Harden Schools, Hardened Hearts

When someone, particularly a politician, opens his mouth and speaks, he should logically have considered the ramifications of what he says. Joseph Urban has written of a not-improbably conversation with the ignoble Ted Cruz that is at once both humorous and frightening. Is this road from Cruz’ remark about doors really such a stretch of the imagination these days? Thank you, Joseph, for this funny and yet thought-provoking post!

The Old Liberal

After the latest school shooting in Uvalde. Well, this is 5 days later so maybe not the latest. At any rate, after the regularly scheduled school shooting, the party of guns had possible answers to this national event.

Luckily I was able to catch the attention of Ted Cruz. It wasn’t hard since I had a camera. This is the same Ted Cruz who cleverly escapes the frequent Texas electrical grid failures by flying to Cancun. The guy whose father helped assassinate JFK. Not what I say, that’s what former President Donald says. The man Trump called an “unstable person”.If anyone should know…

So, I asked Ted to explain how he would make schools safe.

Ted: We need to make schools safe. As my good friend President Trump as said, schools need doors that lock. From the inside. Doors inside the school that lock.

Me: As a teacher of over…

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29 thoughts on “Harden Schools, Hardened Hearts

  1. For years I joked that our nation could solve our twin troubles of energy shortages and air pollution by making all our roads go downhill. Anytime I suggested my solution, people responded with that “Surely you aren’t serious” look. I’d then smile and shrug my shoulders, implying that I knew the suggestion was silly. We all knew it was a ridiculously simple—and unworkable—concept. And that’s what made it at least a little humorous.
    So, with GOP leaders across the nation now openly and with straight faces declaring that the solution to our nation’s epidemic of mass murders at public places is to eliminate all but one entrance to all such buildings, I had to wonder—momentarily—if they were joking. Sure, joking about such a horrible and painful phenomenon would be beyond tacky. Who would do or suggest such a thing?

    Then I saw the video of former President Trump at the NRA convention, laughing and dancing shortly after announcing the names of the 19 students and two teachers murdered at Robb Elementary School. Tacky, tasteless, tawdry, crude, heartless, callous, degenerate, amoral. Ah, yes, all adjectives describing the Trumpist-controlled Republican Party, the GOP.

    Indeed, GOP now stands for Gullible, Obtuse, and Pitiless. This is now the gullible political party that embraces crazy conspiracy theories. It’s the obtuse party that champions “leaders” who warn of “gazpacho police” who will force us to eat foods grown in “peachtree dishes.” It’s the pitiless party enthralled by a former reality show host who dances joyously at a gun-promoting convention just minutes after calling for a moment of silence for victims of gun violence.

    Plenty of other pundits—and just plain folks still in possession of common sense—have already pointed out the colossal flaws in the new—post-Robb Elementary massacre—GOP talking point about single-entrance public buildings. Reasonable, rational folks know intuitively that building and retrofitting one-entrance buildings would create rather than solve safety issues. But by now, the few reasonable, rational folks who haven’t fled the sinking GOP ship have been bullied into silence. So, the not-yet-officially-endorsed-but-almost-universally-accepted GOP solution to public mass shootings is equivalent to solving our energy and pollution problems by making all the nation’s roads go downhill.

    Downhill is the direction of the political party of the Gullible, Obtuse, and Pitiless. And if the nation’s reasonable, rational majority complacently allow the unreasonable, irrational GOP minority to regain control of Congress later this year, downhill will be the direction for the entire nation.

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    • I fully agree with all you say, Jerry. The GOP is exactly that — Gullible, Obtuse, and Pitiless. I did not watch any of the goons at the NRA convention … personally, I think that decency would have caused the NRA to cancel or postpone the event in light of the shooting at Robb Elementary School, but then … the NRA, synonymous with GOP, are not known for their decency, are they? But, I did hear about Trump mispronouncing most of the names, then doing his little happy dance or whatever it was supposed to be. There is no conscience left in the GOP if they can promote a ‘man’ such as Donald Trump … or even Ted Cruz, or any of the rest of that lot.

      Nobody wants to send their children to a school that is, in essence, a prison with a single exit, razor-wire fencing, no windows, and armed guards. How much simpler to enact strict gun laws? Oh, but wait … the NRA might stop making those million-dollar donations!!! When money becomes more important to any politician than lives, it is time for him to take his detritus and go … out of Congress, out of the states’ governments, out of our lives. We need to EDUCATE the people of this nation, my friend, for they are blinded and are going to destroy us all.

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    • I am allowing this comment only to let my friends and readers see the cruelty and ugliness that defines the person named Scott Lawlor. This is the last comment Scott will ever post on Filosofa’s Word.

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    • WOW! The audacity that you are showing in this comment proves who the real idiot is!! You don’t like her blog,, don’t read it!! Plain and simple!!
      But she in no.way deserves such a hateful comment!!
      She is one who I am so glad to call a dear friend!!

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    • I popped over to your twitter page as I don’t like to make hasty judgements of others. Having visited that page once, it’s not a place I ever intend to visit again. It felt like I had arrived at an alternative universe. And a very unpleasant one at that.

      I can proudly state that that I’m one of those “really idiotic people” that Jill follows.

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  2. Makes one wonder why they didn’t harden the NRA convention instead of banning guns for some of the show…. You know, per their reasoning, they should have armed everyone attending. That would deter any potential shooter, right? Isn’t that their logic? And they should have had only one entrance, right?

    Right. Sure. Hugs, M

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    • Good question, Michael! It is ironic that they ban guns from their own venue, isn’t it? Their logic? They have logic? Who knew? Actually, if they could shut us all up any other way, they would gladly do so … their goal is naught but $$$$$. Sigh. Hugs ‘n cheers, my friend.

      Did you see Scott’s (King of Drones) comment?

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  4. Oh gosh! Like you said, this is funny and thought provoking at the same time. How far will we go in not taking away the 2nd amendment right, instead we just take away the freedom and right of being a child and not having to fear going to school every day!!

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    • Sometimes we get a point across much better if we can do so with humour! Joseph Urban is a master at that! By the way … did you happen to see Scott’s (King of Drones) comment?


        • What really hurts is that Scott and I used to be friends! We used to email back and forth and at one time I almost felt as if I knew his wife and kids, for we talked about our families, our lives, and he ended his comments and emails with “hugs”. I don’t know what changed, but some days he’s sweet and other days he’s like this. I won’t tolerate being called ‘stupid’ and an ‘idiot’, though … I’m done with him.


            • Thank you, dear Carolyn! Fortunately, he is the anomaly and 99.9% of my readers are great, most are friends and a huge part of my life, my blogging family. Daughter Chris thinks that Scott is having some mental health issues, and he may well be, in which case I feel very sorry for his wife and children. He has been blind since birth, and I’ve always tried to take that into consideration, but empathy only goes so far. 💖


              • Yes, the “blogging family” is precious and so glad that this case is an anomaly and not the norm.
                That is very sad if it is mental health issues but I agree that doesn’t mean you put up with abuse. I hope he can get help if that is the case.

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                • I have picked up a few ‘haters’ over the years, but most fade quietly into the woodwork once they realize that I am moderating and sometimes blocking their comments. Scott, however, is like a yappy little dog who just keeps coming back for more. I feel sorry for his wife.


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    • That was exactly my thought … locking kids in with no windows and armed guards outside? Nope, that’s too much like a prison for me! Did you see the comment by King of Drones? Sigh. xx


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