Amy Davidson, The New Yorker online, yesterday (excerpt is last 2 paragraphs)
We have heard a good deal from the N.R.A. in the last couple of months about how a gun defends a home. Wayne LaPierre, the group’s executive vice-president and increasingly unhinged public face, has been out talking about how everyone needs a gun to be prepared for a coming time of financial crisis and natural disaster. South Africa and the United States are distinct countries with different gun cultures, but people are not so different. The array of objects within arm’s reach can turn a moment of rage to something worse in any country. A gun in the house makes it more likely that domestic violence will lead to murder. (The Times has a story this morning about how living with guns has also been connected to dying by suicide.) Oscar Pistorius’s gun did not keep Reeva Steenkamp safe. Living in a house with many guns did not keep Kasandra Perkins safe when Jovan Belcher, the father of her child, shot her and then himself.
There is much to admire in the confidence that made Pistorius believe that he could challenge world running federations, and make them let him run. There was a clarity there, and inspiration, and the right kind of pride. (This morning, someone reportedly took a Nike ad with the line “I am the bullet in the chamber” off of his Web site.) There will be plenty of talk, too, about what brings athletes to both the highest levels of sports and to a place of domestic tragedy—publicity, pressure, even the unsettling question of performance-enhancing drugs and their psychological effects. That discussion is worth having. But what matters even more is what can happen in any home, in any room, with a man and a woman and a gun.
House Republicans are already preparing for ‘years’ of investigations of Clinton.... If Republicans retain control of the House, something that GOP-friendly maps make possible even in the event of a Trump loss, Clinton will become the first president since George H.W. Bush to immediately face a House Oversight Committee controlled by the opposition party......
Trump just scratched the surface, as testimonials from all over regularly show. Here's one in the humanitarian sector, I saw one about girls who'd tried to do water rafting in Grand Canyon regularly assaulted & verbally abused, the situation on campuses including putting drunken rape on Instagram is horrendous, and then there's the variety of soldier/marauder rape gangs in all of our global conflicts (Congo being the most notorious).
And since I probably promised a song (tasteless as it might be in this context....):
Sorry, reposted with a new title - too close to what we've been through, and the importance of what Hillary & Obama have done with SCHIP and ACA (ObamaCare) for taking catastrophe out of health care is too important, and has gotten sidelined & demonized with 25 years of scare tactics and FUD.
This video hits very close to home (had trouble keeping the tears back).
With 1/6 of the electorate having 1 or more disabilities, and 1/4 having either themself or a family member disabled, should hit home as a priority for health care. With states & insurance companies pulling it out, it has gotten "crazy", as Bill inartfully put it. Hopefully ACA can be shored up & the debate can finally be put to rest.
But thanks, Peggy, for reminding us how we got here. See, all those assholes in the closet eventually got to thinking they were normal and came out of the closet. Donald's not unique, as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio and Mike Pence and Rudy Giuliani and Chris Christie and Newt Gingrich make obvious. But he does ignore the Peggy game plan big time: