As I was skimming yesterday’s local newspaper, I noticed three articles on the same page that not only caught my eye but raised my blood pressure considerably.
These three articles got me thinking about my political positions on various matters. I lean to the left on most matters, but as you’ll see, there are some where I side with those on the right side of the aisle.
Lean to the left
The first article on the page was about a federal appeals court overturning a ban on carrying concealed weapons in Illinois. The appeals court judge said that the ban violated the Second Amendment and suggested that a law legalizing concealed carry “was long overdue.” He gave lawmakers in Illinois 180 days to enact a law legalizing the carrying of concealed weapons in the state.
Gee, do you think the Founding Fathers were anticipating people walking around with concealed weapons when they conceived the Second Amendment granting citizens the right to bear arms? Of course they did. The Founding Fathers were infallible and their wisdom was guided by the hand of God, right? RIGHT!
Juxtaposed to that article was a story of a masked man who walked into a mall in Portland, Oregon and started randomly shooting Christmas shoppers. Yikes, talk about a war on Christmas.
I can’t wait until the next Sunday Night Football game when Bob Costas hosts the halftime show. He’ll probably once again step onto his soap box and and go off on some self-indulgent, anti-gun rant like he did a few weeks ago when opined, “Who knows? If Jovan Belcher [Kansas City Chiefs football player] didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins [his 22-year old girlfriend] would both be alive today.”
Oh Costas, what kind of nutcase are you? How dare you sprout off, during halftime at an NFL game, of all places, those old clichés about guns killing people. Seriously, Bob, nobody wants to hear about gun violence while watching professional football players pound the shit out of one another.
Face it, Costas, the obvious reason this professional football player shot his girlfriend and then shot himself was because playing football scrambled his brains, not because he had access to a gun. The gun was an innocent bystander.
Just like they were simply implements used by deranged individuals at the mall in Portland, the movie theater in Aurora, and the school at Columbine. How dare these liberal, bleeding-heart left-wingers blame guns for these deadly shootings?
What this country really needs is for everyone to carry concealed weapons so that you can shoot the other guy before he shoots you. Yeah, that’s the ticket.
Lean to the right
But I’m not totally a bleeding-heart liberal. And that’s where the third article piqued my interest. It was about how Republican lawmakers in Michigan passed a law making it a “right-to-work” state.
And I say good for them!
I can understand why union fat cats and organizers are not happy about this, and perhaps even why union members are upset. But they’re just a bunch of cry babies.
Right-to-work laws seem perfectly reasonable to me. They give workers more choice, and I’m definitely pro-choice. In right-to-work states, workers can choose whether or not they want to work for, and pay dues to, a union. Workers cannot legally be denied employment because of membership or non-membership in a union or other labor organization. Makes sense, right?
But those cry babies who oppose right-to-work laws argue that the real
intent of such laws is to weaken organized labor and enable employees to freeload
by withholding money the unions need to bargain effectively on their behalf. With
less union dues being paid, they argue, there will be no regulation as far as
the wages private businesses pay their workers. Huh?
Yes, when it comes to unions, I have to admit to siding with the Republicans. I think organized labor had its time and place in the industrialization of this nation. But now, in 21st Century America, unions are, in my not-so-humble opinion, bad for American competitiveness in a global economy and have outlived their usefulness.
The latest Apple innovation: iBabies
On an entirely different (and happier) subject, over the past three months, Wall Street has taken a big bite out of Apple, maker of the incredibly popular iPhones and iPads. Despite the runaway sales of these devices, Apple has seen its stock value slip by 25% since hitting its all-time high back in September as investors cool to Apple’s longer-term prospects.
New parents, however, are busy polishing the Apple when it comes to naming their babies, or what some are calling their “iBabies.” While Apple’s stock has dropped, parents naming their baby girls “Apple,” and “Siri” jumped up in popularity on the list of names for girls by 15% and 5%, respectively. And “Mac” was 12% more popular this year as a name for newborn boys.
So the Apple CEO was spot on when he proclaimed, according to a BusinessWeek headline, that more Macs will be born in the USA.