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Yesterday was a beautiful day...

I was out and about, saw men and women, kids going to and leaving from school happy and healthy, rich and poor, homeless and housed, trans, gay, straight, couples and singles, young and old, pedestrians, bikers, bicyclers, drivers of cars both old and new, shoppers and workers, disabled and abled, people of every kind of race, creed, color, religion and political stripe... All going about their business, without stife or conflict or fear.

I saw an able man open a door for a blind woman, a cis woman share a laugh with a trans woman, young lovers argue without violent contact, I saw a worker for a private company offer that company's services to its customers for free, I met a woman who lost her bus transfer and I gave her some cash for a fare and asked her to pay it forward, it was a rainy day and later a sunny one. I met a young man, full of life and ambition, but he took some time out of his busy day to receive a little sage advice from my old ass and from his demeanor, attentiveness, appreciativeness, intelligence, politeness and respectfulness, I think he's going to heed that advice. I rode in a cab with the same cabbie twice, in the morning he did me a kindness that came out of his own pocket, but when I lucked out and got him for the second ride later in the day, I remembered his earlier sacrifice and gave him a generous tip.

I walked and enjoyed the beauty of an overcast sky in the morning as I listened to some my favorite music with my earbuds and iPod. I had some tasty coffee at various times of the day and evening. I enjoyed the time spent close to my wife and missed her when she wasn't by my side.

It was a day worth living and sharing and reaffirming... And it was just an ordinary day.

As I reflect on yesterday, this following evening, the only thing that I didn't recall seeing was some god damned Open Carry motherfucker.

Yes, yesterday was a beautiful day.

Since Cantor is stepping down as Majority Leader on July 31...

Could this be a sign that he's embarrassed from losing?

What's funny is that Cantor spent $1 Million on his campaign, including cash from the Kochs...

And he was taken out by a Teabagger.

Cantor Spends $1 Million, Koch Contributes

By Kent Cooper

Posted at 11:15 a.m. on May 30

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., reported spending over $1 million during April and three weeks in May, prior to his upcoming primary on June 10th. National donors, such as David Koch, and interest groups helped fund his campaign.

Cantor for Congress, the campaign committee of Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., reported it had receipts of $449,300 and disbursements of $1,002,774 from April 1st through May 21st, leaving $1,500,911 cash on hand.

The committee received $19,594 from donors giving $200 or less, and $235,756 from donors giving more than $200. Contributions included $5,200 from David Koch, executive vice president, Koch Industries (NY); a total of $25,600 from nine executives of Comcast, including $5,000 from Kyle McSlarrow, head of their lobbying and government affairs office (UT); $5,200 from former Rep. Jim McCrery, R-La., consultant at Capitol Counsel (DC); $10,400 from Charlotte and Curtis Bradbury, CEO of Stephens Inc. (AR); and $41,500 from two dozen individuals working in the pain management business.

The committee received $193,950 from PACs and other committees, including $4,500 from KochPAC; $10,000 from the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians PAC; $5,000 from the Comcast Corporation PAC; $2,500 from the NRA Political Victory Fund; $5,000 from WellPoint Inc. WellPAC; among others. The committee has received $2.1 million from PACs and other committees this cycle.


No idea where Brat got his money:


Newsmeat is down right now, so I can't find anything else.

Say what you will about Virginia, that state is never boring

Bye-bye, Eric!

Map: There have been at least 74 school shootings since Newtown

Tuesday’s school shooting in Oregon is at least the 74th instance of shots being fired on school grounds since the late-2012 elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., according to a list maintained by the group Everytown for Gun Safety, which advocates for policies it believes limit gun violence.

There have been at least 37 shootings on school grounds this year, which is just barely half over. All told, there has been nearly one shooting per week in the year and a half since Newtown. Everytown identifies a school shooting as any instance in which a firearm was discharged within a school building or on school grounds, sourced to multiple news reports per incident. The data includes assaults, homicides, suicides and accidental shootings.

Georgia, which passed an expansive pro-gun law this year, has been site of the most incidents on Everytown’s list, with 10 shootings reported. Florida was next, with seven. Tennessee claimed five, and North Carolina and California was home to four each. Atlanta was the only city that had three such shootings. Six other cities had two shootings. All told, 31 states are represented on the list of shootings in schools or on school campuses or grounds. Of the shootings, 35 took place at a college or university, while 39 took place in K-12 schools.

A February analysis by the group of a list of school shootings since Newtown (the list was later expanded) found that nearly half resulted in at least one death. Three in four shooters obtained guns at home, at least in instances in which the firearm’s source could be determined.


Know your cetaceans!


It's time to call in an expert...

Yeah, we're cool...

I'm sure that he's lucky that she didn't have a moose handy as well...

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