Archive for April 15th, 2013

15
Apr
13

“Inane political discussion about …. right nouns and verbs”

Thanks Amk

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Endless thanks again to Liberal Librarian for his beautiful post tonight – if you haven’t read it, see below:

15
Apr
13

Be not afraid

We don’t know who did it.

We don’t know if he was a Christian, a Muslim, or a Jew.

We don’t know if he was left wing or right wing.

We don’t know if it was done with a political purpose in mind, or if his mind merely snapped, lashing out at a society of which he wasn’t a part.

At this point, we know nothing about the bomber at today’s Boston Marathon.

But I will not cower in fear.

I will not listen to the ones with the megaphones who are already using this as an excuse to settle political scores.

I will not hide in my room, or acquiesce to give up a bit of freedom for safety. Giving up one rarely secures you the other.

I will not pound my chest and say that the answer is more guns on the street, so that we’re all deputized, armed, dangerous.

I will not let hatred blind me.

I will run towards the danger, like hundreds of citizens did in Boston.

I will open my home to those who suffered and lost.

I will stay resolute that fear will not prevail.

I will trust that this country will feel its way towards doing the right thing. It always, eventually, does.

Our instinct is to give up on our fellow humans. One of my first reactions was to root for global warming to do its worst.

But that hopelessness is the one thing which will condemn us to extinction.

Hope is what keeps humanity going; it’s the only thing keeping us from falling into the abyss. Once we’ve lost hope, we’ve lost what makes us human.

I will not lose hope.

We don’t know what prompted the bomber to commit his act. But one thing we can assume with a clear certainty is that hope was lost in him.

I will not be that man.

I will not succumb to the thought that humanity is a cesspit, doomed to fall. One man bombed a race. Hundreds raced towards the explosions, to help out their fellow human beings. I’m with them.

I will not be afraid. That’s when I lose.

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Chips: Follow Liberal Librarian on Twitter and read him at The People’s View

15
Apr
13

“Say a prayer for Boston tonight”

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15
Apr
13

“Our Hearts Are Broken…”

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Just re-posting UT’s thread, comments were all over the place in the last one.

15
Apr
13

“Mr Invincible”

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Thank you Linda

See What is Working for all the contact details for members of Congress

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See here for where each member of Congress stands on guns, and their NRA rating

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15
Apr
13

Rise and Shine

A year ago: President Obama greets participants after a Land Titling event at the Plaza de San Pedro, Cartagena, Colombia, April 15, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today:

12:30 Jay Carney briefs the press

2:05: The President honors the BCS National Champion University of Alabama Crimson Tide

4:30: Participates in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony (Closed Press)

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Greg Sargent: Over the weekend, Senator Susan Collins revealed that she will vote Yes on the expanded background check compromise reached by Senators Pat Toomey and Joe Manchin. This is good news, but the case of Collins perfectly captures why it is almost impossible to get anything done in today’s Washington. With the possible exception of immigration, some on the right simply won’t allow moderate Republicans to embrace anything that constitutes even the narrowest of compromises with Obama and Democrats.

It turns out Collins has embraced expanded background checks in spite of the fact that she’s facing a relentless assault from the right back in her home state. As it happens, the “gun rights” group targeting her, which is well to the right of the NRA, has enjoyed fundraising help from none other than Collins’ Senate colleague Rand Paul.

More here

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The Hill: A bipartisan bill on background checks is inching closer to the necessary 60 votes for passage, but it still has a long way to go.

The upcoming vote on a new proposal crafted by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) is expected to go down to the wire….

There are now four Republicans who have publicly committed to supporting the amendment: Sens. Toomey, Mark Kirk (Ill.), Susan Collins (Maine) and John McCain (Ariz.).

…. To pass Manchin-Toomey, at least five Republicans must back it. Fifty-five senators caucus with the Democrats, but not all are sure bets to embrace the background check legislation.

More here

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