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 …
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.
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
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.
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.