Asked and Answered

Somebody the other day asked, “Who exactly is harmed when people speculate after a terrible event?

I suppose it depends on how wildly they speculate.

Reality doesn’t conform to TV police-procedural limitations; I’ve seen it make monkeys out of real-life Sherlocks — let alone the armchair self-proclaimed variety who write for TV. Or blogs.

This is the “All the President’s Men” syndrome, is what it is. Blogdom overturns a Big Media narrative during the 2004 presidential campaign, and now everybody’s the next Bathrobed Columbo.

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Own It. You’ll Be Much Happier.

While most actual theologians place a high importance on repentance, I’ve been emphasizing forgiveness.

This is because so many sinners cling to the argument that their sin was somebody else’s fault. How can you repent your sin if you’re dodging responsibility for it? Free will means you have the power to make your own decisions. Others may try to limit your options, but ultimately it’s your choice.

Jim Geraghty, remarking in today’s Jolt about the Las Vegas murder spree, observes:

We’re going to hear a lot of questions in the coming days about “why did he do it? Does it matter? Aren’t all of these shooters more or less the same?” In their minds, they’ve been wronged by the world; the world owed them something, and it refused to give it to them. The Isla Vista shooter believed he deserved pretty women; the Alexandria shooter who tried to kill GOP congressmen believed he deserved a world where his party was in charge. The Columbine killers believed they deserved a world where they would never feel ostracized.

Those are the kinds of sins that can get one’s soul consigned to hell, sins even the perpetrators know are monstrous, and can only commit after convincing themselves it’s somebody else’s fault.

This makes me worry too about people who never actually do anything monstrous, but who believe when monstrous things happen the victims had it coming. Because they were stuck up, or they voted the wrong way, or they professed the wrong faith.

God wants us all to atone, and repent, and forgive. It sounds so simple, but in the history of mankind it has always been the exception, not the rule.

When people tear down the institutions that make civil society seem normal, we discover in horrifying ways what this world’s real default looks like.

You’d Think There Would Be an Explanation for This

This Sunday’s game in Dallas, hosting the Rams, is supposed to be aired on Fox at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

All evidence is pointing to this game not being aired in the Atlanta market. Instead the Atlanta Fox affiliate has scheduled several episodes of something called “Live Life and Win!”

And I have never found anything that explains why the Atlanta affiliate has chosen to embargo this game. They’re showing the games before and after — neither of which is a Falcons game. If one were, that might serve as kind of a lame explanation, the Falcons being the Atlanta team.

When you do something that seems inexplicable, and don’t explain it, you have to expect people to get ticked off.

And if that’s why you did it, you’re nothing but a troll.

The Intarweb Has a Sad

Because “Airporty McAirportface” didn’t even get nominated.

The Riverton Airport Board is thinking about a name change for Riverton Regional Airport to more accurately reflect the region served by the county’s only commercial airport.

The name that has been proposed is Wind River Regional Airport. The change was suggested by Airport Board and Fremont Air Service Team (FAST) member Mick Pryor. “The proposed name would encapsulate the marketing effort tourism agencies have been using and the entire region that we serve,” Pryor said.

It’s rigged. Rigged, I say!

Calling All Cars, Calling All Cars

“Fugitive believed to be fleeing north at low rate of speed…”

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MESSAGE DATE: SEP 25 2017 19:47:00

TJUA (NEXRAD IN CAYEY, PR) WAS ABUSED BY MARIA. AS A RESULT THE RADOME DIVORCED THE TOWER AND RAN AWAY WITH ONE DEPENDENT, THE ANTENNA. RECONCILIATION WILL HOPEFULLY BE COMPLETED IN 3 TO 6 MONTHS. MARIA FLED THE SCENE HEADING NORTHWEST. SHE IS CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS–DO NOT ATTEMPT TO APPREHEND.

Be safe out there.

Kim, You Ignorant Slut

The Korean War is in its 68th year. It never formally ended.

America doesn’t need to “declare” war on you, you dopey little speed bump. We don’t need to provoke you.

You, however, need to stop provoking us.

Beneath Notice

I can remember when taking a knee
Was a sign of respect and submission
But we can’t expect twenty-something millionaires
To engage in that much cognition
So they kneel as a sign of disrespect
To the flag their grandfathers might have died for
Millions of immigrants fled home for
And all good Americans have pride for

A flag flown by my ancestors
Who fought to free the slaves
And saw their eldest brother killed
And laid in a soldier’s grave
A flag laughed at by Hitler
He didn’t laugh for very long
A flag sneered at by Stalin
We’re still here, his flag is gone

Bin Laden tried to end it too
Doused in jet fuel and burned
Yet it rose again from the ash and rubble
And he got the comeuppance he earned
So to pampered gridiron idols I say
Indulge your childish vainglory
Your moment in the spotlight’s glare
Won’t be a footnote to that flag’s story.