Friday, July 8, 2016

Well, At Least The Jobs Report Is Good

By Baxter

Just a few early feline thoughts about what happened in Dallas, Texas, last night.

If we don't "get political" and talk about gun violence after something like this, when will we talk about it?

Case in point: Texas is an open-carry state. The African-American civilian who was wrongly ID'd as a "person of interest" at the Black Lives Matter demonstration was carrying (his brother said) an unloaded AR-15. We cats say, so it was unloaded, so what? That unloaded gun could have gotten him, and anyone standing around him, shot and killed once the mayhem began.

Donald Drumpf has managed to behave so far with some restraint. We'll see how long that lasts. Meanwhile, the teabags who support him have already gone way over the top. We expect the Secret Service to visit ex-Congressman Joe Walsh very soon.

Diamond "Lavish" Reynolds is still a hero.

Since we cats are nocturnal creatures, we took in some of last night's live news coverage. The assassination of John F. Kennedy was invoked many times. This morning, Dallas-based NPR correspondent Wade Goodwyn mentioned it as well, with much hand-wringing over the city's storied reputation for hostility and intolerance.

We'd like to point out, as then-UN ambassador Adlai Stevenson could testify, that back in 1963, Dallas was the City of Hate. That was then, of course, and maybe this is now. But we're just sayin'. We cats HISS.

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