Tuesday, June 21, 2016

There is Madness Afoot

There is madness afoot and it is everywhere.

Yesterday, in response to the nightmare in Orlando, the United States Senate did what it does best--absolutely nothing. The republicans proposed two gun control bills which were so watered down they were basically a waste of paper. The democrats put two bills of their own out there which the GOP immediately called, too restrictive.

All this political nonsense comes shortly after a CNN/ORC poll found 85% of Americans support blocking people who are on the terrorist watch list from buying a gun and 90% believe there should be background checks on each and every sale of a weapon.

Reactions poured in. The White House issued a statement calling the senate deadlock, "a shameful display of cowardice." At about the same time, some clown running for the U.S. house in Florida promised to give away a semi-automatic assault style weapon to a prospective voter on the 4th of July in order to ensure the continued safety of the republic.

Hillary Clinton posted a social media message with the names of the 49 Orlando victims followed by the word, "Enough." Later she sent a tweet which read, "It's time to demand more than thoughts and prayers from our elected officials."

A few days ago Don Trump lamented that it was too bad none of the customers in the night club were armed in a fashion similar to the murderer. His notion that firearms should be wielded in a place where alcohol flows freely was so crazed and bizarre two NRA officials publicly condemned it.

Yes, that's right. A couple of days ago, Donald Trump achieved what until now has been deemed utterly impossible. His concept of where concealed weapons should be allowed appalled even the gruesome bastards who run the National Rifle Association.

Of course it hasn't been the best of months for our man Don. As his poll numbers continue to slip and fund raising stalls he suddenly and without warning canned his combative campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski. In a CNN interview Lewandowski was asked why he was thrown under the bus. His response was, "I don't know. I don't know the answer to that."

In addition the people at Apple announced they wouldn't provide their usual technical and financial support to the republican national convention. The reason is simple. They really, really don't like Donald J. Trump.

Finally, the Washington Post reports nearly 10% of the cash strapped Trump campaign's May expenditures went to--wait for it--Trump owned properties, a Trump owned airline, and the candidate himself, along with various family members, as reimbursement for expenses. According to the article the campaign paid $423,000 to the Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, even though Trump stays in his own home on the grounds when he is in town.

Market Watch, covering the same story, says the true figure for monies paid to Trump entities and family members was actually closer to 20% of the total campaign costs in May.

Hey, a guy has to make a buck, right?

So there we have it on a steamy day here in central Oklahoma. The senate is still gridlocked as the body count mounts. The White House and Hillary call foul while they're unable to do a thing about the mayhem. A guy in Florida wants to buy votes by giving away a gun its inventor intended to be released solely to the military. And, Don Trump is still--well, to be honest--an asshole, completely unfit for the oval office.

Ladies and gentlemen, trust me, the bar is open.

sic vita est


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