Monthly Archives: February 2018

Dear School Children, from your Republicans in Congress

by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, 2/19/18

Dear School Children of America,

Happy Presidents’ Day!

Is this a great country or what? We honor an unbroken succession of (mostly) great presidents going way back to our Founding as a nation.

In school you may be learning things like history and critical reading, but we want to assure you that we, and especially our friends on the U.S. Supreme Court, know exactly what the Founders wanted: a chicken in every pot, a gun in every closet, all that.

You can leave this government stuff to us; it’s too complicated for you to understand right now and we don’t have time to explain it to you. You may well think we can’t have both children and guns, but our sponsors tell us we can and we believe them….

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The Only Way To Prevent Gun Violence Is To Reduce the Number of Guns

by David Atkins, Washington Monthly, February 17, 2018

I’m tired of this. Americans are tired of this. Mass shootings are now occurring with a depressing regularity, including well over a dozen school shootings 2018 alone.

Each and every time we are subjected to the same arguments, a circular merry-go-round of desperate anger from families and mainstream Americans, shocking bad faith and callousness by those who want to preserve the status quo, and callous opportunism by those trying to shoehorn their own separate issue advocacy into the discussion. The cycle of violence and reaction is a mandala of pain and futility.

And every time the bottom line is and remains the same: if you want to end gun violence, reduce the number of guns. It’s that simple. There is no other answer. The simple reason is that the only difference between America and other industrialized nations on the issues so often blamed for gun violence is access to guns….

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Donald Trump Is Playing a Dangerous Game of Nuclear Poker

As if the world didn’t already have enough to worry about! Nuclear contamination, stirring up Russia and China “for political purposes”? Shades of Mr. Kim! Back to the sandbox bully era of Bush II and Saddam Hussein.

By W.J. Hennigan, Time, February 1, 2018

At a vast tract of uninhabited desert in southern Nevada, hundreds of moonlike craters dimple the wasteland, remnants of Cold War nuclear explosions that melted the bedrock and fused the sand to ensure that America could take part in the unthinkable: global thermonuclear war. The crowds of scientists and generals are long gone–the U.S. hasn’t tested a nuke since 1992, when then President George H.W. Bush declared a self-imposed testing moratorium. But the Nevada National Security test site is not completely abandoned. A skeleton crew of custodians oversees the long dormant facility, less than 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas, standing by to turn the lights back on if the day ever comes.

It may come sooner than many thought….

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Daring Democracy Feb. 23

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by | February 7, 2018 · 6:00 pm