Speaking of people who’s general tone I don’t like, Paul Krugman is to me a sort of buttoned-down version of Bill Maher (in terms of the incessant tone of disdain toward anyone foolish enough to disagree with him). But rather than launch a debate about that, let me say that today I’m here to praise him.
Well, actually not him necessarily, but whoever wrote the headline on this piece:
Lobbyists, Guns and Money
By PAUL KRUGMAN
Published: March 25, 2012
Florida’s now-infamous Stand Your Ground law, which lets you shoot someone you consider threatening without facing arrest, let alone prosecution, sounds crazy — and it is. And it’s tempting to dismiss this law as the work of ignorant yahoos. But similar laws have been pushed across the nation, not by ignorant yahoos but by big corporations…
And so forth and so on. To save your time, I’ll tell you that it’s another piece labeling the American Legislative Exchange Council as the root of all legislative evil. In case you hadn’t heard that one before.
Anyone who invokes Warren Zevon in general, and that album in particular, gets at least a thumbs-up from me.
Krugman, however, concerned as he seems to be about guns, probably would not approve of the fact that the next thought in my mind after “Lawyers, Guns and Money,” is “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner:”
Roland searched the continent for the man who'd done him in He found him in Mombassa, in a barroom drinking gin Roland aimed his Thompson gun, he didn't say a word But he blew Van Owen's body from there to Johannesburg Roland the headless Thompson gunner Roland the headless Thompson gunner Roland the headless Thompson gunner, talking about the man Roland the headless Thompson gunner The eternal Thompson gunner Still wand'ring through the night Now it's ten years later, but he still keeps up the fight In Ireland, in Lebanon, in Palestine and Berkeley Patty Hearst heard the burst Of Roland's Thompson gun and bought it
Great stuff for excitable boys. Can’t be beat.