Thursday, May 26, 2022

How can it be worse?

I have suggested that comedians are the conscience of our time, but I'm willing to expand that definition to include professional basketball teams.

On Tuesday Steve Kerr, head coach of the Golden State Warriors, delivered a passionate plea for gun control to a roomful of reporters who wanted to talk about the game.  Last night the Miami Heat asked for a moment of silence before their game with the Boston Celtics and presented a video tribute to the Uvalde victims.  They asked the fans to call their senators and urge gun control laws and thousands cheered.  This frightened Marco Rubio into expressing his deep concern for Muslims:  "The @NBA doesn't like to talk about the billions they make from a China that enslaves Uyghur Muslims and harvests their organs.  But they have no problem politicizing a horrific tragedy in America."  What Chinese government policy has to do with an elementary school massacre in Texas was not immediately clear, but Marco Millions (more than three million in "contributions" since 2015) is not required to make sense.  By the way, today's word is "politicizing."  We'll encounter it again.

Irma Garcia was one of two teachers who died Tuesday trying to protect their fourth-grade students.  Today her husband Joe died from an apparent heart attack.  They had four children.  One of Irma Garcia's pupils, Miah Cerrillo, is alive because she smeared herself with a classmate's blood and played dead.  She has bullet fragments in her back but is home from the hospital.  Some of her friends were so badly mutilated that the medical examiner needed DNA to identify them.  America may not lead in electronics or medical technology but we are the arsenal of idiocracy.  Very effective weapon, the Colt AR-15.

With the weaponry at his disposal Salvador Ramos could have finished off a classroom in five minutes, but it now appears the police gave him ample time to line up his shots.  He apparently locked himself in for up to an hour while the regulars awaited the arrival of the Customs and Border Patrol SWAT team stationed a few miles away.  Juan Carranza lives next to Robb Elementary and heard women shouting "Go in there!" "The cops aren't doing shit but standing outside!" cried a distraught father.  Unarmed parents were organizing their own intervention when CBP arrived.  To be fair, two Uvalde officers were wounded by the killer.  Expect more calls from the usual suspects to arm teachers, or turn schools into fortresses, or make children out of Kevlar.   Or maybe Texas could spend as much money training police as it does on buying them hats.

The dreaded "politicization" began yesterday when Beto O'Rourke crashed the governor's ritual display of piety and obliviousness.  The Republican mayor of Uvalde, whose term may be ending, called him "a sick son of a bitch" and had him ejected because O'Rourke is running for governor and therefore nothing he says matters.  Confronted by a reporter from Murdoch's Sky News on his way out of the convocation, Ted Cruz went for bathos:  "There are nineteen sets of parents who are never going to kiss their child goodnight again."  Because, as his friend Greg Paresis observed, Uvalde has "a problem with mental health, illness."  Sky pressed Cruz for a better answer and was told, "Stop being a propagandist."  Is propagandizing worse than politicization? 

Let's check in with the Republiclown Network and find out.  After the President's remarks on Tuesday night Baby Tuckoo let fly:  "Frail, confused, bitterly partisan, desecrating the memory of recently murdered children with tired talking points...dividing the country in a moment of deep pain...unfit to lead this country."  Maybe jet-lagged?  After a flight from Japan I'd have trouble remembering my name.  Coming home to the same needless slaughter he mourned last week in Buffalo and probably wondering why he wanted this fucking job in the first place.   Knowing that the Sedition Party and Manchenema will make sure the next Ramos or Gendron can arm himself legally, may already have done so.  Nothing will change, you trust fund twat.  Sleep well.

I can politicize, too.  My blog, my rules.

This is what happens when you let murderous thugs like Kyle Rittenhouse walk.  Don't look down, Judge Schroeder, or you'll see blood on your nice shiny shoes.

Ryan Busse was a firearms executive before he became an opponent.  He explains how we got here better than I could.

Mike Lee, Utah's dumbest senator, for the win:  Mass shootings are caused by "fatherlessness. the breakdown of families, isolation from civil society."  Strange, nobody has blamed pornography.  Oh, well, tomorrow is another day. 




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