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Meet a first-grader who's wiser and more secure than most conservative adults

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This exchange is even more pertinent in light of the inclusive and uplifting atmosphere of the first night of the Democratic Convention. Via a friend who witnessed this scrumptious conversation between two little first-grade munchkins:

Boy: "Should I marry you?"

Girl: "I don't know."

Boy: "Maybe I could wait to marry you until after I've married another boy."

Girl: "Huh?"

Boy: "Or maybe I could marry you and then marry another boy."

Girl: "Why do you want to marry another boy?"

Boy: "Because I can."

What we find touching, sweet, funny, normal, and beautiful, many conservatives would find repugnant, sick, and perverse. Anyone who claims there's no discernible difference between the parties would be wrong.

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Local grocery store boosts community, and itself, by hiring skid row homeless, those who struggled with addiction

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I love this story. I adore this story. I want everyone to read this story in full. How often do we get to bring you a report that is this heartwarming and positive?

Not to mention a report that should drive some Republicans crazy. Why? Because a socially responsible L.A. man with a whole lot of compassion, patience, trust, and smarts went out of his way to employ people who the GOP presidential candidate wouldn't touch with a ten-foot dressage riding crop.

Those people would be the very ones who many GOP governors and legislators are just aching to prevent from voting: The poor, the homeless, the uneducated, former criminals, or those fighting battles with addiction, and often winning.

Too bad they don't care one whit about the very people they claim to want to lead.

But back to the uplifting tale of a guy who knows what it means to be productive and humanitarian, open-minded and enterprising by insourcing... from Skid Row.

Meet Jon Murga, courtesy of the L.A. Times:

In staffing his organic-oriented Fresco Community Market in Montecito Heights early last year, Jon Murga looked for employees in an unlikely place: skid row.

He hired 11 people then and one this month through a job development program at the Los Angeles Mission. Most were trying to stay off drugs, alcohol or both as they struggled to exit the ranks of the homeless. Some were trying to put criminal convictions in the past. [...]

He tries to find jobs for those who go through the program's rehabilitation process, tapping his database of as many as 100 businesses. But to employers, his folks carry the stigma of homelessness, often lack a formal education and have a spotty work history and sometimes a criminal record.

He went to the L.A. Mission with the intent of hiring people. He sought them out. One was a fiftysomething woman who, after "20 years of being lost" and who ended up with a felony drug conviction, "came to my senses." Now she says, "Life is good."

Life is now good for someone who many would have chalked up as a lost cause.

Jon Murga is in the business of improving lives while improving his own... along with building his business. Imagine that. Contributing to his community as he encourages and changes attitudes and fortunes.

His store gives back to the community "in the form of charitable donations and a commitment to hire those most in need."

We the people. We, not Me. That's change we can believe in.

As part of his business plan, Murga created a charitable foundation to funnel part of his profits to local church and school programs. And he went to the Los Angeles Mission to hire workers, who now account for a quarter of his staff and earn $10 to $15 an hour.

Yeah, yeah, but can those Murga hires hold a job, you may be wondering?

Allen Ceravolo, who runs the mission's career center, says yes. About two-thirds have hung on to their jobs for at least a year. Only three of the initial 11 hired by Fresco have left.

The ones who remain are outstanding employees, and one has become a manager, Murga said. "There's a gratitude, a humbleness."

"I believe we have the business model for tomorrow in retail," Murga said. If so, that would really be a move in the right direction, or as President Obama has put it, "forward" and "yes we can."

Or as I like to call it, pro-life.

Please read the entire article here.

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VIDEO: Why can't it be like this more often? Sadly, that was rhetorical.

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Many of you may have already seen this, but I hadn't. I actually teared up, because this video proved that once in awhile, perfect strangers can actually come together as one in the most beautiful way. I mean, passengers actually smiled genuinely at each other, they actually shared an experience that bonded them for two minutes straight.

Music does that. Politics, on the other hand...

To see such expressions of gentle surprise and sheer joy from people is so unusual in these times of extreme polarization. They were utterly enchanted. You could tell, because out came the iPod buds.

And that music, so inspiring, as was the entire video. Why can't it be like that more often? Rhetorical.

In April 2012 Copenhagen Phil (Sjællands Symfoniorkester) surprised the passengers in the Copenhagen Metro by playing Griegs Peer Gynt. The flash mob was created in collaboration with Radio Klassisk http://radioklassisk.dk/. All music was performed and recorded in the metro.

Visit our website: http://copenhagenphil.dk/ and facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SjaellandsSymfoniorkester.CopenhagenPhil

Produced by http://makropol.dk/

The sound: The Copenhagen Metro is very quiet and the recording you hear is where the train is standing still. That's why the recording you hear is so clean and crisp - and the sound is actually surprisingly good in the Copenhagen metro.

Follow the link for more tech information.

Via @Knishette

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VIDEO: Gabby Giffords votes for Dem successor Ron Barber in Arizona special election

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Yesterday I posted video of Gabby Giffords stumping for Ron Barber. He's running for her House seat in Arizona's special election and was wounded back in 2011 in the horrific assassination attempt on Rep. Giffords.

Today's Moment of Happy is the video above, of Gabby, her husband Mark and Ron Barber at the polls. That she's able to walk in on her own is a damned miracle.

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Poll-itics: Democrat Ron Barber poised for victory in special election for Gabby Giffords seat

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Yesterday's Moment of Happy was Gabby Giffords stumping for the Democratic candidate Ron Barber who is running for her House seat. He was wounded back in 2011 in the horrific assassination attempt on Rep. Giffords.

Here's today's Moment of Happy via The Hill:

The Democratic nominee to replace former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) has a double-digit lead over the Republican one day out from the special election, a new poll showed.

Democrat Ron Barber, a former Giffords aide, takes 53 percent to Republican Jesse Kelly's 41 in a survey by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling. [...]

Barber enjoys a favorable reputation among the slightly GOP-leaning electorate in southern Arizona, with 53 percent viewing him favorably and 41 percent unfavorably. Voters disapprove of Kelly 59-37, the poll showed.

If he does win the special election, he will only stay in office for six months. He'll have to jump right back into running for re-election, which is expected to be close.

The bonus good news is that early voting is expected to make up the majority of votes on Tuesday, and among the 57 percent of those who already voted, Barber leads by 21 points.

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PhotOH! Gabby Giffords Giffords stumps for former aide at Arizona campaign rally

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Via CNN: Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords holds hands with Arizona democratic congressional candidate Ron Barber at a campaign rally

Gabrielle Gifford's former aide, Ron Barber, was wounded back in 2011 when that deranged shooter tried to assassinate her. He is now running for her seat in a special election, and she fully supports him.

Whoever wins will only stay in office for six months. Then they start right in again running for re-election. In the fall, districts will be slightly different, leaning more Democratic, but it will still be close.

No matter what happens, it's so good to see Gabby out there again:

Tucson, Arizona (CNN) -- Former Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords made a rare appearance before a cheering crowd of supporters at a "Get out the vote" concert in downtown Tucson.

Giffords was joined by her husband, Mark Kelly, at the Saturday event for a special election race for the seat from which she resigned.

The standing-room only crowd gathered at a theater cheered as she walked on stage with her husband, who spoke on her behalf.

"It was incredibly hard for her to resign," Kelly said as Giffords smiled and held hands with her former aide Ron Barber. "And the person she knew could represent this district like she did is standing to my left."

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Boston appeals court finds federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional

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This is the first time DOMA has ever been ruled unconstitutional by a Circuit Court. What a great way to start the day!

The Courage Campaign has it covered:

Gill v. OPM was recently heard at the First Circuit Court of Appeals, and today the decision came down that the three-judge panel has struck down the law as unconstitutional.

The unanimous decision striking down DOMA in Gill v. OPM is here. It is the first time DOMA was considered unconstitutional by a circuit court.

And via HuffPo:

[The law] interferes with the right of a state to define marriage and denies married gay couples federal benefits given to heterosexual married couples, including the ability to file joint tax returns.

More at the links.

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