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Huge outpouring of grief in Edinburgh .... for Margaret Thatcher's funeral



Excellent turnout at the big screen in Edinburgh

As I stood watching, a man walked past and remarked to me in a gruff Scottish accent "You can see how much we loved her here, can't you?"


https://witness.guardian.co.uk/assignment/516e3c1de4b049aa25e5e87b/278535

Chills from Boston

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2013/04/boston_bruins_national_anthem.php

Last night, in their first home game since the marathon bombings, Boston Bruins fans took over the singing of the national anthem from Rene Rancourt (starts about 3:20 in):

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Gabby Gifford's just-published NYT op-ed: A Senate in the Gun Lobby’s Grip - Shame on them.

OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
A Senate in the Gun Lobby’s Grip
By GABRIELLE GIFFORDS
Published: April 17, 2013


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(snippets, more at the link below)

Some of the senators who voted against the background-check amendments have met with grieving parents whose children were murdered at Sandy Hook, in Newtown. Some of the senators who voted no have also looked into my eyes as I talked about my experience being shot in the head at point-blank range in suburban Tucson two years ago, and expressed sympathy for the 18 other people shot besides me, 6 of whom died. These senators have heard from their constituents — who polls show overwhelmingly favored expanding background checks. And still these senators decided to do nothing. Shame on them.

I watch TV and read the papers like everyone else. We know what we’re going to hear: vague platitudes like “tough vote” and “complicated issue.” I was elected six times to represent southern Arizona, in the State Legislature and then in Congress. I know what a complicated issue is; I know what it feels like to take a tough vote. This was neither. These senators made their decision based on political fear and on cold calculations about the money of special interests like the National Rifle Association, which in the last election cycle spent around $25 million on contributions, lobbying and outside spending.

Speaking is physically difficult for me. But my feelings are clear: I’m furious. I will not rest until we have righted the wrong these senators have done, and until we have changed our laws so we can look parents in the face and say: We are trying to keep your children safe. We cannot allow the status quo — desperately protected by the gun lobby so that they can make more money by spreading fear and misinformation — to go on.

I am asking every reasonable American to help me tell the truth about the cowardice these senators demonstrated. I am asking for mothers to stop these lawmakers at the grocery store and tell them: You’ve lost my vote. I am asking activists to unsubscribe from these senators’ e-mail lists and to stop giving them money. I’m asking citizens to go to their offices and say: You’ve disappointed me, and there will be consequences.

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MORE:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/18/opinion/a-senate-in-the-gun-lobbys-grip.html?_r=2&

Gabrielle Giffords, a Democratic representative from Arizona from 2007 to 2012, is a founder of Americans for Responsible Solutions, which focuses on gun violence.

This is Martin, 8.



Martin Richard, 8, died in the Boston blast while waiting for family friends to finish the race. He was standing with his mother, who suffered a brain injury, and his six-year-old sister, who lost a leg. The photo by his third-grade teacher surfaced on Facebook. Not much else to say./i]

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151627065481913&set=a.10150431965526913.409858.569141912&type=1&theater

Try Being MORE Respectful?


http://tbogg.firedoglake.com/2013/04/17/hey-look-glenn-reynolds-is-being-a-fucking-asshole-again/

GUNS? Fuck Yeah!

SENATE KILLS BACKGROUND CHECKS

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/17/background-checks-bill_n_3103341.html

Sen. McTurtle just posted this to his official Facebook page (seriously):


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=552665124756002&set=a.454617221227460.101200.259130650776119&type=1&theater
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/04/17/1202682/-Sen-McConnell-Posts-Hilarious-Facebook-Photo-Following-Gun-Vote-Defeat

Obama Says NRA ‘Willfully Lied’ To Beat Background Check Bill

President Barack Obama held an emotional press conference in the Rose Garden this afternoon reacting to the failure of legislation to expand background checks on gun sales in the Senate. After being introduced by the father of a child killed at last year's shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, Obama attributed the defeat of the bipartisan background check compromise to "untruths" about the bill spread by the National Rifle Association.

"The current leader of the NRA used to support these background checks. So while this compromise didn't contain everything I wanted or everything that these families wanted, it did represent progress. It represented moderation and common sense," Obama said. "That's why 90 percent of the American people supported it. But instead of supporting this compromise, the gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill."

Obama said the NRA exagerrated the effect of the bill, which scared gun owners and mobilized them to oppose the legislation.

"They claimed that it would create some sort of big brother gun registry even though the bill did the opposite," said Obama of the NRA. "This legislation in fact outlawed any registry, plain and simple, right there in the text. But that didn't matter. And, unfortunately, this pattern of spreading untruths about this legislation served a purpose. Because those lies upset an intense minority of gun owners and that in turn intimidated a lot of senators."

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/obama-says-nra-willfully-lied-to-beat-background?ref=fpb

TPM: Arrest Imminent In Marathon Bombings



DENISE LAVOIE APRIL 17, 2013, 12:46 PM 3385
BOSTON (AP) — A suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings is about to be arrested, a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation said Wednesday.

The official was not authorized to divulge details of the investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The suspect was to be taken into custody by federal marshals and taken to a Boston courthouse, the official said.

The official spoke shortly after several media outlets reported that a suspect had been identified from surveillance video taken at a Lord & Taylor store between the two bomb blasts.

An official news briefing was scheduled later Wednesday.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/ap-source-arrest-imminent-in-marathon-bombings.php?ref=fpa

check this out:
https://twitter.com/Cassis617/status/324500310431256576/photo/1
what do you all think?

Shorter FBI: Pipe the fuck down!



http://www.fbi.gov/boston/press-releases/2013/no-arrest-made-in-bombing-investigation
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