How Little Peace in the World

I was going to report on some progressive things I found while traveling to some of our red states, while on vacation. I’m putting that on the back burner for now. That is because I have been focusing on the shooting of unarmed, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown is African-American and the police officer who shot him six times is white. This article’s comment section, will give you some insight on how black and whites differ on the shooting. I am left wondering where is the NRA on this issue? They are telling people how they may well end up needing guns to fight against an encroaching police state. Is the NRA not concerned if a police state is harassing and shooting black America citizens? After every school shooting there is an outpouring of sympathy and caring for victims of gun violence. Where is that out pouring when the victims are black youths gunned down by police and would be vigilantes? When it is a black victim, there always seems to be a rush to prove the black victim did something that warranted his being beaten, choked to death, or shot half a dozen times.

In the case of the Ferguson shooting, rioting erupted. What if instead, the black community would have heavily armed themselves and stood toe to toe with the police and National Guard? In the case of white rancher, Cliven Bundy in Nevada armed white men from around the country showed up to aid Bundy. They were defending someone who had been stealing taxpayer money for over twenty years, by poaching on government land. Bundy made racist remarks that had the right-wing media flee from supporting him. The right-wing militia guys did not flee and faced down the armed agents of the Bureau of Land Management. These white right-wing militias are opposed to the U.S. turning into a police state. Why did these militias not show up in Ferguson to aid those protesting a police state? I guess many whites are OK with black Americans suffering from a justice system that makes them second class citizens.  I’d like to leave on the good things that are happening in Ferguson.  

Now for a poem I just wrote about how little peace we have in this world:

The Good Examples are too Few
We have protests in Ferguson, Missouri

over an unarmed black teen’s death

shot six times by a white policeman.

As always the police said they

are going to investigate themselves.

65% of Republicans expressed confidence

in the investigations into the incident.

About the same percent of 7 year olds

say they still believe in Santa Clause.

All over the world, tensions are high,

including unrest over self-rule in the Ukraine.

Practically every country is at war

— in some way or another.

The latest study from the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP)

says just 11 countries aren’t embroiled in conflict right now.

The ranking takes into account

everything from foreign involvement

to unrest on the home turf.

The U.S.is not in the top 100 most peaceful nations

as we come in at 101 on the list.

The 11 countries with the lowest rates of conflict were

Switzerland, Japan, Qatar, Mauritius, Uruguay, Chile,

Botswana, Costa Rica, Vietnam, Panama and Brazil.

They were detached from wars in other countries

and free of internal conflict in their own nation.

Eleven countries is pretty damn pathetic.

But even those countries aren’t home free.

The data from the 2014 report only goes up to the end of 2013,

so events like the protests at the World Cup festivities in Brazil

will change next year’s ranking removing Brazil from the list.

I’m not sure how it got on the current list

as it is ranked number 2 on the earth

in highest sex slave trade for women

and men are also sold as slaves for labor.

As for Switzerland how did it get on the list?

This is a country where “blood” diamonds,

and hard currency passes through Swiss banks

in order to be “laundered.”

There’s no telling how much suffering and violence

people suffered so others could earn these profits.

As far as Qatar is concerned this is a country where

immigrant workers from India and Nepal die

due to unbearable working conditions,

and how many others workers never received any pay.

The violence that is in Botswana is caused by drought

and Aids/HIV which infects a quarter of its population.

Some of these 11 peaceful nations manufacture weapons

and sell them to countries in conflict.

The world is faced with too much greed,

too much fighting over limited resources

including jobs which leads to the cheapening of life

then war and conflict.

I’m not sure I believe in evolution,

maybe it shouldn’t be taught in schools.

After not learning anything from

centuries of war and conflict

can man really claim he has evolved?

 

Akron’s Jacob Arthur: “Robin” (a tribute to Robin Williams).

“We Stand as One”

“Pit race against race, religion against religion, prejudice against prejudice. Divide and conquer! We must not let that happen here.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

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The Elecpencil Goes Red State

I am now home from my car trip to visit my son who works at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. Many of the roads in Texas have 75 and 80 mph speeds. Even with that our hybrid sedan averaged over 39.5 mpg for the whole trip! I want to talk about some of the positive things I found in a few of the red states I stopped in. I will do that next post but put some vacation photos on this post.

I arrived home to find that my parents were in a car accident. They are both in their 80’s and were both bruised up with my dad suffering neck and shoulder pain. They were driving their bright red 39 Ford hot rod. Such an old car has no air bags and many hard metal surfaces. They were stopped with a turn signal on to turn left into an antique car show. They were rear ended by a woman in a Kia going over 55 in a 35 zone. The woman never braked at all before hitting my parents. The Kia driver claimed she never saw them. She was fine as her air bag deployed. Witnesses who were standing at the car show and a driver behind the woman said there was a reason she never saw my parents. That is because she was talking on her cell phone. The car my parents built and loved for 27 years is totaled, but at least my parents are alive. If you are someone who talks on a cell phone while driving, please stop before you kill someone.

I want to mention a couple of guys whose negativity I had to witness, as I returned to my valley, in this blue state. I arrived to hear; Regional Chamber President Tom Humphries claim that the Community Bill of Rights Committee has “a radical anti-development, anti-business agenda.” What the Community Bill of Rights Committee actually has is a common sense agenda. That agenda will protect the very existence of Youngstown’s citizens against earthquakes and polluted air and water from fracking.

Then I learn that Warren Tribune editor Frank Robinson is censoring one of the community writers that he hired to write columns. The writer wrote a column supporting activists fighting against fracking in our area. Frank didn’t run the column telling the writer, “Er um. I didn’t mention that there are some topics that we won’t run, particularly if they stand in such opposition to our point of view as yours does.” Imagine a newspaper not publishing columns because they don’t reflect the editor’s view. So much for the First Amendment. No wonder print media is becoming obsolete.

Now some photos:

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My daughter and I walk in the land of the Delta Blues on Beale St. in Memphis.

Blues music poured from various bars as we walked with the “ghost of Elvis.”

This is the original music hall for the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

These guitars were for sale in a clothing store in Nashville. The store was called, “Two Old Hippies.” This old hippy could not afford the $150 shirts or $180 leather belts sold there.

This window is in one of several bath houses located in a row in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The bath houses now serve other purposes but were places where you went to experience the healing power of the hot springs water. I brought home a few gallons and it is the best water I have ever tasted.

Here is one of the hot springs pouring down into a park in downtown Hot Springs. The water is a natural 140 degrees and steam rises from it.

 

You know you’re in the Lone Star State when your hotel’s breakfast included waffles in the shape of Texas.

A photo of Austin, Texas from Austin’s botanical gardens.

This is Austin’s statehouse.

Austin’s beautiful botanical gardens.

We spotted this horse getting some fresh air as my wife, daughter and I hoofed it back to Ohio!

Thanks to my daughter Mackenzie for being the family photographer.

 

Marc Cohn: “Walking in Memphis”

“Silver Thunderbird”

Vacation: a period of travel and relaxation when you take twice the clothes and half the money you need.” ~Author Unknown

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It’s Time C.I.A. Stood for Caring for Illegal Adolescents

Excerpt from a speech delivered in 1933, by Major General Smedley Butler, USMC.

 “War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.” Also, “I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.

  It’s been over 80 years since Gen. Butler’s speech and things haven’t changed. The United States still bases foreign policy on what countries natural resources benefit our nation’s corporations. We still invade countries, fix elections and back (train and arm) brutal right-wing dictators if U.S. business interests deem it necessary. The Reagan administration gave $5 billion in aid to brutal dictator Duarte in El Salvador. That blood money led to 75,000 Salvadoran deaths including Bishop Romero who spoke against Duarte’s immoral war on his people.

 In Guatemala in 1982, General Montt came to power in a military coup.  Reagan declared: “President Ríos Montt is a man of great personal integrity and commitment….I know he wants to improve the quality of life for all Guatemalans and to promote social justice.” Gen. Rios used $10 million in Reagan supplied military hardware to torture and kill the Mayan population of Guatemala. Israel also supplied arms, intelligence and training to Montt’s death squads. Tens of thousands of non-combatants were killed by Gen. Montt’s death squads. In 2013, Reagan’s hero, Ríos Montt was found guilty of crimes against humanity and genocide against Mayan Indians by a Guatemalan court. He was given a sentence of 80 years in prison. In 1944, President Jacobo Arbenz’ was elected on a platform of land reform. That platform conflicted with multinational corporate interest. That led the C.I.A. to facilitate a coup and set up a right-wing military dictatorship, friendly to corporations needs. The next fifty years were filled with political violence. From 1960-1996 over 200,000 Guatemalans were killed with 93% of those deaths at the hands of government forces.

 In Honduras Reagan backed Battalion 316, a CIA – trained military unit that terrorized Honduras for much of the 1980s. Reagan also used Honduras as a camp for his illegal Contra rebels to attack Nicaragua. I don’t want to let the Obama administration off the hook either. In 2009, the Honduran military overthrew the elected government, and the Obama administration accepted the coup over the protests of pro-democracy forces there. He did this in an effort to fight drugs and has sent troops to train Honduran police and military to further the war on drugs. Former Honduran President Zelaya said, “The police are the drug traffickers. If you fund the police, you’re funding the drug traffickers.” The military there is also corrupt. They have had a captured drug smuggling plane and 300 automatic rifles and 300,000 bullets disappeared from a warehouse. The U.S.’s war on drugs in Honduras and other Latin American nations has escalated the violence in all those countries.

 The U.S. has spent decades propping up right-wing dictators throughout Central and South America. These dictators were corrupt and only cared about lining their own pockets while their citizens suffered. This greed filters down to the police, military and central governments in these countries. These corrupt officials and street gangs now see drugs as the path to riches. The criminal drug gangs are the new rulers of nations like; Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. These gangs recruit children in the drug trade and have turned these three countries into the deadliest places in the world.

 The U.S. government and the C.I.A. has done all it can to back multinational corporate interest in Latin America. Nuns, priests, bishops, environmentalists, union organizers, human rights activists, indigenous peoples and all manners of fighters for democracy have all been murdered by U.S. backed right-wing dictators. I am surprised that Latin Americans have never committed a terrorist act on U.S. shores, to pay our nation back for the terror we supported for many decades on their soil. Hondurans, Salvadorans and Guatemalans have now asked the U.S. to protect their children. They have sent their children to our nation’s borders to ask us to save them from the murderous climate of their own nations. The U.S. violent history towards those nation’s people demands we help these children. We call ourselves a Christian nation and claim we are the beacon of light in a dark world. We’ve said those things while we’ve not only backed brutal dictators, but trained and armed them. We owe it to these nations to finally do the moral thing and welcome these children with open arms.

Killer Mike: “Reagan”

“Upset the Setup”

“International politics is never about democracy and human rights. It’s about the interests of states. Remember that, no matter what you are told in history lessons.” ~ Egon Bahr

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An Auschwitz for Mother Goose and Air Time For Racists

    In Youngstown’s Mill Creek Park we saw a wild goose chase that ended deadly for 238 geese and goslings. They were herded into a gas chamber and euthanized in an effort to control the population of the nuisance animals. Their excrement is being called the nuisance. Park officials are blaming people who come to the park and feed the geese bread. Not having to travel to find food has messed up the bird’s migratory nature. With all the extra food from park visitors the geese are defecating more and messing up their water and surrounds. This could lead to more diseases for the geese. People who feed the geese bread are doing the birds a real disservice. That is because a diet composed of white bread can cause a bone disorder known as “angel wing” in young birds. This causes their wrist joints to fail to develop, and the affected wings will not lie flat against a bird’s body. Once this happens geese will lose the ability to fly.

  I think the park’s police should have written tickets enforcing the law against feeding the park’s animals. That would have been better than euthanizing, controlling, managing, roundup, gathering or whatever bullshit name you want to call murdering geese. June is said to be a good time to round-up geese. That is because the adults can’t fly because they are molting (shedding), and the goslings haven’t learned to fly yet. In other words they are most defenseless and can’t flee. An article in the Youngstown Vindicator stated, “because of possible heavy metals and other contamination, park officials decided not to donate the meat from the euthanized wild geese.” What are these heavy metals and are they also in the water and air that could harm humans? Are they chemicals from the park’s use of weed killers or contaminates from fracking in the area? We have lots of people who have no problem with opening up our nation’s parks to be fracked. To them killing geese would be a golden egg to make room for fracking wells. Let me mention one such guy.

  That is WKBN radio talk show host Dan Rivers. Dan stated on air that he loved the goose holocaust so much he was now willing to pay twice as much for taxes to fund Mill Creek Park. Dan is a teabagger that has gone with other teabaggers to D.C. to protest illegal immigrants. The gassing of Canadian geese (they are illegal aliens to him) is the kind of welcome Dan would probably like to give to all human illegals. I heard Dan mention an author he was going to feature on his show. The author had written a book about slavery in America. The author’s point was that blacks should have been happy to be slaves in this country because it was better than living in Africa. I was happy to hear a black caller phone Dan, and tell him that is the kind of crap white racists want to believe. I didn’t listen later when the author was on, because I didn’t want my head to explode with rage. Most folks in the media would never give such an author one second of air time. Our local boy Dan I’m sure read the book cover to cover a couple of times, and couldn’t wait to get the author on.

  Could we locally please stop murdering geese and stop the racism and move into the 21st century? The 21st century is also known as the Anno Domini era or the Common Era. Can we all agree that killing helpless animals, promoting racism and spreading hatred towards people who want to become citizens of our country is not something that should be accepted or common in the 21st century?

Next time I wish Mill Creek Park officials would use the “Goosinator” that many other parks are using to chase away geese.

New Castle, PA band: Vito’s Lot

“The law doth punish man or woman that steals the goose from the common, but lets the greater felon loose, that steals the common from the goose.” ~ Unknown Quote

Park police did a better job of enforcing the “no feed” regulations. Issue a few citations – See more at: http://www.vindy.com/news/2014/jun/27/more-than–geese-euthanized-at-mill-cree/#sthash.cbAq9yXI.dpuf
“because of possible heavy metals and other contamination, park officials decided not to donate the meat from the euthanized wild geese”. – See more at: http://www.vindy.com/news/2014/jun/27/more-than–geese-euthanized-at-mill-cree/#sthash.cbAq9yXI.dpuf
“because of possible heavy metals and other contamination, park officials decided not to donate the meat from the euthanized wild geese”. – See more at: http://www.vindy.com/news/2014/jun/27/more-than–geese-euthanized-at-mill-cree/#sthash.cbAq9yXI.dpuf
“because of possible heavy metals and other contamination, park officials decided not to donate the meat from the euthanized wild geese”. – See more at: http://www.vindy.com/news/2014/jun/27/more-than–geese-euthanized-at-mill-cree/#sthash.cbAq9yXI.dpufI would ask Mill Creek park police next time to use the humane Goosinator to drive geese off.


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In Sorry Company With a Sorry Assed Company

Do you think practicing racial and gender discrimination is acceptable?

Do you think women should be paid less than men?

Do you think women should be promoted less than men?

Do you think men make better managers than women?

Do you think people should not be paid livable wages?

Do you think people working full-time should make so little they still qualify for welfare?

Do you think it was good to ship U.S. manufacturing jobs to China?

Do you like buying Chinese goods instead of U.S. goods?

Do you agree with trying to pass Chinese made products off as being made in the USA?

Do you think it is OK to have children in China working in sweatshops?

Do you think it’s OK for people to die in fires because the doors were locked in sweatshops?

Do you think it is OK to work employees overtime without paying them anything?

Do you find it acceptable to fire older employees because they have health care problems and replace them with younger workers?

Do you think a company should deny their workers breaks, lunches and bathroom visits?

Do you think it is right to fire employees for trying to start a union?

Do you think it is OK for a company to work towards destroying public education?

Do you think it is right to violate environmental laws?

Do you think cheating on your taxes and bribery are good business practices?

Do you think buying term insurance policies on people who work for you, so you can profit from their deaths is just?

Do you believe that a business should censor what books, movies or music you can buy?

Do you think it is alright to sell anti-Semitic books?

Do you think it is moral to lie and claim you do charity work?

Do you think it is alright to bash public welfare but believe that corporate welfare is a good thing?

Do you think treating people you do business with shabbily is a good plan?

Do you think it is acceptable to wrongfully terminate employees?

Do you think it is alright to fire employees who use their doctor prescribed medications?

Do you believe workers should be allowed to air grievances without fear of retaliation?

Do you think it is fine to hire illegal aliens and pay them off the books below minimum wages?

Do you think it is a good idea to destroy communities?

Do you believe history is unimportant so therefore it is fine to destroy Native American burial grounds and Civil War battlefields and sell them off?

Do you think it is fine for a business to be a predator and destroy other businesses by fixing prices?

Do you believe it is good to sell furniture made from wood from protected forests around the world?

Do you find it alright for a company to bask in good PR claiming they hire veterans and then harass their veteran employees, when they need time off to go to a doctor’s appointment?

You might not verbally agree with these things but you endorse all of them if you are part of the group of millions of Americans

known as Wal-Mart shoppers and Sam’s Club members.

  From 1986 to 1992 Hillary Clinton served as a member of the Wal-Mart board of directors. During those years she remained silent as Wal-Mart busted all union attempts to unionize Wal-Mart workers. At a June 1990 stockholders meeting Hillary said, “I’m always proud of Wal-Mart and what we do and the way we do it better than anyone else.” Hillary Clinton held nearly $100,000 in Wal-Mart stock before she and her husband moved from Arkansas to DC. Hillary now tries to distance herself from Wal-Mart policies and says now she knows better than she knew then. Many unions were dumb enough to believe that and endorsed her for president in 2008. I’m sure these same unions will back her in 2016. The unions might believe she has cut ties with Wal-Mart, but I don’t. I say that because the Wal-Mart Foundation has been a major funder of the Clinton Foundation, donating between $1 and $5 million through 2013.  One of the Walton’s who own Wal-Mart, Alice Walton worth $35 billion—donated the max $25,000 to Ready for Hillary (the Super PAC urging Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016). Hillary might have started her recent book tour at Costco but she showed up at a book signing at a Wal-Mart in Little Rock, Arkansas.

  Hillary by still taking money from Wal-Mart is an apologist for Wal-Mart’s immoral behavior on every social justice issue. When you walk through their doors, or join a Sam’s Club you are also an apologist for their immorality. The Supreme Court considers corporations to be a person. These corporations are not people because they lack a heart and soul. The heart and soul of a corporation is profit. The only way to change a corporation like Wal-Mart is to boycott it until it has a coronary profit attack. Wouldn’t you rather be part of the solution, instead of the problem for our children’s sake?

Wal-Mart: Supply Chain

Confessions of a Wal-Mart Hit Man

“At the end of the day, we supported globalization because we wanted to be able to buy cheaper computers, cheaper vehicles, cheaper clothes and cheaper furniture. Wal-Mart parking lots were jammed with North American workers buying bargain-basement-priced goods made in China even if in the process they were shopping themselves right out of their own jobs.”
Jeff Rubin, Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller: Oil and the End of Globalization

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Rush to Judge.

  Rush Limbaugh has been blasting Hillary Clinton, on his radio show. That is because she is considered among the front-runners, to be the Democrat contender, for president in 2016. He was also blasting Hillary, because he has a contract that pays $400 million for him to spread hate during his 15 hour work week. Rush has been on a campaign, to say the Clintons are wealthy and thus out of touch with U.S. voters. Rush actually said this, while, he broadcasts his show from his $26 million ocean front home in West Palm Beach, which has 7 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and an elevator. It is a 24,000-square-foot mansion he designed himself, it features architectural influences from Louis XIV’s palace at Versailles to the Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate. His Florida property also features four other homes. He also owns a Gulf Stream jet that cost $54 million, and six $450,000 Maybach limos. He’s doing very well for a guy who mothers said, “he flunked everything” and left college after two semesters. Spreading hate, and pretending Reaganomics worked, pays well if you happen to be thinking of a career change. Though, Rush makes a fortune talking politics, he never voted for Reagan, or anyone else until he turned 35.

  Rush came from a pretty well off family that included lawyers, federal judges and a state congressman. Rush is now said to worth somewhere around $1 billion. The median individual income in the US (according to the 2012 census) is $29,000, meaning half of us make less and half make more. If you made $29,000 a year, and saved every single penny of it, in 34,482 years you would be worth a billion dollars. What do you think the odds are, of you winning half a million dollars at Powerball? The odds, are 1 in 800,000, that is the same odds as your chance of being a billionaire in the United States. If you placed $500 on every single seat, in every professional football stadium, in the U.S. it would equal $1 billion.

  Do you really think a billionaire understands your life, and has your best interest at heart? Well, Rush’s 14 million (down from 22 million) listeners do. People, that listen to 10 hours or more of talk radio a week vote republican 3 to 1. In the U.S. 243 million people (over age 12) listen to AM/FM radio a week. If Rush has 14 million listeners (according to Talkers magazine) that means he has 5% of radio listeners. The good news is 95% of radio listeners tune him out. Rush had the number one talk show in Los Angeles, but has fallen to 37th place in the ratings. In New York, Limbaugh’s rating dropped from fifth to 22nd. Rush’s average listeners, are 66 years old white men. Younger people aren’t turning on their radios to listen to political hate shows. With an audience that is dying off, and advertisers leaving, in droves because of boycotts against Rush’s racist, sexist and homophobic comments, hate talk radios days may be numbered.

  I only heard Rush’s hate speech for a minute while I was spinning my radio dial. I can’t imagine what hearing his hateful rants, on a regular basis could do to people’s minds. Hell, it is probably the real factor that turned Rush to using drugs. It must be hard for Rush, to find peace, when he is paid lavish sums to fester hate. He may be laughing all the way to the bank, but on the way he is swinging by a pharmacy to score some Oxycontin. Rush has repeatedly said drug users should all be jailed. When caught using drugs (and forging prescriptions) Rush begged for mercy. He was able to afford an expensive attorney so, he served no jail time. His case and OJ’s case leads me to ask, something that a friend of mine was asked by someone in prison. That is “would you rather be rich and guilty or poor and innocent?” Being wealthy not only changes the ballgame it puts you in a whole different league that has no umpires. Since, Rush attacked the Clinton for being millionaires while ignoring he is a billionaire I’d call that “a Rush to judge.”

One billionaire who is not out of touch tells his fellow billionaires to wake up and see the writing is on the wall.

“Rush Limbaugh” a folk song.

“We’ve arrived at a point where the President of the United States is going to lead a war on traditional marriage.” –Rush Limbaugh, on President Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage. Limbaugh’s first, second, third, and fourth wives could not be reached for comment. (May 9, 2012)

 

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The Shot Not Heard in Our Own Backyard

None of you came to see me do poetry at Pig Iron Press the second Tuesday in June. Therefore, I am going to punish you by posting my most recent poem. It is on the same subject as my last post but more serious.

The Shot Not Heard in Our Own Backyard

There’s a democrat in the White House.
Even worse to some he’s a black man.
That is a great thing for the NRA to gain new members
and gun manufacturers and gun shops to sell more guns,
by spreading the fear that the government is going
to confiscate all the public’s firearms.
Today’s paranoia is tomorrow’s profit!
These lies every election about democrats
have created a new arms race
to get to a gun shop and buy
some homegrown “Weapons of Mass Destruction.”
Rapid-fire guns with humongous ammo magazines
were designed to hunt humans in war
not a deer or turkey in the woods.

 
What isn’t a lie is that a seven-year old shot
multiple times with .223 rounds
from a 30 round clip Bushmaster assault rifle
at a school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut
didn’t even resemble a little girl anymore.
Those who retrieved her body
picked it up in pieces and she was just one of
6 adults and 20 elementary school children
who were killed on killed December 14, 2012
by a 20 year-old insane gunman.

In four minutes, he shot 154 bullets,
making most of the victims shot multiple times
which meant that many parents weren’t able
to “identify” the remains of their little ones.
Ironically, the corporation that manufactures
the Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle
is named, the Freedom Group.

The reaction across the country to the Newtown shooting was
that assault rifles and .223 rounds used in AR-15 were sold out
and manufacturers hired to keep up with demand.
There was an outcry for gun control
but congressional Republicans blocked attempts
to enact new federal gun restrictions.
Candidates that ran on a platform of gun control
mostly lost as the NRA supplied the life blood
of huge money transfusions to gun friendly candidates.
Our soldiers are coming home from combat
in Iraq and Afghanistan with PTSD’s
and in classrooms in this country
students are suffering from PTSD’s from
all the school shootings.

In the 1950’s as a school kid
I was taught to “Duck and Cover”
under my school desk to protect myself
in case of a Russian nuclear attack.
Today’s kids “Duck and Cover”
is called being in “lock down” mode.
It’s what schools do in case of an attack by lunatics
armed to the teeth with semi-automatic weapons.
NRA member Joe the plumber
echoed many NRA member’s beliefs
when he said, “your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights.”
Does every U.S. family have to lose a child
before we become outraged enough
to speak out against the NRA?

The gun manufacturers owned NRA’s answer to violence
has been saying we need more guns
and to arm teachers and school administrators.
The latest ideas from a money-grubbing corporate bastard
trying to exploit fear to make a buck are from
Massachusetts-based company Bullet Blocker.
They are offering children’s bulletproof backpacks,
bulletproof blankets, and bulletproof iPad cases,
notebooks, and school bag survival kits.
What is next Kevlar school uniforms?

It seems greed is more American
than the right to life and freedom from fear.
Since our so-called, political representatives
get big contributions from the NRA
they represent them and not the public.
This will not change anytime in the near future.
Since the NRA is owned by corporations
that manufacture weapons
they will ever develop a conscience.
If humans are really the dominant species
their only hope of survival
is to evolve and develop bulletproof skin.

There have been incidences of 74 schools shootings since Newtown.

Tell Gov. Chris Christie to limit the size of gun magazines.

Local musician: Dennis Drummond

“Semi-automatics have only two purposes. One is so owners can take them to the shooting range once in awhile, yell yeehaw, and get all horny at the rapid fire and the burning vapor spurting from the end of the barrel. Their other use – their only other use – is to kill people” ~ Steven King

 

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