Thursday, November 15, 2018

Moment of Silence

Last night the CMA (Country Music Awards) had the obligatory moment of silence for the victims of the shooting at the Borderline Bar in Thousand Oaks.  For the record it was the 307th mass shooting in 2018.  That is gold record standings!   Meanwhile the remaining victims or the other 306 shootings got moments of talk and prayer I guess.  Or how about those who died from the massive fires in the region or those who were killed in hate crimes thanks to the rising tide of hate in America but hey let's have a moment of silence for the 11 who died from the endless tide of gun violence in America.

I live very close to where the awards were given last night and in the endless parade of country superstars nary a mention of guns or violence were shared nor the issue of MeToo or Sexism, rising tides of white nationalists who use this music as a call to arms

- Stormfront invested a lot of money into recording some country CDs. They were slightly more explicitly white pride than what you'd see in mainstream country music. And they would go to big country concerts that were attended by majority-white crowds in the South - an Alan Jackson concerts somewhere in the Deep South. And they would go into the parking lot. And they would hand out the CDs, sort of subtly spreading these messages of more white pride songs to an audience that they thought was going to be more receptive to that message.

 Or how Country Music fails year after year to acknowledge the changing voices of country music that have steadfastly remained young and blonde year after year.  Funny that in this article most of them are the prototype but hey that is the Nashville Way, the contradiction over the conundrum.   And lets not forget it is  very very much white.  Funny the Country Stars of my youth were diverse and interesting and very much female, with men who were less than pretty (well their clothes were) and even a black dude!  Not a rainbow by any stretch but they seemed like people I knew or would like to know.  This year Country was amazed that they had more faces of color than in years past!   They are calling this "Woke" Country.  Wow.  Just wow.

Living in the "vile" as I now call it I just try to keep afloat.  Swimming in the deep red sea is cold despite the fact that blood that seemingly flows from its shores on a daily basis.  You could take a compass and draw a circle from where the event was last night and within a 5 to 10 mile radius find someone who has been touched by violence in that circumference.  Only two years ago a tourist was killed right out front by what? A gun.  The trial for his killers just finished and they were a couple who robbed then killed him right in front of the country hall of fame.  Did he get a moment of silence?

Simple math two plus two equals four.  They may not happen on the same day by the same gun but it adds up.  Here in Nashville the home of the silent prayer has increasing violence with each passing day most of from the hands of children holding guns.

This is the way they report on criminal violence here in Nashville they wrap it in a biscuit full of butter as if having less crime in one area means it is getting better not worse.  They love top 10 lists here and the area is number 10 for highest rates of deaths associated to guns.   Stats are: Death by firearm per 100,000 population: 15.4  No permit required for a purchase of a firearm.   Right now the trial of the Waffle House shooter is ongoing and he came here from another state armed to the teeth despite being flagged as a problem.  Well that is another number they love here the supposed 100 people a day moving here.  Makes you wonder what type or kind.  But hey they do like to blame outsiders for the problem despite the history of it here. 

While the number of people shot throughout Nashville is on pace to hit 430 in 2018 — the highest in more than a decade — East Nashville has seen a dramatic drop in violent crime since the mid-2000s.
The number of reported violent crimes in the East Precinct dropped by nearly half, from 1,798 in 2004 to 984 in 2017, and is on track to experience even fewer this year.
Nashville as a whole also has less violent crime than it did in the mid-2000s, but it has seen an uptick in recent years. Between 2013 and 2017, violent crime increased by 12 percent across Davidson County, rising in every precinct except East and West.
Gun violence in Madison also shot up in 2017, with 42 victims injured or killed, the most since at least 2004. The precinct is expected to exceed that number this year

Again where crime happens and more importantly to whom - white, pretty, young, tourist - they may be solved, the rest fall into the wayside of daily crime reports.  Good to know.  Many of the crimes are often due to the individual turning themselves in which saves the Police from doing nothing.  They need a criminal oversight board just to ask them about how cases are investigated and resolved and why ones are put on a priority list versus those who seem to fall into the circular file cabinet.  I would love to know who killed the Gay man who tended bar at a Gay bar near my home and was left to decompose in his home for a week before he was found.  He was not a pretty young blonde nurse I guess.

Oh wait just when I thought you could not get crazier than Nashville crazy comes this out of Kentucky. Well this tops rap music and violent video games. 

Zombie television shows are among the root causes of mass shootings, Republican governor says

The Washington Post
By Kristine Phillips
November 14 at 5:03 PM

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) has been forthright about what he believes are the root causes of mass shootings. A few months ago, he blamed gun violence on children’s access to smartphones, video games and psychotropic drugs.

Most recently, he blamed society’s obsession with a specific genre of violent entertainment.

“Seriously, what’s the most important topic that seems to be in every cable television network for example? Television shows are all about what? Zombies,” he said in an interview Tuesday with conservative Kentucky radio host Leland Conway.

Mass shootings point to deep cultural problems, Bevin said, particularly in a society that consumes daily doses of violence through the media. He acknowledged tying zombie shows to gun violence might be perceived as “trite and simplistic.” But, he argued, American culture is “inundated by the worst things that celebrate death,” including the forms of entertainment young people consume.

“These are drips, drips, drips on the stones of the psyches of young generations that are growing up in a society that increasingly said this is normal and okay,” he said. “And eventually, some of those young minds are not going to be able to handle it.”

Bevin talked about what he believes causes mass shootings during a portion of the interview about the future of gun rights with Democrats controlling the House. Democrats, some of whom ran on a promise to push for gun control, are taking over the House on the heels of another mass shooting in which 12 people were killed inside a California bar. Some who escaped the rampage are survivors of an earlier mass shooting that killed 58 people at a country music festival in Las Vegas last year.

Last month, a gunman stormed inside a synagogue in Pittsburgh and killed 11 congregants — the deadliest attack on Jews in the history of the country.

Bevin did not mention these recent shootings during the interview, though he said there have been incidents in Kentucky.

“We’ve had things that are fueled by both people that are insane, people that are hateful and people that are just bent on wreaking havoc and perpetuating evil,” he said.

Last June, Bevin participated in a roundtable discussion about gun violence, the root cause of which, he said, are the ways society poisons the minds of children.

He said violent television shows and video games have desensitized young people, and their access to cellphones have made them prone to self-harm and depression. Young people, he said, are then medicated with psychotropic, mind-altering drugs.

“And then we’re shocked, for reasons that are beyond me, that children act out this way. And yes, it’s only a few. But my gracious, it only takes a few,” he said.

The roundtable was convened by a school safety commission President Trump created in the wake of a school shooting in which 17 people were killed in Parkland, Fla., early this year.

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