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December 2012

A Tipping Point

We depart from the usual Friday frivolity known as Happy Hour with some thoughts about guns, public policy and the horrific events in Newtown, Connecticut, a week ago.

It has been a week of somber reflection, at Triad and across the country. We cannot imagine the pain of losing friends and family members to such senselessness. Our hearts and our thoughts have been with the families of the victims, and an entire community whose peace and innocence was stolen, on the sixth day of Hanukkah, 11 days before Christmas.

The rampage sparked a plethora of commentary and debate across the nation. Among the most powerful was a 10-minute, nationally broadcast soliloquy by Joe Scarborough, a four-term former congressman who earned the NRA’s “A” rating for his support of gun rights while in office, and who maintained his libertarian positions through the mass shootings at Columbine, Tucson and Aurora.

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Friday Happy Hour: Apocalypse Now Edition

NapalmOur loyal Happy Hour readers will recall that last week we pretty much trashed the idea that the Mayan calendar (or lack thereof) portends The End of the World As We Know It, come December 21, exactly one week from today. Since then, we’ve seen a series of bizarre events that may cause us to reassess that earlier assessment.

First, the Philadelphia Eagles actually snatched a victory from the jaws of defeat, instead of the other way around, as it had been for a couple of months (and as it was again four nights later). End of the World question aside, we’re standing by our prediction regarding The End of the Andy Reid Era.

In Michigan, the cradle of organized labor, the state enacted a right-to-work law, which relieves non-union workers from having to pay unions for negotiating labor contracts and for other services. Jimmy Hoffa surely is spinning in his… wherever.

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Friday Happy Hour: What, Me Worry? Edition

AlfredThere’s been a lot of hand-wringing lately surrounding a trio of potentially Armageddon-like issues, and we’re devoting a little time here today in an effort to ease your troubled mind. 

The first is all this business about the Mayan calendar, and whether it portends the end of the world, come December 21, or whether to throw in with the NASA scientists who say it’ll just be your standard Winter Solstice. Like our fellow procrastinators, we don’t see much sense in beginning our Christmas shopping just yet. If we do get past 12/21, there’s still plenty of time to acquire the requisite gifts. For a few extra bucks, amazon.com can provide next-day delivery for just about anything. But we think the smart money is on the NASA scientists, because isn’t rocket science the benchmark for superior intellect?

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