Monday, January 2, 2012


"Bill Wade, the outgoing chair of the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, said Congress should be regretting its decision to allow loaded weapons in national parks. He called Sunday's fatal shooting a tragedy that could have been prevented. He hopes Congress will reconsider the law that took effect in early 2010, but doubts that will happen in today's political climate." Read more:

Such is the level of discourse in this country. Long before the investigation is concluded, at a point where it seems the suspect in the murder of Ranger Margaret Anderson was running from another shooting, we get the above. Did Congress forget to reenact the law making the murder of a Federal Officer a capital offense, too?

Bill Wade is a tool.

The loss of an officer should never be used as political fodder. Her death is a tragedy, an unspeakable loss to her family, to her friends and to her coworkers. It's not a talking point.

UPDATE: As much as I read politics, I don't really like writing it. Too often, unnecessary battle lines create fruitless animosities. Careful, occasional snippets of "Jim world" is all a person can stand, if that.

Recently, it has come to light that Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum and spouse Karen had a son who survived for only two hours after his birth. Although warned of that outcome, it had to be devastating nonetheless. During his short life they loved him, baptised him, welcomed him into their family. After he passed they took him home, allowing their other children to grieve along with them.

Wrong? Having come close with my daughter, I'm not prepared to judge. Our family didn't have to face the death of an infant - thank God.

Now, apparently, some political commentators think his decision is legitimate fodder to score political points.

Few things are more contemptable. Have we all sunk this low?

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