My Take On Gun Violence (Again)

I have written my thoughts about the debate and the violence around guns….and once again I need to make my thoughts known after a bloody weekend last.

A few of the posts I have written about the gun violence culture we live within…..

https://lobotero.com/2013/09/17/gun-vioence-here-we-go-again/

https://lobotero.com/2017/11/14/god-country-guns/

https://lobotero.com/2014/03/14/happiness-is-a-warm-gun-2/

https://lobotero.com/2019/06/01/seriously-again/

Like I said…just a small selection of my thoughts and posts on the subject of gun violence….

After last weekend I feel I need to repeat myself on guns and violence.

I will begin by saying I am pro gun…I have many guns….but I also see the need for some sort of definitive action to try and put the brakes on this spiral of violence that we are living.

Tuesday night panic broke out in NYC because of a motorcycle backfire…..watch the video here….

The mass shootings over the weekend in El Paso and Dayton have everyone on edge, and that anxiety played out Tuesday night in New York City after a loud sound sent people running. ABC News reports that thousands of locals and tourists in Times Square started screaming and fleeing in panic around 10pm when several motorcycles cruising through the area suddenly backfired, making people think weapons had been fired. “All of a sudden I heard this kind of muffled pop and said, ‘What was that,’ and I looked over and there was just a sea of people running,” one bystander tells WABC.

Some people sought shelter in nearby stores, as well as in other buildings. One place that people rushed into: the nearby Shubert Theatre, where To Kill a Mockingbird starring Jeff Daniels is enjoying its current run. “Screaming civilians tried to storm our theater for safety,” cast member Gideon Glick tweeted afterward. “The audience started screaming and the cast fled the stage. This is the world we live in. This cannot be our world.” Vulture notes police were able to tamp down the theater’s chaos, which interrupted a performance of the play, within a few minutes. The FDNY says nine people were treated for minor injuries after the incident.

WATCH: Video Shows Panic in Times Square Over Active Shooter Fear

Fear has taken hold of the American people.

It is partly because of the 24 hour news cycle….every channel has never ending coverage of each shooting….some reports last weeks with a continuous loop to the violence….people are starting to fear for their lives….keep in mind the attention span of most Americans is 30-45 seconds.

Was this a good thing?

Depends on how one cares to look at it.

This could force the spineless Congress to actually get something done….or it will just keep the people hiding in the closet waiting for the government to do something to protect them….and they will wait.

Or we could listen to those that blame everything but the person doing the shooting….they blame video games…..they blame the internet….they blame cell phones for rotting their brains….they blame so much and have so little proof that any of it is responsible….but yet the free acquisition of firearms does have its proof.

I mean think about it….does anyone need a semi auto rifle with a 100 round magazine to defend their home?  I they cannot shoot any better than that then buy a damn shotgun and your ineptitude with a gun can be overcome.

I blame the MSM for the panic the American people….their look into every aspect of a shooters life and family does little to solve the violence problem.  And the forced debate by the MSM does nothing as well.

We have had decades of lip service…..and decades of violence…..the so-called “debate” has accomplished nothing.

So what will this latest act of domestic violence bring forth?

Gun violence debate is just about as worthless as the so-called race debate….lots of lip service with NO action.

Our leader is not innocent in the BS……

I am concerned about the rise of any group of hate, I don’t like it,” he told reporters. “Any group of hate, whether it’s white supremacy, whether it’s any other kind of supremacy, whether it’s antifa. Whether it’s any group of hate.”

“I am very concerned about it and I’ll do something about it.”

(Mother Jones)

Less than 24 hours later he is back to demonizing someone….matters not who just know that it is someone that has made him pout.

So far Donald Trump has attacked: – Mayor of Dayton – Beto O’Rourke – Sherrod Brown – Joe Biden – CNN – Shepard Smith – Fox News – “LameStream media” – New York Times

His action and words are all too predictable.

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Don’t Cry Venezuela #2

Does anyone remember back 6 or 7 months ago?

The MSM and war hawks were fixated on the South American country of Venezuela…..how the people were tired of the “S” word government and were just waiting for a leader and the US to step in and save them from themselves was the script.

Just a short round up of IST posts on Venezuela…..

https://lobotero.com/2019/01/28/venezuela-waiting-for-gauido/

https://lobotero.com/2019/01/31/do-we-really-need-a-war-with-venezuela/

https://lobotero.com/2019/03/07/dont-cry-venezuela/

https://lobotero.com/2019/05/02/venezuela-the-lies-that-kill/

Sadly the luster is off that lily…..the MSm has lost all concern about the events in Venezuela.

When previously unknown Venezuelan opposition politician Juan Guaidó stood up in an East Caracas plaza and declared himself “interim president” of the South American country, Western corporate media were ebullient.

In those heady early days, corporate journalists could scarcely conceal their love affair with the 35-year-old politician, whom they likened to Barack Obama (CNN, 2/7/19) and described as a “freedom fighter” (Fox Business, 1/29/19) and Venezuela’s “only democratically elected figure” (MSNBC, 1/24/19), who had “captured the heart of the nation” (New York Times, 3/4/19).

Nearly six months later, with Guaidó no closer to ousting Venezuela’s elected president, Nicolás Maduro, from Miraflores Presidential Palace, the enthusiasm has dampened. Now that the honeymoon is over, it would appear that corporate journalists have been compelled to reckon with some uncomfortable truths about Guaidó, US sanctions and the coup they had been vigorously endorsing.

Western Media Losing Enthusiasm for Failing Coup in Venezuela 

They, the Neocons, just could not make the case for US intervention….which is not that hard to do…..but apparently they just could not lie enough for action.

Finally some sanity in our foreign policy but with NO help from Trump or the war hawks…..so they turned their sights on Iran after the Venezuela fail.

Funny how the MSM media has all but forgotten Venezuela…..to all the Neocons….not to worry you will ALWAYS have Iran.

But not to worry….His Majesty Trump has done what he can to return Venezuela to the headlines…..

 
U.S. President Trump departs for travel to Cincinnati, Ohio from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was considering a quarantine or blockade of Venezuela, as the United States steps up pressure on President Nicolas Maduro to relinquish power.

Trump did not elaborate on when or how such a blockade could be imposed, and his administration has so far focussed on diplomatic and economic pressure against Maduro while steering clear of any military action.

Asked by a reporter whether he was considering such a measure, given the amount of involvement by China and Iran in Venezuela, Trump said: “Yes, I am.” He gave no details.

Venezuela’s Information Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The United States and most Western countries recognise opposition politician Juan Guaido as the rightful leader of Venezuela.

Trump has slapped a series of escalating sanctions on Venezuela to pressure Maduro to step down and has previously declined to rule out military action. But U.S. officials have made clear that they are focussed on economic and diplomatic measures and have shown no significant signs of taking up military options.

Washington’s Latin American allies have also cautioned against U.S. military intervention.

Russia, China and Iran have expressed support for Maduro and Russia has dispatched small numbers of troops to the South American country.

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“Electability”–The Lie That Keeps On Giving

Do you watch the news? If so, how many times have you heard the term “electability” when reporting on the candidates for the 2020 cycle?

Between polls and electability the lies just keep giving for the MSM…..these are tools used to force certain candidates on the voting public…..the DNC is helping this deception by trying to limit the candidates the public has to choose from for their vote.

I like pundits that pretend to care about the process of voting…like Morning Joe on MSNBC he states….” it is not whether you are too liberal or conservative but rather that you have a message”…..what crap!

When Dems do have a message then they are attacked by the pundits as “socialist”…all the while they promote the useless candidates that have NO message other than being a Centrist with no plans and no guts…..

The myth of “electability” is horse manure!

Let’s be honest……the con of electability is nothing more than fanciful pundit thinking…..shows their prejudices….not a true look at reality.

Let’s look at the phenom of “electability”…..

When Ayanna Pressley was first elected to the Boston City Council in 2009, she wasn’t the image of an “electable” candidate. In the 100 years of the Boston City Council, there had never been a woman of color.

Fast forward eight years, and “electability” in Boston looked pretty different. In 2017, six of the 13 councilors elected were women of color, and the Council is more willing to defy the mayor and push for progressive policies. It’s possible that, come 2020, the Council will be majority female and majority people of color.

Pressley won’t be there, though. She’s now in Congress.

In 2018, when Pressley ran against 20-year incumbent Rep. Michael Capuano in Massachusetts’s 7th District, insiders didn’t think she had much of a chance. An informal poll of more than 50 local political insiders by WGBH found 81% expected a Capuano victory. Indeed, polling a month before the election showed that she was largely unknown to voters, lagging by 13 points. But Pressley won by 17.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/06/13/electability-astrology-pundits

There is one thing that all these pundits seem to overlook…..the “Center” that they are most concerned about is more progressive than they want to believe…..

Donald Trump, Fox News, and Republicans in Congress label proposals they disagree with “fringe,” “radical,” or “socialist.” Well, let’s see where the American people actually stand:

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/06/22/surprise-center-us-politics-very-progressive

Maybe it is time for the Democratic Party to grow a spine and stop running from radicalism…..they want progress then radical ideas will give the nation that change and progress they have been promised for years.

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A Call To Democracy

Once you got past the lies spread by our president you may heard about the protests going on Hong Kong……

Hong Kong citizens marched for hours Sunday in a massive protest that drew a late-in-the-day apology from the city’s top leader for her handling of legislation that has stoked fears of expanding control from Beijing in this former British colony, the AP reports. Nearly 2 million of the city’s 7 million people turned out, according to estimates by protest organizers. Police said 338,000 were counted on the designated protest route in the “peak period” of the march. A week earlier as many as 1 million people demonstrated to voice their concern over Hong Kong’s relations with mainland China in one of the toughest tests of the territory’s special status since Beijing took control in a 1997 handover. Well after dark, crowds gathered outside the police headquarters and Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s office.

On Saturday Lam suspended her effort to force passage of the bill, which would allow some suspects to be sent for trial in mainland China. The move did not appease Hong Kong residents who see it as one of many steps chipping away at Hong Kong’s freedoms and legal autonomy. In a statement issued late Sunday, Lam noted the demonstrations and said the government “understands that these views have been made out of love and care for Hong Kong,” adding: “The chief executive apologizes to the people of Hong Kong for this and pledges to adopt a most sincere and humble attitude to accept criticisms and make improvements in serving the public,” it said. Not enough, said pro-democracy activists, who demand that the Lam administration retire the proposed amendments and not bring them up again for passage at a later stage.

Now the MSM and its pundits are telling the world about the ruthlessness of the Chinese government…how they are doing they can to dash any hopes of a democracy movement….

How nice!

And yet people trying for their democratic rights elsewhere are ignored by the MSM…..take the state of Israel as an example…..they do all they can to subvert the movements in the West Bank and Gaza

You know I have hard time seeing a group of people with rocks as the aggressor in that situation….rocks against airstrikes, artillery, tanks etc……and the Palestinians are the aggressors…..and that is how lies get started.

Biden Is Our Man!

Maybe Yours…Not Mine!

It appears for now the ex-VP is the leader and would be the nominee if the selection was today….I emphasize “For Now”!

He is being crowned lately on the evening news shows……..

This is the candidate that the media and the corporate world wants to be the person to take on Trump……just a Clinton-esque candidate and that was a loser in 2016 and they want to try yet again?

Why?

I mean he is so afraid of his fellow Dems that he did not show for the California meeting of the Dem Party……

Joe Biden’s glaring absence from the California Democratic Party convention has thrown a national spotlight on his eagerness to detour around the party’s progressive base. While dodging an overt clash for now, Biden is on a collision course with grassroots Democrats across the country who are learning more about his actual record and don’t like it.

Inside the statewide convention in San Francisco over the weekend, I spoke with hundreds of delegates about Biden while leafletting with information on his record. I was struck by the frequent intensity of distrust and even animosity; within seconds, after glancing at his name and photo at the top of the flyer, many delegates launched into some form of denunciation.

I often heard delegates bring up shameful milestones in Biden’s political history—especially his opposition to busing for school desegregation, treatment of Anita Hill in the Clarence Thomas hearings, leading role in passage of the 1994 crime bill, career-long services to corporate elites, and powerful support for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

 
The big news on the Biden front was his views on the Hyde Amendment…..

Former vice president Joe Biden’s campaign for president confirmed Wednesday that the Delaware Democrat still supports the controversial, anti-choice Hyde Amendment, a revelation that generated intense criticism from rights groups. 

Biden’s support of the policy, 43 years after it was first signed into law, is a sign that the former vice president is out of step with his party. 

“This puts him at odds with his own party’s platform at this point,” New York Magazine writer Rebecca Traister tweeted, adding that Biden’s position puts him “also at odds with a morally coherent position.” 

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/06/05/bidens-out-touch-position-anti-choice-hyde-amendment-draws-fire-progressives

As soon as this came to light…Biden immediately changed his mind…….Joe Biden is no longer out of step with his Democratic rivals on the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funding for most abortions. Biden—whose campaign said as recently as Wednesday that he still supports the measure—announced Thursday that he now wants to end the amendment that he defended for decades, CNN reports. At a Democratic National Committee event in Atlanta Thursday night, Biden said he has had a change of heart because of the “extreme laws” Republicans in states like Georgia have brought in to limit women’s access to abortions. “If I believe health care is a right, as I do, I can no longer support an amendment that makes that right dependent on someone’s ZIP code,” he said.

How nice.  Was this an epiphany or just a campaign change for the election.  (Strike One)

Uncle Joe is on an apology tour since the Hyde thing……(Strike Two)

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/06/10/why-apology-tour-needed-open-letter-joe-biden

And then Biden released his plan for climate change…..and it sounds familiar……

Almost immediately after releasing a climate plan Tuesday that green groups slammed as woefully inadequate in part due to its embrace of industry-backed proposals such as “carbon capture,” presumptive 2020 Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden faced accusations of plagiarizing language from a number of sources, including a coalition consisting of major fossil fuel companies.

Josh Nelson, vice president of the progressive organization CREDO Mobile, was the first to highlight possible instances of plagiarism in Biden’s plan, noting on Twitter that the section “about carbon capture and sequestration includes language that is remarkably similar to items published previously by the Blue Green Alliance and the Carbon Capture Coalition”—two organizations backed by major fossil fuel companies and labor unions.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/06/05/accused-plagiarism-biden-campaign-admits-lifting-carbon-capture-section-climate-plan

Joe!  Deja vu….all over again?  (Strike Three)

You Are Out! (in my book)

All this just illustrates what I have been saying since his name was thrown out there as a candidate…..he is a corporate stoolie!

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Combat Training For Blacks?

I read a news report and thought that it was a historical piece from the 60s and 70s…..

OMG! I remember back in those days the word on the streets were that blacks were hoarding guns and were waiting for the word to start the revolution.

Well the word never came. And the paranoid whites wait for the time when the prophecy will come true.

Now back to the news report…….

NBC news reported “Russian documents reveal desire to sow racial discord and violence in the US.” The claim is that these documents are communications between associates of Yevgeny Prigozhin, who is described as a “Kremlin linked oligarch indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller.” The documents were obtained by the Dossier Center, a London based investigative project funded by exiled Russian opposition leader Mikhail Khodorkovsky. NBC News admitted they have not independently verified the documents.

These communications, which NBC says are light on detail, suggest a plan to recruit African Americans and transport them to camps in Africa “for combat prep and training in sabotage.”

The plan, entitled “Development Strategy of a Pan-African State on U.S. Territory,” proposed to recruit poor and disenfranchised African Americans “who have experience in organized crime groups” and members of “radical black movements for participation in civil disobedience actions.”

 
As usual this is short on specifics……I ask what did it serve to report on something with few facts?
 
Was this merely a news report to fuel the anti-black sentiment?  Was this a serious news story?
 
But there is this….maybe this is where the Russians got the idea……uber conserv commentator Ann Coulter thinks blacks should arm themselves…..

Did you ever think you’d live to see the day when you could make a Venn diagram for ultraconservative commentator Ann Coulter and historic Black leader Malcolm X? Well, if you’re reading this, you’ve lived to see that day.

In an interview on Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News program last week, Coulter said that, in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, African-Americans should begin arming themselves.

Here’s the full context of the conversation:

I cannot see where this report on NBC was necessary…what was the purpose?

Maybe to generate hate of one sort or another?

In “Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media,” published in 1988, Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky exposed the techniques that the commercial media used to promote and defend the economic, social and political agendas of the ruling elites. These techniques included portraying victims as either worthy or unworthy of sympathy. A Catholic priest such as Jerzy Popiełuszko, for example, murdered by the communist regime in Poland in 1984, was deified, but four Catholic missionaries who were raped and murdered in 1980 in El Salvador by U.S.-backed death squads were slandered as fellow travelers of the “Marxist” rebel movement. The techniques also included both narrowing the debate in a way that buttressed the elite consensus and intentionally failing to challenge the intentions of the ruling elites or the actual structures of power.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/05/28/mass-media-poisoning-us-hate

This is something that I have been saying for 40+ years……I wish my readers would educate themselves…..I do not care if you agree with me or not….just learn what is what….

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But There Is Collusion!

This is a topic that begs a post!

Before one of you thinks they have this post figured out by the title…I suggest that to avoid embarrassing yourself that you read the post before commenting.

The collusion this post is referencing is the collusion between the M-IC and the MSM and their wholesale support for war and conflict.

The effectiveness of this collusion is reflected in the fact that not only has this massive theft of public money not gotten much coverage in the mainstream corporate media, but also it only received sporadic coverage in the alternative media. The liberal-left media is distracted enough by the theatrics of the Trump show to do the ideological dirty work of the elites.

Spending on war will consume almost 70% of the budget and be accompanied by cuts in public spending for education, housing, the environment, public transportation, jobs trainings, food support programs like food stamps and Meals on Wheels, as well as Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Most of the neoliberal candidates running in the Democratic Party’s electoral process, however, haven’t spoken a word in opposition to Trump’s budget.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/05/17/2020-elections-its-militarism-and-the-military-budget-stupid/

Control the flow of information and you control the narrative…..and the new dude at the Pentagon is doing just that……

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has issued a new memo imposing major new restrictions on the methods through which the Pentagon and defense officials are allowed to share information with Congressional offices or committees.

The policy imposes serious limits, telling officials to only give Congress official summaries instead of actual plans, and sets officials within the Pentagon who decide whether a Congressional request can be proven to be legitimate.

This is clearly intended to further limit information sharing at a time when many in Congress are complaining they’re already not being kept sufficiently informed. Reps. Adam Smith (D-WA) and Mac Thornberry (R-TX) warned that the new policy is overstepping the Pentagon’s authority, by “presuming to determine what warrants legislative oversight.”

(antiwar.com)

Just another attempt of the Imperial Presidency of Trump, Our Beloved Supreme Leader.

The selling of war thanks to the MSM, both print and broadcast….and the results are in……and a job well done.

Half of all Americans believe that the United States will go to war with Iran “within the next few years,” according to a Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll released on Tuesday amid increased tensions between the two countries.

While Americans are more concerned about Iran as a security threat to the United States now than they were last year, few would be in favour of a pre-emptive attack on the Iranian military. But if Iran attacked U.S. military forces first, four out of five believed the United States should respond militarily in a full or limited way, the May 17-20 poll showed.

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-iran-poll/half-of-american-adults-expect-war-with-iran-within-next-few-years-reuters-ipsos-poll-idUKKCN1SR27R

I have written about these and future ones…… conflicts that are bankrupting this country…..

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