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“All it takes is one good man with a gun….” – ”At Least 194 Children Have Been Shot to Death Since Newtown’

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‘127 of the children died from gunshots in their own homes, while dozens more died in the homes of friends, neighbors, and relatives’.

’72 of the young victims either pulled the trigger themselves or were shot dead by another kid’.

‘In those 72 cases, only 4 adults have been held criminally liable’.

‘At least 52 deaths involved a child handling a gun left unsecured’.

’60 children died at the hands of their own parents, 50 of them in homicides’.

‘The average age of the victims was 6 years old’.

‘More than two-thirds of the victims were boys, as were more than three-quarters of the kids who pulled the trigger’.

‘The problem was worst over the past year in the South, which saw at least 92 child gun deaths, followed by the Midwest (44), the West (38), and the East (20)’.
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A Reoublican vision for America – Not Conservative Enough teabagger Alert!! – ‘Cornyn: Tea Party Sets An ‘Impossible Standard’

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teabaggers are setting up to challenger 7 of the 12 Republicans Senators running for re-election all based on that (cough) fact that these sitting Republican Senators – aren’t Conservative enough….

US Representative Steve Stockman sent out a fundraising letter calling Sen. John Cornyn a ‘Liberal’ 29 times.

Disagree with a teabagger and you are a Liberal’, commie, marxist, socialist.

Because you’re not conservative enough. 

‘Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)’ :

“I don’t know how we got off on this track, where some people are welcome in our party and some people are not,” Cornyn said when asked if his November comments about the “big tent” GOP were directed at the Tea Party. “Hence my reference to Ronald Reagan’s line, ‘What do you call someone who agrees with you eight times out of ten? An ally, not a twenty-percent traitor.’ Well, we’re at a point where you can agree with someone 98 percent of the time, but they think of you as a 2 percent traitor, which is just an impossible standard.”

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‘The fact is, however, that Cornyn was rated the second most conservative of all incumbent U.S. senators by the nonpartisan National Journal, based on his voting record in the last Congress, which sat during 2011 and 2012’.

  • ‘He scored 93.8 percent on the Journal’s “composite” conservative scale, which melds ratings on economic, social and foreign policy votes’.
  • ‘He even edged out South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, a Tea Party leader who has since left the Senate to head the conservative Heritage Foundation’.

‘Other conservative groups also rate Cornyn highly’.

  • ‘The American Conservative Union scored his votes as 90 percent conservative in 2011, and 88 percent conservative in 2012 — both well above the 78 percent conservative average for all incumbent GOP senators during the two-year period’.
  • ‘Cornyn’s “lifetime” ACU rating — covering his entire Senate career since 2002 — is 93 percent conservative’.
  • ‘Similarly, the anti-tax group Club for Growth has consistently rated Cornyn among the most conservative GOP senators over the years. His ranking has varied from third most conservative in 2010 to 19th most conservative in 2008. His lifetime CFG rating stood at 87 percent’.

‘Based on that, Club for Growth announced Dec. 10 that it wouldn’t be supporting Stockman’s primary challenge to Cornyn’.

  • ‘The anti-abortion National Right to Life Committee gave Cornyn a rating of 100 percent in the last Congress, and also 100 percent in the current Congress to date’.
  • ‘Also in the current Congress, DeMint’s Heritage Action for America rates Cornyn’s voting record as the ninth most conservative among current Republican senators, giving him a rating of 86 percent’.

But to teabaggers, he is labeled a Liberal.

Not Conservative enough. 

The Republican vision for America

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Corporations Are People! – ‘Happy Holidays: Startup CEO Complains SF Is Full of Human Trash’

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Now remember…we can tax these people because they are the ‘job crreators’.

Greg Gopman, CEO of AngelHack :

“Why the heart of our city has to be overrun by crazy, homeless, drug dealers, dropouts, and trash I have no clue”.

‘Behold a perfect Silicon Valley denizen, an archetype: he’s been written up in TechCrunch for his hackathon-organizing company’.

‘He’s been fluffed in Business Insider’.

‘And now, inevitably, he’s publicly savaged the homeless and generally less fortunate of San Francisco’.

‘Greg Gopman, and his company, AngelHack’.

‘It’s a startup that begets other startups’.

‘But Gopman thinks he’s earned some sort of high social spot, from which he can type out horrid Facebook updates like this one’:

“Just got back to SF. I’ve traveled around the world and I gotta say there is nothing more grotesque than walking down market st in San Francisco. Why the heart of our city has to be overrun by crazy, homeless, drug dealers, dropouts, and trash I have no clue. Each time I pass it my love affair with SF dies a little”.

“The difference is in other cosmopolitan cities, the lower part of society keep to themselves. They sell small trinkets, beg coyly, stay quiet, and generally stay out of your way. They realize it’s a privilege to be in the civilized part of town and view themselves as guests. And that’s okay”.

“In downtown SF the degenerates gather like hyenas, spit, urinate, taunt you, sell drugs, get rowdy, they act like they own the center of the city”.

“You can preach compassion, equality, and be the biggest lover in the world, but there is an area of town for degenerates and an area of town for the working class”.

“There is nothing positive gained from having them so close to us”.

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Blog Running – ‘Obama Needs to Fire Some People’

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Great, great piece by Ezra Klein over at Bloomberg Opinion.

And I’ll add my 2 cents.

On October 1st, the Republicans had been brought to their knees by their of obstructionsits actions.

Democrats had done nothing other then to say ‘We need to keep the Governmnet open. ‘We need to pay the bills we have acquired and not default.

Republicans had a National approval rating of 22%.

All the Administration had to do was roll out the Obamacare web site. Sometning they had 3 1/2 years to work on.

President Obama.

It might be your administration but it’s our Country.

I would be fired if I didn’t do my job.

Fire those that didn’t do theirs.

By completely botching the roll out of the Obamacare web site, you gave back to the Republicans the HUGE chest of political capital that WE had worked so hared to get

‘When the Barack Obama administration realized that its website was fundamentally broken rather than merely glitchy, aides called former management consultant Jeff Zients to fix it’.

‘When the White House realized restive congressional Democrats posed a serious threat to the health-care law’s future, the president recalled Phil Schiliro, the White House’s first director of legislative affairs, to safeguard it’.

‘When Obama realized maybe this whole second-term thing wasn’t going that well, he called in John Podesta, who had served as President Bill Clinton’s chief of staff, to fill a vague, yearlong “counselor” role to help right it’.

‘Obama clearly decided that the people nominally in charge of his signature legislative achievement weren’t up to their jobs’.

  • ‘The rescue effort wasn’t led by Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of Health and Human Services, or Marilynn Tavenner, head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’.
  • ‘The legislative outreach isn’t being managed by Rob Nabors, who previously served as the White House’s director of legislative affairs and is now a deputy chief of staff, or by Miguel Rodriguez, who currently serves as director of legislative affairs (and appears to be mostly unknown on Capitol Hill)’.

‘All of which raises a question: If these people aren’t up to the most important tasks of Obama’s second term, why haven’t they been fired and replaced by people who are’?

‘Though the site is working vastly better today than it was two months ago, the debut of was a genuine disaster’.

‘Specifically, it was a management disaster’.

‘CMS’s information technology department botched its job as systems integrator for’.

‘CMS management botched the job of recognizing that CMS’s IT department was botching its job’.

‘The failures cascaded from there, with HHS botching its oversight of CMS, and the White House botching its management of HHS’.

‘It wasn’t just the technical challenges of that the administration managed poorly. The White House was completely unprepared for the furor over canceled insurance plans; that’s a political problem that Sebelius, a former insurance regulator, should’ve seen coming’.

‘Somewhere in this chain of colossal, consequential screwups, there are surely a few people who deserve to be fired’.

‘The White House tends to dismiss such criticism. Indeed, Obama aides pride themselves on rising above it, viewing it as politically motivated or, when proffered by administration allies, derived from a crude desire for retribution’.

‘There might, at times, be truth to that. But firing and replacing underperforming staff is also a key element of effective management’.
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A Republican Family Values vision for America – ‘GOP dislikes sitting congressman, eyes DWI pol with secret family’

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Yes. Republicans want to bring back a man who had a secret second family to run against a fellow sitting Republican.

No. I’m not kidding.

Let’s All Limbo….How Low Can You Go……

‘Republicans are so nervous about Staten Island Rep.(R) Michael Grimm’s re-election chances that they’ve quietly reached out to former GOP Congressman Vito Fossella — who quit five years ago after confessing to having a secret second family — to make a comeback for his old seat, The Post has learned’.

‘Grimm is currently the subject of an ongoing Justice Department probe that centers on whether his campaign solicited illegal donations from foreigners during his 2010 campaign’.

‘Grimm, an ex-Marine and FBI agent, denies any wrongdoing’.

‘Fossella, 48, told The Post that he has been contacted by local and national Republicans — including former congressional colleagues and other D.C. power brokers — to sound out his interest in returning to Congress’.

“There are significant people who have approached me to run,” Fossella said. “They say I did a good job and should enter the public arena again’.
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SPACE…The Final (and empty?) Frontier – ‘Is The Universe A Hologram? Physicists Say It’s Possible’


I’m a science/science fiction nut so when things like this come along, even when the math is miles above my understanding, I still love it.

Exploring and explaining our ‘home’.

The Universe.

‘A team of physicists has provided some of the clearest evidence yet that our Universe could be just one big projection’.

‘In 1997, theoretical physicist Juan Maldacena proposed that an audacious model of the Universe in which gravity arises from infinitesimally thin, vibrating strings could be reinterpreted in terms of well-established physics’.

‘The mathematically intricate world of strings, which exist in nine dimensions of space plus one of time, would be merely a hologram’:

‘the real action would play out in a simpler, flatter cosmos where there is no gravity’.

‘In two papers posted on the arXiv repository, Yoshifumi Hyakutake of Ibaraki University in Japan and his colleagues now provide, if not an actual proof, at least compelling evidence that Maldacena’s conjecture is true.

‘In one paper, Hyakutake computes the internal energy of a black hole, the position of its event horizon (the boundary between the black hole and the rest of the Universe), its entropy and other properties based on the predictions of string theory as well as the effects of so-called virtual particles that continuously pop into and out of existence’.

‘In the other, he and his collaborators calculate the internal energy of the corresponding lower-dimensional cosmos with no gravity’.

‘The two computer calculations match’.

‘Neither of the model universes explored by the Japanese team resembles our own, Maldacena notes’.

‘The cosmos with a black hole has ten dimensions, with eight of them forming an eight-dimensional sphere’.

‘The lower-dimensional, gravity-free one has but a single dimension, and its menagerie of quantum particles resembles a group of idealized springs, or harmonic oscillators, attached to one another’.

‘Nevertheless, says Maldacena, the numerical proof that these two seemingly disparate worlds are actually identical gives hope that the gravitational properties of our Universe can one day be explained by a simpler cosmos purely in terms of quantum theory’.
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