I have always fought against the death penalty. And, today, the debate rages from what death cocktail a state should use, with some causing cruel and unusual pain and extending the suffering hours longer than expected, to drug companies showing unusual respect for life and morality and discontinuing their supply. These drugs are expensive and hard to find.
Some time ago I suggested openly that we be creative and use the heroin in hundreds of evidence rooms and simply give the condemned hot shot sufficient to kill. We have an epidemic of addicts easily doing this to themselves and the epicenter seems to be Ohio. I admit I do not know what the state does with this heroin after the trial concludes, but I don't see any obstacle to providing it for that state's use...possibly for a fee, which would be substantially lower than the cost of drugs used now, and provide that community with funding for their needs. Can we be this creative?
"On the plus side, death is one of the few things that can be done just as easily as lying down,"- Woody Allen (1935 - ).
A small voice from below drifted into our apartment..."Granma, why do we have to walk way down this street to pick up my sister?"
"Because she's in school and it's our job every day after school."
"Why does she go to school??"
"Every child must go to school. It's how you'll learn things. In fact, next year you'll have to go, too."
"Why do I have to go??"
"So you can learn about things."
"I don't have to go!"
"Granma...I already know everything!"
Should this man have been able to buy his guns? We don't know yet. It's a good question...if you are against the Wild West Reality this country has become. And, odds are, that reality will remain for some time. We have a Congress in Washington that recently said it would be a good thing for men and women, who have been classed as folks who can't handle their own affairs by either the Social Security Administration or the Veterans Administration, to be allowed to buy guns. Seems crazy? A bit?
Yoda Sessions has stepped from the shadows to make the most blatant move yet for this Cabinet of Trumpigari. He has directed all federal prosecutors to ask for the maximum sentence in each case that comes before them. Our Attorney General is very anti-crime (except for white collar and ethics violations). The stories detailing this obvious plan to increase profits for companies running our private prisons are linked below. The swamp is alive and getting more obvious.
Wow... on April 23rd 2017, France held an election for President. No candidate had a majority, so a runoff was held May 7th. France elected the centrist candidate, Emmanuel Macron, an outsider who favors NATO and the European Union, over the right-wing Fascist, Marine Le Pen. I am very pleased with the outcome, but I would like to suggest that the way France holds their elections is far superior to our own. (Most Democracies' elections are superior to our own.)
France historically gets a very bad rap from Americans. Sometimes subtle and sometimes obvious jabs are often thrown their way. Here, though, is something to emulate. Our elections are ridiculous and a monumental waste of money, attention, and our nerves.
So, France, I salute thee on the day after a comfortable win for reason...:
All human history has one purpose: To repair Salo's spaceship.
Salo, the Tralfamadorian explorer, is a robot
built millennia earlier to carry a message to a distant galaxy. His
spacecraft is powered by the Universal Will to Become or UWTB, the
"prime mover" which makes matter and organization wish to appear out of
nothingness. (UWTB, Vonnegut informs the reader, was responsible for the
Universe in the first place and is the greatest imaginable power
source). A small component on Salo's spacecraft breaks and strands him
here in the Sol System for over 200 millennia. He requests help from
Tralfamadore, and his fellow Tralfamadorians respond by manipulating
human history so that primitive humans evolve and create a civilization
in order to produce the replacement part. Rumfoord's encounter with the
chrono-synclastic infundibulum, the following war with Mars and
Constant's exile to Titan were manipulated via the Tralfamadorians'
control of the UWTB. Stonehenge, the Great Wall of China and the Kremlin are all messages in the Tralfamadorian geometrical language, informing Salo of their progress.
Imagine a world...folks who can't handle their lives... Sayeth the Social Security Administration... Now able to buy guns. Thanks NRA. A recent analysis found a suicide rate among veterans Of about 30 per 100,000 population per year, Compared with the civilian rate of 14 per 100,000. And So the House has approved legislation... That would make it harder to keep
veterans who are "mentally incapacitated, Deemed mentally incompetent"
or prone to blackouts from buying guns.
Donald is changing America. With a stroke of his pen, he swept away the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's rule that financial advisers and agents must consider their customer's interests ahead of their desire for profit. Gone in a whoosh of his hand as is the wish that in a Great America we won't be taken advantage of.... That our people have a higher sense of integrity...or should have. Well, that the Idealist in me. I've always been one and was criticized because I was.... Donald is greed personified...
Cosmic chaos bleeds through membranes
into our reality -
cookie cutter daily lives -
expanding like paper dolls
then torn apart in terrible beauty...
and DC becomes the Darkness, Power, and Terror
of Dorothy's Kansas.