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"Chris Christie Missed a Chance to Save Lives", Gov. Dannel Malloy says in The Star Ledger

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In a strongly worded Op-Ed, Chris Christie had his largish be-hind handed to him in a firestorm of splendidly worded jabs by New Jersey Star Ledger contributor and Connecticut Governor, Dannel Malloy, this weekend.

As you can imagine after Sandy Hook, Gov. Malloy is a tad frustrated with governors of neighboring Northeastern states who won't raise a finger to help save innocent children's and teacher's and law enforcement's and regular citizens' (not protected by Secret Service) lives in order to placate the Gun Fondlers and the NRA Gods who fund and ferociously frenzy them.

Then Christie had the unmitigated gall, and the egregious Jersey Cajones, to snub the Sandy Hook families that wanted but moments of his time. 

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Despite President Obama and other folk with brains, there has been no progress on gun reform since the Second Amendment, gun-fondling fanatics landed on the wrong side of history - and morality - following that horrific shooting tragedy in Connecticut and the dozens more we have survived.

Here's a taste, link above.

Gov. Christie and other governors across the country have to make tough choices on behalf of their constituents every day. It’s far easier to blame the complexities of gun violence on mental illness, but true leadership requires approaching all sources of the problem, regardless of their convenience, popularity, or personal political aspirations.

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A week and a half ago, Gov. Christie missed an opportunity to make meaningful, common-sense change that had the potential to limit the lethality of shooting incidents.

He's got the right of it there, governors across the United States truly do have a role in common sense gun reform … and Christie has gone out of his way to oppose it. Malloy summarized:

And what’s worse, he showed a callous lack of respect to the families who have bravely devoted their lives to ensure other parents won’t endure the same unimaginable heartbreak they live with each day.

Those families deserve better. The people of New Jersey deserve better as well.

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Joe Schmoe Scarborough had to interject this morning and insist that even soooo … Friend of The Show Chris Christie's stock is going up and he, harrumph hubris harrumph, will be back ahead of the pack in six months. [Ridonculous.]

Oh, Joe. Morning Mika jumped in to defend, natch. They lerves them some Christie.

Props to Governor Malloy and any American who has the courage to take on the gun fondlers. Let's hope they keep up the stellar work.

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Hey, Reagan: SWAT is Stun-Grenading Babies Cribs fer' Your War On Drugs in GA

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Ronald Reagan, from whatever sorry level of hell drew the short straw, I hope you are looking up.

There's a 19 month-old innocent baby boy, paralyzed, in a coma, in a burn unit, in Georgia … and you started the absurd immoral War On Drugs that put him there.

The GOP crusade on drugs, sanity and done-borned babies is alive and well in Atlanta. Cue Deliverance, this is a sick-arse tale.

According to Atlanta's WSB-TV, with the force of only a 'no-knock warrant', local SWAT seeking an arrest lobbed a stun grenade into the home and onto the infant's pillow -- where ARE they training these Southern arms of the law?

It's a deeply disturbing tale of 'Cops' quality tactics in the real world South. Baby Bounkham's mother, Alecia Phonesavanh, shared her disbelief and pain.

“It landed in his playpen and exploded on his pillow, right in his face. He’s only a baby. He didn’t deserve any of this.”

"He's in the burn unit. We go up to see him and his whole face is ripped open. He has a big cut on his chest," Phonesavanh said. "He's only 19 months old. He didn't do anything."

 

Nixon may have foreshadowed your policies, but you, Reagan, escalated the war that has imprisoned, killed or ruined good human beings with your fanatical zealotry.

If they are running a tally of the dead, your War On Drugs monument should be HUGE.

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80 Americans Killed With Guns In Week Before Isla Vista Massacre

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The repost.us service is no longer available so we have removed that code from The Political Carnival.

Here is the original post on the AATTP website.

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Santa Barbara Shooting -- Of Course It's The Gays' Fault Says Fox News

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You would need to be living under a rock not to have heard about the Santa Barbara California area stabbings and shooting rampage. Seven are dead, 13 are wounded and all are under 24 years old. All of the young victims were innocent except for the shooter who took his own life. He too may have been a victim, but within the confines of his own mind. We'll never know for sure. But he did leave some very important and telling evidence.

News outlets quickly broke the story that the shooter had left Youtube postings and a 140 page manifesto explaining his actions. Authorities rapidly took to analyzing them and a consensus was quick in coming. This perpetrator, identified as Elliot Rodger, was mentally disturbed leading up to his actions. One doesn't need to be a genius or a psychologist to see that. Or do they?

He describes himself as feeling shunned by women and his being jealous of the men who were able to have relationships with them. There's more to it than that, obviously, but his feelings of inadequacy in the social realm caused him to snap. He couldn't succeed with women and he felt shunned.

Using his own video and long explanation of his planned attack, the consensus of experts was uninformed.  Uninformed until Fox News stepped in. Despite the facts, as if facts ever got in the way of a homophobic story by them, they put on a quack doctor to analyze the rantings of the killer.  Raw Story:

Dr. Robi Ludwig asserted to Fox News that a mass shooting in California over the weekend may have been triggered because the suspect could not cope with his “homosexual impulses.

In a video posted on YouTube, 22-year-old Elliot Rodger explained that he had planned a shooting rampage to get retribution on women for rejecting him.

All you girls who rejected me and looked down upon me and treated me like scum, while you gave yourself to other men,” Rodger said just hours before gunning down six people near UC Santa Barbara’s campus. “And all of you men for living a better life than me. All of you sexually active men. I hate you.”

Where or what Cracker Jack box licensed Dr. Robi Ludwig got her degree is questionable. Where Fox News found her is simple -- Haters 'R Us or Homophobes For A Better Tomorrow.

Somehow, despite all evidence, a video and a 140 page explanation written by the killer himself explaining his impulses and anger, Dr. Gayhater misdiagnosed the evidence. Hers are the opposite  findings of the facts. A man who yearns for the love of and compassionate relations with a woman, is heterosexual, not homosexual. A man who's jealous of sexually active men with women he's attracted to, is heterosexual not homosexual. These are basic tenets. Opposite sex attraction--straight. Same sex attraction-- homosexual. This isn't quack science.

Why Fox News would put out something so diametrically opposed to facts is not a new question to ask. The answer is they are driven by outrageous headlines and looking for any viewership-grabbing antics they can. They are bottom feeders who just lick up any hate mongering. Sadly the byproducts of this irresponsible reporting is fueling the flames of bigotry.

Is this all about Fox News and their right wing conservative-serving opposition to same sex marriage? Is this about the pending Employment Non Discrimination Act in Congress? Or is this just about ignorance, pure and simple?

Putting this out there, Fox News is hurting the victims, their families, and the entire country. We have enough hate. This isn't the time to fan the flames, especially when their claims are so spurious. Not a scintilla of evidence appears anywhere or is mentioned by anyone that the killer had any homosexual leanings or tendencies.

This is the time to try to understand what happened and to try to prevent such things from happening again. Is it too early to be angry? No. But it's always too soon to blame innocent people for crimes they didn't commit.

Fox owes the world an apology. It won't come. But Dr. Ludwig deserves all the criticism we can heap upon her. Her competence must be questioned as you can see in her appearance below.

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Rep. Senslessbrenner Against Flying Flags At Half Mast For Non-Americans

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Respect is paid to people in many ways. Sometimes it's a thank you, or a tip of the hat. And in exceptional cases, those that have earned the greatest respect, there's even a traditional flying of the U.S. flag at half-mast. It might mark the passing of a single person, or in the case of a tragedy like 9-11 or Sandy Hook, the loss of many. The general rule is that this tradition is reserved for the highest degree of reverence. The ultimate acknowledgement.

Recently, with the passing of Nelson Mandela, President Obama ordered the flags on federal buildings to be lowered in recognition of the South African's passing. This Nobel Peace Prize winner, this international diplomat and civil rights crusader was being honored for the impact he had across the world. Not just in his nation. His footprint exceeded South Africa's borders. He was a citizen of the world, so to speak.

Yet this is not good enough for the Republican party here in the states. Now, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) has made it clear that he feels  the U.S. should only lower flags to honor American citizens, and not foreign dignitaries like civil rights leader and former South African President Nelson Mandela.

Sadly Sensenbrenner is not alone. It was reported today in Talking Points Memo

Sensenbrenner's assertion was received with "cheers" at the event, which was organized by the Republican Party of Waukesha County, according to Brookfield Now.

Does respect now based on a person's nationality? Is a man or woman deserving of our recognition only if he/she was an American? According to the Wisconsin representative and his GOP party, it does. I don't agree.

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Three Bullets, Three Leaders, Three Deaths -- In One Day

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November 22, 1963. If you were around back then, you certainly know the significance of that day. Or do you?

We all know that our 35th president was assassinated in Dallas. It's an event that haunts us even today -- nearly fifty years to the moment. It's indelibly imprinted on we survivors -- where we were and how we heard the news.

Yet two other greats died that same day. Within hours of the president. Their loss is hardly mourned, certainly nearly forgotten that it occurred at the same time.

But virtually no one on 22 November 1963 realized—and relatively few realize even now—that that day also saw the departure of the two other major figures, who were also world-shapers in their very different ways.

The two greats that were lost were as far from politics as you can imagine. These two, both men, were visionaries perhaps greater than JFK. Their words were read and their books sold thousands more copies than anything Kennedy wrote, Profiles in Courage included. Their literary works still are great sellers today.

These authors who's passing was glanced over at best, were totally ignored in the big picture despite the fact that they would have made front pages if they had died a day earlier. What is it they say, "Timing is everything?"

The two "ghosts" were C.S. Lewis (The Screwtape LettersThe Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy) and Aldous Huxley (Brave New World).

Philosophically and sociologically, they were titans. Their passing deserved a bit of recognition but sadly, a more instantly shocking sense of despair overtook this country. The presidents murder understandably overshadowed the more peaceful and orderly passing of these two pillars of future thought.

The Daily Beast:

Death had moved remorselessly westward to claim his scalps. Lewis died first, in his brother’s arms, a few minutes after tumbling with a crash from his bed at the foot of the stairs at the Kilns, his house outside Oxford, at 5.30pm. He was just a week shy of 65. One hour later—12.30pm in Texas—the 46-year-old President was shot. At the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles, Huxley’s second wife Laura, leaving his bedside with his request for an LSD injection, found the doctor and nurses in shock watching the news of the assassination; Huxley died, aged 69, at 5.20pm local time, just under eight hours after Lewis.

So perhaps in a few weeks, after we've tired of all of the Kennedy conspiracy specials and commemorations, we'll take a moment and hearken back to two of life's most interesting writers. As this post began, things in life (and death) seem to happen in three's. So here's three quotes from the other two missing greats.

C.S. Lewis C.S. Lewis:

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less.

The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.

There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, 'All right, then, have it your way.'

Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley:

That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.

Maybe this world is another planet's hell.

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

Wise men of wordsmiths. Come November 22nd, I'll remember their 50th anniversary of passing. Join me?

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Showing Some Heart

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Some things speak for themselves.  This video has heart, is about heart and shows heart. It's nice to feel good, and this clip will surely make you feel that. When you see how people can overcome loss, grief and their own impending fatality, you know that whatever is greeting you today, could be worse. So enjoy living better.

A choice to donate your organs when your time comes can be a beautiful thing, allowing you to live on in others. Being on a waiting list myself for a vital organ, I can tell you how wonderful it is when you see someone become a recipient. Life is good. Share it.

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