Friday is OpinionList day on Opinionista. Here’s this week’s collection of articles that made me take a second look (and by look I mean read).
NRA Gets 100,000 New Members: The Daily Beast reports that 100,000 people have become NRA members since the Sandy Hook shooting, which makes absolutely no sense to me. Could it be that they’re all related to Alex Jones? Speaking of
Gun Appreciation Day: Will be January 19th according to a group of gun activists. This group is asking Americans to visit gun ranges, gun stores and gun shows on this day in order to send a message to President Obama two days before his inauguration. Apparently, this group of activists fears the ”Obama administration’s post-Sandy Hook assault on gun rights.” For my part, the only thing that I will be appreciating on January 19th is that guns kill people and that there’s a dire need for a complete assault weapons ban.
Lifetime Secret Service Protection: President Obama has just signed a bill, the Former Presidents Protection Act of 2012, granting lifetime Secret Service protection for all past Presidents (since 1997), future ex-Presidents, and their respective spouses and children until the age of 16. The former law provided Secret Service protection for 10 years after leaving office, but “members of Congress and law enforcement officials had since come to see lifetime protection as more necessary as global threats have grown.” Also, they watched Alex Jones on Piers Morgan. Sorry, Alex Jones is just the gift that keeps on giving.
DEA, Secret Service And A Prostitute: Do you remember the Secret Service scandal back in April 2012, in Cartagena, right before President Obama’s trip to Colombia for a summit meeting? It seems that, at that time, two DEA agents arranged the services of a prostitute for a Secret Service agent. Some people are into drugs, some into sex. It seems that at least 2 DEA agents are into both.
Dreaded Dreadlocks: A man tried to choke his girlfriend with his dreadlocks in Portland, Oregon in a domestic violence incident. Fortunately, he did not succeed allowing us to learn of his bizarre methods. I can’t imagine the dread she must have felt in such a hairy situation.
Hungry For Knowledge?: Students at Drexel University in Philadelphia can head to a kiosk in the library where a vending machine “spits out” MacBooks for their convenience. Actually, it’s not a vending machine since they can use the laptops for free for up to 5 hours. Now that’s great. However, a side order of french fries is not included.
“Talking” Utensils: The HAPIfork and HAPIspoon use sensors to “measure how long your meals last, how long you pause between each bite and how many mouthfuls of food you consume.” If you’re eating too fast, the utensils vibrate so that you slow down. I can’t wait until they program them so that kids have to eat their vegetables.