Bob Higgins

America the Beautiful, Landfill of Lunacy

Posted in News, Politics by Bob Higgins on February 21, 2011
Rick "Six Gun" Perry

Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry fires a six shooter filled with blanks. Photo: Rodger Mallison / AP

In Texas where everything is supposedly bigger, including belly laughs, members of the state lege are tripping over themselves to gain passage of a bill that would allow college students the right to carry firearms on campus, to classes, and I guess, to mixers, rallies, keggers and raves.

The reasoning behind this forward looking pile of sausage is a bit hazy but it fits in well with the Texas board of Ed’s decision to get Tom Jefferson out of our textbooks in order to include more riveting tales of the adventures of John Calvin, a notable historical figure I suppose, but one who happened to die a couple of centuries before our republic was born.

Ahh Texans, gotta love ’em even if you gotta cage ’em.

Bob Higgins

A Day Of Guns, A Day In America

Posted in News, Politics by Bob Higgins on January 15, 2011
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Former Pelham, Mass., Police Chief Edward Fleury and Christopher Bizilj 8

Edward Fleury and Christopher Bizilj 8 (AP)

Once again a country that experiences more violent gun deaths than any other country on Earth has been shocked by a maliciously motivated madman with a gun. The talk all week from the various electronic chatterboxes has been guns, their control, their abuse, the somehow sacred right  to possess them…guns.

In a darkly funny piece written in the bleak light of the Arizona murders Elayne Boosler relates her experience with writing and speaking her views about guns, gun control and the NRA and includes a couple dozen  responses to her essays and twitter posts on the subject.

Her columns and tweets were in favor of controlling guns, they were measured, reasonable and since she is a comedian with a flair for writing humor they were funny, and like the best humor,  there was an element of tragedy or darkness woven into their fabric. (more…)