Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Voting with your feet means showing your opinion by being present for what you agree with and walking away if you disagree. Similarly, voting with your wallet means giving your financial support to businesses, issues and candidates who please you, and withholding your money from those who don't.
You probably heard that Dick's Sporting Goods today pulled all semi-automatic assault weapons from its shelves. They will no longer sell such lethal weapons. Nor will they be selling high-capacity ammo magazines, bump stocks, or any gun to anyone under the age of 21.
Yay, Dick's! They're dedicated capitalists who did the right thing. Yes, it's a small thing, but it's a start. If we build on it with thousands of other small moves in the right direction, we might one day wind up with a sensible national gun policy.
This afternoon, I made my own small move. I took my feet and wallet to Dick's and bought a cap I didn't really need just for the hell of it, to show my support.
Despite the fact that mental health in American is no better or worse than anywhere else, the GOP and the NRA persist in blaming mass shootings and gun violence on "mental illness," because our unique American gun problem just couldn't be anything else, could it?
Paraphrasing CNN's Van Jones:
|This iconic magazine cover is 50 years old.|
And in half a century, our problem has
only grown worse.
One could easily make the case that anyone committing any crime has a mental health problem. Hell, we're all a little "crazy" in our own way. But when crazy manifests itself with a gun, the difference is The Gun.
There have been many popular songs about lies: "Lyin' Eyes" by the Eagles, "Sweet Little Lies" by Fleetwood Mac, "Liar" by Three Dog Night, "Lie To Me" by Jonny Lang, and "Would I Lie To You?" by the Eurhythmics, to name but a few.
|"Had to lie, Gotta fly, Bye-bye!"|
Today, Hope announced she's leaving the White House immediately. She and her group will be playing "White Lies," her earlier hit "It Was Primarily About Russian Adoption," and spinning many new tunes on a big national tour.
Word is Robert Mueller is a huge fan of her work.
|Satire from The Borowitz Report|
Trump Wonders Who Will Read Classified Documents Aloud to Him Now That Jared’s Gone
Top aides, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Kushner’s recitation of top-secret material had become something of a bedtime ritual for Trump. "He'd read in kind of a high, whispery voice that the president found soothing," one aide said.
By Andy Borowitz
Monday, February 26, 2018
Humility had nothing to do with it.
Addressing a group of state governors today, Cadet Bonespurs bragged hypothetically that had he been present at Douglas High School and unarmed, he would have run into the building and fought off the shooter with his bare hands. LMFAO!
What a Donald-brag! It's right up there with his other delusions of grandeur -- his very high IQ, the crowd size at his inauguration, how he knows more about ISIS than the generals, and all the rest of his ridiculous claims of personal superiority.
Silly fake bravery from the fake president. What an asshole.
"Shouldn't it be a Protection Rifle?"
So asked the Australian comedian Jim Jeffries back in 2015. His clever piece on American gun culture is making the rounds again, and it's still timely. In this two-part video, he hilariously skewers all the usual pro-gun talking points.
Sunday, February 25, 2018
teacher n. -- one whose occupation is to teach or instruct others in a subject or subjects; a tutor.
Syn. -- educator
Do you know any teachers? I bet you do. I'm acquainted with an number of educators, both currently on the job and retired. These people include classroom teachers, principals, administrators, coaches, and teacher's aides.
Not a single one of them thinks that arming teachers is a good idea. Each of them entered an essential and honorable profession for the right reasons -- to share knowledge and foster learning, creativity, curiosity, critical thinking and responsibility in others. None of them got into teaching so they could carry guns in their schools. None of them went to college to study gunsmithing and ballistics. None of them wants to work in an armed camp or a shooting gallery.
Our schools should be gun-free zones. Rather than hope a pistol-packin' lunch lady can gun down a school shooter, every educator I know believes it is far better to do everything in our power to keep all weapons out of our schools in the first place.
It's time for a sane and steady approach to our national gun problem. A "Trump-free zone" will be a good place to start.
Friday, February 23, 2018
Received this comment to yesterday's post about America's gun problem.
Not sure if my dear old friend is serious or just yanking my crank a little bit, but I'll assume he or she is playing it straight. I have about one and a half ideas.
I applaud your desire to get rid of excess weaponry, but obtaining near-retail value for your unwanted guns while simultaneously taking them out of circulation (i.e. not allowing them to be resold) is basically impossible. Gun buyback programs, however, would allow you to recover some portion of your initial outlay.
So find a locality with a buyback program. Your relinquished weapons will be disabled and scrapped, and you'll get a small reward for your good deed. Other than that, you could try to find a recycling service which would accept guns for scrap value, which is not much. And of course the non-compensated option is to turn them in to your local police department. That would be the easiest thing to do. Your old guns would pay you nothing, except a feeling of contentment for doing a service to society.
"Pin Head" is an amusing provocateur on Twitter. His signature move is taking video clips of current events and "fixing" them. Here's his fix of the Abominable Showman's bright idea to arm our nation's teachers, aptly titled Orange Sh#thole Rambles Incoherently:
So ya know that "brilliant" idea Donald Trump had yesterday to "ARM teachers"?— Pin Head (@SpikedCranium) February 22, 2018
Well I fixed it ;) Enjoy! pic.twitter.com/xNlr0JN4pg
You can check out Pin Head's stuff here: https://twitter.com/SpikedCranium
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Eight days after the Douglas High School slaughter in Parkland, Florida, NRA bigwigs Wayne Lapierre and Dana Loesch spewed a bunch of damn nonsense today at the annual CPAC Convention of Crazies.
I've had cases of love that were just infatuation, but this HATE I feel for them is the real thing!
This bloody bastard lobbying group accepts no responsibility for anything, and blames everyone but themselves -- it's mental health, and gun-free zones, and media coverage, and the FBI, and the Air Force, and Democrats, and yada yada yada.
Our Largemouth Ass of a fake president followed their lead by blaming the carnage on gun-free zones, video games and movies, as he called for 100-150 armed guards per school.
(Regarding their fixation on gun-free zones as a problem: Do the odds of being bitten by a shark actually increase in places with no sharks?)
It's always the same old bullshit lies with these heinous fuckwits.
Why? We're no more violent or homicidal than any other place. The difference is we have more guns, by far, than any other place. America has less than 5 percent of the world's population, but per capita, Americans own almost half the world's civilian firearms.
It's obvious. Too many guns. That's our problem. And we must start to address our problem now. It took us many years to get to this point of absurdity, and will take many years to turn things around. But no more delay -- we gotta do it.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Sincerity. If you can fake that, you've got it made.
What a friggin' farce! By narrowly focusing on "school safety," Donnie Dipstick is obviously going full NRA. He sat there nodding and trying to look concerned, then puked up his big ideas -- armed teachers and more mental hospitals. OMFG! So much for listening.
One more time -- we need fewer guns in fewer places, not more. Arming teachers is a horrible idea. And our national gun problem goes way beyond mental illness.
Until we vote out all the NRA whores, I despair.
Monday, February 19, 2018
Today is Presidents Day in the USA, a day when banks are closed, trash is not picked up, and many people get the day off as we recognize those who have held our nation's highest office.
Beyond the one-day holiday, many of our better, notable presidents are celebrated each and every day with a variety of roads, parks and structures named in their honor. Not much for Franklin Pierce or James Buchanan, but for the bigger names the examples are numerous:
|The George Washington Bridge in NYC|
|Jefferson Law School|
|The Lincoln Highway, a.k.a. US Route 30|
|Aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt|
|Roosevelt Island in NYC (for FDR)|
|The Eisenhower Interstate Highway System|
|The Kennedy Space Center in Florida|
|Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial Grove, Washington D.C.|
|Reagan National Airport in D.C.|
|Barack Obama Elementary in Maple Hts., Ohio|
The Orange-Tufted Fraud currently holding the office will not be remembered fondly or honored in any such dignified fashion. And he certainly doesn't need our help slapping his name on things. It's already infamous, synonymous for failed casinos, shitty steaks, a scam "university," et al. But I think his name is most appropriately associated with this:
|Donnie Doo-Doo Dog Poop Bags|
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Donnie Diaperpants had a morning meltdown today and went on another Twitter tirade. It was special.
And don't worry, Donnie. Mueller's not with the FBI anymore. He's not cutting into the Bureau's time. Just remember his probe isn't over. The latest indictments simply make official what we already knew -- Russia interfered with our elections, and they did it to help you. The case for collusion will come in due time.
Beyond creating discord (and you did a fine job of that all by yourself, Donnie), it was Russia's goal to get you elected. So yeah, I guess they succeeded and they're probably laughing at us (and at you too, you fool).
As for getting smart, don't worry about that, Donnie. We've had you pegged from the jump, and we're plenty smart enough to do what needs to be done -- vote you out! Get rid of you and all traces of you ASAP.
In the same vein as the last post, Fox News really hates it when athletes (or anyone) espouses anything but the straight Trump propaganda party line.
LeBron James has not been shy about sharing his contempt for Dolt 45. In a recent YouTube spot, James said, "Trump really don't give fuck about the people." Hardly a surprising or unique opinion, just a correct one.
Ingraham advised LeBron to "just shut up and dribble." Fox News cannot abide political views from anyone other than their own Trumpanzee "experts." Everyone else should just stick to their day jobs.
Carpenters, just shut up and swing that hammer.
Accountants, just shut up and prepare those tax returns.
Programmers, just shut up and write that code.
Teachers, just shut up and grade those papers.
Thus sayeth the fake news network whose programming often includes such political experts as Chachi, the Duck Dynasty idiot, and Ted Nugent. Not to mention the laughably horrible Laura Ingraham.
LeBron said firmly he would definitely not just shut and dribble. Good!
|"Hey Laura, you're Number One!"|
(I'm a little late with this one. The Winter Olympics just haven't grabbed me this time, and anything you see happened pretty much yesterday. Plus a few other things have occupied my time and attention. Oh well!)
Last fall when many NFL players took a knee during the anthem in protest of police brutality, V.P. Mike Pence said there was no place for politics in the world of sports.
The very next thing he did was inject politics into sports. At a Colts home game where he knew some players would be kneeling, Pence made a big show of walking out early in a premeditated huff. Kneeling for the anthem! Harrumph! Harrumph!
At the opening ceremonies of the PyeongChang Olympic Games, Pence pointedly remained seated as the Unified Korean team was introduced -- more deliberate political posturing from Pence at an athletic event. It was an insult to his hosts, and it effectively copy-catted the same form of protest he found so intolerable when employed by those awful (black) NFL players.
Pence is so dense (Dense Pence? I like it!) he doesn't see what a hypocritical moralizing moron he truly is.
This post was inspired by a blogger I stumbled upon who calls himself Tubular Sock. Tube's a wild and creative man who calls 'em as he sees 'em. Obviously, I swiped the image from him.
Friday, February 16, 2018
It's dark humor with a message, and there were hundreds of similar images created in the past two days. They're not trying to be flippant or insensitive, they're just making a point. And sometimes cartoons and memes do it better than anything else.
The message is that things need to change. #NowIsTheTime.
The vast majority of Americans support real gun control legislation, are not in favor of deporting millions of non-citizens, and think that wife-beating and sexual abuse are simply unacceptable.
Yet the Republicans ignore us, ignore the facts and twiddle their thumbs.
- They've been bribed by the NRA, and their fake president manages to yammer for 20 minutes about Parkland without once saying "gun."
- Senate Republicans are dragging their feet on protecting Dreamers and the DACA program, while their feckless leader's own anti-immigration "plan" garnered the least votes of any proposal.
- And after his his knee-jerk defense of the physical abuse of an ex-staffer, it took the Pussy-Grabber-In-Chief nine days before he could feebly proclaim that he's "opposed to domestic violence." (Ooh, what a stalwart statement!)
So there's only one thing to be done with the GOP: Vote them all out! It starts now, this year, and will continue to 2020 and beyond. These weenies are afraid of the NRA? They ought to be afraid of us!