How does this happen? 14 Months Ago White Supremacists Marched Through Charlottesville, Virginia chanting “Jews will not replace us” and President of The United States Donald Trump chastised those who called the vile bastards out, saying “THERE ARE GOOD PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES,” encouraging and validating far right extremists of every ilk. Today, in the wake of yet another tragic instance of hate and violence, he reads words of shock and indignation from a teleprompter and wonders how this could happen. This is Trump’s America, and if you support him, his race-baiting dog whistles, and his brand of vitriolic hate-mongering, THIS IS YOUR AMERICA. You made this.
D U M B – A S S H A L L OF F A M E N O M I N A T I O N
I shouldn’t need an excuse to circle back around to my poor, mistreated, attention-starved blog–or the
millions, thousands, hundreds, dozens of eager readers who breathlessly await my oracular musings. Nevertheless, when life gives you lemons…
Okay, so no lemons. Instead, we got Jamie Gilt, the outspoken Florida horse mommy who loves her guns. A profuse poster of pro-firearm propaganda and fetishist rhetoric, who had reportedly been bragging of late about her 4-year-old son’s proficiency at the shooting range, Ms. Gilt recently threw this bit of wisdom up on the internet:
Silly rabbit. A few days ago, this upright, outspoken, patriotic (these colors don’t run, dammit!) saw her worst feats come to light when she was brutally gunned down…by said 4-year-old, who capped her from the backseat of their moving vehicle while she was driving and he was playing with her .45 automatic in the back seat.
Doh! Ms. Gilt gets automatic acceptance into the Dumb Ass Hall of Fame.
Another day, and another American gunned down for having the audacity to be black. Against this latest atrocity, and apart from so much that needs to be said about sympathy for Philando Castile’s friends and loved ones, as well as the angry recriminations that should rightfully be directed at the Falcon Heights Police officer who gunned down a man who seems, from the streaming video that has swept the internet, to have been a perfectly law-abiding, upstanding citizen, this occurs to me: It is time for the NRA to spend a little less energy on defending backdoor tactics that help people to sidestep background checks, and put their effort behind seeking some justice for a law-abiding licensed gun owner who was executed for attempting to provide his registration and identification!
I very much doubt that NRA honcho Wayne LaPierre will have much to say on the subject, because I can’t imagine that would resonate with the gun marketing organization’s core demographic, which is rural white people, or its over-riding mission, which to not to protect anyone’s rights so much as it is to channel fear and hostility into gun and ammo sales. The NRA wants white folks to be afraid of black folks, because fear and suspicion stoke sales. Stepping up for a gun owner who is black, who was murdered for politely following a white police officer’s shouted instructions, is going to muddy the water for a lot of the singular-minded firearm fetishists who feed the NRA’s coffers.
Still, I’m open to pleasant surprise. Heck, I’m quietly begging to be proven wrong. So here’s my challenge again…
Dear Wayne LaPierre and All NRA Members: prove that you aren’t all hypocrites. Demand that the full power of your organization be turned toward seeking justice for Philando Castile. Make me look like an idiot for doubting your conviction and predicting that you’ll all just sit on your hands and say, “Well, he must have been asking for it.”
These guys are just masters of tact and timing. I should probably save this for use as a D.A.H.O.F. post, but…. Not that these corporate shills won’t earn a nomination some other way.
Despite fitful, stumbling progress China has yet to embrace the freedoms that should accompany its anything goes economic policies, and that has become particularly evident in the days leading up to the 25th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests and the massacre that followed.
Catching my eye today was the arrest of an Australian artist, Guo Jian, a Tiananmen protester and former soldier who is best known for creating art with a strong current of social criticism, after a very interesting (read it!) interview with the Financial Times in which he openly discussed, among other things, his involvement with the student led protests of 1989 and his most recent installation piece, a massive diorama of Tiananmen Square made of trash, ground pork, and other non-traditional but deeply symbolic materials which in part is meant as a critique of the extensive redevelopment programs China has employed to alter the historic Square in it’s ongoing attempts to scrub the protests and massacre from memory.
This anniversary has been a real sore spot for China. The huge, rapidly developing nation has censored and forbidden all mentions of the 1989 incidents, including schools, where students are instead instructed, in great detail, every affront ever perpetuated against China by outsiders. This seems especially strange to us Americans, whose nation wears it’s own, remarkably similar, sins on our collective sleeves. We may be a nation of secrets, according to whistle blowers like Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden, but our constitution rights permit volumes of often deeply critical review of our lowest moments in remarkable detail. In China, that just gets you locked up.
*On an unrelated note, this is my 400th post–fitting that I didn’t realize until after I posted, and that it was on a serious subject. Huzzah!