1 I want to take a moment to salute the commenters here for a remarkable performance the past week regarding the re-emergence of the gun control debate following the Vegas Strip massacre. There have been a staggering 664 comments (so far) on the topic in various threads, two Comments of the Day (and another couple soon to be published), and a rare guest post. The level of discourse has been overwhelmingly high, and the sophistication and variety of opinion has been exemplary. Through all of this, there has been little of equal quality from the mainstream media and its pundits, while the quality of opinion and debate on television and from elected officials has been only slightly above the “Do something!” level still flourishing on Facebook. (I’m going to my Facebook feed now to pick a recent example. Let’s see…here’s one! This is a representative segment of the comments on this story on Mediaite, admittedly an especially dumb one, about MSNBC political analyst Steve Schmidt telling Bill Maher , among other simple-minded observations, that only seem relevant to the anti-gun hysterics, that it is “harder to buy cough medicine than it is to buy an AK-47 or 50 of them”…
This guy is an idiot. Tell him to go buy cough syrup, then go buy an AK and come back in an hour and see what he has. I bet it would only be cough syrup.
is it in a liberal’s nature to murder unborn babies? just askin
It’s a birth control device for them.
Awww, you need attention
And you gave it
I live in your head
Why so many?
Heroin is against the law, and yet we have a heroin epidemic. Automatic weapons, like the AK-47, are against the law and yet Steve Schmidt says they easier to get then cough syrup with codeine. He doesn’t even see his idiocy.
False equivalencies to justify your need to compensate, boring.
Well, you can get a semi-automatic one, but it’s a far cry from a military-grade automatic.
The left has issues with their vision. The unicorns that roam the landscape crapping skittles and pissing perfume block their view, I guess.
Damn you really are a mental nut case
Thank you, everybody.
You do Ethics Alarms proud..
2. In the category of “This is so obviously incompetent that I should have to write about it“ The IRS awarded a sole source $7.25 million contract to Equifax to verify taxpayer identities and help prevent fraud. This was after the credit company negligently allowed the personal data of millions of Americans to be hacked. The excuses being offered by the agency are hilarious. IRS officials claim they were forced by circumstances to issue the no-bid multi-million dollar contract to Equifax. The GAO calls this baloney. The IRS argued, in a letter to Congress, that the IRS it was unaware of any fraud related to the company’s data breach. No, it’s just that Equifax was incompetent and negligent to an inexcusable extent that ought to be criminal. Another defense offered by the IRS: most of the data hacked by Equifax had already been revealed in previous corporate breaches, such as those at Target and Anthem. WHAT? That’s like saying you are a trustworthy nanny because the child you let get run over by a car was already dying of cancer.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle blasted the IRS decision.
“In the wake of one of the most massive data breaches in a decade, it’s irresponsible for the IRS to turn over millions in taxpayer dollars to a company that has yet to offer a succinct answer on how at least 145 million Americans had personally identifiable information exposed,” Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) told POLITICO in a statement.
A. Cancel the contract.
B. Fire the head of the IRS and anyone in the chain responsible for this decision. Continue reading