Photo of the day

Love  this blast from the past Big Picture set of photos from the early 1970’s.  Sure was a different world when I was born (1972).

Chemical plants on shore are considered prime source of pollution. Lake Charles, Louisiana, June 1972. (Marc St. Gil/National Archives/Records of the Environmental Protection Agency)

George Will on Pop Tarts

As a general rule, I’ve bot much better things to do with my time than to take a George Will column to task for being stupid.  But this one about the kid who was suspended for biting a pop tart into the shape of a gun and playing with at as such (i.e., he said, “bang, bang”) is just too much.  Somehow, this is perfectly symbolic of liberal, big government over-reach:

By now, Americans may be numb to such imbecilities committed by the government institutions to which they entrust their children for instruction. Nothing surprises after that 5-year-old Pennsylvania girl was labeled a “terroristic threat,” suspended from school and ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation because she talked about shooting herself and others with her Hello Kitty gun that shoots bubbles. But looking on the bright side, perhaps we should welcome these multiplying episodes as tutorials about the nature of the regulatory state that swaddles us ever more snuggly with its caring…

Government is failing spectacularly at its core functions, such as budgeting and educating. Yet it continues to multiply its peripheral and esoteric responsibilities, tasks that require it to do things for which it has no aptitude, such as thinking and making common-sense judgments. Government nowadays is not just embarrassing, it is — let us not mince words — inappropriate.

Oh, give me a break already!  I don’t know anybody who doesn’t think this is stupid.  This is an obvious over-reaction whether you are conservative or liberal.  What is really stupid is that the idea that anytime anyone at any level of government (misguided principals are not most people think of as “big government”) does something stupid, it’s the fault of liberalism.   It would be like saying we need to get rid of capitalism and that conservatism is stupid every time a business did something this stupid (which, of course, they do all the time, just not in this particular fashion).   And what’s really pathetic is that people think George Will is smart just because he wears a bow tie and knows a little history.  Ugh.

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