Vowing to "save our kids" from our national epidemic of school shootings, Arizona's famous tough guy and Sheriff Joe Arpaio has decided to send his 3,500-strong ragtag volunteer "posse" of yahoos, who used to just harass immigrants, to patrol schools, train for hand-to-hand combat, hold simulated school shooting scenarios, and learn other "mission specific training modalities." They will look cool wearing their badges and uniforms, and about 600 will carry automatic weapons. They will be "trained" by washed-up action hack and reality show star Steven Seagal, because he's a friend of ole Joe. They will include, according to several media reports, more than their share of felons, including those convicted of sex crimes against children, domestic violence, assault and drug possession. They will have "as much power as the deputy wants to give them." And they will be at schools even though schools haven't invited them, and often oppose them. But what's the problem?
"We haven't seen any problems with posse men and women shooting people and everything else....So far all the politicians do is talk, talk, talk, and so we’re out there doing something.” (It's something really stupid, tacky and dangerous. But still...)
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Also: In a new editorial, the NRA's Wayne LaPierre brings crazy to a whole new level. Under the moniker "Stand and Fight," he explains that "good Americans are getting ready to protect themselves" against a "Hellish world" of hurricanes, tornadoes and drug gangs.