204 Responses to “‘The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun…….’”

  1. 2 Japa21
    January 15, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Second Mariele’s Amen. That is beautiful.

  2. 3 Allison
    January 15, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    What a very moving picture. Thanks, Chips

  3. 4 carolmaewy
    January 15, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    What beautiful artwork.

  4. January 15, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. Love it. Thanks Chips

  5. 8 jackiegrumbacher
    January 15, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Truly the best photo ever–both heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time. It should have a prominent spot in the home of every person in the US who wants to end gun terror and violence and every single Democratic Party HQ in the US should hang a poster version of this on the wall. It tells us to Never Forget what happens when we don’t act and say Enough! This must stop. As PBO said at the press conference yesterday if all the actions we take save just one child, it will have been worth it. Imagine what this country would be like if that were our guiding philosophy.

  6. January 15, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    That art work is absolutely beautiful.

  7. 12 carolmaewy
    January 15, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Congrats Mariel.

  8. 13 hopefruit2
    January 15, 2013 at 5:19 pm


  9. 14 donna dem 4 obama
    January 15, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    These kids moved me to tears.

    Not sure if this has been posted already but its worth another look:

    • 15 pugeretto
      January 15, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      Speechless here….there are no words for what Newtown has gone through. Thanks Chips & Donna & congrats on 1st Mariele.

    • 17 prettyfoot58
      January 15, 2013 at 5:38 pm

      And the children will lead…

    • 18 dotster3
      January 15, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      Lovely. Innocent faces. Moving.

    • 19 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      January 15, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      Tears add flavor to homemade chicken soup…

    • 20 isonprize
      January 15, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      Hey DonnaDem. Have I missed details of DC?

    • 21 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      January 15, 2013 at 8:32 pm

      Beautiful and heartbreaking.

    • 22 nathkatun7
      January 15, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      Even for an old man like me it was hard to stop the tears from flowing after seeing this. What’s wrong with all of us adults who allow this senseless violence against these precious children, all in the name of abstract freedom? Do we really believe that the founding fathers, who are revered by many people, envisioned a society where deranged people can have easy access to assault weapons so that they can indiscriminately use them to kill innocent people, including precious children, all in the name of freedom? If Our country fails to deal with this proliferation of senseless gun violence against innocent people, then shame on all of us! Personally, I am at a point where I would have no problem supporting the repeal of the 2nd Amendment which is being misused. If we could repeal an Amendment banning the sale of alcohol, surely we can repeal an Amendment being misused by people who make it possible for deranged people to kill innocent people. This is the time for all Americans with any ounce of humanity to say to these gun nuts that Enough is Enough!

  10. 23 debbyeOh
    January 15, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    So beautiful, so moving. Thank you.

  11. 24 Perry
    January 15, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    These precious lives…I hope there will be some meaningful change as a result of this tragedy

  12. 27 Anna
    January 15, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    What really bothers me about these people, like S E Cupp, going on about thier guns, NONE show any remorse at the murder of others, even innocent children. Every day my SO and myself call several in Washington regarding guns, we focus on GOP,or as Tweety said today the party of Guns Over People.

    • 28 Bill
      January 15, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      MSNBC should not have allowed S. E. Cupp to give her pro gun tirade the day before PBO is to announce his gun control proposals.

      • 29 dotster3
        January 15, 2013 at 5:52 pm

        Her pro-gun mindset, and those like her with this unnatural obsession with guns, this love of guns above all else, are harming our country and are helping to continue to put our citizens, including innocent children, at risk of being shot to death.

        • 30 Vicky
          January 15, 2013 at 6:45 pm

          I don’t call it pro-gun anymore. I call it pro-murder. These people are enabling the murders of innocents. Pro-life they are not.

      • 31 57andfemale
        January 15, 2013 at 5:55 pm

        She was a good example of the heartless, selfish RWNJ mindset. Nothing and no one matters, as long as I got what I want.

        It’s despicable.

        I’m not a fan of Michael Moore the blowhard, but last week he wrote a piece that cut to the heart of everything that’s wrong in America: we have become a “I’ve got mine so eff you” society. You put that together with the reality-bending nut jobs on RW radio who have made facts irrelevant, and then you give every one of those nut jobs a gun — and we’ve become a deranged society.

        It’s not just the gun rights. It’s the gun rights coupled with a society that no longer cares about one another, that sees ‘slavery’ in providing health care to all Americans. It’s completely, frighteningly deranged and now perilously dangerous.

        And S. E. Cupp was the face of that derangement today.

        Every Democrat MUST VOTE in every election. They are only holding any reins of power because we’re too disorganized to VOTE.

      • 32 anniebella
        January 15, 2013 at 7:44 pm

        I am at the point were I am very disappointed in MSNBC. Some times I wonder if Rupert Murdoch isn’t running it.

  13. 33 vitaminlover
    January 15, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Father, in the Name of Jesus as the Presidential Inauguration draws near I sincerely pray for first and utmost the complete and total protection of our President Obama and his precious family Michelle, Malia, Sasha and Grandmother Robinson and also Vice-President Biden and his lovely wife Jill and their children Hunter, Beau and Ashley and their respective spouses. Lord let the day be glorious from the Processional to the swearings-in to the parades and various celebrations and through all of the Inaugural Balls. Thank You Sir as the First Family participates this weekend on the National Day of Service that it is very well received. During these next very specal days in our Beloved Leaders lives let there be joy, peace,love happiness and a wonderful spirit of freedom. Let them all always be in the right places at the right times. Thank You for letting his second Presidential term be just plain awesome as I know You can. Keep Your Almighty Hand on him and them keep them safe always and protected always and be an enemy to his enemies and an adversary to his adversaries.Be with all of them always keeping the angels around them and let Your Glory shine through them as they take care of ‘We the people’. Thank you for giving them total and complete confidence and guidance.AMEN!!!!

  14. 50 debz
    January 15, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Beautiful photo!!

  15. 51 dotster3
    January 15, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I see there was another school shooting this afternoon—–at a St. Louis bsns. school. Student shot an administrator and then himself, both are in surgery at last word. Motive was said to be a dispute about financial aid, so the student took out his gun and shot away.
    This is a crazy, dangerous atmosphere in this country right now. Out of control. I am so disgusted with everyone/anyone standing in the way of sensible gun legislation. It’s mind-boggling to me. Any steps that can be taken will be welcome, even if PBO has to use executive action. But as was pointed out on Bashir today, legislation is what is needed, as the next guy with a pen can wipe away any presidential action, lickety split.

    • 52 COS
      January 15, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      Yet, the NRA want to arm teachers with guns. My goodness!!!

    • 53 Sweetpeg
      January 15, 2013 at 9:24 pm

      Yes @ Dotster3, I live in St Louis, what is it going to take to wake the American people up

    • 54 nathkatun7
      January 15, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      This is absolute madness! So now every disagreement has to be settled with guns.

    • 55 nathkatun7
      January 15, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      I know I may be the only one raising this, but I think it’s time to start a serious discussion about repealing the 2nd Amendment and replacing it with a more limited right to own guns for hunting, sports, and personal protection. The 2nd Amendment, in its current form, is being misused by gun nuts who are intent on inflicting havoc and chaos in this country. This silly notion that a bunch of crazies, wielding assault weapons, can protect us from federal govt. tyranny is laughable! The government has such an overwhelming monopoly of violence that if any president chose to be a tyrant he/she would not be overly concerned about a bunch crazies wielding assault weapons. Think about all the weapons and man power at the disposal of the President! Does any one seriously think that these right wing gun nuts, who talk BS about the bloodshed in defense of liberty, would match the combined power of the four branches of the military under the command of the President?

      • 56 dotster3
        January 15, 2013 at 11:09 pm

        I heard someone else say that today. I don’t think it’s a dumb idea, and I think more people may be coming to that conclusion. The gun nuts have stretched the 2nd amend. so far away from its original intent. It’s become an unsettled, dangerous climate here now, with every potential hothead or mentally unstable person walking around anywhere and everywhere armed and dangerous.

  16. 57 PoliticalJunkessa
    January 15, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Poignant. Suffer the little children.

  17. January 15, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Impressionable and hopeful. Thank you.

  18. 59 CEB
    January 15, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Just got in and logged on. What a thought-provoking and emotionally inspired poster and idea. Off to enjoy the rest of the posts and comments.

    Good afternoon, Chips and TOD ohana.

  19. January 15, 2013 at 5:44 pm

  20. 61 utaustinliberal
    January 15, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Powerful image.

  21. 62 Nena20409
    January 15, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Never, ever forget the Children.

    Whitney Houston’s Children are our Future is all I have been thing about.

    The very reason more, why I truly believe that the children that would like to speak should be allowed to.

    Last night, AC360 had a letter sent to Newtown, CT from 2 children expressing their support and sending Four Cents taped to their letter to help with other surviving children in Newtown CT. Only Children could think of such pure caring act. It broke my heart.

    I love that picture at the top 🙂

    • 63 hopefruit2
      January 15, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      George Benson was the original singer – he sang “The Greatest Love of All” for a movie titled “The Greatest” which was about Muhammad Ali.

  22. 64 prettyfoot58
    January 15, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Martin Luther King in Montgomery, Alabama on March 25, 1965

    • 65 jacquelineoboomer
      January 15, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      His “How Long? Not Long!” is one of the most moving rallying cries to me. Thank you so much for bringing this here, on Dr. King’s birthday.

      • 66 jacquelineoboomer
        January 15, 2013 at 7:36 pm

        How Long? This was 1965. It’s now 2013. Not long? Food for thought.

        Here are some excerpts from and a link to the full transcript of “How Long? Not Long!” …

        “Our aim must never be to defeat or humiliate the white man, but to win his friendship and understanding. We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience. And that will be a day not of the white man, not of the black man. That will be the day of man as man. (Yes) … I know you are asking today, “How long will it take?” (Speak, sir) Somebody’s asking, “How long will prejudice blind the visions of men, darken their understanding, and drive bright-eyed wisdom from her sacred throne?” Somebody’s asking, “When will wounded justice, lying prostrate on the streets of Selma and Birmingham and communities all over the South, be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme among the children of men?” Somebody’s asking, “When will the radiant star of hope be plunged against the nocturnal bosom of this lonely night, (Speak, speak, speak) plucked from weary souls with chains of fear and the manacles of death? How long will justice be crucified, (Speak) and truth bear it?” (Yes, sir) I come to say to you this afternoon, however difficult the moment, (Yes, sir) however frustrating the hour, it will not be long, (No sir) because ‘truth crushed to earth will rise again.’ (Yes, sir) How long? Not long, (Yes, sir) because “no lie can live forever.” (Yes, sir) How long? Not long, (All right. How long) because ‘you shall reap what you sow.’ (Yes, sir) … How long? Not long, because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”


        • 67 majiir
          January 15, 2013 at 8:28 pm

          IMO, this will never happen until each of us begins to view others as human beings with the same feelings and same aspirations that we have, and the realization that we are inextricably linked to each other, whether we want to admit it or not. It has become too easy for some of us to ignore the plight of others or dismiss it altogether because we think it has no impact on us. It does. Every kid whose life is snuffed out by violence is one more link in the chain that we lose. Those who claim to be pro-life should be first to support the revision of our gun control laws. How do we know the child wouldn’t have made a significant contribution to the world? Every time I see the kids who were assassinated at Sandy Hook, I think of how they were looking forward to Christmas, I think of their hopes and dreams and that some of them had already decided on their future careers. Whether some on the right want to admit it or not, we all lost something the day these kids died. It doesn’t matter to me that all of the kids weren’t black like me. It doesn’t matter to me that their parents voted for republicans. It doesn’t matter to me that some of their parents may not like PBO. All that matters to me is that these innocent lives were taken by someone who had no business having access to any kind of gun. Every child in America deserves to grow up in a secure society and the right to reach adulthood and pursue their goals in life. There’s no excuse for Americans who refuse to act to accomplish these things, and it’s very disheartening to see the lack of will on the part of some of our lawmakers in Congress who are in a position to make sure that the goals I identified for each child in this country have a chance to succeed so that our kids will succeed.

      • 71 prettyfoot58
        January 15, 2013 at 8:20 pm

        YES….i agree

    • 72 nathkatun7
      January 16, 2013 at 12:42 am

      Thanks so much, prettyfoot for sharing a segment of this incredible speech by MLK! I vividly remember this speech which he delivered at the end of the Selma-to-Montgomery March for Voting Rights! My favorite MLK line: “No lie can live forever!” One of those lies is the lie that individual possession of assault weapons is for the people’s defense against government tyranny!

  23. January 15, 2013 at 5:47 pm

  24. 75 sherijr
    January 15, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    This is so sad & heartbreaking.. but also spot-on. Thanks for posting it Chips, as I think it should be seen by everyone.

  25. 76 57andfemale
    January 15, 2013 at 5:55 pm

  26. January 15, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    The pictures of those beautiful children just broke my heart. Such innocence, life and love stolen from them.

  27. January 15, 2013 at 6:16 pm


    We got the right President for this. He’s a doer, and he’s already going to do something-exactly what, we will find out tomorrow. And things are already happening. There’s been more talk about gun control in the last month than there has been for decades, and some legislatures, like New York, are going to try something.

    This tragedy has the NRA flummoxed. None of the lazy, paranoid talking points work this time for many people. The victims were too helpless, too innocent to blame. The place they died was supposed to be as safe as safe could be-and violence still found them. It wasn’t a bad neighborhood. It wasn’t a drug deal gone wrong. They couldn’t be dismissed as teens being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or young bullies who got something coming, or somehow else at fault for bringing on their deaths.

    So the crazy has come out in full force among the gun folks. The crazy is because they cannot dismiss the deaths of 20 children at once like they can the ones and twos that happen every day. The crazy is showing how little lack of caring about others they really have. Not once has a single gun defender even extended a word of sympathy towards the hurting parents and hurting community. Not a dollar to help families bury the dead and to pay for the injured and scared, to fix up the new school. Instead we get talk of revolution if even a single new regulation limits guns. We get massive buys of guns. We get crazy professors who believe that Obama would actually conspire to have 26 people die just so he could ban guns.

    • 86 0388jojothecat
      January 15, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      So true CD. I am glad that there so many people are talking about this and that it will not get sweep under the rug this time. There are too many people with good sense to know that pumping multiple bullets into the body of six and seven year olds in absolutely insane. I listen to Stephanie Miller, Randi Rhodes and the different folks in the afternoon on progressive radio. I hear the wackos who go ballistic and spout lies about Obama is gonna take away all the guns or I hear people who start out like they make sense then they twist their logic into a pretzel as to why doing anything just won’t work. Last night I was listening to Coast-2-Coast and the host is a right winger but I listen to the show when I can’t sleep and they talk about ghosts. This older guy got on and said that people like the hosts and his guest need to STOP ginning up fear that President Obama does not want to take away everyone’s handguns and rifles. He was very elegent and sensible about banning high powered weapons and high capacity clips. At first the host agreed and thanked him then when on to ask the gentleman “if we allow this ban what’s going to stop someon in the government fifteen years from now who WILL take away guns”? The guy just hung up because you just can’t reason to these parinoids.

  28. January 15, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Light relief:

    • 88 desertflower
      January 15, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      RUGS! Holy shit! Not RUGS!! Was he THAT desperate to win???!!! 🙂 🙂

    • 91 Pamela
      January 15, 2013 at 6:25 pm

      Hey, what’s wrong with that, Aladdin used rugs too, didn’t he? 😆

    • 95 yardarm756
      January 15, 2013 at 6:30 pm

      You know Chips, no disrespect, but I don’t give a rats ass about this moron. I’m sittin’ over here in a heap thinking ’bout those babies and the people in NY and NJ. Screw Lance, Oprah and anyone of those “heads” that’s not focused on what’s happening now….Sorry.(smh)

      • January 15, 2013 at 6:38 pm

        I understand Yardarm, and not for a minute am I suggesting Armstrong is remotely as important a story as gun control. But I do think his story is important, it’s all about media collusion and deceit allied to powerful $$-driven interest groups successfully conning the public in to believing lies and an absolute fake – it’s the story of our time, and it repeats itself in politics every single day. It’s something the NRA has benefited from too, over the years, so the link isn’t as tenuous as we might think.

        • 97 yardarm756
          January 15, 2013 at 6:45 pm

          I concur. Sorry I lost it. I usually have better control. Please accept my apology.

          • January 15, 2013 at 6:51 pm

            Hey Yardarm, absolutely no need to apologize, I threw in a flippant tweet at a completely inappropriate time, I should say sorry. I’m Armstrong-obsessed, I’ll admit, I can’t even begin to describe how much I despise him, but it was the wrong time to mention him. Love ya.

      • 105 dotster3
        January 15, 2013 at 6:54 pm

        I have to say I agree. I couldn’t care less about Lance Armstrong. And I can’t figure out why all the hullabaloo now—-we’ve all known for a long, long time he was using drugs—-rumors for years and then everyone who knew him admitted it. Too many other way more important stories which affect millions, nonsensical for all this media attention for this one pathetic, lying cheater.

  29. 108 desertflower
    January 15, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    I’m so late to the party today…busy, busy, busy. I wanted to make sure that all of you read LL’s piece at TPV. LL….you couldn’t be more right on! THIS was part of PBO’s larger plan, I have been saying all along…to out these good for nothing’s and expose them for the bought and paid for shills that they are. Excellent piece, LL. Thank you:)

  30. January 15, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Not sure if this was posted yesterday, but having total “dislike” (I actually loathe her) for my governor, Jan Brewer, I found much delight in reading the article below:

    Brewer: Arizona Will Expand Medicaid Under Obamacare

    Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, one of the most vocal opponents of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, announced Monday that the state will expand its Medicaid program. The expansion will include anyone who earns up to 133 percent of the current federal poverty level.

    In her annual State of the State address, Brewer acknowledged the pragmatism behind her decision, saying she agreed to go with the expansion in order to receive the program’s funds and create jobs for the people of Arizona.

    Read More: http://www.newsmax.com/newswidget/brewer-arizona-medicaid/2013/01/14/id/471415?promo_code=F993-1&utm_source=politicalwire&utm_medium=nmwidget&utm_campaign=widgetphase1#ixzz2I5c144Yz

    • 111 0388jojothecat
      January 15, 2013 at 6:31 pm

      Don’t be fooled, isn’t she up for election in 2014? She is just like Arnold Swartzenegger when he was nice to the nurses, students, fire fighters, etc., then as soon as he got back into office he proceeded to screw them.

      • 112 desertflower
        January 15, 2013 at 6:36 pm

        She can’t run again. Termed out, though the corrupt and equally stupid SOS is trying to see if there’s a way around that rule. This state is so freaking corrupt. I’ve never seen anything like it. Jan’s done, and not a moment too soon. To say I detest her is an understatement. I won’t trust this unless and until this is a done deal.

        • January 15, 2013 at 6:45 pm

          I totally agree with you DF – Ken Bennett is the one that wanted to not allow Obama on the ballot for 2012. Brewer and Bennett are cohorts of the SB1070 King Russell Pearce’s, who, thank heavens, was taken down. There are better days coming to Arizona. I think we went way to the right and things are slowly scrolling back towards the middle.

        • 114 0388jojothecat
          January 15, 2013 at 7:29 pm

          I pray the Democrats get out and work your butts off in 2014 to get a Democratic Governor and more Democrats in the senate so you can some day overturn some of the bad law that has been enacted.

    • 115 susanne
      January 15, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      oh, wait– so government funds will create jobs? a federal program will be helpful to the state? pbo’s program is beneficial to brewery in her bid for re-election? i see no pigs flying out my window?

  31. 116 yardarm756
    January 15, 2013 at 6:24 pm

  32. January 15, 2013 at 6:43 pm

  33. January 15, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    He’s serious …

    …. no surprise.


    • 125 Nena20409
      January 15, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      Now it is Up to Us, to Stand Up as We The People and be counted.

      Get Up, Stand Up, Stand Up for Newtown, and the 1M plus who have died since MLK and RFK were killed in 1968.

      It indeed Up To Us.

    • 127 hopefruit2
      January 15, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    • 129 susanne
      January 15, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      good. we need sweeping.

      i don’t like toad’s use of the word ‘attempt’ however. how about ‘plan’. anyone who wants to see the precious children of this country protected needs to use positive language and supportive statements in this discussion. looking at you, toad.

    • 130 jacquelineoboomer
      January 15, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      • 131 anniebella
        January 15, 2013 at 7:54 pm

        Chuck Todd……Yuke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • 132 nathkatun7
        January 16, 2013 at 1:10 am

        Well said, JOBoomr! We must not let down the parents, relatives, friends of all the innocent people, and especially the precious children, murdered by guns. This time we must resolve to have the President’s and the Vice-President’s backs to make sure that these reforms are implemented!

  34. 135 xtine
    January 15, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    I’m @ this function this evening. You know the kind where they give you really cool bites but you can only carry one @ a time cos your other hand’s occupied w/ a pretty cocktail. Start chit-chatting w/ this fun looking person and, BAM! Out of the entire place I found a TODiction person. I don’t think a commenter, but loves to lurk, loves TOD! I had to LOL! 🙂

  35. 141 susanne
    January 15, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    i had a conversation today with a fellow who recently visited a country where everybody seemed to have a gun. there were towers at shopping malls, with security guards looking down holding assault rifles. there were guards with assault rifles in every bank entrance, and in the airport, and just walking the streets. armed thieves were also patrolling, and would tap your shoulder with their gun and gesture for you to hand over your wristwatch, cellphone, wallet, in broad daylight, in ‘nice’ neighborhoods. there were gun killings every day. the schools all had guards with assault rifles, too. this man told me he never was so frightened in his life. the gun culture was complete, and devastating. horrible.

    • January 15, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      Dare we ask what country he traveled to?

      • 143 susanne
        January 15, 2013 at 7:33 pm

        it was ecuador, guayaquil region. when i was there in the 70s, there were uniformed teenagers with assault weapons at the airport, but the rest of the dystopia he described is more recent. all those armed guards, but no safety. i mean, and no safety.

        • January 15, 2013 at 7:42 pm

          So sad to see a society devolve into this type of situation. It could happen in the US if the NRA idiots had their way. Thank heavens for PBO and VPOTUS.

  36. 145 xtine
    January 15, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Random thought (am on train looking out): you think folks will take dow xmas decs b4 Inauguration? 🙂

  37. 146 lisalovesobama
    January 15, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    what time is PBO going to do the presser tomorrow?

  38. 149 Melanie
    January 15, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    • 150 99ts
      January 15, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      How disgusting that 180 voted against – truly these people have NO humanity left – none whatsoever. And the dems have no doubt saved Christie’s budget – wonder if he will thank them?

  39. January 15, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Time for popcorn…

  40. 168 andogriff
    January 15, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Ms Chips, the picture above is perfect…. I already shared. BRING ON the gun control, and high time too!

  41. 169 amk for obama
    January 15, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    That’s an excellent graphic chips. It’s a pity that only the one-third of US government branch is willing to have the courage to do what is right for the people.

  42. 170 ouapiti
    January 15, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Very proud of NYS for passing gun control legislation. Thank you!

  43. January 15, 2013 at 7:44 pm

  44. 175 susanne
    January 15, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    The House on Tuesday rejected a Republican amendment that would have forced the government to pay for a $17 billion Hurricane Sandy relief bill with a 1.63 percent cut to discretionary programs.

    The House voted down the amendment from Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) in a 162-258 vote that split Republicans 157-71. Those 71 “no” votes from Republicans were enough to kill the amendment, as all but five Democrats also voted against it.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/277321-house-kills-gop-amendment-offsetting-sandy-bill-with-spending-cuts#ixzz2I5x5Mb76

    • 176 jackiegrumbacher
      January 15, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      I’d love to know who is among that little rump group of Democrats that are voting no. We can’t afford to lose a single vote on the big issues and those idiots need to be target.

  45. 177 dotster3
    January 15, 2013 at 7:56 pm

  46. 178 anniebella
    January 15, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Now when a disaster happen in those 180 right wing nuts area, I want them to vote No.

  47. January 15, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Banner day, today, for the GOP and NRA – not 1 but 2 school shootings …

  48. 180 amk for obama
    January 15, 2013 at 8:03 pm

  49. 181 amk for obama
    January 15, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Looks like teabaggers’ reign of terror over gop is slowly crumbling.

  50. 183 prettyfoot58
    January 15, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    • 184 jacquelineoboomer
      January 15, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      Beautiful, and just as timely today. Or any day.

    • 185 nathkatun7
      January 16, 2013 at 1:50 am

      Wonderful quote, Prettyfoot! Thanks for sharing it with us. Although he was taken from us at such a young age, MLK lived a life full of meaning. I always cite the examples of Dr. King, Medgar Evers and the other young people who dominated the freedom movement of the 60s, to encourage young people today to get involved in bringing about Change. All the emoprogs who believe in instant gratification forget how long it took to pass such legislations as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Most of them have been spoon-fed the myth that these laws were purely brought about by a strong President, LBJ, who used the “bully pulpit.” They conveniently forget the struggles that took decades before that. Dr. King was elevated to leadership by the Black community of Montgomery, Alabama at Age 26. This was at the time when the vast majority of Blacks in Montgomery, and all across the South, were still denied the right to vote. Dr. King was 36 when Congress finally passed the Voting Rights Bill that removed impediments used to deny African Americans the right to vote. At the time of the passage of the Voting Rights Act, President Obama had already spent ten years as one of the major leaders in the struggle for freedom and equality,

      • 186 prettyfoot58
        January 16, 2013 at 9:26 am

        One of the things PBO often speaks on is the pace of change…how it is often slow…never easy…and take work to bring about…but we do get there…….the arc of universe bends toward justice…

  51. 187 Pamela
    January 15, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    I have a meeting in a while, may not get back in time to check up, er, in. Have a good night, try not to miss me! 😉

  52. 188 amk for obama
    January 15, 2013 at 8:33 pm

  53. 189 prettyfoot58
    January 15, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Dr. King on Meet the Press….

    Interesting how not much has changed RE: the questioning by so called reporters

    • 190 99ts
      January 15, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      I don’t yet have time to watch it all at the minute – but the first question could have been asked by any of the current band of merry men media pundits. The followups were worse.

      How incredibly sad that this wonderful man was one of the many killed by the insane lunatics with guns. The US was the big loser.

    • 191 nathkatun7
      January 16, 2013 at 2:23 am

      You are absolutely right, preetyfoot! Not much has changed regarding MSM reporters. Interestingly,journalists, like Tom Wicker of the NYT, were then regarded as moderate liberals. Wicker sure didn’t sound like a liberal to me.

      • 192 prettyfoot58
        January 16, 2013 at 9:33 am

        his questions reminded me of the clergy who chastised DrKing for breaking the law /he answered them in his now famous ~Letter from a Birmington Jail~…oftentimes we of today forget how dangerous it was for Blk folks in the South….the lynchings……the nite riders…the beatings…the daily intimidations and humiliations and the living in fear …that Blk folks were subjected to..it courage to stand up because to stand up could mean your life….

  54. 193 yardarm756
    January 15, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Sadly I think what we’re seeing is what happens as a result of Lincoln’s desire to preserve the Union.

  55. 194 amk for obama
    January 15, 2013 at 8:40 pm

  56. January 15, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Fantastic piece of writing on “The Peoples VIew” – really great.

  57. 197 kasai
    January 15, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Happy MLK Birthday Everyone:-)

  58. 198 amk for obama
    January 15, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Earlier this month, Tea Party darling Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) admitted that his plan to introduce yet another Obamacare repeal bill would be unlikely to pass in the wake of President Obama’s decisive re-election. As it turns out, that was an understatement.

    In a sign that the GOP’s anti-Obamacare fervor may finally be giving way to political reality, Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) latest Obamacare repeal bill doesn’t have a single co-sponsor in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Bachmann made introducing the repeal bill her first order of business for the 113th Congress, even as millions of Americans waited for House Republicans to act on a disaster relief package in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

    And two other anti-Obamacare bills — one to repeal the law’s individual insurance mandate and another introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) to repeal the whole law — also do not have any co-sponsors. By contrast, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) so-called “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act” had a total of 182 cosponsors by the fourth day of the 112th Congress, and House Republicans successfully voted to repeal Obamacare a staggering 33 times during the last session — costing taxpayers an approximate $50 million. Public support for repealing the reform law has plunged to an all-time low as Americans begin experiencing its positive effects.

    • 199 99ts
      January 15, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      It would seem that despite all they can throw at the President – he will be known forever as the President who
      1. Introduced Universal health care to the United States
      2. Implemented gun control in the United States – and I firmly believe that in 50 years or less this will result in the repeal of the 2nd amendment. I would so love to be alive to see this.

      That he was the first AA President will fade into insignificance next to these two major achievements (and the hundreds of other amazing achievements) – be nice if the current media began to realize that fact.

    • 201 anniebella
      January 15, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      Why didn’t the people of Minnesota send that wacky Michele Bachmann back home to Marcus for good.

  59. January 15, 2013 at 9:48 pm

  60. 204 anniebella
    January 15, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I heard on Rachel Maddow show that the Republican Senator from Alaska Lisa Murkowski has said that she does not support her party not raising the debt ceiling. She said that they might not say it out loud but there are other Republican Senators who feel the same way. Well well well, what do you know. We are not a deadbeat country.

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