Company Christmas party on Friday. Two things: 1) Did not win anything 2) There is no end to the humiliations to which employees subject themselves in order to amuse one another.
The weekend was fun, just a handful of My Ghost Story episodes, the first series of Criminal Justice (starring Ben Whishaw), and this:
And I just received my compli copies of the Labours issue from Room Magazine, containing my poem “Hospital Work”. Thank you!
I was still awake at 2 AM on Saturday when I checked Twitter and saw the breaking news about the Connecticut school shooting. The Onion’s article about the incident was sad and honest. Everyone, even a humor blog, is reduced to shocked incoherence in the face of such senseless tragedy.
We ask for prayers, a quiet moment, but the people of the United States themselves have to demand action from their government. They need to want change, be it in the form of stricter gun control, or easier and cheaper access to help for the mentally unstable. Or a safer environment for their children. Or an ear to listen to their troubled young men. There are many factors, many problems to focus on. Gun control is not a panacea, but it’s a start. Sure, sure, guns are just tools, but those tools need to be regulated. Reports say the shooter killed all those children in under ten minutes. Because he brought a fucking Bushmaster semi-automatic assault rifle owned by his mother.
Look: If you own a gun, keep them from your fucking children. If you want to own a gun, why the fuck would you buy an assault weapon? Are you at war with your fucking neighbors? Is there a fucking invasion? What the fuck kind of government allows that?
Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, was the sole representative of gun rights’ activists on the various Sunday talk shows. In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Gohmert defended the sale of assault weapons and said that the principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School, who authorities say died trying to overtake the shooter, should herself have been armed.
What the fuck is wrong with you people?