I haven’t written much about the Newtown shooting. I did write my first column of the week about it because I felt I had to chime in. But I resented it. Maybe it’s because I’m becoming too sentimental about kids. Maybe it’s because I’m sick to death of death. Maybe it’s some other personal failing on my part, but I nonetheless resent being dragged into the political maw so quickly after a bunch of little kids were picked off by a madman with a gun.
I wholeheartedly agree. I have mostly gone silent to let this all sink in (except for a snarky post on a global warming article and another on encouraging knowing facts before entering the gun debate fray).
Jonah quotes the writer of an e-mail to a television news show, and one phrase jumped out: "coping with the incomprehensible".
At this time, incomprehensible is the appropriate word. Do we then just ignore? No, we need to think, pray, encourage others and love those close to us, as if it could be one of the last times we have the opportunity to do so.
Will we ever truly comprehend? I find God´s response to Job´s similar inquiry both glorifying, but at the same time frustrating. But, I will continue to reflect on it, knowing that God is, despite our failure to comprehend, in control.
Trying to rationalize an irrational behavior is an exercise in futility.
On one side the "irrational" knee-jerk for a quick response to solve a unsolvable problem. On the other side the "rational" are kept at bay for fear they will be deemed insensitive. Emotion should never play a part in law or justice, but it is what we are witnessing. After all Liberals are abstract emotional thinkers and Conservatives are analytical thinkers. And right now we are being told there is no room for us at the inn.
Apologies for the follow-up post but the Democrat machine has had this very response sitting on the shelf probably since the inception of Fast and Furious. Just like it had the Rush Limbaugh response sitting on the shelf waiting for a verbal noose to slip over his head. The Democrat response was too quick, too coordinated and too complete to be genuine.
What else is on their shelf waiting to be opened???
The media and Democrats´ collective and totally reflexive cannibalism of others´ pain and grief for their own political gain is sickening but sadly it is the reality with which we must contend... they have no shame.
This is the first article that expresses my feelings following the tragedy that I have read. We are all locked and loaded ready to launch our arguments at the drop of a hat. I have always wondered about the voyeuristic aspects of our culture. It is not our tragedy, it is the tragedy of the people it occurred to. The most we should do is to pray for and let them be to mourn.
Is wishing out loud that I or a school administrator could´ve been there to blow away the shooter before harming one kid too "political?" "Partisan?" "Indecent?" It´s one thing to commercially exploit and milk sensational events like this, but you will notice there is no media feeding frenzy(or national trauma) when pistol-packin´ Grandma pops off her would-be rapist. Good people cheer, innocent life goes on. End of story. Most of us expressing our "pro-gun" sentiments immediately after this preventable horror are not trying to make political hay. We´re wishing we could be cheering too as life goes on for 30 innocents.
The White House hopes to have the Affordable Care Act federal exchange website, better known as Healthcare.gov, up to 80% capacity by November 1st. Unfortunately for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, it ain’t there yet, as the website crashed while she was watching a couple try to use it at Miami’s North Shore Hospital on Tuesday. Sebelius had first stopped by a couple enrolling with help of a navigator who said everything was going fine. But at a second table, the screen read, “I’m sorry, the system is temporarily down.” “Uh-oh,” Sebelius said. “That’s okay, it’ll come back. That happens
Toronto’s embattled Mayor Rob Ford may have gotten a major TV appearance Tuesday morning when he appeared on the “Today” show — but he found out later in the day that his reality TV show back home in Canada was being canceled. The country’s Sun News Network gave “Ford Nation,” starring the scandal-scarred mayor and his loyal brother, the axe less than 24 hours after it debuted. “No more stand alone show,” a network spokesperson confirmed Tuesday. That news came just as Ford saw more than half his staff defect to the deputy mayor’s office, a day after the Toronto
The big news story this morning is the CBS poll that has President Obama with a dismal 37% approval rating. Support for Obamacare has plummeted to 31%, with 61% disapproving of the law. The Democrats are in a panic, but there isn’t much they can do other than try to entice Republicans into joining with them to “fix” the law, thereby making the disaster bipartisan. Things are only going to get worse, as tens of millions lose their existing health insurance and a large majority of Americans, in both the employer-sponsored market and the individual/small group market, find that the cost
I don’t know how high up in the Census Bureau the orders to fake employment survey data came from, but the director of the Philadelphia region was aware of those charges against one of his field representatives back in 2010. Fernando E. Armstrong, the regional director at the time, admitted as much in an internal Census report I have reviewed. And that field representative, Julius Buckmon, who filed as many as 100 fake reports a month — and admitted to me faking household survey reports — was not the only field rep to do so, according to a Census source.
White House press secretary Jay Carney declined to say whether President Obama was specifically told in April that the launch of HealthCare.gov faced serious problems. A federally-commissioned review by McKinsey & Co. concluded in late March that the online enrollment system was risky because the design process was flawed, The Washington Post first reported Monday night. Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Carney said, "The president received regular briefings on various aspects of implementing the [health care law], including the recommendations from this review and the steps that [agencies] had taken to address those recommendations."
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We received the letter in the mail a couple months ago. The good people at Regence Bluecross Blueshield were pleased to inform us that due to Obamacare our current low-monthly premium, comically-high deductible medical policy would no longer exist come January 1, 2014. Pleased, because a new and better plan would be offered in its place. Old monthly premium: $578 for a family of four (non-smoking, helmet-wearing, and paternally snipped). New premium: $1,123. A 94% increase. Once the sound of boiling blood dissipated, in my head I heard my Republican friends chuckling at the sight of a liberal Democrat hoisted ten
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“Obamacare: Covering What Comes Next” is the title of a January 2014 seminar for journalists sponsored by the Poynter Institute and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. The seminar’s draft agenda includes a session on the “next shoes to drop” for Obamacare which seems illuminating. Let’s examine them in roughly chronological order: Where will the fraud show up first? Funny you should ask: it’s already here, both from websites fraudulently imitating government exchanges and from the so-called navigators for Obamacare. To the degree fraud becomes any sort of significant story, it will not be a political plus for the White House or
Navy SEALs are the toast of America, but revelations show that the top brass has not always watched their backs during the Obama administration. SEALs have brought exhilarating moments for the White House. The storied SEAL Team 6 killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011 and rescued U.S. cargo ship captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates in 2009. Hollywood transformed both operations into blockbuster movies — with the administration’s help. But some in the special operations community cite shabby treatment. A book by Billy Vaughn, father of a SEAL killed in the Aug. 6, 2011, shootdown of a Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan,
“The Affordable Care Act’s political position has deteriorated dramatically over the last week.” That, coming from longtime Obamacare cheerleader and Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein, was pretty strong language. And it was only Wednesday. That was the day after the release of a devastating Quinnipiac national poll. It showed Barack Obama’s approval rating at 39 percent, with his disapproval rating at 54 percent — sharply down from 45 percent approval and 49 percent disapproval on Oct. 1, the day the government shutdown began and healthcare.gov went into (limited) operation. Democrats hoped that Republicans would take a shellacking in public opinion for the
As the story of the Obamacare website fiacso unfolds, senior administration aides tell me that the president is “mad, frustrated and angry.” Mad that his signature legislative achievement is stuck at the gate, frustrated that he’s running out of time to fix it, and angry that he’s got a second term agenda now going nowhere. He’s so furious, in fact, that he stepped out of character to vent to an assembled group of top aides. “If I had known [about the website problems] ,” the steaming president reportedly said, according to the New York Times, “We could have delayed the
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Negligence? Absolutely. Incompetence? The case can be made. But scandalous? To suggest that the White House has willfully engaged in the intentional misleading of the public and an outrageous dereliction of its responsibilities to enforce the laws passed by Congress has been a bridge too far. Until recently. New revelations are now forcing even the most reluctant of President Barack Obama’s critics to concede that the Affordable Care Act’s implementation has evolved into a scandal. “I was not informed directly that the website would not be working, as the way it was supposed to,” Obama told reporters on November 14.
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