Monday, June 27, 2016

@Almost_Tuesday Archives: 06/20: Our Thoughts on Prayers

I don't write as much as I used to on this blog, mostly because I write for my friend's radio show, Almost Tuesday. You can listen to us live on 104.3FM (if you live in Rochester) or at wayofm.org, Every Monday night at 9:00pm EST, or check out the MixCloud.com page for archived shows.
In this episode, I discuss the poor state of politicians in these trying times of daily gun violence. Read on and listen on at your pleasure.
The Orlando shooting really took a toll on the United States. 49 people dead, 53 more injured. I just want to extend my condolences to the politicians who made this tragedy possible.
Um...What?
Within hours, politicians sent their thoughts and prayers to the victims and families of the shooting. Surprisingly, their thoughts and prayers from the last tragedy did nothing to stave off this one. It’s as though just sending a tweet or a facebook post doesn’t help anyone!
Fascinating…
Many of the politicians claimed that this was a terrorist attack, and that the shooter was a radical Muslim extremist. They called for closing the borders, more monitoring of Muslim neighborhoods, deporting people suspected of terror. Scott Baio even said that Obama is either a secret Muslim or a Muslim sympathizer.
Scott Baio? From Charles in Charge?
Yeah. Apparently Charles in Charge is in now in charge of his local Aryan League. The shooter pledged allegiance to Hezbollah AND ISIS. Everyone knows that these two groups have been warring since their births. He didn’t know what he was doing. It’s like he got a costume bag at Halloween store named “Raging Raja”, much like their “Native American” costumes.
OK, so you’re saying it wasn’t a terror attack?
Well, it was a terror attack, but not an Islamic terror attack, no matter what the gunman said. It definitely was a hate crime.
How so?
The pols conveniently left out that the club that was shot up was a gay bar, and it was Latin night. It also turns out that the shooter had a gay dating app on his phone, and he frequented the bar months before he entered it to do harm. He was known for spewing hateful things about blacks, gays, and the LGBTQ community.
Interesting…
Yeah. It’s very interesting. It sounds like he was likely in the closet about his sexuality, but was confused about how to handle it, and he lashed out violently. So he’s like a right wing religious zealot, but with a gun permit.
HA! Chris, he simply bought the guns he used in a matter of days. Getting a gun in Florida is easier than getting a license!
Oh, that’s right...apparently assault rifles are less dangerous than some candy eggs in America. Well that leads to another point. These poor politicians had to pretend that their inaction on gun control didn’t contribute to this shooting. THey are very good at frightening people into buying guns. They are good at repeating rhetoric, but beyond thoughts and prayers, they haven’t done anything about access to guns by potential killers.
Well, you know what they say. The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
Right...If only there were a good terrorist with a gun to shoot the bad terrorist with a gun. That sounds like a brilliant idea. An armed person in a loud, darkly lit night club, finding the shooting the bad guy who he can barely see, since it’s a dark night club...Nothing could possibly go wrong.
Wow, when you put it that way, it sounds like a terrible idea.
So anyway, all of these senators, legislators, and religious leaders sent out their thoughts and prayers, and even held a moment of silence in the House of Representatives, and then blamed the attack on poor foreign policy and a religion that 1.6 billion people follow who live in peace.  They ignored the fact that the bar was a gay bar, and that it was mostly people of color who were hurt. They did all this, even though many of them said aberrant things about the LGBT community, they helped push or pass over 200 anti-LGBT laws throughout the United States, They ignored the fact that the killer was a US born citizen, not an immigrant, and ignored that he had easy access to large volume magazine firearms, thanks to their efforts to block any legislation remotely related to gun regulation. Some of them even voted down an anti-discrimination measure three days after the shooting.
Wow. That’s a lot of contradiction in one week.
Yes, that’s why I’m so concerned about them. It must take a lot of mental acrobatics to claim so many falsities in the face of so much evidence to the contrary. They must be on the brink of insanity. How much is pushing an agenda worth if you have to be completely devoid of any integrity whatsoever? They are likely devoid of any soul anymore.
Well, what can we do to help these poor politicians?
Exactly what they offer. Thoughts and prayers, Woody. Thoughts and prayers.

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