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It’s Aca…Epidemic

22 Feb



Unfortunately here in America gun violence is now both academic and epidemic and has been for a long time…for such a long time that we are no longer even surprised that there is so much gun violence in America. Let me ask you this: When you heard about the most recent mass shooting at a public high school in Florida was your first thought or question, “How many?”…I’ll bet it wasn’t, “I can’t believe it” or “How shocking!”

A few weeks ago I heard a newscaster say on the air, “Today we had the largest mass shooting in a church.” …mass killings by lone individuals have become so common here in America that we now categorize them. We no longer just ask “how many” we also want to know where the killings happened. “Gee, was it in a Church? Movie Theater? Office building? At a concert? In a Public school?… Really? College, High School or Grammar??”

So far a total of 30 mass shooting incidents have occurred as of February 14, in 2018 alone… including the most recent school shooting in Florida. Can you even name or remember the other 29?…When? Where? or Who? and by Whom?… It’s only been 45 days since they ALL occurred.

But oddly enough for a country that seems to be so good at violence we don’t even agree on a definition as to what a mass shooting is. According to the Gun Violence Archive, a mass shooting is described as four or more individuals being shot or killed in the same general time and location while the The F.B.I. defines a “mass killing” as the killing of three or more people in a public place.

Here’s another way to understand how routine gun killing has become here in America. If you are now thinking: “Only 3 or 4 at a time is a mass shooting? That’s all?” …58 is the record so far…in case you were wondering. In fact, There have been 1,624 mass shootings in the last 1,870 days with 8 thousand seven hundred and twenty three casualties…(8,723!)

And now you might be thinking: “That sounds like quite a lot of people for 1,624 shootings…But how many of those casualties were actually, you know, people who were killed?” We Americans do like to qualify our statistics… but does it really matter? Is being wounded, terrified or emotionally broken during a mass shooting really all that much better than being killed? Because quite often we don’t even count you when we recall the tragedy in it’s aftermath, do we?

That’s how much we love guns in America! We don’t want guns to feel too bad for all of the havoc, pain and suffering they wreak upon our countrymen so we just count the dead, offer our rote prayers and let the wounded heal themselves and move on with our own lives. In fact we love to say that guns don’t kill people at all… Silly humans…it’s the people that do the killing! So don’t feel bad guns, you are totally innocent and blameless in this equation.

And it isn’t even people that do the killing. It’s “crazy people!” that do it. In fact if you outlawed the innocent guns, then only regular normal Americans would be deprived of their beloved guns while the crazy people and outlaws (also crazy) would have all of the guns…because…there is no way to keep “crazy people” from getting a hold of and having guns because…”they are crazy!!!”

And besides, have you not read the 2nd Amendment to our Constitution of these United States which is the greatest and most noble of all of the Amendments and which supersedes and supplants all other documents and writs, amendments and rules…including those of the second greatest document ever written, and that one in stone!

Let us never forget that it is written: Thou shalt own a gun if thou wants one! And as many as thou likes! In all their newest and most recent incarnations! And from the first time when our Founding Fathers’s first formed this immutable truth in their divine minds until the crack of doom shall they be made available to all American citizens of all ages! Amen!

And even though the 2nd Amendment, rather succinctly and somewhat poetically, says this: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”…I’m pretty sure that my version is what many if not most Americans hear in their gun adoring minds when they read those most sacred words.

Why do you suppose that our Founding Fathers put words like “militia” and “regulated” into that amendment along with commas and clauses, if they had no meaning or purpose? They must have had a reason don’t you think? Sadly, Our Supreme Court can’t even figure that one out…and they went to lots of schools! Where supposedly they learned language and how to read a sentence.

And now look what’s happened. Our institutions of learning, have become killing grounds…no offense to you churches, theaters, concert venues, office buildings… and our homes!…for you too have become frightening fields of fire also. So what to do?

Gun proponents have an idea! One that they just won’t let go…and that of course is: GUNS! More guns! Great, Glorious and Mandatory guns for everyone! Teachers, Reverends, Office Managers, Concert Organizers…Heck EVERYONE should have a gun and be at the ready to shoot “the crazy ones”!

Sure, that doesn’t sound crazy. It sounds cool! In comes the shooter. He (not sexist because it’s always a he) comes in to wherever, and starts to shoot people… and then other people (not crazy, hes or shes) take out their guns and start a shootout! Which continues until the police arrive with their guns, calm things down (another shootout?) and sort out the victims, villains and new heroes! And hopefully it’s all recorded so we other Americans can watch on TV how it all worked so well and then hand out our prayers, penalties and awards.

And this will of course work because Other crazy people with guns will of course be watching also and they will realize that they had better not go out shooting in places where they thought would be others without guns because they will just get shot too. And so the violence will end and our much beloved guns will be the reason why.

And so now you are thinking: “Boy this guy is really stupid!” There will be no shootouts because the bad guys will already know that everyone is carrying a gun because gun laws will be passed allowing everyone, everywhere to carry a “concealed weapon” and then the bad guys won’t know if you have one or not or who has one or doesn’t and then they will be afraid to go anywhere to shoot anyone because they might get shot. The end.

But now let me ask you this: Imagine for an instant that you want to go out and kill people (because you are crazy) and you have an AR-15 semi-automatic assault style rifle but you are afraid that regular normal people are packing too, (handguns) so, can you think of any other places to go besides, schools, concerts, churches, office buildings and theaters? Go ahead and try…I’ll wait…

Well? Anywhere and everywhere comes to my mind and I don’t want to give any ideas to anyone lest you think me crazy but so far in this essay I have forgotten to mention malls, homes and post offices as places where we have had many mass shootings. Remember the phrase “Going Postal”? Once upon a time post offices and postmen (not women) were places and people to stay away from. I wonder why we don’t go postal anymore? Email?

Anyway, most of America’s mass shooters were known to have violent tendencies or criminal pasts. Others seemed largely fine until they attacked. All but were male and the vast majority were between the ages of 20 and 49. More than half — 88 of them — died at or near the scene of the shooting, often by killing themselves…so mass shooters are often not even thinking about living to “tell the tale” or gloat in their madness. So I sincerely doubt that you or me having a gun with which to defend ourselves will deter their madness in any way…in fact it might just provide more of a challenge to them. Why? Because they are freaking, crazy nut-bars! Remember?

Just so you know, here is a computer rendering of an average mass shooter in America taken from the analysis and conglomeration of faces of 39 recent mass American killers. Notice anything that might give you a clue as to what to look out for in the future as you make it through your typical daily life adventures?

It’s white men who are most often the perpetrators behind mass violence! More than 50 percent of shooters are white. That’s more than three 1/2 times the likelihood of a black shooter and despite misconceptions of terrorists from the Middle East killing Americans, only 4 percent of mass shooters are Middle Eastern.

Which brings us to another question: Why do we spend trillions of dollars on our military and on waging wars in far off countries in efforts to protect our freedom and to keep us safe from immigrants who “just want to come over here and kill us” when we Americans are the ones who do almost all of the killing in America? The average yearly score is something like 35,000 to 6! So put down the phone and get out of the house! The killer is in the house!

Even American toddlers out kill terrorists (accidentally of course) and that’s only when they have access to guns, which is why gun owners live more dangerous lives than non gun owners…but do we have a war on toddlers? Of course not.

Let’s face it. Americans enjoy killing, especially with guns. It is our preferred method of murder and of suicide. We may even have a gun parade this fall in the middle of Washington D.C….And when our President goes on his speaking rallies he mentions a stronger military and the crowd goes wild! When he says that he has done more to protect our 2nd Amendment rights in his first year as President than any other President…the crowd goes wild! When he says that he will build a wall and keep murdering, horrible, shit hole foreigners out of our country…the crowd goes Ape shit!

This is what we do people. Among the industrialized nations of the world, We are first in childhood poverty and first in military expenditures! We are first in childhood hunger and first in gun ownership! We are first in school shootings and first in children without access to proper healthcare! Is it any wonder that we are first in crazy?

Right now people on Twitter are trashing the children in Florida for demonstrating against gun violence. The White House is blaming the FBI as a useless, corrupt, wasteful organization that needs to be purged and even many of our leaders of faith are taking the side of the poor innocent AR-15 because what we have here is not a gun problem… it’s a social disease that can only be cured with more Jesus.

Well, we Americans do have some kind of disease and whatever it is we’ve got it bad. So bad that many of us can no longer even accept that we have a disease or were ever even sick in the first place.

Let’s face it we have all of the signs of addiction: We have a problem but won’t do anything about it. When someone else points out that we have a problem we refuse to believe it. We think someone else has the problem. We accept no solutions, because we have no problem in the first place. When our pusher/provider (The NRA) tells us that what we need is more product…we buy more product. And when and if the law does come around to try to penalize us we bad mouth the law.

Cravings, Tolerance, Dependence, Poor Judgement, Withdrawal, Neglect. We’ve got all of the signs! We’re Gunaholics! Firearms have become our heroine…our drug of choice…and we can’t get sober… and we are not about to go cold turkey on our guns any time soon. Nohow, noway.

So what do we do? When you are an addict there are only two ways to go. Withdrawal or Overdose and as everyone who has ever been an addict or been with an addict knows…it is up to the addict to decide. So which way will America go? What shall we decide? I have no clue but I would offer up one suggestion as we move forward.

Please don’t let us white guys lead the way. We will trick you at every turn.






On the Beach

31 Jan

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There is no clean coal America…That’s like saying that my shithole has clean shit in it. Coal is not clean. According to the U.S. Energy Department, more than 83 percent of all major air pollutants including sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide, mercury and dangerous soot particles from power plants are from coal, even though coal makes up only 43 percent of the power generation.

Power plants are the No. 1 source of those pollutants and coal produces nearly twice as much heat-trapping carbon dioxide per energy created as natural gas. In 2011, coal burning emitted more than 6 million tons of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides versus 430,000 tons from other energy sources combined. That’s over 14 times the amount!

Does one actually think that we have taken old coal and now clean it with a scrub brush to make it clean coal and then when we burn it it doesn’t make soot any more? Memo to self: Could be?

In any event the Polar Ice caps are melting at an alarming rate and as the land ice in Antarctica melts the sea rises…and when the land ice in Greenland melts the sea rises…not just in Antarctica but all over the world. Water has a way of flowing all over our planet like that. I guess it’s like, smart, huh?

So enjoy the beach while you can. If you are old like me then you shouldn’t have any trouble doing just that during the rest of your lifetime but if you have grand children then take them to the nearest beach today and tomorrow etc…because it won’t be there when they grow to be your age. It will be some other where.

And where those beaches will be, well, your guess is as good as mine… but at least we now have good ole wonderful clean coal to burn and burn and burn like…

there’s no tomorrow.

1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Back?

5 Mar

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Stephen Bannon, President Trump’s Chief Advisor, recently provided an explanation as to why almost all of the President’s cabinet choices are known mostly for opposing the very Federal agencies they’ve been designated to lead.

Mr. Bannon said, “If you look at these cabinet nominees, they were selected for a reason, and that is deconstruction.”

deconstruction: the analytic examination of something often in order to reveal its inadequacy; dismantling.

So, according to Steve Bannon, President Trump’s right-hand man, The President’s cabinet has a mission. And that is to show how inadequate their departments are and then perhaps help dismantle them….because, after all, do we really need clean air, clean water, fair labor laws, fair housing standards, anti-discrimination laws, financial protections, food and drug safety, national education standards and such?

Will this be the result of 4 years of a Trump Presidency? The dismantling and downsizing of the government as famed Republican strategist, Grover Norquist, has advocated for many years… until it can be :”Drowned in a bathtub”?

It is of course too early to tell and it is hard to know on which ideology President Trump’s ever changing mind will settle, but it does not bode well especially when you consider that the President has already signed an executive order on future and present government regulations.

“If you have a regulation you want, No. 1, we’re not gonna approve it because it’s already been approved probably in 17 different forms,” President Trump said. “But if we do, the only way you have a chance is we have to knock out two regulations for every new regulation. So if there’s a new regulation, they have to knock out two.”

The President’s supporters tend to applaud whenever they here this mantra repeated at rallies and speeches but if you take the time to think about it this new policy on government regulations is either one of 2 things. It is either a short-sighted and silly gimmick that sounds like it could be a good idea, when left unexamined… or it is meant to be quite sinister in nature from the get go…and here’s why.

Mathematically, the end result of this policy will leave one with no regulations at all. For if you have, let’s say, 100 regulations to start with then by creating 100 new ones you will have to eliminate 200…and 200 regulations will be exactly how many you would have after creating the 100 new ones. Any which way you examine it, a 1 step forward 2 step back approach will leave you, not in the same place that you started, but rather a considerable distance backward.

And if you think I’m being silly because you know that the President doesn’t really mean it (like he doesn’t mean most of what he says…literally?) then why did he make it a Presidential Order? Do those mean nothing to him also? He is our President after all…and he made it a Presidential Order! (with his giant signature and everything!) So if you don’t think he meant it to be literally true… then does the POTUS know that?…or doesn’t he?

Should we be listening to his advisors and spokespeople and tweets and executive orders…and believe what we are hearing and seeing?…Or should we be taking them all with a grain of salt?

Once again…we have to wait and see. Will everything simply work itself out in the end and all for the best? Just like in a Hollywood Movie… or Network Reality Show… or Good, Bad Dream?… Or should we prepare to draw America its bath?

Why Do We Do What We Do?

11 Feb

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Here’s something interesting: According to new Pediatrics research PG-13 movies feature 23% more gun violence than do R rated movies.

According to the Motion Picture Association of America’s film rating system:
PG-13 – Parents Strongly Cautioned
Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
R – Restricted
Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.

So in order to compensate for less “adult material” we add more gun violence to our movies? Is this so we can make them equally entertaining?

ergo: movies +sex+violence+adults = movies -sex-adults +1/4more gun violence?

It’s just curious that we live in a society where guns are revered and violence is accepted as a natural bi-product of that reverence, yet the viewing of sexual activity is still considered damaging to the youthful brain and not something to talk about or a natural bi-product of life at all.

And here we are worrying about the extreme vetting of foreigners who want to enter our country not because we are worried about them having sex with us but because we fear they might do violence to us.

Yet, we will not extremely vet our own citizens who want to purchase guns, even though they are the ones most likely to do violence to us and each other over 32,000 times each year…which is just about 32,000 times more than foreigners will or actually do.

Something to think about the next time you’re watching a movie, having sex or shooting someone?

You’re On Notice!

4 Feb

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Donald Trump said he’d get tough and now that he is President he is proving to be one mean SOB…to the delight of his supporters who have had just about enough of the Namby-pamby, let’s all be friends, hands across the water, love and kisses kind of national and international diplomacy that America has employed over the past few years in our efforts to try and get along with one another…

At least since our invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan that ended…well, that are still going on… but we just don’t talk about anymore…But now it’s on to bigger and better and more aggressive things with President Trump as our fearless leader as he apparently intends to put the entire world on notice!

No more Mr. American nice guy! No more American Carnage! Now it’s time to “Cry havoc!’,  And let slip the dogs of war!” For in just his first two weeks in office President Trump has:

Put Mexico on notice for their bad hombres and for defaulting on their Big Wall payments. He’ll send in the National Guard!

He’s put Iran on notice for their testing of rockets. He’ll send in the Navy!

He’s put Australia on notice for wanting to keep a refugee deal. He doesn’t want their Boston bombers!

He’s put Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Somalia and Libya on notice for being too Muslim. He’ll make sure they all stay the hell away from America!

He’s put NATO on notice. He says its treaty is Obsolete and they can defend themselves!

He’s put the city of Chicago on notice until those inner city kids all start getting along! He says he’s going to send the National Guard there too!

He’s put the Press and media on notice! He says they’re all dishonest, liars and scum and they’d better shut up and listen to him and his strategists.

He’s put the CIA on notice! He says they had better stop acting like Nazis or heads may roll.

He’s put women on notice with his appointee to the US Supreme Court! He wants Roe V. Wade overturned.

He’s put the Arts on notice. He says they are a waste of money!

He’s put your Healthcare on Notice. He has appointed a man to run the Department of Health and Human Services who has wanted to repeal the ACA since its inception and who has proposed cuts to both Medicare and Medicaid.

He’s put the Environment on notice! He says we have too many useless regulations and that global warming is a Chinese Hoax!

He’s put China on Notice for all of their hoaxing! He says their money’s no good too!

He’s put Arnold Schwarzenegger on notice! He says that Arnold is stinking up his TV show!

He’s even put facts on notice! We have “alternative facts” now, say his spokes people and White House strategists.

In fact since his inauguration 2 weeks ago it seems as though President Trump has put just about every American on notice to have something taken away from them that they like, enjoy, need or want to keep…unless of course you are Rich (as in wealthy)… or Russian.

If you are in either of those two groups, or both, it looks like you’re gonna be just fine…. Na Zdorovie!

Please Don’t Feed the Wildlife

20 Nov

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And here are some of the reasons why:

*Human food may not healthy for wild animals, and they do not need food from humans to survive.

*Feeding leads to public health concerns. Too many animals in one place increases the chance of disease transmission to people and among other wildlife.

*Animals accustomed to people often lose their fear of people and can become aggressive. Those that become too aggressive may have to be destroyed to protect people and property.

*Animals fed along roads tend to stay near roads, increasing the chance of vehicle-animal accidents.

Now while all of those reasons may sound reasonable, I was not made aware until yesterday while I was watching, of all things, Chopped, The Food Network’s competition cooking show…that apparently cities all across the USA have recently discovered a way to make American wildlife, i.e. the homeless, go away.

Don’t feed them! And many of the ordinances approved by city councils nationwide cite similar reasons as those mentioned above for making the feeding of homeless persons illegal.

Did you know that since 2006 and in efforts to make the homeless in America, for lack of  better words, go away, U. S. cities have gradually been banning and outlawing activities such as camping, begging, sleeping in cars, sitting or standing on the sidewalk for more than 5 minutes and now feeding them!

In over 70 cities nationwide it is now illegal to feed the homeless. In fact recently in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, a 90-year-old WWII veteran was actually arrested for feeding the homeless. And It’s punishable by 60 days in jail or a $500 fine. And in Houston police even ticketed a homeless man for trying to feed himself by fishing a donut from a trash bin in a public park.

Wow! And I thought that cruel insensitivity and a lack of basic decency only existed in our country’s political campaigns. But not so. It’s becoming the law of the land too!

I know I’m just a bleeding heart liberal who should have been paying closer attention…but has it really come to this? Have all of us good Christian American Capitalists really tried everything we could think of in our efforts to ease and erase the plight of our over half a million homeless citizens? (many of whom are also veterans of our wars) Have we simply run out of ideas?

Now our best solution is to codify into law: (because it’s for our and their own good?)





Cloudy With No Chance of Guacamole?

11 Mar

A Guacamole warning has been issued!

According to Gary Bender, a University of California avocado expert, avocados which are used in making guacamole, are shrinking in size because of low rainfall totals, cool temperatures, and sluggish photosynthesizing, which have led to avocados’ reduced size. California, which has been facing severe droughts, is the country’s premiere source for avocados and scientists are now projecting that California’s agriculture production could decline by as much as 40 percent by the middle of the century because of global climate change.

But there is no need to look out for falling guacamole because the warning was issued by the food chain, Chipotle. Their restaurants may stop serving guacamole because avocado prices are increasing as climate change affects their availability…but that’s not all, Chipotle is also concerned about the rising costs of chicken, beef, cheese, beans, rice, tomatoes and pork too!

But hey, that’s only if you believe in global climate change and global warming. Besides, who needs guacamole?

First climate change took the avocados, and I did not speak out– Because I didn’t eat guacamole.

Then climate change took the cheese, and I did not speak out–Because I was lactose intolerant.

Then global warming dried up the land and the lakes and the chicken, cows and pigs went thirsty–So I became a vegetarian.

Then climate change came for me, and I said–

Thank god for that new restaurant “Petrolee-YUM” where there ‘s always lots of Twinkies, margarine and whipped topping!

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