I have taken a back seat to ranting because everything that I feel passionately about is so damn depressing and I don't want to be Debbie Downer, but this is the cycle we are in as a country, a world, and as a person. I have been disconnected from MSNBC completely for a long time now and feel more down than I did a year ago. I think that this country is in such dysfunction that I can't see the forest through the trees. I don't know how we get out of the crap we are in when ignorance and denial are par for the course.
What more can I say about guns? I am ashamed and outraged that our elected officials are so cowardly that they can't stand on the shoulders of all the dead, innocent victims of gun violence. They are suckling the tit of the NRA. It's unseemly and unconscionable. How can gun owners not be ashamed of the gun violence? Why can't law-abiding gun owners take over the NRA and be sensible? WHY?? How many more deaths need to occur before the American people and the politicians are brave and stand strong for sensible gun laws? Do you know that in Illinois they passed concealed weapons laws? There is a sign outside the Art Institute of Chicago that no guns are allowed. Can you f**king believe that? The city of Chicago has become the wild, wild west and the people of Illinois voted for concealed weapons!! Georgia passed laws that you can carry guns anywhere and everywhere. Really? Seriously? Schools? Church? Bars? Work?? Where is the sense? How can any of it be good? The young man this past weekend in Santa Barbara was able to secure multiple automatic weapons and tons of ammunition. Don't tell me he is one of the mentally ill. He was, but he can still get the guns. I know a father whose son lives in Santa Barbara whose family had to live through the anxiety of not knowing if their son was one of the victims. Why should any parent have to live through that? (He finally found his son, but after much upset). It's a disgrace and disgusting. To the lawful, reasonable gun owners: do not be quiet, stand up and shout, be counted, and take back control from the crazies. The NRA has distorted and twisted the 2nd Amendment to its advantage. It's time to set the record straight and reinstate the intent of our Fore Fathers.
I haven't said a peep about the Veterans Administration, but it's another American shame. We sent our children off to war to protect us and listen to all the BS rhetoric how much we love them, but when they return, that same Congress doesn't take care of the Vets. This isn't new, I hope you know that. Many Vets over decades haven't been able to get the services and healthcare that they should've received. Remember Agent Orange? That was almost 50 years ago. One of my closest friend's brother is a Vet (served in the late 70's- 80's) and I have heard many terrible stories of below par service from the VA, so this isn't new. This time they got caught. If you are surprised how poorly we treat returning soldiers, start reading. It's terrible and hypocritical. If we send men and women to war, we have to be able to follow it through all the way or let's not send them!
I am also heated up again about all the concerts that are happening that are for over 18 year olds! What the hell is that about? So what are parents and children to do? First of all, if you are under 18, you can buy tickets to the concerts that you can't attend unless you have a fake ID. How's that right? There should be a mechanism at purchase that you have to put in your birth date or something. Promoters are turning these concerts into battles for all the parents of kids that want to go to the concerts (Electric Zoo, Avicii, Above and Beyond, etc.) . There has to be a better way. Make the kids come with an adult, wear a bracelet, seating area not on the floor, something. It is a new and unfair world of concert going and I don't get it!! There is something wrong with the system and it should be rethought!!!!
Sidebars: Saw Jim Dale's one man show at the Roundabout Theatre and if you are in NYC, don't walk to buy tickets, RUN! He is remarkable. Loved the man for over 40 years and he just gets better with age. Sad to lose one of the very best daytime villains over the weekend. Matthew Cowles died at the young age of 69. His portrayal of Billy Clyde Tuggle set the villain bar very high. Condolences to his wife, Christine Baranski. The Bachelorette had its second episode last night and was lucky enough to watch it with all the girls in my family. When will contestants learn not to over drink? It hasn't and will never turn out well. Though it's probably better for the Bachelor/Bachelorette to find out sooner than later that there are drinking issues. America's Got Talent begins tonight. It is a great show to watch with your family if you are looking for something, but if your family won't watch it, don't shy away. It's a ball!! Have a glorious week!!!
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