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November 20, 2017

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One also wonders how many people were there, not wounded, but now can't imagine standing an open area to listen to a concert, or who will never feel comfortable at a concert.

While I do wonder that, I also wonder this. How many people are there, every week (day?) who are wounded? How many that are not, but can never feel comfortable standing in front of their home?

Yes, the lone (or small group) nuts with high-rate-of-fire weapons are a problem. But I suspect that the bigger problem, well except that it doesn't tend to impact folks we might know personally, is the horde of folks who use guns as a tool of their illegal activities.

Not, mind you, guys who just love to hunt, or even target practice. But those who are using them to kill or threaten to kill others. Whether they were intending to be all that seriously threatening before the trigger got pulled or not. And yes, that does definitely include the self-styled "malitias" and other paranoiacs.

One also wonders how many people were there, not wounded, but now can't imagine standing an open area to listen to a concert, or who will never feel comfortable at a concert.

fear is what the 2nd Amendment guarantees.

I'm thinking we missed two of the Las Vegas dead. There were 57. I'll try and go through the list tomorrow morning and make amends.

But here's a thought: the wounded, many of whom will be so for the rest of their lives, are caught between the twin meat grinder fetishes of the conservative movement in so-called America in 2017 .... uncompromising allegiance to the Second Amendment, the gun lobby and gun manufacturers, and the never-ending fucking deadly desire to destroy Obamacare and Medicaid and institute murderous public policy wherein those who can't pay for healthcare can fucking do without.

As one prominent rumper said recently, the healthy do not want to pay for healthcare for the sick.

And lest anyone believe the news is not grim, understand that murderer rump and killer Cohn are now referring in public utterances to Medicare and Social Security as "welfare programs"..

Go fuck yourselves, republicans.

 understand that murderer rump and killer Cohn are now referring in public utterances to Medicare and Social Security as "welfare programs"...

I'm not entirely clear how you see it as grim that they have reached the point of referring publicly to these programs the way that they have always seen them: as "welfare". Time was that they had a close enough relationship with reality to recognize that as utterly toxic politically. Apparently no longer.

Besides, everybody knows that the only valid form of welfare is a full mommy-daddy "scholarship", followed by a job at the family firm. Worst case, you could be forced to exert yourself in pursuit of your (soon to become tax-free) inheritance.

The lists often include the shooter, so that might be one. I had to work thru a couple of programs to make the links paste in, so I may have dropped one, I'll check tonite.

Language counts. Referring to these programs as welfare is not toxic any longer, and now the White House is driving the term into general usage, as the Republican Party has wanted to do for decades.

The Death tax. The Democrat Party.

When Russia refers to the Ukraine as one with Mother Russia, the State Department we once had, and don't any longer, noted that with trepidation.

REALLY worry about it when Trump renames the DOD to the "War Department".

Can't get more obviously premeditated than that, amirite?

 Referring to these programs as welfare is not toxic any longer

Certainly they appear to have reached that conclusion. However, will their voting base, never mind everybody else, buy it. I think that they would be utter fools to bet the ranch on it.

But then, on the evidence, a great number of them are utter fools, aren't they?

REALLY worry about it when Trump renames the DOD to the "War Department".

Never happen! That would amount to Truth in Advertising. Which is just so not Trump's thing. (OK, maybe if he could admit to himself that he was bluffing. But he's not really capable of that either.)

From Wikipedia, a reminder:

The War Department existed from August 7, 1789 until September 18, 1947, when it split into Department of the Army and Department of the Air Force and joined the Department of the Navy as part of the new joint National Military Establishment (NME), renamed the United States Department of Defense in 1949.

I'd just as soon it *was* called by its right name.

Oh, no argument there! What I have a problem with is the virtually certain reason he would have for doing it if he, of all people, did it. Just one more place where he can not screw up . . . if nobody mentions the advertising opportunist to him.

Speaking of advertising....I hear net neutrality gets terminated tomorrow. Stay tuned.

And here I was thinking that might be behind today's terrible performance. Sigh. Guess it was just Comcast being user-hostile.

The Count pointed out that two names were left off, Lisa Romero and
Denise Salmon Burditus, who were the first and second names on the spreadsheet and I've just added them.

Read the post "do unto others" at Hullabaloo and hear subhuman republican filth Stephen Moore cheer on the delightful vengefulness seeded throughout the cocksucker tax bill.

In a Balkan context, Moore would be hung from a hook and his belly slit open for the neighborhood swine to make a meal of his entrails.

I am Tutsi. Moore and company are Hutu. The Vegas murderer was armed by Hutu.

My machetes will be in power one day again, pigfuckers.

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