I was pretty annoyed to see Rick at SFDB refer to my recent blog entry on Johnny Rockets thusly -
I- Eat It, Miami suggests you check out the grill man with the "black sounding" name at Johnny Rockets next time you're at Aventura.
Dude is so fast and good at the burger preparation that you are mesmerized by him. I've always gotten a kick out of when people have such good training, practice, and muscle memory, that their craft is as second nature as walking and breathing, and this guy is in that category.
Reading the entire passage shows the context in which I made the comment; a funny one in my opinion. I try to keep it light around here. Rick's implication, I assume, is that I'm a racist because I said "black sounding," and he certainly intends his readers to gather something from the phrase since it's highlighted with quotation marks and plucked from my text. Please read the review and let me know what you think, by all means.
Rick holds himself out as a blog aggregator and reviewer, but he clearly has an axe to grind, one of the many being that he despises South Florida and its residents, mentioning daily the vapidity of our culture, the stupidity of our populace, the incompetence of our police, and the corruption of our civic leaders. You'll have to look pretty hard to find anything positive other than a silly picture once in a while. I wish he'd move because he's clearly not happy and brings a dark cloud over our community. He belongs in Seattle or Boston.
This is how Rick boiled down a very intelligently written essay on the Daily Beast today, while including a photo of its author, you know, just in case you see her in public sometime, I assume, in case you want to say something nasty like Rick would probably do -
I'd also like us to encourage people to gang rush shooters, rather than following their instincts to hide; if we drilled it into young people that the correct thing to do is for everyone to instantly run at the guy with the gun, these sorts of mass shootings would be less deadly, because even a guy with a very powerful weapon can be brought down by 8-12 unarmed bodies piling on him at once. Would it work? Would people do it? I have no idea; all I can say is that both these things would be more effective than banning rifles with pistol grips.
-Megan McArdle [above], The Daily Beast
I can just see the teacher instructing her students: "Kids, when the madman with the assault
rife comes through the door, I want the class to run toward him. Susie and Billy, you lead."
Most conservatives apparently would rather sacrifice America's children than ever consider
doing anything about the availability of guns in this country.
Right, that's what conservatives want, Rick. They want kids to die at the hands of mad gunmen.
Here is the comment I left after reading that and then clicking through to read the article in its entirety, since I have learned that Rick's intense political leanings highly influence the tone of his site.
Rick, I think it's pretty irresponsible of you to boil down a 4500 word essay into one paragraph taken out of context in an attempt to demonize someone you want to characterize as a "conservative," since you clearly despise people who identify themselves as such. Did you read the entire article? It's pretty long and I know you skim a lot of stuff, but when you post something like this, it has an effect on that person's reputation, since people implicitly trust you to share the news that you've ostensibly reviewed. You're trying to pigeon hole this woman when her response was an extremely well thought out and nuanced argument leading to her conclusion. It'd be more informative if you'd included at least the paragraph before and after, or at the minimum, the paragraph in its entirety. Kind of like how you took "black sounding" out of context from my recent post about Johnny Rockets, I assume to make me sound like a racist. I'm beginning to think you're a real dick.
"It would certainly be more comfortable for me to endorse doing something symbolic--bring back the 'assault weapons ban'--in order to signal that I care. But I would rather do nothing than do something stupid because it makes us feel better. We shouldn't have laws on the books unless we think there's a good chance they'll work: they add regulatory complexity and sap law-enforcement resources from more needed tasks. This is not because I don't care about dead children; my heart, like yours, broke about a thousand times this weekend. But they will not breathe again because we pass a law. A law would make us feel better, because it would make us feel as if we'd "done something", as if we'd made it less likely that more children would die. But I think that would be false security. And false security is more dangerous than none.
My guess is that we're going to get a law anyway, and my hope is that it will consist of small measures that might have some tiny actual effect, like restrictions on magazine capacity. I'd also like us to encourage people to gang rush shooters, rather than following their instincts to hide; if we drilled it into young people that the correct thing to do is for everyone to instantly run at the guy with the gun, these sorts of mass shootings would be less deadly, because even a guy with a very powerful weapon can be brought down by 8-12 unarmed bodies piling on him at once. Would it work? Would people do it? I have no idea; all I can say is that both these things would be more effective than banning rifles with pistol grips.
But I doubt we're going to tell people to gang rush mass shooters, because that would involve admitting that there is no mental health service or "reasonable gun control" which is going to prevent all of these attacks. Which is to say, admitting that we have no box big enough to completely contain evil."
I encourage you, if you have some time, to read Megan McArdle's Daily Beast article here, and to draw your own conclusions. Rick thinks the woman wants children to get shot by lunatics and wants you to think that that's how "most conservatives" feel. Maybe there's a different side to it than that, you think? My only issue is that there are about 20 typos in the thing. I mean, do people have editors anymore? They just post the stuff? Kind of unprofessional, methinks.