Only Uneducated People Favor Arming Classroom Teacher With Weapons–Concealed Or Otherwise


Here are the problems with this very old and discredited NRA idea, which of course is now being pushed by the extremely-limited capacity of Donnie’s brain (we’ll pay teachers bonuses if they agree to conceal carry in the classroom!):

1. Most shootings start outside or in the halls outside of classrooms. How many would-be gunfighter teachers will actually get sufficient training to calmly take out their concealed piece and calmly wait for the actual shooter to enter their classroom? How many teachers don’t even have enough time for basic lesson planning and grading papers now and parent-teacher conferences now? What if the teacher has their gun pointed at the door and they not so calmly shoot the first person(s) who comes through the door–like a panicked student frantically attempting to find a safe place to hide from the real shooter? This WILL happen.

Picture this: you’re a teacher in a classroom. Outside you hear the string of loud, concussive cracks of high velocity rounds being being fired outside your door from an assault rifle. You hear people screaming, crying, moaning in pain, or dying. You fear that shooter will either fire through your classroom door (or through the door of the classroom closet you’re hiding inside) and then burst in spraying bullets across the classroom or into that closet. He quickly points the rifle barrel at you and it’s still smoking and you know he’s already killed unknown numbers of people. And you’re holding a six-shot revolver or a semiautomatic handgun and in your stress and panic and fear maybe your aim is off and you shoot the door or walls and windows or students not hiding under their desks, but the shooter doesn’t have to be so accurate with his semi or fully automatic weapon and he kills you and others in an indiscriminate spray of high velocity bullets in less than a second. Are you willing to bet that there’s a 100% chance in that instant that you’ll take the shooter down before you’re taken down? You could lose a ton of money in Vegas along with your life in that classroom taking that bet. And what’s more, the chances are excellent you’ll miss the shooter but hit and kill other students in the classroom in your panic and rush to fire your weapon. And just imagine if you’re an elementary school teacher…

2. Stats say that it’s more likely a barely-trained teacher who got their Donnie bonus for carrying a concealed weapon in the classroom is more likely to be shot and and have their weapon taken by the shooter or some other untrained student,. In either case, innocent people will still die and you more than likely will be one of them.

The clearly sane and adult answer is that all assault weapons and high capacity clips and magazines must be banned and those bans strictly enforced. Background check laws must be strengthened and enforced. All weapons and ammo dealers and sellers MUST be federally licensed, All records of gun sales must be entered into both BATFE and FBI computer systems for future accessing for crosschecks and ALL private weapons and ammo sales banned, including at gun shows. In this way if it’s discovered that a weapon previously legally purchased was sold illegally to someone who committed murder and/or wounded people with it.

3. Remember how George Zimmerman got away with killing Trayvon Martin using the Stand Your Ground defense–or how countless white cops get away with killing unarmed black people with the officially-sanctioned law enforcement version of that law? Think of the classroom shootings of students by teachers that WILL occur because an armed teacher felt physically threatened by a loudmouthed teen who stood up a their desk–or made a move to stand up?

4. Teachers are overloaded with work now. In addition to their teaching responsibilities they’re now required to be psychological diagnosticians, behavorial counselors required to enforce and update individual learning plans or individualized educational plans for SpEd students or for those with acute behavioral problems to different state agencies and departments.

And now idiot Donnie and the others on the NRA payroll have the BRILLIANT idea to add being an armed security guard to their classroom duties? Yes, the top 1% have paid out A LOT of cash to have the lunatics running the asylum that once was the United States. This is an election year. We have to come out in numbers high enough to offset the GOP election fraud and Russian hacking that will be out in full force come November






Home Grown And Home Grown By Marriage Terrorists

Last night I watched a CBS News reporter ask one of the law enforcement chiefs how the mother of a 6-month old child could have fired those weapons and killed all those people. How what kind of mother of a small child would allow her home to be turned into an arsenal, stockpiled with assault rifles, handguns, and thousands of rounds of ammo? What kind of mother of a small child would be making homemade bombs from materials kept in the home? In other words, how does Mom become a terrorist?

The answer is a woman who never wanted to be a mother and cares nothing about children.

The more I hear and read about that San Bernardino couple who shot up that holiday banquet party the more I’m convinced both the marriage and their 6-month-old baby were shams, a disguise to present themselves as an average, middle class family.

The wife, a Pakistani, had previously pledged her allegiance to ISIS. We don’t know when the male shooter, an American-born citizen, became a radicalized Islamist. My theory is he had both domestic and overseas contacts with ISIS or some other Islamic extremist sect. He was instructed to make contact with a particular woman posting on a specific dating site, fly over to Saudi Arabia and marry her, and bring her back to the states. They would have a baby just to complete the image as your average Muslim-American middle class family pursuing the American Dream.

The male shooter (notice I’m not giving names here?) was an American-born Muslim of Pakistani immigrants. He was beset by an identity crisis: feeling like he didn’t belong to either the Western culture or to the Eastern culture. This identity confusion is common among the type of Muslim who joins a violent, extremist group. This guy had been educated here. He was hired into a civil service job with a great salary and benefits. How badly had this guy been treated when he was growing up or was he just a spoiled brat who hated the country that had given him so much? His phony wife was working as a pharmacist and being paid well for it.

I can’t understand his hatred but I can understand hers–to a point. Go back as far as the 1940s and look at how our country’s presidents and the CIA subverted the governments and people of the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and almost everywhere else you could throw a dart at a global map.

For all I know she might have been just another of those  deluded young middle class Muslim women who find leaders of those extremist groups sexy and exciting. But I don’t know her history at all.

And I also wonder if this shooting was a planned terrorist attack or if the male shooter let his hatred of a Jewish co-worker get the best of him and decided on his own to make this holiday banquet his first “mission” in defiance of orders he’d received? I think he and his wife actually thought they could get away with it. Besides, from the amount of weapons, ammo, and pipe bombs stockpiled in the home, more such “missions” were obviously being planned either by those two or in conjunction with others. If that was the case, then we’re fortunate that the ego and self-centered thinking of that guy overrode what could be presumed as a series carefully-laid terrorist plots for even further mass murders.

Lastly, I am fuming at Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s “Institute For Legislative Action”, just a fancy name for the gun lobby arm of the NRA. He claims in his USA Today op-ed piece of…that the California gun control laws are all on President Obama’s wishlist and yet this tragedy STILL happened. Just goes to show that gun control isn’t the answer. Except that what Cox conveniently omits in his 2nd Amendment propaganda screed is that while the AR-15s and the Glock 9mm handguns were all bought legally by the male shooter, the AR-15s were illegally altered to make them fully automatic in order to enable them to continually fire the illegal high capacity clips (illegal in California but LEGAL in the NRA-owned states from which the male shooter ordered them online. The type of powerful ammo the shooter bought was also illegal in California but LEGAL was also illegal to order in the NRA-owned states from which the shooter purchased them online). So what Cox tried to cover up was that these gun laws, whether enacted or on Obama’s wish list, would be effective had they been standardized and enforced nationwide.

If people are searching for someone to blame for this latest mass shooting and killing, look up Chris Cox at the NRA or find him on social media networks and tell him what you think about his op-ed thing if you like.



The Democrats Need A New Team, Not A Hero

So here we are in the middle of our postmortem after yesterday’s disaster yet some people are still not getting the reasons for what happened. I’ve already seen at least one person leap onto a soapbox promoting his chosen Democratic savior for 2016. This is the last thing we should be doing now.

The problem with this thinking is analogous to baseball. One losing team believes all it needs is a top slugger to turn it around. The successful team knows that a team of strong players in every position and a strong bench is what’s needed to win championships. To float one candidate’s name at this team shows the problem with the Democratic Party. If it refuses to learn the lessons of yesterday’s midterm elections, it will cease to even be relevant going forward from this point onward. Obama is the current big slugger and look at how well that’s worked out for us. Once your big slugger goes into a hitting slump he sinks the whole team if he’s the best and only big player they’ve got.

We don’t need ONE candidate to rally behind; we need a fundamental makeover of the Democratic Party in the way it chooses and runs candidates, and especially in how it communicates its message to the voters. We need to get liberal politicians with balls and vaginas of steel to stand up to the GOP, to refuse to approve right wing appointees to SCOTUS and to US District Courts, who will filibuster and otherwise refuse to vote for asinine legislation like budget compromises which create a “super congress” as well as the sequester which has proven to be a disaster for the poor and the middle class, politicians who will stand up to the NRA, ALEC, and people like the Kochs, who will stand up for women’s and for gay rights, and for immigration reform. We need a president who will not naively believe they can negotiate and compromise with Republicans while they are united in bringing down the presidency just because of the color and/or gender of the president. We need a president who will stare down the opposition with every Congressional Democrat standing behind him.

We need leadership at the top who will employ GOP and Fox-like tactics which hold up their politicians and policies to public ridicule, who can come up with simple one-line slogans and imagery to cement in even stupid voters’ heads that the GOP will surely lead them to ruin and the end of life as we know it, just like the GOP has successfully marketed the same thing about us to the voters.

So, right now the last thing we need is a Hillary or a Elizabeth or a Bernie in 2016. We need a real, actual, vital political party rebuilt from the bottom up which can engage and attract the millions of voters it lost after it decided to become Republican Light.

A home run slugger can’t win the ballgame if the team is losing and there’s no one on base.


It Could Be Open Season On Open Carry In Texas–2014—tom-cruise

The magnificent Jon Stewart and The Daily Show. Watch the first two segments on Open Carry in Texas where Open Carry meets Stand Your Ground. It’s both laws existing side by side taken to their ultimate lethal absurdity. It’s the NRA as both the Earps and the Clantons in a good old-fashioned, state-sanctioned gunfight (of course that was in Arizona and not Texas but the analogy still works) playing both sides against the middle.

Watch the first two show segments, although the third segment is hilarious and worthwhile. In Texas, you have the right to enter a Mickey D’s or a 7-11 with your AR-15 slung over your shoulder. At the same time, if you’re a parent eating lunch with your young children at said Mickey D’s and you THINK or FEEL that your lives are in danger from those scary gunslinging munchers, with their ball caps, heavy jackets, heavy beards, heavy bulk (or even the thinner guys) because you don’t know if they just came in to munch a Big Mac or to spray everyone with bullets out of their large capacity clips (with more sticking out of their jackets under which you can spy their Kevlar bulletproof vests), you have a legal right to take your .9mm Glock semiautomatic pistol out of your Open Carry shoulder holster and put a round through each of the munchers’ heads if that’s what makes you and your scared children safer.

And chances are no one will convict you of murder or manslaughter in Texas because Stand Your Ground is all about state of mind. If you THINK you are being threatened with bodily harm or FEEL that your life and those of your loved ones are in danger, that’s all the law requires for you to legally terminate the source of the danger that you feel with extreme prejudice.


The Callousness Of The Texas Center for Defense of Life And Its Lawyers

Let’s be clear about this: it is not the pregnant sixteen-year-old who is alleging her parents are coercing her into having a baby, it’s the Texas Center for Defense of Life.  And neither the Texas Center for Defense of Life nor its lawyers give one whit about this pregnant sixteen-year-old girl or her unborn, nor do they care abou the physical and emotional trauma she’ll undergo during childbirth. They don’t give a damn about the ridicule and comments a pregnant sixteen-year-old girl has to endure from the other students at her school.  They’re only concerned with their Cause, which is absolute control over the female body.  And like all phonies who pretend to hold unborn life sacred, after the baby is born to a sixteen-year-old girl and her parents are saddled with the costs of feeding it, clothing it, daycare, healthcare, and schooling, the Texas Center for Defense of Life and its lawyers and its legal fund will be long gone.

I bet you these same “religious” Right Republicans are the same people fighting to get Obamacare and welfare laws repealed so that poor people and people in general who can’t afford healthcare or to feed another mouth are stuck with expenses they can’t afford while the Texas Center for Defense of Life and its lawyers pat themselves on the back for saving another unborn “life” while throwing into turmoil the lives of the living.

The audacity, the callousness of these so-called “religious” right folks that they will take a child to court to have a judge force her to give birth to a child she is emotionally and psychologically unfit to care for a baby, let alone raise it.  A judgment mandating the baby be born would mean the pregnant teen’s parents will be forced to raise another child they had never planned for.

There might be some individuals who are members of the Texas Center for Defense of Life and its legal team who belive in their misguided and evil cause.  But for the majority, it’s all about money and power. Those Right To Life centers whose soul purpose is to rob other living humans of THEIR rights collect a lot of money in contributions, and lots of money buys lots of power when giving to politicians who owe their elections to lots of money from Right To Life centers and legal teams.  Defending unborns is just a means to an end, which is the same reason why the NRA is fighting mandatory background checks for all retail gun purchases. For Right To Lifers, the more they fight abortions, the more money they make.  For the NRA, the more they enable people to kill other people, the more money they make.

That’s what makes the Right Wing so strange:  One sect tries to ensure babies get born while another sect tries to ensure these babies are shot to death as soon as they reach school age.


Stand Your Ground About To Stand Trial

Trayvon Martin was an ordinary, average 17 year old kid. Well, mainly average and ordinary. He was also black in a south Florida town, which some people think is a crime until itself. I would assume as most ordinary and average 17 year olds go, Trayvon never gave any thoughts to starting a movement to reverse insane NRA-written gun laws, or to strike back against the bigotry and discrimination hurled against most black people in the U.S. throughout every waking hour of their days. And in fact, Trayvon on his own didn’t start those twin movements. George Zimmerman did–by choosing to pump a 9mm slug into Trayvon’s chest under very shadowy and suspect circumstances. Trayvon Martin’s parents didn’t realize at the beginning that they were at the genesis of two national movements; they were just trying to get justice for their son. There was such pushback from the white power structures among the police and Florida state government that they soon found that the only way to get justice was to grow these two movements in the name of their son.

George Zimmerman was charged today with second degree murder and taken into police custody. He will stand trial. At a press conference, one of the Martin family attorneys, Benjamin Crump, said something I have been saying for weeks and I will paraphrase: the Stand Your Ground law will be on trial along with Zimmerman. This is the third national movement that Zimmerman created that night.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has found something he hates worse than Occupy Wall Street: Stand Your Ground. And this time, Bloomberg is standing on the right side of the law. He is calling for the repeal of these types of laws from every state which has put them in place. Van Jones and Color Of Change have mounted all-out campaigns against ALEC and its member companies who are responsible for funding the politicians who voted and signed these laws into place. Thanks to COC, companies like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation, and Kraft Foods have dropped out of ALEC, with more corporations to follow. The back has been broken on ALEC, and perhaps the NRA as well.

These Stand Your Ground laws have spread to 32 states like a foreign weed. Under this law, justifiable homicides in Florida from 12 a year to an average of 36. This means that either a lot of killings got a bum rap before this enlightened law, written by the National Rifle Association and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), or else this law is now being used as a license to murder, with the police and the courts unable or unwilling to do anything about it.

What Stand Your Ground allows is for someone to setup an entrapment situation where they lure someone into their home—or even the street—where they can then blow them away and successfully claim self defense. The Martin family is extremely lucky that Zimmerman had such delusions of law enforcement grandeur and was so stupid that he botched it up for himself, and now everyone else trying to disguise their murderous deed within the law.

George Zimmerman did not “stand his ground” according to Special Prosecutor Angela Corey. In the words of Dennis Baxley, the Republican state representative who carried the SYG bill through the Florida House, Zimmerman chose to “pursue and confront”.

There is an old adage: “the truth shall set you free”. George Zimmerman and his surrogates have now learned the opposite lesson: perpetuating a lie will land you in jail facing a second degree murder charge.

Win or lose the Zimmerman trial, the genie is out of the bottle now. After almost 150 years, black folks feel they’re more than entitled to full citizenship in this country with all the legal and social and professional rights it bestows. And people in general feel that they no longer want to be subject to laws that essentially make them living targets so that the NRA can get more guns and bullets sold which stuffing its special interest campaign coffers so full of cash that they have to shoot the lock off to get the damned treasure chest open.

So to all you white racists who hide your Confederate flag tramp stamps above your ass, or anyone who fancies themselves the thing standing between civilization and black anarchy, it’s time to face reality: this is 2012 and a black man is the President of the United States. Blacks are people, too, my friend. Not sure I can say the same about you.


The Republicans Are Protecting George Zimmerman

It doesn’t make sense that George Zimmerman has gotten so much protection from the Sanford Police, the Florida State Attorney, and the Republican mass media. They’re all fighting his arrest and eventual trial. Why would this be?

Zimmerman is just a loose cannon with a homemade police officer badge but with a very real 9mm semiautomatic handgun. He thought he saw a black male in a hoodie sneaking around the condo complex in the dark and immediately profiled him as acting weird and up to something.

Zimmerman got out of his SUV and pursued Trayvon Martin even though the real cop on the other end of the phone told him “We don’t need you to do that” and Zimmerman answered “Okay”.

Everyone on the Left and the Right is expounding on why Stand Your Ground does or does not apply in this case. But Zimmerman’s own attorney, Craig Sonner, has stated Stand Your Ground doesn’t apply in this case, as has State Rep. Dennis Baxley, who introduced the bill into the Florida House, and former Florida governor, Jeb Bush, who signed it into law. Rick Scott, current Florida governor, took State Attorney Norm Wolfinger, who personally told Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee to turn Zimmerman loose, off the case. Again I ask: why would this be?

The answer is clear: the Florida Republicans enacted Stand Your Ground into law. Zimmerman claims he shot Trayvon Martin in self defense, which is what Stand Your Ground is all about. If the law doesn’t exist, maybe Zimmerman thinks twice before pulling out his gun. So it is being argued at the highest levels of the Republican Party that they have a serious exposure problem to this if  with this first high profile Stand Your Ground case, Zimmerman is arrested and goes to court. It won’t just be Zimmerman who’s put on trial but the Republican written, passed, and signed into law legislation. And this…is an election year.  And Jeb Bush, who signed the bill into law, is a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2016. If Zimmerman is tried and convicted, Bush would be the “Republican Governor Who Killed Trayvon Martin”. Not exactly a campaign slogan he’d want to see on bumper stickers.

So, that’s why the Republicans along with their media surrogates have circled the wagons on this one. I think it’s possible the “temporarily stepped aside” Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee may have seen the political implications of a male black kid being killed in cold blood by a half Peruvian cop wannabe claiming protection under the law and communicated this concern to Wolfinger. I don’t know both men’s political affiliation but I could reasonably guess it’s Republican. But this would be why Wolfinger got so personally involved THAT NIGHT to the point of meeting with Lee to override the lead homicide detective’s recommendation to arrest Zimmerman on a manslaughter charge.

18 states have passed Stand Your Ground laws, some of these signed into law by Democratic governors who were cravenly pandering to conservative voters, or perhaps had received healthy campaign contributions from the NRA and ALEC-affiliated groups, or just didn’t have the guts to stand up to both. 31 states have passed the so-called “Castle doctrine” into law, which is what Stand Your Ground is derived from.

So, since both the NRA and ALEC funnel so much money—primarily to the Republican Party who introduced and passed the overwhelming majority of these bills, they could also be accused of being accessories to the killing of Trayvon Martin. Once again, not a good thing in an election year, especially with ALEC now bleeding corporate members and the loss of their dues.

This is why Fox, Limbaugh, and all the Republican surrogates are attempting to frame this case as a “liberal” and an “attempt at dividing the races” thing because those words their fans can understand. Most people who turn on right wing shows don’t know how to think logically and see the big picture: that’s exactly why they watch and listen to those shows—it’s done for them so they don’t have to.

George Zimmerman himself is small potatoes and no one on the Right gives a whit about him. It’s the Stand Your Ground law he symbolizes which is the Right Wing lightening rod. If this (literally) fatally flawed law goes down, then everyone who was responsible for getting it enacted—which are primarily Republicans up for re-election or will be in a couple of years—goes down with it. And believe me, there are quite a few Democrats who deserve to go down in flames with them.