Daily Archives: April 19, 2012

If you ask Eric Cantor about Anti-Semitism in the House…

… he avoids the discussion. Does it mean anything?

Pepper Spray Incident – Is this becoming typical?

From Gawker:

Santa Monica College Campus Police Pepper-Sprayed This Tiny Child Last Night

It wasn’t just students protesting tuition hikes who were blasted with pepper spray by campus police at Santa Monica College yesterday. This child—apparently a 4-year-old girl—was also hit. The students, and child, were pepper-sprayed to prevent them from “storming”—i.e. attending—a board of trustee’s meeting.

Is anyone keeping track of the misuses of pepper spray by badged authorities lately. The number is going up and the victims are turning out to be more and more non-criminal.

I am wondering if there are rules for pepper spray use which are equivalent to firearms use in, say, crowds of students (yeah, I remember Kent State) or laborers.

My guess is that there is not.

Romney on Baked Goods…

Touring Pennsylvania, Mitt Romney met with four couples at the Bethel Park Community Center to talk about the deficit, health care and education. He started, however, with an attempt at humor:

“I’m not sure about these cookies. They don’t look like you made them,” he said turning to one of the women at the table. “Did you make those cookies? You didn’t, did you? No. No. They came from the local 7-Eleven bakery or wherever.”

The cookies, in fact, had been donated by the popular, Republican owned Bethel Bakery near the community center.

Mr. Romney’s comment was broadcast on local radio and that offended residents who took to Facebook and Twitter to complain, calling the episode “CookieGate.” The Bethel Bakery is offering a CookieGate special Wednesday and Thursday: free half dozen cookies with every dozen purchased.

Bakery owner John Walsh said:

“Initially, we were incensed that he would think that Bethel Bakery is comparable to the 7-Eleven… Let him eat cake next time.”

Some pundits thought that Romney was just trying to tie his views to the common man by making it clear he knew what 7-Eleven was (not that he’s been in one.)