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  1. 11 Allison
    December 14, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    • 13 JER
      December 14, 2015 at 4:33 pm

      Three years on, how do we tell them that their Congress hasn’t done anything to prevent what happened to them from happening to other families?

      Soon after the shootings, I took a series of executive actions within my power to reduce gun violence and keep more of our kids safe. Their governor in Connecticut, Dan Malloy, worked with his legislature to pass some commonsense gun safety reforms – reforms that didn’t infringe upon anyone’s right to bear arms, but actually might have prevented another massacre in the meantime. And two United States senators – a Democrat from West Virginia and a Republican from Pennsylvania, both gun owners, both strong defenders of our Second Amendment rights, both with “A grades” from the NRA – worked together to write a commonsense compromise bill that would have required virtually everyone who buys a gun to get a background check. That’s it. Dangerous people would no longer get to play by a different set of rules than responsible gun owners who bought their guns the right way. Pretty commonsense stuff.

      But the gun lobby and its allies mobilized to paint that compromise reform as an assault on our freedom. And even though background checks were supported by some 90% of the American people and a majority of NRA households, the Senate surrendered, voting to block those background checks – even with the families of Newtown in attendance.

      Since then, tens of thousands of our fellow Americans have been mowed down by gun violence. Tens of thousands. More kids have lost siblings. More parents have lost children. More husbands and wives have had to bury the love of their life. Sometimes, it’s hard to put specific numbers on this epidemic and its causes – because Congress has actually prevented the CDC, our leading public health agency, from conducting serious research into gun violence. Did you know that? Some years ago, they actually voted to make it harder for public health experts to conduct research into gun violence – but even after San Bernardino, they’ve refused to make it harder for terrorist suspects to buy semi-automatic weapons.

      Every time this happens, we’re told that commonsense reforms like background checks might not have stopped the last massacre, or the one before that, so we shouldn’t do anything. We’re not fools – we know that we can’t heal every troubled mind, or stop every act of violence.

      But what if we tried to stop even one? What if Congress did something – anything – to save one American, or a classroom of Americans, or a stadium’s worth of Americans from losing their lives to gun violence in the years to come?

      I refuse to give up on this. Because I still believe that we can do better. I still believe that we can get this right. We may not have a Congress that’s willing to work with us on this right now. So the rest of us will have to do what we can. I recently tasked my team at the White House to take another look at any other actions I can take to help reduce gun violence. And if you care about this, then please help me – whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, or neither. We especially need the help of responsible gun owners who grieve with us every time this happens, and feel like your views aren’t being properly represented. I know there are a lot of you. I’ve heard from you. I’ve read your letters and emails.

      Let me be absolutely clear – like I’ve said many times before, I believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. Period. No matter how many times people try to paint me as holding a different position. I also believe that most gun owners agree that we can respect the Second Amendment while keeping an irresponsible, law-breaking few from inflicting harm on a massive scale. I believe there is a rational, bipartisan majority in America who agrees that we all have the right to worship freely and safely; the right to assemble peaceably; the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – and who doesn’t want to see those rights taken from us, as they were taken from worshipers in Charleston and Oak Creek; moviegoers in Aurora and Lafayette; students in Blacksburg and Roseburg, Columbine and Newtown, and kids on street corners in Chicago too often to tolerate.

      Change, as always, is going to take all of us – from the grassroots up. The gun lobby is loud and organized in its defense of effortlessly available guns for anyone. The rest of us are going to have to be just as passionate and organized in our defense of our kids.

      America, this will change – but only when we stand up, together, and demand it.

  2. 16 Daiseymay
    December 14, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Ban the Right Wing

  3. 19 GGail
    December 14, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Tolerance, where art thou

    NBA referee Bill Kennedy confirmed he is gay. Kennedy made the disclosure just days after the NBA suspended Sacramento Kings point guard Rajon Rondo one game without pay for “directing a derogatory and offensive term towards a game official and not leaving the court in a timely manner upon his ejection.” “I wholeheartedly support Bill’s decision to live his life proudly and openly,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told Yahoo Sports in a statement. “Throughout his 18-year career with the league, Bill has excelled as a referee because of his passion, dedication and courage. Those qualities will continue to serve him well both as a game official and as a positive influence for others. While our league has made great progress, our work continues to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and dignity.”

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2015/12/14/nba-referee-bill-kennedy-gay-rajon-rondo/77299660/

  4. 20 57andfemale
    December 14, 2015 at 4:40 pm

  5. December 14, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    FYI ….

  6. December 14, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Bigots go bonkers after Muslim judge swears oath on Koran instead of Bible: ‘She should be arrested!’
    Tom Boggioni TOM BOGGIONI
    14 DEC 2015 AT 13:04 ET

    Reacting to news that a New York judge — who is a practicing Muslim — took her oath of office using the Koran, commenters flooded a Facebook announcement, calling it an “abomination” and saying she should be arrested.

    Following her election last month, Carolyn Walker-Diallo was sworn in as a civil judge for the 7th Municipal District in a Brooklyn Borough hall last Thursday. She chose to take her oath using a Koran instead of a Bible.

    http://www.rawstory.com/2015/12/bigots-go-bonkers-after-muslim-judge-swears-oath-on-koran-instead-of-bible-she-should-be-arrested/

  7. 26 Nena20409
    December 14, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    The Toon above is Perfect.
    Thanks, NW.
    Congrats to GGail and 57andFemale for your Golden ⭐ ⭐
    I know that it was not Kind to laugh at the Vid of the little boy rocking and then tossing over his new sibling. It is still cracking me up pardon me.

  8. 27 Nena20409
    December 14, 2015 at 5:04 pm

  9. 28 JER
    December 14, 2015 at 5:04 pm

  10. December 14, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    MO. state rep wants to take scholarships from striking athletes
    2 hours ago

    A Missouri state representative has pre-filed a bill that would cause any striking collegiate athlete in his state to lose their scholarship.

    Yes, this is a real bill.

    The bill comes after Missouri football players in early November decided to forgo football activities in solidarity with campus protesters who called for a change in campus leadership after a series of racially charged on-campus incidents. The players strike last about three days and the team played against BYU the following weekend.

    Since this is a pre-file there are few details on this bill, however, as noted by the sports editor of the Columbia Daily Tribune, scholarships aren’t state funded.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-saturday/mo–state-rep-wants-to-take-scholarships-from-striking-athletes-190731473.html

  11. 30 MadameSoph
    December 14, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    This being the last night of Hanukkah, I wanted to post this again for all the TODers who celebrate or who just enjoy good classic 60s style soul!

    Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings perform “8 Days of Hanukkah”

    The lyrics are not playing around 🙂 She is seriously bringing the soul to the Festival of Lights!

    The band is even wearing Hanukkah holiday sweaters!

    The album is called “It’s a Holiday Soul Party” I’m gonna get it for sure!

    • December 14, 2015 at 6:55 pm

      i’ve had some dealings with sharon jones over the years, starting when she was just doing small clubs and few people had heard of her. from that first time until now, she is one of the most gracious and friendly people i’ve known. it’s been so great to see her rise in the business, and also the dap kings for that matter (they used to moonlight as amy winehouse’s band too, after amy saw sharon and the kids perform).

      • 32 MadameSoph
        December 15, 2015 at 12:26 am

        Always nice to hear about a talented person also being a nice person, 4more.

        I really can’t get this tune out of my head. I want to get the whole album to play this Christmas season and I think this tune will become a classic for me in years to come (and I’m not even Jewish 🙂 )

  12. December 14, 2015 at 5:19 pm

  13. 36 MadameSoph
    December 14, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Thank you Desert Flower, GGail, Meta, Carolyn and Betsy for taking the time to share your Delta Dental experiences with me. This is why I love TOD so much. It’s not just a place to come for preaching to the OBOT choir, but a place filled with folks who are compassionate and helpful and empathetic and get-things-done type of people 🙂 I guess we share those qualities with PBO – why we identify with and admire him so much. You guys rock!

    As for Don, wishing you a kinder, gentler dentist next time! Sounds like you had this guy 🙂 :

    • 37 desertflower
      December 14, 2015 at 5:58 pm

      Glad to help,MadameSoph:) I think that you’ll be pleased with them. What happened to Don? I was at work, checking my phone and well…we all know how much “fun” it is to type on an iPhone:)

    • 38 GGail
      December 14, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      I happy to know my info was helpful to you MSoph, I haven’t gone back to the previous thread yet. Here’s wishing you “Good Dental Health” 🙂

  14. 53 No Child Left Behind
    December 14, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Good Evening TODVille.

  15. 54 No Child Left Behind
    December 14, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    What about his mental health???

  16. 61 yardarm756
    December 14, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    We are in serious trouble with thinking like this…….Our education system gets a FAIL!

  17. December 14, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Cali TODers: Some good snow in the Sierras!!

  18. 66 Nerdy Wonka
    December 14, 2015 at 6:26 pm

  19. 67 criquet
    December 14, 2015 at 6:27 pm

  20. December 14, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    So sick of these daily tragedies..

  21. 72 hopefruit2
    December 14, 2015 at 6:52 pm

  22. December 14, 2015 at 6:56 pm

  23. December 14, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Was there a ceremony for Boehner upon retiring

  24. December 14, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    To understand why, you have to know the difference between a granting a pardon and a commutation. The former wipes an offenders record clean and is usually (although not always) granted after they have concluded whatever sentence was imposed. Commutation is the reduction in severity of the penalty imposed by law and involves releasing someone from prison prior to their having served the entire sentence

  25. 79 amk for obama
    December 14, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    A teacher at a French preschool who said he had been stabbed by a man shouting “Islamic State” has admitted he made the story up, prosecutors say.

    The teacher said he had been attacked while alone in a classroom in Aubervilliers, a suburb of Paris.

    But prosecutors said he had wounded himself with a box cutter and was now being questioned as to why he lied.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35093799

  26. December 14, 2015 at 8:02 pm

  27. 81 Nena20409
    December 14, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    I don’t buy what The Daily Beast is selling.
    Trump is planting Bigoted, Racist, Fascist and Divisive Rhetoric. There are a sizable number of those who are gullible enough and ever so willing to accept and receive the Ugliness.

  28. 82 amk for obama
    December 14, 2015 at 8:06 pm

  29. 83 amk for obama
    December 14, 2015 at 8:07 pm

  30. 84 Nena20409
    December 14, 2015 at 8:11 pm

  31. 86 vcprezofan2
    December 14, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    I have to say this is a ‘nice’, unusual idea, although I hope none of you will get me one as I wouldn’t be able to do it justice. 🙂

  32. 88 vcprezofan2
    December 14, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    This particular tweet reminded me of Chips. Can you see why? 😉

  33. 92 Nena20409
    December 14, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    She is 15 yrs old and from MN. How about that?

  34. 93 Nena20409
    December 14, 2015 at 8:35 pm

  35. 94 Nena20409
    December 14, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    • December 14, 2015 at 8:49 pm

      Nena20409, it seem Trump’s doctor lies just like Trump. What did Trump pay him to say that?

      • 96 Nena20409
        December 14, 2015 at 9:04 pm

        Bella2758, it looks like Donald Trump has been paying this Doctor and his Father for years.
        The over the Top Hyperbole is a common behavior with Trump and his paid “Staff”?

  36. 97 Nena20409
    December 14, 2015 at 9:01 pm


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