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TGIF – February 9, 2018

February 9, 2018

Things we could do without.

In a stunning display proving that yes, kids brains really don’t mature until they are 24, or maybe even 44, we offer as proof the Tide pod challenge.

The answer to saving these brain-challenged youth from themselves is obvious, however.

Stop buying these stupid pods. Making them less pretty or making the packaging taste bad is ridiculous.  Really little kids, or big kids with slow-developing brains don’t care. They will stick them in their mouths anyway.

Also, they are useless.

First, they are never the right amount of detergent. One is too much for small delicate loads and too many are needed for a load of really dirty work clothes.

Second,  how often have you seen even a dumbass teenager eat a 1/8 of a cup of powdered or liquid laundry detergent?

Oops, never mind…let’s don’t give the little darlings any ideas.

Pest Control

Musings has for years advocated for making membership in any criminal gang a minimum of a Class D Federal felony, with sentencing  enhancements added when there is a specific crime attendant to that membership.

Barbara Comstock (R-VA, along with three Republican co-sponsors (Goodlatte of VA, Labrador of ID, Peter King of NY) is hoping to get the Senate to pass her H.R.3697, the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act, which allows for immediate removal of criminal alien hang members and also specifically bars them from entry into the U.S. allowing for immediate return or deportation of gang members to their country of origin. Representative Comstock has also introduced H.R. 3249, an appropriations bill that provides grant funding to assist local jurisdictions in controlling gang activity in their areas.

H.R. 3697, which passed the House,  has been languishing in the Senate since September 17, 2017, and is given a 30% chance of passage. The appropriations bill  H.R. 3249 was reported out of committee on Nov. 2, 2017 and has  been given a 25% chance of passage.

This legislation is long overdue.  It seems ridiculous that we can reject imported fruit for having insect pests but we can’t reject human pests. The Senate should pass this legislation immediately.

The price of bipartisanship.

After dramatic filibuster-style grandstanding on both sides, the government’s back in business again for another six weeks or so.

Both Nancy Pelosi and Rand Paul managed to get the credit for the shortest shutdown in history. Nancy spoke for eight hours to insist on something that was always going to happen anyway, namely an attempt to protect the DACA population.

Senator Paul on the other hand staged his own version of conscientious objection by railing against increasing the national debt, conveniently failing to note the real causes for that increase.

On the military spending side, the money will largely be used to restore the money the military should have received but didn’t, due to a GOP miscalculation that brought us sequester. That in turn caused more training and equipment failure related military deaths than combat deaths over the past few years. That increase of $168 billion should have already been spent over the past five years.

That doesn’t let Ms. Pelosi’s party off the hook however.  Although most MSM articles are solely focused on the military spending, leave us not forget that there was an increase of $152 billion in discretionary social issue spending as well.

Now if they would just do something about all that waste, fraud and abuse we’re always hearing about, maybe we’d actually get some bang for all those bucks.

What price Olympic gold?  

The Olympics are supposed to be one of mankind’s (sorry, PM Trudeau) better inventions. Sport for sport’s sake and all that jazz.

Yet virtually on the eve of the 2018 Winter Olympics we received solid proof  that there are people who prey on would-be Olympians with all the compunction of a starving hyena.

Larry Nassar is an example of everything that is wrong with the Olympics.

Well over 150 young women and girls were let down by every institution connected to the Olympics in every way, all in the name of Olympic glory.

Unfortunately, he isn’t the only one. Stories are now surfacing alleging that several former swimming coaches  molested girls, and these stories go back well into the past.

Perhaps this very public shaming will have a positive effect and actually create a change for the better.

At the very least, it might be wise to have child welfare observers present during any and all training, particularly if the training is remote from the athlete’s homes.

If that’s not feasible, then parents should think twice about whether that gold medal and the attendant endorsements are worth the cost.

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Tomorrow…check out “Food for thought” a semi-regular feature that will delve into topics that will hopefully prod you to thhhink beyond yourselves.

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