Friday, March 27, 2015

The Lattanzi Ten - 3/27/15

It's been a fairly eventful week in many ways. Thankfully it is coming to an end. Here are some stories going into the weekend. -- J.L.


I can't even fathom the evil this required. Yes, the man may have been mentally ill, but there is intent and execution in this action. It wasn't a "snapping," it was evil. May God have mercy on his soul, and all of those who perished in this horrific fashion.


A tragic accident (as far as we know) in the East Village has injured many and destroyed the homes and business of many more. Hopefully those people can put their lives together after this event, just as the families of the victims in the plane crash hopefully can do the same.


Read the link. You'll understand. I didn't want to call her a "woman" either, because that might be sexist.

Or a lie.


There is so much that is wrong with the whole idea of allowing for Iran to inevitably have a nuclear weapon. Allow me to rephrase that, allowing for an apocalyptic-minded, extremist, and largest state sponsor of terrorism Iran to have nuclear capabilities. This comes back to one of two possibilities: incompetence or malice. I don't think it is the former, since incompetent people don't release the nuclear secrets of an allegedly close ally. I do think Israel has something up its sleeve, but it won't be anything conventional, or even war-like.

I find it amusing (in a sick and twisted way) that one of the campaign promises of 2008 was since America's standing in the world had been so damaged by the "go-it-alone" mentality of the cowboy from Texas, we needed to elect Obama to heal the rifts with the rest of the world. In the meantime, allies are being threatened and snubbed by the president merely for saying "slow down" in negotiating with terrorists Iran. Stay tuned...


Bowe Bergdahl is a deserter. Deserters deserve to go to jail for the rest of their miserable existence, or be placed on a scaffolding with a rope around their necks. At least that's the way it used to be. Now, deserters get press conferences in the Rose Garden with the President of the United States while said president's minions go on TV and lie with a straight face about how they "served with honor and distinction." I'm glad the Army got the stones and resisted the political pressure and charged Bergdahl with his (obvious) crimes.

And never mind the five Taliban generals that were released to get this deserter back to the United States. With friends like this, who needs enemies?


Harry Reid is going to retire before the next election. This is disappointing in some ways, because who else will go and strip away the dignity of the Senate in order to attack private citizens (I'm looking at you, Dick Durbin)? I'm still convinced that Reid's injuries had nothing to do with an "exercise belt." That was as plausible as Jeff Kent breaking his wrist "washing his truck" or Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina "hiking the Appalachian Trail." I expect the seat to flip now, but the Republicans had made snatching defeat from the jaws of victory into an artform, so who knows?


It is weird to see everything (and I mean everything) portrayed in terms of war/battles. We have wars on poverty, drugs, terrorism, and now...SUPERBUGS! Deadlines are double-edged swords: they motivate to get something done, but they also box in the ones who set the deadline. Since germs are ever evolving, this "Five-Year Plan" is almost doomed to fail from the start. It's a classic version of the "Politician's Fallacy,"since not much else is working, the administration needs to be seen as doing something


I remember my lunches when I was in elementary school - I had a sandwich (always on a roll or a bagel; I never had white or sliced bread), and some kind of sweet snack (whether a Little Debbie cake or a Fruit Roll-Up), as well as a sugary drink (such as a Ssips juice box or a Little Hug). Not ONCE did I need written permission to consume those.

Well, to partake of an Oreo that is used to demonstrate plate tectonics, a student needs a permission slip signed by his parents that says he has the authority to "sample" the Oreo (you know, because they only get a crumb or something).

This. Is. Insane.

If this is about health concerns (i.e. diabetes or allergies), the school should already know about them. In part, I blame the litigious society in which we live. People are more afraid of being sued than anything else. This was nothing more than a CYA moment, which has become a cyclical habit between generations. We are a fearful society that has lost both common sense and a sense of self-reliance. Of course, the State is all too willing to enable this loss of common sense and self-reliance. The lack of both means a greater reliance on...the State. Permission slips like this are demonstrations of that shift in microcosm.


In Wednesday's Ten (#1), the rise of literal "comfort zones" is a cause of concern, since we have made The Right Not To Be Offended™ (The "secret" 28th Amendment to the Constitution, apparently) higher than anything else, including freedom of expression, association, and religion. 

Once again, the story demonstrates that feminism has become a morally empty and bankrupt movement. There are real problems around the world that involve women being enslaved and deprived of (actual) rights in, say, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria, China. But no, these precious snowflake college students are more concerned with...a commercial billboard. I found it to be funny. 

I guess that means I just want women to be oppressed and stay in the kitchen and cook me a meal. 

Oh, the sweet, sweet irony!


David Ortiz may be tested more than any player in baseball (a debatable proposition in itself), but that doesn't mean he is worthy of a spot in Cooperstown. He has the classic high peak (4-5 great seasons), but then settles to being merely good. Throw in the inconsistency at times and you end with, at best, a borderline Hall of Famer. I'm not going to go down the DH road, because I have argued many times than Edgar Martinez should be in the Hall of Fame. I don't regard postseason performance as a "clincher," mostly due to the fact that a player can get hot or cold at the right time. Mike Schmidt won the MVP in the 1980 World Series, and then went 1-20 in the 1983 World Series. His body of work spoke for itself. David Ortiz is a very good hitter, but not a transcendentally great hitter (like E. Martinez). He should be on the outside looking in within 6-7 years.

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