The Closet Moderate: June 2010

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Fixing the leak; or, how I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb

Since the beginning of this oil well mess in the Gulf of Mexico, many pundits (including your humble bloggard) have proposed closing the well by detonating a nuclear weapon. Actually, my exact drunken words were more akin to "drop a fucking A-bomb on the sumbitch." At first, even I thought this a fringe theory, but now even ex-Presidents are suggesting it. And, as you will see after the jump, it's actually been done before, successfully.
This Soviet film tells us just how they managed such a feat back in the USSR:

I know the Soviets were liars, but the New York Times says this actually happened (they wouldn't be taken in by Soviet lies, would they?). The article linked above has several non-crazy people backing the idea.

I know President Obama is trying to get rid of nukes completely. But that's just because he wants to weaken us as a nation; surely dropping the big one to stop environmental disaster would be acceptable, wouldn't it? Since the administration "quickly laughed off" the Clinton proposal, maybe we'll never know, but one thing is certain: a President McCain would've used the bomb. Hell, he might've even delivered it himself.


Wednesday, June 02, 2010

En garde!

We hear a lot about gun control nowadays. It always makes me wonder: if there were no guns, wouldn't some crazy bastard go around killing people with a sword? Now, from Indianapolis, we have the answer: swords indeed do kill people.

This story (h/t Deadspin) tells us of just such a murder, albeit of the drunken, accidental sort. Will people find drunken ways to kill each other even in a police state with no right to bear arms? Or is the proliferation of guns (and swords) such a force multiplier that banning them would be worth the deprivation of liberty? It's worth noting that when the original Bill of Rights (England, 1689) allowed people (Protestant people, anyway) the right to bear arms, they were as likely to carry a sword as a gun.

Another interesting question: is the dead guy in this story the last man in America named Adolf? Based on those dates, he was born in 1944 (other stories give his age as 69 in 2009, making his birthdate 1940 or so. Adolf has never been popular in America, but Adolph was among the top 1000 names until the 1970s. Strange.