“Enough”

(apparently some elected officials believe we need more…)

The Tulsa shooting on June 1st is one of the 233 mass shootings in the US this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

Media — 6/13/2022. They agreed on background checks for buyers of guns between 18 and 21 years of age. Should have been all buyers. More funds for mental health. That is he sleeves out of their vests. Help the states with red-flag processes. Pass the issue off to the states. YOU KNOW THE NRA IS THRILLED WITH THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR PUPPETS!

Here’s what they did not do:

Time Magazine June 20 – June 27, 2022

Media — 6/13/2020. A few major reforms were left out of the proposed deal, including a provision to expand background checks. Also absent is a ban on military-style assault weapons. Plus, there will be no change to the minimum age to purchase guns, which is 18 years old. And no mention of bans on high capacity magazines.

Apparently, courage is not a behavioral competency required of most elected officials in Congress.

Here is the answer (and you can still keep your firearms!):

Anyone who purchases, any age, is subject to a background check. Minimum waiting period, 30 days. AK15 style attack/assault rifles or similar are banned from the USA (except law enforcement and the military). High capacity magazines are outlawed.

And another solution (my preferred):

https://successnexcess.com/2022/05/15/gun-violence/

Holding weapons manufacturers legally responsible for use of weapons by owners/others is absurd!

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Who is responsible for the Decisiveness in the USA?

This entry is not about voting or political party preference, just a situational look.

Presidents are the leaders of countries. If you look at the “recent” lists of presidents you may agree each had his (can not use the female pronoun yet) priorities, battles, and made popular and unpopular decisions. And the country was divided on certain issues.

Inside the capital, January 6th. “Make America Great Again”

Consider the reality: The critical level of divisiveness that the USA now faces was created during the Trump administration. Under no other president, under no other administration did it ever reach the intensity or criticality of what we have today. Under no other presidency did we have the growth and involvement of hate groups in our government, the election and voting mess, and the level of divisiveness in our country and government.

For the record I am not anti-political party.

And for the record, Biden is creating his own mess, with the help of a badly divided Congress that has lost its way and its focus on its ultimate purpose, that being creating laws and making decisions in the best interest of the country and not the political party.

Just saying…

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Leading the country…?

On May 17th, North Carolina will hold its state wide elections.

One candidate, running for the US Senate, features media ads showing him with a shot gun; another ad with a pistol shoved in his belt near the front buckle. Clearly an NRA puppet. The majority of NC congress people are pro-NRA receive campaign contributions from the NRA ranging from $1000 to $9000+.

https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/12/19/us/politics/nra.html?ref=us

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 3: Sacramento Police crime scene investigators place evidence markers on 10th street at the scene of a mass shooting in Sacramento, Calif., on Sunday, April 3, 2022. Six people are dead and 12 others are injured after a shooting broke out early Sunday morning. Sacramento Police Chief Kathy Lester said there were no suspects in custody yet. The shooting happened in the vicinity of the 1000 block of K Street in downtown Sacramento. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Over the last few days media sources report shootings and killings in neighborhoods, malls, and public gatherings. An individual or family today can be in danger anywhere.

I am a gun owner. I support gun ownership to a point, with the exception of AR15 type automatic rifles and similar. However you just have to ask yourself what message this candidate sends to adults and young people.

Is this the leadership the country needs in US Congress?

https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/reports/mass-shooting

The NRA’s contributions to senators are not insignificant:

https://elections.bradyunited.org/take-action/nra-donations-116th-congress-senators

The laws need to change!

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Is it time… ???

Is it time for the world (not just the USA) to stand up to Putin.

Is it time to stop the scorched earth onslaught in the Ukraine

Is it time for the world to throw the Russians out of the Ukraine

Is it time for the world to neutralize Putin

How long can the world stand by and watched the unprovoked, horrific murder of men, women, and children in a free, democratic, European country. Atrocities committed by ONE MAN!

It really is not about NATO.

Is it time… ????

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“Imagine”

Lady Gaga’s beautiful piano cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine”.

Timeless! A song of Hope and Humanity.

Imagine there’s no heaven, It’s easy if you try, No hell below us, Above us only sky
Imagine all the people, Living for today, I ,Imagine there’s no countries, It isn’t hard to do, Nothing to kill or die for, And no religion too, Imagine all the people, Living life in peace

You may say I’m a dreamer, But I’m not the only one, I hope someday you’ll join us, And the world will be as one,

Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can, No need for greed or hunger, A brotherhood of man, Imagine all the people, Sharing all the world, you

You may say I’m a dreamer, But I’m not the only one, I hope someday you’ll join us, And the world will live as one.

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Boat trip: eastern ICW

Helping a friend’s sail his 48′ Beneteau from Florida to South Carolina. Summary:

Beautiful Scenery. Great meals, all but two meals on the boat over the 6 days

  • Great crew — experienced thoughtful, considerate, funny
  • Most of the trip on eastern ICW; weather good 5 of 6 days
  • ​Boat well provisioned​
  • The two ocean legs: one perfect, the other we were forced out by an ICW Bridge closure. Tough​, heavy ​​fog, sailing by instrument; markers hard to find, rough ocean for 20 miles; crew nervous.
  • Only one night in a city port, all others anchored out
  • Long happy hours from 5 pm on
  • Underway each day, non-stop, from 7:30 to 5 or so
  • Although beautiful, most days 7 mph all day up the ICW… can  get boring.  Crew conversation and humor helped!
  • Great trip.

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The Other Great Divide

In the last few weeks I received two communications via snail mail from the Republican National Committee.  Both asked for money under the guise of “Voter Affiliation Tracking” and “Congressional District Canvass”.

I’m a registered Republican as if you register as an independent you can’t vote in the primaries. And I research and vote for the best candidate, regardless of political affiliation.

Both communications (re: first paragraph) reeked of “stop Joe Biden”, “counter democrats”, “budget busting, freedom-destroying, big government, socialists agenda”, “failed leadership”, and on and on and on.

Nothing about finding a way to work together, with the other party, to address the country’s major issues!

One of the leading Republicans, Mitch McConnell, was quoted early as saying, “there will be no legislative agenda in the Senate until after midterm elections.  Read about it. 

https://www.axios.com/mcconnell-no-agenda-midterms-91c73112-0a2e-441b-b713-7e8aa2dad6bf.html

I believe that explains the division.  As I have written previously, it is a war between the political parties; it is not about managing, leading and running the country.

It is scary as there appears to be no fix to this “great divide” which, through bad leadership, spreads like a virus across the country. So badly broken!

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Quite A Dichotomy

The Presidents of two major world powers appearing together at the Olympic Games Opening ceremonies, one threatening to invade a neighboring country’s democracy, the other supporting him and accused of gross human rights atrocities, and a third world-power president* not present, boycotting the games.  

Quite a dichotomy, hypocritical, considering the goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practiced without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.

More great leadership. 

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*That country a political mess, the politicians responsible for and feeding one of the worst country-wide divisive situations in its history.

Why?

CNN. “5 Things”. 1.17.2022

Schools are also a focus (COVID-19 issues) as many struggle to remain open for in-person learning — but a lack of money isn’t the problem. Much of the $190 billion that Congress authorized for schools earlier in the pandemic has yet to be used. In a majority of states, less than 20% of the federal money had been spent by the end of November, according to data from the US Department of Education.

https://covid-relief-data.ed.gov/

Now why would that be? There is a need. The money is available.

Why? My guess? It’s a leadership and management issue, terms not synonymous with the bureaucracy found in government. I suppose you might suspect misuse of funds in there too?

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