It’s Implotzable

It’s Implotzable
Eric Cantor says good-bye
It’s so implotzable

It’s Implotzable
Ask John Boehner not to cry
It’s just implotzable

Can I see this and not dance a jig of joy
Or want to yell Hot Damn Oh Boy
Split the second
That I will not celebrate
Oh, How Implotzable

Can the lemmings
Keep from rushing to the shore
It’s just implotzable

Since they told Brat
You know we love you more
Oh, how implotzable

And tomorrow
Should the voters change their minds
We’ll have to say forget it
EC sold his very soul
He’ll soon regret it
For his pockets to be lined

It’s just implotzable – implotzable -mmmmmmmm – implotzable

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My Experience On A Florida Jury

While watching protests over the verdict in the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case my own experience as a Fla. juror came to mind. It made me wonder if the jury instructions (delivered in closed court) were such that they COULDN’T find GZ Guilty of anything; such as “You may not consider whether the defendant brought about the situation leading to the death of Mr. Martin”. Last night, news reports somewhat confirmed my suspicion.

My experience, in brief: This was in 1978, I was living in Tampa. When I got the Summons To Appear, I gladly took the time to go to the courthouse to join the jury pool. As it happened, I was picked on the first round of questions/first case.

This was an armed robbery case. 2 Black men; one light skinned, one dark skinned; one with close cropped hair, one with a medium afro; one wearing one set of clothes, the other wearing something completely different. The man on trial was charged with Armed Robbery, he was the one holding the gun. Before being picked for this jury, we each had to affirm we understood we were to determine if he was the one holding the gun. That’s it.

Going by testimony, it was obvious the man had participated, but he was not the one holding the gun. The liquor store owners described a dark man with an afro wearing “whatever”. The defendant was light skinned, no trace of a ‘fro (we knew it was cut for jail so didn’t consider it), & the clothes shown to be the defendant’s were NOT the clothes  of the armed man as described by the owners.

When we were sent to the jury room, all 12 of us mentioned the discrepancies. We asked to have the testimony read back & to see the clothing again. Again, it was obvious the defendant had participated, but it was also obvious the wrong man was charged with Armed Robbery. It made us sick (a few of us literally), but being good little citizens obeying the Judge’s Instructions, we had to find him Not Guilty.

The Judge, both Attorneys, AND the Defendant all looked shocked. Hell, WE looked shocked, but we had to come up with that verdict, according to the law & the instructions.

Going by the outcome of the TM/GZ case, not much has changed in Florida Law in 35 years.

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Guns

Or, What If The Students Had Been Armed?

 

This week, gun culture & responsibility have been in the news again (what a shock). Mostly because of the story of a 5 year old boy who accidentally shot his 2 year old sister with the kid sized rifle he was given recently. Mom was at home, but outside when the event occurred. It’s been ruled an accident.

 

Much gnashing of teeth over gun mfgrs. making & marketing “My First Rifle” to small children, & rightly so. Some things don’t belong in the hands of children: guns, alcohol, tobacco products (remember the hoo-ha about Joe Camel being used to sucker the kiddies into the nicotine habit?), drugs, etc. I agree with the outrage, but put the blame squarely on the parents or legal guardians.

 

Why? It’s one thing to teach a child to shoot a gun; in many areas, this is considered clean, wholesome, family fun. Take the kids hunting or to the range for target practice? Go for it. It’s another thing to think the 5 year old has any concept of what “killing” & “dead” are. These are unformed people who still believe wishing will make something so, who have a blurry line between fantasy & reality. Expecting a small child to understand pointing his cute little gun at someone, then pulling the trigger, may cause injury or death (and understanding those concepts) is preposterous.

 

WHY was the gun not locked away in a cabinet where the child couldn’t get to it without supervision? If there wasn’t a place to safely store it, WHY was there no lock on the gun itself? A small child picking up a gun, saying Bang! Bang! while playing Soldier, or Cowboy, or Hunter is common & to be expected – having it be a real gun with real ammo isn’t. This truly was a tragedy waiting to happen. (It also happened in Ak. this week, not getting as much Press coverage).

 

The usual suspects have all declared “This is not the time to discuss gun control or assign blame! These parents are grieving & hurting!” The HELL it isn’t! If a parent had a pot of boiling water on the stove & a toddler pulled it down on herself & suffered burns over most of her body, there would be outrage, charges of neglect, the parents investigated, & the kids probably taken away. Leave an unsecured/unlocked/loaded mini gun out where the child owner can get to it whenever he wants – without supervision – & that’s ok? I don’t think so! These parents should be brought up on charges. Period.

 

The NRA is holding their convention this week, it happens to be here in Houston. Of course speakers have chimed in about loony liberals & just another excuse for Obama to take your guns. Gawd forbid there be anything resembling introspection, or even just thought.

 

Today is the 43rd anniversary of the Kent State Shootings, where the National Guard was sent to keep the peace during an anti-war protest – armed with M1 rifles with fixed bayonets – & instead killed 4 students & injured 9 others.

I was musing on what would have happened if the Kent State students had been armed? Most of the “Establishment” (including our parents) deemed the actions of the Guard “a good thing”, because those kids were getting out of hand & trying to tear down the country. Oh, & were all Communists, too. What if, in that atmosphere, the campus had open carry? What if, the students had fired back? Would gun control have been passed immediately, because the wrong element was getting guns? Would there be any discussion about who could have military grade weapons, about 2nd Amendment Rights, about 2nd Amendment Remedies? I don’t believe there would be.

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A Death In The (Civic) Family

This past week, Hurricane Sandy ravaged & savaged a good chunk of the US East Coast. Houses & businesses damaged or destroyed, coastline washed away, power sources knocked out, water supplies contaminated – the whole Hurrican Disaster Scenario.

The difference this time was the utter disinterest ahead of time by so many in the affected areas – after all, there was a big hoo-ha about Irene last year & nothing came of it (although people in Vermont could argue that point). So, a lot of people in the coastal & low lying areas stayed put, thought it would be great fun. Nope.

Power out to over 8 million people, subway & tunnels flooded, gasoline shortages for the few vehicles which could get through the flooded streets & for gas powered generators, entire neighborhoods burned down because fire trucks couldn’t get to the areas, Staten Island & Hoboken still under water, people trapped in their houses, 40 deaths. So, what is the subject of conversation today in the NYC area?

THE NEW YORK CITY MARATHON HAS BEEN CANCELLED!!!

A story in the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/04/sports/marathons-cancellation-sure-to-carry-huge-costs.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20121104&_r=0 (may be behind paywall) gives both sides of the argument, although it’s mainly complaining about how much good it would have done for the city & should have proceeded as scheduled. Loss of tax revenue from hotels, restaurants, & other businesses along the route are given as one reason for bemoaning the cancellation; “It would make the City feel good!” is given as another reason to hold the race.

Let’s think this through. When the race was officially cancelled on Friday, a good chunk of the 5 boroughs & surrounding area were still without electricity, no water or questionable water quality, some places still under water. This is where you’re going to host 40,000+ out of towners? Doesn’t seem like a good idea. I realize a lot of these people had already arrived by the Friday afternoon cancellation, but telling everyone to come on & enjoy our half drowned & hurting City seems a bad idea.

As for “making the City feel good!” ? Really? No home, no food, no clean drinking water, some suffered deaths of family members or friends, but they want to go cheer on a bunch of people running through the City? You really think so?

This is so tone-deaf to the actual needs of the citizens, it’s a totally different song. When a close family member dies, the last thing wanted is a boisterous party, esp. if you don’t know how you’ll pay the expenses, pay outstanding bills,raise the kids, etc. Maybe in a month or two after the freshest of grief is passed & the money questions have been answered – not the same week. Granted, if it’s a distant cousin who died, you might not be as loathe to attend a party that week.

This was a death in the civic family, where neighborhoods died & others are barely on life support. Saying to the members of your civic family their pain & fear isn’t reason enough to cancel a party in what’s left of their yards is heartless, & so callous as to question the humanity of all who question the decision.

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A Woman Can’t Get Pregnant…

Or, The Lies Our Mothers Told Us & Why Men Believe Them

Women of a certain age will remember being told:

You can’t get pregnant the first time.

You can’t get pregnant if you’re raped.

You can’t get pregnant if it’s that time of the month (euphemizing for the squeamish).

We were told these things by our mothers, to keep us on the straight & narrow (and to prevent us from doing anything oogy in the case of point 3). If a girl got in trouble, it was her own fault – not just for having sex, but for having it multiple times! (see point 1).

This thinking helps (certain) men feel better about themselves, because it means it’s not their fault. Your wife hasn’t conceived? Not your fault men!, she just doesn’t WANT to be pregnant yet. Have a passel of daughters, but no son to carry on the name? HER fault – the female body accepts or rejects the correct sperm.

Never mind conception can happen the first time or the one thousandth, it can happen from consensual sex or rape, it can happen any time of the month (although some “times” ARE more likely than others).

Never mind some couples go broke using IVF treatments to have children – it’s HER body that’s zapping the little swimmers, keeping them from the spawning grounds.

After all, who needs science, who needs facts? We know what our mothers told us & they’d *never* lie to us – would they?

(although, if you’re a female ninja, apparently you can use Vagina Bubbles From Hell against your attacker…   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxwriDF4DOs )

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Which Side Of The Fence? Tired of BS Forwards

Another RW Forward On My FaceBook Page

I generally ignore this stuff, but not today. My reply to the person who posted this:

Point 1: Democrats want to ban assault & automatic weapons. Lots of Dems own lots of guns. YES! Really!

Point 2: I call BS on this. Where would anyone get such an idea?

Point 3: No one demands legislated respect, we demand equal rights for all – period.

Point 4: I didn’t think there were any down & out Republicans? They keep voting for the people who will screw over any one who isn’t them, so they must all be rich. The rest, BS.

Point 5: Golly! You mean like when Letterman got the name of the Palin daughter wrong & everyone on the Right was INCENSED! & tried to get him cancelled? Like that?

Point 6: No, we go by the Constitution as written – keep your religion out of our government, government stays out of your religion (you know, the reason religious institutions pay no taxes?)

Point 7: As a rule, when one needs “health care”, there’s no time to go shopping for it, so again BS. Unless you mean Health INSURANCE? Guess what, we shop around, too.

Point 8: No, Dems would forward this too, because we’d all be laughing at AND feeling sorry for the people who are stupid & sheeplike enough to believe it.

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Killing All The Right People

Of Guns In America, Sorry News Coverage, & Public Apathy

Way back in 1987, there was an episode of the program “Designing Women”, with the above title. A gay fellow designer asked the Women to design his funeral as he was dying of AIDS (back when it was a definite death sentence). An old friend/customer heard about it & smugly said the disease had one thing going for it, it was killing all the right people (because gay sex is an abomination, sinful, etc.).

A few weeks ago, there was a mass shooting (17) at a bar in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. If I hadn’t read about it from Twitter links, I never would have heard about it. 3 days later, there was another mass shooting (12 dead, 58 wounded) at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. After a few days of non-stop coverage, the title phrase jumped into my head, wondering why no wall to wall coverage about the bar shooting? Did they deserve it, should they have expected it since they were in a bar?

2 days ago, another mass shooting, on a smaller scale (as if that should make a difference)at a Sikh Temple outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin – 7 dead, 3 injured. Non stop coverage, outrage from some quarters, although readers at Fox Nation considered the story Inspiring – go figure.

Some people said if it had been a Christian Church, there would have been more outrage. I thought back to the Black Christian Churches being bombed & torched back in the ’60s, so no. What about White Churches – that would make a difference in attitude? Remember a few years ago, Dr. Tiller was murdered in his White Christian Church? There was cheering in some quarters, because he provided late term abortions.

Then I got to thinking about the daily gun violence in this country. It was touched on during the Drs. press conference in Milwaukee yesterday, how 3 or more shooting victims a day coming into their Trauma Center is quite common.

Where is the outrage? Why is this not in the news every single day? Are gun fatalities a terrible thing only in certain situations? Do you deserve to die if you’re sitting in a bar, or have brown skin, or perform abortions? I would first think it’s that we’ve become so jaded about gun violence that it takes a mass shooting to shock us back into awareness. Except, there was no huge outcry (or coverage) after that bar shooting.

Is it because too many believe these shootings really ARE killing all the right people?

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