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The issue has never been to take away guns,   The issue has always been to work to keep guns out of the hands of the wrong people…

The NRA has worked hard to make that impossible.  Using anonymity, fake screens, and everything possible to keep the criminal element intact.

If criminals weren’t subsidizing the NRA, they should start in order to keep it in business.

During the upcoming legislative session, gun laws designed to allow normal people to have all the guns they want, and abnormal people not to get them, should become a priority.

It is especially sad, when a father on one coast tries to get help for his mentally unstable son on another coast,  and can’t in time to save an innocent person’s life…

We can do better; creating a law that requires a gun owner to at least have the mental capacity to drive a vehicle… would be a start.  If one is deemed to unstable to drive on our public highways, we could probably be safe and rule out the likelihood of them ever owning a gun….

It is no big deal.  Or better framed, it is far less a big deal than seeing your son or daughter shot by someone who should have never had a gun in the first place….

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Many of the areas hit by the storm had also been hit by Irene. In New Jersey’s Hamilton Township, Tom Jacobsen also recalled heavy spring flooding and a particularly heavy winter before that.

“I’m starting to think we really ticked off Mother Nature somehow, because we’ve been getting spanked by her for about a year now,” he said while grabbing some coffee at a convenience store…..

OF COURSE YOU DID, DUMMY. YOU VOTED FOR REPUBLICANS!

As I’ve written, and read, it appears very hard to discuss this Great Divide that has occurred between the 1% and the 99% …. without sounding shrill or hateful… by either side…

Murdoch’s publications probably just like me, think they are presenting facts. But in the way they do so, it seems like all the scripts for their showy, sexy voiceboxes, are being written by little warped, frustrated old men….. And there have been times when I’ve just simply stating facts, and then upon the final edit, caught a vague feeling that a caustic tone had crept unawares into the body of my work….

One sees the same reading comments on Delaware Liberal,…. and Delaware Politics…. on the Daily Kos, and on all the major media news stories.. at the bottom….

Each time one senses a restraint is trying to be upheld by the individual authors, but that the issue itself burns through it…

Somewhere, somehow, someway… all of us have come to the conclusion that argument is a contest like muscling the ball across 100 yards… The louder we shout, or the crazier we sound, the more hits we get…

And that last statement may be true…

Sadly that means there can be no end; the crescendo escalates as the metronome marks each passing measure….

And it’s not just politics. It’s our life…

This is probably no exaggeration to say that over the past 24 hours, I have seen San Fransisco’s coach decapitate the opposing coach of that game probably over 100 times… . Well, 🙂 …. with all the coverage, outrage, animosity, and discussion, one would think it would rank as something on that level, n’est pas? (Seriously, I don’t think the actual one that occurred during the Iraqi Occupation, received as much commentary and commotion. IT… should have…)

So why is there no balance to truth these days? Why is everything being investigated as if it were a lie? Why is everyone so ungrounded in their values? Why is everyone reacting with ferocity instead of humor? With bombasticity instead of clever congeniality?

I think it has to do with the economy. Everything is getting stretched too thin, and is being held up by slights of hands, and not solid economics… Families are tense, finding themselves on the edge of losing everything. Banks are tense, hoping no one looks too closely to understand that they too are also on the edge of losing everything. Republicans are tense; their politics are about to be exposed as a sham and bluster, is the only weapon they have that can throw their opponents off before ever having their fraud be discovered. Just looking at the ads repeated across yesterday’s games. .. Not one ad attempted to persuade me to buy of anything. All, were demanding, almost yelling at me, that I’d better buy their product and not buy anything else. Television audiences are eyeing this years great selections of new computer games: probably because on screen, they seem more real than the world we’re actually live in…

Those who study Europe of 100 years ago… will recognize these same patterns. From art, music, and theater, came the sense of the unreal that was pervasively permeating their lives. That unreal grew 1911,1912,1914,1915,1916, … until the guns fell silent, on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month of 1917…. Then true reality set in… 10 million of Europe’s sons, lay dead, eliminated by the war; 20 million more died of starvation, and disease, that were caused by it.

And as it ended, each nation’s boundaries were remained pretty much the same….. Except for Austria-Hungary, nothing changed. Thirty million people perished … for what reason?

Because everyone was tired (bored) of all the posturing and jabbering, and decided to fight it out as something different, to finally settle the matter… Any party could have walked away,… and it would never have happened… Instead it was like a Pre-Super Bowl week with all the hype bantering back and forth from team to team… by day five it’s already too much but it continues: there are still 2 days to go… By Sunday, everyone is sick of it, and just wants it to be over. But when it died down near the end of 1917, instead of a Lombardi trophy, we had the decimation of Europe……

We are there again now…. But this time it “ain’t” Europe.

So how do we fix it. What measures can we take?

One solution: don’t do what they did 100 years ago. Back then,autocrats handled the debacle.

It appears that only a “people’s movement” can restore rationality, calmness, thoughtfulness, back into our lives… something that DIDN’T happen in Europe. Their political system simply didn’t have that option; as they weren’t designed for that.

Through the labor movement, and through Teddy Roosevelt, that populist movement and subsequent calming effect, did happen in the United States.

Ways and Means…

Boycott every advertiser on Fox.. All television companies are corporate entities, but boycotts only work where one entity suffers, and the other three profit handsomely at their expense. Boycott everything advertised on the Fox network, and spread the word as to why you are doing it… “You want your country back.”

Threaten bankruptcy each and every time someone tries to collect a past due payment. “Sorry, I simply don’t have the money. We’re probably going to declare bankruptcy soon.. so if you call us again, it had better be with a ridiculously low offer.. like 5% of what we owe to wipe the debt out entirely.”

Seriously the idea of moving your money out of Bank America is a good one. Again, for this to work, one entity has to suffer while the other three prosper. If all giants suffer, no giants budge, because they are not losing ground to their competitors in that sort of environment. But if Bank of America folds, and the other three giants grow, then we will never again see a $5 increase in our swipe fees….

Use Facebook to organize a global attempt to shift all money out of Murdoch’s empire on the same day, say 11/11/11.. Everyone targets that just that one company. Again for it to work, one company must fail, while the others all prosper…

Have a National Holiday From Work Day. If 90% of Americans simply don’t show up for work to say, protest Congress’s incompetence. “Cough, cough… Uh, She-Boss-man, I’m a little under the weather… cough, cough… Been up all night; didn’t get a lick of sleep; just got done throwing up and then it came out that “other” end way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way,… too fast… ” (damn tequila!) …

Find a friend, neighbor, and go occupy something cool that close by…

Because that……. is what we do.

From the Houston Chronicle:

The only member of the public to speak against the wind power proposal was Bernadette Winston, executive director of the Kingswood Community Center in Wilmington. Winston said low-income residents that her agency serves cannot afford huge increases in their electricity bills.

After Winston spoke, Green Delaware executive director Alan Muller noted that Stockbridge is chairman of the Kingswood Community Center board of directors.