As always, the nudge loose can be found in asking yourself, "Okay, what questions have I left unanswered so far?" Sometimes, by answering one of those questions, you find your way forward.
Not tonight. I wrote down my thoughts and emailed them to myself, though, so I won't forget; and hopefully on Sunday I'll have some quiet time in which to write. We'll see.
Meanwhile, I also have a handle on explaining a few other things, such as why human versus human combat is such a meat grinder compared to the characters' prior experience with human-against-alien combat.
The heck of this development is, though, that as usual I am finding that what I have decided to do has been prepared for in the existing text. It's like, if this is how it works--if the story is planned in advance way down in my subconscious--why can't I just write out the whole thing? Why does there have to be a four-month hiatus?
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So, more about that school shooting in Florida, all of it designed to make your blood boil.
FOUR deputies hiding from the shooter, not one. Can you believe that?
Understand this: we are told, by the anti-gun crowd, that only police officers and military personnel should be allowed to have guns. That's known as the "only ones" doctrine, because the theory is that only police and soldiers are trained in how to handle firearms, and because the average citizen is simply too fucking stupid to walk and chew gum at the same time there's no way citizens should be allowed to own guns.
Problem: the "only ones" demonstrate, time and again--every time there's an event like this!--that they're not interested in saving lives. Other than their own.
Like the gay nightclub shooting in Orlando, where the cops waited outside until the shooting stopped, the four Broward County deputies did nothing to deter the active shooter inside that school.
There are a whole slew of places that the responsible authorities dropped the ball here. For example, if the shooter had been arrested after holding his gun to someone's head (felony assault!) he would not have been shooting up that school, would he?
But it gets better. Ace has a huge post up, and part of it is all about how the media is trying to cover for the Broward County law enforcement community.
"When help is needed, the police are hiding". This only serves to accentuate what we knew all along: you must be able to protect yourself--not only can the police not do it, but they will not do it.
But do you know why the shooter wasn't arrested for his violent behavior before this? Why he was out on the streets and able to go on a spree instead of being in jail from one of the thirty-nine times the cops visited his house?
This lays out why. The county were running a scam:
The Broward County School Board and District Superintendent, entered into a political agreement with Broward County Law enforcement officials to stop arresting students for crimes. The motive was simple. The school system administrators wanted to "improve their statistics" and gain state and federal grant money for improvements therein. So police officials, the very highest officials of law enforcement (Sheriff and Police Chiefs), entered into a plan.Reduce their crime stats by simply not enforcing the law, get more money from the feds.
I'm going to say it again: the problem here is not guns. The problem here is not enforcing the damned law.
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I started yesterday's post with disdain for stupid anti-civilizational feminazi. That post has lots more.
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So the Angel holding back the waters of the Euphrates just released them?
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That's not an assault ratchet because it doesn't have a shoulder thing that goes up.
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Dead slow at work today after about 5 PM, because Friday, but no new pages of Chicory because Artist Too Tired. *sigh*
Tomorrow I'll draw a bunch of pages, though, assuming it's as slow as Saturdays usually are.