Cluster bombs

Cluster bombs are many bombs in one bomb. The military likes them because they are an efficient way to cover a large area with shrapnel and kill many within the blast area. The downside of their use is that many civilians are killed or injured in addition to any enemy soldiers within the blast area. Cluster bombs are designed to kill using thousands of pieces of  shrapnel. Not all components of a cluster bomb explode on first use. Some components (bomblets) remain (as much as 25%) potentially lethal for many years afterward. The US military has the goal of reducing the failure rate to under 1% by 2018. However, that will do nothing to reduce the lethality of cluster bombs on first use.

What is terrorism?

War Made Easy, How Presidents And Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death, by Norman Solomon published in 2005. What is terrorism? It is violence that we do not support. In other words, violence that we support is not terrorism. Turning that around, if we do not condemn violence, then it is terrorism that we do support, such as violence here in the US against minorities and others currently out of favor.

Donnie and Melania

Not as famous as Donnie and Marie, but intent on cashing in on the White House connection, Donnie and Melania Trump and family apparently intend to make as much money as they possibly can during their stay in Washington, New York and Palm Beach. To save the country grief and money, I suggest that we offer the Trumps a golden parachute to resign. Even $5 billion would be a bargain to rid the office of a man and family intent on damaging the country the way Donald Trump intends.

Shooting Straight

Shooting Straight, Guns, Gays, God, and George Clooney by Piers Morgan published in 2013. This a quote by Diane Feinstein, US Senator, on assault weapons, after Sandy Hook.

“There is no Second Amendment right to bear every type of weapon you know of. These are a certain class of weapons. They are designed to kill large numbers of people in close combat. I don’t believe the Second Amendment covers them. The Second Amendment was written a long time before this class of weapons was founded, merchandised, and spread all over our country, where they fall into the hands of juveniles, grievance killers, people who go into our malls, our theaters, our stores, our businesses, and now our schools, and just kill people for no good reason. It’s got to stop. These children, this is the straw that breaks the camel’s back. People have to respond. They have to understand that the rights of the many to remain safe are more important than any right you may think you have to have a military-style assault weapon.”

And the courts are starting to agree. Yesterday, the US Court of Appeals for the 4th District upheld a Maryland law banning assault style weapons.