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"Peace On Earth"

I Feel So Much Safer Now!

I Feel So Much Safer Now!
By STARHAWK | Published: DECEMBER 18, 2012

I feel so much safer now, don’t you? Now that so many states are allowing teachers to bring guns to school! High time! Why just yesterday I took little Emmie to kindergarten for her very first day. She looked so adorable with her pink-enameled Baby Browning packed into her Hello Kitty holster. I felt so proud!


We entered the classroom. Miss Grudge, Emmie’s new teacher, gave her a big smile and a playful burst-in-the-air from her classic Thompson sub-machine gun. So high-spirited, yet I could tell by her Glock in the shoulder holster and the classic Colt 45 on the desk that she has a no-nonsense, serious side. The little kiddies were having a fun game of target practice with their pint-sized Smith & Wessons, so good for their hand-eye coordination! And Miss Grudge is such a creative teacher. She really knows how to spot the teaching moment—like after little Billy shot a couple of toes off by accident, why, all the little children learned to count to eight, right there and then!

I left little Emmie for her first day at school, my mind at ease knowing she was well-protected from any crazed terrorists or evildoers who might threaten her life or her freedom!

Truly, the only downside that I can see to our new weapons policy is the little incident in the State Legislature when Senator Avarice introduced the new pension reform bill. The gallery was packed with teachers and after he’d been removed in the body bag his cohorts took one look at that bristling battery of gunbarrels and rapidly voted all educators a hundred percent raise plus full medical and dental benefits and a generous life insurance plan. Surprising how much less we hear these days about state employees and their bloated entitlements.

America’s teachers—best armed, best paid!

and yes, this is

AARP statement on Social Security Cut... NO!!!!!!

AARP to Congress and the President: Don't Cut Social Security

"Adopting the chained consumer price index for Social Security benefits will take $112 billion out of the pockets of current Social Security beneficiaries in the next 10 years alone, and is neither fair nor warranted.

"Social Security is currently the principal source of income for nearly two-thirds of older American households, and roughly one third of those households depend on Social Security for nearly all of their income. Half of those 65 and older have annual incomes below $18,500. Every dollar of the average Social Security retirement benefit of about $14,800 is absolutely critical to the typical beneficiary.

"The Chained CPI is a stealth benefit reduction that will compound over time and cut thousands of dollars in retirement income for current beneficiaries. A typical 80-year-old woman will lose the equivalent of 3 months worth of food annually. The greatest impact of Chained CPI would fall on the oldest, eventually resulting in a cut of one full month's benefit annually. This dramatic benefit cut would push thousands more into poverty and result in increased economic hardship for those trying desperately to keep up with rising prices."

Read more here: http://www.heraldonline.com/2012/12/18/4494295/aarp-to-congress-and-the-president.html#storylink=cpy#storylink=cpy

Robert Reich: "O proposal even worse" for elderly who bear brunt of healthcare cost increases

Soc Sec inflation index already understates price increases for elderly who bear brunt of healthcare cost increases. O proposal even worse.


WTF? Bullet Proof BackPacks?


Is THIS What The Gun-Worshippers Want? - Worried 6th Grader Brings Guns/Ammo To School

Student brings gun to West Kearns Elementary
Updated: 9:24 am | Published: 12/17 5:38 pm
Reported by: Cristina Rendon

KEARNS, Utah (ABC4 News) – Panic and fear spread among parents and children after a 6th grade boy brought a handgun and ammunition to school on Monday.

The 11-year-old said he was worried about the events of the Newtown, CT shooting.

Granite School District Spokesman Ben Horsley said as soon as the teacher found out, she took him straight to the principal’s office. School police searched the boy’s backpack and found the handgun and ammunition.

Horsley said the school did not go on lockdown.


The 11-year-old claimed his parents wanted him to bring it in for protection after the Newtown, Conn. shootings


White male "privilege" is a mental disorder

White male privilege is a mental disorder
Posted on December 18, 2012

“But while men from all backgrounds kill their spouses, affluent white men are disproportionately represented in the ranks of our most infamous mass murderers. In other words, the less privileged you are, the less likely you are to take your violence outside of your family and your community. White men from prosperous families grow up with the expectation that our voices will be heard. We expect politicians and professors to listen to us and respond to our concerns. We expect public solutions to our problems. And when we’re hurting, the discrepancy between what we’ve been led to believe is our birthright and what we feel we’re receiving in terms of attention can be bewildering and infuriating. Every killer makes his pain another’s problem. But only those who’ve marinated in privilege can conclude that their private pain is the entire world’s problem with which to deal. This is why, while men of all races and classes murder their intimate partners, it is privileged young white dudes who are by far the likeliest to shoot up schools and movie theaters.”


Head Is Exploding

Americans do not live in a warzone (except the one of the NRA’s making).

This facebook picture was posted ONE day after the tragedy last Friday.



On April 28, 1996, a gunman opened fire on tourists in a seaside resort in Port Arthur, Tasmania. By the time he was finished, he had killed 35 people and wounded 23 more. It was the worst mass murder in Australia’s history. Twelve days later, Australia’s government did something remarkable. Led by newly elected conservative Prime Minister John Howard, it announced a bipartisan deal with state and local governments to enact sweeping gun-control measures. A decade and a half hence, the results of these policy changes are clear: They worked really, really well.

At the heart of the push was a massive buyback of more than 600,000 semi-automatic shotguns and rifles, or about one-fifth of all firearms in circulation in Australia. The country’s new gun laws prohibited private sales, required that all weapons be individually registered to their owners, and required that gun buyers present a “genuine reason” for needing each weapon at the time of the purchase. (Self-defense did not count.) In the wake of the tragedy, polls showed public support for these measures at upwards of 90 percent.

What happened next has been the subject of several academic studies. Violent crime and gun-related deaths did not come to an end in Australia, of course. But as the Washington Post’s Wonkblog pointed out in August, homicides by firearm plunged 59 percent between 1995 and 2006, with no corresponding increase in non-firearm-related homicides. The drop in suicides by gun was even steeper: 65 percent. Studies found a close correlation between the sharp declines and the gun buybacks. Robberies involving a firearm also dropped significantly.

Meanwhile, home invasions did not increase, contrary to fears that firearm ownership is needed to deter such crimes. But here’s the most stunning statistic. In the decade before the Port Arthur massacre, there had been 11 mass shootings in the country. There hasn’t been a single one in Australia since.

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