Wednesday Morning Open Thread

April 3, 2013

What’s up?

In how-screwed-up-is-this news: a northern Georgia town is trying to mandate gun ownership. From the Huffington Post:

Council members in Nelson, a city of about 1,300 residents that’s located 50 miles north of Atlanta, voted unanimously to approve the Family Protection Ordinance. The measure requires every head of household to own a gun and ammunition to “provide for the emergency management of the city” and to “provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants.”

This all reminds me of the popular Facebook image following the Newtown shootings that read (paraphrased): “If your first instinct was to cry ‘gun rights’ following the shooting deaths of 20 children, then your priorities as a human being suck.” Amen.

In related news: an Idaho biology teacher is being investigated for saying the word “vagina” in his class. Oy vey.

In other health news: meat and poultry account for nearly a quarter of all foodborne illnesses, however, beef is only a sliver of that, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And whoa: More than 18 percent of babies born to teenaged mothers are baby No. 2 or 3, according to a story in NBC News.

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?