Archive for December, 2012

December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays to All!!

I wanted to take a moment and wish everyone out there a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, a Joyous Kwanzaa, a wonderous Winter Solstice and a Happy Festivas!!

Best wishes to all of you for a great New Year!!

And for the kids, or those who are still a kid at heart, follow Santa’s trip around the globe on NORAD’s Santa Tracker.

Here’s a few Santa sightings so far….

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December 23, 2012

Something else that’s come out of NRA CEO LaPierre’s Mouth

Wayne LaPierreAfter defending his organization’s “logical” stance to arm elementary schools to prevent mass shooting tragedies on Meet the Press this morning, it seemed appropriate to revisit what else has leapt from Wayne LaPierre’s mouth highlighting his “logical”, and sane, state of mind.

Obama’s Gun Control Conspiracy [Repost]

While great for a laugh, this excerpt from the Colbert Report illustrates how the political rumor mill stretches and contorts real world actions into messages that create fears in the general public that don’t actually exist.

December 22, 2012

Daily Scoop: When you don’t vote…

How Dark Money Helped Republicans Hold the House and Hurt Voters

Gerrymander_In the November election, a million more Americans voted for Democrats seeking election to the U.S. House of Representatives than Republicans. But that popular vote advantage did not result in control of the chamber. Instead, despite getting fewer votes, Republicans have maintained a commanding control of the House. Such a disparity has happened only three times in the last century.

Analysts and others have identified redistricting as a key to the disparity. Republicans had a years-long strategy of winning state houses in order to control each state’s once-a-decade redistricting process.

December 19, 2012

Daily Scoop: Why the Bush tax cuts were enacted

Washington Post Factchecker:

GW Bush_cropWe’ve noted this history before, but many people have forgotten it. Given that the dispute over whether to extend all of the Bush tax cuts has now led the nation to the edge of the “fiscal cliff,” let’s take a trip back in time to recall why the Bush tax cuts were enacted in the first place. (The Fact Checker covered passage of the Bush tax cuts as an economic policy reporter for The Washington Post.)

Oddly, a key reason the tax cut became reality was because of a fear the United States soon would have zero debt.

December 15, 2012

Gun Control: Where do our priorities lie? [Repost]

Once again the nation faces yet another mass shooting incident, this time leaving 20 elementary school children dead in small town Connecticut. This tragic even marks the 18th mass shooting this year alone resulting in the deaths of 99 people and the injury of 92 others. This, of course, only accounts for the nationally reported events, not the multitude of other shooting deaths that occur daily in our own cities and towns.

In the wake of such disturbing events as these we must ask ourselves, “When will be okay to talk about gun control?” When will the taboo of this issue be broken? So few have the conviction and courage to speak out, to say what needs to be said instead of sinking into the sidelines afraid of the controversy. Bob Costas should be applauded for his remarks after the Kansas City Chiefs murder-suicide. Instead he was lambasted for daring to speak of control.

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