Dec 182015
 

gun

by Alex Symington…….

I don’t know about you, but I am so damned tired of this topic of debate I could spontaneously discorporate and happily enter a different dimension inhabited by the rational and sane, but that isn’t going to happen, is it? So, here I am scratching my head in wonder and amazement at the fresh hell of NRA sponsored, Government sanctioned death from hand-held personal weapons of mass destruction. Representatives of this God forsaken empire of dirt must come up with new and ever more imaginative rationales for the now practically daily mass murder and mayhem caused by people using their “product.”

The NRA’s shop worn mantra, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” has lost its luster. For God’s sake, “People WITH GUNS kill people.” Can we just be honest about that, at least?! The latest eye-rolling defense of this insanity is a good offense by NRA Executive Vice President for Eternity, Wayne LaPierre. A four and a half minute slick propaganda video of Wayne lecturing Barack Obama on the “real solution” to ending gun death and violence is “in Obama’s hands, but he refuses to act.” Wow, that is some compelling information that can be added to the list of all the other horrors created by Obama. Wayne explains that “thugs, drug dealers and gangbangers” (read young black men) in urban environments are the greatest violent offenders and Obama “knows who and where they are” and all he has to do is round up all these young black men and throw them in jail. Problem solved.

This is some brilliant classic propaganda! This pronouncement paints Obama as weak and ineffectual and at the same time suggests young black people are inherently dangerous and are the “real” threat to Amurca. This twisted simplistic reasoning deflects the cause of gun deaths away from guns and spins it anew into a racial issue which makes the Caucasian gun fetishist base very excited. Really, quite well done.

Yes, Wayne, your “round-‘em-up” strategy would be fine if we lived in Stalinist Russia, but here in the USA we have the rule of law. The constitution was written to protect all of us from this round-‘em-up-and-throw-‘em-in-the-gulag mentality. Wayne seems to have forgotten that the police officers he impugns in his video must adhere to the rule of law, as well. He implies that the police are not doing their job of taking criminals off the streets because there is a conspiracy of collusion between law enforcement and Obama. Wayne (and many other budding fascists) has whittled the ten amendments in the bill of rights down to one. Only the second amendment is sacrosanct and all the others are an annoyance. In essence this video is treasonous by calling into question the USA’s traditions of constitutional rule of law and enthusiastically encourages blatant disregard for those laws.

The video includes Willie Horton stand-in, Darius Brown and his scary mug shot to “prove” Wayne’s argument. This unsophisticated propaganda worked swimmingly for W’s daddy back in 1988 during the heyday of the failed “tough-on-crime” campaign, so there’s no reason it won’t work for Wayne’s NRA. The not-so-subtle bonus spin is Obama, in case it slipped anyone’s mind, is a black guy, too. Credit where credit is due; the video is very well produced, edited and written with wonderfully ominous music overlaid throughout, so if you are a supporter of the NRA and guns this will further convince you of your righteousness and God is on your side and yada yada. If you are like me, you will cringe at the thought that many people will swallow this racist fascist crap, hook, line and sinker.

I am compelled to ask Wayne, “When I see a guy open-carrying an AK-47, how can I tell whether he is a ‘good guy with a gun’ or a ‘terrorist’? Is it by the color of his skin, as you so blatantly and odiously imply? Shameless doesn’t begin to describe you.

I’m not going to list all the atrocities made possible by absurdly easy access to these WMDs, I’m going to let journalist William Rivers Pitt do it for me. (link below) His piece titled, “The Butcher’s Repast” lists forty-two shootings involving four victims or more in only two months. With available information I was able to ascertain the majority of shooters were either, mentally unbalanced mostly white men and one active military and one ex-cop. I did not find any “urban gangbangers,” unless Wayne’s only requirement to be considered one is to be poor and black. In the interest of full disclosure, not all of the shootings have been solved. Having said that, if I was the victim of gun violence, where the bullets hitting my body came from would not be relevant. The bullets hitting my body would be my only concern.

I don’t expect any admission of responsibility on the part of the NRA that guns have anything to do with gun death. In NRA land those two things are separated by a vast sea of denial. I can throw out facts and figures on gun deaths in this country ‘til the cows come home. IT DOES NOT SWAY THE GUN FETISHIST ONE WHIT. I’ll repeat what I say every time I speak about this; if twenty babies being chopped to pieces by semi-automatic weapons in Newtown, CT didn’t inspire some creative legislation to lessen the chance of that massacre happening again, well then, to Hell with us. It’s over and any high moral ground we may have once stood on has turned to quick sand.

More from other sources:
http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/33958-the-butcher-s-repast
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_Horton
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandy_Hook_Elementary_School_shooting
http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/founding-documents/bill-of-rights/
http://www.history.com/topics/joseph-stalin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3zZr_Qbuaw
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Goebbels

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 December 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:42 am Alex Symington, Issue #145 29 Responses »
Dec 182015
 
Zombie Questions

by Alex Symington……. Did you ever wonder what’s behind the psychology of the “Zombie” genre? You know, that scenario of human survivors battling the animated dead? Everybody, EVERYBODY identifies with the uninfected healthy people, but NOBODY identifies with the poor zombies! This begs the question; in every human vs zombie portrayal, why are there so […]

 December 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:39 am Alex Symington, Issue #145 2 Responses »
Dec 112015
 
Fascism or Populism?

by Alex Symington……. Last week I voiced my suspicions that deceitful and misleading pronouncements are being passed off as gospel by the right wing POTUS candidates and the political right wing in general. The reason being is they can, because the corporate sponsored press will not confront these shameless fabulists, they simply repeat all of […]

 December 11, 2015  Posted by at 1:04 am ~ Column ~, Alex Symington, Issue #144 2 Responses »
Dec 042015
 
It’s Just Sad

by Alex Symington……. The world seems to be coming apart at the seams and events of just the past few weeks are making my head spin. I have to wonder, are the fundamentalist radical Christians correct about the apocalyptical end times or are they just frantically engineering it into existence with the help of their […]

 December 4, 2015  Posted by at 12:40 am Alex Symington, Issue #143 25 Responses »
Nov 272015
 
The Divided States of Embarrassment

by Alex Symington……. I cannot begin to register the depth of my disgust with those of our elected officials denying sanctuary to men, women and children that have lost everything, except for their lives, in the Syrian civil war. The post Paris fear mongering has surpassed 9/11 proportions of hysteria and, is as misguided and wrong […]

 November 27, 2015  Posted by at 12:38 am Alex Symington, Issue #142 15 Responses »
Nov 202015
 
Paris (Beirut Kenya Yemen Nigeria)

by Alex Symington……. I don’t want to write about the Paris attacks, but I feel compelled because, like effective therapy, writing and talking about a horror make it real and once made real it can be exorcised. Upon learning the identity of those responsible for these vile murders, as if on cue, France’s President Hollande […]

 November 20, 2015  Posted by at 12:44 am Alex Symington, Issue #141 15 Responses »
Nov 132015
 
Bait and Switch

by Alex Symington……. As so many celebrate (and rightly so) Obama’s smack down of the Keystone Pipeline project as a victory for environmentalists and a validation of the science of global warming, there is an even greater threat the president is soft peddling, yet with corporate media collusion managing to keep on the down low. […]

 November 13, 2015  Posted by at 12:44 am Alex Symington, Issue #140 5 Responses »
Nov 062015
 
True Identity and Paul Ryan

by Alex Symington……. We human beings have an obsessive need to identify and label every manner of thing in existence. Every animal, vegetable and mineral have scientific names in Latin, as well as more numerous “common” names. Take the Oak Tree for example; “An oak is a tree or shrub in the genus Quercus (/ˈkwɜrkəs/;[1] […]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:44 am Alex Symington, Issue #139 21 Responses »
Oct 302015
 
Enough to Live On

by Alex Symington……. I recently watched a first-rate documentary about Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the Crash of ’29 and the inception and successful creation of the Works Progress Administration, better know as the WPA. “Enough To Live On: The Arts of the WPA” written, directed and narrated by Michael Maglaras and partner Terri Templeton is a lovingly […]

 October 30, 2015  Posted by at 12:26 am Alex Symington, Issue #138 12 Responses »
Oct 232015
 
Commies and Socialists and Maniacs, Oh My!

by Alex Symington……. In his typical tedious and malicious style, Donald Trump called Bernie Sanders a “maniac” and a “communist.” When asked for a response, Sanders’ press secretary, Symone Sanders (no relation) said this about the school yard bully’s aspersions, “If we weighed in every time Donald Trump said something stupid we wouldn’t have time […]

 October 23, 2015  Posted by at 12:32 am Alex Symington, Issue #137 4 Responses »
Oct 162015
 
Double Down Doublespeak

Dear Editor, The “double-down” lie is a significant ingredient in the deterioration of productive political dialogue. Critical thought has been replaced with the sound bite. The idea is when caught in a lie, DO NOT be contrite; become indignant and repeat the lie and keep repeating it. Today, there are no consequences for lying; ergo […]

 October 16, 2015  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #136, Letter to the Editor 11 Responses »
Oct 092015
 
Massacre du Jour

  by Alex Symington……. Now we can add Roseburg, Oregon to the infamous list of communities traumatized by mass murder. Another mentally ill young man with “small arms” (innocent sounding name of things so deadly) killed nine people in his community college English class then killed himself. You and I knew it was only a […]

 October 9, 2015  Posted by at 12:38 am Alex Symington, Issue #135 17 Responses »
Oct 022015
 
Planned Parenthood

by Alex Symington……. I have been following the congressional inquisition of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, President Cecile Richards and it is everything I would expect from the Republican inquisitors. The glee with which Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) attacks Richards for making a decent annual salary would be comical except for its ugly misogynistic tone. This undisguised […]

 October 2, 2015  Posted by at 12:46 am Alex Symington, Issue #134 18 Responses »
Sep 252015
 
Senator Bernie Sanders

by Alex Symington……. In case you didn’t know, there are other candidates besides Hillary Clinton vying for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. Recently the heat has been turned up on the Democratic Machine and the DNC Chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to be more inclusive of other Democratic contenders. However, Debbie is […]

 September 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:32 am Alex Symington, Issue #133 16 Responses »
Sep 112015
 
Labor Day

by Alex Symington……. As the annual celebration of the American worker and another Labor Day weekend fades into memory I am compelled to relate a telling moment I experienced during the holiday. I saw a shared meme (photo w/text) posted on Facebook of a cargo plane interior loaded with American flag draped coffins; casualties from […]

 September 11, 2015  Posted by at 12:44 am Alex Symington, Issue #131 6 Responses »
Sep 042015
 
Fact or Feeling?

by Alex Symington……. I wrote an essay about a year ago on the physiological difference between the conservative and liberal mind and how information and external data are processed. I won’t rehash it except to say, wow, they are different. Being of the liberal persuasion, I’ll give you my take on the simple question, “How […]

 September 4, 2015  Posted by at 12:41 am Alex Symington, Issue #130 5 Responses »
Aug 212015
 
The Illusion of Nation

by Alex Symington……. As the sit-com distraction of presidential candidates and their campaigns heat up absurdly early (stumping now for primaries starting January 2016 and torturing us through June 2016 and the general election still fifteen months away!) I thought it might be a good time to look and see what we are being distracted from. […]

 August 21, 2015  Posted by at 12:28 am Alex Symington, Issue #128 3 Responses »
Aug 142015
 
Random Thoughts and Questions

by Alex Symington……. If the American Civil War hadn’t happened back in 1860 does anyone out there believe it never would have happened and enslavement of Africans and their descendants would be ongoing to this day? If you answered, “yes” you may stop reading now and go back to your bunker with your guns and […]

 August 14, 2015  Posted by at 12:36 am Alex Symington, Issue #127 32 Responses »
Jul 172015
 
The Onion?

by Alex Symington……. What a fascinating country we live in! A country where, not only, can a billionaire gas bag with a dead cat on his head be a legitimate presidential contender, but also find people out there that support him! In these early days The Donald is actually out in front of the perennial […]

 July 17, 2015  Posted by at 12:46 am Alex Symington, Issue #123 7 Responses »
Jul 032015
 
American Exceptionalism

by Alex Symington……. I would have thought by now nothing would surprise me, but the reaction to my essay last week on guns and racism was an eye-opener for a couple of reasons. Last week I committed the journalistic cardinal sin of writing about TWO subjects at the same time and inadvertently discovered which is more […]

 July 3, 2015  Posted by at 12:36 am Alex Symington, Issue #121 8 Responses »
Jun 262015
 
Collective Insanity

by Alex Symington……. Looking back three and a half years ago I finally had to admit we have gone collectively insane as a country with the passive acceptance of the Newtown, CT massacre of twenty toddlers and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School. With that nightmare I had thought, well, finally the nation […]

 June 26, 2015  Posted by at 12:42 am Alex Symington, Issue #120 12 Responses »
Jun 122015
 
Goal Posts

by Alex Symington……. An informal tally of pro and con responses to my essay in last weeks Blue Paper on Bernie Sanders was about 50/50, but the content of the pro and con responses was telling in and of itself. The pro Bernie responses were well written expressions of varying concurrences with the essay and […]

 June 12, 2015  Posted by at 12:41 am Alex Symington, Issue #118 3 Responses »
Jun 052015
 
Bernie?

by Alex Symington……. These last few days I’ve been thinking how am I going to resolve my internal conflict with my total loss of faith in our ersatz “two party” system, but still be some kind of participant? Just when I was going to resign myself to the grim idea of the “choice” between Hilary […]

 June 5, 2015  Posted by at 12:32 am Alex Symington, Issue #117 8 Responses »
May 292015
 
Fear and Loathing

by Alex Symington…………… Last week in Key West the Newspaper [The Blue Paper], I wrote about the quiet coup of corporate co-option of our government and listed the glaring evidence to that truth. Towards the conclusion of the essay I had used the word “revolt” in, what I thought, was contextually appropriate. I submitted the […]

 May 29, 2015  Posted by at 3:02 am Alex Symington, Issue #116 11 Responses »
May 222015
 
Dinner Party

By Alex Symington…. I went to a dinner party at an old friend’s house this week held in honor of some other old friends that had left Key West ten years ago and returned for a visit. I would describe those in attendance as a lively liberal minded, educated people from different countries, backgrounds, sexual […]

 May 22, 2015  Posted by at 12:33 am Alex Symington, Issue #115 3 Responses »
May 082015
 
Baltimore

by Alex Symington… Will Baltimore be the spark that finally ignites compassion and understanding of what black Americans have to contend with every single day of their lives? Will their story of daily fear for their safety and the safety of their loved ones finally be heard? Listening to activists like Deray McKesson eloquently explain […]

 May 8, 2015  Posted by at 12:55 am Alex Symington, Issue #113 15 Responses »
Mar 272015
 
Ground Zero

by Alexander Symington… I went to the movies the other night and saw a preview for a documentary called, “Merchants of Doubt”. I was curious about it, so I did a little interweb sleuthing and discovered that the documentary exposes professional science deniers as a group; well funded by special interests that have found a […]

 March 27, 2015  Posted by at 3:55 am Alex Symington, Issue #107 18 Responses »
Feb 192015
 
FOX Skews

by Alex Symington… Now wait just a minute! Let me get this straight… Brian Williams gets suspended from NBC for six months, without pay for telling tall tales about his exploits of daring while covering military actions that he never actually took part in? Really?! Why is Brian Williams being targeted? A little ego inflating […]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:25 pm Alex Symington, Issue #102 31 Responses »
Jan 302015
 
Satire and Propaganda

by Alex Symington… I was reading contemporary satirist, Andy Borowitz, and it occurred to me that satire and propaganda share a common denominator. They both require a kernel of truth to be effective. Neither can be total fabrication or they ring hollow, although that doesn’t stop FOX from trying. Andy’s work fits well with our […]

 January 30, 2015  Posted by at 1:25 am Alex Symington, Issue #99 3 Responses »
Jan 232015
 
Slow Descent Into Mindless Adoration...

Happy Martin Luther King Day! The biggest grossing film of all time over the MLK four day weekend was “American Sniper” grossing 105.3 million dollars, beating out the previous title holder, “Avatar”. Almost fifty years after MLK was murdered, our heroes have morphed from MLK to Chris Kyle and Hollywood is no longer making “Platoons” […]

 January 23, 2015  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #98 4 Responses »
Jan 162015
 
Key West Literary Seminar 2015:  How The Light Get's In

by Alex Symington Our little island city has many charms to crow about; gentle warm weather in January, an exciting swashbuckling and idiosyncratic history, New-England-meets-the-South architectural style, great theater and music venues, but the crown jewel, I submit, is the Key West Literary Seminar. Our near century long history as a refuge for artists and […]

 January 16, 2015  Posted by at 12:40 am Alex Symington, Issue #97 3 Responses »
Jan 092015
 
This Cannot Be Happening

by Alex Symington I cannot be alone in my shock and disbelief at the US Supreme Court’s recent eight to one ruling that severely weakens our fourth amendment rights. I’ve taken the liberty to refresh your memory …, “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable […]

 January 9, 2015  Posted by at 12:26 am Alex Symington, Issue #96 5 Responses »
Jan 022015
 
Why I March

by Alex Symington……. I took part in a march for police accountability last Sunday with about fifty other concerned citizens of Key West. It isn’t as if I WANTED to. I had plenty of more interesting things I could have done on a Sunday afternoon; projects backed up or books to be read or just […]

 January 2, 2015  Posted by at 12:35 am Issue #95, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Dec 262014
 
Torture

by Alex Symington Wow. In just a few days since my essay on Dick Cheney, sociopaths and torture in last Friday’s Blue Paper, a segment of the American people has been polled and the polls have indicated torture to be an acceptable practice.

 December 26, 2014  Posted by at 1:10 am Alex Symington, Issue #94 6 Responses »
Dec 192014
 
Sociopath

  by Alex Symington… Sociopath is a word I have been employing frequently in chronicling current events. The dictionary defines the sociopath as, “a person whose behavior is antisocial and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.” There is no shortage of this psychological characteristic in people in positions of power. In […]

 December 19, 2014  Posted by at 12:45 am Alex Symington, Issue #93 5 Responses »
Dec 122014
 
Perception

I have friends that tell me they would like to read my essays, but won’t because they’re in an on-line publication and my friends are more comfortable with hard-copy-old-school newspaper. They like the feel and the rustle of real paper. I guess Kindle is out of the question, as well. I say to them, so […]

 December 12, 2014  Posted by at 12:55 am Alex Symington, Issue #92 2 Responses »