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In the US, mass child killings are tragedies. In Pakistan, mere bug splats

Very good read.


"Mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow, nor can they heal your wounded hearts These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change." Every parent can connect with what President Barack Obama said about the murder of 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut. There can scarcely be a person on earth with access to the media who is untouched by the grief of the people of that town.

It must follow that what applies to the children murdered there by a deranged young man also applies to the children murdered in Pakistan by a sombre American president. These children are just as important, just as real, just as deserving of the world's concern. Yet there are no presidential speeches or presidential tears for them, no pictures on the front pages of the world's newspapers, no interviews with grieving relatives, no minute analysis of what happened and why.

Eric Cantor is the Speaker of the House...GOP Civil War Time!!!!

Eric Cantor may be the next Speaker of the House... Or some unnamed moderate. Either way, welcome to a GOP civil war

GOP Divisions: Conservatives just elected Nancy Pelosi as Co-Speaker

Rather clear after today that nothing big is passing the house without the support of co-Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Thanks conservatives.

Jury decision on post about shooting republicans

I really think this decision was wrong, especially this week.

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At Tue Dec 18, 2012, 09:04 PM you sent an alert on the following post:

When the GOP takes hostages, I vote for shooting them.


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We can't be talking about shoting anyone right now


A randomly-selected Jury of DU members completed their review of this alert at Tue Dec 18, 2012, 09:09 PM, and voted 3-3 to LEAVE IT ALONE.

Juror #1 voted to HIDE IT and said: I'm sure the poster doesn't mean this literally, but still this is not appropriate. Violence begets violence.
Juror #2 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: Bad timing and poor taste, but no one would've said a thing a week ago.
Juror #3 voted to HIDE IT and said: No explanation given
Juror #4 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: No explanation given
Juror #5 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: While the title of the post is in poor taste the content doesn't merit hiding it.
Juror #6 voted to HIDE IT and said: Over the top, particularly right now, and not funny. Not to mention that we'd lose the moral high ground.

Thank you.

We need a deal on the budget

We need a deal on the budget. It should be the best deal possible, but there needs to be a deal. The economy is getting ready to go to Greek like measures with taxes and spending. That will crush the economic recovery and the poor and middle class will feel the pain more than anyone. When you add to the fact that the debt ceiling is coming down the road, we are in trouble.

We have the Senate and the Presidency. The only reason Obama won is because the other side is shit crazy. Economic times are still weaj. The economy crashing will bring our party down and make 2014 a great year for the GOP. This is a very scarry environment because the insane could come to real power. While changing the inflation rate of SS(for example) sucks, the alternative is much worse.

In sum, Obama should get the best deal he can, but in the end he needs to close a deal.

If it were possible to simply outlaw guns, would you?

Simple question. No 2nd admendment. No problem getting passed congress. If you could simple outlaw guns and make being in possession of a gun a felony, would you?

This would mean any gun held by any private person.

What would your plan be if your child lived and wasn't shot?

I have a newborn, so it is something I have thought about. What would you do? Do you send them back to the school there? How do you talk to them?

Today President Obama deserves a HELL of a lot of credit for the Mental health benefits in ObamaCare

I am not sure if everyone fully grabs how ObamaCare will expand access to mental health. The below link provides some details.


From expanded access to preventative care, the President should get a lot of credit for this. Expanded access is one way to prevent future days like Friday.

The President isn't going to beat the NRA and pass strong gun legislation:What's the other options?

I think it is rather obvious that nothing strong gun legislation that bans types of weapons isn't going to pass. We don't have the house and even if we did, the gun lobby is strong within the Democratic Party.

That said, what's the best plan forward? What alternative could get the votes in Congress. Something has to be done. I am not sure what is possible however.

Beating the NRA: Gun License Requirements , not Gun Control

We really need to try to do something with this shoting. If I were the President I would focus on Gun License Requirements , not Gun Control. These are the reasons why.

1. It works politically. The NRA always says that "the person kills, not the gun. Fine, let's go after the gun. To own a gun you should have psychological exams, background checks, and gun safety. Also, there should be a felony for someone else to use a licensed gun owners guns in a crime. That person should be held liable.

Also, make a yearly requirmdnt that firearm owners to submit to proficiency test, inventory, and mental health checks.

2. This might be more effective then simply banning any type of gun. There are always loop holes, etc

3. It works with laws that the Gun lobby has already pushed for concealed carry.

The gun lobby is strong. They have to be beat.
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