Most of us are familiar with such countries as Afghanistan; Zimbabwe; Pakistan; Somalia; Yemen; Central African Republic. There are many more on the fringe, such as Nepal. These are due to human weakness. There are at least that many countries destabilizing into chaos because of global warming.
The one in the news today is Mali (think Timbuktu). A section of that country the size of France has been taken over by Islamic extremists and the French have recently sent a small amount of troops in (2500) to stabilize the country. As US drones overfly the country it is sure that nothing will take out this base of terrorist operations except a force at least the size of the US occupying armies in Afghanistan.
Consumed with our trials and tribulations we spare nary a thought to suffering people in far-off lands. Rather, we conspire to keep as much wealth as possible within our grasp (personal, family, country). Then we ram our culture down other people's economic throats to ensure that wealth stays here and we see the result of having everything without meaningful limit.
There are many good, decent people who would gladly live a smaller imprint if it could be arranged. We all know it. We just arranged our society in such a way to reward conspicuous consumption.
So sad... Sorry to be preachy, just thinking of a certain refugee camp of 50,000 displaced Syrians in Jordan where people are shivering in a living hell on earth and what king of petty battles over worthless crap I'm going to fight today.
NY is poised to enact tougher laws on guns, including reporting people who may be mentally unstable. As well, limiting clips to 7 and stiffer jail sentences for illegal possession. Hoo-Ray!
VP Biden's study/findings are to come out soon and the battle between the gun nut minority and the mass of sensible people will begin. Screw LaPierre and the NRA. They're a bunch of freaks and shills for the gun industry!
The time to act on gun contrrol with an opening salvo is NOW!
*** A ban on assault rifles
*** No more large clips
*** Ban the sale of body armor
Get that done and then go on to
*** No universal personal conceal carry right without permit
*** Limit the number of weapons per household to 2 or 3
*** All guns must be in lockboxes
Of course, with 200,000,000 guns in circulation we're all doomed to random mass murder for the next 100 years or more.
Ehhwww! That is stinking karma!
Meanwhile, the Sheriff's Association in NH held a"youth gun raffle" to raise money for their sporting organization.
The best thing that can come out of Sandy Hook is a ban on assault rifles and multi-round clips. We may not get it in this Congress but it is coming. And that will only be a first step.
Hunters and people who want/need personal protection can have it. The rest of these yahoos can start turning in their guns, or we'll pry them from their cold dead fingers!
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”
― Bob Marley
Doors @ 8PM
Opening Act: Jellyface (8:30-9:30PM)
Headlined by: The Remnants (10:00PM-1:00AM)
Please read for more info below:
The Newtown Memorial Fund will be sponsoring a new way to share love with those who have been effected by Sandy Hook. "Deadheads For Sandy Hook" will be hosted at the Eleven Bar and Grille on Friday, January 25th, and will celebrate the power of music through tough times. Donations will be collected at the door by members of the Newtown Memorial Fund, a fund that is working to help to rebuild both the school and community after the tragic incedent.
The night will be hosted and headlined by The Remnants, The Remnants are 2 year veterans of Connecticut's own Gathering of the Vibes and have very graciously agreed to headline the night for and evening of great music, dancing and fun, they will also be joined by special guest guitarist Eduardo Macias. The night will also feature Connecticut's own "Jellyface" who will be opening the night with a special acoustic set. All who can donate are asked to, admission for the night will be free, and doors will open at 8PM.
A 50/50 raffle will be held and any who would like to sell handmade Sandy Hook memorabilia are welcome to.
Please spread the word to friends and family that the Deadhead community will be doing their part in supporting Sandy Hook Elementary on 1/25/13.
Please Mr.Tarrantinino, spare us. We know violence comes from a variety of factors:
*** Easy exposure to guns
*** Video Games
*** Movies, Television and other media
Mental Health? Are we really ready to say people are 15 times more crazy in this country than every other civilized country in the world? (Violent murders based on a per capita basis). Perhaps, but I believe due to unique factors within this country that make people mentally sick.
I hope Tarrantino enjoys his toys. He is getting emotional in interviews because he knows in his heart he is partly to blame.
Clockwork Orange anybody?
Lew Alcindor, Walt Chamberlain and and Elgin Baylor have been confirmed as nominees for Sec. of Defense, Nat. Sec. Adv. and Sec. of the Treasury. Republicans have vowed to drop all opposition to this all-star line-up heavily slated toward African-Americans and they are expected to sail through confirmation proceedings.
Obama is expected to have substantive discussions over blunts after Wed. night pick-up games at a rec. gym in the blighted corners of SE Washington DC..
"when you're born, you get a ticket to the freak show.
when you're born in america, you get a front row seat."
Our latest school shooting took place this morning in my neck of the woods. Fortunately, there were no fatalities, due to the quick thinking and actions of the teacher and a school supervisor. As for the NRA's recent claim that "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," I'll note here that there was an armed Kern County sheriff's deputy on duty at the school at the time of the shooting, but that doesn't seem to have stopped or otherwise deterred the shooter. It'll be interesting to see how this ultra-conservative southern San Joaquin Valley community reacts to the issue of gun violence now that it's landed in their backyards. I'm guessing gun sales will increase; actually, I'm willing to wager that they will.
I was right about no Fed tax money in January, at least... Remember when we could at least count on the government to do that? Geithner is trying to split before it becomes apparent there is no tax refunds coming in Feb and possibly March. Those back-orders for the bearings on the printing press are a bitch to get filled!
Anyway, I was listening to Dylan/Dead '87 playing "The Times They are a Changing" and thinking about history and the verity of that tune. This was 87 and it seemed like a nostalgia act but in three short years a man named Schwartzkopf was going to end-run Baghdad in the opening salvo of a fight we couldn't win without clear objectives. It was the opening of a new chapter of fighting for this country that continues to this day.
That war ended. Saddam sent some agents to kill Dubya's daddy and he had to have revenge to the point of making up WMD evidence to justify once again invading Iraq. We neglected the main problem of Afghanistan until 2009 when we surged up to 130,000 troops into a barrenous mountain region after leaving the country of Iraq a wreck. It is now a failed state that trans-ships weapons from Iran to Syria.
Now Iran looms largely in our scopes and we can only hope somebody with the common sense of Hegel is nominated for Sec. of Defense so that we don't prematurely nuke Iran..
The more tragic point is the number of veterans with rage, anger and pain walking around our country without jobs or programs to keep them occupied...
Meanwhile, Rome burns as a country that has so apparently lost it's grip on reality debates whether 30 round clips and assault rifles are rights guaranteed by the Constitution.
I guess the point I started to make was that the times are always'a'changing and what is coming up ahead on the horizon never seems to disappoint with shock & awe. And the point is we could have always lead the world in a different direction.
The triple-whammy is about to hit and there is noting you can do about it.
*** FICA has gone back up to 7.65% (SS & Meidicare holiday)
*** Health care costs have gone up modestly, if you're lucky
(Companies are cost-shifting to the less healthy in group plans)
*** Debt ceiling fights are likely to significantly delay Fed.tax returns
Feeling poorer? You should be... you just lost about %5 of your take home pay and that Fed tax refund looks pretty iffy.
Cheer up,you're credit card companies keep that minimum payment nice and low!
Obviously I'm being satirical. The middle-class just got screwed!