On April 28, 1996, Martin Bryant, a disturbed twenty-eight-year-old Australian who had been bullied at school, walked into a café in the city of Port Arthur, a former convict settlement in the state of Tasmania that is now a unesco World Heritage Site. He pulled a Colt AR-15 rifle from his duffelbag and started shooting. After killing more than twenty people in the café and in an adjacent gift shop, he reloaded his weapon and roamed around the site shooting at random. A carjacking and a hostage negotiation followed. By the time he was arrested, he had killed thirty-five people and wounded another twenty-three.
Australia, like the United States, is a federalized former British colony that has long styled itself as a rugged, individualistic nation. Hunting and shooting are popular there. Unlike the U.S., though, Australia has a political system that is responsive to popular opinion. Its legislatures do not have filibuster-like rules that allow a minority of lawmakers to block legislation. Within two weeks of the Port Arthur massacre, the worst in modern Australian history, governments at the federal and state levels had agreed to ban semi-automatic and pump-action firearms. The federal government also introduced several other measures, including a buyback scheme to compensate owners of the newly banned firearms, a centralized registry of gun owners, and a public-education campaign about the new laws…
It should be noted that Australia, like the U.S., has a strong gun lobby, which, until 1996, had successfully frustrated efforts to tighten gun laws there. When the conservative Prime Minister at the time, John Howard, pushed through the ban on certain firearms, gun owners were so angry that he wore a bullet-proof vest when he addressed a group of them. But the vast majority of Aussies backed Howard.
As would the vast majority of Americans…if we had politicians and a political party with enough integrity, honesty and backbone to put their deeds where their mouths are.
Just reminding folks of the biggest theft of tax dollar$ I witnessed in my lifetime. The bubbas in our so-called military-industrial complex took American taxpayers for $1 trillion dollar$ over 10 years. Just click this link for more details and of course the death count.
Portrait of the Senator as a younger bigot
Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has made it known that he will vote against confirming President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson to become the first Black woman to sit on the nation’s highest judicial bench.
As GOP leader in the U.S. Senate, McConnell’s announcement was not a surprise to many…
Senate Democrats are reportedly hoping for a full vote for Jackson’s confirmation next month. She needs 51 out of 100 votes to be approved for the bench. There are 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans in the U.S. Senate, and as a wild card, Vice President Kamala Harris has the tiebreaker vote.
…it is not clear if Jackson will garner any support from Republicans.
I was co-chair of a freshly-chartered chapter of young Republicans when I was young…the Republican part was a favor for a friend who was a Republican and pretty even-handed on many political issues BITD. Especially regarding racism and conservatives who took opportunist support anywhere it could be found. A stance not completely absent in some Republican regions even 60 years ago.
I returned to being unregistered with either of the two parties generally allowed…after a polite couple of months.
Best comment I’ve seen is directly to the point: “…the issue is we are paying that arm and a leg for gas and diesel that have been refined months ago and the producers are just price gouging at this point.”
The House Ethics Committee…..among others…..will be meeting today to exchange lies about how they are concerned about members of Congress using their positions for insider trading. Profiting in investments while writing the regulations governing those investments.
Jonathan Ferro and the crew at Bloomberg Surveillance chuckled over this hypocrisy, this morning. Probably every Congress-pimp you see on TV today will have their own media crew recording for posterity – and raw footage to use in campaign advertising for mid-term elections.
Ear plugs will serve you better than a grain of salt.
If the riot on the Right wasn’t white, you would be seeing 100 times more cops!
…Observers were appalled by what they describe as the glaring disparity in how police responded to the mostly white rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
“When white vigilantes commit violence, police stand by,” said Jeralyn Cave, senior communications associate with the Advancement Project, a national civil rights and racial justice organization. “And when Black organizers and Black and Brown people are seeking justice, police are violent and attack.”
The scene at the Capitol on Wednesday, Cave said, “is a real testament to the power of whiteness in America.”
PUBLISHED JANUARY 7, 2021