Sunday, May 20, 2018

Laurel and Yanny Go to Texas

There’s a scene in the 1919 French film J’accuse! where soldiers who have been killed in battle rise from the dead and begin marching on the living.

I’m not sure why I’m thinking about that film now.

Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that we had yet another school shooting in America, this time in Texas, with the tragically familiar TV footage of parents, teachers, and children sobbing and hugging each other while SWAT teams storm the building.

Maybe it was something to do with a sobering Washington Post story that said more people have been killed in schools this year than have died serving in the military. Or at least it should be sobering to anyone who isn’t dry-humping a firearm.

Or maybe it has something to do with an interview of one of these weeping children in Texas, who when asked the idiotic question “was there a part of you that was like ‘this isn’t real, this would not happen in my school?’” bluntly replied, “No, there wasn’t.”

“It’s been happening everywhere,” she said. “I always kind of felt like it would happen here eventually, too.”

Naturally she and fellow students were promptly accused of being “crisis actors” by the Trump loving media because, hey, that’s what real patriots do, right?

This time the victims included a Pakistani exchange student who was scheduled to go home next month. Her heartbroken father told the Associated Press that he thought she would be safe in America, though God knows why anyone would think that after all these massacres.

Fire Fight

I think it was Tuesday morning when I was out for my morning walk and I thought, honest to God, “we haven’t had a mass-shooting in a while, have we?” And, lo and behold…

I feel like we’ve crossed a line with this latest shooting, that we’ve come to accept these man-made nightmares the way we tolerate heat waves, air quality alerts, and snowstorms.

It’s just something that happens.

I’m feeling a kind of battle fatigue as I see the latest photos of the smiling victims, listen to their grieving loved ones, and hear about the dreams that will never come true.

But then why worry about mass shootings when we have much more important matters to deal with like the great Yanny vs Laurel debate?

And there was the royal wedding, which is being billed as a fairy tale romance, though the real fairy tale is this pathetic belief that politicians actually give shit about our children, or that they’ll do anything to change the gun laws.

I’ve taken some hope from the students from Parkland, Florida, who rallied after their classmates were senselessly slaughter to challenge gutless politicians and gun-loving lunatics.

And a number of companies have severed ties with the NRA and investors are dumping gun manufacturer stocks. But I still feel the gun crowd is winning.

So, by all means, watch the royal wedding, argue over the dress, and debate if the cat is walking up or walking down the stairs. Maybe the only way things will change is if the shooting victims rise from their graves and march on Washington.

And here’s a newsflash for you: the voice isn’t saying Yanny or Laurel.

It’s saying “you’re fucked.”


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Bijoux said...

The NRA and the Teamsters run this country. God help us all.

Jay said...

I don't know how you guys stay sane, I really don't. It's a miracle you aren't all clinically depressed. But remember this: all things change. It seems to be a basic law of the universe, and includes humans and human behaviours and mores. This dreadful period of your history will also change, and your country will become great again - and regain the respect of the world. I can't think of a single country that doesn't have a certain darkness in its past. Things slide into immorality, double standards, insanity ... and then suddenly there's a change of heart and someone comes along who can move the people and oh, look! All those things are now unacceptable. Sadly, sometimes things seem to go the other way a bit too far, like the swing of a pendulum, but hopefully we get a little less extreme each time and eventually - maybe - we'll all settle somewhere in the middle. :)

Rob K said...

Thanks so much for your thoughts, Jay. I have to be honest: I'm not feeling very positive about our future.

But point well taken. Time moves on and attitudes change. God willing our change of heart will come as quickly as possible.

Rob K said...


I'm not sure about the Teamsters running this country. Unions are being driven out of existence as money-grubbing corporations push for "right to work" laws, which really mean that you have a right to get screwed.

But I do agree about the NRA. :)

Bijoux said...

The Teamsters were behind Trump's win, at least in our part of the country. If a Teamster leader says who to vote for, the minions obey. Pretty much covers every Union, when it comes right down to it.

Rob K said...

I stand corrected, Bijoux. Thanks for pointing this out to me. Now I really bummed out