A Personal Tale and A Few Tidbits

I’m starting today’s post with a personal story.  At 8:00 this morning, I woke to a text message from my friend Jerry asking if we were okay.  Odd, I thought, so I returned the text saying that we are all fine, and why was he asking … had something happened?  He then told me that last night around 10:00 there had been a shooting at the small park behind our house.  One dead, two injured.  Imagine, if you can, the flip flops my heart did when I remembered that after supper, granddaughter Natasha had gone for a walk at that very park and returned home around 9:00, just a short hour before the shooting.

The park is maybe 200 steps behind my house … I can be there in under a minute … that’s how close this was.  This is not the first time that shots have been fired here in da hood, but to the best of my knowledge, it is the first time anyone was killed or even seriously injured.  Still dazed by the news, I was having my coffee, trying to regain my equilibrium, when I read that my state is considering expanding its “Stand Your Ground” laws to remove any responsibility for a person to try to avoid a dangerous situation.  This means, basically, that you can shoot someone who you claim made you feel threatened, and walk away free and clear, just as George Zimmerman did after murdering young, unarmed Trayvon Martin in Florida in 2012.

I realize that I am barking up a hollow tree, that the gun culture in the United States will not end any time soon, but nonetheless I will continue to bark up that tree until either people start to listen, or I can no longer bark.

The average person has no need for a gun, and frankly if someone needs a gun to feel safe, then they are pretty much a wuss in my book.  I have never owned nor shot a gun, have no desire to, and yet I’ve always managed to keep safe, even without a gun.  Twice in my life, I have had a gun pointed at me, and I’m still standing … in one case, my temper protected me and the man with the gun turned tail and ran, and in the other, my wits and good sense protected me.  So, to those who claim to need a gun to keep safe, I laugh in their face.

Only, I’m not laughing now.  I’m angry.


In other news …

👍Thumbs up to Disney, Papa John’s (pizza company), T-Mobile, and Veri (office furniture company) for pulling their ads from Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News.  Tucker Carlson is a dyed-in-the-wool racist who has a long history of using white nationalist rhetoric and has recently attacked and denigrated the Black Lives Matter movement.  Personally, I hope that every company still advertising on the Tucker Carlson show pulls their ads, and Fox won’t have much choice but to say “bye-bye” to Tucker.

👎Thumbs down to Starbucks for prohibiting its baristas and other employees from wearing T-shirts, pins, or any other accessory that mentions Black Lives Matter.  The company claims that wearing clothing and accessories highlighting Black Lives Matter could be misunderstood and potentially incite violence.  Misunderstood how???  It’s not a complex statement, not rocket science, and frankly, anybody who takes offense at Black Lives Matter wouldn’t be welcome in my place of business if I had one.

👍Thumbs up to auto racing organization NASCAR for banning the display of the Confederate flag at its races and tracks, effective immediately.  The ban applies to fans, competitors, and anyone else involved in the industry. Prior to the announcement, driver Bubba Wallace, the first full-time African-American driver in the top-flight Cup series since 1971, had called for NASCAR to get the Confederate flag “out of here,” saying there is “no place” for it in the sport.

👎Thumbs down to Donald Trump for rejecting calls to rename U.S. military bases named after Confederate generals, a demand that has picked up steam as protests against racial injustice grow around the nation. Civil rights activists, with the support of some former military officials, are pressuring the government to change the names of such installations as Fort Bragg and Fort Benning, saying they glorify generals who led the fight to preserve slavery in the Civil War.

👍Thumbs up to Senator Elizabeth Warren and the Senate Armed Services Committee.  Senator Warren introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that requires the Defense Department to rename posts and assets — streets, aircraft, ships, and other equipment — either named for Confederate officers or that honor the confederacy within three years.  The committee approved the amendment, though it is likely to lead to a showdown between the Senate and Trump.

We-the-People

53 thoughts on “A Personal Tale and A Few Tidbits

  1. that is so scary that such a shooting happened so close to where you live. GUNS MUST GO!
    and there’s no need to even give a thumbs-up or thumbs down for Donald Trump – no matter what it is, we know it will be a thumbs-down…

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    • It was petrifying … I’ve been yelling at the top of my voice that guns must go for decades now, but … here we are with Trump promising to “protect” 2nd amendment rights.

      You’re so right … if I ever give a thumbs-up to Trump for anything, please arrange for me to receive immediate psychiatric care!

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      • I think the odds of trump getting a thumbs-up for anything is quite slim; although I think I did just see a headline where he says that he would not contest the election if he lost – that’s so big of him!

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        • He won’t be getting one from me, unless he hangs himself in his prison cell! Don’t believe a word he says, Jim … he has no intention of leaving the White House without a fight.

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  2. Please forgive my failure to post a comment yesterday regarding your Personal Tale. I returned three times before I was able to get beyond the tale, without being reduced to a puddle of tears, and that third time is just now! It brought back my own experience of tragedy and loss from a bullet finding the wrong target because someone, through no fault of their own, was at the wrong place at the wrong time…though ruled an accident, the loss was no less painful. I could not help but think how easily the same could have happened to Miss Goose. Thank goodness a Guardian Angel was watching over her. Though you may not believe in Guardian Angels, They believe in you! “In other news…”, we can only hope that the changes that are coming from the Black Lives Matter movement are lasting changes that will not recede when recent events begin to fade from the headlines (as it, sadly, will). You can be sure that the trump administration will do its best to make that happen. I saw this cartoon elsewhere, though I no longer recall exactly where, and I love it! The “I care do you?” is a subtle dig!! WHAK!! Thank-you!

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    • Thank you so much for your caring, heartfelt words, dear Ellen. Yes, I am still playing over and over in my mind what might have happened if the timing had been only a little different. My reason for living could have been snuffed out in a heartbeat.

      For the past few weeks (since May 25th, a date that will forever live in my mind), I have listened to people say that this time ‘feels’ different, that maybe this time real change will happen. I scoffed at first, thinking that we said that when it was Michael Brown, Alton Sterling, and so many others. But today … I have to admit, it really does feel different. Maybe this time a change really will come.

      You probably saw the cartoon in The Week, for that is where I snagged it! WHAK!!!

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  3. How terrifying to have a shooting so close to home and someone was killed!
    I remember the horrific shootings that took place at the Aurora, Co theater in 2012.
    My son-in-law had gone to a movie at that theater that night and I did not find out till after midnight that it was an earlier movie in the evening that he and his father had gone to.
    I was terrified he had been one of the victims of that shooting!

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    • It was indeed terrifying, and I think of the people who live with that level of violence in their neighborhoods most every day … I don’t know how they keep their sanity.
      How horrible for you … thinking that your son might have been one of the victims of that awful shooting! The gun culture in this country has gotten so out of hand … and yet we are powerless to stop it.

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  4. Jill, I am glad you are OK, but that sure is scary. Thanks for the thumbs up/ thumbs down summary. Businesses are seeing the light and even if it is less than altruistic, they recognize the business need to do the right thing. Dumping ads on Carlson’s show is good. I like NASCAR’s stance as well. So, the ice is breaking in favor of change. Keith

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    • It IS scary, and this afternoon it was reported that this was the SECOND shooting in our neighborhood this week! The first wasn’t new because nobody died, and I had no idea. For the first time in the 22 years we’ve lived here, I do not feel safe. I’m glad you liked the thumbs-up/thumbs-down … I may make it a recurring thing, for I think it’s important for us to know what companies have a social conscience and which don’t. Personally, I think we as consumers have a responsibility to boycott those companies that support bigotry, but I’m sure many would disagree with me on that. I’m planning to find out which companies are still advertising on Tucker’s show, and I will not purchase from them. The thing that most surprised me about the NASCAR decision is that nobody seems to be objecting to it … I thought the “good ol’ boys” would be up in arms, but if they are, I haven’t heard of it.

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      • Jill, I am sorry you do not feel safe. Do you have any options to remedy such? Best wishes on that.

        As for the NASCAR, I saw a very good interview with Bubba Wallace, the lone African-American driver, who petitioned them and was surprised how quickly NASCAR did it. The interviewer noted NASCAR has some financial issues, so Wallace noted this is more about appealing to a new crowd not appeasing an old one. It is intended to be more inclusive rather than exclusive. Kudos to them.

        Keith

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        • I did a quick search for houses to rent in the general vicinity, and was in for a shock! We currently pay $1,106 for a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 1200 sq ft townhouse, and the cheapest comparable house I found for rent was $1,800, with most being over $2,000. So, unless we want to move further from Chris’ work, moving doesn’t look like much of an option. Let’s just hope this was an anomaly and won’t happen again. I will, however, be nervous whenever Natasha is at the park walking!

          Yes indeed, kudos to NASCAR … I noticed in my travels through the news that there was an interview with Bubba Wallace, but didn’t check it out … I will now, though. Thanks!

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  5. Here in sunny FLA we also have a ‘stand your ground’ law protecting those who claim to have been threatened. I drove semi cross country through LA, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle, etc. for 16 years and never had a need for a gun. Today I feel more threatened in my local WalMart than I ever did on the road.

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    • Yeah, I think you guys were among the first to have that law. I hadn’t heard of it before 2012 when Trayvon Martin was killed, but now it seems most states have some form of it. I hate it! I also hate laws that allow for concealed carry, for you don’t know who has a pistola in their purse or waistband or jacket pocket. After the two shootings this week right within yards of my home, I don’t even feel safe taking the trash out! I’ve lived here 22 years and never once felt threatened.

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    • Thank you, Gary … it was … IS awful! And, I found out this afternoon that it was the second shooting here in da hood this week, there was one on Tuesday that didn’t make the news, since nobody died. I’ve lived here for 22 years and never felt unsafe before. xx

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    • It was horrible, and I’m still so distressed … turns out it was the second one this week within spitting distance of my home. I keep thinking, if it had happened just a bit earlier, I would have lost the person who gives my life meaning. 😥

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