Thursday, June 28, 2012

Largest Tax Increase in History


Chief Justice Roberts sides with the Left (again) on this baffling SCOTUS ruling:

Supreme Court upholds Obamacare individual mandate as a tax

"In a victory for President Obama, the Supreme Court decided to uphold his signature health care law's individual mandate in a split decision, upending speculation after hostile-seeming oral arguments in March that the justices would overturn the law. The mandate has been upheld as a tax, according to SCOTUSblog, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the liberal wing of the court."

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Guest from the Right: Luis Cavalcanti

University of Minnesota Runs Anti-White Commercial



State tax dollars, apparently, have gone toward the creation of a new commercial that takes on white privilege. You, the commercial says, are privileged because you’re white. Is the commercial correct? I don’t know. But I wonder when it became the state’s role to start running public service announcements about how you’re a racist because you’re white.

Ok, so it’s not all that bad right? There’s no way that the University is accusing white people of allowing racism or being racist… Oh wait, the motto of the University sponsored organization that this commercial is for is “It’s hard to see racism when you’re white.” I suppose it’s fair though considering so many organizations are running with mottoes like, “it’s hard not to do crime when you’re black”, “it’s hard to avoid getting girls you’re not married to pregnant before you’ve gone to college when your black” and the most offensive, “it’s hard to avoid putting hydraulics in your car if you’re Hispanic.” I’ve seen those mottoes on the signs of other organizations… I swear I have.

I bet the University takes a lot of heat for this. Good job U of M.

(You can read Luis Cavalcanti at Bredred: Irreverent News Stories)

Guest from the Left: J. Marquis

Smart Pandering, Dumb Pandering


Recently both the president and Mitt spoke to the same group of Latino voters. The president had taken action to keep Latino young people from being unfairly deported. Mitt talked about how his dad was born in Mexico. Is it any wonder Obama has sucha big lead with this part of the electorate?

(You can read J. Marquis daily at Major Conflict)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Thanks to New Media, Romney Can't be H. W. Bushed



"Read my lips, no new taxes" is widely touted as the straw that broke George H.W. Bush's re-election campaign, but the item scanner incident in the super market didn't help matters.

The media, seeking to recreate the rich guy that doesn't shop for himself scenario, edited a tape of Mitt Romney in one of Pennsylvania's superior convenience stores: WaWa.

"The ongoing attempt to paint Mitt Romney as “out of touch” with
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney greets an employee at a Wawa gas station in Quakertown, Pa., on June 16. (Emmanuel Dunand - AFP/Getty Images) the average person exposes not only media bias but media deception.

Recently, Andrea Mitchell’s show on MSNBC spliced some parts of a Romney rally speech together to make it appear that the presumptive Republican nominee was utterly amazed at being able to order a sandwich via a touch screen at a Wawa.

When viewed in their entirety, Romney’s remarks were clearly about private-sector innovation. He mentioned Wawa’s touch-screen ordering as an example of what happens when companies compete." (source)

I think this editing might have even made Michael Moore blush:



And her apology was lackluster and lame.

MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell "apologizes"

The more crap like this the Left pulls, the easier they are making it for me to vote for Romney in November...



Monday, June 25, 2012

Reconditioning: Successful



As I drive past my local WaWa, and find myself borderline GIDDY at $3.19 a gallon gas prices...I can only congratulate the Obama Administration on 100% successful reconditioning. Well played.

Place Your Bets

Today, there is a possibility the Supreme Court of the United States of America could render their verdict on the Constitutionality of Obamacare.

SCOTUS will rule on four separate issues:


  • If the court should even consider the case in the first place, there is a possibility the justices will rule the constitutionality of the law cannot be challenged until individuals are actually subjected to the individual mandate in 2014.


  • If the law's individual mandate, which requires most adults to either buy insurance or pay a fee that would reach $695 by 2016, is constitutional.


  • If a directive requiring states to expand Medicaid coverage, at risk of losing federal grants, is constitutional.


  • If the court eliminates the individual mandate, the justices must decide if it can be separated from the law or if the entirely of the legislation goes down with it.

  • Here's an interesting article on the subject --that stood out in the sea of thousands this morning:

    "...For the past century, the U.S. has not had a capitalist system, but rather, a mixed economy, combining increasing elements of government intervention with decreasing commitment to individual rights and private property. Obamacare is but one example of the drift toward socialism.
    Which element of the U.S. mixed economy—capitalism or socialism—is responsible for the superb quality of its healthcare? Which element is responsible for its skyrocketing prices?
    Which principles are responsible for American innovations in pharmaceuticals, medical technology, and for overall excellence in healthcare? The same principles responsible for such American advances as the electric light, the telephone, the airplane, the computer, the Internet, the creation of film and music industries, and of a robust body of national literature: the principles of individual rights and free markets that liberate America’s most creative minds to revolutionize every field.
    Capitalism is responsible for the superb quality of America’s medical care..." (Read the rest of the Forbes article)

    Here's an article by someone that believes as I do...that the ONLY way to save our health care dilemma, is a return to a cash for service system. Using insurance for catastrophic circumstances as insurance was meant to be used:

    Healthcare Solution: Go Back to Cash He makes a compelling argument.

    So, if this were a Vegas blog...which way would the bets be going?

    1) Obamacare stays intact.
    2) Scotus strikes down the President's key piece of legislation
    3) Scotus renders certain parts of Obamacare unConstitutional



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    Friday, June 22, 2012

    Guest from the Right: RebelYid

    A Long Way From November



    Obama beat McCain in 2008 with much larger margins than we have seen in recent elections. Obama got 53% of the popular votes to McCain’s 46%, 365 electoral votes to McCain’s 193. 9 states swung from red to blue.

    Not to diminish the substantial margin, Obama had a list of advantages that will be hard to repeat:

    Bush was a very unpopular president engaged in an increasingly unpopular war. McCain ran an incompetent campaign, highlighted (by many) by his selection of Sara Palin who just did not seem to have the right stuff. But the coup de grace of the election was an ill timed once in a century financial collapse on the eve of the election. It caught most voters by surprise and without the ability to analyze it carefully, many attributed it to the years of GOP rule. Markets were collapsing, unemployment was rising, and millionaires were getting billions in bailouts. It is no wonder that “hope and change” registered better than experience.

    Even with these seemingly insurmountable advantages Obama outspent Mc Cain by more than double ($760,370,195 to $346,666,422), spending $10.94 per vote vs $5.78 for McCain.

    With all of this in his favor the 7% margin seems a bit more modest. If 3.5% of the voters change their mind, or if a few percent lose their enthusiasm, this victory will be very hard to repeat.

    With 3-1/2 years in office Obama has the liability of a record. Unemployment is stuck on high, the health care bill is very unpopular and may soon be struck unconstitutional. Debt is high, economic growth is anemic, and uncertainty prevails in Europe and the Middle East.

    As bad as the economy is, it could have been a lot worse if the administration had succeeded in passing the card check bill and cap and trade. Their very attempt at these radical bills made businesses reluctant to invest and hire. Obama may have run as a moderate but in many voters’ eyes he has proven to be anything but.

    The money gap that so favored him before will not exist again. Now that the GOP circular firing squad we call a primary is over, Romney is proving to be a more able campaigner than the president’s previous opponent. This could change depending on his running mate.

    Union support suffers from declining membership and their ability to finance politics has been curtailed. The Jewish vote will be less supportive, but probably not enough to turn blue states red. But Catholics have been galvanized by federal intrusion into their institutions by the health care rulings. Hispanics, blacks and women will probably tilt similar to the last campaign.

    The Democratic Party has become a coalition of special interests that represent the majority less and less. Every tilt towards one group alienates another group.

    The remaining question is whether these changes will cause over 3.5% of the voters to move their support. Will his record cause a few percent of his supporters to ‘change’ again. Keep in mind that so many of the those youth that supported him have graduated and face the most difficult job market in decades. It is also critical which states change the most, since it is the electoral votes that count.

    Intrade still predicts Obama with a 53.9% chance of winning, but this is less reliable 6 months before the election than 6 weeks before the election. A lot can change in a few months.

    Most pundits predict a close race. The economy is often the deciding factor in such a race. I think most voters will have a much harder time supporting the President in a weak economy.

    Reagan beat Jimmy Carter with one of the largest margins in an election: Carter only carried four states. Yet in the May 20, 1980 New York Times a Gallup poll showed Carter AHEAD of Reagan 49% to 41%.

    We are a long way from November.

    (You can read Rebel Yid daily at Rebel Yid: Beyond Left and Right)

    Guest from the Left: J. Marquis

    Do the Math

    This is one big reason Bloomberg shows Obama has a 13 point national lead over Romney:



    Poll: 64% Of Likely Voters Support Obama’s Immigration Policy

    (You can read J. Marquis daily at Major Conflict)

    Thursday, June 21, 2012

    Obama's Executive Privilege

    From the beginning of this 'Fast & Furious' discovery, many of us have said that this scandal made Watergate pale in comparison...and completely wipes the Valerie Plame thing off the map.

    But, it just got worse:

    "A House committee voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt Wednesday for not releasing documents related to Operation Fast and Furious, a botched gun-tracking operation in which federal agents permitted Mexican drug smugglers to buy thousands of firearms that were eventually used in crimes. 

    Earlier in the day, President Obama had invoked executive privilege to deny the committee the papers it sought. Obama’s assertion of executive privilege — the president’s right to withhold information from Congress or the courts — was the first of his presidency and an escalation of a protracted power struggle between his administration and congressional Republicans." (source)

    All last night, I tried to be honest about what I would think if the situation was turned around and US agents were killed because of a Bush program. And I would absolutely think it should be investigated. Hopefully the program has been shut down, so there's no chance of endangering anyone that's 'undercover.'

    So, I must conclude that anyone on the Left that claims this is fine --and especially those that wailed about Nixon, Ollie North or Valerie Plame -- are just complete and utter hypocrites (I know, that's no breaking news).

    What do you think? Would we be as outraged if an (R) was in the Oval Office? Are there any (D)'s out there that are outraged?

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    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

    Writers (or Wanna-be Writers) and Your Input Wanted.



    In approximately a month's time, this little blog will be EIGHT YEARS OLD. Holy Hell, right? And the thing is, I have thought about ditching it thousands of time. Not because I have fallen out of love with it, but because I have such guilt when I'm not updating every day.

    I've had a few blog contributors over the years...but with no praise or pay, it's tough to generate staying power. As the pace of my life quickens (I am now not "just a stay at home mom" but a work from home mom), I am putting the call out one more time. Wanna-be blog contributors --don't be shy! Rickvid, freemom, Glenn Cassel, or long time lurkers --consider it?

    And in the meantime...

    A (male) Facebook friend had this on his page and I have been thinking about its validity all morning:

    "Want to know what a man loves? Give him $100.00. He'll spend it on whatever he loves. This is a good thing to do _before_ you marry the guy..."

    Thoughts?

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    Thursday, June 14, 2012

    Guest from the Right: RebelYid

    "Is Collective Liberty an Oxymoron?"



    "Socialists sometimes define the economic liberties differently. For them, economic liberty involves the right to participate in collective decision making about the issues of socially owned property. There are complicated issues here, but speaking generally, classical liberals are skeptical of this socialist conception. They see the socialist approach as involving a form of political liberty rather than one of economic liberty. Imagine a conception of religious liberty under which each citizen was given a say about what religious practices would henceforth be required by all members of the community. Rather than protecting individual freedom in the area of religion, such a system would violate religious liberty by making religious decisions subject to collective decisions. Similarly, classical liberals see the socialist conception as giving primacy to collective decision making in the economic affairs, rather than protecting independent economic decision making and activity."

    From Free Market Fairness by John Tomasi

    HKO comments:

    Remember that Tomasi distinguishes classical liberal thought from “high” liberal thought. Classical liberal thought is in the tradition of Adam Smith, John Locke and Hayek. Classical liberal thought sees economic liberties as ‘thick’ and on par with other personal liberties such as freedom of assembly, speech and religion. “High” liberal thought sees economic freedom, particularly in the realm of owning means of production as a lesser right than the other freedoms. “High” liberals justify government intrusion into the sphere of economic liberty to attain a greater equality.

    Tomasi’s comparison between the approaches to religious liberty and economic liberty to illustrates that collective action erodes liberty and individual freedom regardless of the liberty that collective action is applied to.

    Imagine a response to a problem resulting from free speech to be a restriction of speech or a collective input into what speech is allowed. The answer to problems of free speech is more likely to be more free speech.

    Yet our response to economic problems is to restrict economic freedoms with endless regulations that accumulate and restrict the ability of the economy to perform. We understand that there are rules that govern our economic behavior just as there are rules that limit free speech. But we have also learned that the less freedom allowed in economic activity the less prosperous the economy, for all classes of citizens.

    (You can read RebelYid daily at rebel Yid: Beyond Left and Right)

    Guest from the Left: J. Marquis

    'Anything to Win"

    What made Mitt Romney change his mind about climate change?



    "Mitt Romney worked to combat climate change as governor. His gubernatorial record on the environment has little in common with his positions in the presidential race, those who knew him in Massachusetts say." (source)

    (You can read J. Marquis daily at Major Conflict)

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

    No Good Deed...

    I know I've told this story here before, but it's been on my mind lately with so many of the happenings in the news...

    In college there was a required class called Justice 101 (I tried to get the course description, but apparently it isn't required anymore or is now called something else) At the culmination of the class, we had a Rhode Island(?) Supreme Court Justice come speak to us and impart some of his judicial reasoning. He told us that when someone came before him he used their past to weigh heavily in his verdict (and subsequent sentencing). So, a man that raped a young girl, but had been a foster child in the system in their youth, might get probation as the judge's way of making an even playing field. My 21 year old self was horrified. Before I knew it my hand was in the air and I was challenging this reasoning and charging him to keep that rapist in his house with his own children for a few weeks before they were thrust on an unsuspecting public.

    It makes you wonder how many judges out there share this philosophy of using thier current position to "fix past wrongs" by endangering the unwitting general population.

    Perhaps even the past judges of Miami-Dade Cannibal Rudy Eugene (there was actually no pieces of human flash found in Eugene's stomach, nor was their evidence of bath salts).
    "Florida Department of Law Enforcement records show Eugene was arrested a number of times in the past few years, once for battery, trespassing, and four times for marijuana related charges.

    In 2004, he was arrested for threatening to kill his mother.

    'We could hear him yelling and throwing things inside the house,' said Mike Pons to WPLG-TV, one of the North Miami police detectives who arrested Eugene.

    'He wasn't cooperative, wouldn't follow orders, very belligerent,' Detective Pons said. 'He had that thousand-yard stare, staring right into you, not assessing or understanding what the commands were.'

    Eugene was one of the first people ever to be tasered by North Miami Beach police, needing to be shocked with a stun gun three times to be subdued." (source)

    Numerous judges over the years took pity on Eugene. He beat his wife, threatened to kill his mom...arrested 8 times over 5 years and he was still free to eat homeless men...

    But how much do you want to bet that the guy that killed the man that was trying to molest his four year old little girl (when everyone is aware of recidivism rates in pedophiles) will go to jail...?

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    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

    "That Guy" in Philly, Two Mommies and The People Teaching Our Kids

    Yeah, so this pretty much ruins years of good Sex and the City memories...



  • If you live in Philly and have an extra $10K, you can head down to the Franklin Institute tonight for premium seating and a photo with President Obama (I'm quite sure ID/SS# and a secret service pat down will also be a requirement). But, don't fret, the 99% can get in for a mere $250 (sorry, no complimentary binoculars).

    "Barack Obama has already held more re-election fundraising events than every elected president since Richard Nixon combined, according to figures to be published in a new book.

    Obama is also the only president in the past 35 years to visit every electoral battleground state in his first year of office.

    The figures, contained a in a new book called The Rise of the President’s Permanent Campaign by Brendan J. Doherty, due to be published by University Press of Kansas in July, give statistical backing to the notion that Obama is more preoccupied with being re-elected than any other commander-in-chief of modern times." (source).


  • 'Creationists' are constantly being mocked for ignoring science. For putting belief over biology. On Bill Maher's how, bumper stickers and on Left wing blogs... But, for some reason, when it comes to sexuality --biology goes out the window. Forget the fact that living beings are here to procreate. Suddenly, love is all that matters and biology and science be damned...

    Comprehensive Study suggests risks from same-sex parenting

    A major pet peeve of mine is when people confuse uncomfortable reality and discrimination.


  • So, it's one thing to ban kids from singing "God Bless the USA," but to replace it with Justin Beiber's "Baby?"

    "A controversial Coney Island principal has pulled the plug on patriotism.

    Her refusal to let students sing “God Bless the USA” at their graduation has sparked fireworks at a school filled with proud immigrants.

    Greta Hawkins, principal of PS 90, the Edna Cohen School, won’t allow kindergartners to belt out the beloved Lee Greenwood ballad, also known as “Proud to be an American,” at their moving-up ceremony." (source)


  • Monday, June 11, 2012

    Wanna Meet Michelle Obama? Got I.D.?

    About 200 or so Americans got their crisp new copies of Michelle Obama's “American Grown” signed by the First Lady herself. I found what they had to go through to obtain that autograph pretty interesting...

    1) Buy a copy of “American Grown” in advance at the Barnes & Noble store on 12th and E Streets (only 200 +/- will be sold so be sure to go as soon as the books for the signing go on sale).
    2) You won’t get the book then, just a receipt and wristband. (You also have to give your name and show a copy of your ID and Social Security number)
    3) Then customers with the wristbands — first come, first serve — show up for the actual signing; you have to be approved and screened by the Secret Service, and check bags, cameras and cell phones. The first lady will sign one copy of the book (no personalization) for each customer, and the event lasts just 45 minutes, which means there’s no guarantee that everyone in line will, in fact, get an autographed book. (source)

    From Newsbusters:

    "The Obama administration has done its best to oppose states from instituting new, stricter voter ID laws, complaining that many minority voters lack photo identification. But those same folks it wants voting in November are apparently not welcome anywhere near the First Lady's book signings. Something tells me that the same media outlets comparing voter ID laws to the Jim Crow Laws, however, won't see any hint of hypocrisy here, if they even report the story at all. (source)


    And from Media Matters:

    "Some in the conservative media are comparing voter ID laws to a supposed photo ID requirement for First Lady Michelle Obama's upcoming book signing to accuse the Obama administration of hypocrisy. However, such a comparison is invalid, because while people have a constitutional right to vote, they do not have a constitutional right to meet with the first lady." (source)

    The problem with this sweeping statement, dear Media Matters, is we want to check IDs to MAKE SURE you have a "Constitutional right to vote." Dead people, cartoon characters, felons, and illegals have no Constitutional right to meet Michelle Obama OR to vote.

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    Thursday, June 07, 2012

    Guest from the Right: David Lanza

    Pennsylvania real estate company endures forced shutdown, faces fraud litigation.

    In a story that is not receiving any media attention yet, a local judge in Central Pennsylvania has ordered the shut down (pending a hearing) of a real estate settlement company.  The company, Core Settlement Services, was collecting real estate settlement proceeds from buyers and pocketing the money instead of using the funds to pay off the prior mortgages and liens associated with the real estate.  A pending lawsuit alleges that Core's escrow accounts had a negative balance exceeding 1.1 million dollars as of the end of May.  The lawsuit further maintains that Core's escrow accounts have endured large negative balances continuously for five years. Details of this long-running fiasco can be found here.

    Why should most people care if a settlement company gets shut down for misusing settlement funds?  The reasons are numerous and far-reaching.

    • When the company failed to apply the settlement proceeds to liens and mortgages, they screwed up the title to numerous properties.  Numerous Pennsylvania homeowners that think they own real estate free and clear of liens actually are encumbered by old mortgages and other liens.  The full extent of this problem is only beginning to be discovered.
    • Even those who did not use this particular company may get stuck with this problem if they end up buying properties that originally settled through this company.
    • Real estate fraud can be concealed indefinitely during a real estate bubble, but when the bubble bursts and revenue declines, there is not enough new money coming in to cover up bank account shortfalls.
    • The real estate crash remains ongoing, as unemployment, fraud and litigation continue to spread in ever-widening circles.
    • Even for homeowners that did not use this particular settlement company, title defects are spreading and will place larger numbers of buyers at risk.
    • Home buyers have greater reason to protect themselves by insisting upon representation by legal counsel when they purchase a home.
    While the ongoing financial crisis will affect greater numbers of people, individuals can protect themselves provided they are aware of the problem and are not deluded into thinking that we are in a "recovery."

    Update - June 7 - 10:00 PM - The Harrisburg Patriot-News (Pennlive.com) has now covered this story and linked to my original post.

    Guest from the Left: J. Marquis

    A Louder Voice



    People say donating money to campaigns (or now super PACs)is a type of free speech. Is it okay for folks like the Koch brothers to have a voice that's four hundred million times louder than yours or mine? Is this the kind of democracy you learned about growing up?

    (You can read J. marquis daily at Major Conflict)

    Wednesday, June 06, 2012

    A Video is Worth 1,000 Words...

    "Although exit polls showed a tighter race, Walker ended up with 54% of the vote to Democrat Tom Barrett’s 45%, with nearly all the precincts reporting, and he will finish out his term." (source)




    And then there was Obama's bizarre statement after the election results...(I'm paraphrasing because I heard it this morning on the news and now can't find it anywhere online), "Though this wasn't the outcome we had hoped for, we hope Governor Walker doesn't ignore the strong message he's been sent."

    Huh?

    Tuesday, June 05, 2012

    WI Recall: Reelection Gauge...or Union Reassessment?



    This site has a good Crash Course on the Scott Walker Recall.

    But, all you really need to know is this is what the unions bringing their full weight to bear looks like.

    "...Unions, which have long been fighting stories of their demise, have much of what's left of their reputation as powerful political organizers riding on the race.

    Union membership in 2011 fell to a record low for the second straight year, according to the Department of Labor, but that's not the only avenue in which unions have been struggling." (source)

    There has been much talk about this election being a gauge of what November will bring for Barack Obama, but I see it more as a referendum on the existence of unions...and there relevance moving forward in a cash depleted America. The Union powers-that-be can't have Scott Walker revitalize Wisconsin after letting workers walk away from unions because that would belittle their very being...

    "A majority of US States require their local governments to hire exclusively union employees for many functions. No one in politics wants to pick a fight with the public sector unions, but soon they will run out of options. Scott Walker’s courageous effort to let cities and school districts decide whether to engage in collective bargaining is only the first of what will likely be a relentless series of efforts over the coming generation to roll back union power. Regardless whether Wisconsin unions defeat him on Tuesday, this issue will not go away." (Source:GOPlifer)

    The truth of the matter is, everyone is all for cutbacks and sacrifice until it lands at their door...

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    Monday, June 04, 2012

    In Case You Missed This...



    "Cody Green was a 12-year-old kid in Indiana who was diagnosed with leukemia at 22 months old. He loved the Marines, and his parents said he drew strength and courage from the Marine Corps as he bravely fought the battle into remission three times.

    As he struggled to fend off that infection in the hospital, the Marines wanted to show how much they respected his will to live, his strength, honor and courage. They presented Cody with United States Marine Corps Navigator’s wings and named him an honorary member of the Marine Corps.

    For one Marine, that wasn’t enough … so that night, before Cody Green passed away, [the Marine] took it upon himself to stand guard at Cody’s hospital door all night long, eight hours straight." (source)

    Marine opens up about Cody Green: wlfi.com

    Friday, June 01, 2012

    Guest Post by RickVid in Seattle

    Recently our gracious hostess had a run-in with innate fragility and mortality in the unexpected death of her neighbor, John. Here one day, gone the next. I, too, have experienced that with a well liked co-worker who dropped dead playing his regular Thursday night basketball game. What is there to say? Stop playing basketball or getting herbal massages? Nobody would suggest such nonsense. Still, how do we assess and what do we do now?

    Just a few days ago, as I came home from visiting a client’s site, I heard helicopters in the area of my home, and saw police cars prowling around. You all heard about it – a mass killing at Café Racer in Seattle’s Roosevelt district. A nut job who had been 86’d from the Café a few times walked in and just started shooting people. One guy fought back and is credited with saving at least three people. The shooter ran off and later murdered a woman while carjacking her. Witnesses say he just grabbed her in the parking lot, started beating and kicking her, then shot her. Four of the five victims at the Café have died.

    Here one day, gone the next. Damn.

    Café Racer is in my area. I have never been there but driven by many dozens of times over the years as it is a block away from a favored pub. I did not know any of the victims, though I had heard of the band/circus (really!) to which two of them belonged, “God’s Favorite Beefcake.” An aspiring actress, an urban planner, a mother of two. And the killer who shot himself. His family said they were afraid something like this might happen. Oh, really?

    Many of the usual suspects, of course, are trying to massively retaliate against the totally innocent by demanding that the State allow the City to pass more restrictive gun laws than the State has. The Mayor repeated the lies about black market guns (not applicable in this case) being primarily bought through the “gun show loophole” and that we have to “do something!” Typical pol – they have to “do” something to look like leaders. Expectable of them to take utterly irrelevant actions that would not have prevented this atrocity, targeting those who had nothing to do with it, and who would obey the law unlike the criminals who, duh!, do not obey the law.

    The radio waves have been full of questions – how did this nut case get a legally purchased gun? Why was he not getting mental help? Where was his family? How can we prevent this sort of thing? Good questions, all; not many good answers. We contemplate these questions in the wake of tragedy and atrocity, but the event grows fainter and dissipates. The flowers and teddy bears and instruments and other memorial items in the photo I took will be taken away. The Café will re-open and people will come back and will hold celebrations of the lives of Drew, Joe, Kimberly, Donald, and Gloria. Then the memories will fade and normalcy return.

    But, every time I go past, and soon, to, Café Racer, I will recall those questions. Who knows, maybe over a cup of Seattle’s Best Coffee or a half liter of Salvator, I may come up with an answer or two.

    ~Rickvid in Seattle

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