On February 26, 2018 the American Enterprise Institute, “a public policy think tank dedicated to defending human dignity, expanding human potential, and building a freer and safer world,” hosted an event, Reforming Foster Care Systems at the State Level, at which Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin was a keynote speaker. During the panel discussion and Q&A session following Governor Bevin’s initial remarks, he provided one of the best responses I’ve heard to a question addressing gun violence in schools, specifically in reference to the recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Governor Bevin’s commentary was thoughtful, truthful, and unencumbered by impulsivity and knee-jerk emotion.
My bet is that 100% of Americans want to stop mass shootings and protect our schools. There are just dissenting opinions on how to go about accomplishing the goal. I’ve chosen to keep my opinions about gun control and the Second Amendment to myself, but I will say this. Regardless of on which side of the argument you find yourself, if you’re going to march in protest, carry signs and make sweeping declarations, it’s a good idea to know what your talking about. Even just a little bit. If you don’t, it weakens your cause and it makes you seem… forgive me… stupid. Say for example, if you’re demanding the banning of assault weapons, it might be kind of a good idea to actually know what an assault weapon is. WATCH.
During his audition for ABC’s reboot of American Idol, 19 year-old Benjamin Glaze happened to mention he liked his job as a cashier because it provided him the opportunity to meet cute girls. When Luke Bryan asked if he’d kissed a girl and liked it – a play on Katy Perry’s hit single – Glazer confessed, “I have never been in a relationship and I can’t kiss a girl without being in a relationship.” Kind of sweet and refreshing in this day and age, right? Enter Katy Perry. WATCH.
In case you’ve been wondering…
Finally…we have the answer. And it’s terrifying.
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Social media challenges are fertilizer for stupid decisions. Take, for example, Parkour…
which seems kooky and harmless… until somebody gets hurt. And then it’s not.
There’s the Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge.
And the newest and most idiotic social media challenge taking the inter webs by storm: The Tide Pod Challenge.
Evidently, the bizarre phenomenon of people posting videos of themselves feasting on Tide Pods and inviting others to do the same started circa 2016, but most of us only began hearing about it late last year. Despite dire warnings from Procter & Gamble, doctors and poison control officials, people (mostly teenagers and college students) are still eating Tide Pods. In fact, the American Association of Poison Control Centers reported 86 cases of intentional exposure to laundry detergent in the first three weeks on this year alone, which is roughly the same number of cases in 2016 and 2017 combined. The agency made the following official statement, “We cannot stress enough how dangerous this is to the health of individuals—it can lead to seizure, pulmonary edema, respiratory arrest, coma, and even death,” and still kids are eating Tide Pods.