In the days following the President’s big speech outlining his intentions to do something to curb gun related murders, and after taking some time to think about who really wins and loses if any kind of changes in law really occurs, and then marveling at how crazy some folks get on both sides of gun control, I had a few questions plaguing me.
I decided to throw a few questions out there for consideration.
How many Senators and Congress persons are in the NRA’s pocket?
When will we get a full time ATF head, and in fact, a more robust ATF?
How the heck did we get to the point that it is standard practice to run all legislation past an industry’s lobbyists for approval and notes, prior to nomination?
Why is a right to own an object more precious and sacred than protecting American lives?
Is the NRA objection to Universal background checks more to prevent a slowing in the growth of gun sales, rather than a defense of the second amendment?
What can the voter do against the NRA’s indisputable sway over Congress and the Senate? Continue reading →
This is kind of tardy, but its still funny! After the president issued executive orders on gun rights, conservative pundits make a compelling case for Barack Obama being both a ruthless fascist and a communist dictator.
I love how they abandon all semblance of logical thinking. Creative conspiracy theory crafting should be listed on the “skills” part of these guys resumes.
Wow…..All I can say is crazy is as crazy does. And apparently crazy gets you a television show on FOX News! And we thought Ross Perot was dotty, bet many folks long for those simple times!
I’m ashamed to say that quite a bit of the information Jon discloses in the preceding video was news to me… I just don’t think about guns because I don’t own any. I don’t hunt, sport shoot, and even though I live in the big bag metro area, I haven’t yet wanted a gun for protection. However, I was very naive about the mess gun control laws really are in. But then, as I look back at the way the country has treated guns and the way we use them, it all comes clear.
Here is the best video snippet from during the Benghazi Consulate hearing, featuring our girl Hilary Clinton, hard working Secretary of State. Thrill to the schooling a certain someone who’s just dying to besmirch a potential 2016 presidential candidate, all the while hiding behind his ‘outrage’. Nice try.
Utne Reader led me to yet another great article, originally posted at Grist. Please check it out, there are even audio interview files there.
Imagine Earth with toxic air, stifling heat, no water, and no signs of life — sort of like Los Angeles. This is a world laid bare by massive and catastrophic climate change, and believe it or not, it isn’t science fiction. It’s our neighbor, Venus, and it’s more similar to Earth than you might want to believe. Continue reading →
Please check out the email I received last week from Joe Dinkin, of Working Families that updates the Paid Sick Time Act’s progress. Or lack of progress.
I have been extremely lucky to be healthy during this latest outbreak of flu, as I am one of the millions who cannot take time off for sickness, because I can’t afford it, and time off puts your employed status in serious jeopardy. Check it out:
I just wanted to make sure you saw this email from Working Families Executive Director Dan Cantor.
The flu is spreading fast, and any doctor will tell you that if you get sick, you should stay home to rest and recover. But for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers without paid sick days, staying home isn’t so easy. So people come to work, and bring the flu with them. Continue reading →
I found this article/blog post on CNN absolutely fascinating. My partner spends a lot of time in the Midwest, Tornado Alley in particular, and he confirmed some points reference in the piece. If you can’t check a traditional box for religion, or prefer none at all, you may relate to where the writer is coming from. I think you should check it out: Why I Raise My Children Without God – CNN iReport.
Hurricane Sandy was a once in a lifetime weather event for the New York, in fact, the tri-state area. New Yorkers proved remarkably resilient and kind to one another in this crisis. We have seen and appreciated the outpouring of help and volunteerism from our fellow Americans, that saved many lives. And some of the lucky people have been able to try and return to normalcy with flood insurance checks and funds from FEMA. But what about the folks who are stuck in horribly unhealthy conditions, awaiting the long overdue monies that Congress held up? The folks in Far Rockaway, Queens can’t forget about Sandy, as the wreckage of their homes, lives, and the very moldy air they breathe is a constant reminder.
New Yorkers, please check out a petition to help folks in Far Rockaway HERE. Let your Mayor know what your wishes are for Far Rockaway.