I’m fucking sick and tired of the right wing nut whack jobs bitching about Obama and their fucking rights to own a gun. First off, there is a word for all of Obama’s tough talk about guns: It’s called rhetoric. If you don’t know that means, and it’s likely you don’t, go fucking look it up. All Obama is doing with all of his talk is selling more guns and ammo. It’s just as likely that he’s getting kick backs from the NRA, as it is for all of the right wing asshole politicians who sit on their asses and do nothing but bloviate about gun rights.
Obama is as likely to take your fucking guns away as he is to stop drone-bombing the shit our of brown people in every other Asian country that ends in the word “stan”. Obama is as likely to take your fucking guns as Trump is to build a wall around Mexico. Obama is as likely to take your guns as Hillary is to keep her husband from getting blow jobs in the oval office. Obama is as likely to take your guns as Bernie Sanders is going to take away every rich person’s big screen, hi def TV’s to help pay for free college education. He is not coming for your guns asshole, so shut the fuck up about it.
In addition, shut the fuck up about the 2nd fucking Amendment. It’s a vague, poorly written paragraph that’s as open to interpretation as the bible is, for christ’s sake. It was written at a time when this nation was still afraid that the British were coming to take our tobacco. It was written at a time when plantation owners were terrified that the slaves would rise up and kill them, then rape their wives and eat their children. It was written at a time when this country was worried that the Native Americans would scalp every farmer west of the Appalachian Mountains. It was written when men owned muskets, a front loading, single shot rifle that was just as likely to blow up in a poor fuckers face, than it was to actually kill who or what they were shooting at. Either write a more specific amendment or shut the fuck up about it. I care not which.
I am so sick of the complaining about gun rights. Seriously folks, owning a fucking assault rifle is a right? What do you want next? Tanks? Nuclear weapons? Where the fuck does this madness end? Stop being so short sighted that you can’t see past the sight on your fucking gun, and start having some fucking respect for those who have been murdered, or you know, the rest of the fucking country that doesn’t want to be murdered by a gun that mows down people by the dozens in a matter of minutes. I bet you would change your tune if it was one of your loved ones who died in Orlando over the weekend. And don’t give me that bullshit about someone having a gun there to stop that murderous prick. There was someone with a gun at the door, and it didn’t make one fucking bit of difference. Probably because the malevolent son of a bitch had a fucking assault rifle. A weapon that has no business being available to the public.
Dear congress person or senator what ever the fuck your name is:
I’m a constituent, and I’m pissed: I’m pissed and I’m out of fucks to give. I’m tired of people dying due to gun violence. I’m furious that nobody will do a fucking thing about it, other than offer yet more prayers and condolences. Take your prayers and shove them up your ass, mr and ms legislator. Try passing some fucking legislation that actually works. Grow a pair of balls and tell the NRA to shove their payola up their greedy asses. You don’t need their money: There’s plenty of graft from the oil and coal companies to go around. Their are plenty of payouts from Wall Street to be had. There is still plenty of cash from defense contractors to be found. Stop protecting the gun and ammo industry and start protecting the people who vote you assholes into office. DO YOUR FUCKING JOB!!!!!!
To the rest of you: Agree or disagree with me, I don’t really fucking care at this point. The gun violence we’re seeing is senseless and completely avoidable. I’m betting there are families of the dead, injured, and maimed who agree with me right now. They have rights too: They have the right to not have to grieve for their dead. They have the right to not wonder why this had to happen. They have the right to not have to sit at a loved one’s hospital bed, praying that their son or daughter lives to see another day. We all have the right to not be at the wrong end of a gun barrel. I think those rights supersede any fucking idiot’s right to own military grade guns.
End of rant.
It’s no revelation that the United States is a nation of guns. Liberal as I am, I like guns. I’ve shot guns, and I’ve owned a gun. However, there is a definite line between what I believe, and what most conservative gun nuts believe.
First of all, there is absolutely no reason in the world that the unregulated public should be allowed to own more than a hand gun or hunting rifle. The AR-15 for example, the mass shooters weapon of choice, can be bought for as little as $600 at any gun show, or even at Walmart. It’s light weight, and can fire up to 8 rounds per second. It was used in the Orlando, Sandy Hook, San Bernadino, and Aurora shootings. It was designed in the 1950’s, and has been a military weapon of choice ever since. It’s sole purpose is to kill as many people as possible, in as short of time as possible. No one who is not in the armed forces or a police force has any business owning such a weapon. The scary thing is, it is estimated that there are millions of such weapons in the hands of private owners in the U.S. To paraphrase one of my regular blog commenters, it puts America at the mercy of any crazed, one man militia. That’s a sobering thought, and it makes me not want to leave the house-ever.
Second, mandatory background checks and weapons training is not a bad thing. We have to go through training and testing to drive a car. For CDL-A truck drivers, testing and training is even more rigorous. Hell, we have to go through background checks and drug testing just to get a job. Why are there no uniform laws when it comes to buying a gun? In the case of Omar Mateen, a man who was on the FBI radar not once, but twice, he easily bought an assault rifle shortly before his attack on the Pulse Night Club. This is due to the fact that Florida has some of the most lax gun laws in the country. Don’t let the gun nuts fool you: They claim that less guns equal more crime. However, when you combine the 2013 FBI crime statistics, the last full year of statistics available, with gun laws by state, the opposite is true. The homicide rate in states with tighter gun laws is 4.32 per 100,00 people, while the homicide rate in states with looser gun laws is 5.74 per 100,00, based on those 2013 statistics.
Third, is open carry and concealed carry. This isn’t the wild west folks. Unless you’re law enforcement, there is absolutely no reason to be walking around with a side arm strapped to your hip, or under your jacket. I live in Kentucky, an open carry state, and I never felt safe when someone with a side arm walked into the kwickie mart that I worked at. Open carry and concealed carry doesn’t prevent trouble in my opinion, it invites it. Omar Mateen had a license for concealed carry: Does that make you feel safe?
Fourth, the 2nd Amendment is vaguely worded, and was written at a time when all there were only single shot, front loading weapons. Our founding fathers wrote this amendment thinking that it was good for every able bodied man to have a musket ready to form a state militia at a moment’s notice. I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t be happy, if they knew that most people think the 2nd Amendment give us the right to carry military grade weapons with little to no regulation. On two separate occasions, once in the 1930’s, and again during the Bush II presidency, a conservative Supreme Court stated that the 2nd Amendment didn’t provide for what kind of weapons, nor the processes of buying such weapons. They in fact ruled that state and federal government had the authority to decide on what we could own, and the manner in which we could own.
In my opinion, guns like most things in life, are ok in moderation. There is nothing wrong with owning a hand gun, or a deer rifle. However, guns in the wrong hands are obviously deadly, particularly military grade guns. There needs to be uniform, tightly restrictive laws in place concerning what we can own, and how we own them. As heinous as these mass shootings are, there are still by far more hand gun deaths per year in this country. This is mainly because there is easy access for any whack job, or owners simply aren’t responsible with them. There need to be background checks, there need to be mandatory training programs. Hell, I’m all for psychological exams before buying a gun. In addition, no more open/concealed carry for an unregulated populace.
However, gun violence in this country has gotten out of hand a long time ago, and we can’t continue to wring our hands and offer prayers for the dead and injured. We just can’t. If all else fails, then I say fuck it and strike the 2nd amendment from the Constitution, NRA be damned. I would rather be a country of no guns, than a country full of mass murdering yahoos with axes to grind, even if i do like to pop off a round or six every now and then.
One more thing. I found this interesting: A list of Senators who voted against the last round of gun legislation. I’m betting the NRA expressed their gratitude in the form of good sized donations to each and every one of them. Maybe instead of offering prayers for the dead, they could offer votes for the living. I’m just saying.
As a whole, we are a society that needs to find reason and place blame. Our history bears this out. In the U.S. alone, there is centuries worth of finger pointing. We have blamed and punished Native Americans and African Americans. During the late 19th century, and early 20th century it was Anarchist and Socialist. During WWI it was the Germans. During WWII it was the Japanese and Germans. During the 50’s through the late 80’s it was the Communist. Since 9/11 it’s been the Muslims. The point is that every time we face a period of crisis, someone must bear the brunt of the blame, just or unjust. We are a wary and suspicious society. Mistrusting and mistreating the square pegs who do not fit into our round holes.
In the case of Omar Mateen, I see no proof that his actions were representative of his religious beliefs. There are no manifestos created by Mateen, there are no social media rants that we know of. He supposedly declared allegiance to ISIS, but the FBI claims there is no proof of that. There is no indication what so ever that he killed in the name of his god. Yes, Islam does condemn homosexuality, but so do many Christian religions. If Catholic John Smith committed this atrocity, he would simply be another homophobic asshole with no regard for life. We would be attacking the man, not the religion or any other group he happened to fit into. Furthermore, if Mateen was a radical Islam terrorist, why target one specific group of Americans?
This man, Grady Mateen was a monster pure and simple. He was violent, as his ex wife will attest t. He mistreated and beat her regularly. He hated those who were LGBTQ. His disdain for two men kissing in public months before would bear witness to that. He was a misogynist and a homophobe. He was mentally ill. He was a product of a society that routinely denigrates women and hates those of same sex orientation. If you don’t believe me, go on Twitter, where you’ll find many tweets from so called Christians who are cheering Mateen for his actions. It’s sickeningly ironic that the same people who would rage against people of Islam, are now holding a Muslim up as a hero for slaying so many gay and transgendered in one fell swoop. These internet bullies are as grotesque as the man who seemingly did their dirty work for them.
In conclusion, blame the man who committed the act, not the religion. Place shame on a person who would be so filled with malevolence, that he drove 5 hours to massacre those who were born different than he. Furthermore, blame a society that marginalizes and castigates the LGBTQ populace. Blame a public mindset that places more value on guns than people. Blame a government that protects assault weapons instead of human beings.
It’s ok to point fingers. In fact, go ahead and point fingers as if you were in a doughnut shop.
Just be mindful to point the finger at the right doughnut when you do.
Wouldn’t it be cool if the solution to the world’s problems was 80’s music? True, the decade itself was a huge carbuncle on the ass of humanity, but my gawd the music was fun. Speaking from personal experience, 80’s music is what got me through a horrific period of my life. To this day, I still want my MTV. If, you know, MTV actually still played music videos.
My Sunday morning started out in a typical manner. I woke up, went to the bathroom, and then got my cup of coffee. As I sat down to peruse the internet as I usually do, my wife, who had already been up for some time, tells me that a friend of hers was attacked last night in Columbus for the simple crime of walking while being gay. Then, as I’m checking my news feed, several articles catch my attention about last night’s horrific shooting in Orlando. 50 dead, and over 50 injured at the night club Pulse, a dance club that caters to the LGBTQ community. I’m sickened as I read: Sickened and outraged.
Our society is quite ill ladies and gentlemen. The outlook is terminal. Sure, public outrage is temporarily appropriate, but it will soon die down until the next mass killings take place. Based on current history, the next mass shooting is right around the corner, and we’ll all be outraged again. Lather, rinse, repeat. In the meantime, until the next event, we will all do nothing. In the mean time, people will be attacked for their sexual orientation. People will be killed for the color of their skin. People will be killed for their religion. One group of people will be killed because they simply do not fit in the same box as another group of people. It’s been going on for thousands of years, and it’s only getting worse. The more things change, the more they stay the same. It’s a tired cliche, but it still holds true.
However, in the good ole U.S of A, things seem to be significantly worse. There has always been an us vs. them mentality. The hate that is fomented between one group or another is of epidemic proportions, and the daily tragic headlines bear this out. Last night’s shootings may be the worst in American history, but it certainly won’t be the last. We are after all, a nation of hate. We are united by bigotry. We eat malevolence, and crap bullets over those who dare to be different or disagree with us.
What we need is a reset button. Tear the whole thing down and start over. We need to stop living for God and Country, and start living for ourselves and each other. Religion, Nationalism, and Capitalism is what fucked our society up, and sooner rather than later, it is what will destroy us all.
I think I need something stronger than coffee this morning, to get this bad taste out of my mouth.
Ever since primary season began, Bernie Sanders has been my guy. I donated time to his campaign, I voted for him in the Kentucky primary. Even though the death knell has been sounding for his campaign for weeks, I bought into the mid season momentum that he built up. I was for him taking the fight all the way to the Democratic Convention. However, after his loss in the California primary, it’s time to throw in the towel. You fought a good fight Bernie, but now it’s time to step aside and let Hillary fight Trump with the full force of the Democratic Party.
I’m not a big fan of HRC. It has nothing to do with Benghazi, or the e-mails. Those are nothing more than attack tactics, conjured up by a completely unhinged GOP. The reason I don’t care for HRC is because she’s more Republican than Democrat. She’s more conventional than unconventional. It’s also not a gender thing for me: I would love to see a woman president, just a more progressive woman such as Elizabeth Warren or Jill Stein.
Bernie is about change, Hillary is about keeping the status quo. Bernie appeals to the disenfranchised, while Hillary appeals to Wall Street. Bernie is the rumpled, comfortable sport coat, while Hillary is the expensive Armani jacket. Still, it’s time for Bernie to let go, and work toward reuniting the Democratic Party. There is much at stake this election year, and there is still a lot of work to be done if we don’t want a mad man leading our country. Unfortunately, for me at least, that’s what it has come down to: Keeping Donald Trump and his merry band of misogynistic racist whackos out of office. At worst, HRC would keep things the same. Trump will destroy this country. He won’t make America great again. He’ll make America even more rabid and dangerous on the world front than it already is. He’s Voldemort with a spray tan and bad toupee. He’s nothing more than a con artist with no decorum, and no clue. He’s the candidate of many bankruptcies, both financially and morally. He’s bad for this country, he’s bad for the world, he’s just bad-period.
There you have it: It’s all over but the shouting. It’s Hillary Rodham Clinton vs. Donald Trump. Seems more like a threat than a choice doesn’t it? Still, in the months to come, I’m lining up behind Hillary, like the good little liberal soldier I am. My heart says support Jill Stein, a third party candidate with views very much in line with Bernie Sanders. However, my head remembers what the third party run of Ross Perot did to the campaign of George H.W. Bush: He divided conservative votes, and Bill Clinton won the day. I would rather vote for the lesser of two evils, than see evil incarnate himself become our next and probably last president.
I know I sound pessimistic, but that’s where I’m at today.
But hey, at least I’m writing again, so I have that going for me
You may very well be a bad-ass, but you’ll never be D-Day, landing on Omaha Beach in 1944 bad-ass. Today is the 72nd anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy. Mostly comprised of U.S., Canadian, and British troops, the allies gained a foothold on five sectors of the Normandy coast: Omaha, Gold, Sword, Juno, and Utah. It was the largest amphibious assault in history. The taking of Omaha beach was by far the most costly and brutal, with 2000 killed and 1000 wounded. The spoils of such a massive undertaking was a three month, hedgerow to hedgerow battle royal with some of Germany’s best troops throughout Northern France.
No matter how much I read about the subject, nor no matter how many movies and documentaries I watch, can I fathom how much courage it took to storm those beaches, let alone be a wartime soldier. Not just WWII: Any war. It takes a special kind of person to rush head first into an untenable and unpredictable situation with no regard for their safety, and no guarantee they’ll come out in one piece. You will always hear me question war and military actions. However, you will never hear me denigrate a soldier. They deserve respect, and they certainly have mine, both past and present.