Skip to main content

8 years on.....nothing has changed

The news this morning of a shooting, on campus, at a Virginian University, resulting in the death of at least 33 and injuring 29, leaves one aghast and shocked. See the latest report from the NY Times here. But, is there a lesson in there somewhere? - that is, that the US must do something about the Constitutional right to bear arms. Rather bizarre too, that it is 8 years this week that America suffered the horror of Columbine.

It would seem though that that shooting at Columbine and all the other campus shootings since - and let's not forget the random rampages in shopping malls and elsewhere - has not been a wake-up call to Americans. The latest carnage will doubtlessly re-ignite the topic of gun control - as Reuters reports here.

And what does the great George Bush say? He is reported in AHN thus:

"White House deputy secretary Dana Perino said: "He was horrified and his immediate reaction was one of deep concern for the families of the victims, the victims themselves, the students, the professors and all the people of Virginia who have dealt with this shocking incident.

"The president believes that there is a right for people to bear arms, but that all laws must be followed."

One can only despair!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Oh yer?

Credited to Nick Anderson

Donald T: First seduced..... then betrayed!

All those supporters of Trump - who, heaven's only knows, got him headed for the White House - are in a for more than a rude awakening and shock.   Whatever Trump "promised" is just not going to happen....as Paul Krugman so clearly spells out in his latest op-ed piece "Seduced and Betrayed by Donald Trump" in The New York Times.

"Donald Trump won the Electoral College (though not the popular vote) on the strength of overwhelming support from working-class whites, who feel left behind by a changing economy and society. And they’re about to get their reward — the same reward that, throughout Mr. Trump’s career, has come to everyone who trusted his good intentions. Think Trump University.

Yes, the white working class is about to be betrayed.

The evidence of that coming betrayal is obvious in the choice of an array of pro-corporate, anti-labor figures for key positions. In particular, the most important story of the week — seriously, people, stop focusing on Trum…

Snooping..... at its worst

The Brits have just brought in legislation which allows for unprecedented "snooping" in a Western democracy - says Edward Snowden.   Let truthdig explain....

"On Tuesday, the United Kingdom instated the Investigatory Powers Act 2016, a piece of legislation described by whistleblower Edward Snowden as “the most extreme surveillance in the history of western democracy.”

The law, informally known as the “Snooper’s Charter,” spent over a year in Parliament before it was passed. The Guardian reported:

"The new surveillance law requires web and phone companies to store everyone’s web browsing histories for 12 months and give the police, security services and official agencies unprecedented access to the data.

It also provides the security services and police with new powers to hack into computers and phones and to collect communications data in bulk. The law requires judges to sign off police requests to view journalists’ call and web records, but the measure has been descri…