can liberals be cheerleaders for conservatives with guns yes we can can!

IF YOU LIKE WEIRD NEWS ARTICLES that allow you to infer a hel­luva lot more than the ar­ticle ac­tu­ally says, to­day’s Seattle Times (July 20, 2013) did not dis­ap­point! This is the bizarre head­line: “Sorry, hunters: Shooting down drones is not OK with FAA.”  Does that re­ally need saying, let alone make the news? It is ac­com­pa­nied by an equally bizarre sub-title: “People who fire guns at drones are en­dan­gering the public as well as prop­erty and could be pros­e­cuted and fined, the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion warned Friday.”

Ac­cording to the As­so­ci­ated Press, it seems that the mi­nus­cule com­mu­nity of Deer Trail, Col­orado, is con­sid­ering an or­di­nance that would grant hunting per­mits to its cit­i­zens to shoot at drones. Even more amazing: Deer Trail would also offer a bounty of $100 for each drone downed!

Ap­par­ently, the or­di­nance is sym­bolic: even the au­thor of the pro­posal ac­knowl­edged it was un­likely that drones were scouting out Deer Trail. But, said Phillip Steel, “I don’t want to live in a sur­veil­lance so­ciety. I don’t feel like being in a vir­tual so­ciety. This is a pre-emptive strike.”

Of course, the spy-happy US gov­ern­ment laughed at the whole af­fair: “FAA of­fi­cials say that once reg­u­la­tions are in place, thou­sands of drones will be used across the US for many pur­poses, from helping farmers … to tracking sea lions … to aiding search-and-rescue mis­sions.”

Right. Of course, they will. And per­haps a wee bit more, too.

A better title for this piece—if the DLM (Damn Lib­eral Media) cared about us in­stead of them—might be “FAA sending thou­sands of drones into US skies not OK with US cit­i­zens.”

Just another wedge issue

Anyway, the in­ter­esting thing to me is that if we were somehow able to re­move Republican-created “wedge issues”—such as abor­tion, il­legal aliens (any­body re­member when those people were known as mi­grant farmers and led by Cesar Chavez?), and the non-existent ho­moseck­shual agenda—from the table, there are an amazing number of is­sues in which so-called con­ser­v­a­tives are in ac­cord with so-called lib­erals.

Here is a sit­u­a­tion in Deer Trail—symbolic or real—where we lib­erals may end up cheer­leaders for con­ser­v­a­tive hunters to start using their military-grade weapons to take shots at tax-payer-funded, non-military air­craft!

Hence this post’s heading: “can lib­erals be cheer­leaders for con­ser­v­a­tives with guns yes we can can!”

As Lt. Col. Frank Slade would say, “Hoowah” …

 

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