Once again, the hysteria over firearms hits the press. Actor Alec Baldwin fired a weapon on a movie set and AT THIS MOMENT for unknown reasons ended up killing the director of cinematography. This is a tragedy as is any death.
I have read several “news” reports citing the “SCORES” of firearms tragedies or “a long history” of firearms accidents on movie sets. Directors are calling for the banning of “prop guns” during the production of movies as they say computer generated graphics are good enough, even if they look fake. A director that I’ve never heard of named Craig Zobel said, “There’s no reason to have guns loaded with blanks or anything on set anymore, (They) Should just be fully outlawed.” Notice that he is calling for legislation not just an industry agreed to prohibition.
Once again, back the F’ing truck up a few yards.
In ALL of the “news” reports, only TWO incidences are cited, Jon-Erik Hexum and Brandon Lee. Hexum killed HIMSELF when he was fooling around with a pistol showing off to a female on the set, by placing the pistol to his head and firing a blank round into his skull. That was NOT an ACCIDENT, that was plain stupidity. Hexum was a MORON and splattered his own brain, therefore that doesn’t count as an “accident” or mishap. Brandon Lee’s death happened because the armorer on set didn’t fully clear the weapon of a bullet, from a “dummy round”, which had become lodged in the cylinder of the revolver used in the scene. A subsequently loaded “blank round” propelled the lodged bullet down the barrel leading to the death of Lee. That was determined to be “negligence” on the part of the armorer. The facts are that prior to this incident involving Alec Baldwin there are a total of ONE death due to the USE OF FIREARMS on movie sets.
Perhaps the histrionic news media should review facts before writing stories. ONE is not MORE THAN FORTY (“scores“, a score is 20 so “scores” would imply 40 or more). ONE is not a “LONG HISTORY” of accidents.
More people have been killed while filming automobile and aircraft scenes in movies than by filming firearms scenes. Why isn’t there any outcry to eliminate cars and planes in movies?
“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” Justice Ginsburg’s ALLEGED dying wish.
Dimbulbs are screaming that the dying wish of an old lady cannot be violated according to Section 3 of the 28th Amendment of the Constitution, the “Dying Ol’ Lady” clause.
I say the quoted wish is ALLEGED because it is a case of “I heard someone who heard someone who heard the Justice said‘ this. Be that as it may, it’s the wording that I find curious.
Justice Ginsburg was a legal scholar. She understood the meaning of words. She ALLEGEDLY said that she wants a “NEW” president to appoint her replacement. If President Trump is reelected in a few weeks, he would NOT be a NEW president. What Justice Ginsburg would have requested is for her seat to REMAIN EMPTY FOR POSSIBLY OVER 4 YEARS! Note she didn’t say THE “NEXT” ELECTED PRESIDENT is installed. Justice Ginsburg would have known what she was saying and the consequences. I highly doubt she would have advocated for the Court to remain incomplete for years. Again, this points to a “hearsay” quote of the Justice.
But all the goofballs in congress and the fake news keep quoting that we need to strictly follow the 28th Amendment.
(There are only 27 Amendments)
China has a VIRUS that is spreading in the city of Wuhan. So far as of today (1-25-2020) there are reported to have been 56 deaths and and 1975 known cases. The story is that the disease originated in the FISH MARKET.
What’s FISHY (bad pun intended) about all of this is that the Chinese government is treating this like a plague that may possibly wipe out huge swaths of the population. The government has locked down travel in and out of the city of Wuhan. They are building TWO emergency hospitals to house thousands of people. Reporting says that 14,000 hazmat suits and 110,000 pairs of gloves have been sent to the city. Just now the Chinese government has CANCELED (prohibited) all Lunar New Years celebration across ALL OF MAINLAND CHINA! ALL major tourist attractions across China have been closed, INDEFINITELY. This sort of response seems suspiciously EXCESSIVE for LESS than 2000 cases.
Just to give an idea of the number of deaths from ONE common disease, in the US about 50,000 people DIE from the FLU EVERY YEAR and we don’t build special hospitals or allocate thousands of hazmat suits. In the 2017-2018 flu season between 80,000 to 100,000 people died and nothing extraordinary was done other than to issue some warnings about washing your hands and getting the flu shot.
The type of response by the Chinese government seems much TOO LARGE for so few cases.
Perhaps WE’RE NOT GETTING THE WHOLE STORY.
There is some sparse reporting that the VIRUS may have come from a breach in the WUHAN INSTITUTE OF VIROLOGY which is rumored to actually be a BIOWEAPONS FACILITY.
Makes you wonder if the Chinese government isn’t telling an accurate story. Nah, what reason would they have to LIE?