Wednesday: Open Doors

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Keeping it together, when we mourn loss, is sometimes sketchy. Emotions come and go, just like feelings. The farther from the point of impact, one gets, doesn’t necessarily put one in the clear. This is so true, depending on the circumstances of the loss.

Our kids are mourning.

I think, all of us, who are adults, feel for them deeply. Even more, if we, ourselves have children of our own. It is terrible and sinful that trolls in space have been demeaning and degrading the suffering of our kids.

I’ve heard it sad today that the next President needs to be a rousing, angry bunch of kids. They are on the march, and they are moving society and a nation, all by themselves. Albeit, with some superpower support from some in Very High Places.

I grew up in Florida. Over my lifetime, growing up, we had seen our fair share of crime that hit our home several times. But life was safe. I mean seriously, when I was an elementary school kid, we had keys to the house and we would come home after school and have all afternoon to hang out and play.

Our schools were safe. We really never saw the kind of violence that our kids have seen over the last ten to fifteen years. People had guns, but, if memory serves, we never thought about using them on each other.

Let alone, on our Kids …

I don’t ever remember any kid I knew, in any school I attended who had problems or issues that would have pushed them to kill innocents, because they walked into a gun shop and bought an automatic weapon, just for kicks.

There were plenty of guns in our house. And we used to go out to the Everglades and shoot cans and rocks. And there are always plenty of guns shows that used to pop up all over the place. But guns were not so much an issue when I was a kid, not to the extent guns are an issue today.

We need smart, and proper gun control.

We need to vote OUT those politicians who are in bed with the N.R.A. All those men and women who have taken SIX DIGIT SUMS from the N.R.A. for their continued
SHUT UP NESS.

We need to wrest control of society from all those who think that guns don’t kill people, and that guns are the constitutional way of life for everyone. Because that is the way it is for so many today. We need human beings in government, because the government is a mockery and a joke.

We need Serious change. And if anyone can do that, OUR KIDS CAN.

Stand with our kids. Support them. Love them. Raise them up.

Over the past little while, I have been posting stuff on Facebook for my friends I grew up with to read, because they all knew my father, and my family, all too well.

What I did not expect was what happened today.

I had been grocery shopping and my little “granny cart that could” was straining to hold everything that I had packed in it for the walk home. On the way back, I ran into a friend I got sober with, all those years ago.

He is of Native decent. And he is sober, almost as long as I am. after he got sober, a few years in, he went to work on the streets of Montreal, caring for the Inuit and Native populations who are strewn all over the city. He has an office, in Cabot Square, right up the street from home, and that is where we found each other this afternoon.

We are friends on Facebook, but we don’t connect there. He has been reading my writings, as they went up. And he was really excited to hear of recent events concerning my father.

He told me to mind my dreams and pay attention to them seriously. Because he said that if I am being visited, it is because my doors are open.

My doors have been open for the whole of my life, is why family, all returns to me after they have passed on. I shared with him that story earlier.

People don’t have to like us he said. Some people are just angry, and may not accept who we are today, even if we are sober. Trying to make restitution and goodness, sometimes is hard in coming. And sometimes we don’t succeed.

The one thing we have in our favor, is that We Are Sober Today.

I needed to hear his words today. They went right where they were needed.

You can always count on your friends. At least I can.

Always keep your doors open …

Guns Don’t Kill People …

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Yet again, we stand together, on the precipice of the pit of utter despair and unimaginable sadness. Another mass shooting, this time in Las Vegas.

With 59 dead and more than 500 injured.

And what do we know about how this situation is going to play out ?

  • The Evangelicals will offer their prayers
  • The People will come and light candles and leave flowers
  • The Country will unite and say AGAIN, “Never Again”
  • The President will decry senseless “Evil,” he called it yesterday
  • The People will beg for some movement from Congress
  • The People will ask for more Gun Control
  • The N.R.A. will say Fuck You to all of that
  • The Congressmen/Women who are bankrolled by Big Guns will fold
  • We will talk about gun control, “When the time is right”
  • Because we all know what that means …
  • There is NEVER a good time to talk about Gun Control
  • There will NOT be any substantial movement on Gun Control whatsoever
  • We will never see reasonable accommodation on Gun Control
  • So Why Bother at all ???
  • Celebrities will talk, People will raise money
  • Charity will go out to those who need it most
  • And tomorrow Trump will do something more stupid than the day before
  • And the News Cycle will forget those 59 dead and more than 500 injured
  • Because Trump stupidity always Trumps whatever else is going on in the world

 

 

Sunday Sundries … What In the World Is Going On ???

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Wow, it has been a while since I have sat down and written anything. Not that there isn’t anything to write about. It’s just, we have to be politically correct, and use the right words, and support the right groups, and be mindful of everybody out there, so as not to offend anyone’s sensibilities.

UGH !!!

Terrible things have happened over the last week. Watching the world go to hell in a hand basket is rough. What kind of lunatic, drives a truck, down a road, packed with Bastille Day participants, on one of the most beautiful places on the Mediterranean?

I’ve read many articles over the past few days, and France is right in the middle of the cross hairs, and it seems that there are too many disenfranchised people in many different locations in France.

There are certain communities in France who are suffering a great deal, because many are disenfranchised, poor, immigrants, with no way round to upward mobility, and all it takes are the right words, to incite pent up anger and frustrations, into terrible consequences, on unsuspecting citizens, who, I am sure, live in fear for their lives, daily !

Then you have everybody else.

I can imagine what it feels like to not be able to go out in public, without having to constantly look over ones shoulders, and spend your time outdoors, learning where NOT to go, and what NOT to do, and having to judge your surroundings all the time.

Terrorism does not respect country, people or circumstance.

Terrorism IS a scourge on the world, and try as governments might, to collect useful intelligence, and keep the people safe from harm, terrorists are in their hovel neighborhoods, planning to blatantly kill people indiscriminately.

Canada might be an ocean away, but we have had our handful of events over the past two years, that tells us that even here, we are not immune. Social Media and the Internet has taken that safety away from the world at large.

We might be eternally connected to our I Pads, Phones and MP3 players, and it seem that nobody is paying attention, but we are. Our mayor ensures us our safety, here in Montreal, and that is all well and good, but I still find myself, surveying bus passengers, and being vigilant on the Metro and in the stations. Because it only takes one crazy person to ruin a good day.

Constant Vigilance is the phrase of the day right now.

If you see something, SAY SOMETHING.

Cop Killing has become a real sport lately. A very sad state of affairs, below the Northern Border. I was talking to a friend before the meeting and he said that the difference in gun laws between Canada and the U.S. are light years apart.

I’m not sure what Montreal would do, if crazed and angry citizens went out into the streets and began to kill cops here. That would be unheard of. And after Texas, three more cops are dead in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and several others are injured.

It seems that some in the U.S. are living in Biblical Times, running on the thought of

“An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.”

It seems that a few believe that the only revenge for killing black men, is to kill white men in return. Because nobody is paying attention to “Black Lives Matter folks.”

So let’s all say it together … “BLACK LIVES MATTER ”

Now we got that out of the way, can we find a way to exact retribution in a more humane and civil way ? Not all cops are dirty rotten scoundrels, who want nothing better than to kill innocent citizens just because of the color of their skin.

And it is a hard sell when there are those who will KILL first and ask questions Later. It serves no purpose and turns all of law enforcement into targets for trigger happy citizens, who want to exact retribution directly on ANY law enforcement personnel. There are more than a few BAD APPLES in the BUCKET and that has tainted every Good Cop out there, who believe in Law and Order, Respect and Dignity.

Tempers are really running high and I fear that what is going on down south is only going to get worse, which could turn to anarchy in the streets, if they cannot move towards resolution and peace.

Changing gun laws, immediately, will not curb the killing in the streets. And the Gun Lobby will never allow real change to at least, calm trigger happy people.

There is so much bad blood circulating in the bodies of the general public that unless we can find a way to stop the violence, more bloodshed will take place.

I’m not sure who needs to be listening and doing something to stop the carnage, but in my observations, the men and women in government who need to do something to stop this, are safely ensconced in their crystal caves in Washington, impervious to what is going on around them, who are protected heavily, with total job security, and their will to do something RIGHT is not even a thought.

Because if they DID something RIGHT, they would piss off the wrong people, and they would loose valuable support and political protection.

The Government FOR the People and BY the people, does not exist.

And people do not have the ability to do anything political right now, until the next election, and in that spectrum, INSANITY is the rule of the day right now.

So what are they doing to make change ? They are marching in the streets, rioting and killing as indiscriminately as the cops are, so who is right and who is wrong ?

And how do we find the other side, and WHEN ?

What goes on in other countries, goes on here. So do not think we are not connected to the reality of world strife right now.

People have been gathering. Marching, Shouting and Protesting.

Black Lives Matter folks were in the park, up the block all day yesterday. People are gathering at foreign consulates paying respects to our counterparts overseas. Vigils continue day and night in Montreal.

We are very engaged with the world at large.

We need to find PEACE. We need to find SERENITY. We need to find a WAY OUT of this before things really get out of hand, and reach the tipping point into insurrection and anarchy.

That is all I got right now.