It’s been a busy news week, and as usual, there’s a large crop of outright stupid in it from the Right. Mitt Romney gave a speech in front of the National Rifle Association, where he said:
“In a second term, he would be unrestrained by the demands of reelection,” Romney told a crowd estimated at 6,000 in the cavernous Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. “As he told the Russian president last month when he thought no one else was listening, after a reelection he’ll have a lot more, quote, ‘flexibility’ to do what he wants. I’m not exactly sure what he meant by that, but looking at his first three years, I have a very good idea.”
Of course, that’s an outright lie, but then again, Mitt would just as soon everyone forget that he was a gun control advocate when he was a governor. Mitt is busy trying to shake that Etch-a-Sketch for all it’s worth.
Of course the NRA has some cause to worry, just not about President Obama. One of the things that has been highlighted by the attention to the Trayvon Martin case is the insanity of many of the “right to carry” and “stand your ground” laws. That’s not stopping places like Arizona from trying to introduce laws to allow people to carry their guns into public buildings. Oh, and while the state is at it, to place metal detectors and security guards at those same places. You wonder why they bother. I remember that at one time the NRA was (supposedly) about responsible gun ownership. Now they just seem to be about gun ownership, carrying a gun into places that most people would consider “not a good idea,” and allowing anyone to gun down someone that “made you feel threatened.”
There’s been several stories in the news recently about Gary Stein. Who is he? He’s the Marine who created an “Armed Forces Tea Party” Facebook page, and proceeded to make … disparaging … statements about the President. The Marine Corps was not pleased, and decided to convene a separation board. What did he do? Go to court, to try to get an injunction, make appearances at political rallies, and go on every news station he could claiming “freedom of speech,” and that he was trying to “save his career.” Because, after all, he shouldn’t be judged on “15 words he said on Facebook.” Which of course, isn’t the truth. It also turns out that this wasn’t the first time he’d been in trouble like this, which you find out when you read the transcript of the separation hearing. Two years ago, he was told that, when he did something similar. So he can’t claim “I didn’t know.” Even more, in reading the transcript, it turns out that he wasn’t all that good a Marine in the first place. He’d lost his security clearance due to multiple failures to pay debts, had demonstrated poor leadership skills, and in generally, wasn’t (understatement) someone who should have been planning on getting to 20 years.
Moving on, here’s a really incredible video demonstrating “stop motion” animation:
A different one demonstrating why you shouldn’t annoy little old ladies.
And some serious science news: