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More kids dead in Texas...

I've never really cared much for kids, and don't have any of my own. I do admire them a lot, though, for the innocence with which they greet each day. They haven't yet learned the horrible lessons they will soon enough learn. I have nothing but contempt for those who abuse them and cut off their potential.

Which brings me to the "right-to-life" dimwits. I fully understand if you have a problem with abortion, but I don't understand why you insist on pushing you beliefs on others.

I also don't understand how they can talk of ending a "life" while they watch and excuse the lives that were lost this week. The young girls that were killed had their lives stolen from them, and they had the children they could have had stolen from all of us. Where is the outcry over all of those lives lost?

But, that's speculative. Of course it is. Life itself is speculative and when you throw in war and murder it gets even worse.

It gets to the point where you almost have to believe in a God, because this can't be all there is.
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Thu May 26, 2022, 04:48 AM (7 replies)

Before assholery and a blind Supreme Court took over gun talk, the West was a hotspot of gun...

control, largely because it had to be.

Tombstone AZ had tougher gun rules in the 1880's than it does now, as did much of the West. It still had a fair amount of shootouts, thanks largely to the number of guns and bars. Not everybody handed their guns into the local Marshall's office.

Cowboys, not a complimentary or folksy term as it is now, were largely ruffians, smugglers, thieves, and assorted criminals. The Clanton gag was a pretty bad one, and the Earps were trying to get their guns and stop them from selling stolen horses to the Mexicans. Dead Clantons showed the folks that gun control was not a bad thing.

Things often ignored in the telling were that the big gunfight was less than a minute long, and was actually a couple of blocks from the OK Corral. But the story got bigger with every telling. Less important at the time seemed to be that most of the gang guys were ex-Confederate soldiers who were happily used to thievery and killing. That Mexicans and Chinese did most of the actual work allowed racism to still work its ill magic. There were undoubtedly ex-slaves around, but they haven't made the records of the times.

I'll shut up now, but starting to look at gun control in the Old West leads to some interesting reading.

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Wed May 25, 2022, 03:04 AM (0 replies)

WTF is this? Another shooting? In Texas, ferchissakes?

Just srarted the car snd the radio has our VP talking about 14 kids dead after a shooting.

Is this an old shooting, or a new one today?

Whatever it is, it is the damnation of our country.

Gunners, you have NO rights when it puts me and my neighbor's children at risk

You just don't. And it's time we did something about it.
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Tue May 24, 2022, 07:22 PM (1 replies)

Jeez, even NPR this morning had the line...

"Trump's election lie..."

So when's the rest of the country going to figure it out?
Posted by TreasonousBastard | Tue May 24, 2022, 09:11 AM (20 replies)

Sometimes I just can't help opening those Bored Panda emails...

Apparently, most of these were scarfed from a Facebook Bad Bird Photography group


Posted by TreasonousBastard | Tue May 24, 2022, 01:24 AM (3 replies)

"Our Maternal Death Rates Are Only Bad If You Count Black Women"-- Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy...

Need any more be said?

If you have a tough enough stomach;


Posted by TreasonousBastard | Sat May 21, 2022, 02:18 PM (12 replies)

Wordle--4 again

Wordle 336 4/6

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Sat May 21, 2022, 05:29 AM (7 replies)

yuk! Wordle in 5

Wordle 333 5/6

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Wed May 18, 2022, 01:14 AM (18 replies)

Listening to the 1A on npr, Kathleen Belew is saying...

that of all leading nations, the US is the only one that hasn't had a major education after conflict showing our attitudes toward the conflict must change.

My illustration is the very deliberate anti-nazi re-education that Germany underwent after the war. We had no such efforts after we fought a bloody war over slavery and have had well over a hundred years of deliberate racism built into much of our law.

Posted by TreasonousBastard | Tue May 17, 2022, 11:05 AM (6 replies)

Texas Republican calls for Death Penalty Moratorium


Saying that recent events in Texas’ attempt to execute death-row prisoner Melissa Lucio had shaken his faith in the criminal legal system, an influential Republican state legislator has said that he would now support a moratorium on executions in the state.

In an April 29, 2022 interview on WFAA-TV’s Inside Texas Politics with Jason Whitely, Representative Jeff Leach (pictured), co-chair of the Texas House of Representatives’ bi-partisan Criminal Justice Reform Caucus, said “every option [for death-penalty reform] will be on the table, every tool in the toolbox,” including potentially a moratorium on executions.

Leach, who was one of the founding members of the reform caucus, was the driving force behind a bipartisan legislative effort that resulted in majorities of both the Texas House and Senate signing letters calling for the commutation of Lucio’s sentence. On April 25, 2022, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halted Lucio’s scheduled April 27 execution and directed a Cameron County trial court to hear evidence on claims that she may be innocent of charges that she murdered her two-year-old daughter and that her conviction was the product of prosecutorial misconduct and false testimony.

In the Inside Texas Politics interview, Rep. Leach said: “We’ve got to look at every part of our system, and Melissa’s case, where the system failed her at every turn, is a great example of that.”

A self-described “pro-life conservative,” Leach said that the near execution of Lucio without consideration of her strong claims of innocence “rocked” him and showed him that “it’s important going forward that we get this right for all other cases.”

Who is Melissa Lucio?


Posted by TreasonousBastard | Mon May 16, 2022, 02:06 PM (1 replies)
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