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Neil Heslin, Father Of Newtown Victim, Heckled By Pro-Gun Activists

Source: Huffington Post

More than 1,000 people attended a hearing before the Gun Violence Prevention Working Group at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on Monday to share their views on gun control, USA Today reported. Among them was Heslin, who held a large framed picture of himself and his son Jesse as he urged officials to consider strengthening gun laws in Connecticut.

But as he gave his emotional testimony, pleading with lawmakers to improve mental health options and to ban assault weapons like the one Adam Lanza used to murder his child and 25 other people, his speech was interrupted by dozens of audience members, The Connecticut Post reported.

“I still can't see why any civilian, anybody in this room in fact, needs weapons of that sort. You're not going to use them for hunting, even for home protection," Heslin said.

Pro-gun activists responded by calling out: "Second Amendment!"


Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/29/neil-heslin-father-of-newtown-victim-heckled_n_2572503.html

Here’s something for the tax-paying ‘Mericans to keep in mind when sequestration hits in 32 days


Rude Pundit: Grappling with Zero Dark Thirty: Torture Works and the CIA Is Nothing But Awesome


What's wrong with the film is that it pretends to be devoid of any moral perspective. By focusing, to the exclusion of anything else, on the hunt for bin Laden, the film wants you to see everything as part of that hunt, especially what gets results. But it's not objective. The torturers are humanized, like when we see Dan and his (no doubt ironically) caged monkeys. The prisoners and Pakistanis are depicted as evil others who are ultimately weak.

We are manipulated with audio of people who died in 9/11. We are shown multiple terrorist attacks, which is fine and relevant, if a bit overwrought. What's the purpose of that other than to say that that the means justify the ends? To show us that terrorists do bad things? No shit. In the context of Zero Dark Thirty, the reason to do that is to make us as driven as Maya to find bin Laden, even if that means beating a prisoner handcuffed to a table.

Later today (or tomorrow): How the CIA is awesome and what it all means.


Non-Christians With "Certain Mental Illness" Should Be ONLY Targets For Gun Control

"It's not God-fearing Christians going out there and committing mass murder, so we really need to find out is it a certain mental illness and we've got to fix it so these things don't happen again," Palazzo said. "But, we're not going to sacrifice the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution just to appease special interest," he said.


"Just Wonderful"...We finally get to learn about the excellent awesome coolness of Ronald Reagan!

............now we finally get to learn about the excellent awesome coolness of Ronald Reagan!

We are told that President Reagan’s rhetoric inspired many, particularly his emphasis that (1) budgets should be balanced and (2) trade and business should be free from government interference. These principles reflected the most basic tenets of free enterprise capitalism that had made America great. The Reagan years became the longest period of vigorous and continuous economic growth since World War II, with lower taxes and less government regulation. Though deficit spending and the national debt skyrocketed, sound conservative thought flourished on many levels during the 1980s.

Wait, what was that thing about balanced budgets again? And the Reagan tax increases? Oh, never mind, it was all just wonderful! And never mind that the economic expansion of the 1990s was actually a little longer; it happened under a guy who lied about a blowjob, so it does not count.


Remember, boys and girls... If the US does not bankrupt itself with military spending and annihilate all life on the planet through a nuclear holocaust, the communists win.

Read more at http://wonkette.com/498694/sundays-with-the-christianists-a-world-history-textbook-that-spins-one-for-the-gipper#psEsA70TGWrd9fCq.99

Finally, A Teaparty Bumper Sticker I Can Get Behind

Spineless Democrats

Jesus vs The NRA

Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.

While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people... Jesus said to Judas, “Do what you came for, friend.” Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.“Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword."


Yeah Baby: GOP Public Image

White Power to the Rescue

The steady rise of ethnic nationalism over the past decade, the replacing of history with mendacious and sanitized versions of lost glory, is part of the moral decay that infects a dying culture. It is a frightening attempt, by those who are desperate and trapped, to escape through invented history their despair, impoverishment and hopelessness. It breeds intolerance and eventually violence. Violence becomes in this perverted belief system a cleansing agent, a way to restore a lost world. There are ample historical records that disprove the myths espoused by the neo-Confederates, who insist the Civil War was not about slavery but states’ rights and the protection of traditional Christianity. But these records are useless in puncturing their self-delusion, just as documentary evidence does nothing to blunt the self-delusion of Holocaust deniers. Those who retreat into fantasy cannot be engaged in rational discussion, for fantasy is all that is left of their tattered self-esteem. When their myths are attacked as untrue it triggers not a discussion of facts and evidence but a ferocious emotional backlash. The challenge of the myth threatens what is left of hope. And as the economy unravels, as the future looks bleaker and bleaker, this terrifying myth gains potency.

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