My real job does not allow me to take "mental health days" so I spend some time each Sunday Morning writing about politics, religion, sex, gossip...you know, the stuff your Mom said, "Never discuss this in public!". It helps me cope with the crazy nation we live in. So grab a cup if you dare...but careful, it's HOT!
Another Mass Shooting - Yawn
Dead people. Students, teachers, folks just in the way of a nut-job who carried out evil. Nine people who left their homes and never returned because they were murdered in cold blood...in a school...again. But, what the F*CK...you don't care. The nut-job that did this did not kill 9 people with a bomb. He did not kill them with a knife. Poison? Nope. Oh, let's see, he killed them with a...wait for it...GUN. Yeah, those precious instruments of death and destruction that Americans love. The response? "Aw shucks, let's pray for them." This is a sick nation and you...you who are reading this and don't have the guts to
demand change in our crazy gun laws are the problem. You keep electing these screwballs who will do nothing. Nothing about the love of violence in this country. I guess we deserve it after all, "Stuff happens."
Meanwhile, as my friend Tim Lloyd draws...might that whole Jesus thingy turned out different if he just had a gun.
I dunno...but worth thinking about.
Sensible Gun Laws
So, if you've caught the news cycle you know the gun-nuts out there are saying, "Well, there is nothing we can do. Nobody has proposed a sensible answer. The President failed to offer any specifics as to exactly what he would propose." That is right because they are all cowards. So let me, once again, offer a specific answer to the issue. Ready? This is really hard so pay attention:
- Gift Gun - The Constitution of the United States says that we have the right to bear arms. I'm in 100%! I would propose that we distribute a (let's say) Glock 43 (You should see them...really very cool!) to every child born in the United States starting on January 1, 2016.
- Cost? - There are roughly 4 million births in the United States each year. A Glock 43 costs about $500. 500 x 4 million= $2 billion. Chump change, after all we spend $610 billion on defense. We could get stuff done for $608 billion...no?
- Bullets - Now, and stay with me, we move the price for each round (That's "gun talk" for bullets...) from $.20 to $1,000. So, you want to buy a bullet for your gun...it will cost you $1,000 or if you really want to kill a bunch of people we might make it 10 rounds for $9,000 and give you a deal.
Problem solved! Wait, what? TOO EXTREME? Well then let's do this:
We could start handing out muskets (I would prefer the American Pennsylvania Long Rifle and it is way patriotic! It's also known as the Kentucky Rifle 'cause we don't want to piss them Southerners off.)
Or we have an exchange program: Bring us your high-power weapon and we'll give you a musket. Then we keep the price for a musket ball at the current penny each. Yep, I looked it up at Balls & Bullets. Now, if you have a mind to do a mass killing you're going to have to round up a bunch of your buddies to "go with".
You are welcome...how hard was that?
Jim Hightower on Gun Safety
This weekend former Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, Jim Hightower was in town stumping for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Thanks to the Sanders Campaign we were able to score an interview with this author, speaker and radio host which will air on Wednesday afternoon. But this question about guns and what we might do about them...seemed timely. Have a listen.
Justice Steven Breyer & The Death Penalty
In the same Constitution that gives us the right to have muskets there is the pesky 8th Amendment which forbids "cruel & unusual punishment". Justice Steven Breyer has an interesting take on this as it applies to the death penalty. Specific to that is, "Cruel-Lack of Reliability" - Can we talk about the many sent to death-row who have been found to be innocent? "Cruel - Arbitrariness" - How states dole out sanctioned murder that often impact race, gender and worse, failure to condemn the "worst of the worst". "Cruel - Excessive Delays" - The length of time the condemned wait on death row...so is there a purpose? "Unusual" - The death penalty is unusual among civilized nations and becoming more unusual as states back away from the practice. "All that put together convinced me that there is a good case to be made" under the Constitution against the death penalty, Breyer said, and "that the court should hear the case."
And yet more news from the "Department of Stuff Happens" we learned this weekend that NATO forces bombed a hospital that housed Doctors Without Borders in Afghanistan. The response from the mighty? "Oops we'll hold an investigation!" This ghastly, back-water, stone-age country has been at war since 1978...lemme do that math on that...oh, like 37 flippin years! What the living hell are we doing there? MOVE the folks that don't want to live under crazies OUT.
I've got a stake in this. Our son-in-law is over they training the Afghans to fly airplanes. This is his 5th or 6th deployment and this past week a C-130 fell out of the sky...killing all 11 on-board. That hits pretty close to home.
I know, wild talk from a progressive right? Exactly.
Alabama - Again
Speaking of backward places let's cast a progressive eye toward Alabama. Last week, "because of budget concerns" Alabama closed 31 drivers license facilities. OK, fair enough. However the majority of those closed state facilities are in counties that hold the highest percentage of African Americans. So? Well, Alabama has a law that to vote the citizen must show a valid ID. And, what counts as a "valid ID"? A state issued drivers license. This is happening now in the state that so shocked the nation in its brutal treatment of it's black citizens that President Johnson used those attacks to push forward the Voting Rights Act. Which the Supreme Court gutted when they said, "Hey, there isn't any discrimination anymore. We are a healed nation." And they removed Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Shameful. So, as long as we're moving the good people from Afghanistan out of that hell-hole we might want to start making room for the refugees of Alabama. I know you want to read more....so here's a good piece from The International Business Review. And this my friends is going on...now...today and being driven by (wait for it) REPUBLICANS. Now don't you feel proud to be in the party that gave us Abraham Lincoln...who, by the way would have no chance to get elected to anything by this crowd.
Speaking of Republicans
The legislative season in Iowa will get interesting soon as the House Republicans recently elected one of their most conservitave, radical, far-right members as the House Majority Leader. Yep, Rep. Chris Hagenow (R-Windsor Heights) the guy who pushed hard for a wacky "Convention of the States" during last session now has more power to lay out laws that will restrict health care access, ease gun laws and give more money to already rich and wealthy companies. I get to live in Mr. Hagenow's district and, once again, I will work hard to turn him out of office. Promise.
I know you love this part. Story is that some Democrats are not happy with the two candidates running for the 3rd Congressional District here in Iowa and more may...just may join the field against Desmund Adams and Jim Mowrer. This week I heard Gov. Chet Culver is still mulling the race and I was told that at a recent Dallas County Democratic Meeting another person, Michael Sherzan, who announced back in February of 2013 but dropped out of the race, due to health issues, in April of that same year. Word on the street is that Mr. Sherzan has "More money than God!" and he's willing to spend it. If true this would dent Mr. Mowrer more than Mr. Adams or so some are saying.
Yesterday the City of Windsor Heights held an Octoberfest event in Colby Park. Lots of fun. I got to MC a pie eating contest. (Yep, it's come to this friends.) One day your ___________ and the next day it's a pie eating contest. Loads of fun and a huge thank you to our friends at the Windsor Heights HyVee and David Baruthio from Baru 66 for the prizes.
Also, I get to go to a Windsor Heights City Council Meeting tomorrow. Now that we've made some broadcast adjustments with the Business News Hour I can get out of the studio by 6PM which allows me the opportunity to "represent". Should be fun...because I love transparent government!
Thanks for reading and have a great Sunday!!!