The US economy only added 88,000 jobs (+95K private sector, -7K public-sector) in March. There’s your sequester in action—the economic recovery is being furloughed. Participation in the labor force is lower than at any point since May of 1979. That may be due in large part to the fact that the Baby Boomer generation is retiring. So the economy isn’t getting a lot worse—we’re just getting a lot older. I don’t exactly call that good news. The Baby Boomer generation was the one that came up with the phrase “Tune in, turn on, and drop out.” Well, almost fifty years later, it looks like some of them are finally dropping out.
Gun nut/lobbyist Larry Pratt insists background checks are useless because people can still get guns by other means—and it’s organizations like his that make sure those other means are available. He says that people can still get access to guns on the street—like that nerd loser who shot the kids in Newtown would have gone to a drug gang to buy an assault rifle if his mommy didn’t already have one laying around the house. Yes, a person bent on killing will find a way to do it. But a troubled person who just has killing flash periodically through their brain can be deterred by putting up some reasonable obstacles. Guns are available to anybody who really, obsessively wants to obtain them. But Larry Pratt wants them available to anyone who has momentary notion that shooting people might be a good idea. Not surprisingly, Pratt’s also a member of the growing group of nuts itching for some sort of armed insurrection.
Students at a high school in Georgia are fighting to integrate the school’s segregated prom. Where exactly is this prom being held… in 1954? Yes, Wilcox County High School in Georgia still holds segregated proms. Guess which one probably has better music. There is a whites-only prom, for the students who would rather go to prom wearing a sheet with eyeholes than a tuxedo. Last year a mixed-race student tried to attend the white prom, and was turned away by police. Here’s an observation—if you have to have police monitor who gets to go to your prom, your prom has some serious institutional problems. Police shouldn’t get involved on prom night until the wee hours of the morning, when the kids are vomiting outside of a rented limo.