Unreal.

5 days from the Church shooting, and, as predicted, I’m really only reading about it only lefty blogs. But not only has the mainstream media failed to talk about “who’s to blame,” but they haven’t even talked about it at all.

What were we all talking about 5 days after Columbine—or the Viginia Tech shootings? They were still in the news and in the headlines.
But I guess killing Unitarians isn’t interesting enough.

Shadow Cabinet

An idea that was bandied about quite often in 2004, especially during the Veepstakes, was the idea of a shadow cabinet. There are a bunch of reasons why not to do this. First of all, it puts more people out there as targets.

Second, it makes it look a little bit like politics at this point. Most of the lists I see on blogs are full of other presidential candidates. Does that make sense?

So, we don’t need to know who the next Secretary of Agriculture is going to be. But one or two names might not hurt. If the Kainementum is a mere headfake, all bets are off. But would it hurt for Obama to come out and say he would ask Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense?

There are persuasive arguments against inviting the Republicans in. But—win first.

If Marilyn Manson is Responsible for Columbine, Dobson Is Responsible for Knoxville

When two students shot up Columbine High School on Hitler’s birthday in 1999, a lot of fingers were pointed. It was movies, music, video games, the parents, the bullies—there had to be some rationale for kids murdering kids. Why there has to be much more of a rationale for that, than say, the senseless killing of thousands of Iraqis, I can’t say.

To be fair, even the NRA was blamed. But it was two individuals that pulled the trigger. And we hear a lot about the concept of “individual responsibility” from the Right. But they sure weren’t afraid to use the Columbine tragedy for full effect against people besides the shooters.

To be clear, I don’t believe in zero-sum morality. In other words, I think more than one person can be 100% to blame for something, or, certainly, more than one person can share blame for something.

In other words, I believe that I personally share some blame for the death of people in Iraq. I don’t think it’s necessarily criminal liability, but moral liability, to be sure.

So, when a guy walks into a Unitarian congregation and blasts innocent people because they are “liberal” and don’t hate “gays” we have to ask:

Will there be any discussion of the hate-mongers out there that create the conditions that shake these nuts loose enough to do things like this? The Rush Limbaughs, the Michael Savages, the Sean Hannitys, the George W. Bushes, and Dobsons, the Pat Robertsons, the Senator Coburns?

I’m pretty sure we won’t hear about that outside of the lefty blogs and Air America. What’s funny is, they talk about exactly this kind of thing and they won’t hear it. Video games and movies, clearly fantasy and fiction, that involve shooting aliens and vampires are more culpable for Columbine.

More Stupid Electoral College Ideas

This is the funniest thing I’ve read all day. A couple of professors came up with a “weighted voting system” that would preserve small state influence while shifting towards popular votes counting. You can read a rundown here.

The inventors scoffed at the current proposal where some states choose to select all of their electoral votes based on the national popular vote, and the idea of a pure popular vote because it would “never happen.”

And their proposal, using some kind of formula? What do these guys think this is—Japan? It’s too complicated.

For better or worse, our system makes it nearly impossible to change the Constitution when the country is so electorally divided.

On the one hand, I’ve never thought that the integrity of our country required states to have anything to do with anything, especially nation-wide elections. On the other hand, since they do no change is likely.

It’s baked in the cake. It wasn’t–as alleged–to save “small” states. It was about slavery, and they didn’t walk it back when they had a chance in the 1860s.

Too bad. Until then, keep campaigning in Ohio and leave Alaska out of it.