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America’s Problem: Magical Thinking 0

In the Raleigh News and Observer, Billy Maddalon suggests that it’s time for Americans to face America’s reality. A snippet:

America’s current reality is sobering: Our expensive health system is one of the worst underperformers in the industrialized world (17th out of 37); Our education system is one of the worst (25th out of 37); Our mental health systems are fragmented and underfunded, with an opioid epidemic raging out of control in our rural communities. We also are the most violent country in the industrialized world (with gun homicide rates that are 25 times higher than our peers).

(snip)

All of these problems persist because we refuse to learn from what other countries have done to solve these same challenges. Remember, we’re different, better, smarter, we’re exceptional. Screw the facts!

Follow the link for the rest; it’s worth the three minutes of your time.

Aside:

This condition is a natural consequence of having a major political party that has set as its mission the destruction of the common good.

Facebook Frolics 0

Blocked and silenced (unless, of course, you are a Russian Troll).

“Failed State” 0

E. J. Dionne is not sanguine.

On gun violence, the United States has become a corrupt failed state.

More at the link.

“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

The call of politeness . . . .

Investigators say the incident happened just after 6 p.m. in a wooded area along Ed Burgess Road, which is off of Highway 16 north of Taylorsville. The sheriff’s office said that the victim was hunting coyotes and used a coyote call. Investigators say that is when another man nearby heard the call, got a rifle and shot toward the sound.

The victim was struck by gunfire and was taken to an area hospital. On Tuesday morning, officials announced that the victim died.

Tales of the Trumpling: Snapshots of Trickle-Down Trumpery 0

Lifetime in the penalty box.

Four fans have been banned from attending Blackhawk hockey games at Chicago’s United Center after being caught on tape racially taunting Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly, the Associated Press reported Monday.

QOTD 0

Groucho Marx:

A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere.

All the News that Fits 0

Excerpt:

The biggest fake news problem is that we have a lot of stupid people who believe fake news.

“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Be polite when you go to the club.

The man, a 49 year old from Southfield, told police he is the president of the Phantom Motorcycle Club and was conducting a pat down search of patrons to ensure guns were not brought into the the club. During one pat down, the man said that a gun inside a holster fired and struck his hand.

Thus passeth another day in NRA Eden.

Facebook Frolics 0

Disinformation frolics.

The Wheel of Death 0

Man wearing camoflage and NRA hat holding newspaper with headline,

Via Job’s Anger.

Subtitular Substitution (Updated) 0

Last night, we watched an episode of Perry Mason.

We had the subtitles turned on, because we often watch BBC shows and some of us find the accents problematic. The subtitles were screwy.

Here’s an example (I’m ferinstancing here):

    I’d like you to meet Detective XXXX Tracy. He’d like a Manhattan XXXXtail.

Honestly, you can’t make this stuff up.

Addendum, Later that Same Evening:

In another Perry Mason that we watched this evening, the word “suspicious” was rendered “suxxxxious.”

The stupid, it burns.

“The Safest City in Florida” 0

Mike recalls that Parkland, Florida, was once named the “safest city in the United States.”

Warning: Language and lots of it.

QOTD 0

S. S. Van Dine:

. . . there’s little that’s reasonable in this fantastic and ironical world . . . .

Van Dine, S. S. (William Huntington Wright), The Scarab Murder Case in
Philo Vance Mysteries, v. 3 (London: Leonaur, 2007), p. 216

Artless Dodgers 0

Title:  Duck and Cover.  Image:  Voice from the Capitol Building:  Duck under your desk!  This is not a drill!  Second voice:  We' re hiding from a meaningful conversation about guns.Click for the original image.

Men Are Pigs 0

The Seattle Times rounds up some #metoo moments. Here’s one:

Ali Cho, in contrast, has no doubt that an Uber driver entered into #MeToo territory when he kept pressing her for a date during a drive to the airport. Cho, a University of Washington senior who heads a leadership program, was headed home on spring break.

“I love Asian girls,” the driver said. She told him she had a boyfriend. He suggested it might not last.

All the while, she thought in the back of her head, “He knows where I live.”

More moments at the link.

Timeline of a Toady 0

Dick Polman tracks Little Marco’s fealty to the merchants of mechanized death. Here’s how he starts:

We hold this truth to be self-evident: Political impotence in the wake of gun violence is a pre-existing condition.

We all know what happens after a mass shooting — thoughts ‘n’ prayers, TV footage of traumatized kids, it’s “too soon” to do anything — so this time let’s try something else. Let’s tell the tale through the prism of one hapless politician. Let’s make him a metaphor for our surrender to routine slaughter.

Follow the link for the timeline.

“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Check out the politeness.

A 24-year-old man was checking out of the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 151 East Wacker when a gun fell and accidentally discharged around 10 a.m., police said.

“An individual who spent the night int he hotel was checking out, at which time a firearm fell out of his pocket onto the floor, striking the tile,” said Commander Michael Piggott, Chicago Police Department.

Police say fragments, possibly from the tile, struck three people. They were taken to local hospitals and are expected to be fine.

Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’ 0

Quite the carnival on Carnival . . . .

The trouble started after the Carnival Legend, which can carry more than 2,000 people, set sail from Melbourne to New Caledonia last week – though there are disputes of exactly when and why it all began. . . .

Others, however, said a single family of about two dozen people seemed intent on provoking conflicts – spitting in the pool, screaming in the smoking area and fighting with passengers and staff over any provocation.

“They were looking for trouble from the minute they got on the ship,” Kellie Peterson told 3AW. “Anyone and everything. They even picked on a 16-year-old boy because they thought he looked at them.”

Ending the Shelling 0

Will Bunch writes of the “NRA’s reign of terror.” A snippet:

First, we need to acknowledge the NRA for what it really is: a hate group that uses its immoral tolerance for gun violence for profit and power.

Follow the link for the rest.

QOTD 0

Buzz Burbank:

The reason the Bible says . . . “the meek shall inherit the earth”–that’s the only way they are going to get it.