Even flatworms can learn. Surprisingly, so can politicians, at least sometimes.
Sadly I am not sure what the good people of Connecticut are to use to protect themselves from bears. The State has made owning a rifle so onerous and has deemed ownership socially unacceptable it may be difficult to find someone who has the means to protect anyone. But on a fair election you get what you vote for.
The problem isn't pain teaching, it does. The problem is the people feeling the pain are a small percentage of the state and the majority of it doesn't care. Bears aren't breaking into Yale professors' or state congress-critters homes, so why care.
Years ago, we went on an Alaska cruise. While we (me, hubby and oldest son) were walking around in Juneau near the glacier, a man and his 2 young boys were near us. The man pointed and shouted at his boys, "Look, there's a bear!" And proceeded to take his boys and fast walk toward the bear. Well, it was a Mama Bear and her babies and people were literally screaming at him to stop. What an idiot. He was lucky not to lose one of his kids to Mama. That man truly deserved a Darwin Award....
Trying hard to avoid the kneejerk reaction that says liberalism is a disease. We need to cultivate sympathies and understanding to counter the red tooth of reality. But liberalism unchecked is what we're facing today, and it's rapidly deteriorating into fascism - obey or else.
Mix in a heavy dose of corruption and we may soon see an overcorrection toward The Gods of Copybook Headings.
I am reminded of that family which suffered a home invasion by two hardened, violent thugs. The Connecticut police set up a perimeter beyond the range of small arms fire and hunkered down. No police were harmed in that standoff, but the family suffered a fate which is hard for me to imagine. Shades of Uvalde and Marjorie Stoneman. They have become the Eloi. Part of me is very sad, particularly for the children. Another part of me knows the gene pool is overdue for a cleansing. Perhaps a copybook headline will point out that this is inevitable?
There was a time when law enforcement wasn't just another bureaucratic occupation. On the other hand I can understand why today's law enforcement officer isn't keen to lay it on the line for a public that views them as worse than useless....unless they are going after Donald Trump or a conservative who isn't much of a physical threat against overwhelming heavily armed officers.
Randy Weaver learned this bitter lesson a long time ago. Thanks Bill Barr for doing what you do so well.
I fear we normals must suffer more before the enlightened ones become aware of the pain they have caused others. We may be starting to see some of that in of all places, San Francisco.
In the early 70s I lived 5 miles west of Boulder in the mountains. Used to wander all over the woods by myself. I never saw a a cougar, a bear, or even a coyote; just the occasional wild turkey and lots of porcupines. Now they're freaking everywhere.
Reminds me of Keynesian economists that design government spending schemes. "It will add to GDP" but never does. The multiplier effect of government spending on GDP is 0 and they always have some formula to counter the data. Except, they never can say where they are getting that dollar they spend from. It's just "created".
A fine piece Perfesser. What is old is new again!
We forgot (or evaded) teaching our children the facts of life: There's no such thing as a free lunch, communism has killed 100 million humans, the poor will always be with us, what you subsidize you get more of, what you tax you get less of, this is Republic - if you can keep it, only those who find a way to serve will be truly happy, &tc.
But the Truth shall not be mocked.
We have a bear problem in Gatlinburg. We tell tenants to lock their car doors and don't leave food outside, but almost every month we end up with a picture of a bear holding a mcdonalds wrapper. The one bear looked so happy on the ring camera as he ran across the parking area with a whole mcdonalds bag.
Lock your cars people.
To paraphrase a paraphrase, “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it; those who do know history are destined to sit screaming helplessly while those who don't know it make us all repeat it." The meager consolation for the latter group is that we're at least braced for the coming rinse cycle. Pity the others.
Some say a conservative is a liberal who's been mugged. There's been a lot of mugging going around. Maybe it's having the to-be-hoped-for effect.
At some point in life, everyone needs the obvious pointed out to them. However, some more than others, and increasingly too often.