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Dear Gun Owner: Shut The F#@k Up About Your Rights!

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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.

Peace.

 

 

 

Thoughts On Guns, And Gun Control

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.

 

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It’s Time To Hang It Up Bernie

 

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:)

WTF? The Mid-Term Elections And Where Things May Have Gone Wrong.

I Vomited

First, all three of my followers have probably been wondering where I’ve been. I’ve been around, but I haven’t been writing – at all. For those of you who have been following my blog for any time at all, you know that I like to write angry. The truth of the matter is that I haven’t been angry for a long time. I can’t explain why: There has been plenty to infuriate me. There just hasn’t been enough to motivate me to write. Well now, I’m pissed. In fact, one week after the mid-term elections, I’m mega pissed. With several seats in the House, Senate, and Gubernatorial offices coming up for grabs, the Democrats had a golden opportunity to take back the country. That didn’t happen. In fact, the Democrats lost the Senate, as well as many Gubernatorial elections, and it was our own fault. I’m infuriated.

Why was this mid-term such a Conservative blood bath? Liberals have been eye balling this election for a few years now. It was the end all – be all of mid terms. The GOP/ Tea Party was supposedly on the way out. The people had ostensibly enough of their elitist, racist shenanigans. The country seemed to be steering back to the center at the very least, and even a little to the left. It was a huge chance to drive back the crazy. One word comes to mind to describe this election: Apathy. This election had the lowest voter turnout in decades. Seemingly, most of these non-voters are Democrats, and I have an idea why.

Back in 2000, Al Gore “lost” the Presidential election to George Bush. Yes we can debate that he actually won, that he was fucked out of office by a corrupt voting process in Florida, and an even more corrupt Supreme Court. However, Gore could have won by a land slide. If that is, he hadn’t chosen to disassociate himself from out going President Bill Clinton, who was one of the most popular Presidents of all time. He distanced himself from Clinton, and in turn lost the liberal momentum that Clinton had fostered. The Democratic turn out was low, and Gore lost the election. Much the same happened this election: Candidates chose to disassociate from Obama, and in turn failed to generate the energy needed to draw a large turn out. The GOP in turn, attacked any and all associations with Obama, and generated a huge conservative turn out at the polls. Game over, the Republicans are now in full control.

For example, here in Kentucky, there was a heated campaign with Allison Grimes challenging Mitch McConnell for his long held Senatorial seat. If there was any time to get rid of this Koch sucker, it was now. However, while McConnell went on a huge smear campaign against Obama and his policies, Grimes back pedaled on her liberal associations, even going so far as to not even admitting that she voted for Obama. She made herself out to be a moderate Republican. The race was over a half hour after the polls closed. Grimes was out, McConnell was back in. The Democratic voters, not enthused nor energized the way they had been during Obama’s two campaigns, couldn’t be bothered to come out and vote.

Shame on the Democrats for their defensive lackadaisical campaigns. Go on the aggressive, and things may have turned out differently last Tuesday. Push to get out the vote, and many of us may not be worried, no terrified of where this country is headed. Align yourself with Obama, one of the best Presidents we’ve ever had, and you might have found yourself either re-elected, or elected for the first time. Shame on you. You had a chance and you all failed- miserably.

Shame on the voters for not voting. This was our chance to enact change. Come out to vote, and the Tea Baggers may have been struck their final death blow. Now, they’re stronger than ever. Don’t even think about bitching about what’s about to come: Ya’ll brought it on yourselves. I voted, I did my civic duty. Christ, my partner who was experiencing the perfect storm of chronic health related issues, came out in her wheel chair to vote. I’m proud of her. The rest of us? Not so much. The country was finally ready to set things right, to halt the landslide of the extreme right invasion. All we had to do was vote. We had one job, and we failed horribly.

This my friends, is why I’m so pissed.

In Case You’re Wondering, I’m Still Here!

I’m still around, but I’m finding little joy in blogging right now :(  I lost my job back in August, and though I’ve been in the transportation industry for nearly 30 years, I still have not managed to find a job in my field. I had to settle for a cashier job at a local convenience store; I work for a third of what I used to make, and in spite of severe back pain, I have to remain on my feet for 8-9 hours a day with no break of any sort! To cut expenses, we moved to a trailer park, and we’re fairly miserable here. The park is filthy, and the trailer is in more disrepair than what we originally thought. We’ve done a lot to rehab the trailer and we’re pretty proud of what we accomplished. However, there is a lot more to be done, and we have neither the money nor the energy to do it. We’re broke, and both my partner and I have been very tired, in a lot of pain, and very depressed as of late.

On the bright side, we got back our health insurance on January 1st (Thank you ACA!), and my wife is now back on her very needed medications. I have a doctor’s appointment in mid-February, and I’m looking forward to renewing some vital medications that I used to be on. We’re both managing to eat healthy; my wife has lost 27 pounds, and I’ve lost about 40:) I’ve also picked back up on doing my PT for my back, and it is doing a bit better.

In spite of all of the personal set backs, I’ve still managed to keep up on the political world. Chris Christie, has once again shown himself to be the vengeful asshole that we’ve all known him to be, and Ted Cruz is still a douche.  The GOP still remains in the public eye as the disconnected, borderline sociopath party of no. In spite of getting trounced in last year’s election and ever declining popularity, the Republican party of religious elitist extremist seem hell bound on doubling down their message that unless you’re a white rich christian male, you’re of little use to them. However, we’re of great use to them; they divide us with their messages of hate and fear in order to make us hate each other. This is a very useful tool in the sense that it keeps the rest of us from uniting into one super group as it were, that could possibly wield a great deal of power, and dismantle the corporate and religious structure that continues to keep us among the “have nots”. The Republican party, with all of its religious dogma and corporate might has become indeed, the American Taliban. The 2014 elections are going to be a good marker to just how much the American people have grown tired of their shenanigans.

At any rate, I just wanted to let you know that I’m still around and I’m still writing occasionally. I’m going to try to write more, and I hope you will continue to visit my little corner of the world from time to time.

In closing, I want to share this Coca Cola commercial that aired during the Super Bowl. Apparently, the Tea-Billies are in quite the uproar over it.

Coca Cola: Now sweetened with the tears of xenophobes.

Much love and peace to ya’ll:)

Some Thoughts On The Affordable Care Act And Socialism

English: Barack Obama signing the Patient Prot...

English: Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The arguments for and against Obamacare are many, and has been probably the hottest topic to be thrown around for quite some time. One thought occurred to me this morning during breakfast: Radical conservatives rail against the ACA because it’s supposedly  socialist program, as well as ostensibly a financial drain on this country. However, I don’t believe that these Ayn Randian zealots have stopped to consider something. The ACA may indeed fit within our capitalistic society. Think about it for just a moment: Many Americans who could not afford health care previously are now eligible to purchase health insurance at prices that are affordable to them. These people who previously could not afford trips to the doctor, as well as medical treatment and prescription drugs, now have options. Maybe I’m wrong, but the ACA is indeed creating a greater demand for all facets of western medicine. This is economics 101 folks. More people will be buying insurance, putting more money into the insurance companies pockets creating a need for more support in that specific industry. More people will be paying copays etc, toward medical care and prescription drugs, thus fueling a need for more doctors, more nurses, technicians and so on. Hell, the drug industry alone should be foaming at it’s mouth at the prospect of millions of Americans now able to buy their snake oil remedies. I have no specific numbers or proof to back up my thoughts, but it seems to me at least that this is common sense. You give the people more power to purchase a product or service, and demand rises, which drives up our economy in some way, shape, or form. Makes sense to me. I think the good far out weighs the bad.

 

As far as the argument that this is socialism in it’s purest form, my answer is so what? Whether die hard conservatives choose to accept it or not, our country is a dynamic blend of socialism and capitalism. What do they think paying taxes is? It’s socialism, plain and simple. We’re all putting some of our money in one huge pot in order to share in many things. The fact that we have the most powerful military in the world is because of socialism. We’re footing the bill for our militaristic imperialism. The police and fire departments? Socialism. National parks? Infrastructure? Socialism. Subsidies for huge corporations? Socialism.   The very people who lead on a local, state, and federal levels? Socialism. It’s not just the petulant seditious tea-baggers who are footing the bill for these programs, it’s all of us. Like it or not, this is a socialist country, and has been for centuries. If it wasn’t for socialism, this country would still be a rag tag bunch of loosely aligned states, begging the French for money and protection. Think about that for a while.

 

Mark my words, Obamacare is going to be good for the economy, which means it’s going to be good for this country. Now if we could just do something constructive over some other issues that may be of importance. You know, stuff like improving our woeful education system, getting millions back to work, uplifting the chronically impoverished, maybe even improving our image to the rest of the world, which pretty much hates us. Yeah, that would be great. Thanks.

 

 

The Debt Limit Simplified.

With a full government shut down pending in two days, many of us are still trying to wrap our heads around the debt limit. In ten sentences, Mother Jones writer Kevin Drum explains what it means, and what happens if it isn’t raised:

 

For most of the past year, the Republican Party has been threatening to refuse to raise the federal debt limit unless Democrats give in to a broad and varying set of demands. To understand just how reckless this brinksmanship is, you have to understand just what the debt limit is and what it means to breach it. So here’s an explanation in 10 short sentences:

1. On May 19, total US debt reached $16.7 trillion, the maximum currently allowed by law.

2. The Treasury Department has been playing various games since then to continue paying all our bills while still technically remaining under the debt limit, but within a few days they’ll run out of tricks and the government will no longer be allowed to spend more money than it takes in.

3. These Treasury tricks are very much not business as usual, and the fact that we’ve been reduced to these kinds of shell games means that normal governance is already dangerously crippled.

4. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that in FY 2014 (which runs from October 2013 through September 2014), total federal income will be $3,042 billion and total spending will be $3,602 billion, a difference of $560 billion.

5. This is the amount of debt we need to issue to pay for everything in the budget, which means that if the debt limit isn’t raised, we need to immediately cut spending by $560 billion, or $46 billion per month.

6. That’s roughly the equivalent of wiping out the entire Defense Department; or wiping out two-thirds of Social Security; or wiping out all of Medicaid + all unemployment insurance + all food assistance + all veterans’ benefits.

7. What’s worse, because the government’s computers are programmed to simply pay bills in the order they’re received, it’s not clear if the Treasury can specify which bills get paid and which don’t.

8. This raises the additional risk that interest on treasury bonds might not get paid—something that would put US debt in default and could be disastrous in a global economy that depends on US bonds being rock solid.

9. So those are our choices if Congress fails to raise the debt limit: Either we suddenly stop paying for critical programs that people depend on, or we default on US treasury bonds—or both.

10. The former would immiserate millions of people and probably produce a second Great Recession, while the latter would likely devastate the global economy.

Not much of a choice, is it? That’s why it’s time for Republicans to stop playing games with the financial equivalent of nuclear weapons and agree to raise the debt limit.

 

Are you as tired of this as I am? Are you sick of our spineless Speaker allowing 49 petulant and seditious congressional members of the GOP to hold this country hostage? Then tell him so: http://www.speaker.gov/

 

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