Saturday, February 09, 2008
A Month in Hell
Is there any way we could make February even shorter?
I have always hated this second month of the year and nothing in the 2008 version has happened to change my opinion, what with being sick and unemployed.
And there really seems to be something going around.
In the last week alone, America has been hit with tornadoes, a factory explosion, and a series of multiple fatal shootings that must have the staunchest NRA members diving under their couches--until it's safe to come out, of course.
Just google "shooting" and then stand back as a tidal wave of news stories, blog postings and other such material will burst out of your monitor.
Here are some of the week's greatest hits...you should pardon the expression:
Los Angles, CA: a man killed his father, two brothers and a highly respected police officer before being killed by an LAPD sniper.
Kirkwood, MO:a gunman invades city hall and shoots five city officials dead and injures two others, including the mayor. The killer--nicked named "Cookie"--left a note saying "the truth will win in the end."
Portsmouth, OH:a teacher’s estranged husband charged into her classroom firing a gun, then stabbing her. He later killed himself while the teacher survived.
Baton Rouge, LA: a 23-year-old woman shot and killed two other women in a classroom at the Louisiana Technical College and then turned the .357 revolver on herself.
I'm sure I'm leaving out many others, but you get the point. And if you do get the point, please explain it to me, because all I see is pointless violence.
I see photo after photo of people sobbing and cops aiming their guns and those grainy portraits that tell you the person in the picture has just been killed.
It seems like there are a lot of people out there with no self-control and easy access to firearms. Does this combination make sense to you?
I'm thinking of how depressed and angry I've been during the last week, how even the smallest things have been setting me off, and it makes me a little concerned.
I'm not going on any shooting sprees, but I'm having a lot of trouble holding my temper. The physical health is a large part of the problem.
It sounds like I'm making excuses, which I am, of course, but when you're not well, the whole world seems to be ganging up on you.
The gun nuts are saying that firearms are not the problem, that guns don't kill people, people kill people. Yes, I've often seen guns leap up in the air and start firing into crowds. Those damn guns--they should learn to behave.
Firearms fanatics say we should have even more guns, so that when one person starts shooting, we can all turn around and shoot him.
Sounds great. But why stop with adults? Let's give guns to teen-agers, toddlers, mentally-challenged people, chimpanzees, anyone and anything that can pick up a pistol, feel free to do so--and start shooting.
We'll have people cart away the bodies and clean up the mess in time for the next slaughter, though at this rate they'll have to move pretty quickly.
Oh, and look, another addition to the hit parade:
Baghdad, Iraq: Five American soldiers were killed in roadside bombings in Iraq on Friday. But, that's okay, the surge is working, can't you tell?
What about that bin Laden guy and the weapons of mass destruction? Oh, that's right, you're not supposed to ask those questions, unless you want to be accused of being in bed with the terrorists.
And, just to show the mayhem isn't happening just in the U.S., here's this item:
Islamabad, Pakistan: A suicide bomber blasted a political gathering Saturday in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 25 people.
We also had a big mafia roundup here in New York this week and it brings back fond memories of the days when we seemed to have this mass mob arrests every other week.
Some people followed--and continue to follow--the comings and goings of gangsters the way other people track Britney Spears and her ilk.
I made the mistake of looking at the comments section of the Daily News after reading their mob arrest story. God, I hate when I do that. It's a such waste of time and invariably I'll read something that will piss me off. (Hide the guns.)
I keep saying that I don't care what these yin-yangs think. And they I'll read the next stupid comment.
The whole comments concept infuriates me. Obviously, I'm prejudiced being a former newspaper reporter, but it's so annoying to have some dimwit click on to your story and add some idiotic, ill-formed, often inflammatory statement to your work. It's like cyber-graffiti.
You got something to say, write a letter. It won't kill you to pick up a pen. (Whereas picking up a gun is a whole other matter.)
Just look at what was tagged on to the mob story:
Why isn't the GOVT in Bay Ridge tracking potential terrorists. They were literally dancing in the streets on 9/11?
I live in Bay Ridge and I didn't see anyone dancing in the streets on 9/11. But then I was across the street from the Trade Center when the planes hit and it took me hours to get home. But I doubt anyone was dancing in the streets.
Let's not forget the FBI Hit Marilyn Monroe and agent Delvecchio killed a whole bunch of people in Brooklyn.
Marilyn Monroe? Was she a terrorist?
F.B.I. - Forever Bothering Italians I like this one, even though I disagree with it and even though I'm half-Italian.
Although I dislike these comments, that hasn't prevented me from joining the digital chorus. After Mitt Romney threw in the towel, thank God, I posted a comment on one of the liberal web sites asking if Romney's five sons were now going to join the army.
You see, when someone asked Mitt, a big war supporter, why his sons weren't over in Iraq, Romney had the gall to actually say that his sons were helping America by working on pop's presidential campaign.
He later back off--flip flopped?--from this asinine assertion, but I still wanted to ask the question. And I still want to see his sons in Iraq.
Now Mitt is saying he's quitting the race for the good of America, which is hard to argue with. Maybe he can leave America for the good of America, and take his quintet of yellow-bellied Mitt-wits with him.
But Mitt meant (Mitt meant? What the hell kind of name is Mitt anyway?)that he was throwing his campaign under the bus to keep the terrorist-loving Democrats from taking over and trying to take our soldiers away from all those roadside bombs.
The nerve of those Democrats. I wonder how Mitt feels about gun control, the sort of thing that might cut down on the number of mass shootings in America the Beautiful.
Nah, no gun control for Mitt and his brethren. People have a right to kill people in America.
Is it March yet?