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Cyrano's Journal
Cyrano's Journal
February 15, 2023

If we want to stop the massacres, the guns must go

The Republican Party, the NRA, and gun people (including many Democrats), won't give up their guns "... until you pry it out of my cold, dead hands." Given the number of children and adults who have died in schools, houses of worship, and so many other venues, you'd think there'd be an outcry that the guns have to go. But it ain't happened. And it's very unlikely that it will.

New York City should be a model for the entire country. If you want to buy or carry a gun in NYC, you need a damn good reason. Most often, permits are issued to people who carry a lot of cash as part of their jobs, jewelers, and various types of business and store owners (often on the condition that the gun must be kept in the business/store and not carried.)

You can buy a hunting rifle in New York. (I don't know if you can buy military style rifles, but I'm pretty sure you can't buy extended ammo magazines.)

If you got in a car accident in NYC, the last thing you'd think of is that the other person has a gun.

If you got into a car accident in Florida, where I live, the first thing you'd think of is that the other person has a gun.

Right now, our message to the world is: "If you want a good chance of getting shot in a public place, visit America, the land of the free and the home of tens of thousands of people who won't leave their house without a gun."

And I'm tired of "The shooter had mental health issues." Fuck that excuse. Anyone, at any time can "lose it." But if there's no gun at hand, there's a good chance that no one else will lose their life.

Our cowboy mentality has to go. Or sure as hell, thousands more people will die from America's love affair with guns.

I mean, really. What the fuck is wrong with us?

(And please don't hand me the 2nd Amendment crap that was written when people owned single-shot muskets.)

February 9, 2023

Why are Republicans such dicks? Here's James Carville's answer.

I've posted this question as an OP many times over the years. And then I'd go into some long-winded reasons.

Last night, James Carville was interviewed by Ari Melber and was asked the same question (in a more polite way).

James' answer was: "Because there's more white trash in the Republican Party than ever before."

Shakespeare said, "Brevity is the soul of wit." Perhaps Carville nailed it with his politically incorrect observation.

February 4, 2023

My confidence that Merrick Garland will do the right thing is virtually zero

I've stayed away from the countless DU threads that have condemned Garland, as well as threads that say we need more patience. Not once have I posted to any of them. But my patience has run out.

I expect to see Trump indicted by Georgia and perhaps even New York. But while I actually believed that Garland would have acted long ago, I now doubt if he will move against Trump. Ever.

Think for a moment of the crimes Trump committed in front of the camera, the most obvious being his call for a mob to march against the Capitol and help him commit his planned coup d' etat.

Kidnapping children at the border was one of his most heinous acts. And make no mistake about it. They were intentionally kidnapped under his policies. Many kidnappers are spending life in prison.

There was/is his unlawful possession of top classified documents that he refuses to return, claims they're his, and that he'd mentally declassified them. (Give me a fucking break on that piece of insanity.) His actions are a stark difference between the handful of documents held by Biden and Pence (both of whom might not even have known they had them. Ex-VPs don't do their own packing when they leave the job.)

He used police to clear peaceful protesters out of Lafayette Square using nightsticks and tear gas. This was done to allow him to take a photo op in front of a church while holding a bible upside down. (Umm, free speech and the right to peacefully assemble is in the Constitution.)

I don't know if anyone has an accurate count of the crimes he publicly committed while in office. It seems that Merrick Garland would have a list of these crimes, along with countless others we don't know about.

I believe Garland's lack of indictments has fucked America beyond repair. There are already mini-Trumps such as Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas who have their eyes on the presidency. Both have turned their states into fascist nightmares, and don't for a second believe they wouldn't try to do it to the entire country if one of them got into the White House. Trump has sown unending lawlessness that will be reaped by virtually any Republican successor to "The Throne."

And one more thing. Even if you indict him for something tomorrow, it's too late. Your delay has let Trumpism spread like a cancer, and has helped the Orange Prick advance his desire to destroy American democracy.

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