Dan Savage: John McCain Is A Bigot Over DADT

Sums it up.  It is time for  “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to be repealed.  Members of Congress like John McCain need to wake up!

NRA Should Buy Casket For Samuel Hengel, Marinette School Shooting Victim

Not for the first time do I ask the question that keeps haunting our society.

When will we stop allowing hand guns to create death and mayhem in our nation?

Look into the eyes of this 15 year old boy and tell me the question is not worthy of an answer. 

(Picture Credit CBS News)

On Monday night a troubled, and obviously depressed teenager shot himself in a Marinette, Wisconsin school.  For hours prior to that deadly decision Samuel Hengel held a classroom hostage with two guns. 

Samuel Hengel was carrying a 9 mm semi-automatic and a .22 caliber semi-automatic.  He had additional ammunition in his pocket, and a duffel bag with more bullets.

Samuel Hengel’s emotional pain ended Tuesday morning when he died from his gun wound.

We all should feel responsible.  After all, we allow this to happen every day in our nation.  We allow this to happen when we do not step up and force policymakers to enact tougher gun control laws.

That this Marinette school shooting is a huge tragedy goes without saying.  Problem is that this shooting was not an isolated case in America.  Every day there are countless shootings that end in murder, suicide, pain, blood, and funerals.

In Marinette, as in every other such shooting, there needs to be an answer to a question I have asked over and over when such senseless events occur.

Where in hell did Samuel Hengel get the damn guns?

There should be a slamming indictment of the adult(s) who owned the guns, left them unattended, unlocked, and loaded.  There should not be any confusion that there was a way to prevent this madness.  The way to do that was to force adults to treat deadly weapons in the way they should be handled.  Locked, and away from those that have no appreciation for the harm that can occur, or unable to make responsible decisions.

Someone failed to do that in Marinette, and are responsible for the death of Samuel Hengel.

This blog has never shied away from gun control, or asking the tough questions that too many wish to pretend do not exist.  Too many gun apologists fall back on the trite, and uneducated statements that only show a lack of concern for others in society.  To be so crazed over the ‘right to own a gun’ means that there is not enough care about the Samuel Hengels in society.  That shows the unethical and immoral side of gun owners.

The NRA members who champion the Second Amendment should now buy the casket for Samuel Hengel.

Who will be the first to step up to the challenge?

WikiLeaks Day 2, How The Papers Are Covering Story

Here is how the major papers are tackling the leaked State Department cables.

WIKILEADS:

–The Guardian lead: “China ‘ready to abandon North Korea'”: “China has signalled its readiness to accept Korean reunification and is privately distancing itself from the North Korean regime, according to leaked US embassy cables that reveal senior Beijing figures regard their official ally as a ‘spoiled child’. … China’s moves to distance itself from Kim are revealed in the latest tranche of leaked US embassy cables … The leaked North Korea dispatches detail how … China’s vice-foreign minister told US officials that Pyongyang was behaving like a ‘spoiled child’ to get Washington’s attention in April 2009 by carrying out missile tests.” http://bit.ly/dLv36i

–NYT off-lead – “State’s Secrets, Day 2”: “North Korea Keeps World Guessing … Cables Depict Coaxing By U.S. in Bid to Clear Guantánamo’s Prison.”

–WP 2-col. lead, “U.S. Downplays impacts of leaks – EMPHASIZING THE POSITIVE: but Korea, China cables worry some officials … WikiLeaks founder could face charges.”

–WSJ, A6, “China Stood Aside on Iran … U.S. Rethinks Access to Data.”

–USA Today, below fold: “Clinton blasts leaks as ‘an attack'”

–Financial Times lead photo of Secretary Clinton, with tease to story: “WikiLeaks: Clinton goes on the offensive over disclosures”

–N.Y. Post wood, with photo of Secretary Clinton: “WikiLeaks Outrage — AMERICA’S RED FACE: Hill in frantic ‘spin’ cycle on revelations.”

–LAT 2-col. lead: “U.S. rushes to reassure edgy allies”

–The (London) Times lead: “‘Cocky’ Prince attacked British fraud inquiry: WikiLeaks reveals Andrew’s unguarded comments”

GOP Needs To “Man Up’, Take On Sarah Palin

This comes from a Republican, Joe Scarborough

If Republicans want to embrace Palin as a cultural icon whose anti-intellectualism fulfills a base political need, then have at it. I suppose it’s cheaper than therapy.

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Republicans have a problem. The most-talked-about figure in the GOP is a reality show star who cannot be elected. And yet the same leaders who fret that Sarah Palin could devastate their party in 2012 are too scared to say in public what they all complain about in private.

Enough. It’s time for the GOP to man up.

Still, Palin is undeterred, charging ahead maniacally while declaring her intention to run for the top office in the land if “nobody else will.” Adding audacity to this dopey dream is that Palin can’t stop herself from taking swings at Republican giants. In the past month alone, she has mocked Ronald Reagan’s credentials, dismissed George H.W. and Barbara Bush as arrogant “blue bloods” and blamed George W. Bush for wrecking the economy.

Wow. That’ll win ’em over in Iowa.

One can only guess what comes next on Palin’s bizarre road show. Maybe the publishing world’s favorite reality star can keep drawing attention and selling billions of books by spitting on John Wayne’s grave or “manning up” by shooting an American bald eagle.

Or how about this? Maybe Palin could show up on Fox News and build her weak résumé by tearing down Reagan’s.

Oh, wait. Been there, done that.

When Sean Hannity asked Palin whether being in a reality show diminished her standing to be president, the former half-term governor mocked Reagan’s biography, dismissing him as “an actor.”

Sounding like every left-wing politician and media elitist who ridiculed Reagan for decades, Palin sneered that she could be president if the actor from “Bedtime for Bonzo” managed to do so. 

Reagan biographer Peggy Noonan dismissed the remark as “ignorant, even for Sarah Palin.” Noonan reported that Reagan loyalists were outraged that Palin would stoop to using the old left-wing jab. The Gipper’s former speechwriter then used her Wall Street Journal column to strike back.

Noonan noted that Reagan walked into the White House as far more than an actor.

The 40th president first led a major American labor union through massive upheaval, toured factories for General Electric for eight years and was California’s governor for two full terms during the Golden State’s most momentous times. Reagan then challenged an incumbent president from his own party and reinvented American conservatism without the help of the GOP establishment or the conservative movement. 

After Palin mocked Reagan’s credentials, the TLC reality show star took aim at the 41st president and his wife. Borrowing again from old left-wing attacks that Democrats used against GOP presidents, Palin channeled Ann Richards by bashing Bush and his wife as “blue bloods” who had wrecked America.

Civil Unions To Be Voted On In Illinois Today, Catholics Nervous

One more step into the future.

Civil unions would provide legal recognition of gay couples and give them some of the same benefits automatically available to married couples — the right to visit a sick partner in the hospital and make decisions about their medical care, for instance. Backers consider it a matter of fundamental fairness, but critics argue it would amount to gay marriage under another name.

Supporters say they’re close to having the 60 votes needed to pass the measure, SB1716, in the House. If it passes there, backers think the Senate quickly would follow suit and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn would sign it into law.

“I do think this is the time for Illinois to do this,” Quinn said Monday. “This is a good way to show employers — big businesses all across the country — that Illinois treats everyone with tolerance.”

Opponents are fighting to make sure the legislation fails.

One of those opposition groups are the Catholics.

We all know how interested they have been with ensuring civil rights for gay people. I say this as today comes word that Catholics are eager to help make sure there is no bigotry, and that all is fair for gay people.

Rrrr…..i.i………gggggg……..hhhhh………ttttttt.

The Catholic Conference of Illinois is apparently so concerned that the civil unions bill could pass the House today that it has issued a statement offering to compromise…

The statement reiterated that the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that homosexuals “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.”

“Accordingly, we stand ready to work with the legislature and other agencies of state government to prevent unjust discrimination and to provide benefits to people judged by the civic authority as deserving — as long as such provision does not include the attempted redefinition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman for the sake of family,” the statement said.

WikiLeaks To Expose American Bank Documents!

There is always a reason to get up every morning!

Early next year, Julian Assange says, a major American bank will suddenly find itself turned inside out. Tens of thousands of its internal documents will be exposed on Wikileaks.org with no polite requests for executives’ response or other forewarnings. The data dump will lay bare the finance firm’s secrets on the Web for every customer, every competitor, every regulator to examine and pass judgment on.

DADT Pentagon Study Shows Gays Not The Problem

Think the fight against repealing DADT might just be politics as usual for the Republicans in need of something to divide the nation over?

Officials familiar with the 10-month study’s results have said a clear majority of respondents don’t care if gays serve openly, with 70 percent predicting that lifting the ban would have positive, mixed or no results. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the findings hadn’t been released.

Democrats and gay rights groups counter that the study finally proves what they’ve known anecdotally for years: Most troops would accept an openly gay person in their units.

“It’s what we expected. The atmosphere in the active-duty has changed,” said a gay Air Force officer and co-founder of the advocacy group OutServe. The officer uses the pseudonym “JD Smith” to protect his identity.

The survey is based on responses by some 115,000 troops and 44,200 military spouses to more than a half million questionnaires distributed last summer. The study group, led by Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson and Army Gen. Carter Ham, also visited various military bases and held town hall-style meetings with service members.

Scott Walker Did Not Graduate From College, But…

The recent comment made by Wisconsin Governor-elect Scott Walker is rather stunning if you think about it.

In an effort to stymie union contracts that have been negotiated over the past months Walker asked legislative leaders to not schedule a special session aimed at passing them.  State workers are now 18 months without a contract.

When making his plea for concessions from the Democrats and union members Walker had this to say.

“People elected me to be a leader and they didn’t set a time frame on that,” said Walker.

Well, yes Scott, the people of Wisconsin did set a time frame on that!  Had Walker paid more attention in civics class this would all be well understood.

First, there was a scheduled election, followed by a transition period, and then the state constitution allows for power to be placed in Walker’s hands come Inauguration Day in January.  And not one minute sooner.

There is no place that Scott Walker can turn for remedy.  The constitutional safeguards and laws limit his thirst for power before he is sworn into office.  Ask any sixth grader from Superior to Appleton, down to Lone Rock and over to Milwaukee.  Any school kid across the state could help Scott figure this out.

I suggest some remedial education for the new governor.  Any kid have some free time after his last class to sit with Scott for a few afternoons?

And Scott, please, no bullying the kids.