There goes New Jersey again

Taxing tap water?

Never short on ideas for things to tax, lawmakers in New Jersey are considering a tax on tap water.

The proposal is being floated by State Sen. Bob Smith D-Middlesex, who is trying to say it’s not actually a tax but a ‘user fee’.

“It is a user fee based on volume,” Smith told Fox 5’s Chasing New Jersey.

A “user fee” Isn’t that what water bills are?

It would add 10 cents for every 1,000 gallons of water a home uses.  Smith says that will only add $32 a year to the “average” water bill.

Sure, it is only $32 of someone else’s money you little statist

Yes, gun safety should absolutely be taught in schools

Tom Knighton has this

I’ve tended to take a different approach, and that’s the idea of firearm education being part of the public school curriculum. If you’re attending a public school, you should be taught at least something about handling a firearm safely. After all, don’t we teach kids about free speech, voting, and how to exercise many other rights? Why should guns be different?

A recent editorial from Salem, Oregon seems to think it’s time to discuss just such a thing.

Gun-rights advocates last week filed an initiative petition to make firearms-safety instruction mandatory in all sixth-grade public schools in Oregon.

Condemnation was swift among those convinced that such a requirement was tantamount to endorsing gun use. Maybe it is.

There also was talk of instruction adding to the prevalence of guns in children’s lives. Maybe it would.

But it is an idea that is worth talking about and should be considered by the Oregon Legislature.

We have too many stories in our community about gun accidents that might have been prevented if young people had been shown how to recognize gun danger and act appropriately.

Personally knowing how to recognize gun danger can help save lives.

Which has been my argument all along, and I’m glad to know I’m not alone.

Far too many accidents happen when a child finds a gun, either in the home or outside of it, but has lacked the basic understanding of gun safety to know what to do. Instead, they see a gun and think of what they see on television and in movies, and let’s be honest here. That’s not what anyone needs to learn about firearm safety.

The Statesman Journal finishes up by saying:

We know responsible gun owners teach their children gun safety just as responsible parents teach their children about sex education. These parents don’t leave issues as important as sex and gun use solely up to our public-school system.

But what about the children who have no exposure to the potential dangers of gun use? Don’t they deserve to know how to recognize when someone shouldn’t be handling a firearm or when to notify an adult?

This knowledge can save lives.

As Knighton points out such education ought to start earlier then sixth grade. My personal choice would be that the NRA and groups friendly to gun rights teach such courses. We do not want an agenda attached to education.  Such education should teach safety. That the Cult of Gun Control would oppose such education exposes them as more anti-gun, than pro safety.

Some thoughts on the latest round of Trump Derangement Syndrome outbreaks

First these cogent thoughts from a wise man

Yes, yes,  President Trump is at the moment either a blatant traitor to Truth, Justice and the American Way, or the best 4D chess player ever, with almost nobody taking anything like a middle ground.  I get that.  I’ll probably have something to say about the Helsinki thing after the overt RHEEEEEEE from, honestly, both sides has stopped, and I’ve done some reading and had some time to think things over

That the left is descending into deeper levels of batshit crazy over a summit where they do not know what was said behind closed doors is of no surprise. that they wish Congress to force the interpreter to reveal what was said is of no surprise either. We know what the left is, we know they are in panic mode because the president’s policies are benefiting the country. We know they cannot grasp that Americans are so past fed up with politicians, and their games. What does surprise me is that so many Republicans do not get it either. Here is a hint GOP establishment. Do not act like Democrats. Start doing your jobs, you know, what you were elected to do. Put the country ahead of your politics. 

The fact is this. What Putin and Trump said behind closed doors is known only to very very few people. So, dear political talking heads, stop trying to impress us by microanalyzing what was said behind those doors. Syop trying to show us all how smart you are by making asses of yourselves. Stop trying to over analyze a press conference. Stop the outrage, and the hyperbole. Stop hyperventilating because the president did not say the exact words you think he should have said in a useless press conference. Stop! In short, act like you do have a brain, especially you on the right. I expect such idiocy from the left, not from Republicans who ought to know better.