Today in My History

2000:  Karma Overdue
2001:  Jolly Fat People
2002:  Sidelined
2003:  Sunday Shoppers
2004:  Just Call Me Guru
2005:  Cheating on the Nielsens
A Piece of Pizza, a Jug of Wine and Us
2007: The Riches
2008:  I'd Walk a Mile
2009:  The Paul Picnic
2010:  My Fair Polly
2011:  Where are the Basque Sheepherders?
2012: Foursquare
2013: TGIS
2014: Grandparents at Last
2015: Inactivity
2016: Xulhaz Mannan
2017: Grandma
2018  Saturday 9
2019: Sunday Stealing
The 18th Century
Drunken Spaghetti

Books Read in 2022
 Updated 5/24
"Zero Day"
David Baldacci
(book #25 in 2022)

My family

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Some Background Links:
The Philosophy of Juice & Crackers
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The story of the Piñata Group
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26 May 2022

I have found myself staring off into space and unable to get motivated to do anything today.

Yesterday, I had  journal entry posted here iin the late afternoon, as I frequently do.  But when I started to go to sleep, I was plagued by the need to write something about the massacre at the grammar school in Texas. 

So I got up and sat here at my computer for an hour or so composing the entry that I ultimately posted last night.  By the time I was ready to settle back to sleep, Morning Joe was starting and I turned it on.  Along with Mika Brzezinski, I fought tears through much of the show, starting with Biden's impassioned, emotional, angry speech.

"Where in God's name is our backbone?" he asked, in one of the most moving speeches I may have ever heard him give.

Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy asked "What are we doing?"

and added "Spare me the bullshit about mental illness," pointing out that every country had problems with mental illness, but this is the only country that allows mentally ill people to carry guns.  ""I just don't understand why people here think we're powerless," Murphy told reporters after a fiery floor speech. "There's just not a coincidence that we're the high-income-world's deadliest nation and we have the loosest gun laws. You know, guns flow in this country like water. And that's why we have mass shooting after mass shooting."

Then there was Steve Kerr, coach of the NBA Golden State Warriors, ignoring the press conference he was supposed to be giving before the night's game, and instead venting his anger (Kerr's father was shot and killed in Beirut in 1984)..

"When are we going to do something? I am tired. I am so tired of getting up here and offering condolences to the devastated families out there. I'm tired of the moments of silence. Enough. ... So I ask you, Mitch McConnell and all of you senators who refuse to do anything about the violence and the school shootings and the supermarkets shootings -- I ask you, are you going to put your own desire for power ahead of the lives of our children and our elderly and our church-goers? Because that's what it looks like. That's what we do every week. I'm fed up. I've had enough. We can't get numb to this. We can't sit here and just read about it and say let's have a moment of silence."  He stalked off in anger.

But the pleas are falling on deaf ears as McConnell has indicated that the mild gun safety bill that was passed by the House 2 years ago will not be voted on, and other Republicans are accusing the Democrats as using this tragedy to politicize gun control.

Well...yeah!  That's the whole point!  But, as Joe Scarborough points out "Republicans will come up with a thousand excuses for why we shouldn't do anything."

Shortly after the shooting, Republican Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, who for well over a decade has led his party in vehemently blocking a raft of federal gun control measures, decried the “disgusting violence” in Uvalde and said: “The entire country is praying for the children, families, teachers, and staff and the first responders on the scene.”

With Senator Murphy, I say "Spare me the bullshit."

Senator Ted Cruz and others are set to speak  at the National Rifle Leadership Summit this week.  Think they'll talk gun control?

Me neither.





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