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February 27, 2018

Gun push dims as Washington gets back to 'work'

The quotations around the word 'work' are mine. I couldn't resist because since the rise of Newt Gingrich and the lock-step drown-gummint-in-a-bathtub people came to power in the 90s, one whole party has done NOTHING for the American people except wreck, underfund and over-regulate programs that help us while at the same time throwing money at the 'defense' industry, deregulating big oil and other industries in ways that compromise either our safety or the environment.


Anyway, here's an article on CNN: https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/27/politics/congress-gun-debate/index.html

I'm posting it here because you'll all remember that the only thing we can do to end this gridlock is to ELECT NEW PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY WANT TO GOVERN.

Here's a little excerpt:

(CNN)For 12 grief soaked days, it felt like something was different this time, that the massacre of 17 people at a Florida school and the activism of teenagers who survived it would force a rethinking of America's relationship with guns.

The push for change quickened over the weekend as powerful cries for gun law reform from the kids who escaped the rampage rang in the nation's ears. Delta Air Lines, United and Avis Budget Group joined a growing list of powerful firms that severed ties with the National Rifle Association. And a CNN/SSRS poll showed 70% of Americans want tougher regulation of firearms.

But as soon as Washington got back in the game Monday, it looked a lot more like business as usual, as a push for new regulation and significantly strengthened background checks appeared to lose political momentum.

As lawmakers filtered back to the Senate and the House, to what many appeared to view as an unwelcome new debate about guns, it became clear that political realities on the Second Amendment were as locked in as ever.
February 21, 2018

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February 20, 2018

Man accused of taking thumb from 2,000-year-old terra-cotta warrior

Source: CNN

A 2,000-year-old terra-cotta warrior valued at $4.5 million and considered a "priceless part of China's cultural heritage" is missing a thumb, but surveillance video helped lead the FBI to both the thumb and a suspect in the theft.

Michael Rohana of Delaware was arrested last week in the December theft.

Officials say Rohana went to Philadelphia's Franklin Institute on December 21 for an ugly sweater party hosted by the museum. During the evening, Rohana and a few of his friends entered the closed off terra-cotta warrior exhibit, and after his friends left, Rohana took a selfie with one of the statues, according to surveillance footage and court documents. He then put his hand on the left hand of one of the warriors and snapped something off, the documents said.

Rohana pocketed the warrior's thumb and took it home with him to Delaware that evening, officials said.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/19/us/terracotta-warrior-thumb/index.html

To me, this is emblematic of the lack of common decency and lack of integrity that now permeates what was once a noble Republic.
February 18, 2018

Luckovich cartoon

Thought everyone might appreciate this, in case it hasn't been posted.

February 8, 2018

Polish President signs controversial Holocaust bill into law

Source: CNN

(CNN)Polish President Andrzej Duda signed Poland's controversial new Holocaust bill late Tuesday ahead of it being assessed by the country's Constitutional Tribunal. The law would make it illegal to accuse the nation of complicity in crimes committed by Nazi Germany, including the Holocaust. It would also ban the use of terms such as "Polish death camps" in relation to Auschwitz and other such camps located in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Violations will be punished by a fine or a jail sentence of up to three years.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/07/europe/poland-holcaust-bill-signed-intl/index.html

Lawless brown shirted nazis are now marching through US and European streets, whining about how it is they on whom genocide is being perpetrated. In Charlottesville, and on campuses throughout this nation, we've heard their jackboots marching over the pavement, their truncheons hitting flesh, their guns proudly carried in the open, hatred shining forth from their faces, and racist vitriol flowing out of their mouths.

The generation of Holocaust survivors grows old, and these young nazis are watching and once again telling the big lie.

If you listen you can hear echos of bloody trains moving across the steppe.

February 7, 2018

Have you folks noticed that Trump isn't bright orange anymore?

Seriously, he's looking kinda doughy.

Perhaps now, he's become a white cheddar Cheetoh...

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