Fire in the Hole

Another ugly week has come to an end, and not a moment too soon. The press and the politicians, whipped into a feeding frenzy by the horrific events in Aurora, Colorado, have reignited the debate over guns in America. There will be new legislation proposed, ripped apart, and then dumped into the burn barrel behind the capital as the next issue du jour replaces it on the woodpile of ideas.

Closer to home, the Robber’s Fire is fizzling out, thanks to the efforts of exhausted firefighters from all over the west. It appears the inferno was caused by the careless use of fireworks, reminding us again that one tiny cardboard match has the destructive power of a hydrogen bomb.

Earlier in the week, Congressette Michelle Bachmann exhibited her ability to toss matches by accusing Hillary Clinton of harboring Muslim spies in the State Department, singling out Huma Abedin, the wife of deposed Congressman Anthony’s Weiner. Ms. Crazy Eyes offered as proof the fact that her grampa was a founding father of the Muslim Brudderhood. Golly, if the sins of one’s ancestors can be inherited, I’m in big trouble.

You see, my grampa was a member of the Ku Klux Klan back in the early days of the 20th Century, and my great great great great granduncle was none other than President Jeff Davis. And that’s just on Mom’s side. Dad’s middle name was Wilson, named after another racist Prez. Please don’t burn my house down.

As usual, the internet is on fire as well. I like to visit Politifacts from time to time, just to see whose pants are on fire. Earlier in the week there were flames everywhere, as rhetorical matches were being tossed around like rice at the wedding of lies and innuendo.

Don’t take my word for it. Here’s a link to a summary from Factcheck of the year so far. Enjoy.

http://factcheck.org/2012/07/whoppers-of-2012-early-edition/

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4 Responses to Fire in the Hole

  1. Michael Anderson says:

    Thanks for the link, Bob. It’s pretty depressing, I read the whole thing.

    Some people have no problem showing off their bad manners. So be it.

    M.

  2. Todd juvinall says:

    A lot different now that there is more than three networks doing news after our folks came home from work. The problem is there has always been bad news and stupid people but we didn’t get to hear about it. Bachmann? I really fon’t care for her. I do think the world is a tough place to find good news because it doesn’t sell. People would rather watch Povich to see who the daddy is than a Mother Teresa helping the poor. Human nature gets in the way.

  3. Brad Croul says:

    Hey cuz, I think we might be related (through Jefferson Davis). We should compare notes sometime.

  4. TD Pittsford says:

    Heck R.L. I can trace my ancestry all the back to last Tuesday or maybe even Wednesday. In all seriousness I’m impressed that, for good or ill, you can trace your heritage back that far. To tell you the truth, I really don’t care to know more about my ancestors…that is unless they were filthy rich or of royal blood and I was in line for the throne. Delusional? I guess so, but it gets me through the day.

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