In the wake of past mass shootings, when the “national conversation” has focused exclusively on guns, I have argued that our appallingly inadequate mental-health system was a better subject of reform. At least half of the shooters in the rampage killings that are ripping our hearts out are young men with serious mental illnesses, and our system has neither the legal nor the financial resources to get them the treatment and restraint that they, and we, desperately need.This time, mental-health reform has received passing mention, along with the usual pleas for gun control
Comments: Notice - Hollywood balks at stars smoking on-screen. And, Yay! When progressive themes like homo cowboys are portrayed. (It chips at our ignorance, you know.) But sex and violence have no influence at all!
The Left will have a million excuses not to focus on “entertainment”--high impact video games, TV, movies, music--as inciting such violence, planting the idea in vulnerable minds, desensitizing, and providing practice in killing, but that is what it does and makes a handy profit in doing so.
Bring up how things were in the stuffy, rigid, old-fashioned, “bad” old days, when a bad kid didn’t already do drugs, be a “baby daddy,” and perhaps have a rap sheet before high school graduation—if he graduates at all and is literate, and they say that such crime and massacre as we have today was always there, just underreported. Say that such as this shooter should have, perhaps would have been locked away in the old days, and they start screaming about us being too “judgmental,” and about individual rights, and about how, until he has actually killed somebody, we can never really know if he will do so and is actually dangerous.
But, we know that such massacres as this and the general ramping up of the viciousness and depravity of today’s violence can and should be laid at the door of today’s Progressives/Liberals, the “liberated” no holds barred entertainment they have brought us, and the transformations they have wrought in society.
The media lobby insists that their violent products have no behavioral impact, yet demand millions for a 30-second Super Bowl spot. Yes, these killers had mental issues and vulnerabilities, but they were programmed by the MSM. When the media lobbyists argue against that - they lie.
Didn´t realize until I read this that I´ve been suffering from kayak angst. The most frightening thing about the movie "Natural Born Killers" was seeing Rodney Dangerfield in his underwear. Have no answers for what´s going on. There is more violence in a Roadrunner cartoon than most movies. There have always been plenty of guns. Something else is going on and I don´t know what it is.
I have a schizophrenic sibling. When she was 26 my parents had her committed to a psyche ward in a hospital for 6 months and then to a residential program for another 6 months. It took a couple of weeks, a willing judge and a lot of money to get the court order. It CAN be done.
From the looks of Nancy Lanza´s home and property I´d say she had the finances to get it done. Why she didn´t will be a mystery pondered by all of us for a long time.
There is way too much violence and guns being glorified on TV, movies, video games and some "music" videos. Dragnet, Adam 12 , Streets of san francisco, mod squad...never has this much violence in them and they always had a little humanity in them even. Today these cop shows are demoralizing, mean spirited, dark and depressing. I´m also pro 2nd amendment.
Violence sells. Violence plus sex plus dirty language is a sure fire formula for success if it is represented skillfully in a narrative that somehow succeeds in rationalizing and justifying it. The excuses the creators and consumers of such material put forth to defend it are as varied and creative as the apologists can make them.
There is more to it than meets the eye. I recall many futile debates with people in other forums about the wildly popular Sopranos TV series. My position was, and remains, that it is not a good idea to construct popular entertainment that humanizes and rationalizes mobsters. No one doubts they are human. But when the effect of such entertainment includes the widespread use of "whacking people" in everyday discourse, something worrisome is going on. Even the fastidious calorie and gun restricting Mayor Mike Bloomberg joked in public about "whacking" someone.
I found myself in a distinct minority in my criticism of the Sopranos. Didn´t I know how skillfully the characters were drawn, how superb the artistic quality was? I couldn´t say that I did, for I had never watched an episode. I wouldn´t watch a series about The Goebbels or an Al-Qaeda family. The more skillfully it was done, the less I would want to expose myself to it.
George Mason’s home, Gunston Hall, just down the river from Mount Vernon, is closed on Thanksgiving Day but reopens to visitors the day after. In this season when Americans reflect upon all that we are grateful for, these stately and hallowed grounds are a good place to start. Commonly referred to as the “forgotten founder,” George Mason IV had a fair amount of contempt for politics. Especially politicians. It was a dirty, grubby affair that attracted mostly dirty, grubby people. In other words, Mason was clairvoyant.
SAN FRANCISCO — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says she will recommend that President Obama act alone if necessary to create new national monuments and sidestep a gridlocked Congress that has failed to address dozens of public lands bills. Jewell said the logjam on Capitol Hill has created a conservation backlog, and she warned that the Obama administration would not "hold its breath forever" waiting for lawmakers to act. "The president will not hesitate," Jewell said in an interview in San Francisco last week. "I can tell you that there are places that are ripe for setting aside."
Of all the events commemorating the half-century since the Kennedy assassination, Ted Kennedy Jr. said Saturday night’s reunion of John F. Kennedy’s White House staff was the one not to be missed. “I don’t want to go to Arlington Cemetery,’’ he told hostess Nancy Hogan Dutton. “What I want is to be here in your home.’’ The point of the gathering of about 100 old friends was not the death of the president but his life — and theirs when they worked for him. No matter what they went on to achieve, reaching for the moon was hard to top.
An overdue measure to outlaw employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity cleared a procedural hurdle on Monday night in the Senate. The move is one step toward putting into federal law a basic principle most Americans support: Job applicants and employees should be judged on their professional credentials and the caliber of their work, and not be held back because of who they are. The Employment Nondiscrimination Act, however, has a significant flaw — a terribly broad religious exemption
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Our leaders unite — against us Just when you thought nobody around here could agree on anything, Democrats and Republicans in Congress come together to unanimously express their unified and unwavering view of the innocent American taxpayer: SCREW YOU! That’s right. You can’t get these people to agree on whether it’s raining outside, but when it comes to their deep disdain for us suckers paying all the bills around here, a hot case of venereal bipartisanship breaks out all over the place.
Appearing on Andrea Mitchell´s MSNBC 1 p.m. ET hour show on Tuesday, Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy slammed the press for not doing its job in pointing out the hypocrisy of ObamaCare being delayed for certain groups but not for all Americans: "...the media won´t even ask the question about, ´Why are you [the Obama administration] treating families different than big businesses?´...That´s how pathetic, I think, news reporting has become, when we won´t ask tough questions to the administration.
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Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
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