Sunday, some cartoons…

88a597945bf557d6dce682a2e9c20e9aGood Morning all…

The post I am working on for today is talking longer than expected.

The Newtown doc dump is all-consuming for me, and so many questions come forward. I planned on writing about it today, but the drop is overwhelming…it is not gonna happen any time soon.

So for now I am going to put up some cartoons, since the Friday Nite Lite thread was rather weak, it should be a welcomed relief.

First I wanted to post a couple of links to some of the new information I found on Newtown…

We Already Know What Adam Lanza’s Real Motive Was at Sandy Hook – The Daily Beast

Which brings up connections of Adam Lanza to“materials regarding the topic of pedophilia and advocating for rights for pedophiles.”  It talks about screenplays and stories written by Lanza with plots dealing about love relationships between a 10-year-old boy and a thirty year old man…

The other link is this one:

Despite files released by police, Newtown school shooter Adam Lanza remains enigma | syracuse.com

Where there is some information on Lanza’s love of the game Dance Dance Revolution…and a guy he befriended at a local movie theater. Lanza was 6 feet tall and weighed only 112 pounds…the fridge at his house contained only frozen peas, apples, flax seed, bottled water and what appears to be prune juice. Reports say Nancy Lanza spent time cooking meals for him prior to leaving for New Hampshire? You look at pictures of the kitchen and there is nothing in the cupboards…seems so strange.

Wait, you can read those two articles. I have more observations I am working on in my other post. I just wanted to bring those few things to your attention.

Okay the cartoons.

GOP Warmth – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 12/29/2013

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - GOP Warmth

Clay Bennett editorial cartoon – Political Cartoon by Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press – 12/29/2013

Cartoon by Clay Bennett - Clay Bennett editorial cartoon

Wing-Nutted – Truthdig

2014 by Political Cartoonist Steve Nease

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abortion law by Political Cartoonist Kap

142408 600 abortion law cartoons

Clay Bennett: Goodbye – Clay Bennett – Truthdig

That last one is perfect, because that is exactly how this past year has made me feel! Yeah, put me in a straightjacket, I’m done!

Think of this as an open thread…


Victims everywhere…Evening Open Thread

$(KGrHqQOKkYE0+BgvkjUBN(F0pVDgw~~_35Good Evening

My kids are still very sick, and it seems to be moving on to other members of the family. I wish I could write more about the links I have to share with you tonight, but the articles speak for themselves.

On the eve of gun control legislation in Colorado: Director of Colorado Prisons Fatally Shot at Home

As Colorado’s governor signed a hard-won package of gun control measures on Wednesday, officials across the state were reeling from the seemingly inexplicable shooting death of the state’s prisons chief, who was gunned down at the front door of his home.

The brazen killing of Tom Clements, a man described by friends and colleagues as a dedicated and thoughtful public servant, left state officials shaken and grasping for answers on Wednesday. State troopers increased security around the State Capitol, and some state workers said Mr. Clements’s death had put them on edge.

The state police said they had known of no specific threats against Mr. Clements before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, when someone approached his house in the pine-fringed hills of the town of Monument, near Colorado Springs, and shot him as he answered the door. Into Wednesday night, investigators were still searching for any trace of his killer, but said they had no suspects or motive.

Police are looking for a boxy two-door car that was seen in the area on the night of the killing.

They said Mr. Clements’s post, overseeing more than 20,000 inmates in Colorado’s prisons and parole system, might have made him a target.

Among his most prominent recent decisions, he denied a request this month from a prominent Saudi-born prisoner convicted of sexually abusing his housekeeper to serve the duration of his sentence in Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Clements’s death came just hours before Colorado’s governor, John W. Hickenlooper, signed a bitterly divisive package of gun control measures into law, capping weeks of tumultuous and emotional debate about gun ownership and violence in a state scarred by two mass shootings.

Mike Lupica has another article up today, this one about the news that the assault weapons ban was removed by the Senate. Spineless pols spit on the graves of Newtown victims by not pushing for assault weapons ban

The words of a teary-eyed President and other politicians meant nothing, because they didn’t turn into action, as a ban on assault weapons won’t be included in gun legislation that’s shaping up in the U.S. Senate. After Newtown and the other tragedies, it begs the question, ‘If not now, when?’

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But what does the President say now to the families of the victims of Sandy Hook, and Aurora, Colo., and all the other victims of mass murders and glory killers in this country? What does he say now that it becomes clear that a ban on assault weapons won’t even be legitimately included in the gun legislation being shaped this week in the U.S. Senate?

Any fool knows that Lanza couldn’t possibly have killed as many children as quickly as he did on the morning of Dec. 14 without an assault weapon in his hands. So how does the President and any other big politician who allows the gun nuts from the National Rifle Association to win again answer the larger question about weapons that make killings like the elementary-school massacre ridiculously easy:

RELATED: SENATE PANEL PASSES ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN ON PARTY-LINE VOTE

If not now for a ban for these weapons, when?

If Sandy Hook Elementary doesn’t make every member of Congress take a stand against assault weapons in this country, then what does? How many small coffins do we need the next time?

Maybe Michael Moore does a have a point, according to Tommy Christopher: I Want Michael Moore To Be Wrong About Newtown Crime Scene Photos | Mediaite

And finally another rape victim being bullied, and what do you know….it deals with yet another powerhouse high school football team. Victim bullied after rape allegations against Torrington football players- The Register Citizen

Two Torrington High School football players stand accused of sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl. Four others were suspended in a hazing scandal last fall that is still under investigation. One player, the team’s second-highest scorer last fall, was allowed to play even though the team’s coach knew he had been charged with felony robbery and assault.School officials claim that the sexual assault charges against 18-year-olds Edgar Gonzalez and Joan Toribio, the hazing and other incidents are isolated problems and don’t signal a deeper issue with the culture of Torrington High School, its athletic programs or football team.

You need to read the rest of this article from Torrington Connecticut….words cannot express this disgust with the social media and the idiot assholes who use it to harass a 13-year old sexual assault victim.

This is an open thread…


Thursday Reads: Is It Finally Time for Some Hope and Change?

U.S. President Obama reads "Where the Wild Things Are" alongside first family during White House Easter Egg Roll in Washington

Good Morning!!!

Rachel Maddow is such an optimist. After I listened to her show last night, I began to have real hope for change (pun intended) on the gun control front. Rachel talked about President Obama’s announcements yesterday, and how the knee jerk reaction of the DC pundits was basically, “ho hum, it’s nice talk but there’s no chance for real change.” But the American people agree with Obama on gun safety. If he gets out there and fights for his initiatives, he could accomplish a lot.

Another encouraging note–I can’t recall if it was on Rachel or another MSNBC show–Richard Wolffe said that he saw a look in Obama’s eyes that he’s seen before. Wolfe said it was like Obama’s determination on health care, a sign that he really cares of this and will follow through. I think Joe Biden deserves a lot of credit for this too–as he did in pushing Obama to come out in favor of gay marriage last year.

As we saw with the gay marriage issue, when the President focuses on something it becomes big news. Yesterday there was lots of discussion and it was the main topic on Morning Joe this morning too. Interestingly, after a lot of excited pro-gun-safety talk, Scarborough brought on Jim DeMint to talk about the Heritage Foundation reaction, and DeMint punted. He talked in circles and refused to offer any ideas! The right wingers simply weren’t prepared for this fight. They thought the fear of the NRA would carry the day as always.

Anyway, I feel hopeful for now. Maybe Obama can continue to change the political conversation in his second term. To me the most powerful decision the president made was to enable federal support for research on the causes of gun violence. From Inside Higher Ed:

Obama issued an order to the Department of Health and Human Services to have the CDC as well as the National Institutes of Health study issues related to gun violence, and asked Congress to appropriate $10 million for additional work in the area. Obama said in his public remarks that research is part of the solution to gun violence, and he sharply criticized the past limits on studies.

“While year after year, those who oppose even modest gun safety measures have threatened to defund scientific or medical research into the causes of gun violence, I will direct the Centers for Disease Control to go ahead and study the best ways to reduce it — and Congress should fund research into the effects that violent video games have on young minds,” Obama said in introducing his new policies. “We don’t benefit from ignorance. We don’t benefit from not knowing the science of this epidemic of violence.”

He followed that up immediately with a memo to Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, telling her to work with the CDC “and other scientific agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services [to] conduct or sponsor research into the causes of gun violence and the ways to prevent it. The Secretary shall begin by identifying the most pressing research questions with the greatest potential public health impact, and by assessing existing public health interventions being implemented across the nation to prevent gun violence.”

The president’s actions are consistent with several requests from violence scholars in the last month, as Vice President Biden led an administration task force to develop the plan released Wednesday. Dozens of scholars of violence this month — organized by the Crime Lab of the University of Chicago — issued a joint letter to draw attention to the impact of federal policies that have effectively banned federal support for their

This is how the anti-science Republicans think: Avoid facts and data, stifle knowledge, close your eyes and ears and scream if anyone tries to break through the denial. But the American people are with Obama on this. Some people are saying that Congress will never appropriate the money for this research. I’m not so sure. If the Republicans continue their pro-gun and anti-people tantrums, they may find themselves in the minority in both houses of Congress in 2014.

Here’s the NYT writeup of Obama’s announcement on gun safety: Obama to ‘Put Everything I’ve Got’ Into Gun Control.

Surrounded by children who wrote him letters seeking curbs on guns, Mr. Obama committed himself to a high-profile and politically volatile campaign behind proposals assembled by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. that will test the administration’s strength heading into the next four years. The first big push of Mr. Obama’s second term, then, will come on an issue that was not even on his to-do list on Election Day when voters renewed his lease on the presidency.

“I will put everything I’ve got into this,” Mr. Obama said, “and so will Joe.” [....]

“I tell you, the only way we can change is if the American people demand it,” Mr. Obama said. “And, by the way, that doesn’t just mean from certain parts of the country. We’re going to need voices in those areas, in those Congressional districts where the tradition of gun ownership is strong, to speak up and to say this is important. It can’t just be the usual suspects.”

Meanwhile on the life-dying, death-affirming, ideological side of this fight, the NRA really hurt itself yesterday by going after President Obama’s daughters in an attack ad. From the National Journal: Has the NRA Finally Gone Too Far?

The National Rifle Association has been skirting the lines of decency for years, but the gun-rights group stoops to a new low with a Web ad calling President Obama an “elitist hypocrite.” The ad criticizes Obama for giving his daughters Secret Service protection while expressing skepticism about installing armed guards in schools.

The ad is indisputably misleading, and is arguably a dangerous appeal to the base instincts of gun-rights activists….

The fact is, Obama is not opposed to armed guards in schools. Indeed, many of the nation’s schools already hire security. This is what Obama is skeptical of: the NRA’s position that putting more guns in schools is the only way to prevent mass shootings.

The president wants to ban assault rifles, require background checks, and ban high-capacity ammunition. He does not want to confiscate guns, despite the NRA’s unsubstantiated warnings to the contrary.
There are fair arguments to be had over Obama’s proposals: Redefining the Second Amendment shouldn’t be done without a vigorous debate. But to drag the president’s daughters into the fight, and to question their need for security, suggests that the NRA is slipping further away from the mainstream. Over-the-top tactics discredit the NRA and its cause.

Well it sure looks like we’re going to have that “vigorous debate” now.
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