What’s the problem?

Thank you, Republicans. You really love mass-shootings, don’t you? It gives you an excuse to trot out your Bible. It gives you an excuse to blame the weak, the poor, the minorities, for all the failings of our great nation. It gives you an excuse to sell even more guns because, of course, mass-shootings means they’re comin’ fer yer guns!

And what irks me most with this, the most popular post on the subject at the moment, is the last bit, about courts without justice. Last year Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem to protest injustice. How did you Republicans respond? Well, not very kindly…

Stephen Paddock shot and killed 58 people – some of whom might have even been Republicans – and injured more than 500. I’ll just ask you Republicans one simple yes-or-no question:

If Paddock didn’t have any guns, would he have shot and killed 58 people – some of whom might even have been Republicans – and injured more than 500?

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More blood on Obama’s hands

Last night Stephen Paddock unleashed a fury of bullets and terror from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, killing 58 and injuring 515. It was the deadliest mass shooting in American history. Paddock, 64, was a nice, quiet gentleman who had no political, religious, emotional, or financial problems.

The President tweeted: “My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!” And called the shooting “an act of pure evil.”

He’s right.

Under Obama’s reign, there were 162 mass murders, including 18 incidents with 8 or more deaths. He delighted us with 14 – yes, 14 – crocodile-teared speeches: After the First Fort Hood shooting on Nov. 5, 2009, the Tucson congressional event shooting on Jan. 8, 2011, the Aurora movie theater shooting on July 20, 2012, the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting, on Aug. 6, 2012, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Dec. 14, 2012, the Navy Yard shooting on Sept. 16, 2013, the Second Fort Hood shooting on April 2, 2014, the Kansas Jewish Community Center shooting on April 14, 2014, the Charleston church shooting on June 18, 2015, the Chattanooga recruiting center shooting on July 16, 2015, the Roseburg community college shooting on Oct. 1, 2015, the San Bernardino community center shooting on Dec. 2, 2015, the Kalamazoo Uber driver shootings on Feb. 22, 2016, and the Orlando nightclub shooting on June 12, 2016.

If you’re keeping score at home, that’s 14 swings, 14 misses. After 162 mass murders – try to fathom that, 162 mass murders – Obama got absolutely nothing done on gun reform. And that was an act of pure evil.

“Care is no cure, but rather corrosive,
For things that are not to be remedied.”

– William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part One

A matter of honor

Football. Saints at the Packers. Steelers at the Bears. Giants at the Eagles. Texans at the Patriots. And all the rest. And rising for our National Anthem to honor our military. Or silently protesting to honor those who have fallen due to injustice.

Manuel Loggins Jr., 31

Ramarley Graham, 18

Shereese Francis, 29

Rekia Boyd, 22

Jamar Clark, 24

Yvette Smith, 47

Tamir Rice, 12

Laquan McDonald, 17

Akai Gurley, 28

Eric Garner, 43

Ezell Ford, 25

Michael Brown Jr., 18

Christian Taylor, 19

Walter Scott, 50

Natasha McKenna, 37

Freddie Gray, 25

Brendon Glenn, 29

Samuel DuBose, 43

Gregory Gunn, 58

Akiel Denkins, 24

Amadou Diallo, 23

Ronald Madison, 40

Kendra James, 21

Sean Bell, 23

Alton Sterling, 37

I’ll be silently protesting…

Jimmy Kimmel is pissed

Republicans are in a tight race against the clock to pass a repeal and replace Obamacare bill before Sept. 30. Republicans won’t be able to use the reconciliation process once the fiscal year ends. After that, they would have to work with Democrats. After seven long years and hundreds of attempts, they’ve come up with yet another last chance Hail Mary.

The Graham-Cassidy Bill gives authority to individual states spend a block grant any way they choose, with only a few caveats from Washington. States that have not participated in the grant program under Obamacare will now get the money they had previously rejected – redistributing funds from states that did take the grants under Obamacare – because now it will come with no strings attached. The bill lets states eliminate benefits mandated by Obamacare, such as prescription drugs, hospitalization, and maternity care. It also would let states “Get a waiver allowing insurers to charge people more if they or a dependent have a pre-existing condition, or if they get sick and want to keep their insurance.”

In April, Jimmy Kimmel’s’ son Billy was born with a rare congenital heart defect. No one can imagine how a parent feels getting such news on what’s one of the happiest days in someone’s life. So Jimmy became an outspoken advocate for universal healthcare. Louisiana senator Bill Cassidy said earlier on Kimmel’s ABC show that any health bill should pass a “Jimmy Kimmel test.” The pre-existing condition waiver fails the test. And makes Cassidy a liar.

Now, every Republican in the country has gone apoplectic that a late show TV host would even have an opinion about what goes on in Washington. I’d like to remind them that it wasn’t that long ago that the President of the United States of America was a reality TV host.

“Think you’re escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.” – James Joyce, Ulysses

Sweet justice

From the Associated Press:

St. Louis Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson determined Friday that prosecutors failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Jason Stockley’s use of deadly force was not justifiable self-defense. Anthony Lamar Smith was killed in the 2011 encounter.

You may remember that police dashcam video captured Stockley saying, “going to kill this (expletive), don’t you know it!”

You may remember that the gun Stockley claimed Smith was pointing at him had Stockley’s – not Smith’s – DNA on it.

The Republican prosecutor barely bothered to lay out a half-ass case that the police officer intentionally killed the black man and then planted a gun, before the Republican judge, and, surprise, surprise, the officer was found not guilty.

Sweet justice. Don’t ya just love it…

“Thus, cases of injustice, and oppression, and tyranny, and the most extravagant bigotry, are in constant occurrence among us every day. It is the custom to trumpet forth much wonder and astonishment at the chief actors therein setting at defiance so completely the opinion of the world; but there is no greater fallacy; it is precisely because they do consult the opinion of their own little world that such things take place at all, and strike the great world dumb with amazement.” – Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby