Johnny Mathis – The Lords Prayer


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…for those left behind in Newtown, CT

A Message from Ambassador Susan Rice



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T H A N K S !

Originally posted on Thinking Out Loud:

To our friends in the U.S. in light of events yesterday;

Please accept our heartfelt sympathies.

Even though we’re close neighbors, we don’t fully understand the U.S. gun culture that is part of the DNA of those with whom we share this continent. And before we start to sound judgmental, we don’t always get it right up here, either; neither have we been immune to gun violence.

But we don’t think the framers of the U.S. constitution had yesterday in mind when they drafted the 2nd Amendment. Rather, I think they would be appalled, provided they were not completely bewildered trying to process where things presently stand.

This is only going to get worse. And worse and worse.

It’s time to drop everything else you’re doing and have the conversation necessary to save America.

It’s time to repeal the 2nd Amendment.


I know this subject rips at the emotions…

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“Reed Gusciora, New Jersey Assemblyman, Discusses Bill To Bring Gay Marriage To Ballot In State”


HUFFINGTON POST

 

 

By Michelangelo Signorile

 

 

 

New Jersey openly gay Assemblyman Reed Gusciora has always been the last person to advocate bringing civil rights to a vote. The Democratic lawmakerspearheaded a marriage equality bill in the New Jersey legislature earlier this year that passed but which GOP Gov. Chris Christie vetoed while urging activists to have it voted on by the people of New Jersey. When Gusciora criticized that approach, and lambasted Christie for controversially suggesting the issue of civil rights should have been put up for a vote in the South in the 1960s, Christie famously called him a “numbnuts.”

 

But now, frustrated that the Democratic leadership in the state legislature has not

 

Governor of New Jersey at a town hall in Hills...

Governor of New Jersey at a town hall in Hillsborough, NJ 3/2/11 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

scheduled a veto override vote, as promised, and emboldened by polls that show a majority of New Jersey voters support marriage equality, Gusciora believes New Jersey voters should vote on the issue. And, confident after wins in Maine, Maryland and Washington state on marriage equality at the ballot, he has introduced a bill to put it on the ballot.

 

“I was actually one of the advocates who thought that should be [a tactic ] of last resort,” he said. “I am the last person to advocate that, but nonetheless we’re at a standstill.
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In Wake of Fiscal Crisis Speaker John Boehner’s Office Is Closed


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John Boehner‘s new office

Simply stated in gold lettering, Office of the Speaker, above the door to John Boehner’s new office. The office of John Boehner, the new Speaker of the House is still a work in progress with paintings, souvenirs, and other memorabilia still to be put into place. Still, the new inner sanctum of the West Chester Republican leader is a step up according to staff from the old minority digs. The entrance, located only 12 feet from the entrance to the US Capitol rotunda is the seat of power for a newly elected majority in the US House of Representatives. The Enquirer/Michael E. Keating [Office should be finished today.]

Weekly Address: Nation Grieves for Those Killed in Tragic Shooting in Newtown, CT


“Connecticut State Gun Safe Storage Requirements – Liability and Criminal Negligence” 2


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By BJ

“When researching the Gun Safe Storage and Child Access Prevention Laws for Connecticut I also located information where it also states that there are strict liability laws if a person fails to securely store a loaded firearm.  In addition, a person can be found criminally negligent if, due to their improper storage, a minor causes injury or death to himself or another.

Sec. 52-571g. Strict liability of person who fails to securely store a loaded firearm. Any person whose act or omission constitutes a violation of section 29-37i shall be strictly liable for damages when a minor obtains a firearm, as defined in section 53a-3, and causes the injury or death of such minor or any other person. For the purposes of this section, “minor” means any person under the age of sixteen years. (http://www.cga.ct.gov/2009/pub/chap925.htm#Sec52-571g.htm)

Sec. 53a-217a. Criminally negligent storage of a firearm: Class D felony. (a) A person is guilty of criminally negligent storage of a firearm when he violates the provisions of section 29-37i and a minor obtains the firearm and causes the injury or death of himself or any other person. For the purposes of this section, “minor” means any person under the age of sixteen years.
(b) The provisions of this section shall not apply if the minor obtains the firearm as a result of an unlawful entry to any premises by any person.
(c) Criminally negligent storage of a firearm is a class D felony.”

(http://www.cga.ct.gov/2009/pub/chap952.htm#Sec53a-217a.htm)

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Press Conference in Newtown, CT at 8:00 AM EST


CNN will broadcast a press conference at 8:00 am EST where it is expected the names of the departed will be read.

 

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E.J. Dionne: Will Republicans respond thoughtfully or vindictively? – The Washington Post


Originally posted on Ye Olde Soapbox:

E.J. Dionne Jr.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

Opinion Writer

Which path for the right?

By E.J. Dionne Jr., Published: December 12

I try to be hopeful about things. I long for a time when people on the left and the right might exchange opinions without assuming the very worst of each other. I don’t view conservatism as a form of psychosis and would like conservatives to harbor the same attitude toward progressivism. Happy warriors are better than grim antagonists. 

In the weeks since the election, my hopes have been buttressed by conservatives willing to say that, since Republican candidates have lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections, new thinking might be in order. Democrats went through the same dismal cycle between 1968 and 1988, producing a reformation on the center-left. Conservatives are surely capable of the same.

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