Lunch Links

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008
  • So how exactly do you accidentally have your gun out of its holster, accidentally have your gun on the trigger, then accidentally shoot two unarmed teenagers? Does anyone think for a second that prosecutors wouldn’t be tripping over themselves to at minimum file negligence charges against a non-badge-wearing citizen who did the same thing?
  • I’ll add my congratulations to Nick Schulz, new editor of The American. Nick (along with the Fox News website) was the first to start publishing me regularly, at the site once known as Tech Central Station. So he deserves some of the credit/blame for what you read from me today. He’s also just a genuinely good guy. The rare “real” person you meet in Washington.
  • Alabama’s Baptist blue-noses want to shut down a state wine trail. Money quote:

    “We are on record as being opposed to any kind of alcohol-related industry,” said the Rev. Robert Griffin, moderator of the Chilton Baptist Association and pastor of Highland Baptist Church in Clanton. “I would support visiting old, historic churches, but as far as visiting wineries…”

  • California set to ban metallic balloons filled with helium.
  • An oldie that never gets old…

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  • 20 Responses to “Lunch Links”

    1. #1 |  scottp | 

      Llewellyn said illegal drugs were recovered at the scene

      Well, there you go. The shooting was justified.
      No such thing as a bad shooting, when it comes to illegal drugs.

    2. #2 |  Highway | 

      Yeah, if there were illegal drugs, then someone SHOULD be shot!

      Wonder if they were recovered out of the back of the police cruiser like at Kathryn Johnston’s house…

      Oh, and I love the mylar balloons ban. So they could be filled with something that’s lighter than air, but doesn’t float any higher than 30 feet? Are they kidding? I’d ask whether legislators were really that stupid, but I know the answer already.

    3. #3 |  Scott | 

      “Barry Broad, a lobbyist for The Balloon Council….” There is a lobby group for helium balloons? I guess they must if a state government is threatening to ban one of their products. Might have to ban rubber balloons too since birds can eat them. Birthdays will never be the same :(

    4. #4 |  Nathan | 

      Negligence? I suspect two counts of attempted murder would be in order for any of us “less equal” citizens, as well as some pile-on charges.

      “To Serve and Protect” seems to still be accurate… they serve and protect themselves and their cohorts quite well.

    5. #5 |  robc | 

      It is impossible for it to be an accidental shooting as you described. Putting your finger on the trigger is always followed by pulling the trigger. The accidental discharge would have had to occur otherwise, in which case the police department needs to spring for safer weapons.

    6. #6 |  Leshrac | 

      Illegal and dangerous use of a balloon? I wonder what the criminal penalties might be.

    7. #7 |  Kwix | 

      ““I would support visiting old, historic churches, but as far as visiting wineries…””
      Jesus. Water. Wine.

    8. #8 |  roy | 

      The article doesn’t support the interpretation that the office “accidentally” had his gun drawn or his finger on the trigger. If he did that much intentionally, the claim that he he accidentally pulled the trigger doesn’t stretch credibility.

    9. #9 |  Joe | 

      The basic gun safety I was taught 20 years ago was you don’t put your finger on the trigger until you have a target you are ready to shoot, so you don’t unintentionally shoot someone/thing. Maybe it’s different nowadays.

    10. #10 |  Eric Berlin | 

      A commenter on my blog, regarding the metallic balloons, had an interesting point: Many hospitals don’t allow latex balloons because of possible allergies. (And the choking hazard!)

      Probably we should ban balloons altogether.

    11. #11 |  Matt Moore | 

      Latex balloons are already banned in hospitals because of allergies, so it’s not going to be long until balloons are completely illegal.

    12. #12 |  Alex | 

      “Thank God for Mississippi. We’re ahead of them,” said Vizzini.

      – That should be AL’s state motto.

    13. #13 |  Scooby | 

      Latex balloons being banned in hospitals is a property owner deciding what can and cannot be brought onto its property (IIRC, most people who are allergic to latex are health care workers, since they have the most contact with latex gloves and therefore the most chance to become sensitized to latex).

      Banning metallic balloons, OTOH, is just more gov’t overreaching.

    14. #14 |  Matt Moore | 

      Scooby – My point was that it won’t take long for some legislator to notice that hospitals ban balloons and decide, just to be sure, that they should just ban them everywhere.

    15. #15 |  Mrs. C | 

      Sounds all too familiar.

    16. #16 |  Danno49 | 

      To quote Brian Regan:

      “I give up on this species.”

    17. #17 |  colson | 

      ironic – politicians resign for having extra-marital affairs but you can’t even get an officer to resign after accidentally letting his bullets escape his gun and into two teens. i’m not sure which ‘oops’ is bigger.

    18. #18 |  Danno49 | 

      Alex –

      “Thank God for Mississippi. We’re ahead of them,” said Vizzini.

      – That should be AL’s state motto.

      Vizzini also said:


      As a citizen of the gret stet of AL, I feel our motto should be:

      Alabama – Of Course We Suck, Now Shut Up And Eat Your BBQ

    19. #19 |  Dave Krueger | 

      They don’t call it Alabamastan for nothing.

    20. #20 |  Bama’s Nannies at Punditry by the Pint | 

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