Come Heller high water…
- Well, I’m now a Dick’s Sporting Goods customer for life. The company announced this week it would no longer sell assault-style rifles in the wake of the Florida massacre. The company’s CEO wrote: “Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims and their loved ones. But thoughts and prayers are not enough. We have tremendous respect and admiration for the students organizing and making their voices heard regarding gun violence in schools and elsewhere in our country. We have heard you. The nation has heard you. We support and respect the Second Amendment, and we recognize and appreciate that the vast majority of gun owners in this country are responsible, law-abiding citizens. But we have to help solve the problem that’s in front of us. Gun violence is an epidemic that’s taking the lives of too many people, including the brightest hope for the future of America – our kids. Following all of the rules and laws, we sold a shotgun to the Parkland shooter in November of 2017. It was not the gun, nor type of gun, he used in the shooting. But it could have been.” That’s powerful, courageous stuff. Thank you, Dick’s. May other retailers follow suit. The NRA won’t budge and Congress is useless, so ending the U.S.’s “Slaughter Era” is ultimately going to take the combined passion of teens, companies like Dick’s, and, yes, responsible gun owners. A bit of my faith in humanity is restored.
- Is it possible this year’s Detroit Tigers squad could be worse than the historically bad 2003 team that set an American League record with 119 losses? I think it’s very possible. You’re thinking, “No way, we have Cabrera.” Yeah, well Cabrera hit .249 with 16 home runs and 60 RBI last year. In 2003, Dmitri Young was the team’s best hitter. He hit .297, with 29 home runs and 85 RBI. In looking at both rosters, I’d take the 2003 team’s offense and defense over the current team’s. I’d give the edge, however, to this year’s pitching staff, which is bad, but not nearly as wretched as the 2003 crew.
- Can we be done, please, with the term “crush”? Terms don’t seem to play out and disappear as fast as they used to. If I hear one more millennial say they’re going to “crush” their workout, I may throw up on them, after which I can say I “crushed” my nausea.
- How come there are so few (no?) fast-food Thai food takeout places. I want drive-thru Thai, dang it. Daddy’s got a hankering.
- A new survey says non-smokers should get more vacation days so they get as much time off as smokers, who spend hours a day outside smoking. Count me in. That’s always struck me as grossly unfair. I once told my boss at the newspaper that I was addicted to sarcasm and needed to go indulge my habit on the loading dock with all the smokers so I had a captive audience. For some reason, she wasn’t thrilled at the idea. Neither were the smokers.
- So I’m beginning to think this spate of non-crappy to almost decent weather we’ve had the past two weeks is a harbinger of an early spring. This is, of course, Mother Nature’s cue to disabuse me of such silly notions. I apologize in advance for the mammoth blizzard we’re about to receive as a result of my impertinence. Spring doesn’t arrive early in Michigan. I know that.
- “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do.” – Amelia Earhart.
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