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Reaching My Gun Violence Rubicon

We are fast approaching an important personal anniversary for me.  I find myself today bubbling over with jumbled emotions and thoughts, so I thought I’d share a few.

 

Nearly a year ago, on February 14, 2018, students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida were gunned down by a young man using an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle.  Seventeen people died, and seventeen more were injured.  In the shooting’s wake, I found I could not go on as I had been. It clearly wasn’t enough.

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Quick Thoughts on the Parkland Shooting Report

A report came out from the commission investigating the Parkland shooting today.

 

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For Inspiration in Emotionally Fraught Times I Ask WWED

WWED?  What does that even mean?

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Unite the Right Redux: An Open Letter to Conservatives

Hi there, all you Conservatives and those who lean Right,

 

Now is the time.  Right now.  This is where you have another chance to tell the rest of us where you stand. By your own words and deeds will you be assessed.

 

Warning: This post contains some graphic, or disturbing photos.

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Musings for July 4th: One Family’s Immigrant Story

This July 4th, as we reflect on who we are and who we want to be as Americans, I decided to share the story of my father’s immigrant family. There’s not much to tell. And that’s the point, really.

 

On July 4th, we celebrate the document drafted by immigrants to these shores and their children which enumerated their reasons for breaking the law and rebelling against their country. As we do so, immigration stances and policies put forth the by the White House stand under scrutiny. We should be taking a hard look at them. We should be trying to get some perspective.

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Words of Encouragement While Staring Down Immigration Horrors

So much I want to blog about the current immigration policy horrors by my government. But my current life schedule is not permitting it at the moment. So frustrating.

 

Well, at least I can try to give us all some words of encouragement.

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Breaking Down Barr, Bee, and the Arts of Intolerant Bullies Part 4: It’s Okay to Shut Down the Bully

Now we come to my final part of this series. Bear with me here. I’m going to be making the same point multiple times but in different ways.  I’m covering a concept that was hard for me to grasp, so I figure I should hedge my bets and present it in a bunch of different ways, just in case the one way I present it is hard for you to grasp too.

 

Roseanne Barr’s comments and the responses to them helped clarify for me some big problems with the current arguments by Conservatives when someone like Barr does something like this. They boil down to:

 

  • Tolerate the bully, or you are a hypocrite.

 

  • The bully is the victim here.

 

F*ck that noise.

 

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Breaking Down Barr, Bee, and the Arts of Intolerant Bullies Part 3: False Equivalencies, Not Double-Standards

“Double-standards!”

 

“Wrong! False equivalencies!”

 

Let’s dive into the comparisons between Roseanne Barr’s and Samantha Bee’s situations to dispel the question of which is really going on here.

 

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Breaking Down Barr, Bee, and the Arts of Intolerant Bullies Part 2: The Barr Background

Previously I dove deep into the Samantha Bee part of recent political and media hand-wringing.  Now let’s go back to the earlier part. Roseanne Barr.

 

Like with Samantha Bee, I’ll start with a summary of what has gone down. For some of you, this may be tedious, but I find it helps to put things all in one place. And also, someone looking at this blog in the future will be able to understand the full context.

 

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Breaking Down Barr, Bee, and the Arts of Intolerant Bullies Part 1: Look at Bee and Define Your Standards

Here we are again. This blog started with the new NFL anthem policy.

 

Then Roseanne Barr dropped her Tweet bombs.  It helped me finally manage to wrap my head around some concepts that had been floating around for a while.  So, I set the anthem policy comments aside for a later date to make observations about the Barr situation instead. Oh well. Best laid plans and all that.

 

Then, Samantha Bee got thrown in the mix as well. What I planned to write changed yet again.

 

And grew to a four part blog.

 

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