First, the disclaimer: I wasn’t allowed to watch James Bond growing up. And once I was grown, I discovered that watching Bond bed women he didn’t love and play with gadgets he didn’t need bored me. Thus, while I’ve seen bits over the years, I’ve never watched most of the Bond corpus. So I’m probably a strange bird to review Skyfall, the latest Bond flick.
Today is Constitution Day. I was planning to write today about the 225th anniversary of the signing of our nation’s foundational document. About the importance of the Constitution to you and me, now, in the 21st century.
So I will.
In an address last week commemorating 9/11, the President said that, in the 11 years since 9/11:
we’ve strengthened our alliances while improving our security here at home. . . . [O]ur country is stronger, safer and more respected in the world.
The war on terror is over. Now that we have killed most of al Qaida, now that people have come to see legitimate means of expression, people who once might have gone into al Qaida see an opportunity for a legitimate Islamism.
Don’t mind the mob in Cairo yesterday who, on 9/11, stormed the U.S. Embassy, tore down the American flag, burned it, and replaced it with a black jihadist flag.
And definitely don’t mind the deaths of American Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three of his staff, or the torching of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi yesterday. Or the dragging of Stevens’ body through the streets afterward.
AR-15 similar to that allegedly carried by James Holmes (CCL Mike Petrucci)
Here we go again: Lax gun laws allowed a lone gunman to shoot and kill 12 people in. . . . Oh, wait, that was actually in Cumbria, England summer before last.
The headline in The Times of London read, by the way, “Toughest Laws in the World Could Not Stop Cumbria Tragedy.”
Last summer it was a gun-and-bomb massacre in Norway that killed 77 people, many of them teens.
While multiple-victim public shootings are widely considered a uniquely American problem–that Wild West heritage of ours, you know, combined with our lax gun laws and that pesky Second Amendment–they’re actually not.
Think Columbine was the worst school shooting in history?