I add, except:  "Yup."

The news now is that only two shooters were involved, and they are both dead.  The shooting had nothing to do with the facility, but with a holiday party being conducted by the San Bernardino Dept. of Public Health which rented a room there for the party.  The shooters were employees of the Dept. (or at least one of them was).

This is the 355th such shooting in a year that is only 336 days old.  And the answers of our would-be leaders is empty platitudes which would make the most timorous pastor blush with shame.  Pastors are sometimes forced to deal in platitudes because they have no real power to effect events, to assuage the pain of death, the sorrow of sudden loss.  Politicians deal in platitudes as a way of escaping responsibility, because whatever authority they have, they won't use it.

And, sadly, we, the great American public, won't make them use it.


Blogger The Thought Criminal said...

When I saw that I remembered the joke about the guy sitting on top of his house as the flood waters are rising and he keeps refusing help because he says, The Lord Will Save Me, and when he drowns and is before God he asks God why he didn't save him and God says, I sent all those guys to help you and you kept refusing it.

Our fellow former Eschaton regular Athenae wrote the best post I've seen about that headline and what led to it.

4:19 PM  

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