Entries from December 2012 ↓

Gun Control Now

Something I rarely tell people is that at a summer job during college I witnessed a coworker be shot and murdered with a semi-automatic rifle. I was 20 years old and was only about 20 feet away when I witnessed the whole gruesome ordeal. I won’t get into the specifics except to say that it forever affected my feelings towards guns.

I will also note that I grew up with guns in our house. My dad is an avid hunter and a gun owner. But my whole life I can remember him saying that gun owners have a responsibility to make guns harder to get by crazy people. That a responsible hunter should want stricter regulations, waiting periods, and bans on weapons meant only for man-killing. My great uncle was a marksman in World War II, a rifle enthusiast, and a life long member of the NRA. He renounced his membership when they started becoming paranoid zealots.

All this to say I have strong history that has led to my belief in sensible gun control that includes a ban on assault weapons and large-ammo clips, bans on concealed weapons of any sort, extensive waiting periods and psych evaluations, and strict limits on the number of guns a person should be allowed to own.

Friday’s events have wrecked me. 20 children are dead and I can’t seem to stop crying. I cried at work. I cried when I got home. I cried before bed. I cried at the gym this morning as I was unable to escape my thoughts and being constantly bombarded by the 24-news cycle blaring on all TVs at the gym. I cried again this afternoon watching the stories of teachers who protected their children as the carnage took place around them.

There is a place for crying. But it is not enough. Action must be taken. Last night I signed up for monthly contributions to the Brady Campaign. I have posted extensively on Facebook and engaged with friends who hold slightly different opinions than mine. But more must be done. An easy first step is for any of you reading this who feel the same as I do to contribute to the Brady Campaign. Another step you can take is to write to or call your Representatives and Senators in Congress and demand that the Federal Assault Weapons Ban that expired in 2004 be brought to an immediate vote and passed. Those are starting points. We must also pass stricter hand gun laws and increase our mental health services infrastructure, to name only a few more.

Please don’t let this fade. Don’t let us find ourselves shedding more tears every other month ad infinitum. Don’t let more children, YOUR children, be the next to die senselessly at the end of a military grade weapon. Take action. Gun Control Now.


Tax the Rich: An animated fairy tale

Saturday Afternoon YouTubing

I was in the mood to watch some old favorite YouTube videos. I thought you might enjoy them too.

Love her and this song.

This song is way better acoustic.

This song is also better this way.

Her moves rock my world.

I want to learn how to do this.

We’ve Got to Break Up

This is all over the intertubes today. I applaud this couple for their maturity and for their final collaboration. It’s touching.

Australian PM on Mayan Calendar

Where Does Gayness Come From?

Musical Poetry

I stopped by Mollie Stones after the gym tonight. A homeless guy was sitting out front. I recognized him because I’ve bought him chocolate cake and milk a few times before. As I walked in he said something about poetry but I didn’t understand him because I was rushing past. I told him I’d bring him a piece of cake again. When I came back out and I kneeled down to give him his cake, he said that he writes poetry and asked if I’d like to hear one of his poems. So I slowed myself and stopped to listen. His poem was about music and its place and effect in our lives. It was a phenomenal poem. And given that my day started with a powerful musical experience, it was fitting that it ended with a unique music-related experience too. A few learnings: Sometimes you literally need to slow down and open yourself to enjoying the things around you. And if you stop to listen to people, like really listen, you might accomplish two goals: The other person will feel heard (which is exactly what some folks need at times), and you might find that your life ends up a little richer as well.

Morning Music

On the way to work today I decided to listen to music instead of read my book. I scrolled through playlists and played Lorin Bassnectar’s Live at 43 set from Liquidate. Holy crap, I started grinning ear to ear. I felt like my mood suddenly jumped into the sky and was soaring up there with the rainy clouds. As I walked to work, several people I passed by did a double take, probably at my insanely happy grin. I just grinned back, too happy to care. I forgot how freakishly good breaks can put you in a ridiculously stellar mood. Happy Friday indeed.

Also, it has drum-n-bass tracks mixed in. This makes me even happier. I continued listening to the mix while at work, all the while grinning wildly. You can download the mix here for a limited time only: Live at 43: Liquidate.

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