For those of you expecting this to be a piece about Bernie Sanders, you are going to be disappointed. This is a bit more personal.
Awhile back, I posted something about an app I had made using a snap-together development tool. I mentioned the end goal is to do something like the ACLU’s “Mobile Justice” app, but for states that have “Stand Your Ground” laws.
To do this,I fear the app may require me to go beyond the simple tools and into some actual coding. I did a quick refresher in Java and now find myself, as is common with many of my ideas, in a state of stuck.
I think I can get it this time, I just had to activate some features on my smart phone. The tablet I have is basically “locked” for development purposes.
I also think I may now be able to use Google’s Android Development tools.
Why am I doing this; one, I may be a bit OCD about it, two, it may be I see this as a challenge, three I may just see myself as “2 Legit 2 Quit“
Tomorrow begins the Annual “Great American Outdoor Show”. This National Rifle Association sponsored event was created as a replacment for the “Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show” that was cancelled after the organizers of that event, in light of the Newtown shooting, wanted to see AR-15s and other similar weapons removed from the show.
So it seems odd that PennLive.com would publish a piece mentioning the efforts of #ItStopsNowHarrisburg, a group designed to combat guns and violence.
But the 341 comments, and counting, explain why.
Yes, I know that it’s the middle of the last week of 2015! But the week ending the 26th showed that PennLive.com realizes that Donald Trump is the GOP’s fronrunner and that many of his supporters are among the base that the site relies on for clicks and comments.
The week actually started with a piece on the heroism of a High School Football player who was killed saving others. In an area where an NRA-sponsored “Outdoors Show” is the highlight of many residents year, only getting 185 comments may have been a disappointment.
An article on the “Fright Wing“, the fear and “Dog Whistle” politics that the GOP relies on to keep it’s base voting against their best economic interests created 430 comments, and likely helped make Christmas merry for a few advertisers.
A simple question about how half of American voters would be embarrassed at a Trump presidency made me wonder why only %50 of America would feel that way. The 664 comments that the question generated helped me understand better.
Christmas itself led to some levity as the armed faction of the “Trailer Park Caucus” threated to take aim at any drones that might get near their lot. But a take on the classic “You’ll shoot your eye out” gag from A Christmas Story did generate 165 comments.
The week ending the 18th had an early present for PennLive.com when a 19 year old from Harrisburg was arrested on the 17th for aiding ISIS. That initial piece generated 165 comments.
A slide show of some of the young man’s tweets, etc generated a mere 11 comments.
By the 18th, though, the story seems to have died out.
The shooting in California, and the ongoing violence in Harrisburg sparked a series of letters, many of them NRA allies echoing that groups, and the manufacturers they represent, stance; Pieces with titles like “Gun Control Not Needed, but Profiling Is” filled the editorial section of the Patriot News.
The past week provided plenty of fodder for the “Trailer Park Caucus” of PennLive.com. Much of the traffic centered around the acquittal of a suburban police office on murder charges. A piece on how her defense may have made an effort to bring “Rule Followers”, those who have a respect or reverence for authority, onto the jury, generated 175 comments. This piece also may have shown the “Right-Wing Authoritarian” tendencies of many of the “Trailer Park Caucus”.
A November 6th letter calling for posters to have to use their real names generated 459 comments as the entry goes to press. It also prompted an odd exchange between myself and a member of the Harrisburg Patriot-News editorial board.
When PennLive.com got hold of a reports that firearms sales set a record in October, they surely saw a chance to get a few clicks from the “Trailer Park Caucus”, and they did, to the tune of 313 comments.
Of course, many of those comments also provide a glimpse into the mindset of the armed wing of the “Trailer Park Caucus”
PennLive.com is in an interesting situation. The paper serves an urban area, but many of it’s readers and commenters are from more rural areas.
With this in mind, a letter to editor about guns is likely to get the mobile estates motivated, and provide an opportunity to show their intelligence.
So, just keep your eye on what the “Trailer Park Caucus” has to say about a letter that advocates things like licensing and liability insurance for firearms owners.