Commentary Mistaken address shootings echo killing of Japanese teen 30 years ago The rash of shootings of young people, both white and black, who had the misfortune to walk up to the wrong house ( 16-year-old Ralph Yarl), drive into the wrong driveway ( 20-year-old Kaylin Gillis) or got into the wrong car in a parking lotContinue reading “Wrong place/wrong time shootings are not new in America”
Author Archives: Ted Block
The irony of the ‘right to life movement.’ Or, should I say, the lunacy of the ‘right to life movement.’
Commentary ‘Right to life’ + ‘Don’t take my guns away’ = RIGHT-WING HYPOCRISY! This is not the story I intended to write today; I was going to write about America’s most high profile hypocrite, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Clarence Thomas. But Thomas’ indiscretions, his potential crimes, will not be going away soon. ThereContinue reading “The irony of the ‘right to life movement.’ Or, should I say, the lunacy of the ‘right to life movement.’”
Another day, two more mass shootings
Commentary Is “American Bloodshed” the real definition of “American Exceptionalism?” I opened my computer this morning, Sunday, April 16, to begin my scan of the many newspapers and news sites I receive. These were at the top of the news: 4 dead, multiple injured in Alabama shooting, state authorities say By Javaid Maham April 16,Continue reading “Another day, two more mass shootings”
Who says our elected officials are doing nothing about gun violence – Ted Cruz is full of (lamebrain) ideas
Commentary Cruz’s proposals, pandering to the gun lobby, begs the question…what’s going on at Harvard (and Yale, Princeton and Stanford) that they turn out doltish politicians? And why do people continue voting for them? In the wake of mass shootings at a school in Nashville (seven dead, one injured) quickly followed by another mass shootingContinue reading “Who says our elected officials are doing nothing about gun violence – Ted Cruz is full of (lamebrain) ideas”
Florida’s abortion restrictions have disrupted the standard of care for a pregnancy complication two women experienced late last year
Commentary Anti-abortion laws have consequences. We have anti-abortion laws because elections have consequences. In my April 4th post, “Gov. Ron DeSantis quietly signs permit-less carry bill within hours of it landing on his desk” (https://around-the-block.com/2023/04/04/gov-ron-desantis-quietly-signs-permitless-carry-bill-within-hours-of-it-landing-on-his-desk/), I also wrote about Florida’s proposed 6-week abortion ban that passed the state Senate and will be undoubtedly signed by GovernorContinue reading “Florida’s abortion restrictions have disrupted the standard of care for a pregnancy complication two women experienced late last year”
Gov. Ron DeSantis quietly signs permitless carry bill within hours of it landing on his desk
Commentary Why are these men smiling? From the Tallahassee Democrat and Palm Beach Post: Florida tipped the advantage to states with more permissiable gun laws Monday. Gov. Ron DeSantis quietly signed a bill that eliminates licensing requirements to carry a concealed firearm in most public places. The Florida Senate voted 27-13 last week on HBContinue reading “Gov. Ron DeSantis quietly signs permitless carry bill within hours of it landing on his desk”
Michelangelo’s David, Florida and Porn
Commentary Those of you who don’t live in the F’d’R (Florida ‘democratic’ Republic) might not be aware of the recent news regarding a charter school principal resigning after allowing her students to be exposed to vicious and malicious pornography. “A Florida principal has resigned after students at a Christian charter school in Tallahassee were shownContinue reading “Michelangelo’s David, Florida and Porn”
Trump’s indictment is unprecedented; antisemitic tropes are not
This is a long and, heartfelt response to a readers comment regarding my earlier post, “Unprecedented: Trump Indicted!” The key point, as noted in the sub-head of this post:, “Soros-backed, Soros-funded, Puppet-Master Soros, might be modern expressions of antisemitism, but they are just new ways of showing how history repeats itself,” is something that all of us should take to heart. I encourage comments and a dialogue.
Unprecedented: Trump Indicted!
Commentary (with a little ‘News with a Twist’) Try as they might, Trump supporters refuse to “Keep Calm and Carry On”* *Actually, they didn’t try very hard The Trump indictment announcement, and the knee-jerk GOP outrage at it, got me thinking about the words used in describing Trump supporters’ invectives. Why are all these “hair-on-fire”Continue reading “Unprecedented: Trump Indicted!”
In the aftermath of Nashville, are there any fixes?
Commentary Will better, stronger laws help? Can they be passed? Today is Thursday, March 30, 2023. It is three days after the shooting at the Covenant School in Nashville, TN. It is one day after my Around the Block post which I sub-headed, Who will be next? When will be next? Where will be next?Continue reading “In the aftermath of Nashville, are there any fixes?”