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

Category: Guns & Nutters Page 1 of 9

Fatigue

The Onion is a satirical news website that is the only place you can go to read this recurring nightmare as it truly is.

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

My apologies… I’m tired. So tired.

By the way… this is seven days in a row with mass shooting, ‘Murkkka. Keep it up. Fifty more and we’ll get that juicy Heinz promotional deal.

More Gun Worship

‘Murrica. Where parody remains impossible.

God Loves…

Click thru for the object of His affections

This does explain a lot.

Polite

via Daily Kos

As Hannah Arendt has famously pointed out, the politeness that stems from fear of not knowing who will shoot you dead if offended, is not much to be valued. And it’s the opposite of freedom.

Stop The Fear

The marvelously Orwellian-named Department of Homeland Security is sponsoring programs aimed at schoolchildren called Stop The Bleed.

click for NYT coverage

The Times calls this an acknowledgment of “the sad reality that shootings at the nation’s schools are far too prevalent”, but I call it something else: Fear maintenance.

The Rethuglican governments have been determined for a long time to keep the people of this country afraid.  9/11 was a great opportunity in this regard.  (Or achievement, if you go the conspiracy theory route.)  

We now allow ourselves to be made afraid of exploding shoes and water bottles at airports.  Muslims.  Blacks.  Refugees.  You name it, we fear it.  “If you see something, say something” is a message that anything you observe that isn’t part of your boring routine is a potential life hazard to be reported to authorities.  “For your security” is the ultimate excuse that lets petty authoritarians get away with any abusive rules they like.

Why do they do this?  People who live in fear look to autocratic figures to reassure them.  To take over and remove their potential for making a bad choice.  To be strong and “protect” them. 

Just as Putin “protects” the Russians.  And us, by proxy. 

Page 1 of 9

Powered by WordPress & Theme by Anders Norén