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Mahalo for that, A.. It sounded like BS when I saw it upthread..


Protesting Ferguson PD in Portland, Ore..

Obama Surgeon General Nominee Prevails Over NRA And Right-Wing Media Smear Campaign


Dr. Vivek Murthy overcame a longstanding right-wing media and National Rifle Association smear campaign to gain Senate confirmation as Surgeon General on Monday by a vote of 51-43.

Conservative media had worked to cast Murthy as a radical for his uncontroversial stance that gun violence is a public health issue and criticized his supposed lack of qualifications.

The conservative media attacks against Murthy began in early March. Coverage of his nomination focused on his past acknowledgement that gun violence affects public health, which conservative media spun as evidence Murthy is obsessed with gun regulations. (Murthy has actually said his focus as Surgeon General will not be on gun violence, but rather obesity.)


In fact, Murthy's stance on firearms is common within the medical community. The American Medical Association (AMA) agrees that gun violence "has reached epidemic proportions" and has argued that the medical profession carries an obligation to combat gun violence. The Institute of Medicine has also advocated for a "public health approach" to fight gun violence. Furthermore, Murthy's credentials were endorsed by a broad array of health care groups including the American Public Health Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, and Trust for America's Health.

Murthy's confirmation marks a significant loss for the NRA, which began its campaign against the nominee even before conservative media joined the crusade. In a February 26 letter to U.S. Senate leaders, the NRA's top lobbyist warned that confirming Murthy would be "a prescription for disaster for America's gun owners." The letter kicked off an extensive lobbying and grassroots effort as well as the mobilization of the NRA's media arm in a failed attempt to block Murthy's nomination.


Oh yeah, and Joe Manchin disingenuous reasoning for voting NO.

TheObamaDiary.com @TheObamaDiary
.@Sen_JoeManchin opposed Vivek Murthy for SG because of Murthy's "political beliefs" - ie he favors sensible gun laws
10:58 AM - 15 Dec 2014 15 Retweets 6 favorites


What a poignant day for Vivek Murthy to be confirmed in the Senate as yesterday was the two year anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre.

For the victims and loved ones of the Sandy Hook Kids

They have their whole families joining in the Protests.. :( this war against our Black Brothers &

Sisters from the American PD May these babies grow up to not be subjected to the Fear their parents and the kids today face on a daily basis, she

"the man who ended the use of torture once he was POTUS, and has now released the report on torture

"..the man who ended the use of torture once he was POTUS, and has now released the report on torture for all to see, would call torturers "patriots" not only in front of the nation, but in front of the entire world."

Precisely nailed it. Thanks Nance.

Yeah, I know what you mean.. that's what what I was thinking.. too much of this to wade through..

thank you, Justice Department!

Precisely fresh.. the President is trying to avoid a Shutdown like the goPhucks caused in 2013..

those who don't depend on getting checks like SS from the Gov and working for the Government.. don't give a shite about it. Millions do care.. I know I do.. and I know you do too. We all went through this last year and it was devastating and traumatic..

Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka
GOP shutdown the government in 2013. Democrats still didn't turn out in 2014, yet want to blame President Obama for the hand they dealt him.
5:30 PM - 11 Dec 2014 26 Retweets 19 favorites


As someone on the link says.. (paraphrasing).. truly sickening how the gops got richly rewarded for their blatant treason by the voters and the non voters.

Thank you for you post, freshwest~

Thank you for your post, MADem.. President Obama is the punching bag. .facts be damned.

Our Beautiful Black Athletes Supporting #ICantBreathe.. Racists are Going to Run Out of Teams

to Support..

TheObamaDiary.com @TheObamaDiary
Racists vowing to stop supporting teams whose players support #ICantBreathe movement?

You're running out of teams
4:20 PM - 8 Dec 2014 306 Retweets 154 favorites

Michael Skolnik ✔ @MichaelSkolnik
Respect to Jay Z and the Brooklyn Nets for supporting the movement!!
#ICantBreathe #EricGarner
2:51 PM - 8 Dec 2014 3,349 Retweets 1,983 favorites

Jason Gay ✔ @jasonWSJ
LeBron James, Brooklyn, NY, USA, Dec. 8, 2014.
2:22 PM - 8 Dec 2014
866 Retweets 596 favorites

Derrick Rose discusses decision to wear 'I Can't Breathe' shirt


"I'm a parent now," Rose said. "I had a kid two years ago. It probably would have been different . I probably wouldn't have worn the shirt. But now that I'm a dad, it's just changed my outlook on life, period.

"I don't want my son growing up being scared of the police or having the thought that something like that could happen. I have a cousin, that easily could have been him (that was killed), or that easily could have been one of our relatives. It's sad that people lost their lives over that."

JonLP24 http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=5931009

I like what the President has Accomplished and I wish him all the Luck in the world.. you all

can continue dissecting every word.. hang on to that... we'll see who's won in 2016.

"Folks are talking about how I supposedly said how wonderful Ronald Reagan was. (Laughter) Now let me tell you what I said just in case you're getting it third-hand. (More laughter) What I said was that Ronald Reagan, back in 1980, was able to tap into the discontent of the American people and he was able to get Democrats to vote Republican. They were called Reagan Democrats. Remember that? And what I say it is that we as Democrats right now should tap into the discontent of Republicans. (Applause) I want some Obama Republicans. (More applause) I say Obamacons. (Laughter) So I didn't say I liked Ronald Reagan's policies. What I said was that it is the kind of working majority that we need to form in order to move a progressive agenda forward. (Applause)"


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