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Whistling towards the graveyard

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From CNET: A bulletproof blanket seeks to shield kids during school shootings

Civilizations die from suicide, not  by murder.

- Arnold Toynbee

Let’s review a few news items from the past few days/months:

– A scofflaw rancher attracts a motley assortment of militia defenders threatening to shoot federal agents.

– A “sovereign citizen” in Georgia dies in a shootout with deputies while trying to take over a courthouse.

– Right wing extremists walk up to two Las Vegas police officers and shoot them, declaring the beginning of a revolution.

– A POW is released, and a sizable portion of the nation, instead of celebrating, rains down opprobrium upon the POW, his family, and President Obama.

And those are just off the top of my head. I could also include Senator Rand Paul tweeting that next time Pres. Obama does a prisoner swap, he should send five Democrats instead.

Things which were once beyond the pale have become commonplace, even excused. This isn’t something endemic solely to the Age of Obama. Oklahoma City happened on the watch of the previous Democratic president, who shares the trait of being demonized with Pres. Obama.

The pass in which we find ourselves has been long in gestation. It’s just been brought to gruesome birth upon the election and re-election of the nation’s first black President.

For close on two decades, the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, and their cohorts on right wing hate radio and Fox News hate television have been providing a steady diet of outrage and conspiracy. But outrage and conspiracy are like heroin: each successive hit has to be more potent, has to up the high, as their acolytes seek to keep the outrage up, seek meaning for all the travails besetting them. Thus you get people like Alex Jones, who is more than willing to feed the addicts with ever more insane junk, upping the potency, wasting what’s left of their minds.

To an ever-increasing segment of the Right, looking for its junkie fix, political opponents are no longer to be debated, but to be eliminated. They don’t see themselves in an existential crisis; the crisis has already come, and they see no way out. So nihilism is the answer; destroy everything, pull everything down and take the bastards with you.

That the “establishment” Right eschews all responsibility for this situation is not surprising. The majority of Americans merely want to live their lives in some sort of peace and security, and would look askance at a party which promoted sedition. But the establishment Right has much to answer for, and the blood of every person murdered by right wing fanatics is on their heads. They encouraged the paranoia, the hatred, the fear, thinking it was their ticket to power. John McCain chose Sarah Palin precisely because she was a loose cannon true believer, who could say things that he as the top of the ticket couldn’t, who could stoke the fear, the utter hatred which simmered beneath the surface of Republican politics. The blood of the officers in Las Vegas and Georgia rest squarely on their heads, as they kowtow to the NRA, as they give credence to the fantasy that the ATF is on the way to seize guns, that Pres. Obama is the greatest threat to American civilization since the founding of the Republic.

We are now in a world where children are taught to hide from gunmen underneath flimsy bulletproof blankets, which would be useless in any case, but most definitely useless against a semi-automatic assault rifle. We are now in a nation where hoodlums walk the aisles of Target and Home Depot slung with AR-15s exercising their right to bear arms. We are now in a nation where the darkest fantasies are given weight in journals and television broadcasts. As Toynbee says, we are not being murdered, but committing suicide.

What to do? Fight. Not with guns, but with words. Not with fear, but with determination. We cannot accept the unacceptable. We cannot normalize the abnormal. I should not have to sit in a restaurant next to an armed civilian. I should not have to fear that a fender bender will escalate to me being shot dead. The fevered dreams of the Right should not be given any oxygen. Dangerous non-entities like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz should not be allowed anywhere near the levers of power.

The Right is correct about one thing: our civilization is at stake. But they are the ones leading us to a death of a thousand cuts. Every conspiracy it sanctions, every demon it creates, leads us into a terminal death rattle. America, for all its faults, still has a majority of decent, caring people. It is that majority which will rebuild the nation. The minority belonging to the party of death has to be marginalized, or we will go the way of previous civilizations. It is that majority in which we place our hopes. I will not give in to fear, because the dirty secret is that our opponents are the rankest of cowards. Guns make everyone a Rambo; open, empty hands fear no one.

Look at the kids cowering under useless blankets. And know what you have to do.

 


130 Responses to “Whistling towards the graveyard”


  1. June 10, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Howdy! :) and thanks LL!

  2. June 10, 2014 at 12:23 pm

  3. June 10, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Dear LL, I think this is the best one you’ve ever written and, given how high a bar you set for yourself, that’s saying a lot! Thank you.

    Congrats on 1st, Carol.

    #EnforceWellRegulated

    #FORWARD

  4. 15 57andfemale
    June 10, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Top 5.

  5. 16 Bill R.
    June 10, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Been monitoring the reports of the shooting at Reynolds High School in a suburb of Portland. The shooter, was a male dressed all black with a helmet and armed with an AR-15 rifle, entered the school and shot a teacher. Apparently police were instantly on the scene and cornered the shooter in a bathroom and killed him. So the danger is apparently passed now. I have only heard of one person being wounded so far. We can all rest assured that the shooter’s second amendment rights were preserved. And God forbid that anyone should be prevented from bringing their assault rifle into a school to murder children and teachers.

  6. June 10, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    There is a shooting this morning in Oregon?
    Was going to post what a beautiful day in the West, but I’ll just say WY. . .

  7. 18 Linda
    June 10, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    The Oregon Sheriff is using a hastag that will become a everyday occurrence in this country.

    #RHShooting.

  8. 19 GGail
    June 10, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Good West Coast morning LL, Chipsticks & TOD family.

    HAPPY 13TH BIRTHDAY Sasha Obama <3

    Thanks LL for this truthful piece. The hateful Right are a bunch of junkies looking for the next high.

    "I will not give in to fear, because the dirty secret is that our opponents are the rankest of cowards." ~Truth!

  9. 20 Nerdy Wonka
    June 10, 2014 at 12:30 pm

  10. 22 No Child Left Behind
    June 10, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Good Afternoon TODVille,

    LL, you are good! Did I send you the medals you earned? :star:

  11. June 10, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Hmmmm……..heads up:

  12. 38 carla4obama
    June 10, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    LL not sure what it will take to get the sane Americans mobilized against the crazy. UC Santa Barbara and the grieving father? Old news. America has moved on. Someone in the last post mentioned she went to visit her son I believe in Kansas and in the restaurant she was alarmed to see someone with an open carry gun. No one else paid them any mine and her son said they were use to it…they had become desensitized. That is what is wrong with Americans…. desensitized. It’s just another day in America.

  13. 39 desertflower
    June 10, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    I hate to even say thanks for this piece. The bigger question is, why the hell did you even have to write this? It’s so sick and perverse to me…this state we’re in.

    Bob Cesca also did an excellent job with this: http://thedailybanter.com/2014/06/politicians-pundits-demanded-armed-revolution-millers-finally-tried-deliver-one/

    From last night, I still think that we should all brainstorm about the RWNJ’s definition of what their new normal is for the rest of us….

  14. 40 donna dem 4 obama
    June 10, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Now LL you know I had to go look up “opprobrium.” You’ve produced another excellent essay!

    And in response, here is a call to action for today:

    • 41 Layla
      June 10, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      I just wish it said “People Demand Action”

      • 42 donna dem 4 obama
        June 10, 2014 at 12:46 pm

        It’s a play on the campaign that was waged here in the 80′s “MothersAgainstDrunkDriving”. MADD was established when a woman’s 13 yr old daughter was killed by a drunk driver. That campaign was able to cut drunk driving in half and MDA is hoping for the same success.

    • 43 whatisworking
      June 10, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      Just called – was on hold qite a while due to heavy call volume. I hope all the calls were about open carry.

  15. 44 jacquelineoboomer
    June 10, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    LL – Your piece just blew me away. Brilliant! A masterpiece, really.

    This part? So touching I can hardly bear it (as a grandmother and great grandmother): “Look at the kids cowering under useless blankets. And know what you have to do.”

  16. 45 Nena20409
    June 10, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    LL you have it 1001%.

    The vast majority of the 317M want to be Free and Safe. We need to make our voices heard by voting in to office those who will proudly pass laws that would help stop the insanity of gun violence in the “good old” USA.

    The killing of JFK in modern times didn’t stop Us. Malcolm X, MLK and RFK to name a few from the 1960s gun shootings had very little effects. We didn’t act. Ford’s attempted assassination attempts, nope. saint Ronnie’s shooting, nope. Etc, etc.

    We The people Have got to WAKE the eff up.

  17. 46 Nena20409
    June 10, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Bringing this from the R&S post.

    Listening to the Stephanie Miller show today…….I completely agree with their guest.

    Ice-T and a handful of Rappers rapped about Cops and Killing Cops. The Police Community, the GOP and the Media…..plus many people demanded that something be done. The best I know, Fox went bat poop for two unarmed members of the New Black Panthers outside a polling place in PA in the 2008 elections.

    Since 9-11…..there are about 34 people killed by Militia Groups and included in those 34 were Cops.

    Why is it that there is No outrage and there are No planned events or strong condemnation from the Police Organizations about the killing of Cops? In the last 18 months, I have heard at least 5 Cop killings. Where is their March? Where is their demand that Congress at least have a strong background check?

    • June 10, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      These anti government groups always have the twin components of white supremacy & racism…and as you know…there is a vibe of normalcy about these kind of issues in our country….White Priviledge prevents the larger society from calling it as it is..when Blk Folks and other folks of color call it….we are accused of playing the race card…told to get over it….that we are too sensitive….and spawns all kind of BS articles from the MSM…

    • 48 0388jojothecat
      June 10, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      In WA state there were several police gunned down almost every month and not a peep from law enforcement to curtail this violence. I don’t get it. I think they feel if they do any gun regulation under THIS administration all guns will be illegal. The NRA has poisoned the minds if even the police.

  18. 49 carolyn
    June 10, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Oh LL……..you speak for so many, and so well. This piece must be spread far and wide. It belongs in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, every wire service, every paper, on the neon headlines in Times Square.

    How anyone with to brain cells could think giving kids these pitiful shields is the way to handle our gun fetish! Once again, put the onus on the victims.

    I know that PBO’s heart just aches when he reads of these shootings. He and Biden tried to hard in 2011, or was it 2012, to get gun legislation passed……a very mild piece, too…..but the gun lobby would have none of it. We the people have to drive this. The Iranian woman’s comment is so apt. Who will want to come here with this culture?

    • 50 jacquelineoboomer
      June 10, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      Yes, and what year will it be when people ask each other, before emigrating by the boatloads: Who will want to stay here with this culture?

  19. 51 jacquelineoboomer
    June 10, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    More evidence of desensitizing:

  20. June 10, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    • 53 Layla
      June 10, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      Yes indeed!!!!! Future legislation, if any, will not solve the problem of the millions of guns already in circulation!

    • 54 jacquelineoboomer
      June 10, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      Some towns and cities have a recurring gun buy-back conducted by the police department, cash paid and no questions asked. Time for daily scheduling of those.

  21. 55 Nena20409
    June 10, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    6-10-14
    Josh Earnest in for Jay “Clark Kent” Carney at the WH Presser.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/press-briefing-principal-deputy-press-secretary-josh-earnest-9

  22. 56 whatisworking
    June 10, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    I am always encouraged to see folks create tweets about GOTV for this year. Shout out to Donna, Bob and Nerdy Wonka.

    I would like to invite anyone who is able to make call for 2 hours this coming Thursday June 12th to send me an email. You can help us recruit volunteers to keep the Senate blue – whatisworking@gmail.com

    Forward…

  23. June 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Why Fox, CNN, MSNBC, etc should be shunned, totally ….

    “Can you explain in layman’s terms why Putin’s ratings are increasing? As Russians do understand that what is happening in the East of Ukraine is happening because of the Kremlin.

    A decade of propaganda will destroy the mind of anybody. First, the Chechens were the enemy, then the Georgians became the enemy, then the emigrant Tajiks, now the Ukrainians.

    They point fingers at one or the other. TV has turned to be a very effective instrument for brainwashing. Some people – the same 15-20% – still know how to think, others, it seems, have forgotten how to do it.

    What will the consequences be for Russia?

    I hope it will end peacefully. However I have a feeling that Russia is headed towards internal war. Another Pugachev case. Tension is everywhere. Everyone is the enemy. I don’t know where and why it will explode.”

    Urge all of you to read the entire post: http://euromaidanpr.com/2014/06/10/introduction-to-peaceful-reality-military-correspondent-babchenko-on-the-situation-in-slovyansk-and-life-after-war/

  24. 58 JER
    June 10, 2014 at 12:59 pm

  25. 59 JER
    June 10, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    LIVE NOW: Press Conference – Shoooting at Oregon School – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml
    One student dead; gunman dead.

  26. 60 dotster3
    June 10, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Today’s school shooter shot student who has died.

  27. 62 hopefruit2
    June 10, 2014 at 1:01 pm

  28. June 10, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    This is the MoneyLine….

    What to do? Fight. Not with guns, but with words. Not with fear, but with determination. We cannot accept the unacceptable. We cannot normalize the abnormal. I should not have to sit in a restaurant next to an armed civilian. I should not have to fear that a fender bender will escalate to me being shot dead. The fevered dreams of the Right should not be given any oxygen. Dangerous non-entities like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz should not be allowed anywhere near the levers of power…

  29. 64 Nena20409
    June 10, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/jerad-miller-told-al-jazeera-america-im-not-afraid-of-death/

    Reporter Melissa Chan spoke to Miller about why he had decided to defend the Bundy ranch from the Bureau of Land Management that was seeking to collect millions of dollars in unpaid grazing fees.

    “I’m not afraid of death,” Miller told Chan. “I’m afraid of being a slave. I’m afraid of being under tyranny. I’m afraid of my nieces and nephews having to grow up with — the day they are born they have $50,000 in tax debt over their heads already.” He explained that his “call sign” is Joker from the DC Comic book series. “I figured if the government is going to label me a terrorist,” he said, “why not be call sign Joker for the most notorious terrorist in the DC universe?”

    Miller also hinted at frustrations over the NSA surveillance programs exposed by Edward Snowden’s leaks. “We want our rights back,” he said. We want to restore our republic. We don’t want to overthrow the government. We just want the government to be under control. People like me have known they’ve been spying on us for a long time. We didn’t exactly know to the extent.”

    On gun rights, he said, “The reason why we have our second amendment right is for what we did on Saturday, so we can stand up against tyranny and defend our country in case of invasion. If you disarm our population, you’re making it easier for another country to come in here and invade us. So therefore it is an act of treason.”

    • 65 hopefruit2
      June 10, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      As I told War Room Tom, Libertarians are the essence of RW extremism….notice how Greenwald and other Libertarians get quiet whenever these kinds of shootings occur

  30. June 10, 2014 at 1:03 pm

  31. June 10, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    The press don’t like PBO but they just can’t get enough of every last detail about him every second of the day. Zeke Miller RT’d this:

    • 69 hopefruit2
      June 10, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      EXACTLY! They’re obsessed with him and what he’s doing. There’s a school shooting but they would rather tweet pics of food at a restaurant that he happened to stop by.

      Having said that, this double B Burgers looks damn delicious! :)

    • 71 Nena20409
      June 10, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      They are possessively obsessed. It is quite unhealthy when it is one-sided. It is not balanced. They ONLY look to be critical, lie and distort. Hence, their failing and stressful heartaches.

    • June 10, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      They seem to have no problem reporting on things like this while downplaying the more significant actions/achievements of this administration…emphasizing the President’s meals, golf dates, etc. to try to give the impression that the President’s day-to-day activities are inconsequential.

      Reporting on schools/mall/courthouse/etc. shootings would only go to support what the President is trying to do regarding gun regulation.

  32. 73 carla4obama
    June 10, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    ..”when you add it into the mix of just angry white males who want their guns to show that they are still top dog on the political, social and marital hierarchy, you got a good percentage of the psychologically need gun owners. A gun, particularly assault weapons and lethal militarized handguns, are at least two things: a prosthetic dick and a sign that even unemployed white guys still rule the Western World and sit at the head of the kitchen table.

    http://truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/many-american-white-men-worship-guns-because-of-sexual-insecurity-entitlement-and-profit/17892-many-american-white-men-worship-guns-because-of-sexual-insecurity-entitlement-and-profit

  33. June 10, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    TODville, do you know anyone who needs ID to vote? Check here to get help.

  34. 75 Linda
    June 10, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Feinstein: It’s Time To Move On From Bergdahl Prisoner Swap

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/feinstein-move-on-bergdahl

    California….please retire this woman…

    • 76 Layla
      June 10, 2014 at 1:12 pm

      You started it bitch! Now deal with the consequences!!!!

    • 79 carla4obama
      June 10, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      I wish we could…but no one will ever challenge her. She has money and the name.

      • 80 Layla
        June 10, 2014 at 1:17 pm

        The congressional hearings are to start next week..it will be made very obvious to all why the process was held in secret! It is because of people like her and others who cannot be trusted to hold confidential info..hence her desire now to just move on…

    • 81 57andfemale
      June 10, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      After she gave msm the “PBO being criticized from Republicans AND Democrats.”

      maybe Feinstein should have shut her mouth, made sure of her facts before tripping over her stilettos to get to the mic.

    • 82 anniebella
      June 10, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      Someone please tell Feinstien that she never should have started the Bergdahl mess. What is wrong with if you have any problem with the way the President handle things, you go to him and tell him.

  35. 83 yardarm756
    June 10, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    I guess I can say, w/o fear of contradiction, that gun violence is no longer an “inner-city” problem. The “them” and “us” have merged.-smh

    • 84 Layla
      June 10, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      ..yes but one group are thugs and the ‘other’ are suffering from mental illness!

      • 85 yardarm756
        June 10, 2014 at 1:30 pm

        Makes no difference. It HURTS to be murdered especially when there is a relatively easy fix.
        There is NOTHING that justifies killing unless you’re going to eat what you kill.

        • 86 Layla
          June 10, 2014 at 1:35 pm

          Yardarm, OF Course it makes no difference, I was mocking MSM and their GOP cohorts

          • 87 yardarm756
            June 10, 2014 at 1:54 pm

            Sorry. I’m on my lil’ soap box.

            • 88 Layla
              June 10, 2014 at 1:57 pm

              That’s OK buddy!

              • 89 LDS
                June 10, 2014 at 2:46 pm

                Lord have mercy.
                I was just thinking the same. Where was everyone when our children in the inner cities were (and are) still bing killed by gun violence?
                By no means is this meant to demoralize what is happening now. But inner cities schools and children have been stopped and searched for a long while now. Even to the point some were arrested and put through the system for carrying a box cutter. Yes, a box cutter. And the crazy part is some of the students had jobs and they forgot to take it out of their pockets or book bags. Yet, they were arrested and placed in crowded jails spending the night while their parents were sometimes never contacted until the morning. I will never forget their eyes of disgust and the tears streaming down their innocent faces. My still aches for those parents as well as these.
                Least we continue to forget, it will keep repeating.

                This is not what “our”country has come to. This is what it has been for years now. It is now happening to other areas that people thought were safe. I know of many families personally whose children were gunned down while walking to school, playing in the schoolyards, walking home or sitting in their homes.. They are in their graves. Never had a chance to live their precious lives to become adults.

  36. June 10, 2014 at 1:25 pm

  37. June 10, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    There are no words.

  38. June 10, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    I’m so sad and mad. . .

  39. 93 hopefruit2
    June 10, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    I’ve had my issues with Morgan, but he’s so right about journalists on this particular issue.

    • 94 Nena20409
      June 10, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      The ONLY issue that I am 1001% in agreement with that Bloke.

      • 95 cluny
        June 10, 2014 at 1:42 pm

        yes nena, i agree too – please, whoever can tweet needs to retweet PM’s message to members of the media – they need to be publicly shamed.

    • 96 COS
      June 10, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      I notice that the reporters like to blame PBO for everything including not passing gun legislation and immigration, knowing fool well that congress did not pass either..

      • 97 cluny
        June 10, 2014 at 1:57 pm

        Yes – but I think it’s time to start blaming the reporters – flip it. The media won’t call out the nra or the top on gun rights. Community protest has to start going after reporters – collectively and individually. They only do the right thing if the are humiliated or called out. I think it’s the inly chance at this point.

  40. 98 hopefruit2
    June 10, 2014 at 1:42 pm

  41. 100 lockewasright
    June 10, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Put love into the world. Please, everybody, please… insist on putting love into the world on a regular basis.

    We are endlessly made aware of these horrors that are happening. It seems barely a day goes by without news of a mass shooting. Heartless corporations poison water, they refuse to pay more than poverty wages, they blow up blocks of neighborhoods because they can’t be bothered to maintain safe conditions and inspections. Nations leaders send barely grown kids to die or live the rest of their lives with a killer’s conscience because they seek empire or resources. The ignorant ramblings of bronze age sheep herders are used as justification to turn people against their fellow humans in order to maintain political advantages. We learn about it all day every day from our cable news channels, radio news, internet media, blogs, and newspapers. It’s easy to feel like that’s how the world is, like it’s normal. It’ NOT. It just simply isn’t.

    This world is full people giving to soup kitchens. It’s full of folks who look out for an elderly neighbor and mow their lawn for them or send their kids next door to help carry their groceries in. The world has strangers hugging each other. This place has people who put bandaids of the scraped knees of little kids they don’t even know because their house is across the street from the park. Keep your eyes open and you’ll see people who don’t know each other helping someone else that they don’t know because their car broke down. It doesn’t get on the news. We don’t get fed a constant diet of it in emails designed to help raise funds for a cause. Nobody walks into the break room at work and says: “Oh my god! Did you hear about that lady that saw a stranger crying on a bench in the mall and asked if she could help?” It happens. It happens a lot. There are more good people out there who give a damn than there are out there shooting up school buildings and movie theaters. LOTS more of them.

    I am not trying to be dismissive of these horrible things that we see happening around us. On the contrary, I believe that we need to cause a paradigm shift because of them. We need to promote love and kindness as normal. We need to point it out to the world and ask people to join it. Most of all, we need to put it out there. We can spend the day very sympathetically moping for those who are injured and murdered. It would be absolutely reasonable to do that. It would be a rational reaction for a decent empathetic person to have. Will it make this a better world? Will our finite time in this life have been put to good use or enjoyed while we have it to enjoy? No, it will have been time lost in addition to the time stolen from the victims. I feel sadness in the deepest part of my being every time, but I have promised myself not to dwell in that space. There is never a time when we haven’t got damn good justification to live in that place. We can’t ever leave it, if we don’t decide it’s time to do something else.

    Let’s change it! Let’s renew our efforts to overwhelm it with love. Let’s all insist that the terrors are going to be countered with love. Let’s make it impossible to loose perspective when we see so many horrors. Make them as an island in a sea of caring and helping and showing support. Let’s cheerlead for a stranger, hold a door for someone who looks angry or scary. Sit next to someone who doesn’t look like you, smile and say hello. Give to soup kitchens. Leave a $5 with the cashier to surprise the person behind you. It won’t get on the news. It’s already happening. Let’s make more of it. Let’s point it out to a friend. Let’s clap for someone else when you we see them do it. We need to choose love and we need to insist on it. We need it now.

    • 101 jacquelineoboomer
      June 10, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      Well said. Keep reminding us!

    • 102 0388jojothecat
      June 10, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      Thank you Locke. For these words of wisdom and goodness. Its times like today we need to remind ourselves that there are more good people we interact with than not. Plus I feel good being kind to some than hopelessly and angry.

  42. 103 Bill R.
    June 10, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    I used to live about two miles from Reynolds HS. It is one of those “safe” suburban high schools in a “safe” suburb of Portland called Troutdale. Thanks to the NRA and the gun lobby, and the extremists RW noise machine, the SCOTUS, there is no safe place in America. The murdering gun nuts have been unleashed on America and our hands have been tied to have the proper legal remedies unless we vote the Republican Party out of office in every state and municipality in the nation.

    • 104 cluny
      June 10, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      I’m very sorry to learn of that Bob. It’s sickening to read about all the carnage – and it’s made worse by deliberate inaction. The media, nra and gop need to be called out.

  43. 106 Nena20409
    June 10, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    This Guy has the mass shootings since Dec 14th, 2012.

    https://twitter.com/JuddLegum

    Bless his heart.

  44. 113 jacquelineoboomer
    June 10, 2014 at 2:01 pm

  45. 114 Nena20409
    June 10, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/10/justice/oregon-high-school-shooting/index.html

    (CNN) — One student was killed at the hands of a shooter at a high school near Portland, Oregon, on Tuesday morning, police agencies said.
    The suspected shooter is also dead, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said. It was not immediately clear how the shooter died.

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  47. June 10, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    • 117 Nena20409
      June 10, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      Honestly……that analogy is a tad off. Sgt Bergdahl was in the war Theater in Afghanistan. GW Never left US and he went “awol” and latter his father as the head of the CIA…..somehow…..who knows when, his file went MISSING…..Disappeared.

      Sgt Bergdahl was a POW for almost Five Years. GW Bush destroyed a nation for 8yrs.

  48. 118 globalcitizenlinda
    June 10, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    I am sorry to have to say this but the democratic state senator puckett (VA) needs to be arrested immediately!

    • 121 anniebella
      June 10, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      I watch Rachel last night and I could not believe this about that democratic state senator. What a disgrace, he should be ashame of himself, he gets a six figure job, or was promise. And he Republicans would stop holding up a judge ship for his daughter. But who cares if 400,000 poor citizens of Virginia is without health insurance. That man shouldn’t be able to sleep at night.

  49. 122 hopefruit2
    June 10, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    WaPo sez to single women on rape/violence: You’re out of luck and it’s because you’re single…just get married and you will be safe….

  50. 125 carolyn
    June 10, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    lockewasright….when I read your piece I was reminded of our pastor’s benediction every Sunday. After giving us the blessing, he says to us: “Go in peace, pray for peace, wage a little peace, and love one another….and then we ALL say in unison Every Single Other.” It is a great way to start the week. Then, as the choir comes down the aisle, we all sing, in round form, “What does the Lord require of you, what does the Lord require of you? Justice, kindness, walk humbly with our God.” What drew us to this church is that they live this prayer and this song.

    It is a UCC church, the first denomination to ordain a gay man….years ago!….to endorse same sex marriages, to be an Open and Affirming church…they minister to the homeless EVERY week, they tutor in public schools, they work IN the city, in the neighborhoods. These are factors which drew us to this church, and not surprisingly, it is growing. The people do not proselytize or go out and haul people in, but people one by one, family by family, hear about it and come.

    Experiencing this is why I know lockewasright is right. This is the only way we can defeat the forces of darkness, as I call them. If we can’t actually “love every single other” we cannot let hate harbor in our hearts. We all know the result of that.

  51. June 10, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    BRILLIANT PIECE, LL.

    thank you.

  52. June 10, 2014 at 3:19 pm

  53. 129 coop10
    June 10, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    We should call the Republicans’ and Fox New’s bluff by heeding the call to “take back our country.” Could you imagine what would happen if African-Americans took up guns en mass? The NRA and Fox News would change their message in a heartbeat.

  54. 130 coop10
    June 10, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Watched Fox News last night to see how they would report the Nevada police shootings. Crickets……… Nothing was said. But had that been Muslims or African-Americans, black people throughout the country would have had to lock their doors today


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