More than 20 survivors of gun violence and their family members will be in the House chamber on Tuesday as President Obama gives the first State of the Union Address of his second term. The effort, organized in part by Mayors Against Illegal Guns and congressional advocates of stricter gun laws, may be the first coordinated attempt to pack the gallery with a group of people pushing for one issue, according to House historians and longtime congressional observers. Members who say they are providing tickets to gun violence victims include Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, Democratic Reps. Jim Langevin
Comments: They are turning the SOTU into nothing more than an Obama pep rally. Will there be banners reading ´´Never Waste a Crisis´´?
There is only "people violence", not "gun violence". A gun is an inert device which can be used by a human being for good (e.g. defending one´s life against an evil human being) or for evil (an evil human being attacking another human being who did not initiate violence).
Gee...they could stage a rally for ´victims of alcohol related ___________´ - if only DC were a tad larger. Say, Georgia-sized. Or just lock ´em in and pour the ´contents´ of the last six months worth of abortion clinic product thru the roof vents...
And of course whatever the occasion, the primary accomplishment will be more Obama-worship.
These guys are quickly reaching Syrup of Ipecac quality.
Kinda weird that the Thuggas-in-Charge are not inviting the survivors and victims of 20 plus shootings in the Chicago-hood every single weekend. After all, aren´t those in Chicago the BO and Holder´s "people" in their backyard? All black victims.
Yet the politicians parade around feigned condolences to a community of lily-white people at their funeral services and then invite them to the White House?
Oh yea. That is right...black politicians do not have to pander or cater to the black people because their "vote is all locked up." Just throw them a bone and have MO on one of her shopping trips and swing by some little black girl´s funeral to get a photo op wearing her latest upholstery outfit.
Disgusting, I won´t watch his made for TV show for low information voters. Soon the democrats will be selling advertising time so the networks can show previews of their violent shows coming up during the speech.
How about inviting all the victims of crazy people? You know, the ones that were turned loose 40 years ago by the Republicans (to same money) and the Democrats (in the name of equal treatment). You know, those?
Keep in mind Jackie Kucinich is the daughter of Dennis The Menace Kucinich, the worthless little Left-Wing zealot and Federal Teat-Sucking Parasite, who voted FOR Obama care after saying he would not, only after the Obamboozler gave the silly buffoon an airplane ride and an ice-cream cone for his vote! On the brigher side I´m glad to say he´s a FORMER Representative. Lot a baggage there Ja-Kay...
Maybe if the folks who purport themselves as "Mayors Against Illegal Guns," which I assume are Mayors of major cities, would direct their police departments to:
1. Enforce current laws and 2. Get the thugs, gangs, and other miscreants with illegal guns off the street and 3. Pressure the local prosecutors and judges to hand out maximum penalties (including time at the iron bar hotel) to the folks above.
But I guess "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" figure it´s sure a lot easier to make it tougher for law-abiding citizens and hey, who´s got time to enforce laws. Time´s gotta be spent being sure union goons are paid off, illegals are registered to vote (more than once is even better), and, oh yeah, we gotta be over at Beyonce and Jay-Z´s place for a fundraiser later tonight.
Why don´t Republicans publicly rally round the woman who shot the thug coming after her and her children in their home? How about the hero veteran sitting in his rocket and saved his life and property from a burglar with a gun? The 76 year old lady cashier who pulled out a gun from under the counter and the ARMED thief ran in terror? These true stories, real people saving lives, and the Republicans can´t honor them OR use the incidents to make our case? FRUSTRATING!!!! BTW, look how effective it would be to use these stories AND the people in a dynamic post-address response!
President Barack Obama told House Democrats Wednesday that his administration was looking at measures to help at-risk children, particularly minority youth — a move that comes in light of the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case earlier this month. (Snip) Obama told Cummings that it was a “good time” to examine disparities in the criminal justice system, and efforts to help black, Asian, and Hispanic men and boys. The president added that officials need to look at what can be done to aid at-risk youth in general. “We’re doing that,” Obama said, according to a source
PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Eagles receiver Riley Cooper has apologized for using a racial epithet in a video that surfaced Wednesday and immediately went viral. In what looks to be a video shot with a cellphone, an agitated Cooper says, “I will jump that fence and fight every … in here,” using a slur for a black person. The video, which reportedly was shot June 9 at a Kenny Chesney concert at Lincoln Financial Field, first appeared on CrossingBroad.com. Cooper, who is a key player for a team that just lost receiver Jeremy Maclin to a season-ending knee injury
Commercial lender CIT has stopped supporting deliveries to struggling retailer JC Penney´s stores from smaller manufacturers, according to a report from the New York Post, citing a source close to the situation. Following the report, JC Penney stock plummeted shortly before the close to end 10 percent lower. While the Post reported it couldn´t confirm the reason for the credit problem, it said insiders speculated the company´s financials made the company skittish. "CIT met with (Penney officials) yesterday," according to one source close to the situation reported the Post .
President Barack Obama promised congressional Democrats behind closed doors Wednesday that he will fight to help retake the House of Representatives in 2014 and urged them to close ranks with the White House to defend Obamacare, congressional aides said. "No one is more mindful than me for the need for Nancy Pelosi to be speaker again," a Democratic leadership aide quoted Obama as telling House Democrats during the private meeting. Obama, rallying his troops ahead of lawmakers’ five-week August recess, also vowed not to bow to Republican demands to tie government spending
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama´s decision to delay implementation of part of his healthcare reform law will cost $12 billion and leave a million fewer Americans with employer-sponsored health insurance in 2014, congressional researchers said Tuesday. The report by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office is the first authoritative estimate of the human and fiscal cost from the administration´s unexpected one-year delay announced July 2 of the employer mandate - a requirement for larger businesses to provide health coverage for their workers or pay a penalty. The analysts said the delay will add to the cost of "Obamacare´s" insurance-coverage
A United Airlines employee and his wife face grand theft and burglary, accused of stealing luggage of passengers whose flight was diverted away from San Francisco International Airport because of the Asiana Airlines crash, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. (Snip) The Chronicle says surveillance video captured United customer service representative Sean Crudup, 44, handing the bags to his wife, Raychas Thomas, 32, and another woman. The bags contained, among other things, valuable clothing that Thomas returned to a local Nordstrom store for about $5,000 Guidotti told the paper. The couple were arrested as Thomas tried to catch a flight
Hawaii was bracing for tropical storm Flossie Monday, even as the storm began to weaken. According to the National Weather Service, the eye of the storm is headed directly for Maui and Oahu, with landfall expected Monday. Wind gusts could reach 60 miles per hour, but the greater threat is rain. Heavy rainfall could cause "life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in the mountains." The storm is expected to bring 6 to 10 inches of rain over Maui and the Big Island, with up to 15 inches possible in isolated locations, and 4 to 8 inches of rain
Anthony Weiner has plummeted to fourth place in the New York City Democratic primary for mayor, according to a new Quinnipiac University survey released on Monday. After a brutal week of scandal amid new revelations of his lewd online behavior, Weiner has dropped 10 points from Quinnipiac´s last survey. Here are the horse-race numbers: City Council Speaker Christine Quinn: 27% Public Advocate Bill de Blasio: 21% Former Comptroller Bill Thompson: 20% Anthony Weiner: 16% The numbers for Weiner are brutal. By a 53-40 margin, likely Democratic primary voters say he should drop out of the race.
Fort Collins police have asked local religious organizations to keep an eye out for suspicious behavior after a self-proclaimed “Islamist jihadist” threatened Mormons and Catholics “would be destroyed” in the next two weeks, a memo sent by authorities said. (Snip) Rev. Steven Voss said the Archdiocese of Denver shared with him on Friday the Fort Collins Police Services memo and reading its words of caution made his “blood run cold.” But between Sunday Masses at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 300 W. Mountain Ave., Voss said he’s “pretty confident” he and his parishioners won’t have an interaction
American public discourse about Islam is filled with essentialist paranoia, fear, and the commentary of people who not only don´t know much about the topic but are often dismissive of people who do. But the reception that scholar Reza Aslan received on Fox last Friday was a new twist: Muslim views of Christianity are inherently suspect, it seems. Mr. Aslan, who has a PhD in the sociology of religion from UCSB and a masters in theological studies from Harvard, is promoting his new book "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" and was on with Fox religion correspondent
PANTEGO, Texas - A swarm of about 30,000 bees attacked a North Texas couple as they exercised their miniature horses, stinging the animals so many times they died. Kristen Beauregard, 44, was stung about 200 times, and her boyfriend about 50 times, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Saturday. But the horses, Chip and Trump, were so covered in bees they shimmered. Neither could be saved. "They were chasing us down, they were following us," Beauregard said of the incident Wednesday evening. "We swept up piles and piles of them ... it was like a bad movie." The bees are being tested
Barack Obama has given the strongest indication to date that he holds reservations about the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, saying the project would not create many jobs and could raise gasoline prices. (Snip) "Republicans have said that this would be a big jobs generator. There is no evidence that that´s true," Obama said in the interview. "The most realistic estimates are this might create maybe 2,000 jobs during the construction of the pipeline – which might take a year or two – and then after that we´re talking about somewhere between 50 and 100 jobs in a economy
There have been days since her son Ezekiel was born 11 months ago that Los Angeles mom Beth Capper has gone without food to keep up her supply. One friend was arrested for stealing some. It´s not drugs or alcohol or even baby formula that has put her in such a bind. It´s diapers. "There´s no way around buying them," said Capper, a 41-year-old single mother who doesn´t work because of a disability. Across the country, mothers like Capper are facing the same predicament. According to a report published Monday in the
It is a small Alaskan village whose inhabitants have relied on the sea for countless generations. But within a decade, it is expected that the ocean which the village of Kivalina has so relied on will completely destroy it--creating America´s first climate change refugees. Temperatures in the Arctic region of Alaska are warming twice as fast as the rest of the U.S, causing ice to retreat, sea levels to rise and coastal erosion to increase. It is a small Alaskan village whose inhabitants have relied on the sea for countless generations. The 400 indigenous Inuit inhabitants of Kivalina, who live
Arizona Sen. John McCain was the Republican Party´s 2008 presidential nominee and he still wants the keys to the Oval Office. But he is beginning to sound more like a fan of likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. "She´s a rock star," he said in a newly released interview. "She has, maybe not glamour, but certainly the aura of someone widely regarded throughout the world," he added in a reference to her work as secretary of State. McCain, reportedly trying to win back his reputation as a GOP maverick, was asked by the New Republic
President Obama has been rolling up his sleeves campaigning across the country delivering a surreal stump speech message supposedly aimed at the middle class: big government works, Obamacare is manna from heaven, the wave of recent scandals are “phony” figments of the imagination, and all economic problems are the fault of the Republicans. Conveniently, he leaves out the bankruptcy of Detroit, a city run by his own party for more than half a century. His message is so stale and unconvincing, that even The New York Times and Washington Post have noticed. Both papers, usually loyal to Obama, remarked that
FORNEY, Texas - George Zimmerman, the former Florida neighborhood watch leader cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, was pulled over for speeding in North Texas on Sunday, CBS DFW reports. According to the station, Zimmerman was armed when officers pulled him over on Highway 80 in Forney, east of Dallas. (Snip) The officer reportedly did not recognize Zimmerman, who was driving a Honda pickup. Zimmerman told the officer he was armed and was then told to put the weapon in his glove compartment, according to the station.
Gotta figure her lead would be even bigger without Joe Miller in the field here. Her nomination for the taking? Alaska should be a top tier pick up opportunity for Senate Republicans next year…but their top choice of a candidate is Sarah Palin. 36% of GOP primary voters in the state say they’d like Palin to be their standard bearer against Mark Begich to 26% for Mead Treadwell, 15% for Dan Sullivan, and 12% for Joe Miller.
Embattled Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner and an attorney in the Federal Election Commission’s general counsel’s office appear to have twice colluded to influence the record before the FEC’s vote in the case of a conservative non-profit organization, according to e-mails unearthed by the House Ways and Means Committee and obtained exclusively by National Review Online. The correspondence suggests the discrimination of conservative groups extended beyond the IRS and into the FEC, where an attorney from the agency’s enforcement division in at least one case sought and received tax information about the status of a conservative group,
Sen. John McCain — a Democrat? There was confusion Wednesday after the Arizona Republican mistakenly strolled into President Obama’s meeting with Senate Democrats at the Capitol. The room full of Democrats — who happened to be meeting in the same room where the Senate GOP usually holds their weekly policy luncheons — erupted in applause and laughter as the former Republican presidential candidate made his entrance. As McCain, 76, walked out of the Dem-filled space, reporters pressed him as to why he stepped foot in the room.
In an interview on National Public Radio (NPR), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said her new agenda for women will give mothers access to day care so they can “earn without carrying the burden of child care.” During the interview, aired on Weekend Edition Sunday, Pelosi spoke about her newly announced agenda, which is on her website, and is titled, “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families,” a plan that includes universal pre-school and access to day care for working women, and an increase in the minimum wage.
Karl Rove and more than one hundred Republican donors sent a letter to Republican members of Congress on Tuesday, urging them to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would include, among other provisions, granting "legal status" to illegal aliens who meet certain criteria. Anticipating that lawmakers will face resistance to the bill when they go home for the August recess, the letter marks the escalation of a campaign in which Republican leaders and donors are pressuring House Republicans to act on an immigration reform bill.
I never thought the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case deserved nearly the attention it got. But reasonable people can disagree about that. What strikes me as unconscionable, however, is the way the supposedly objective media have not only sensationalized a tragedy but at times appear to deliberately bend the facts to fit a desired story line. Maybe it started with the use of pictures of a younger Martin or with the sudden embrace of the term "white Hispanic" to describe Zimmerman in order to more easily paint him as a racist. NBC News was the most egregious offender
No matter how much you may hope for it, it seems unlikely that you´ll be using the phrase "Senator Sarah Palin" with any great regularity in 2015. A new poll indicates that the former Alaska governor is about as popular in the state as Barack Obama — which is to say, not very popular at all. But even more surprising, while the former vice presidential candidate has made Alaska a central part of her public image, the state´s residents split on the question of whether Palin is all that Alaskan. Conducted by Public Policy Polling,