Starting The Week With A Grrrrrrrrrrr

I can tell already that it’s going to be a great week for snarky snippets and mini rants!  This afternoon’s post is one of each …


One man’s ignorance …

I have no idea what Joe Manchin’s game is, but he seems to be trying to be a one-man wrecking ball.  First, he refuses to so much as alter a single hair on the head of the filibuster, let alone kill that toxic animal.  Then he refuses to support the For the People Act that would protect our voting rights.  And now, he has set his sites on climate change … apparently hoping to help hasten the end of human and other lifeforms on Planet Earth.  Way to go, Joe!

You might never guess that Manchin is a member of the Democratic Party, nor that he is the Chairman of the Senate Energy Committee, given that much of the responsibility of that committee at this point is to find alternate sources of clean energy so that we can break our reliance on fossil fuels.  But then, Manchin does come from a state that is almost completely reliant on the coal industry to support its economy, so perhaps he’s been bought and paid for by the coal barons.

“I know there’s a change coming, OK?  But I’ve always been very, very cautious about this. I’m concerned that they’re setting a very aggressive timetable.”

The “very aggressive timetable” to which he refers is President Biden’s commitment to cut carbon emissions in half from 2005 levels by 2030.  Um … excuse me, Joe Manchin, but that is NOT what I call an aggressive timetable, especially given that we have known the problem for decades while we ignored it, happily driving our gas-guzzling SUVs, keeping our homes the perfect temperature, never bothering to turn off a light.  Rather like that old saying, “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.”

Those of us who listen to the scientists, who understand that life on earth could very well be in its final stages if we don’t act quickly to start to reverse the damage we humans have done, know that we cannot delay.  Those of us with consciences care about what sort of world we are leaving behind for our grandchildren and their grandchildren.  And those of us with an IQ above 50 know that we can no longer dilly dally and play games with this.

Mr. Manchin … if you are so damn concerned about the people in your state and their economic future, then I suggest you get with the program and help them help themselves by promoting renewable energy, retraining coal miners in other jobs, rather than attempting to help the Republicans destroy our lives!  For your stupidity, your perfidy, I award you Filosofa’s double thumbs down!  👎👎


Guess how many?

Guess how many mass shootings occurred in the United States over the weekend?  No, not five … no, not seven … ELEVEN!  Yes, my friends, there were eleven mass shootings in this country from Friday evening thru Sunday night.  And the weekend before?  Ten mass shootings as defined by four or more people being shot.  To date, the U.S. has had 293 mass shootings since January 1st.

This weekend left 8 people dead and 49 injured, with at least 3 children among the victims.  Last weekend left 12 people dead. What the SAM HELL are people thinking???  Let’s take a closer look … make it just a bit more personal …

Friday

5 wounded in Minneapolis Friday night

A shooting in Minneapolis Friday night left five people wounded.

1 killed and three injured in Cincinnati, Ohio

A 16-year-old is dead and three other people were injured in a shooting Thursday night in Walnut Hills.

Saturday

2 dead, 4 injured in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Two people were killed and four others were injured in a shooting early Saturday morning in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

1 dead, 4 injured in Anchorage, Alaska

Police in Alaska are investigating an early morning shooting that killed one person and injured four more in Anchorage Saturday.

4 injured in a shooting in Newark, New Jersey

No details

1 dead, at least 6 wounded in Oakland

One person was killed and at least six others were wounded in a shooting Saturday evening near Lake Merritt in Oakland, California.

Sunday

2 children among 8 injured in Dallas shooting

Eight people were shot, including a 15-year-old and 10-year-old, after a gunfight broke out between partygoers at two separate celebrations in Dallas just after midnight Sunday.

4 injured in Richmond, Virginia

Four people were injured in a quadruple shooting in Richmond, Virginia, early Sunday.

1 dead, 4 injured at Indiana Juneteenth celebration

One person was killed and four others were injured during a Juneteenth celebration in Granger, Indiana early Sunday morning.

1 killed, 4 injured at Juneteenth Celebration in Colorado

Police responded to a shopping mall parking lot in the Denver suburb of Aurora after receiving at least 50 calls reporting shots fired at a Juneteenth celebration just after 4 a.m.

1 killed and 3 others injured in Atlantic City, New Jersey

One person was killed and three others were wounded in a shooting Sunday evening in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Am I the only person in this country who sees how utterly stupid it is for guns to be so easily obtained by any Tom, Dick or Harry?  NO, the 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution does NOT give fools the right to own an assault rifle, it does NOT guarantee that fools can own an arsenal, and it does NOT give people the right to carry a gun around with them wherever they go!!!  Members of Congress and of the U.S. Supreme Court need to read the damn Constitution!  This is the stupidest interpretation of a part of the Constitution that I have EVER seen!  Get rid of the damn guns, get them out of the hands of people on the street!!!  But no, instead states are making it so easy to get a gun that before long you will see vending machines on street corners and in bars where for a $20 bill you can get a gun, and for another $10 you can get 10 rounds of ammo!  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

17 thoughts on “Starting The Week With A Grrrrrrrrrrr

  1. No, that is not a “very aggressive timetable.” That is an extremely slow timetable. We’re already hitting record temps here in Portland this summer…if anything, this may all be too little, too late. Joe Manchin is putting politics ahead of the survival of our species.

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    • Exactly! That’s rather like seeing a train coming fast down the tracks and saying, well, perhaps I’ll start applying the brakes in a few minutes. Manchin is playing a game, hoping he can retain power in a state he won by only a very narrow margin last time, but the stakes in his game are human lives, in fact all lives on the planet.

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  2. As the USA are a big country, one can say these are less shootings, but with a more regulated gun ownership it would be better save people’s life. Now I think that all politicians are somehow “bought”. It is difficult for them to think for themselves, when others promise to look after the well-being of the citizens. xx Michael

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    • Yes, the U.S. is a large country of some 330 million people, but did you know there are more guns in civilian hands than there are people in the country? And even on a per capita basis, the U.S. ranks #1 in gun deaths. It’s absolutely crazy! And Congress won’t do anything because half of them are bought and paid for by the gun lobby. Sigh. xx

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  3. 1. “Well regulated” in language at the time meant “good working order” 2. My right to use lethal force comes from the threat of lethal force, not a document.

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    • Well, as re #2, if every threat of lethal force is met with lethal force, then … we stand no chance of learning to live in peace, do we. And for the record, my friend … I love you, but I seriously hope you do not own a gun!!!

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  4. Jill, the demise of coal energy and jobs has been known for at least eight years, so coal state leaders have let down their consituents for failing to prepare them. As for gun deaths, the failure to do anything is a failure of paramount negligence. It is that sinple and people need to be called out on it as people’s lives have been inpacted. Keith

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    • Yes, I fully agree. During Obama’s final year, I recall that plans were being made for the coal-producing states to re-train and bring other types of jobs to those areas, but then as soon as the former guy took office, I believe those plans were killed. And yes, the failure on the part of Congress to enact strict gun legislation should haunt their sleep at night! Even just today I read that the Democrats are paring down their next gun legislation in hopes of gaining a few Republican votes. And meanwhile … more people will die in grocery stores, factories, churches, and in the streets because the Republicans are bought and paid for by the gun industry. Sigh.

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      • Jill, it is not ironic that one of the former president’s biggest backers, a coal energy CEO, went bankrupt during his presidency. And, what I vividly recall, early on in his presidency, an energy industry consultant noted Trump’s actions will be harmful to coal energy. As he noted, Trump favors coal owners, not workers. Coal energy jobs have retrenched annually, while solar and wind jobs far exceed them now. This was predictable and yet nothing was done to retrain and transition these workers. In fact, whether people like Bernie or not, he was the only presidential candidate to stand up in front of coal miners and tell them the truth that their jobs are going away, and here is what he planned to do about it. Keith

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        • Oh yes, sweet irony! The fate of the coal industry has been written in the cards for decades, but nobody wanted to believe the science. The coal owners and operators were determined to squeeze every last seam of coal dry, and to squeeze every last breath out of their workers in the process. Bernie, at least, had a plan. The former guy never did … he operated out of the emotion of the moment without a thought to the future, which was part of his downfall, especially when it came to a pandemic that he had no idea how to handle, so he … simply lied and ignored it until it was too late.

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  5. What the Sam Hill (see, I pick up Americanisms) is Manchin doing chairing such a committee when it’s easy to predict he would be under the sway of coal companies and in no rush to see them close. He should be replaced immediately.

    I saw that toxic toad from Fox talking about a shooting recently done by a young black man. He made a point of saying you don’t hear about those in the news which is why he was making sure his single brain celled friends heard all about it. The point being black people kill too. I refrained from putting my foot through the screen for two reasons, 1)I wouldn’t get my leg up that high 2) I’ve got enough problems with my legs as it is.
    You can lay money on me screaming at the screen at this point though. Of course black people kill, but not with the regularity that the white people do. Jewish Churches, Black Churches, single black people, shop assistants etc.
    I think he also made the point that The Democrats say the biggest danger in the country is now White Supremacist groups but his story proved the opposite. Wha !!! I’d be willing to bet the price of a packet of cigs to a charity of your choice that the mass shootings at the Juneteenth Celebrations were more likely committed by white groups than blacks. I’m not even sure Tucker Carlson even believes the evil he spouts or whether he just relishes causing as much trouble as possible but I do know I’d like to give his dentist some work.
    Cwtch

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    • Indeed, you are picking up the lingo — good job! Until recently, Manchin wasn’t such a jerk, and perhaps he seemed suited to that committee, or maybe he volunteered. I have no idea, but frankly any committee he sits on at this point, he will cause a rift. He seems determined to throw the Democrats, and by extension We the People, to the sharks! I am convinced that he is in the pockets of the coal companies, for in truth that is all West Virginia is … coal mines.

      The toxic toad … must’ve been ol’ Tucker Carlson. No doubt some Black people have shot and killed, but it’s not nearly as prevalent as white people killing Blacks. Typically, Blacks shoot their own … Black on Black crime is a serious problem, but not the same as white supremacists killing Black people because they see them as inferior or sans value. No dear, do not risk injuring your leg further, please. And even if you could raise your leg that high, then you’d have to buy a new monitor and those cost muchos £ £ £ £ £.

      Like you, I believe the Juneteenth shootings were by racists, if not official white supremacists. Racism in the U.S. is, as you know, alive and well and has increased in recent years … significantly. The former guy opened a can of worms, told the nasties to crawl out from under their rocks and that he would protect them. Now, we must figure a way to get them back under those rocks, or better yet, TEACH people to love not hate. Sigh. Tucker C is a piece of work … I’ve learned a few things about him lately that have made me scratch my head. I think he’s for sale to the highest bidder, but …

      Cwtch

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