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Friday, June 14, 2013

Stories to Watch: 6/14/13

Teddy bear, flowers left in rain in remembrance of Sandy Hook victims

On the sixth anniversary of the massacre of children and school staff, Newtown families hold a day of remembrance and vow to carry on the fight. This sort of fight can only be lost if you stop fighting it. It's a marathon, not a sprint.

After writing a profile of a family who lost their seven-year-old son, Washington Post reporter Eli Saslow says the experience left him emotionally drained. That got me thinking; a lot of people who oppose gun regulations say the issue is too "emotion-driven." But anyone who can think of a group of dead first graders and their grieving parents and siblings and not feel emotional about it is one mentally unhealthy individual. We probably shouldn't waste any time listening to them on the subject of violence. That reaction strikes me as more than a little psychopathic and you know there are a lot of psychopaths out there who just love their guns. We should probably exclude Hannibal from a debate over murder weapons.

More evidence of an aging, creaky, dying party? Democrats destroy Republicans in the annual congressional softball game, 22-0. Avoiding this sort of humiliation is just one more reason for the GOP to start caring about younger voters.

George Zimmerman really needs his family to stop "helping." First, his wife gets arrested for perjury in helping George try to hide family finances and cheat the State of Florida. Then, his brother compares Trayvon Martin to a Chicago gang member who shot a baby. Now his dad employs the "I am rubber, you are glue" defense, arguing that George isn't racist, it's black people who are the racists. Yeah, and that's why it was George Zimmerman who was shot dead for walking down the street with a bag of Skittles and some iced tea. right?

When it comes to Syria, the public seems to have the same "red line" the President does.

This is just too beautiful. Rick Santorum says Team Romney bungled the "You didn't build that" attack on Barack Obama (emphasis mine). saying that Romney got a lot of business owners to talk "about the business they had built. But not a single—not a single —factory worker went out there. Not a single janitor, waitress or person who worked in that company! We didn’t care about them. You know what? They built that company too! And we should have had them on that stage."

Yeah, that was Barack Obama's whole point there, Einstein.

The news that white deaths outpaced births last year gives one crazy old Republican racist the sads.

The sequester hits America's largest air show really hard.

Not surprisingly, Texas governor. and intellectual lightweight Rick Perry doesn't understand the concept of religious freedom at all. Forcing people to celebrate religious holidays may be religion, but it sure as hell isn't freedom.

Finally, Republicans really like Paul Ryan for 2016, everyone else does not. So that should work out well for them.

[photo via Yahoo! News]

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