The Lunatics With Guns Are Winning

The past week has to be one of the most embarrassing in the history of the United States of America.

In cities and towns around the country, average citizens, going about their daily business continue to be gunned down by sociopaths, the mentally disturbed, and ill-trained and unregulated police. In Kansas, a well known and long time demonstrative racist psycho had ready access to firearms that he used to gun down three innocent strangers for the sole reason that they were present in the Jewish centers he decided to shoot up. And in Nevada, right wing extremists armed to the teeth took up the defense of a common thief, who had been stealing from the US government for decades and who owes the taxpayers of this country over one million dollars. His legions of supporters were ready to fire upon and begin a virtual war against agents of the federal government.

A few days ago, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at an apartment building that was the scene of a hostage situation in West Hollywood. At one point, the door to the subject apartment opened, and two men rushed out. Without any semblance of


justification or good cause, the reaction of the three Sheriff’s deputies was to fire their weapons. The men they were shooting at were the hostages, who had been held in the apartment and who were bleeding from stab wounds. One of the men was wounded and the other, 30-year-old aspiring TV producer John Winkler, 30, who had actually gone to the apartment to try to help two other victims

who were friends of his and who had had heard screaming, was killed.

Interestingly enough, after the shooting the deputies entered the apartment where they saw the actual perpetrator attacking a third victim. He was subdued and arrested without another shot being fired.

Other news from the Los Angeles area include a 40-year-old single mother of two young children being shot to death in a dispute with a roommate over a $10 debt, and the CBS LA news website “Shootings” section shows stories about eight additional shootings that occurred over the past 48 hours.

This past Sunday, on the eve of Passover, Frazier Glenn Cross, a former leader of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and founder of the White Patriot Party with a long history of threats against Jews and African Americans, who was involved in creating an armed paramilitary organization, and who had served three years in federal prison on weapons charges, used his easily obtainable firearms to kill three people at Jewish centers in Kansas City. The one thing that witnesses to the crimes and officers who arrested him reported that he had to say at both times was “heil hitler”.

While he clearly targeted Jewish victims, in fact none of the three people he killed were Jewish.

Then we have the pièce de résistance, the new cause célèbre of the ignorant hate mongers who occupy the offices and studios of fox fixed news noise, who have done everything within their power to make criminal, thief, terrorist, treasonist


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Cliven Bundy a hero to not just the right wing extremist element, but to anyone else with half a brain who hears their lies and propaganda.

In fact, it was in 1993 that Bundy began refusing to pay to the federal Bureau of Land Management fees he owed for having his cattle graze on federal land. In fact, the rule of law that required him to pay such fees was not by virtue of an act of Congress, but through an executive order that was signed into effect by the conservative hero, ronald reagan. When Bundy had failed to pay his fees for several years, the federal government sued, and orders against him were issued in 1998, prohibiting his use of the land and ordering the past due payments.

He never paid a cent, continued to have his cattle graze on US land, and violated additional court orders over and over again. This month, the government began enforcing the court orders, and began confiscating his cattle, which were trespassing on federal land.


This is when a army of militia took up arms against the US government, to get his cattle back.

The right wing lunatics who think women should be jailed for having abortions, who think that doctors should be jailed for performing them, who think that people should be sent to prison for possessing a few ounces of marijuana, who think that evolution and climate change and equal rights are “lies from the pit of hell”, think that these people and Bundy are supporting some convoluted righteous cause and the the government, in the words of reagan, is the problem.

The President should have called in every Marine from Camp Pendleton and had them assist in the disarming and arrest of every single one of those traitors, and not one of Bundy’s cows should be returned until every cent he owes is paid in full.

The first two elements of this post are embarrassing enough, but they are all too common in our society. Innocent people are gunned down on the streets every day everywhere through out the country. Instances of anti-Semitic-motivated attacks are at a high not seen in years. But this Bundy story and the reaction of a significant percentage of the citizens of this country is a disgrace that makes us a laughing stock, even more so then when we try to tell Russia to respect the sovereignty of other nations with our recent history of invading the likes of Iraq and Afghanistan.

About theHoundDawg

For many years as a lawyer, I saw much of the good and bad of society, and did what I could to right many wrongs. The lack of understanding of what is good and bad, right and wrong, just and unjust, as evidenced by such events as the election of King W as president, (who as such far surpassed the evil of richard nixon but not quite that of ronald reagan) lead me in a new direction, to spend my time trying to understand what is happening to our society, to try as best I can to spread my insights to others, and along the way to maybe even eke out a living through the internet.
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