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It seems very unlikely that corporate media will permit any of their indentured propagandists to dwell on the fact that the shooter had a college degree and was overqualified to work the "want a side order of fries with your burger?" jobs available.  

If the police found any books by Marx or Engels in the shooter's apartment, Uncle Rushbo & Co. will be jubilant.   Have the conservative pundits ever noted that the Tea Party movement in the USA strongly echoes the Black Hundred political movement in Tsarist Russia?

Some pundits have suggested that the shooter wanted fame and media attention and point out the culprit's dyed hair as proof that the fellow was bonkers and willing to go to extremes to gain attention.   Have any of these expert pundits walked around in a college town lately?   If they have they will learn that the War in Vietnam has ended since they graduated and that some young folks these days sport hair dyed green, purple, or gray.   Have any of the musicians who pioneered the punk rock genre and used the retro Iroquois haircut started to go bald?    

After hearing some recent news reports indicating that a majority of young people want to be famous, we stumbled upon a curious link connecting Ernest Hemingway, Jack Kerouac, and Hunter S. Thompson.   Biographers indicate that all three considered being a famous celebrity a curse rather than a gift of fate.  

[Both Hemingway and Hunter Thompson were avid gun enthusiasts.   We can't immediately recall any passages from Kerouac's writing which mentioned guns.   We have often wondered (word play alert!) if the inventory for Hunter's private arsenal included a Thompson submachine gun.

Back in the day when this columnist was too young to qualify for a driver's license, weekly magazines (such as Look and Colliers?) often featured an ad offering Thompson submachine guns which had blocked up barrels.   Quite often those ads were adjacent to other ads which offered replacement parts (such as barrels?) for obsolete military weapons.   We haven't seen any of those ads recently and so we wonder if the Thompson submachine gun is now considered an assault rifle or not.]

Isn't it rather poignant that the anti-Establishment rock bands from the Sixties, who warned their contemporaries about the dangers of commercialism, have come to epitomize the lucrative aspect of fame?   Some day we will get around to writing a column that will convey our philosophy about how fame can be a double edged sword.

[The illusive mystery writer K. C. Constantine was once quoted as saying he wrote and avoided publicity because he had had his fill of fame when he played professional baseball.   Our hunch is that the writer's secret identity would be that of a former member of the N. Y. Yankees who had a subsequent career as a sports caster and lived in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania.]

Is the anti-capitalism beatnik/hippie philosophy still being preached?   A blogger who posts tips and hints about how to run away to join a hippie commune will get a constant trickle of visitors seeking information on that very subject.   Maybe we'll write a column on that topic.

Is it an example of hypocrisy to note that the conservatives who advocate availability of assault rifles for the masses often live in very secure compounds and fastidiously avoid malls and public movie theaters where they might encounter germs or stray bullets?   Would it be an example of über-irony if the gift shop at the World's Laziest Journalist World Headquarters were to offer a T-shirt reading:   "I love hypocrisy!"?

After 9-11, people in the L. A. area who were being admitted to free movie screenings for critics and journalists, were searched for weapons, so is it another example of hypocrisy if people who see new films in a secure location condemn motion pictures for inciting violence at public theaters?   Or is that an acceptable example of double standard thinking?

Speaking of cinematic violence, when we were an enthusiastic Three Stooges fan, a relative pointed out that the mayhem in those comedies was "play acting" and noted that the only time an uncle killed an enemy soldier (he was a Seabee who was going for water on Guadalcanal), he hit the fellow on the head with an empty bucket.

Are the journalists in the media suffering from sensational event deficit disorder?   Do you expect to see/hear any gun control debate on the Sunday talk shows during the first weekend of the sports games in London?   After a news event has been featured on the covers of the weekly news magazines, it becomes ancient history.  

Didn't President George W. Bush end the War in Iraq when he signed a peace treaty with Saddam Hussein at an event that was held on the deck of an aircraft carrier?  

As this column was being written, the disk jockey was sorting through a mountain of material to select the best relevant music to play when the time to roll the credits arrives.   There are so many songs about shooting that it would be difficult to select the top ten.   Items like "Frankie and Johnnie" and "Stagerlee" are fixtures in American Pop Culture.   Using the Gonuts song "Hot for Twinkies" would be too confusing for anyone who is not a trivia expert on San Francisco Political History.   Is some of the best of Ennio Morricone's music appropriate?   If the disk jockey plays the Ride of the Valkyries, should the columnist say "Getcha a case of beer for that!"?   Should he play the theme song from "High Noon"?   "I hate Mondays!"?  

American folk wisdom proclaimed:   "God didn't create all men equal; Col. Colt did."

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BP graduated from college in the mid sixties (at the bottom of the class?) He told his draft board that Vietnam could be won without his participation. He is still appologizing for that mistake. He received his fist photo lesson from a future (more...)
 
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Decent, if rambling. Yeah, learned shooting beginn... by Leslie Piper on Sunday, Aug 5, 2012 at 4:57:13 PM