Random musings on whatever subject strikes my fancy, published every other day.

The Onion Says It Best

America.  The daily mass shootings really need to get into double digits or be at a school to crack the headlines anymore.  Parkland, Florida scored a double this week.

The Onion, whose tagline “America’s Finest News Source” is less and less a joke every day, simply runs this story over and over:

‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens

Florida’s Governor Rick Scott is now bleating about how “intolerable” this is… but check out his record on gun legislation.  I can summarize it for you: if the NRA is for it, so is Rick Scott.  So watch for his talk about keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill to fade as soon as the news cycle moves on.

As for Congress, it shat out another load of thoughts and prayers.  But pining, a bit, for the good old days is Chuck Grassley

Veteran Congressman Can Still Remember When Inaction On Gun Violence Actually Presented A Moral Dilemma

And the Pumpkin himself: his reaction to this was the same as to any misdeed not committed by the Russians, their agents at the White House, or his daughter whom he’d really like to bang.  That’s right, he blamed the victims.

Remember those whacky days a year ago when this same human dungheap made sure that the rights of paranoid schizophrenics to have AR-15s shall not be infringed?

One of Trump’s first acts as president made it easier for the mentally ill to buy guns


Finally, Dave Pell on how this is all running on a loop:

During my rounds to various news sites on Wednesday afternoon, I noticed that several stories from the archives were trending. That often happens on days when America experiences another chapter in one of its bleakest and longest running narratives. The old articles trend because we already know this story. We know it’s insane to make weapons of war available to citizens. We know the availability of these weapons and the resulting carnage is what makes America different from all other countries. We know kids regularly get murdered in their schools and that more efficient hardware is making the problem worse. We know we’ll hear about acts of heroism from people who sacrificed their bodies to shield others. We know that no such heroics will happen in DC. When a kid who survives a mass shooting pleads with us to get something done (“We’re children. You guys are, like, the adults.”), we know our leaders will offer thoughts and prayers and not much else. We know there won’t be satisfactory response to Steve Kerr’s comments: “It doesn’t seem to matter to our government that children are being shot to death day after day in schools. It doesn’t matter that people are being shot at a concert, at a movie theater; it’s not enough, apparently, to move the people who are running this country to actually do anything.” We know not to expect any answers about this national disgrace in a political environment where even asking the questions has been repeatedly stifled. We know that the death of 17 people at a high school in Florida is unlikely to lead to gun restrictions, but very likely to lead to a loosening of gun restrictions (and, of course, a temporary pop among gun stocks). Yes, we know all of this. We’ve known it for a long time. We’ve seen this story before. And we go back and read and share the old stories because we’ve got no new words.

 No new words.


The Railroad


The New Yorker Knew

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