Saturday, June 2, 2018

What is "gun violence"?

My husband showed up at the door to my office this morning, saying:

"I'm not against guns -
I'm against hunting children."

This is National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Wearing Orange is to show unity with all the families who have suffered the loss of their loved ones due to gun violence.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

True Colors

The NRA showed its true colors yesterday on their Facebook page.

Equating the Parkland assault rifle massacre with Tuesday's school hand gun attack, the NRA ads are desperately trying to divide us by race, by income, by age, even throwing a sneer at Parkland students for being "only" known for the shooting at their school. Vicious 'false flag' memes worked so well last year, they tried it out for Parkland, calling the student activists "actors". Big fail -- people weren't buying it.

What is the big deal with shutting up these courageous young people? The NRA has lied about them, demeaned their serious work to save their lives, pretended that they are ignorant puppets being used for a political agenda. WHO is a puppet being used for a political agenda? Follow the money trail. The gun manufacturers who bankroll the NRA and their political lackeys are the ones pulling the strings here.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Never Again

The Parkland Diaries

They lived it. Listen to them.

Friday, March 23, 2018

They will know we are Christians by our Guns?

It puzzles me how so many self-identified Christian legislators can conflate Christianity with AR-15s. The Word of God says, in John 13:35 [NIV]
"By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
I am grieved by the indifference of Congress to students who have been terrorized and shot in their schools, year after year, with no action taken to limit the accessibility and ownership of large magazine, rapid fire, high velocity guns (which used to be known as machine guns).  The false concept that the 2nd Amendment allows private ownership of war machines is put to the lie by the fact that private individuals are not allowed to own rocket and grenade launchers, or cannons or tanks, etc.

What is the difference? Both AR-15s and rocket launchers facilitate the indiscriminate murder of large numbers of people very quickly. At the most recent mass murder of students, only six minutes elapsed between the first shot and the last, resulting seventeen dead and fourteen wounded, including five critically. There is no way that could be accomplished by someone wielding an ordinary rifle or pistol.

The complaint from the NRA goes "They want to take away your guns."  FALSE. 'They' only want to regulate the sale and ownership of machine-type guns, such as "bump-stock" modified AR-15's -- which amount to nearly the same thing as automatic fire AR-15's (which are currently not allowed for private use), Keep your hunting rifles, your handguns, etc. Stop the sale and private ownership of machine type guns such as the AR-15 with its easy and cheaply purchased modifications.

Data from Will Drabold and Alan FitzPatrick at on Feb 20, 2018.

The motto of the United States of America, as printed on our coins, is "In God We Trust". I think our Congress needs new glasses -- they seem to believe it says "In Guns We Trust".

Friday, March 16, 2018

Is this Justice?

  •  Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Friday evening that he had fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, two days before McCabe’s retirement.HUFFPOST
  • McCabe was one of three top FBI officials former FBI Director James Comey apprised of his conversations with President Donald Trump..SFGATE
  • Comey was fired last May. His firing — and his conversations with Trump — now make up the basis of the special counsel Robert Mueller's obstruction-of-justice investigation.SFGATE

"I have been an FBI Special Agent for over 21 years. I spent half of that time investigating Russian Organized Crime as a street agent and Supervisor in New York City. I have spent the second half of my career focusing on national security issues and protecting this country from terrorism. I served in some of the most challenging, demanding investigative and leadership roles in the FBI. And I was privileged to serve as Deputy Director during a particularly tough time."Google Docs
"For the last year and a half, my family and I have been the targets of an unrelenting assault on our reputation and my service to this country. Articles too numerous to count have leveled every sort of false, defamatory and degrading allegation against us. The President’s tweets have amplified and exacerbated it all. He called for my firing. He called for me to be stripped of my pension after more than 20 years of service. And all along we have said nothing, never wanting to distract from the mission of the FBI by addressing the lies told and repeated about us."Reuters 
"No more.
The investigation by the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has to be understood in the context of the attacks on my credibility. The investigation flows from my attempt to explain the FBI’s involvement and my supervision of investigations involving Hillary Clinton. I was being portrayed in the media over and over as a political partisan, accused of closing down investigations under political pressure. The FBI was portrayed as caving under that pressure, and making decisions for political rather than law enforcement purposes. Nothing was further from the truth. In fact, this entire investigation stems from my efforts, fully authorized under FBI rules, to set the record straight on behalf of the Bureau, and to make clear that we were continuing an investigation that people in DOJ opposed."Vox
"The OIG investigation has focused on information I chose to share with a reporter through my public affairs officer and a legal counselor. As Deputy Director, I was one of only a few people who had the authority to do that. It was not a secret, it took place over several days, and others, including the Director, were aware of the interaction with the reporter. It was the type of exchange with the media that the Deputy Director oversees several times per week. In fact, it was the same type of work that I continued to do under Director Wray, at his request. The investigation subsequently focused on who I talked to, when I talked to them, and so forth. During these inquiries, I answered questions truthfully and as accurately as I could amidst the chaos that surrounded me. And when I thought my answers were misunderstood, I contacted investigators to correct them."Euronews
"But looking at that in isolation completely misses the big picture. The big picture is a tale of what can happen when law enforcement is politicized, public servants are attacked, and people who are supposed to cherish and protect our institutions become instruments for damaging those institutions and people."CNN
"Here is the reality: I am being singled out and treated this way because of the role I played, the actions I took, and the events I witnessed in the aftermath of the firing of James Comey," McCabe wrote.The Hill
"The release of this report was accelerated only after my testimony to the House Intelligence Committee revealed that I would corroborate former Director Comey’s accounts of his discussions with the President."Politico
"The OIG’s focus on me and this report became a part of an unprecedented effort by the Administration, driven by the President himself, to remove me from my position, destroy my reputation, and possibly strip me of a pension that I worked 21 years to earn. The accelerated release of the report, and the punitive actions taken in response, make sense only when viewed through this lens."NPR
"Thursday’s comments from the White House are just the latest example of this.
This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally. It is part of this Administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation, which continue to this day. Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel’s work."NBCBoston
 “I have always prided myself on serving my country with distinction and integrity, and I always encouraged those around me to do the same. Just ask them. To have my career end in this way, and to be accused of lacking candor when at worst I was distracted in the midst of chaotic events, is incredibly disappointing and unfair. But it will not erase the important work I was privileged to be a part of, the results of which will in the end be revealed for the country to see,” the statement read in part.CBSNewYork
"I have unfailing faith in the men and women of the FBI and I am confident that their efforts to seek justice will not be deterred."MotherJones

Consider the above statement by Andrew McCabe. After 20-plus years serving our country, under four presidents - Democrats and Republicans - Andrew McCabe has been stripped of his earned pension without a trial. Who will be willing to say what they witnessed if this is allowed to stand?

Click links for the rest of the story:  Twitter taunts from the president, connections to an ongoing investigation by special counsel, and more.