It Can’t Happen Here–Seattle, WA

It may be the 21st century, but hate crime still exists.  Whether it is by
color of one’s skin or one’s gender orientation, there are still people out
there that have a problem with it and will act out.  No matter where you live it
can happen.  Be it college
campuses
or large,
seemingly progressive cities
, no place is immune.

“It
feels like a violation,” said Evans, “feels really shocking because you don’t
think things like this happen anymore, especially in Seattle,
Washington.”

It really sucks that this happened and I hope the party responsible gets
caught, but you are living in a dream world if you think it can’t or won’t
happen here.

Just because you think something has been relegated to the dustbin of history, you can still have some asshat trying to revive it.

It Can’t Happen Here–Issaquah, WA

A high class, quiet town nestled in the Cascade foothills in Western Washington, what could possibly happen there?  The most one ever hears about Issaquah is that it is home to Krispy Kreme Donuts in Western Washington (they showed up there first before spreading).  Who’d a thunk a deranged lunatic would would open fire there?

“We were running from guns. That’s not supposed to happen in Issaquah,” she said.

“It was so close. It was like you didn’t really think it could be gunfire right behind you,” said another woman who was there, Dawn Hill.

Issaquah is home to people who work at tech companies, much like Microsoft and it’s not exactly “low rent”.  Yet, bad things still happen.

“In my whole life I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Jack Hover.

Just because it hasn’t happen before, doesn’t mean it can’t happen at all.

Mmmm…Krispy Kreme.

H/T Ry

It Can’t Happen Here–Rollins College

The cops chased the wrong car and wound up arresting an armed man on a school campus.  Rollins College is a gun free zone.  The only thing permitted for self-defense is a spray, provided it is used correctly. 

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Despite the rules, someone still went on campus with a firearm, oh boy, how did that happen?!

Its not like there is a magic barrier that prevents guns from finding their way on campus.

It Can’t Happen Here–Carson City, NV

Sadly, in Carson City Nevada, 3 people were killed, 2 being Guardsmen at IHOP and 8 people were injured.  Locals Barbecue and an H&R Block were also fired upon.  The shooter killed himself, putting the count at 4 dead

"This happens in third-world countries, not here," Swagler said.

This is not limited to third world countries, look at what happened in Lakewood, WA and Fort Hood, TX.  What really bites and pours salt into open wounds is the fact that our men in the military cannot be armed while in uniform.

"I don’t know what’s happening to my city," Hunter said. "This happens in L.A. or Las Vegas but not here."

Tragedies such as this can happen anywhere.  They are not limited to high profile cities. Look at what happened in little ol’ Moscow, ID.  Loons are found everywhere.

H/T Weer’d Beard and TinCan Assassin

It Can’t Happen Here–New York City

Over the weekend, at the time of the Brooklyn parade, 46 people were shot.

"Last night was unbelievable," one source said yesterday. "I can’t remember a couple of hours like these since the days of crack."

This is New York people, home of some seriously high crime rates and a Brady score of 62/100.  No matter where you are located it can happen. 

How’s that gun control working for you Mayor Bloomberg?

Disgraceful

Mayor Bloomberg, the asshat, has decided that first responders are not invited to the 10th anniversary ceremony of ground zero. 

Because you know, the people who ran into the buildings trying to save people should totally be left out.  The people who spent weeks of their own time searching for survivors should not be there either.  But we have more than enough room for three asshat’s that actually had NOTHING to do with any of it.  Obama, Bush, and Giuliani did absolutely nothing that day.  Everyone else did what they were trained to do, those three are just using the deaths of others for political gain.

Those three individuals do nothing but masturbate thinking about the abuse created by the TSA and DHS knowing it has been created and furthered by their hand.  They take no greater pleasure than that of destroying the rights of the law abiding, sexually abusing them, and intimidating them.

It should come as no surprise that given those three have such fine moral caliber, the first responders would not be invited to their private little circle jerk of tyranny.  Frankly, if I was a first responder, I would keep my ass home because nothing good could possibly come from aiding in their political power plays.

 

Thank you Barron for the commentary.

It Can’t Happen Here–Queens

Drama free, in the case of this party that meant gun free.  Yet, 11 people were shot, one of which was paralyzed from a bullet severing her spinal cord.  This has made it to the “It Can’t Happen Here” series by being a gun free, drama free zone.  All persons were searched before entering the party, yet a shooting still occurred. 

Even more than that, how’s this for icing:

“IDs were being checked and everybody was being searched through the front,” he said. “So he [the shooter] probably came in, seen somebody he had issues with, went home and got his gun.”

Yup all of those efforts worked out real well in the end didn’t they?

Also note, this occurred in NY where guns are so very accessible. </sarcasm>

The Most Demeaning Interview Ever!

Today I had two scheduled job interviews and one impromptu interview.  The scheduled interviews went well.  The other one on the other hand ranks right up there with being fired for having a disability.

I found a few job listings for a Palouse Pets in Moscow, ID and decided to drop my resume off.  The jobs included a dog bather and a kennel technician.  So, considering my background in animal science and having 3 years of experience as, essentially, a kennel tech at the university I thought it would be a fairly easy job to land.

Well, that wasn’t so.  During the interview we discussed my qualifications and abilities, but soon the conversation started to focus on the fact that I have a disability.  Now, I have had this disability for over six and a half years and nothing short of extensive surgery can be done about it*.  I have no restrictions other than what I feel is needed.  The bitch conducting the interview had a real issue with my disability as it reduces usability in one hand, but does not limit functionality as a whole.  The disability is something that hasn’t stopped me from working with animals in the past, including horses.  This woman felt that I could not function well enough to handle a bunch of dogs and wants me to get permission from my doctor, whom I haven’t seen in over three years, so as to verify that I can indeed fully use my arm.  She felt I would be a liability if I were to be injured.  The disability in my right arm makes me no more likely to be injured than anyone else.  No other past jobs felt that I was a liability to the company.

This lady badly insulted me and my abilities by being discriminatory.  Furthermore she told me I had to be a dog bather before I could even think about being a kennel tech, despite my past experience.  She refused to look past my disability and let that make her decision.  Even if I were to jump through her hoops, I feel that it would be more of a hostile work environment instead of something enjoyable.  I SHOULD NOT need permission from anybody to do something I know I can handle.  Not only do I think I can handle the position, I worked for 3 years for a University taking care of kennels and managing the animals.  I have never had this problem with other job interviews, ever.  The only other place that took issue with my disability knew about it before hiring me and then decided after a month to fire me because of it.  If I had the means, I would hire a lawyer for not only wrongful termination, but discrimination and acts that go against the ADA.

Needless to say, I will NOT be doing business there ever!  If you live in the Moscow/Pullman area, I would suggest taking this issue under advisement if you have pets.  Discrimination deserves to be ridiculed and thrown aside, whether it be by sex, race, sexuality, disability, size, or any other manner.  It is despicable and those that partake in it should be rooted out and exposed for who they are.

*This surgery would take 3 months to do the basic recovery.  Note I said basic, it’s another 12-18 months to relearn how to use my hand in general.  Not including how to write, type, or most important to me playing my flute.