The Deplorables

A new year, a new family series


While it lasts, I have some people in Washington I’m paying to provide me with this material. Let’s get started.


2020 is going to be a defining year for our country.

While President Trump is fighting day and night to Keep America Great, Democrats like Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler, and Nancy Pelosi are trying to tear our nation apart with their endless corruption and LIES.

The Radical Left has the FAKE NEWS — and even had a corrupt FBI — on their side.

That’s why we need YOU to help us fight back against the relentless lies and attacks, John.

That’s from First Son, Donald Trump, Jr. It showed up in my in mail on Monday, and it’s an absolute hoot. It requires some dissection. Start with keeping America great.

Junior, this is what your father means by “keeping America great.” Please do not show me un-great.

Democrats are trying to tear our country apart. Could be. Let’s have a look.

If your aim is to keep America from tearing our country apart, then you are too late. That train has already left the station.

“Endless corruption and lies?” I should say.

Junior, we will be forever indebted to you for pointing this out to us.

At this point I will break it off. Is there really a need to get into Trump Junior’s assertions about FAKE NEWS and a corrupt FBI? Keep reading. There will be more to come in the continuing saga of The Deplorables.

The Awful Truth

Number 8 in a Series

Quite often comedy can deliver the truth in ways no other method can. Take this instance.

I caught Jimmy Kimmel on YouTube earlier this week, and he played recent pronouncements by Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. The senator was tearing into the basis for the original investigation into Russian meddling with the 2016 election. What he wanted to demonstrate for Fox viewers and the like was the corrupt bias behind the FBI’s decision to launch the investigation. Particularly, he quoted from texts exchanged between former government employees associated with the case.

FBI lawyer Lisa Page and special agent Peter Strzok were at the time engaged in extramarital hanky panky, and they used their government email accounts to exchange communication they wrongly assumed would be private. [Warning to all you out there using your employer’s email service: it is not private.] Anyhow, Senator Graham cruelly replayed some juicy exchanges between the two. These texts reveal a total disdain for candidate Trump. See the above for Graham’s recitation of a note from Page to Strzok.

Page: God is a loathsome human.

Aside from being totally correct, it was totally wrong to put this out over a government communication device. The senator is seen reciting additional communiques.

Strzok: Oh my God. He’s an idiot.

Donald Trump is an enormous douche.

Again, dead on, but NSFW.

And the comedian had some fun with that. However, comedians can at times be incredibly cruel, and Kimmel next displays some of that cruelty. He plays clips of Senator Graham. Let’s have a look. These are from the run-up to the 2016 election.

He’s a race-baiting, xenophobic religious bigot.

I think he’s a kook. I think he’s crazy.

I think he’s unfit for office.

He doesn’t represent my party.

He’s a jackass.

Trump is a political car wreck.

He would be the most flawed nominee in the history of the Republican Party.

Donald Trump is the most unelectable Republican I’ve seen in my lifetime.

He would be a terrible commander in chief.

He doesn’t have the temperament or judgement.

He’s not fit to be President of the United States.

We would get slaughtered as a party if Trump is the nominee.

And quite frankly, we would deserve it.

At least Senator Graham did not call the future president an enormous douche. There are times when the awful truth is a slip of the tongue away.

Houston, we have a problem.

Number 15 of a series

I must apologize profusely for my obsession with Texas Senator John Cornyn. The fact is he will run for re-election next year, and he is beginning to feel the heat for his continued defense of President Trump. Does that explain the volume of email I receive from the Cornyn campaign? You decide. Here is something recent.

John Cornyn <>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.com26 at 5:03 PM


Open borders, early release of violent criminals and rampant drug problems. That’s what Nancy Pelosi and her liberal cronies want for the Lone Star state.

But this is Texas, not San Francisco. You earn your living.

In Texas, we want working folks to keep their hard-earned money, not have it taxed away to give free healthcare to illegal immigrants.

I can’t fight Pelosi’s cronies alone.  That’s why I’m asking you for your help.

Got my name right again. That’s a good start.

:Open borders, early release of violent criminals and rampant drug problems.” Senator, look around. These appear to be the same problems facing your home state. And this is Texas, and, yes, this is not San Francisco. I’ve been to San Francisco, and this is definitely San Antonio. And your point being? We are left to guess.

Actually, I am retired, so I am not one of those hard-working Texans, but I appreciate all those hard-working Texans, one of which I was previously one. And, no. I do not oppose providing health care for aliens, legal or otherwise. People need to be kept alive, and they need health care, because they are people and not animals. And health care is not free, and we all pay for it. Apparently you have a problem with this reality, or else you think I should. How about you do some growing up.

Senator Cornyn pleads he cannot fight Pepsi’s cronies alone. Really? Then, Senator, you are so screwed, because I plan to write a significant check to the campaign of whoever runs against you next year. Your continued wrong-headed positions on matters you describe and your continued support for the criminality of the Trump administration make you a liability for the state of Texas. We hope to see the last of you in the United States Senate in the near future.

Houston, we have a problem.

Number 12 of a series

This series is devoted to matters related to Texas. “Houston” lands in the title due to a popular quote. Here’s the latest whopper.

John Cornyn <>
To: jf_blanton@yahoo.comOct 31 at 10:51 PM


House Democrats voted on a resolution to start the impeachment process against President Trump today! While this is mainly a procedural vote, they will try to blow this way out of proportion to change public opinion in favor of impeachment.

Pelosi and Schiff have conducted their impeachment sham behind closed doors – IN SECRET! They’ve been doing it for months. Today’s vote is just another attempt by Dem leadership to legitimize a process that has gone off the rails.

We must stop the liberal witch hunt!

Yes, that’s John Cornyn, my senator from the great state of Texas. I should be so proud. If only he could get it right more often. Let’s take a look.

“House Democrats voted on a resolution to start the impeachment process against President Trump today!” Let me translate that for you. “House Democrats did their job today.” Would only the two Texas Senators start doing their job and correct a  bunch of mischief being done in the name of the presidency.

“Pelosi and Schiff have conducted their impeachment sham behind closed doors – IN SECRET!” Yes, dear readers, IN SECRET.” In secret, that is, if you redefine “secret” as meaning shouting something from the roof of your house. The panel conducting the inquiry includes a number of people from Senator Cornyn’s party. If this stuff is being kept secret, it’s because Republicans on the committee are not coming out of the room and telling John Cornyn what’s going on.

“We must stop the liberal witch hunt!” Liberal? Why not conservative? Why are conservatives in Congress suddenly not interested in reining in government malfeasance? Has judicial responsibility all of a sudden become a liberal concept?

Senator, I received another email from you since this one. It is a notice that you want my campaign contribution because Beto O’Roarke has dropped out of his run for the presidency and may consider running for your job. If O’Roarke runs for your job I have a big campaign check waiting for him. If a sentient carbon-based life form runs against you I have a similar check. It’s time to get off that high horse and start doing your job.

Bat Shit Crazy

Number 17 in a Series


The world is going bat shit crazy. I received another of these:

John Jackson <>


Oct 19 at 12:01 PM

I’ll make this quick John,

Liberals are banning plastic straws all over the country forcing hard-working Americans to drink from paper straws… and they don’t even work!

To stick it to the out-of-touch left, President Trump and Senator Cornyn are teaming up to sell their own plastic straws! The straws are made in the U.S. of A, reusable, and recyclable! Real solutions from real leaders!

Senator, are you out of your mind? Your party is on fire, and a bunch of you are about to go to jail. And all you can do in response is to chide liberals for obsessing over plastic straws? Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of insanity. I am beyond response.

Except that I grew up in Texas, and for most of my time I did quite well with paper straws. Check with me if you need additional help, mental or otherwise.

Bat Shit Crazy

Number 16 in a Series

People, this stuff really is bat shit crazy.

The Democrats were wrong AGAIN.

Nancy and her lackeys were too busy making up LIES to SILENCE YOUR VOICE and IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT, that they didn’t even bother waiting for the FACTS.

When will it end?

Please take the Official Impeachment Poll TODAY to let President Trump, know what you think of this phony Witch Hunt.

The part I really like about this is the part where it says, “Nancy and her lackeys were too busy making up LIES…” Putting LIES in all caps. Call me a hick from the sticks back in Hood County, Texas, but anytime somebody puts something in ALL CAPS he’s telling me, “You’re not going to believe this shit.”

And this is the Vice President of the United States saying this stuff. Dude, many of those associated with the scandal monkey you’re carrying water for are eventually going to jail. And you can be one of them. Do you want to hit pause for a moment and rethink any of this?

Bat Shit Crazy

Number 13 in a Series

I get these fun emails, and I’m going to share a few.

NRCC Signature Requested <>

To: jf_blanton@yahoo.comOct 12 at 2:32 PM

First, there was NO COLLUSION.

Then, there was NO OBSTRUCTION.

Now, the Democrats are calling for IMPEACHMENT!

This witch hunt must end!

Donald J. Trump <>

To: jf_blanton@yahoo.comOct 12 at 11:42 AM


Where is Hunter Biden? He has disappeared while the Fake News protects his Crooked daddy, who is a total joke.

Together, Sleepy Joe and his son, Hunter, have LIED to the American People and ripped off foreign companies for MILLIONS of dollars – and yet, they have the nerve to call for MY IMPEACHMENT? I DID NOTHING WRONG.

This is the greatest Scam and Witch Hunt in the history of the United States. The Do Nothing Democrats are Con Artists who are only looking to hurt the Republican Party and your President. It’s disgusting.

I’m sick and tired of Sleepy Joe and his corrupt son LYING about me. They are the ones that need to be investigated for their corruption.

We can’t let these frauds get away with STEALING THE ELECTION, which is why I’m calling on YOU to step up and join my Official Impeachment Defense Task Force.

Words aren’t enough. We need to do something SO HUGE, that even the Left won’t be able to ignore us.

Kevin McCarthy <>

To: jf_blanton@yahoo.comOct 12 at 9:33 AM

I’ll get right to the point.

Democrats are doing everything in their power to IMPEACH our president.

So, it’s critical we do everything in our power to restore our Conservative majority.

That’s why I’m rushing you this news.

All right! That’s a lot of stuff, and it’s bat shit crazy. Some diagnosis.”First there was no collusion.” Really? Then why was Trump Jr. eager to caucus with a Russian agent promising dirt on Hillary Clinton. If there was no collusion, then an awful accident must have occurred.

“Then, there was no obstruction.” Except President Trump fired the FBI director when he refused to cease investigating the Russia connection. The president also attempted to get special prosecutor Robert Mueller fired:

When the President called McGahn a second time to follow up on the order to call the Department of Justice, McGahn recalled that the President was more direct, saying something like, “Call Rod, tell Rod that Mueller has conflicts and can’t be the Special Counsel.”1864 McGahn recalled the President telling him “Mueller has to go” and “Call me back when you do it.” 1865

The Washington Post. The Mueller Report . Scribner. Kindle Edition.

“Now, the Democrats are calling for IMPEACHMENT! This witch hunt must end!” Well, yes. The Democrats are calling for impeachment, because the Republicans abdicated this responsibility during when they had two years to do so. And a witch hunt? The general definition of “witch hunt” includes there being no witches. There are witches.

“Where is Hunter Biden?” And the significance being? Last I heard the President of the United States had the Attorney General, the Secretary of State, his personal attorney, plus two others (now under arrest) over in a foreign country attempting to get officials there to cook up evidence of malfeasance by Hunter and Joe Biden. President Trump can begin to get answers on the Bidens after the last of his helpmates is settled safely in prison.

And the fake news? You mean the same fake news that reported President Trump calling himself a “very stable genius?”

The Bidens lied to the American people? Mr. President, if you say they lied, then they must have lied, because you would know more about lying than any president we have ever had.

And they have the nerve to call for your impeachment? Please tell us who would not have the nerve to call for your impeachment? Because you did nothing wrong. Nothing wrong, that is, if you have a novel definition of “wrong.”

That is what the President has to say. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy will have the last word. He says Democrats are doing everything in their power to impeach Donald Trump. Well, no shit. And they are supposed to do what? Congressman, if this dofus you carry water for would quit doing all this illegal stuff, then the Democrats would not need to call for his impeachment, which, by the way, is what you should also be doing.

I will examine my in-box again in the morning, and I expect to find another load of this weirdness—some from other people. It’s as though a large chunk of the country has gone bat shit crazy.

Breathtaking Inanity

Number 22 of a continuing series

Yeah, the screen shot says it all. Vice President Mike Pence wants us to help put the brakes on the impeachment of Donald Trump. Here is what he has to say in this Facebook ad:

The future of American freedom rests on the shoulders of men and women willing to defend it from these hateful impeachment attacks, and today is a day for action.

Take the Official Socialism Approval Poll before 11:59 PM TONIGHT to let President Trump know what you think of Democrats’ SOCIALIST agenda.

Socialist agenda, capitalist agenda, conservationist agenda, health care agenda—how about an agenda aimed at “We are not going to do all this crazy and illegal stuff your administration is doing.” Is it finally time for members of the Republican Party and their blank-eyed supporters to concede some basic morality? Apparently not.

Breathtaking Inanity

Number 19 of a continuing series

These things are losing any glamour they may have once had. What was once novel and shocking is becoming mundane. It’s like grass growing. Here is another:

Newt Gingrich <>
Aug 30 at 12:57 PM


Democrats are out of control.

Their entire party has thrown its moral compass out the window to follow socialists like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders down a path of lies and destruction.

The radical left has shown they are willing to say or do ANYTHING it takes to try to take down President Trump, even if it means lying to the American people.

It’s no surprise that the FAKE NEWS media is predicting a Democrat win in 2020 just like they did in 2016. We proved the haters and doubters wrong once, now it’s time to do it again.

The first thing I notice is this is from New Gingrich. I’m not sure I ever received one of these from Newt Gingrich. Maybe I have. Anyhow, that’s only a curiosity. The second thing I noticed is he didn’t call me Bob. That is gratifying. I take what I can get. The rest is mostly breathtaking inanity. Some analysis is in store.

First off, do not in your wildest dreams believe New Gingrich put his fingers to a keyboard and sent me an email. This was surely composed by a competent staffer, well versed on the party playbook. Take a few pieces at a time.

Democrats are out of control. You telling me something I don’t already know. Hey! I work with these guys, and they have a patent on out of control. They do have some catching up to do.

Sorry about that. I was looking for “out of control,” and I pulled the handle too hard.

Their entire party has thrown its moral compass out the window…


Again, oops!

The radical left has shown they are willing to say or do ANYTHING it takes to try to take down President Trump, even if it means lying to the American people.

I think I need to stop right here. I am having more fun than the law allows. Please write again soon, Newt. This was breathtaking.

I don’t make this stuff up.

Number 8 of the series

I really don’t have to, people. I have others who do it for me. Take, for example,Ohio lawmaker Candice Keller:

In a Facebook post, the Ohio lawmaker blamed “homosexual marriage,” “drag queen advocates” and “recreational marijuana” for mass shootings.

The chairwoman of the Ohio Republican Party called on Monday for the resignation of State Representative Candice Keller, a fellow Republican who one day earlier said mass shootings were the result of such factors as “homosexual marriage,” “drag queen advocates” and “recreational marijuana.”

Yes, you read that right. But in case you missed it, there are two points of interest.

First, if you come out against gun control, and a Republican party leader tells you it’s time to resign, then you know you have screwed up big time. If you ever wondered whether it was possible for a Republican lawmaker to overstep, now you know there is a line out there somewhere. Is there hope? Is the Pope Jewish?

Second, and I have to look over my shoulder as I type this, “drag queens.” I am going to stop typing right now, as I learned long ago to quit when I’m winning.

But, not quite. The Facebook post has been since deleted. However, somebody grabbed a screen shot first, so here it is in case you think I’m making this stuff up.

The National Divide

Number 14 of a possibly infinite series

Are there any who still doubt we have two Americas? The ones who stood before the President of the United States in Greenville, North Carolina, on Thursday shouting, “Send her back!” belong to a part of this nation that does not intersect with mine.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Chants of “send her back” by supporters of President Donald Trump, attacking Somali-born U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar, triggered a wave of concern among congressional Republicans on Thursday, while Omar said Trump was “spewing fascist ideology.”

Finally. Finally! Five years after “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people,” Republicans are starting to burn. Years too late and fathoms too shallow. The Republican Party snagged its future on a low-level criminal and blinding white psychopath, and they hung on five years too long. Redemption is light years past their grasp, and they are beginning to reap what they sowed. My advice to conservative friends who bought into this: I will thank you to stay on your side of the line and get used to the stench. This stuff will never wash off.

This is your president speaking.

Number 213 in a series

And now a few words from the President of the United States.

For two years all the Democrats talked about was the Mueller Report, because they knew that it was loaded up with 13 Angry Democrat Trump Haters, later increased to 18. But despite the bias, when the Report came out, the findings were No Collusion and facts that led to……..

….No Obstruction. The Dems were devastated – after all this time and money spent ($40,000,000), the Mueller Report was a disaster for them. But they want a Redo, or Do Over. They are even bringing in sleazebag attorney John Dean. Sorry, no Do Overs – Go back to work!

Before I begin to respond, a factual matter. The Mueller committee spent $25 million, not $40 million. Prosecutions returned something like $65 million from Paul Manafort, alone. Now back to the story.

First, McGahn’s clear recollection was that the President directed him to tell Rosenstein not only that conflicts existed but also that “Mueller has to go.” McGahn is a credible witness with no motive to lie or exaggerate given the position he held in the White House.1884 McGahn spoke with the President twice and understood the directive the same way both times, making it unlikely that he misheard or misinterpreted the President’s request. In response to that request, McGahn decided to quit because he did not want to participate in events that he described as akin to the Saturday Night Massacre. He called his lawyer, drove to the White House, packed up his office, prepared to submit a resignation letter with his chief of staff, told Priebus that the President had asked him to “do crazy shit,” and informed Priebus and Bannon that he was leaving. Those acts would be a highly unusual reaction to a request to convey information to the Department of Justice.

The Washington Post. The Mueller Report . Scribner. Kindle Edition.

In June 2016, Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer who, Trump Jr. was told, would share damaging information about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. “If it’s what you say, I love it,” Trump Jr. wrote in an email.

The Washington Post. The Mueller Report . Scribner. Kindle Edition.

I could go on, but it would become tiresome. A few graphics, and I’m done.

Breitbart Mentality

Number 10

Continuing my obsession with the entity calling itself Breitbart News

This showed up in my in-box yesterday. It’s from Breitbart News, an interesting kind of news outlet. The word news would give the impression this is a news outlet. A review of its content would give the impression it is a shill for a corrupt political enterprise.

This came the day special counsel Robert Mueller III resigned his position and spoke briefly to the public, giving his take on the 22-month investigation into the Russian government’s scheme to tilt the 2016 election toward Donald Trump. A major portion of the investigation turned toward those who participated by illegal means to thwart the investigation—something known as “obstruction of justice,” a federal crime in this instance.

The mail page lists several links. I’m showing the top two. The second one reads “…Dirty Cop’s Last Act:: Feeds the Impeachment Beast…” Whoa! “Dirty Cop?” The headline is written with ellipses, making it appear to be excerpted from the linked content. However the linked page is barely more than a litany of comments by Democratic politicians, all referring to impeachment of President Trump. Absent anything else I get the idea Breitbart is referring to Robert Mueller as a dirty cop, the reason being the sum total of his investigation uncovered considerable criminal activity by Donald Trump and the people associated with him and his administration. Some of the president’s actions amounted to impeachable offenses.

To give some flavor to the linked content, there is an image, supposedly a paid advertisement. Here is the linked page:

If you do not already have the idea conservative hardliners are obsessed with law enforcement bias and media bias against their favorite candidate, then you are going to start getting that idea after reading this and another linked items from the same page.

Yes, they want you to confirm mainstream news outlets are biased against Donald Trump. Along those lines I have some breaking news. Mainstream news outlets are biased against all politicians who use public office as a criminal enterprise. They are also biased against bank robbers, mass murderers, child rapists, and generally bad people. I am hoping hard-line conservatives have similar bias. I have hoped in vain in times past.

Breathtaking Inanity

Number 15 of a continuing series

I receive these almost daily. They are among the things that get me out of bed in the morning. Let’s start with the first of two. <>
May 25 at 3:06 PM


The FAKE NEWS media efforts to lie about all of President Trump’s incredible accomplishments aren’t fooling the American people.

A new poll just released shows President Trump’s approval rating is the highest it’s been in over two years.

The Trump Presidency has led to rampant economic growth, millions of new jobs, and a foreign policy that puts America First. No wonder he’s so popular!

Golly! That is wonderful news, Mr. President. Who knows. Someday your popularity will approach 50%. But stop right there. If you would like to be popular with more than half of the population, then there is a way. It involves tar and feathers, but it would draw large crowds. Give it a thought.

Here’s number two.

Eric Trump <>
May 25 at 10:08 AM


If there’s one thing we can always count on from the Democrats and the FAKE NEWS media, it’s that they will ALWAYS lie to try and get ahead.

You’ve seen it. Every day, they spout lies about my father, my family, his administration, and the nation.

Remember when they attack President Trump, they’re really attacking YOU, John.

Eric Trump. Notice, Eric Trump. It’s not the president contacting me, it’s Eric Trump, second son of the president, and, as Wikipedia notes, head of the Trump criminal enterprise:

A fourth generation businessman (following his great-grandmother Elizabeth, grandfather Fred, and father), he currently serves as a trustee and executive vice president of The Trump Organization, running the company alongside his older brother Donald Jr. He also served as a boardroom judge on his father’s TV show The Apprentice.

Eric Trump is under United States Attorney for the District of Columbia‘s investigation along with Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump in their role their father’s inauguration.


Yes. Yes! The Eric Trump who will in the future appear before us in an orange jump suit has contacted me to warn about people spreading lies and FAKE NEWS and soon to be attacking me personally.

This site is, if nothing else, fair. To that end I present some of the FAKE NEWS the second son has advised about.

All right. That’s enough of the FAKE NEWS for today. Eric, let me know when they schedule your sentencing date. I will be there for you.

The Golden Shower

Number 37 of a Series

A couple kisses in front of graffiti depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, on the walls of a bar in the old town in Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday, May 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

The salacious accounts of Donald Trump’s activities in a Moscow hotel room are not directly related to this story, but the uproar surrounding the Steele Dossier adds some background:

However, there were other aspects to TRUMP’s engagement with the Russian authorities. One which had borne fruit for them was to exploit TRUMP’s person  obsessions and sexual perversion in order to  obtain suitable ‘kompromat’ (compromising material) on him. According to Source D, where s/he had been present, TRUMP’s perverted) conduct in Moscow included hiring the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, where he knew president and Mrs OBAMA (whom he hated) had stayed on  one of their official trips to Russia, and defiling the bed where they had slept by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him. the hotel was known to be under FSB control  with microphones and concealed cameras in all the main rooms to record anything they wanted to.

Apparently, this research, developed as part of an endeavor to dig up dirt on prospective candidate Trump, rippled forward from that time like a row of falling dominoes, culminating in the assignment of a special counsel to investigate Russian activities related to the 2016 election and ultimately to a report from that investigation released in March:

Cohen recalled speaking with Trump after the press conference about Trump’s denial of any business dealings in Russia, which Cohen regarded as untrue.1326 Trump told Cohen that Trump Tower Moscow was not a deal yet and said, “Why mention it if it is not a deal?”1327 According to Cohen, at around this time, in response to Trump’s disavowal of connections to Russia, campaign advisors had developed a “party line” that Trump had no business with Russia and no connections to Russia.

The Washington Post. The Mueller Report . Scribner. Kindle Edition.

If you can imagine this you can imagine Donald Trump paying prostitutes to pee on a bed. My imagination is vivid.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 162 Unfortunately

As mentioned before, I post one of these each Thursday. No chance the supply will ever run dry. Here is the most recent:

2 Dead And 4 Injured In Shooting At University Of North Carolina, Charlotte Campus

Updated May 1 at 11:25 a.m. ET

Two people died and another four were wounded, three critically, in a shooting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte on Tuesday.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department announced in a tweet that a suspect, Trystan Andrew Terrell, 22, was in custody. Terrell, a former student at the university, now faces charges of murder and attempted murder in the attack.

On Wednesday, the school identified the victims who died as students Ellis Parlier, 19, and Riley Howell, 21, according to member station WFAE.

So, I have the count straight. Two were killed. Four were badly injured. Another person’s life is effectively over. And it is a small price to pay so every jakeleg with a touch of paranoia will have access to deadly weapons. We are assured this is going to make us all safer. Safer. Safer like the students in the photo above from ABC News. They look safe enough to me.

Not quite. It has long been apparent some people are not doing their jobs to keep us safe. Enumerating: Texas Senator Ted Cruz is not doing his job. Texas Senator John Cornyn is not doing his job. President Donald Trump is not doing his job. The NRA is not doing its job. Particularly Wayne LaPierre, Oliver North (until recently), and Dana Loesch are not doing their jobs. The courts are not doing their job.

When all these failed to live up to their responsibility, this week it turned to 21-year-old Riley Powell to do their jobs for them. He paid with his life. Rest easy all you in the government who didn’t your job. Riley covered this one for you.

A slew of these come my way each week, and I can only post one. Here are some that you’re not going to see:

  • 1 May: Florida Wife Pulled Into Oncoming Traffic, Shot at Husband: Cops | NBC 6 South Florida
  • 1 May: Baltimore County police investigating shooting of 4-year-old boy
  • 1 May: School Resource Officer’s gun accidentally fires in cafeteria of Wesley Chapel middle school
  • 1 May: Euless man fired shot into neighbor’s home while aiming at prowler, police say | Crime | Dallas News
  • 1 May: Virginia man shoots two people after argument over which is better brand: Chevy or Ford? | WJLA [By the way, it’s Ford.]
  • 29 April: 10-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed 1-year-old cousin in Cleveland, police say –
  • 29 April: Teen Accidentally Shot in Miami Home: Police | NBC 6 South Florida
  • 29 April: Ammon man says he ‘blacked out’ when he shot his wife, according to documents | East Idaho News
  • 29 April: Father arrested after accidentally shooting 6-year-old during gun safety lesson
  • 29 April: Shot With His Own Gun: Fair Lawn Man Injured Cleaning 9MM In His Garage | Fair Lawn-Glen Rock Daily Voice
  • 26 April: Accidental shooting in Greencastle sends juvenile, grandfather to hospital | FOX59
  • 26 April: Florida man accidentally shoots himself at I-4 rest stop, claims it was someone else, deputies say – Orlando Sentinel
  • 26 April: Husband subscribes to porn channel and gets shot by wife – Noble Nashville
  • 26 April: School staffer fired after gun ‘accidentally’ discharges and injures student: report
  • 25 April: 10-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed 1-year-old cousin in Cleveland, police say –
  • 25 April: Mailman killed splitting up fight between mother and son – CNN Video

More of the same next week. Keep reading.

People Unclear

This is number 77 of a series

I can’t get enough of these, and that’s no problem, because the president’s team sends me a free one about every day. Here’s the latest:

Donald J. Trump <>
Apr 10 at 1:20 PMJohn

Let me be clear. Since the day I took my famous escalator ride in 2015 to announce my presidential campaign, the Democrat harassment, fake news attacks, and blatant lies have never been about me…

Their target has always been you.

The liberal swamp hates the idea of people like, John from Texas being in charge of America, and there is no line they won’t cross to prevent that from happening. Just look at the Phony Witch Hunt – NO COLLUSION.

In 2016, I was simply your voice, but YOU were the one that took our country back and made the liberal swamp and political insiders FURIOUS.Now headed into 2020, we have to remind them that this is your country, not theirs.

Whoa there! Take a look at that. Of course they have my first name (and my last name), because I gave it to them when I signed up for their newsletter. So what they have done (clever fellows) is to load the appropriate text snippets into a database, and now their computer generates automated “personal” emails. Notice first of all they address me by my first name,

But look. Deeper into the message they string my first name again in this: “The liberal swamp hates the idea of people like, John from Texas.” I’m not just a number to these people. I’m John from Texas. I’m thinking about having this chiseled onto my headstone. Anyhow, I am honored.

But let me get back to the message.

“Since the day I took my famous escalator ride in 2015 to announce my presidential campaign…” Yes, I do recall that stellar day in the annals of American political discourse.

They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.

I have to admit, it requires a certain level of class to kick off a political campaign by slandering people from a neighboring country. Yes, Mr. Trump. We recall that day vividly.

On further consideration, it is possible that President Trump is correct on one point. The liberal swamp does hate the idea of me being in charge. Probably the conservative swamp, as well. I know for sure my wife hates the idea. So it’s close to unanimous. Let’s move on.

So you actually made it to the top of the heap in 2016, Mr. President, and you have changed this country in ways not seen since the great schism of 1861. I’m on the low side of 80, but it was not until you came along that I had the experience of a president of the United States worrying about fellow miscreants flipping on him. It is a brave new world.

People Unclear

This is number 76 of a series

As previously mentioned, I signed up for the newsletter, and I receive these on a daily basis. These two will give you a chuckle: <>
Apr 1 at 2:07 PMJohn,

Adam Schiff is a national disgrace and must be held accountable.

[screen shot of Trump Twitter post omitted]

Even after The Mueller Report found NO COLLUSION and President Trump was completely EXONERATED, Adam Schiff doubled down on his lies saying there is still “significant evidence of collusion.”

Adam Schiff must be held accountable for his LIES, and the FAKE NEWS media must be held accountable for giving this liar a platform.

And one more:

Donald Trump Jr. <>
Mar 27 at 2:20 PMJohn,

The FAKE NEWS media spent the last two years blatantly LYING to the American people.

Outlets like CNN, MSNBC, Buzzfeed, and the Washington Post ignored all facts and evidence and instead led us down this WITCH HUNT that turned out to be one giant lie.

They provided a platform for liars like Adam Schiff and Maxine Waters to make unfounded conspiracy theories against President Trump and his allies.

Even after the Mueller Report showed NO COLLUSION and completely vindicated President Trump, the unhinged left STILL won’t abandon the Witch Hunt.

The American people deserve better. We need to show the Fake News media that we won’t forget the way they spread lies and smears against our President.

All right! That says a lot. Now let me put it into perspective.

Turn the clock back. It’s 15 February, 1929, the day after gunmen rubbed out seven gang members in a garage on Water Street in Chicago. Newspaper reporters are interviewing local businessman Alphonse Gabriel Capone, who runs a used furniture business, to get his take. Here is what he has to say:

Any attempt to connect me with this disgraceful act (although the rats deserved what they got) is slander. The FBI is totally out of control. They falsely accuse me of running bootleg liquor, some even saying I’m promoting prostitution. I am here to tell you this is FAKE NEWS. I’m an honest businessman, the kind of person who will Make America Great Again.

An now they want to accuse me of tax evasion. TAX EVASION! Imagine that! The crooked feds can’t pin these phony crimes on me, so they resort to accusing me of TAX EVASION. My friend the state’s attorney has concluded his investigation and has exonerated me of COLLUSION. NO COLLUSION! It’s FAKE NEWS. Why would I engage in COLLUSION and TAX EVASION?

My methods are the best methods. I am a powerful genius, and I have the BEST METHODS. I have learned I can accomplish more with a kind word and a gun than I can with a kind word alone.


Yes, I think we have see this before. Matters are becoming more clear as time goes by.

The National Divide

Number 12 of a possibly infinite series

Something like 65 years ago I watch the McCarthy hearings on TV. Yes, and it was black and white. And it was something to see. Which brings me to ask, have you ever wondered what it would have been like if Joseph McCarthy had been elected president?

We don’t have to wonder.

Yes, some accountability. Catch it all:

“Many, many people were badly hurt by this scam,” Trump said of the Mueller probe. “But more importantly, our country was hurt. Our country was hurt. And they are on artificial respirators right now. They are getting mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.”

“Little pencil-neck Adam Schiff. He’s got the smallest, thinnest neck I’ve ever seen,” the president said. “He is not a long-ball hitter, but I saw him today, ‘Well we don’t really know, there still could have been some Russia collusion.'”

“Sick, sick,” Trump called him. “These are sick people and there has to be accountability because it is all lies and they know it’s lies.”

Time to choose up sides, people.