A Friday Haiku
Seventeen shot dead
In another school shooting
Thoughts, prayers, useless.
Another school shooting
You would think after Columbine, we’d have done something. Wasn’t that a horrific enough tragedy?
But no, nothing was done. And Sandy Hook, where innocent grade schoolers were killed. America was sick to it’s stomach by that one.
Still, nothing was done.
Now 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Members of Congress shed their crocodile tears, send their thoughts and prayers, but do nothing while cashing their bribes from the National Rifle Association.
How many more children need to die before the parents and survivors finally rise up enmasse to confront the spineless members of Congress and demand action?
What will it take to wake up our government to the gun epidemic in this country?
It only took one mass school shooting in 1996 for Australia to do something.
Trump sent his thoughts and prayers, then dared to blame the school, the families, students, and law enforcement for doing nothing, knowing the shooter was mentally unstable.
Actually, you orange turd, they did do something. They notified the FBI, but because you rescinded the Obama-era initiative aimed at helping keep the guns out of the hands of the mentally unfit, the FBI couldn’t do anything and the shooter was free to legally purchase the weapon used to commit this heinous crime.
Blood is on trump’s hands, as well as the hands of every congressperson the NRA has bought and paid for.
In fact, trump is also to blame because he is such an intolerate, hatefilled asshole, his attitude has has given the green light to every bigot, racist, mysoginist, homophobe and the like that their type of behavior is now not only tolerated but encouraged. They are out there openly spewing their hate and invoking trump’s name.
The shooter, as it turns out, was a member of a white supremacist group and was trained by them.
He was a homegrown, trump-approved domestic terrorist.
But rest assured, the outrage over this new tragedy will soon pass, nothing even resembling gun reform will be proposed, and the NRA will keep sending out it’s blood money.
Then we all get to pretend we care when the next mass shooting happens.
And gunnuts everywhere get to caress and fondle their handguns and rifles secure in the knowledge that no one is ever going to take their murder machines away.
I gained a pound, although my phone app for our scale didn’t record it, so we’ll pretend the gain didn’t happen.
If anyone is looking for a poster boy for yoyo dieting… right here.
You did What?
I pulled a shoulder muscle while sleeping. Don’t ask me how, but I woke up Sunday morning with pain shooting through my shoulder blade.
It still throbs today. I’ve been using rubs and taking pain meds (something I rarely do), yet I can’t get comfortable trying to fall asleep and the pain wakes me up when I finally do.
I haven’t done any arm exercises because of it and even when running, because you swing your arms, it hurts.
I don’t know what I did but I wish it would heal already. It’s making me cranky and I suspect because I’ve been sleeping poorly, it is responsible for the weight gain.
The Winter Olympics
I’d be remiss if I didn’t throw a shout-out to all those great athletes from every country joining together in the spirit of athletic competition.
I believe the Olympics should be free of political distractions, so it angers me when pence and his wife refused to stand when the Korean delegation entered. That just made America look petty. His stupidity reflects on all of us internationally.
I guess when he protests by not standing, that’s all right, that’s different when black athletes don’t stand.
I’d also like to point out to everyone who kept reposting a pic of the North Korean leader’s sister throwing eye daggers at pence as if they all approved of it because pence, the fact is, her hate isn’t directed at pence the way ours is. She probably doesn’t even know pence from Adam. She’s glaring at what he represents: the United States of America.
She’s glaring through a lens of hate that has been indoctrinated into all North Koreans since birth that America is evil, the Great Satan, out to destroy their lives, their country, and their very way of life.
She doesn’t know a thing about his hateful beliefs, his prejudices, his anti-gay stance, his belief in conversion therapy, not any of that.
She’s just an evil product of an evil totalitarian regime glaring at her country’s enemy.
In fact, if she knew pence like we know him and how he is part of a great fascist movement bent on destroying the America we all know and love, she’d probably be high-fiving him instead of glaring.
Consider that the next time you feel imclined to share her glare.
And finally, I should point out that Chloe Kim, who won Gold in the Women’s Halfpipe, is the daughter of immigrant parents.
Go have a great weekend. Monday is President’s Day. Go buy some furniture on sale or whatever it is we’re supposed to do on President’s Day.
I leave you, as always, with a song.