Where the Shooters Come From

RSM delved into the El Paso shooter’s background. Its pretty much exactly what you would expect. Parents are divorced. They taught him love and tolerance, but apparently neglected such basics as “right and wrong” and “how to use a GPS” (he got lost on his way to his massacre). His mom is a nurse and dad is a therapist…so, likely not poor people, but their son was on food stamps (how in heck a single man with no kids gets food stamps we’ll leave for another time).

Not too long ago I was in conversation with a 20 year old. A very bright person attending college. The product of a broken home, but still fairly well adjusted. Over the course of the conversation (several people were there) this youngster asserted to racist views. I was very surprised at this, at first. After the encounter, it stuck in my mind and I pondered it. How does a person brought up long after slavery and Jim Crow and put through an education system which relentlessly preaches against racism become a racist? It was simple once I hit on it: because this youngster was born after Jim Crow and was relentlessly taught not just that racism is bad, but that white people are inherently racist, and thus bad.

People, you see, don’t like to be taught they are bad. I’m sure it infuriated black people back in the day to have whole swaths of the system essentially preach their inferiority to whites. On balance, the petty racism a black person would encounter was probably less of an affront than his very government and society telling him that he was second rate. For a couple decades now, white kids in public schools have been taught precisely that: they are inferior. They are born racists; they have unearned privilege; on and on like that. None of it being remotely true; and some white kid gets an earful of that and becomes resentful. Couple that with being a failure (as all these shooters are), being entirely ignorant of actual history (and thus having no way to be proud of anything outside their miserable selves) and from backgrounds likely to remove all real moral instruction, and that’s where you get the mass murderers.

53 thoughts on “Where the Shooters Come From

  1. Cluster August 9, 2019 / 9:19 am

    I think you’re largely right Mark. I think the societal structure that people need to grow and thrive in is collapsing. People, and especially kids, need structure and purpose to fulfill the soul and nourish their mind and body. There has to be a clear line between right and wrong which is intentionally being blurred everyday and people need clarity on the role they are to play in a functional society and those lines are also being blurred everyday.

    Men have also abdicated their roles in society and that component in my opinion has probably had the most damaging impact on society and this phenomena has been aided and abetted by the federal government. Much like the Democrats “bring a child, get in free card” they have extended to illegal immigrants, Democrats have another one called “have a child and eat for free” welfare program that has helped decimate families across the country. It takes two, preferably biological, parents to raise a child despite what liberals want us to believe.

    I also believe people need a Higher purpose. People need to stop being so hedonistic and to acknowledge a Higher power and real purpose for their life. Men need to be men again, and women need to be women. This current lawless, gender fluid society is wreaking havoc on the structure of society. People are miserable and snapping and they are longing for structure and purpose ……and God.

  2. Cluster August 9, 2019 / 9:41 am

    I am happy to hear this:

    Jerry Nadler says ‘formal impeachment proceedings’ against Donald Trump have been launched and articles could be submitted to the House floor by the end of the year

    The Democrats are doing everything they can to reelect Trump and I thank them for it. Jerry Nadler is also going after Ivanka and he harbors such a deep diabolical hatred towards Trump and the Trump family that he will over reach, if he hasn’t already and may destroy the Democrats chances of keeping the House. And honestly, can you think of a more Misfit Toy than Jerry Nadler? Adam Schiff is a close second but these two guys must have had a brutal upbringing – always picked last at recess and never ever getting a girl. No wonder they’re angry.


    • Retired Spook August 9, 2019 / 10:10 am

      can you think of a more Misfit Toy than Jerry Nadler? Adam Schiff is a close second but these two guys must have had a brutal upbringing – always picked last at recess and never ever getting a girl. No wonder they’re angry.

      LOL! Great description. I wonder if Nadler and Schiff could be prosecuted under campaign finance laws for in-kind contributions to Trump’s reelection campaign.

  3. Retired Spook August 9, 2019 / 10:59 am

    Quote of the Day:

    “It appears we have appointed our worst generals to command forces,
    and our most gifted and brilliant to edit newspapers! In fact, I discovered by
    reading newspapers that these editor/geniuses plainly saw all my
    strategic defects from the start, yet failed to inform me until it was too late.

    Accordingly, I’m readily willing to yield my command to these obviously
    superior intellects, and I’ll, in turn, do my best for the Cause by writing
    editorials – after the fact.” Robert E. Lee, 1863

  4. Cluster August 10, 2019 / 9:10 am

    MSNBC – “tax cuts are more important than racism” as Trump raises $12 million in the last couple of days.


    This just in; Eddie Glaude with MSNBC – “we can’t call the nation racist because that activates the racism within” ……… did you get that?

    Remember when Obama boasted of amassing nearly $1 billion dollar for his reelection campaign and everyone was overjoyed? Evidently, money in politics is bad again.

  5. Amazona August 10, 2019 / 9:18 am

    What I want to see is a series of articles or comments similar to “The shooters are being psychologically evaluated to determine the extent of the characteristics of other mass shooters—that is, sexual inadequacy, inability to relate to others (particularly women) and a general sense of being a failure. Studies have shown that the need to use a weapon to impose fear or damage on others is a common effort to compensate for lack of masculinity, competence or sexual maturity. When there is a mass shooting, experts have learned that this is the equivalent of a public admission of the inability to function normally, sexually or socially.”

    What I want to see is a preemptive strategy that essentially tells any man that if he picks up weapons and goes hunting for human prey he is basically announcing to the world that he is aware of the fact that he is a sexually inadequate loser.

    Our “entertainment” industry has been sending the opposite message—that a guy with a gun, shooting down other people, is a tough masculine guy no one wants to mess with, an image of power. I want to see the image of a guy with a gun shooting down other people as one of an impotent scared cowardly wimp.

    It will never happen, but……

  6. Cluster August 10, 2019 / 10:20 am

    For all of you who are unaware of Elie Mystal:

    On MSNBC Thursday night, guest Elie Mystal took the hysteria over supporting President Trump one step further, saying that protesters should form literal mobs outside the SoulCycle and Equinox chairman’s home in the Hamptons due to his support for the commander-in-chief.

    “People of color are already targeted under this administration,” Mystal said Thursday night regarding Rep. Castro’s actions. “I have no problem with shining the light back on the donors who fund this kind of racialized hate.”

    This guy is my favorite unhinged regressive pundit. He literally shakes and spittles when he talks – it’s priceless. He is often on AM Joy so whenever you need some political comedy – Elie is a must see.


    • Amazona August 10, 2019 / 12:47 pm

      One word: Kristallnacht

      • Cluster August 11, 2019 / 8:56 am

        Perfect analogy

  7. Amazona August 10, 2019 / 10:28 am

    And the beat goes on….

    Joe Biden tells a crowd (not sure how big it was, as “crowd” is another of those words with an infinitely fluid definition by the Left) that people need to choose between the truth and facts.

    And the crowd cheered.


    In the meantime, crisis vultures Harris and Warren have decided to disinter the mouldering body of thug Michael Brown to pile on top of the other corpses they are climbing over in their race to prove who is the most despicable pandering liar, both claiming that he was “murdered”. By a WHITE MAN, no less!

    And dozens (and probably more) of big names in politics and Hollywood are breathing a little easier now that Jeffrey Epstein has finally managed to kill himself. Now we just need to learn if he committed Fostercide by shooting himself in the back, or found a different way to end it all alone in a cell under suicide watch, which presumably means without the means to kill himself. The wounds from his first “effort” didn’t look self-inflicted, so this time around I’ll bet it looks a little more convincing. It’s just that when I read about his death this morning I remembered a line from a detective novel I was reading last night, in which a drug dealer committed suicide by cutting off his head and placing it on his chest.

    Need more popcorn………..

    • Cluster August 10, 2019 / 10:57 am

      The ruling class are going thru some tough days. This wasn’t suppose to happen. That Damn Trump

  8. Amazona August 10, 2019 / 1:09 pm

    We have often commented on the lack of self-awareness of the radical Left. A post has been making the rounds that is supposed to be about the Right, under our new Hitler, Donald Trump. But when you look at it, it is obvious that the first items on the list refer to the strategies and acts of the Left, particularly in the past three years.

    Items 1-6 are simply descriptions of what the nation has gone through as the Left amps up its efforts to divide and conquer. For # 4, the pejorative has not been regarding diseases, animals or vermin, but “racists”, “white nationalists” and “white supremacists”. If we can substitute “the Left” for “government” in Numbers 5 and 6, we can see the pattern.

    There have been no efforts from the Left to relocate its targeted demographics, but # 8 has begun, promoted and encouraged by many in the Complicit Agenda Media and some members of
    Congress, most recently calling for “torches and pitchforks”. So far at least #9 refers only to the unborn, who are considered less than human and fully expendable, with no inherent rights to life.

    And the Left denies that they have done anything wrong.

    10 Stages of Genocide

    1.Classification: People are divided into “us and them.”
    2. Symbolization: People are forced to identify themselves.
    3. Discrimination: People begin to face systematic discrimination.
    4. Dehumanization: People equated with animals, vermin, or diseases.
    5. Organization: The government creates special groups (police/military) to enforce the policies.
    6. Polarization: The government broadcasts propaganda to turn the populace against the group.
    7. Preparation: Official action to remove/relocate people begins.
    8. Persecution: Beginning of murders, theft of property, trial massacres.
    9. Extermination: Wholesale elimination of the group. It is “extermination” and not murder because the people are not considered human.
    10. Denial: The government denies that it has committed any crime.


    When faced with a mirror, the haters and radicals on the Left manage to avoid seeing themselves but obsess about the illusions and delusions that they are really seeing an Other.

    • Retired Spook August 10, 2019 / 2:46 pm

      Just about the time you think the Left can’t come any more unhinged, they do. I wonder how much farther they can devolve before something gives.

      • JeremiahTMM August 10, 2019 / 9:11 pm

        It’s not going to be long, Spook. I think the Left got mad when President Trump told the American people in a tweet a couple weeks ago, that administration is considering the possibility of the Justice Dept. Confirming ANTIFA as a major domestic terrorist organization. I see calls now from the left demanding that white Conservatives be labeled “domestic terrorists. So that was kind of the left’s counter-punch. So it can’t be much longer before something breaks. We are too divided as a nation, and the left is just too wicked evil. They are reprobates. Their conscience has been seared (sp?) It’s kinda like if someone takes a glowing red piece of metal and presses it into their arm…where there was once feeling in that spot, after that spot has healed over from the burn, you can touch it and they can’t feel anything. Well the same goes for the Democrats conscience, they don’t feel anything, and there’s no hope of their salvation, and there’s no limitations to their desire to do evil things.

  9. Cluster August 11, 2019 / 9:19 am

    The regressive liberal media sure doesn’t like it when one of their own is accused of misdeeds … “every Republican must denounce this”

    It’s ok to show a beheaded Trump, to accuse Trump of working on behalf of Russia, to accuse Trump of wanting mass shootings, and to accuse Trump of wanting to exterminate Latinos, but cite the fact that Bill Clinton traveled a lot with Epstein and wondering about his involvement is “OUTRAGEOUS”


    Children are at work again today

  10. Cluster August 11, 2019 / 9:35 am

    Are you kidding me ?????

    Democratic Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings’ district received more than $9 billion in 2018 and more than $15 billion total between 2018 and 2019, according to the outlet.

    Why is this not investigated and a lead story in the media?? This is unacceptable. And we have all been saying the following for years now:

    “Based on our audit, one fact seems clear,” Andrzejewski wrote. “If more money for public employees was the answer, Baltimore’s challenges would have been solved long ago.”

    I hope there is more exposure on this and I pray that the POS Cummings is held to account.


  11. Cluster August 11, 2019 / 9:49 am

    Just heard on MSNBC – “if you are a Trump supporter, just say it so all of us know what side of the racial divide you are on”

    LMAO ….. I love the smell of liberal panic in the morning. And there’s more. Evidently it’s ok to separate American parents from their children when they commit a crime but not illegal immigrants. The ICE raids were “OUTRAGEOUS” and shows the “cruelty of this administration”. By the way, MSNBC played video of Trump saying “if you come here illegally with a child, we will send you back” and of course denounced it, but what they didn’t show was Obama saying the EXACT SAME THING IN 2014.

    • Amazona August 11, 2019 / 5:03 pm

      ““if you are a Trump supporter, just say it so all of us know what side of the racial intellectual divide you are on”

      There—fixed it


      “if you are a Trump supporter, just say it so all of us know what side of the racial sanity divide you are on”

  12. Cluster August 11, 2019 / 1:07 pm

    From S.E. Cupp and CNN:

    “I know I will be accused of letting my emotions get in the way of facts here. I’ve made that accusation before. But this is an emotional issue. How could it not be,” she bemoaned. “In fact, it should be more emotional. And to my friends in the Republican Party, at the NRA on the side of gun rights, if you’re not emotional about this, join me, won’t you? Let’s start with emotion.”

    Soooooo you want us to throw away reason and the 2nd amendment because 20 some people were killed? What about the hundreds of people who die every day from opiods? How about the hundreds of people a day who die from medical malpractice? Or better yet, how about all the infants being aborted? Particularly the young black children? Or how about the kids being used as pawns at the southern border? How about the girls and women who are being raped by human traffickers?

    I haven’t seen any emotion from you S.E. re: those lives. Maybe it’s because the reason behind the loss of those lives aren’t on the 2020 Democrat agenda. Just saying.


    • Amazona August 11, 2019 / 9:36 pm

      A summary of a couple of studies done through Boston University:

      “State gun laws requiring universal background checks for all gun sales resulted in homicide rates 15 percent lower than states without such laws. Laws prohibiting the possession of firearms by people who have been convicted of a violent crime were associated with an 18 percent reduction in homicide rates. In contrast, Siegel found that laws regulating the type of firearms people have access to—such as assault weapon bans and large capacity ammunition magazine bans—and “stand your ground” laws have no effect on the rate of firearm-related homicide.

  13. Retired Spook August 11, 2019 / 11:23 pm

    Received this from a good friend:

    Life is not a fairy tale. If you lose your shoe at midnight, you’re drunk.

    If women are upset at Trump’s naughty words, who in the hell bought 80 million copies of 50 Shades of Gray?

    Jim Comey answered, “I don’t know,” “I don’t recall,” and “I don’t remember” 236 times while under oath. But he remembered enough to write a book.

    President Trump should nominate Hillary Clinton for the next opening on the supreme court. Then he can finally get her investigated.

    Not one feminist has defended Sarah Sanders. It seems women’s rights only matter if those women are liberal.

    No Border Walls. No voter ID laws. You figured it out yet?

    Chelsea Clinton got out of college and got a job at NBC that paid $900,000 per year. Her mom flies around the country speaking out about white privilege.

    SOCIALISM: An idea that is so good that it has to be mandatory. Bernie Sanders walks into a bar and yells… “Free drinks for everyone!” looks around and says “Who’s buying?”

    What is the difference between an Illegal immigrant and E.T.? E.T. learned to speak English and went home.

    And just like that they went from being against foreign interference in our elections to allowing non-citizens to vote in our elections.

    Watching the left come up with schemes to “catch Trump” is like watching Wile E. Coyote trying to catch Road Runner.

    President Trump’s wall cost less than the Obamacare website alone. Let that sink in, America.

    We are one election away from open borders, socialism, gun confiscation, and full term abortion nationally. We are fighting evil.

    They sent more troops and armament to arrest Roger Stone than they sent to defend Benghazi.

    60 years ago, Venezuela was 4th on the world economic freedom index. Today, they are 179th and their citizens are dying of starvation. In only 10 years, Venezuela was destroyed by democratic socialism.

    Russia donated $0.00 to the Trump campaign. Russia donated $145,600,000 to the Clinton Foundation. But Trump was the one investigated!

    Nancy Pelosi invited illegal aliens to the State of the Union. President Trump Invited victims of illegal aliens to the State of the Union. Let that sink in.

    A socialist is basically a communist who doesn’t have the power to take everything from their citizens at gunpoint … Yet!

    How do you walk 3,000 miles across Mexico without food or support and show up at our border 100 pounds overweight and with a cellphone?

    Alexandria Ocasio Cortez wants to ban cars, ban planes, give out universal income and thinks socialism works. She calls Donald Trump crazy.

    Bill Clinton paid $850,000 to Paula Jones To get her to go away. I don’t remember the FBI raiding his lawyer’s office.

    I wake up every day and I am grateful that Hillary Clinton is not the President of the United States of America.

    The same media that told me Hillary Clinton had a 95% chance of winning now tells me Trump’s approval ratings are low.

    “The problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people’s money.” Margaret Thatcher

    Maxine Waters opposes voter ID laws; She thinks that they are racist. You need to have a photo ID to attend her town hall meetings.

    Trump says: They’re not after me. They’re after you. I’m just in their way

    • Cluster August 12, 2019 / 7:58 am

      Love these lines and are sharing them …. thank you

      • Retired Spook August 12, 2019 / 8:11 am

        They’re all good, but I especially like the last one.

  14. Retired Spook August 12, 2019 / 8:14 am

    Quote of the Day:

    I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents. — James Madison

  15. Cluster August 12, 2019 / 8:31 am

    Remember folks, I do this so you don’t have to lol …. the panelists on MSNBC are worried this morning that the “conspiracy theories” that Trump tweets out reaches millions and could be “very dangerous”, which I guess is unlike the “conspiracy theories” they promote on air 3 hours a day, 5 days a week against Trump.

    Again, their self awareness is not real good.

    Secondly, they just brought on a child psychologist to speak to the mental anguish illegal immigrant children confront everyday not knowing if their parents will be deported which I guess is completely different than the mental anguish suffered by the kids in Chicago and Baltimore who I am sure worry everyday about their own safety, health and whether or not their parents are home. The Morning Joe panelists worry every day about illegal immigrant children yet I can’t remember ever seeing one segment on the plight of inner city American children.

  16. Cluster August 12, 2019 / 8:35 am

    Democrats love to promote the “gun violence” in America and how we are #1 worldwide in gun deaths. HOWEVER, if you remove Chicago, Baltimore, NY, LA, and a couple other Democratically controlled cities, America is in the bottom half and 90% of those deaths are the result of hand guns …. not “assault rifles”

    So that’s two false narratives the media is promoting.

    • Retired Spook August 12, 2019 / 9:20 am

      to put that in perspective, the homicide rate in the U.S. as a whole is about 4.6/100,000. The murder rate in Baltimore is over 50/100,000. To put THAT in perspective, that’s about the same as the average of El Salvador and Honduras.

      • Cluster August 12, 2019 / 9:24 am

        And yet Democrats and our media spend most of their time worrying about and crafting policies for the people of El Salvador and Honduras.

        I guess they have already done everything they could for the people in Baltimore.

  17. Cluster August 12, 2019 / 9:17 am

    Many Republicans aren’t the sharpest tools in the shed either:

    “I cannot vote for Donald Trump. He is not a conservative and I don’t think he’s a good man. When you see cabinet member after cabinet member fall away from him, I just can’t vote for him.”

    MSNBC’s Vaughn Hillyard interviews a conservative family at the Iowa State Fair that now plans on voting for Democrats in 2020.

    Hard to believe that grown adults ignore results and policies and allow rhetoric and emotion to control their vote, but they are out there. Superficial and brainless and yet they wake up every morning and somehow tie their shoes.

    • Retired Spook August 12, 2019 / 9:28 am

      I suspect a lot of them wear loafers or shoes that fasten with Velcro.

      • Cluster August 12, 2019 / 9:32 am


    • Amazona August 12, 2019 / 10:08 am

      Hmmm. And just how was that family identified as “conservative”?

      Basing a vote on personality or the impressions created by a hostile press is hardly a conservative trait. But then, the “reporter” was from MSNBC, so we can be sure he was careful to have all his facts straight, right?

      (Pause for laughter….)

    • Amazona August 12, 2019 / 10:22 am

      We do have to remember that Bill O’Reilly has supposedly said he would consider voting for Biden in 2020. I didn’t follow the clickbait to see what the story actually said, but we are familiar with other “conservative” voices announcing that they are willing to vote to move the nation away from Constitutional governance because of superficial objections to superficial aspects of a conservative candidate.

      I haven’t had any use for O’Reilly for years now. For some reason I get his newsletter and every few weeks read the article it has sent me, and always write it off as silly, vapid and ungrounded in any kind of serious philosophical thought.

      • Cluster August 12, 2019 / 10:43 am

        I think O’Reilly is longing to be in the spotlight again and what better way than to agree with, and fall in line with the establishment and the media?

  18. Cluster August 12, 2019 / 9:26 am

    Just a heads up – what’s going on in Hong Kong is interesting. It shows us how freedom from Government is what people want most.

    • Retired Spook August 12, 2019 / 9:30 am

      freedom from Government is what people want most.

      I’m usually reluctant to make predictions, but I’d bet that at some point in the not too distant future our Lefties are going to learn that lesson the hard way.

    • Amazona August 12, 2019 / 10:17 am

      Aside from the illustrations of how much many people value liberty, and the oppressive-to-the-point-of-violence aspect of Leftist governance, I also noted the effort to excuse the attacks on the populace by claiming there had been “foreign influences”.

      Gee, that sound familiar. Almost as if they had been watching American cable TV and seen how many people have found violent, or near-violent, treatment of conservatives acceptable because of a belief that our president was only elected due to “foreign influences”.

      We need to get past the old concept of there being an AMERICAN political party known as “Democrats” and accept the ugly fact that there is a powerful and sinister International Left pulling strings all around the globe. It’s not just a coincidence that the same tactics, strategies, propaganda themes and messages show up in every nation around the world where the Left is trying to take or retain, power. The United States used to have a firewall to defend it—the Constitution—but then the Left just worked to undermine the Constitution and erode support for it and belief in its value, weakening that line of defense. Another firewall is that of the nation having a well-armed populace that could quickly become a citizen army, defending our rights. We are in the middle of an effort to penetrate that firewall as a step toward destroying it.

      • Cluster August 12, 2019 / 10:51 am

        Another firewall is that of the nation having a well-armed populace that could quickly become a citizen army, defending our rights. We are in the middle of an effort to penetrate that firewall as a step toward destroying it.

        And we can’t let up. In their gun control efforts, the Democrats like to promote the idea that the 2nd amendment did not apply to individuals pointing to the language that says only to a “well regulated militia”. They need to understand that conservatives ARE a well regulated militia and WE WILL protect our liberties.

        …. some scholars point to the prefatory language “a well regulated Militia” to argue that the Framers intended only to restrict Congress from legislating away a state’s right to self-defense. Scholars have come to call this theory “the collective rights theory.” A collective rights theory of the Second Amendment asserts that citizens do not have an individual right to possess guns and that local, state, and federal legislative bodies therefore possess the authority to regulate firearms without implicating a constitutional right.

        The second amendment is NOT about hunting.

      • Amazona August 12, 2019 / 11:43 am

        “Scholars”–like Sowell’s definition of “intellectuals”, or people who have never produced anything but ideas, which don’t have to be right or even make sense.

        We have “scholars” telling us that all people with little melanin in their skin are therefore collectively guilty of something none of them ever did or participated in. We have “scholars” telling us that men can get pregnant (and have abortions) and there is an infinite number of genders. We have “scholars” explaining that socialism will not affect personal liberty, or the economy, but will make everyone happy and prosperous.

        HA! I have contempt for the word, because of what it has come to mean. It used to mean people who pursued knowledge. Now it means people who lay claim to credibility based on nothing but self-identification as being experts.

  19. Cluster August 13, 2019 / 7:36 am

    Don’t buy into the notion that we are a divided nation …. what we are dealing with is an unhinged vocal minority aded and abetted by much of the media and the Democrat party. In their diabolical pursuit of identity politics and finding victims, the Democrat party has lost all touch with normal, rational Americans ….. and they will find that out next Fall. Or they may erupt before then but if they do, they will put down quickly

    Family of couple who died protecting their baby from Walmart gunman say they received DEATH THREATS after meeting Trump when he visited El Paso hospital in wake of shooting

    They are vile human beings who currently occupy an alternate reality.


    • Amazona August 13, 2019 / 11:10 am

      When I read this accumulation of human (?) excrement I came across his reference to the man who rescued some children in the mall in El Paso, and it reminded me of a question that came to mind when I first read his account:

      “And I see a whole bunch of kids just running around, you know, without their parents and stuff,” he said. “So I get my bag in my hand I try to pick up as many as I can.”


      Am I the only one who wondered why there were so many children in the mall without their parents? Every account of this was about all the kids panicked and the man trying to save them, but I don’t remember a single word about why they were there, unaccompanied, unprotected by a custodial adult, in the first place.

      • Cluster August 13, 2019 / 3:48 pm

        Great point. So anecdotal story here – I donate to the local food pantry here in town on various programs and had the opportunity to have lunch with the guy that runs the place and I will tell you right now, there are not many more finer human beings on this planet. So during the course of lunch he was telling me about the children they help and the programs that seem to be the most beneficial when a thought occurred to me so I had to ask the question ….. “what percentage of the kids are in true economic poverty situation and just doing their best to get by vs the percentage of kids who have absentee parents”. Sadly, he responded quickly by saying “80% is parent neglect”

        That’s a really sad statement on our country.

      • Amazona August 13, 2019 / 4:37 pm

        Thanks for your anecdote. When I see the billboards whining that one out of every six children in the United States goes to bed hungry, I always wonder how and why that is. Any adult in need of subsidized food can get it, so why aren’t those adults using those benefits to feed their children? The number of children claimed to be suffering from chronic hunger is far greater than the number of children who are orphans, or abandoned, or whose homes are considered to be far below the poverty line—so why aren’t adults making sure they get food?

        Keep in mind that this might be considered hate speech, or at the very least shaming. We are not supposed to notice things like this, much less comment on them, much less try to do something about them.

        I would, for example, like to structure food stamps and other government benefits paid to families so meals are delivered to the home twice a day, enough for wholesome meals for every person in the home, and deduct the cost of these meals and delivery from the overall benefit package. If not meals then actual food, with followup to make sure it is not being sold. True, it would mean less cash in pocket for pot, piercings, booze and tats, but hey, life can be tough.

      • Cluster August 13, 2019 / 5:52 pm

        So no tats? hahahahahaha well said

  20. Amazona August 13, 2019 / 12:14 pm

    A funny tweet about the Chris Cuomo freakout at being called “Fredo”.

    Fredo was the weakest & stupidest of the family, so he was given an entertainment job. Any correlation to current events is purely coincidental.

    • Cluster August 13, 2019 / 3:44 pm

      Too funny … Fredo is one french fry short of a happy meal

      Here’s the sheer stupidity of Mitt Romney

      These protests in Hong Kong are further exposing China’s relentless campaign of repression, censorship, and the imprisonment of millions. I support the people of Hong Kong in their quest for freedom and autonomy. The Chinese Communist Party and the military should stay in Beijing.

      So Mitt doesn’t like oppressive governments but wants to “work with” the Democrats. Thank God he is not POTUS

      • Amazona August 13, 2019 / 4:32 pm

        So is the message that foreign interference in the affairs of another nation is good if we do it, bad if Russia does it?

        And just what, exactly, is the value of Mitt’s “support”? It seems pretty useless to me, just a lot of jibber-jabber virtue signaling—-“I am FOR freedom and autonomy and saying so makes me, you know, like really morally superior”.

        If he were to deconstruct the core structure of China’s government, and relate it to the core structure of every other Leftist regime in history, and then come out against it as the kind of structure that inevitably leads to economic misery, loss of personal liberty and too often violence and death including mass slaughter of millions—and then point out that this is the core structure of the American Left right now, it’s just that we are not as far along on the spectrum yet—-and THEN came out against it, I would admire him. And I would find his comment helpful and possibly even valuable.

        It’s about time someone does that, but I can’t think of anyone who can, or would.

      • Cluster August 13, 2019 / 5:49 pm

        ….. deconstruct the core structure of China’s government, and relate it to the core structure of every other Leftist regime in history, and then come out against it as the kind of structure that inevitably leads to economic misery, loss of personal liberty and too often violence and death including mass slaughter of millions

        SPOT. ON. Someone does need to do that.

  21. Amazona August 13, 2019 / 4:52 pm

    Yesterday a Denver radio host was talking about the Epstein jokes and comments on Twitter. The one I liked was (parphrased) “A lot of people were surprised to hear that Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide—none as much as Jeffrey Epstein”.

  22. Cluster August 13, 2019 / 5:45 pm

    Good news here folks:

    The Republican Party has long been panned by its detractors as the party of big money and big donors — but donation patterns have changed measurably under President Trump, a Fox News analysis of campaign finance data shows.

    Sixty-one percent of money raised directly by the Trump campaign this election cycle came from small donors (donations under $200), according to Federal Election Commission figures.

    Considering the hundreds of millions of dollars the Trump campaign has on hand and the fact that the DNC is damn near broke, I can smell a landslide coming next year and it could be a Reagan ’84 kind of landslide.

    Speaking being broke. Here’s a brief recap on expenses for the debates a few weeks ago:

    The DNC spent heavily on major events during the month of the debates: The committee reported spending $221,000 on catering, $106,000 on “event production & site rentals,” $61,000 on “event decorations,” $50,000 on “event consulting” and $19,000 on security. The filing did not specify which expenses were related to the debates in late June.

    There is a HUGE amount of comedy in this. $221,000 on catering? Geez I hope Kamala got the kale water chestnut salad she’s accustomed to, And $50,000 on event consulting?? Good gig if you can get it. I also wonder if they were fair to women and minorities in their hiring practices and if there wasn’t an illegal immigrant who was employed then couldn’t that be construed as “anti immigrant”? And now we have to think about pay. Are they going to prove to us that women were paid exactly as the men? I think we should all know that.


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