More Children Die…The Blame Game From Congress Begins

The 18th School Shooting this year.  The President offers prayers, Paul Rubio offers prayers.  The fingers are being pointed at the FBI for failing to flag the suspect in custody.  Rubio even said that people always want action but nothing will prevent these tragedies from happening.  If a motivated person wants to kill then he will kill.  I will agree to this statement if the killer hadn’t chosen to use an AR-15 Tactical Rifle that fires 45 Rounds per second.  The Republican’s act as though this isn’t their fault.  It is their fault.  Since 2016, restriction and regulations have been removed.  Mentally ill people can now purchase weapons.  Military grade weapons.  Ordinary citizens should not have access to these weapons.

We do not need a wall to protect us from Mexico.  Why not take that money and just put it into more agents to do background checks?  Perhaps have guidelines that if you have been investigated by the FBI or ATF that you can not purchase any weapon for a 30 day evaluation period.  How about we freeze all military grade weapon sales?  Nope…that’s not the problem according to Rubio and the Republicans.

Paul Rubio has accepted over $3 million in gun lobby monies to his campaign.  That is blood money.  Pat Toomey has accepted almost $1 million in campaign contributions.  That is blood money.  John McCain has accepted over $6 million from gun lobbyists.  That is blood money.

The message from our leaders this day is…Deal with the fact that these deaths will never end as long as “evil” wants to destroy our children.  I say…that’s a cop-out.  These murders are being committed by males.  Perhaps what we need are more women in government and fewer men.

It’s never fruitful that the message of peace comes from a man who advocates men who have sex with young girls or beat their wives.  A man who wants a phallic military parade.  Perhaps, it’s time to let the women run things.

God is watching.  You won’t be saved in the end as long as you take the side of violence and aggression.  Keep those prayers for you will truly need them.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we celebrate the birth and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  This year it is more important than ever to re-educate ourselves by reading about the works of Dr. King.

Dr. King stood for justice in the face of injustice.  His message is so important because the President of the US is many things from bully to self aggrandize simpleton.  He is also a racist.  He denies being a racist and says “No, I’m not a racist. I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed”.  This would have been almost believable if he hadn’t described those who took part in the Charlottesville white supremacy march, that killed one person, “some very fine people”.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Republican party led by their halfwit President Trump will be the show today.  Look at us…we love minorities and want to help them all.  Unless of course they are of color or aren’t Christian.  I find this weird because Jesus was of color, poor and a foreigner.  He was probably going to come back like he promised and realized ICE would throw him in detention for being all of those things.

Dr. King believed love and peace were the answer to anger and hate.  He and so many others are also remember today.  People like  Medger Evers, Rosa Parks, and Sojourner Truth.  Medger Evers once said “You can kill a man, but not an idea”.  The idea that we are all created equal has been very hard for whites in America, and particularly in the south, to grasp.  They blame blacks for being the largest group in incarceration.  Interestingly enough they never ask the right question or posit the correct theories.  If more blacks are poor than any other group in America wouldn’t that lead them to be more desperate?

White Supremacy is a ridiculous ideology.  It is the ideology of the weak-minded and uneducated.  Fanatics are stupid whether they are race or religious…they are weak people.  Dr. King fought for justice for minorities of all kinds whether race, religion or gender.  He understood the heart of Jesus and his teachings.  He knew that hate is not productive and is only destructive.  He knew more than President Trump and his band of “white males only” and he died before he could reach the zenith of his work.  Dr. King left a legacy that can’t be tarnished or demoralized.  They can try but in the end….Love will always win and hate and arrogance will destroy themselves because this has always been the case.

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today I will celebrate Dr. King’s birth and the birth of all of those souls that fought against injustice and continue the fight for the rights of all people.

Waiting on the New Year

It’s almost 2018.  I can’t believe it.

I remember being a child and talking with my friends.  I said,  ‘When it’s 1983 I will be graduating High School.’  That was 34 years ago.  I remember thinking 1983 was so far into the future.  Heck, in High School we were reading George Orwell’s 1984 and that was only a year away.  I watch The Goldbergs now and I wonder how the time drifted away from me.  I also wonder when did it get a hyper drive? I’m also shocked how many of the outfits they wear on that show that I once owned!

My Mom used to say to me…”Don’t wish your life away.  It goes by fast enough.”  I thought she didn’t know what she was talking about.  The woman was completely wise…like Obie-Wan Kenobi, but a woman and instead of the force she used common sense.  I appears that common sense doesn’t really exist anymore.

The older I get the more faith I lose in humanity.  I look around at my fellow travelers to the grave and ask myself…’Wow, the world has hit rock bottom”.  I know I should keep the faith but really it’s difficult.  My fellow citizens elected a washed up reality TV Star who’s ego far out reaches his intelligence.  The fate of America is now in the hands of a man who told us how much he would work for us but has had 111 days off so far and he hasn’t been on the job a year yet.  Okay…I do realize a lot of those days were weekends but I didn’t realize that being President was so easy.  Cool…I know have a career goal.

I’ve found White People are kind of freakishly frightened.  I’m white but I’m not afraid of non-white people.  My Parents didn’t raise me that way.  I’m okay with Happy Holidays and I’m a Christian.  I’ve been called a liberal by angry friends.  I’m not.  I believe in fiscal responsibility.  I haven’t seen this from Republicans in a really, really long time.

Good stuff did happen to me this year.  I am very thankful for each and every moment that has enriched my life.  In 2018, my only wish is that those who use fear to promote war fall into a black hole.  It’s time to face the monster we’ve created by our apathy.

Perhaps 2018 will surprise me and be good for people everywhere.  I’m just not that naive.

My personal wish for 2018 is to have better grammar.  Miracles can happen…or not!

Happy New Year…I guess.

The Killing Will Not Stop Because Our Congress Simply Doesn’t Care

Sutherland, Texas – Murdered at Church, 27 by assault weapons, on November 5, 2017. Injured by murderer 20.

Las Vegas, NV – Murdered at public Concert, 59 by assault weapons, on October 1, 2017.  Injured by murderer 241

Plano, TX – Murdered at Work, 9 killed on September 10, 2017.  Injured by murderer 1.

San Francisco, CA – Murdered at Work, 4 killed on June 14, 2017 – Injured by murderer 2.

These are just 4 examples of this disease in our Country.

When will this be listed as domestic terrorism?

Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Speaker of the House had this to say…

When asked about the backlash on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” show, Ryan said the criticism was “disappointing” and said “people who do not have faith don’t understand faith,” and claiming the “secular left” is responsible for some of the “disunity” in the U.S.

“It is the right thing to do in moments like this because, you know what? Prayer works,” he said. “And I know you believe that and I believe that and when you hear the secular left doing this think, no wonder you have so much polarization and disunity in this country when people think like that.”

 

The “disunity” comes from the Republican Party and President Trump.  Heck, Republican Steve Scalise was shot and almost died but came back to say he’s all for the Second Amendment and the rights of mentally ill people to have access to guns (I’m paraphrasing, of course).  Every time a white man in America kills we are told to hold off on judgement, takes some days to get a hold of our emotions and pray.  When a Muslim man runs over people in NYC and kills 8 of them President Trump rushed to twitter saying he would okay Gauntanamo Bay for him.  No time to reflect or pray…ACTION.

Why is there no action here…again?  Why is okay in America to kill children?  Why does our Republican Congress have more empathy for Gun Manufacturers  in American that victims of Gun Violence?

Mostly I wonder….HOW IS AMERICA GREAT AGAIN?  Children died on Sunday praying.

Inaction will kill more children but Congress doesn’t give a fig!!!

When Will The Killing Stop In America? Never.

We all know details about the Las Vegas Shooting this past week.  The glorification of the shooter, whose name I will never commit to memory because that’s really what was his end goal.   The news outlets are looking for reasons why this happened.  Let me narrow it down for them.  These guns and ammunition should never have been made available to anyone not serving in the Military or Law Enforcement.    They serve no real purpose to the average American.  You can not use them for hunting or safety.   Why did this White, middle-aged man lose his buttons?  What was his motive?  It’s simple, he wanted to be noticed.  Thanks to the glorification of the News Media he will be.

Members of Congress have offered prayers and episodes of shock about what happened.  Really?  When you vote to make it easier for people to access weaponry they shouldn’t you aren’t allowed to feign shock and sadness.  After Sandy Hook we thought this would have been addressed…after Pulse Nightclub Shooting, we thought this would be addressed…now after Las Vegas Massacre, we think this will be addressed.  The truth is the WHORES of Congress lay in bed with the NRA and like lobby groups.  They take money for their deeds so that does indeed make them Whores.

The White House’s response is “It’s not the time to talk about gun control”.  Really Mr. Trump…when is it the right time…when one of your children are placed in the same situation those concert goers were?

I believe in the Constitution, which is why I believe in the Second Amendment.  I also believe that if you own a gun for protection and you can’t defend yourself with 6 bullets, you probably shouldn’t own a gun.

Sean Hannity over at Fox News believes if he was there…outside the hotel room and the guy wasn’t able to shoot anymore bullets then he could have taken him out because he is trained in the use of firearms.  Um…What?!?

The truth is that this shooter had multiple weapons.  Some were modified to fire hundreds of rounds.  Another person with a gun would never have survived an encounter with this shooter.  The body count would have been greater.  You see a psycho/sociopath look for these moments to show just how over the edge they can be.

To all those who think owning a gun will make you safer…that’s the true delusion.  You are more likely to be killed with your own gun than by someone else with a gun.  Congress didn’t learn when Steve Scalise was shot.  All they took out of that shooting was the man didn’t like Conservatives.

When will the killing stop?  Never.  When Congress did nothing of value after the slaughter of Children at Sandy Hook that was the moment we all should have realized that the NRA own our Congress and our weak and ineffectual President drools over the organization because of his insecurity of a lack of perceived masculinity.

How about, as Americans we answer the question…”Why did this tragedy happen?”  The answer is…”It happened because Auto/Semi Automatic weaponry and ammunition shouldn’t be available for legal purchase.

Truth is it won’t stop murders from happening but it will stop the wholesale slaughters like those that happened in Las Vegas, Sandy Hook and Orlando.

Baby, It’s Hot Outside

It’s Autumn officially now but the Temperatures have been sweltering.

This cloud is about the most we will see from Hurricane Maria.  She’s churning off the coast of North Carolina right now but she’s suppose to move out to see and not guide up the coast.  Thank goodness.  Too many people have been hurt by Hurricane’s this season.  Harvey, Irma, Juno and Maria have served their destruction and now the rebuilding is taking place.  The lack of response to those victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico by the US Government is appalling.  But under the current President and his Administration it really doesn’t surprise me.  Compassion is only granted if there is a profit (for Trump and his Cronies) to be made.

I’m hoping once Maria moves out of our area we will see more seasonable temperatures and the Hurricane’s will die down.  Here’s to Hope!