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Gun control vote: all but three 'no' senators received pro-gun cash

Source: The Guardian

Gun control vote: all but three 'no' senators received pro-gun cash
Analysis of campaign disclosures shows 42 of 45 dissenting senators logged donations from firearms lobbyists



All but three of the 45 senators who torpedoed gun control measures in Congress on Wednesday have received money from firearms lobbyists, according to new analysis by the Guardian and the Sunlight Foundation.

Some, such as Indiana Republican Dan Coats, registered donations from pro-shooting groups as recently as three weeks ago, when the proposal to extend background checks was still seen as likely to pass.

President Obama and congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who survived a gun attack, have both accused the Senate of being in thrall to gun money following Wednesday's vote. "They worried that the gun lobby would spend a lot of money and paint them as anti-second amendment," said Obama.

Yet campaign disclosures show the group were also direct recipients of gun cash. The National Rifle Association alone has given $800,000 to 40 of the senators who voted against the amendment since 1990, much of it in the run-up to the last election, according to Sunlight Foundation figures.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/18/pro-gun-groups-donated-senators

NRA > 85% OF AMERICANS

NRA > 85% OF AMERICANS
http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/294571-senate-rejects-tougher-background-checks-on-gun-purchases


http://oregonbeersnob.blogspot.com/

WASHINGTON It is an odd day to be looking out at Our Nation's Capital, cherry blossoms lost in the murk and the gloom, from the steps of the Senate side of the Capitol building. It has been an odd week in Our Nation's Capital. It has been a week in which the national government, responding to the will of practically nobody, has determined on its own that our society will tolerate a level of violence in it that is beyond the reach of the national government to do very much about. Moreover, it has been a week in which, by means subtle and overt, the national government has determined which types of violence our society must tolerate in order to remain the freest country in the world. It has done so quite on its own. It has done so against the expressed will of the vast majority of the people out in a country as expressed in the only way they can, now that elections have been determined to have very few real consequences in regard to the levels and types of violence that our society must tolerate in order to remain free. They have told the pollsters, over and over again, because, as far as the violence in America is concerned, the pollsters are the only people listening.

Read more: Daily Politics Blog - Charles P. Pierce - Political Blogging - Esquire http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/#ixzz2QqjExM93


http://www.laprogressive.com/gun-control-bill-fails/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed28The+LA+Progressive)

Give It Arrest


http://chartgirl.com/give-it-arrest/

I think the big losers were America's schoolchildren, not the WH, you fucking insane pig.

White House loses big on Manchin-Toomey
Posted by Jennifer Rubin on April 17, 2013
http://lucianne.com/thread/?artnum=731645

I think the big losers were America's schoolchildren, not the WH, you fucking insane pig.

Oh to be a fly on the wall when Rick Perry has to ask Obama for emergency relief.

The blast zone

It seems especially wrong when said fertilizer plant had not even been inspected in the last five years.



I suppose one could say that everyone in this case had perfect freedom. The fertilizer plant owners had the freedom to run a plant without "big government" intrusion. The home builders had the freedom to sell their units wherever they saw fit to build. The home buyers had the freedom to assume irresponsibility on the part of the plant owner and the government, and take responsibility for themselves by not living near the plant. It was a conservative paradise of total economic liberty. No one could have foreseen what would happen. It was a tragedy. Instead of politicizing it, we should just pray for the victims. Wolverines.

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-blast-zone-by-davidoatkins.html

The United States Congress, Official Portrait 2013


http://www.franciscodegoya.net/

LaPierre clutches his new trophy

The Great Photoshop War of 2013


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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