2,244 and Counting

That’s the running count of how many deaths have occurred due to guns in the United States since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Meanwhile, let’s talk about the not-dead shooting victims.

Like 10-year-old Ka’nard Allen of New Orleans.

Stay safe, sweet child.He was shot in the face on Mother’s Day during a happy neighborhood parade. This is after his 5-year-old cousin was murdered and he was shot at his 10th birthday party last May. And after his father was killed in October 2012.

This is a national tragedy. And it’s a travesty that this nation doesn’t think it’s a tragedy that 19 people got shot on Mother’s Day.

He wants an adult to start peeling an orange for him because he can’t get it started himself. He wants to dunk an empty juice bottle into a garbage can and launch high, elegant roundhouse kicks at the pail. He wants to get on that black four-wheeler and drive it off the grass speckled with broken glass, watching for traffic, circling on Simon Bolivar — fast. He’ll even give you a ride on the back.

This isn’t the most eloquent way to sum it up, but all I can say right now is, “We fucking suck.”  Hang in there, Ka’nard. People you’ve never met are thinking of you.

[NOLA Times-Picayune]

@Benedick: I don’t give a shit about any of that supposed Benghazi drama. And I don’t give a shit about the IRS and tea baggers (just ask my friends – and me – working at lefty non-profit tree-hugger/baby-killer groups in the late ’80s/early ’90s and 2001-2008 about the IRS inquisitions under Reagan/Bush I/Bush II.)

What has me super pissed off at Black Eagle is (a) the bizarre dick-waving escalation of drone attacks in the Middle East, and (b) Stasi-like snooping on the A.P.

@SanFranLefty: Let’s not forget the record deportations. And the colossal healthcare sellout we’ll be facing next January. (Not yet sure how that’ll affect California freelancers. Still waiting for an informative hundred-page packet or whatever.)

Oh, and regarding the topic, shout-out to Harry Reid for foiling filibuster reform, which is how 54 votes didn’t carry watered-down background checks. I don’t see the point getting angry at Republicans when Democrats are doing a fine job screwing the pooch.

@nojo: @SanFranLefty: Is the American experiment over? Has it been over for years?

By the waters of Babylon, we lay down and wept for thee, Zion. We remember thee, Zion.

@Tommmcatt Can’t Believe He Ate The Whole Thing: I’ve been trying to track down a Bobby Kennedy phrase — “the politics of hope” — that I heard recently. I’ve been trying to track it down because there have been four times in my (remembered) life — Bobby, Jimmy, Bubba, Barack — when Hope came into play, and Hope was thwarted.

(And there’s an historical anomaly here: I remember Bobby as the candidate, not as Jack’s hatchet man.)

It strikes me, now, that there can be no Politics of Hope — that the two ideas are in conflict, and Politics will always win. To assign Hope to a candidate is to set oneself up for disappointment — not because the Constitutional system wisely limits the powers of one office, or because the federal government is too large to turn, or because Power Corrupts — but because, well…

Actually, I don’t know. Still dwelling on it.

The American Experiment is not over, not by a longshot. But we — I — should adjust our expectations about what it can produce. At best, it’s an optimistic muddle. But, practically speaking, our choice seems limited to Least Worst.

This is something I thought I understood before January 2008. Obama threw me off my game. I thought we had a shot at it.

Am I reading the map correctly, that the 2,244 number dates from March 23rd? That would mean that a current number would be about 3,500 instead?

@DElurker: Per Slate, it’s 4,132+ as of this writing.

@nojo: Holy Fuck, dude, you’re right. Not with a bang but with a whimper.

@Tommmcatt Can’t Believe He Ate The Whole Thing: Things will get really interesting when crops fail from Mexico through Brazil due to climate change and people head north en masse.

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