Joe Carter at his painful best

On his experience as a part-time father:

Tonight Mr. Blankenhorn will be in D.C. and I have the pleasure of joining him for dinner. I want to tell him how much I appreciate his book, and how he is absolutely wrong. I want to tell him that the base isn’t always lost and that the linkage is not always shattered. I want to tell him that it is possible to be a “good-enough father” because I am one, I am good-enough.

But it isn’t true. As much as I would like to believe otherwise, his book was devastatingly prescient about my own experience as a “visiting father.” Over the past twelve years I’ve learned being a part-time dad is not enough. Our children always need more.

That is why I want to address a specific, narrow audience with the rest of this post. I want to address those fathers who are on the verge of leaving their families.

I hope a few of the women who are contemplating removing the father from their children’s lives will consider his words as well. I wish more parents would understand that once you have a child, your life must cease to revolve around you, your wishes and even your needs.

Hypothesis and observable evidence

Since I am a scientist, I cannot help but observe the following:

More than one year before today’s unprecedented shooting rampage at Virginia Tech, the state’s General Assembly quashed a bill that would have given qualified college students and employees the right to carry handguns on campus.

At the time, Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker said he was happy to hear of the bill’s defeat, according to the Roanoke Times.

“I’m sure the university community is appreciative of the General Assembly’s actions because this will help parents, students, faculty and visitors feel safe on our campus,” the Virginia Tech spokesman said.

Hypothesis: banning legal guns from campus will make the campus safer
Observed Evidence: 60 shooting victims, 32 fatal
Conclusion: hypothesis fails

In fairness to Mr. Hincker, he only said that parents, students, faculty and visitors would “feel safe on campus”, he didn’t promise anything about their actual safety. I have no doubt that they felt very safe indeed, until, of course, they didn’t.

I have never understood why so many otherwise intelligent individuals have such a difficult time understanding the fact that, by definition, criminals pay no attention to the laws.

Bane, in his inimitable manner, pretty much sums up what a lot of people are thinking about the tragedy de la semaine: The news was blabberficating on the day’s latest school massacre, and I said to the wife something along the lines of ‘shit, they blow twice that amount up in Baghdad every day’, and I suddenly realized that I didn’t give a shit.

About any of the dead. In either place. You know what to do to stop it, and you don’t. So, you know what? Fuck you. Die. I have no further concern over your suicides, except as they amuse my admittedly black sense of humor.

The truth is that very few people unrelated to the victims actually care much about any of this, their unconvincing protestations of deep personal grief notwithstanding. The whole thing is little more than the TV media marketing violence porn in real time; the wall-to-wall coverage serves no purpose except to encourage the next lunatic immigrant/goth/SJS to go for a new high score.

You know what to do to stop it. And you don’t.

And the commentariat stirs

Rush Limbaugh finally notices what I’ve been predicting for ages now:

Everybody says, “Well, what about Obama? What about Obama?” Folks. I know there are stories out there how the Clintons are worried about Obama and not just on this fundraising stuff, but his “godlike status to the godless” and so forth. If you’re the Clinton machine, and your single competitor is somebody with less than two years experience in these foxholes, do you really think they are worried about Barack Obama? If you have fallen for the notion that the Clinton machine is sort of upside down and discombobulated and doesn’t quite know what’s going on here, you are falling for more myths from the media, which is designed to make it look like she has real competition so that she can overcome obstacles rather than be this candidate of inevitability — which she is. So she’s trying to make it look like she’s got a serious challenge and she’s up to it, and she can handle it. But I’m telling you, I know the Clinton machine. If you think they are seriously worried about somebody with as little experience as Obama has in these kinds of things, then you’re falling for it.

You’re being sucked in for all this. There is an 80% chance this woman is going to be next president, as things sit here today.

Only 80 percent? Given what I’ve seen out of the fiasco known as the Republican nominating process, I’d say it’s more like 95 percent. Obama is nothing but a sacrificial lamb meant to make the Democratic nomination look competitive, perhaps he’ll be given the vice-presidency as a reward.

Benito Giuliani not only can’t beat the Lizard Queen, he can’t even win the Republican nomination. As always, the self-styled pragmatists have it backwards, failing to understand that you can only win over the moderate independents by rejecting them. Call it the Political Vaccuum Principle – because moderate independents don’t have a commitment to any ideological principles, they will usually fall in line with those who do. That’s why Reagan and FDR won landslides based in part upon the votes of those who really didn’t agree with them.

And that is why Ms Rodham is more likely to win in a Reaganesque landslide than to lose in 2008.

A Hero of Gaia

It seems that St Darwin has provided us with the motivation of the VTU shooter:

A JILTED boyfriend killed 32 people on a US college campus yesterday. In the country’s worst ever school massacre, the maniac — who also shot himself dead — burst in brandishing two 9mm automatic handguns and an “ungodly” amount of ammunition.

Students said he first killed his ex and her new lover at Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg.

So, the incompetent theses of Sam Harris notwithstanding, it wasn’t God or any theistic morality that’s to blame here, merely Natural Selection. Although it does seem rather counterproductive if every loser in an evolutionary competition for a mate were to exterminate not only his rival but the prospective mate as well, to say nothing of the numerous other individuals who could have served as a replacement mate.

Still, given that we are reliably informed by scientists that there are too many humans polluting Gaia in the first place, why is this momentous event being covered as a tragedy? Shouldn’t we give the deceased a posthumous medal and import more immigrants to emulate him in saving the planet?

It’s ironic to note that these shootings are being described in the international media as “American” gun violence when both this and the previous mass shooting in the USA were committed by foreign nationals. Give us your angry, your crazy, your seething losers yearning to assassinate sheep.

On an unrelated note, I find myself wondering when it became the fashion to describe an individuals with two 9mm pistols as “heavily armed”. By that measure, most of the people I know will have to be categorized in the future as “heavy weapons battalions”.