Orwell Nods

There is quite a bit of jaw-dropping material around lately.  Even if you exclude the idiocy emanating from Tampa, where the ‘Pubs are declaring war on reason, consistency, non-white humanity, and garden variety decency, there have been some astonishing news stories.

There’s Sheriff Frank Szabo, a gun totin’, law enforcement guy in New Hampshire.   He wants to deploy deadly force to prevent abortions.

“The big issue here is the sheriff is supposed to protect all of its citizens,” he said. “Just because a person is not born yet doesn’t mean he or she shouldn’t have same level of protection. Someone needs to stand up and tell federal and state officials they’re wrong if it’s in the best interest of citizens … but my main point is deadly force is always a last resort.”

If that twisted reasoning doesn’t convince authorities to exchange this knob’s gun belt and holster for  a straitjacket, then maybe his follow-up declaration will:

“Just because a law is on the books does not mean that it’s lawful,” said Szabo. “I talk about the difference of ‘legal’ and ‘lawful.’ It used to be legal to own slaves, but that didn’t make it lawful. It used to be legal to restrict someone of color to the back of bus … Just because a piece of legislation says it’s legal to murder the unborn doesn’t make it lawful.”

I can’t believe this guy isn’t out of Florida, Texas, or Pennsylvania.

Say, let’s look at Texas:

A Texas woman aiming for a pesky skunk that was feeding off cat food bowls outside her home wound up accidentally shooting her husband when the bullet ricocheted off the porch and struck him in the abdomen, a sheriff said. — usnews.mbcnews.com

You buyin’?  I’m not.  This was as accidental as Caesar‘s 33 stab wounds.  I can just hear her and her cackling girlfriends: “Missed one skunk but got the other!  He he he yaw!”

This sets aside the issue of whether firing a gun at a skunk is a good idea to begin with.  It seems kind of harsh, not to mention ill-advised.  Suppose you hit and kill it — now you have a dead skunk to deal with.

I think I would have tried moving the bowls and feeding the cats elsewhere.  But I don’t live in Texas, and I don’t own a gun.  Yet.

On to Ohio:

When GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney visited an Ohio coal mine this month to promote jobs in the coal industry, workers who appeared with him at the rally lost pay because their mine was shut down.  A company spokesthing reported that managers “communicated to our workforce that the attendance at the Romney event was mandatory, but no one was forced to attend.”

Records compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics show that Murray Energy has contributed more than $900,000 to Republican candidates in the last two years. — cleveland.com

No work, no pay.  Mandatory but not forced to attend.  This is a glimpse of the future in a nation where “government is run more like a business.”  I bet the owner likes to fire people, too, just like Mittney.  Orwell nods.

And the caravan keeps moving.

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4 Responses to Orwell Nods

  1. The Sheriff’s analysis of legal and lawful makes perfect sense to me!

  2. 'Nonymous says:

    While I’m certain the coal miners and their union lobbyists didn’t like being told what to do and spotted this event as an opportunity to score some political points, it’s important to remember who owns the mine, pays their salaries, makes the rules, and gives the orders. Not one single employee is “mandated” to remain in his or her job — they can go work somewhere else if they don’t like it where they are. That’s what American freedom is all about.

    • Fidel and Raul Castro says:

      Right on, ‘Nony. In fact, we’ve had that policy of mandating workers’ attendance at political rallies, parades, and other official functions for 50 years, ensuring large enthusiastic (or else) turnouts every time for world media. We even encourage dissent, which allows supportive citizens to vent their disgust and disapproval of anybody failing to appreciate the services and quality of life we provide. It’s OUR money, so they’re OUR property, to manage as we please. In the end it’s all for their own good anyway.

      • Hose B says:

        You got that right. Whew. Chills. Funny how fascism and communism have so much in common when it comes to their totalitarian roots, yes?

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