5:50 pm Venice
A person was just shot dead in front of my house. A drive by. An assassination. Another child shot by probably another child in a nation that values the luxury of driving SUVs over the needs of inner-city kids. The politicians moan about atrocities committed in other nations and turn a blind eye to death on America's streets. Their solution, increase the police state, build more prisons, sap money from public schools and pump it into the arms industry, On the first night of Invasion Iraq we launched at least 300 Tomahawk cruise missiles which comes out to an expenditure of 0,000,000 dollars (at 0, 000 apiece). Access to cheap guns legal and illegal is guaranteed by our government. Jobs are few but drugs are plentiful. The blame for the deaths of this child, shot in the streets of Venice, rises like the deaths of Iraqis all the way to the top offices of our national government. In the former it is due to institutionalized racism and criminal defunding of schools which may have allowed this child another chance. In the latter it is due to criminal abuse by, perpetuation of, and control of a war machine by a few rich old men that have never had to work a day in their lives or worry about paying the rent and which swallows 399 billion dollars from other sources, like schools, like playgrounds, like opportunities that do not emanate from the barrel of a gun.