In case you missed it, the internet was abuzz last following the exploits of Batkid, the feel-good story of the year.
The streets of San Francisco — sorry, Gotham City — went absolutely insane Friday for a 5-year-old boy named Miles.
Miles has leukemia, and his fondest wish was to be Batman for a day. The Make-a-Wish Foundation obliged, setting up several scenarios around the city involving two of Gotham’s greatest enemies, The Penguin and The Riddler. At last count nearly 15,000 San Franciscans had signed up online to play the grateful onlookers.
The kid had the time of his short life, and thousands of San Franciscans got to feel good about themselves and their city for a day.
So what kind of person would be upset that a 5 year child wracked with leukemia gets to fulfill his dream of being a superhero?
San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar - the man who pushed to take the toys out of Happy Meals – couldn’t help but snip the fun from Friday’s mega-community celebration ofBatkid, the 5-year-old leukemia patient getting his Make-A-Wish dream of beingBatman for a day.
He quickly had cause to regret it.
As the whole world watched San Francisco transform itself into Gotham City for little Miles Scott, Mar tweeted: “Wondering how many 1000s of SF kids living off SNAP/FoodStamps could have been fed from the $$.”
Fortunately, there are still a few human beings left in the Bay Area, who quickly let Mr. Mar know he had gone to far.
Faster than you could say “Holy Social Media,” tweeters shot back.
“Denigrating the make a wish program. How incredibly low of you,” one said. “Way to be a wet blanket,” tweeted another. Most of the other replies weren’t printable.
Mar tried to make amends with the nanny state equivalent of “I support the Second Amendment but…” argument that we on the right know and loathe so much.
“I probably should have started the tweet with, ‘Love the Batkid,’ to be clear that I support brave young kids,” Mar told us.
A few minutes later, in a hurriedly issued press release, the supervisor said, “I simply wanted to urge that we, as a city, find similar amounts of love, compassion and empathy for children living every day in dire circumstances who, in the vast majority of cases, will not be supported or even recognized by our society.”
And if a child dies with his dream unrealized, well hey, you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.
Is this really a surprising thing for a San Francisco Democrat to say? The city that gave us Nancy “We have to pass the bill to know what’s in it” Pelosi, Diane “If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, I’d confiscate every gun” Feinstein and Jerry “Search cellphones without a warrant” Brown?
Your duty is to the state, citizen, not to yourself or to your family, that Five-Year Plan isn’t going to get done if you keep thinking this way.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and progressives cannot let him rest in peace, because for liberals, it wasn't just JFK who died on that awful day, it was their dream of a competent government run by popular people.
Since JFK was shot by in Dallas, the idea government could be run by "The Best And The Brightest" has faded from the American conscience. Since then, American liberals have had to put up with liars (Johnson), rubes (Carter), narcissists (Clinton) or all three (Obama) as President.
Obama swept into office riding on JFK coattails. Liberals around the country were ready, willing and eager to clothe him and Michelle with JFK's mantle and Jackie's designer gowns.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the coronation: Not only does our new Emperor have no groove, he has no clothes as well. To borrow from Lloyd Bentsen, Obama is no JFK.
President Kennedy's death was a tragedy for our country, but for the left, it was a tragedy for their political movement as well because it represented their high-water mark in American politics. It is not just Kennedy they mourn, but his politics as well.
Yes, I realize that oodles and oodles of Californians move to Arizona to get away from the nanny statism that is slowly chocking the life out of the Golden State.
But every once in a while, we let someone through the cracks, and they end up thinking that was doesn't work in California should be what Arizona tries.
For example, the owner of J+G Sales, a favorite of gun owners and collectors around the country, wants to build a private shooting range on his ranch in Prescott Valley. The County thinks that is no bueno and is trying to shut it down.
A Prescott gun enthusiast is in a heated battle with the county and some of his neighbors over the construction of a gun range on his property. Brad DeSaye, owner of the Headhunter Ranch off of Williamson Valley Road, is in the process of building a private gun range on his 380-acre ranch. DeSaye also owns J&G Sales, 440 Miller Valley Road, which sells a variety of firearms, ammunition and accessories.
According to a Notice of Violation from the Yavapai County Development Services Department, dated Sept. 6, the gun range violates Section 400 Non-permitted Use or Disallowed Use, and Section 501 Accessory Uses of the county's zoning ordinances.
Court documents filed on DeSaye's behalf contend that the county is infringing on DeSaye's Second Amendment right to bear arms through its attempt to bar him from shooting on his property.
Which brings me to this inane comment from "Barbara Butterfield".
The cracking sound of high-powered gunfire is the last thing Barbara Butterfield said she expected to hear when she moved to the quiet country area. "I don't like it at all. How would you like to get up on Sunday morning at 7 a.m. and hear high-powered gunfire in your backyard? How would you like that?" Butterfield asked. "That isn't the nature of the Arizona that I thought I was moving to. For eight years it was peaceful, but it's not now."
Arizona has a state gun, the Colt Peacemaker. The flag of Arizona is the flag of the state rifle and pistol association (not the other way around). This is the home state to the OK Corral, Geronimo and the Arizona Rangers. And Mz. Butterfield is shocked, SHOCKED that there are guns here.
Welcome to Arizona, Mz. Butterfield. Sorry it took you eight years to figure out where you actually moved to.