Breaking News: Another School Shooting

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There has been a shooting at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo, the local sheriff tells CNN affiliate KMGH.

Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson reports hat there has been a shooting at  Arapahoe High School.  Robinson believes there are two victims and that the suspect is inside the school.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin Remarks About Need For Gun Control

Thank you, Paul.

Here are his words from a blog posting today from his site.

A year ago, on Dec. 14, 2012, 20 children between the ages of 6 and 7 years old and six teachers were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The crime horrified the nation and the world.

Within a week of the shooting, the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns sent a letter urging President Barack Obama and congressional leaders to pass legislation closing loopholes in the national background check system.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and I are members of that group.  We are also advocating for limiting the availability of military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines and to making gun trafficking a federal crime. I joined Mayor Barrett on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Kathleen Dunn show this week. 

You can listen here.

 

The Economist Obituary On Nelson Mandela

 

Remarkable in all ways.

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WHO was the greatest statesman of the 20th century? Discard the mass murderers such as Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong; set aside the autocratic nationalists like Gamal Abdel Nasser and the more admirable, but probably less influential, anticommunists like Vaclav Havel; then winnow the list to half a dozen names. On it would perhaps be Mohandas Gandhi, Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, Charles de Gaulle, Jack Kennedy and Nelson Mandela. For many people, in many lands, the most inspirational of these would be the last.

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Mr Mandela did not single-handedly end apartheid. The collapse of communism, yoked to African nationalism by white opponents, played a part; so did international sanctions, domestic economic pressures, non-ANC internal resistance and the person of F.W. de Klerk, president from 1989 to 1994, whom Mr Mandela did not treat altogether well. But Mr Mandela’s symbolic role was hard to exaggerate.

His greater achievement was to see the need for reconciliation, to forswear retribution and then to act as midwife to a new, democratic South Africa, built on the rule of law. This was something only he could do. He gave hope to millions of Africans and inspired millions of others elsewhere, but if his successors in government have been less admirable, and if his example has not been followed in countries like Zimbabwe, that should not be surprising. Heroic though he was, he did not have the messianic powers some attributed to him, nor could others be expected to match his capacity to hold high principles, to live by them and to use his moral stature to such effect. Circumstances, after all, could hardly suit everyone so well. Hard though much of his life had been, Mr Mandela lived long enough to see his work through. That gave him his great achievement, and his story a happy ending. And the modern world loves a happy hero even more than a tragic one.

Nelson Mandela On Cover Of The Economist

Another powerful magazine cover featuring Nelson Mandela.

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North Korea Fascinates, Latest Execution Sign Of Kim’s Lack Of Hold On Power?

Reading tea leaves over this news that broke yesterday will continue for quite some time.  The intrigue within North Korea just begs to be followed, and attempted to be understood.

The speed with which Mr. Kim — or whoever else was engineering Mr. Jang’s downfall — hurried to execute him and make it public was a sign of instability and a lack of confidence in Mr. Kim’s grip on power, the analysts said. Normally, North Korea hides any signs of disloyalty to the Kim dynasty.       

“If Kim Jong-un was sure of his control of power, he would not have needed to execute his uncle,” said Lee Byong-chul, senior fellow at the Institute for Peace and Cooperation in Seoul. “There will be big and small bloody purges, and at a time like this, desperate extremists may lash out. Pyongyang is no longer safe.”       

On Friday, North Korea hinted at such purges by condemning “undesirable and alien elements” in “important posts of the party and state,” in “ministries and national institutions,” and in agencies dealing with foreign trade. It also indicated that a purge might reach the North’s military and secret police, saying that Mr. Jang has worked to “stretch his tentacles even to People’s Army.”       

Mr. Jang, 67, was executed Thursday immediately after being convicted on treason charges, North Korea said. Suh Sang-kee, a senior governing party lawmaker in Seoul, quoted South Korean intelligence officials as saying that Mr. Jang was likely executed by a machine-gun firing squad.