Labor Day remains my favorite Holiday. A day that celebrates no single individual or act, but rather the effort that goes into all the things that keep this modern world fed, safe, comfortable and entertained. I was born the son of a Carpenter and Steelworker and remain so. Looking back at my life, I've been continuously employed ever since I stopped being educated, with many a month overlapping between the two. I've always believed in the honor of a job well done and I truly fear any place or time where there is not a certain dignity afforded everyone who puts in an honest day's work.
Labor Day also marks the unofficial end of summer... the kids back in school, the last fireworks spent, the return of long pants and eventually firing up the furnaces again. It's been a hell of a ride these last few months, but I've done my best to make the Summer of 2017 count for me and my family. Best of wishes to anyone out there reading this.
I am genuinely thankful for so much thus year, career stuff, my boys and wife, my wonderful sisters and brother, my parents and lots of really good friends, near and far.
Thank you to all the wonderful people in my life. thank you to all the folks still working, cops and first responders and soldiers and air travel people and electric linemen and those other folks who keep the wheels turning while we pass out from Turkey and Pie.
An early leak of Trump's concession remarks, Leaked off Trump's servers 11/8/2016 at 735PM :
Good evening, good evening,
It’s late, we’ve been checking the numbers, not trusting the polls but the actual election totals coming in from our brave poll watchers and I just Tweeted my concession to Hillary and the Media and congratulated them on her win. We’ve fought hard, and long, ran a huge campaign, the best campaign, the most beautiful campaign but crooked Hillary and her rigged system
I want to send a huge special message to every Trump voter, supporter, donors big and small, Republican Party members who supported me throughout, Republican Party members who switched to support me after I took the nomination, multiple organizations that endorsed and supported me, certain FBI field offices, Ted Nugent, Scott Baio, entire news Networks, all the folks at Breitbart, 4chan dank meme creators and anyone who has promoted me with their words, a sign in their yard, or even sharing information on Facebook.
You, yes you, are the most gullible people who have ever lived. Every single one of you, without a single exception, should have known better. Every second, every penny, every iota of credibility, any single thing you gave for me was a waste. I was never going to become president, this whole thing was a transparent con.
And I DO mean transparent. I have spent decades in front of you faking everything I do. “Reality” television, Professional Wrestling, Investment “Universities”, everything I do has been inherently fake for a damned long time and it’s not been anything resembling hard to find.
I especially want to thank my white, middle-class supporters. You people have been my bread and buttery through every crap product, every failed project I screwed investors on, every casino, every pyramid scheme, stiffing contractors, stiffing employees…. More than any other group I have been able to rob you people blind again, and again, and again, and again and you STILL dig into your pockets for the next scheme. I am like a freakin’ vampire and you are the townspeople who fuel my undead powers of the night with their very blood. I am a New York Billionaire real-estate mogul who inherited billions of dollars and dodged the Vietnam draft with help from my personal physician. I got into prep-schools because of who my daddy was. I brag about basically bribing officials to get around laws that protect you. I brag about using my fame and power to flat out grope women when I feel like it. I am the embodiment of every spoiled brat and pervy boss and crooked executive who has made your working lives shit. But I tweet a few racist-sounding things about Muslims and Mexicans? You love me. That’s how damned easy it is to press your buttons.
You are all so beautifully lucky to have the LUXURY to be so easily conned and know that smarter, more informed, more engaged people will step in and save you from yourselves. Every single American would have been worse off in a Trump presidency. I am obviously, so obviously, unprepared for the job of the President. I’ve never been a Governor, Senator, or even State Representative, Mayor, or even a flippin’ dog catcher. I do not know how this all works, or even is supposed to work. NO ONE wins in a disaster. Everyone on the Titanic is worse off when the Captain hits an iceberg and that is obviously what I would do. Heck, I’d circle around and hit it again just to make sure it knew who was boss. No one, literally no one, should have voted for me at any time as my entire ability to be President was a god damned joke and you are so lucky your support didn’t really ever matter.
Of course a Joke beat out the other Republicans. The entire Republican Party is a joke. The central premise of the Republican Party is that if rich people don't have to pay taxes, everything else works itself out. A joke. How's that working in Kansas? You're fired. I haven't paid taxes in a long, long time and I'm telling you, I don't produce one damn thing worth having in this world.
Of course I played Television people like a fiddle. YOU, both the people that supported me AND the people that opposed me tuned in. You watched. That meant ratings and that meant ads and that meant dollars and that's what the deal is all about. Gullible folks angry at "The Media" forgetting the boob tube gives you what you will watch.
You believe me when I say I want to put Hillary in Jail? We went to our daughter’s weddings. Our kids went to college together. I donated to her campaigns. Her husband encouraged me to run! We have hung out together in some very public ways, I am obviously not particularly bothered by this person’s presence. You think they wanted me to run so I would WIN? So. Hugely. Gullible.
This could be a learning moment for you. You could see which buttons I pressed, how future cons are able to get to you, what you need to learn about yourself to be a little wiser from here on out. But you won’t. Other guys like me will con you using the same "Them other folks gonna get you!" fear technique that I did, and, for that matter, I'll use the same con as well.
If you all would grow a sense of healthy skepticism guys like me wouldn't have a change to hijack your time, elections, or your whatever, but you won't. Some things just TOO GOOD to go along with to questions. So here it is, the wrap up, where I close the deal I've been working on you all along.
Hillary was a crook and she cheated. Watch how we fight the fight for REAL AMERICA on TrumpTV starting soon!
TrumpTV, Where we will cover MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!
I'm Thankful for so much. Tommorow I will mostly be off of any work duties and will get to be with both my immediate and extended family. I am blessed my parents will be there, I am blessed with wonderful siblings and nieces and nephews and in laws and friends who are like family. We are in good health and spirits, we will be celebrating around a table and not in a war zone or in some famine zone or fighting a plague somewhere far from home. We will have the luxury of discussing things and possibly disagreeing about abstract notions, not forced to only think about the necessities of survival. None of us really know how many more times we will get a chance to share gratitude with the people who matter the most to us, each time is a gift.
Thank you to everyone, seen and unseen, who work to create and defend that little bit of domestic tranquility where we can pursue happiness.
Holy goodness have I been gone for a while. First off, to the imaginary following who I picture refreshing this blog daily and being disappointed day after day, I apologize but commend your unwavering persistence.
Second, I do the following things:
Work full time as a Community Support Specialist helping the mentally ill for a little non-profit firm in the Midwest.
Work part time as an installer for Geo Group, a tremendously large for-profit prisons and corrections company.
Work part time as a Volunteer Firefighter, with the fire calls and training that entails.
Work part time as a Tax Preparer, for a few months of the year.
I made an attempt at starting my own company earlier this year with short, but unsustainable success.
I raise two boys with the help of their awesome mother who is studying nursing.
I sometimes assist my studious wife with school related projects, printing, studying, proof-reading and so on.
And along with managing our home, finances, and some other things I stay rather busy.
Football season is starting soon, that will eat up some time....
Anyhow, I just wanted to leave some gifts to anyone disappointed at my blogging:
One: Follow Barrett Brown's writings from Prison. Using needlessly literate verbiage to describe the mundane and demoralizing is a coping mechanism often used by the literati to deal with being in a station where they feel their intellect is being strangled. His entire writings are essentially this coping mechanisms over and over. He is someone on the list of people I think are being targeted and punished in an almost dystopian police state manner. Read his stuff here, or search for "Barrett Brown" and "Arts and Letters"
Two: If you have not seen "Mr. Robot" yet, jump in headfirst the first three episodes are available from USA. The rest are behind paywalls and subscriptions fees, which would stop many fans... but this IS a show about a realistically depicted tenacious computer hacker so it is possible the fan base will know of ways to watch this program while bypassing such gatekeeper functions.
Not 100% of the time. Not flawlessly. Man's inhumanity to man is not negated in it's totality... but Gun Laws save lives. Law, by itself, isn't sufficient of course. Enforcement by authorities, a court and corrections system, and a culture that respects the law is necessary as well. But gun laws save lives.
Gun laws save lives by keeping #1) Guns out of the hands of people who have no business EVER owning a gun and #2) Keeping guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have a gun during certain times in their life.
Someone, while defending the system that enables our National Ritual of the Mass killing with a gun, asked me to list, I assume with specific codes and such, laws that would have stopped the most recent mass killer from his mass gun killing. (If another gun massacre has occurred since I wrote this, it was in reference to the Charleston, SC Massacre that took the lives of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Depayne Middleton, Ethel Lance, Susie Jackson, Cynthia Hurd, Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton,Myra Thompson, and Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr)
The folks who died were older folks who had put in long years serving their communities. They were Reverends and Teachers and Librarians and Coaches, good folks who would have given many more good years of shaping the minds and lives of young people and people in need in their community. They had names and families and lives and histories and deserve to be mentioned as more than a body count or statistic.
The killer is believe to be, and is in custody as I write this, Mr. Dylann Roof. He is, as with most times we have this conversation, a younger man. He had no job, was supported financially by family, had a history of social isolation, trouble with educations, concerns about his lifestyle from friends an family, interactions with the police because of erratic behavior and so on. This is a rather standard description of many other shooters in similar events over the past years. You can go here for details: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/18/us-usa-shooting-south-carolina-roof-idUSKBN0OY28220150618
In February he was behaving erratically, asking odd questions and eventually having folks call the police of the Columbiana Center, and also getting banned from the center for a year but returned in violation of that agreement and was arrested for Trespassing. Upon searching his vehicle he was found to have an illegal measure of the habit forming narcotic Suboxone in his possession with no prescription or such. He lied about this to police and was taken in custody, eventually relesed on bail.
An individual who is scheduled for Trial for a felony is not supposed to be able to purchase a gun. Question B on the Federal ATF Form (https://www.atf.gov/file/61446/download)is "Are you under indictment or information in any court for a felony, or any other crime, for which the judge could imprison you for more than a year?"
This is because if a person is out on Bail for felony charges, that person is not allowed to buy a gun. Either someone isn't on bail, or they lie on the form, or they don't legally get a gun. And, when localities follow their due diligence and report it when you are on bail that will show up on a background check.
You agree to many things when you agree to post bail, often not leaving the state or being monitored or such.
In April of this year, on his Birthday, Dylann Roof was given a pistol by his father. This was in South Carolina so, though he was out on bail and would not have passed a background check, he did not have to do so. The person who provided him that weapon likely is not liable for giving that person a gun since it is imaginable he could be ignorant of the charges of the indicted individual and that he was not out on bail.
Some states, such as California, have passed laws stating that when you transfer the ownership of a firearm - even to a family member - you much conduct a background check. The fees for this are waived in some situations, but there should always be a background check.
A properly maintained and enforces system of Universal Background Checks would have made the transfer of this gun from buyer to killer illegal. In California this WOULD have been illegal. (https://oag.ca.gov/firearms/pubfaqs). That law, and compliance to it, would have kept that gun out of the hands of this killer.
He didn't buy a gun on the black market, he didn't buy it from a retailer, he got the firearm through a transfer between private citizens with no background check WHEN HE WOULDN'T HAVE PASSED ONE.
So THAT is the particular law that first comes to mind when I think about the legislative part of trying to slow down the terrible amount of killings like these.
Defending Dylann's right to get a gun while awaiting trial for his felony is defending the events that happened today.