Eugi’s Weekly Prompt- Fertile Canopy

The word is canopy.

According to natural rules, Willow and Birch weren’t supposed to be dating. They were too different to propagate and were born to thrive in noncomplimentary environments but that didn’t stop them.
Their enchanted forest operated outside of ‘normal’ parameters. It was so special that they lived under a unique canopy of rules. It was founded on otherworldly inalienable ‘rights’ to freedoms and justice. And although the forest couldn’t guarantee them happiness, it offered them the very best earthly fertile ground in which to intertwine their paths and prosper.
I like their chances.


Eugi’s Weekly Prompt – Canopy – April 1, 2021 – Eugi’s Causerie (amanpan.com)

Fandango’s Provocative Question 3/24/21

Do you think that there is any chance that the U.S. Congress will ever take decisivebipartisan action to pass and enact nationwide common sense gun laws to try and stem the tide of mass shootings, or is the best that the American Congress will ever do is to send thoughts and prayers to the families of loved ones killed in mass shooting incidents?
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As leadingly biased (and overly simplified) as this question is, it brings up quite a good inquiry!

The question whether the vague concept of ‘common sense gun laws’ can be passed in Congress doesn’t tell us what the heck a ‘common sense’ law actually is and it assumes a federal law can be the most effective way of curbing any unwanted behavior. I ask you to refer to the laws against entering our country illegally, the laws about human trafficking, and the laws against many types of drugs. Not to mention the actual laws against murder, especially mass murder?
There are many, so many, layers to what the public ( and this question) has reduced to another either/or scenario of gun laws or gun violence. Pick one.
I could write all day and never express all the dynamics in play on the topic of guns in the U.S., so, I’ll just pick a few. Feel free to continue the discussion in my comments.

One size fits all and binary choices are hopelessly inefficient and unfair. In a country of over 330 million people, there are 330 million different situations. Oh, even when you place people in artificial ‘groups’ they always seep out where those groups overlap in all individual cases.
Nationwide gun laws won’t/can’t ‘stem the tide’ of mass shootings. We have gun laws already. Many aren’t even enforced and most are the first charges dropped in plea bargaining.
Imagine trying to stop speeding on the highways by lowering the speed limit every time there’s an uptick in that criminal act of speeding. Will that reduce the number of people who ignored the first limit or will it make more criminals out of already law abiding drivers who eventually get squeezed to a crawl?
Trying to stop gun violence by imposing new laws is the same useless method. The speeders obviously don’t follow laws in the first place and good luck snatching their licenses and fining them too. Those rules are up for grabs on the enforcement end in the courts. Tightening already existing laws with stiffer penalties and more thorough enforcement is the only reasonable way to proceed. ( Incidentally, speeding will NEVER stop happening altogether.)
So, NO, more gun laws is not a good idea especially because the ‘right’ to own a gun isn’t at all comparable to the ‘privilege’ of driving. Our Constitution guarantees it.
I could go on and on about the positives of an armed society of law abiding citizens but I don’t want to appear like I’m pleading a case, asking for permission, when infringing on our right to bear arms, under the pretense of helping anything in a common sense fashion, is already going too far.
As for the inept Congress, that problem can be solved with term limits. {period}
The entrenched and compromised have to go.
Finally, praying isn’t interfering with anything. To condescend about those of us who do, says more about the person who believes it’s at all a concern than those who hope it could help.
Yes, I think that prayers for stiffer local enforcement of gun laws IS the best Congress has to offer unless they want to turn their attention to efforts on dealing with mental illness, domestic terrorism, and gangs, instead of gun legislation. Those are the clearer culprits in mass murder and why I haven’t time to go in those directions.
Peace!

Fandango’s Provocative Question #114 – This, That, and The Other (fivedotoh.com)


My Hero

Daily Prompt: Heroic

When you were five years old, who was your hero? What do you think of that person today?
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When I was five years old, Zorro (portrayed by Guy Williams) was my hero. He was a “righter”of injustices and defender of the weak.

I chose to write on this topic because I felt, Zorro, might be a controversial choice of a modern 5-year-old.

Primarily, the complaints would come from those who dislike the idea of violent images offered to our kids. Parents cringe about “armed” heroes, yet, I believe they are missing the message and ought to consider the moral fiber of fictional (and real life heroes ) with, as much, immediate concern. My former blog post “The Blind Eye”, was about apathy and fear in the face of trouble. This topic seems a fitting continuation of my point.

My heart still quickens at the thought of “Zorro to the rescue” and I really have no memory of him ever hurting anyone. He may have…but, my 5-year-old self certainly did not internalize the violence at all. What I remember most is that people “with power” can be good or evil and the good one’s are heroic only when they take action and risks. Zorro was also labeled a “public enemy” by those “evil” powerful folks who feared his interference in their corrupt and greedy agendas.

I believe that the pen is truly “mightier than the sword” and Zorro, if transported to 2014, would probably be a political blogger. A mighty dashing one, at that! lol

More than any time, ever before, there are medias that allow us to “take a stand” and to expose corruption. Fear of labels, cannot hold the bravest of us back, either. Touche’!

https://sillyfrogsusan.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/the-blind-eye/

Marriage: Just What’s in the Cards?

A standard deck of 52 playing cards was hanging out on a lovely table in a  worn but comfortable case when a deck of Star Wars collector cards came along. The Star Wars cards were the same size and weight as the playing cards.

“We know you play rummy and it’s a popular game indeed. You get to have a fine cover and are better cared for than we because Star Wars cards are not as popular. Actually, we are just starting to become noticed and desire the same treatment as you. Being kept in a case and played on a felt table is the dream of all cards. It is the best way for cards to be treated.”

The 52 looked at the Star Wars cards. “I had not realized that all cards were not cared for in the same manner. You certainly deserve fine treatment. Come sit beside me. I’d like to help you find a nice case to hold you too.”

The Star Wars cards frowned. “I want to be just like you. Let me slip into your deck and share YOUR case.”

“I don’t understand?” said 52. “If you slip into my deck all the rules will change. I will have to become crowded and the old games, that I love, will take on a new meaning. The new games will take years to develop and we will both lose our original identity.”

“I don’t care. I am as valuable as you and want what you have, NOW. You are so arrogant 52. If you do not give me your comfort, I must assume that you just hate Star Wars cards. I thought you were nice?”

“Please, it is unkind of you to think in order to have a nice case and fine table that you need to take mine. I would be happy to help you establish your own table and I want you to know all the same “card comforts” that I enjoy. But taking mine is not the answer. I’m comfortable with rummy and, in time, you will be comfortable with your own game.”

The Star Wars cards stormed off while calling 52 a prejudiced, selfish deck.

The End

BTW- The Star Wars cards went to court and were awarded occupancy in 52’s case, at least in Massachusetts. Needless to say, 52 decks everywhere are angry and no one is exactly sure how to play rummy in Massachusetts. At the very least, the games are way more complicated now.

One Law I'd Abolish

I smell something rotten on the books.

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The very first law that came to mind is “Eminent Domain”.

According to Wikipedia it is, ” the inherent power of the state to seize a citizen’s private property, expropriate property, or seize a citizen’s rights in property with due monetary compensation, but without the owner’s consent. The property is taken either for government use or by delegation to third parties who will devote it to public or civic use or, in some cases, economic development.”

What the heck?

The proper exercise of this would be by an all knowing, all loving god!

I’ve yet to meet a human being that qualifies for that position.

The State has proven it cares not for individual rights and the Legislature cares only for the almighty dollar. Yet, they are the deciders of who loses property?

A citizen who owns property should be subject to laws to maintain it but NOT at a threat to lose it. Certainly not at the judgment of the State.

“Due monetary compensation” is a bit, pathetically, vague.

Nowadays, more than ever, my trust in government and, it’s interest in the individual, is very low.

Hate to have that kind of power in the hands of the State.

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