I haven't been posting for too long. Seems that the only computer we have left with an Internet connection is the little laptop. When we bought it we couldn't manage to get it online, even after Linda Lou bought the Verizon Internet card. So we finally took it along to the kid's house and our son in law, Dean, fixed it.
So I have Internet but I hate, hate, HATE the keyboard on it.
So, anyway, I was not really surprised to see that character in Norway going wild with a couple of guns and bombs. What did they think? Hi, folks, we are going to change your whole society. And then, because we are the important people, we are sending our young adult kids to a special camp where they will learn how to keep changing your whole society in ways that you, the ordinary, do not wish it to go. Since, we, not you are important, we will ignore you except to collect your taxes. Oh, and we'll continue to import vast numbers of people who hate you.
We, the really smart people (just ask us) will not only keep changing your world to our dream of a one world, no matter how much evidence to the contrary accumulates.
We've been through this before. Europe does not particularly like to have it's whole society changed from above by self-described smart people. Anybody read about Germany in, say, 1924? The really smart, somewhat left of center types were running things then. With the usual results. Money became worthless and a feller with an odd moustache took over a particularly ruthless bunch of socialists. His National Socialists were, in a lot of ways, much like the Norwegian Socialists except the Norwegian Socialists have yet to kill Jews, although Jews are getting mighty uncomfortable there.
The biggesst difference, of course, is the Norwegian Socialists have a camp just for their kids while the National Socialists wanted all the (non-Jewish) kids. Oh, and the National Socialists camps for kids had guns and knives.
Somehow the really smart people can never figure out that there are billions of firearms in the world and all the laws that the really smart people can think of will not keep firearms out of the hands of those who would use them. Since the really smart people have never bothered to enter a machine shop they have no idea how easy they are to make.
So, a guy decided to make war back on the really smart people. Everyone is shocked. Imagine that. Note to the really smart people of the USA: double up on the guards at places like Sidwell Friends.
Update: I keep reading that this Breivik feller killed children. No, he killed teenagers and young adults. Lots of those kids were a few years older than I was when I made the first landings at Chu Lai.