Blogging Blue Shines Light On 9 Year Old Shooting Classmate With 45 Caliber Handgun

I applaud Blogging Blue for the post today on still more gun violence.

Whose rights would be violated so egregiously in an effort to keep a loaded handgun out of the hands of a nine year old child?


Most Important Read In Sunday Newspaper: Dead Pile Up In Syria, Diplomacy Failing

With reports that 70,000 people have lost their homes, and over 8,000 killed since the carnage started in Syria comes an important read over the larger strategic elements to the chaos being led by  President Bashar al-Assad.

But the burgeoning civil war in Syria has upset that paradigm, placing the Russians and Americans and their respective allies on opposite sides. It is a conflict that has sharply escalated sectarian tensions between Shiites and Sunnis and between Iran and Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf nations. And it has left Israel hopeful that an enemy will fall, but deeply concerned about who might take control of his arsenal.       

“What makes Syria so much more complicated than Libya is that the strategic issues are as prominent as the moral ones,” said Anne-Marie Slaughter, a Princeton professor and until recently the director of policy planning at the State Department.       

“Syria couldn’t be more strategically located, and the prospect of letting a full-fledged civil war erupt is incredibly dangerous,” she said, adding that it would become a proxy war between the gulf states and Saudi Arabia against Iran. “And then Israel is in there, too.”       

Washington is keenly aware of the larger forces at play and of the dangers of another military intervention in an Arab country.       

“It’s an arena right now for all of the various interests to play out,” said Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in an interview on CNN. “Turkey clearly has an interest, a very important interest. Russia has a very important interest. Iran has an interest.”    

Rick Santorum “Almost Threw Up” Over JFK Speech, Many Americans Feel Same Over Repugnant Candidate

To be honest many Americans want to hurl when they hear the self-righteous cranking of Rick Santorum as well.

The fact is that John Kennedy’s very successful speech on the issue of religion and politics was well received at the time it was given.  Nothing that Santorum has uttered rises to the level of what JKF offered.  Kennedy understood the role of religion in a personal sense, and that the lines that divide religion and government need to be recognized.  His speech made that clear in 1960.

“I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute, where no Catholic prelate would tell the president (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote; where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference; and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the president who might appoint him or the people who might elect him,” Kennedy said.

Santorum, on  the other hand, thinks a women’s vagina is his playground for political policy purposes, and uses his harsh Catholicism as a roadmap.  Santorum has no grasp on why people want unfettered access to contraceptives, or why gay marriage continues to grow in acceptance in the nation.  Well, Rick, America is not buying your message.

The fact that again this ill-suited candidate for a national race is derailing his economic message with pure horse-rot underscores why there is grave concern about his chances against Obama.

The whole series of bat-crap crazy comments by the senator Pennsylvanians soundly rejected in his failed bid for re-election is exactly why there is no chance Santorum will get the GOP nomination.  It is why there would be no chance of him winning a general election if somehow hell froze over in Tampa this summer at the convention.

Former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) on Sunday defended a statement he made last October in which he said that he “almost threw up” when he read John F. Kennedy’s 1960 Houston address on the role of religion in public life.

The statement by Santorum marks the GOP contender’s latest defense of his long-held views on the separation of church and state, although in his Sunday appearance he doubled down on the colorful language he employed in his October speech at a New Hampshire college.

In remarks last year at the College of Saint Mary Magdalen in Warner, N.H., Santorum had told the crowd of J.F.K.’s famous 1960 address to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association, “Earlier in my political career, I had the opportunity to read the speech, and I almost threw up. You should read the speech.”

Republicans Nervous About GOP Candidates For President

Maureen Dowd gets to the problem the GOP has today with out of control presidential candidates.

Newt Gingrich, a war wimp in Vietnam who supported W.’s trumped-up invasion of Iraq, had the gall to tell a crowd at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., that defeating Obama — “the most dangerous president in modern American history” — was “a duty of national security” because “he is incapable of defending the United States” and because he “wants to unilaterally weaken the United States.” Who killed Osama again?

How can the warm, nurturing Catholic Church of my youth now be represented in the public arena by uncharitable nasties like Gingrich and Rick Santorum?

“It makes the party look like it isn’t a modern party,” Rudy Giuliani told CNN’s Erin Burnett, fretting about the candidates’ Cotton Mather attitude about women and gays. “It doesn’t understand the modern world that we live in.”

After a speech in Dallas on Thursday, Jeb Bush also recoiled: “I used to be a conservative, and I watch these debates and I’m wondering, I don’t think I’ve changed, but it’s a little troubling sometimes when people are appealing to people’s fears and emotion rather than trying to get them to look over the horizon for a broader perspective.”