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May this time of year be a special one, a time to reflect on the past and enjoy time with your friends and family.  Enjoy the foods and drink, and the sharing of it with all including that “grumpy relative,” that one  that has to control the conversation and insist at sitting a the head of the table even though he is a guest.  Maybe especially him or her, their thoughts you don’t get to hear everyday so it maybe  something to be thankful for that you will only have to hear during once during  the holidays!

Please remember the ones that can’t be with us or can no longer be with you due to travel, job placement,  death or illness they need to know that our thoughts are with them.

A wonderful season with a wonderful reason to share because they are in need and with so many in need this year, it’s easy to share even with the simplest of gifts.  A simple five or ten dollar gift card may biggest gift they get this year.  A day volunteering some time  at your local charity or a small gift to them.   Talking to friends this week who volunteer for the favorite  and they are having difficulty with supplying used clothing and shoes.  Over 200 pairs of used shoes were handed out in a few hours last Saturday, used shoes!  Maybe it’s time to spring clean this “very special season” and see what you may be able to donate.

And a wonderful time to enjoy this “very special season,”  by your giving and seeing  precious smile on others, and there is no way easier or more precious than giving to the little ones.  How priceless are the laughs giggles  and screams from their little precious faces?

Or if you forget the last half, there’s always the : “Eat Drink and be Merry…” ;-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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American Civic Knowledge Survey

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Mapping the Measure of America

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Time Out for O/T – Vol. 18, 10.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating

Written by bito

Was once a handsome frog until kissed by an ugly corporate princess.----- Like a well honed knife, the internet can be a wonderful and useful tool. It can be used to prepare and serve a delicious meal or it can be used to cause harm. peace

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  1. Dimbulb2 says:

    Vital to the conservative crusade against reality has been Fox News. Sadly, Roger Ailes, a veteran GOP propagandist and current Fox News manager, will not be able to set up shop in Canada due to a pesky Canadian regulation that stipulates, “a licenser may not broadcast… any false or misleading news.” But back in the US, where false is true, faith is science, and fantasy is fact, Fox News is free to pioneer a brave new genre, unreality TV.

    24 hours a day their considerable resources are devoted to manufacturing delusional problems and fictitious threats, for which the solutions are always elect more Republicans, cut taxes for the rich, and remove all constraints on corporate behavior. While making stuff up is their main tactic, generating fear is their chief strategy. And there is a good reason that this is so effective.

    A recent study conducted by neuroscientists at the University College of London and published in Current Biology found significant brain differences between liberals and conservatives. Liberals are more likely to have a large anterior cingulate cortex, an area important for the management and tolerance of uncertainty, complexity, and conflict. Conservatives, on the other hand, tend to have a bigger amygdala, an area of the brain specialized for the processing of fear and disgust. Given the brain’s plasticity, politics and neuroanatomical differences are each likely to be a cause and an effect.

    Whether informed by this research or simply guided by intuition and observation, the programmers at Fox have wrought great ratings and political benefit from constantly jerking on the tender, hypertrophied amygdlae of their anxious viewers. “Beware,” they warn. “There is a malevolent socialist/Muslim Kenyan-born terrorist-sympathizing president in the White House who wants to take away our guns, abolish Christmas, force our elderly citizens to appear before death panels, and mandate Koran reading in government-run reeducation camps.” Not waiting for Democrats to establish the new Caliphate, the ever-vigilant Oklahoma Republicans passed legislation banning the establishment of Sharia law within its borders. Thanks to the quick thinking of its conservative leaders, Al Qaeda’s plan for an Islamic Republic of Oklahoma has been foiled. Since then, 13 red states have introduced similar laws.

    We are doomed by the undereducated underclass falling for the deception of the corporate elite and their fox mouthpiece.

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  2. SallyT says:

    Hey CL and Kes! Did you know?

    STUDY: Republicans Are Dog People, While Democrats Prefer Cats

    Overwhelmingly, red states have the highest rate of dog ownership while residents of blue states are more likely to keep a cat as a pet.

    The red states in question are Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, West Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas, and Oklahoma, while the lone blue (dog) state was New Mexico.
    Nine of the ten states with the lowest percentage of households with a pet dog voted Democratic, including strongholds Minnesota, New York, and Rhode Island.
    And in spite of the undeniable cuteness of Bo Obama, four out of the top five feline-friendly states voted for the President. Cats are the preferred pet in the blue states of Vermont, Maine, Oregon, and Washington, although South Dakotans also own plenty of felines.
    This rule doesn’t appear to hold perfectly – in particular, there’s no rush to label Dianne Feinstein a DemoCAT. For instance, California (a blue bastion) also has one of the lowest rates of cat ownership, with 28.3 percent of households including a feline in their families.

    Another surprising nugget from the study: in America, dogs aren’t a man’s best friend. While there are about 70 million pet dogs in the nation, there are 74.1 million pet cats.

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/republicans-dog-people-democrats-cats-2013-1#ixzz2ICGtOUVF

    Well, I am in Oregon which is a blue cat state. Okay, I just learned I am an Independent because I am in Oregon and I have 2 Dogs and 2 Cats! ;)

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  3. Kalima says:

    It would give me no greater pleasure than to see these murder enablers put in their place and knocked off their perches once and for all, except to maybe see Congress grow a pair for once. “fight of the century” how dramatic for these dumb arses since we only have 13 years in it so far, and all that foaming at the mouth can’t be good for the environment.

    If the president doesn’t get his way on this, the next time there is a mass shooting, the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling that corporations are people should be tested by making the NRA responsible as co-defendant for opposing gun control laws that would save innocent lives.

    “NRA planning ‘the fight of the century’ against Obama”

    http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/01/16/nra-planning-the-fight-of-the-century-against-obama/

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    • SallyT says:

      Kalima, they error in their thinking that it is a fight with Obama alone. Maybe Congress won’t act but a Million Mothers March will show that it is a fight with many that believe there needs to be gun control! Everyday there is another shooting. It won’t stop until it is stopped! There are more and more people speaking up daily for change and control. They have a big fight on their hands but not with just the President’s.

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      • Kalima says:

        Hi Sally, yes the majority of Americans want tighter gun control laws. In case you missed it, I posted this on MB on the 15th. These nuts need to be held responsible and shown that they don’t own the government or the people of the U.S. The senseless killings have to stop, and assault rifles must be banned. How can the NRA be against thorough background checks and the banning of weapons that should only be used in a war or armed conflict sanctioned by that country’s government, it makes no sense to see so many guns in your country especially in light of the constant violence and coming from countries that ban private citizens from obtaining firearms unless they have a hunting licence and the weapon used is just made for hunting small prey. Or do you have big game over there that we don’t know about? Even then, who uses a semi-automatic?

        I want Congress to get off their lazy behinds and do something for those who want to feel safer on their streets, and especially for those affected by all the tragedies over the decades who lost loved ones. It’s way past time and I hope the president forges ahead any way he can. This has to be the turning point.

        Poll: Most Americans support new gun-control measures after Newtown massacre

        http://m.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-says-hell-offer-plans-to-stem-gun-violence-this-week/2013/01/14/b7ad8ea8-5e6c-11e2-90a0-73c8343c6d61_story.html

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  4. Nirek says:

    Maybe we should put a high tax on bullets.

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    • SallyT says:

      Nirek, sounds like a good idea. I know a lot of people that quit smoking because they couldn’t afford the cigarettes and all the taxes that were added to them.
      I found the following chart very interesting. The cost of guns in other countries compared with ours. We are too cheap!

      guns-are-cheaper-here.jpg

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    • AdLib says:

      Nirek, that is exactly where my mind is. We can regulate bullets with no Constitutional limits and what good are guns without bullets?

      That is a quick, direct and powerful way to address this gun madness.

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  5. Kalima says:

    I know that the spokesman for the NRA, what’shisname, the one who looks like a wax figure from Madame Tussauds, is extremely dumb, but show me a world leader who doesn’t have special protection for himself and his whole family. Isn’t it a law btw, that a president and former presidents receive around the clock protection? Didn’t Romney demand SS protection even though he wasn’t ever really anybody?

    He’s the president of the U.S. ffs. People this dumb should be charged a fee to speak. Idiots, do they even know the meaning of the word “hypocrisy”?

    Oh, and those “armed guards” for his daughters are nothing new, and are part of the SS job description for any president and his family. It goes with the job. Their blatant disrespect for the man who is the president and for the office he holds, is truly sickening.

    NRA hits Obama over ‘hypocrisy’ of armed guards for daughters

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/nra-hits-obama-over-hypocrisy-armed-guards-daughters-012508976--politics.html

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    • AdLib says:

      Kalima, the logic is so twisted. Of course, those under the imminent possibility of attack, assassination or kidnapping need to be guarded.

      How does that have anything to do with keeping mentally ill people from getting guns or limiting the potential of any citizen to stage a mass killing?

      Arming teachers and letting armed gangs of unemployed people be an unregulated militia is the same thing as protecting high value political targets?

      Morons with bullets for brains.

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      • choicelady says:

        I am so NOT happy that Arpaio is placing unvetted “volunteers” armed and trained with very few hours into Maricopa Co. schools. That includes one where my granddaughter goes!!!! She is six. She is small. All we need is some nervous Rambo wannabe over-reacting and doing harm to her and her little classmates. All “by accident” of course…

        I read that the very youngest of the 20 children murdered at Sandy Hook had 11 shots in his small body. There is not enough BODY in children that small for this to happen. I can’t get past that since that’s the age of my granddaughter so I have some points of physical reference, and it’s sickening to think this happened -- it’s despicable anyone would do that kind of harm to a child.

        And now untrained, unvetted “volunteers” could be the source of other children’s death or injury all so gun nuts can feel like John Wayne.

        Protecting the targets is my political choice. Damned if I’m standing with those who are armed and dangerous no matter WHO they are.

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        • AdLib says:

          CL -- If I was a parent with a child at one of those schools, I would find like minded parents and whatever legal or other organizations might be sympathetic to go to court and sue to have these vigilantes removed from their schools.

          It’s one thing to have a security guard and another thing to have a potential threat to children by having unprofessional, un-vetted vigilantes walking around with guns.

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      • Kalima says:

        Hi AdLib, that’s what I meant about insulting the office of the President, their disrespect is truly mind boggling, and the day that I witness any semblance of what would pass for logic from these fanatical people, including the GOP, I’ll eat my hat and then eat yours too.

        Yep, call them “bulletheads”.

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    • SallyT says:

      I don’t think Romney demanded protection but that it is automatically provided for both parties candidates, once chosen by their party, running for president. (This includes the members of their immediate family) It will be provided for both in 2016 when neither will be a sitting President at the time of the election. That is why this advertisement by the NRA is so outlandish and totally out of line. They don’t even let the President of the United States drive a car while he is in office because of the danger of someone hitting him on purpose. (yes, there are other reasons but they all are for his protection) These little girls are the targets not only of our own nuts but those from other countries, as well. No parent including the President wants to have to have protection for their family and take away a free life and childhood from them because they are in fear of the dangers around them but that is how it has to be. Secret Service protections has been provided since the assassination of President William McKinley in 1901.

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      • Kalima says:

        Hi Sally, that’s what I thought and said that it’s a part of his position to have 24 hour protection. About Romney, I read from several news sources that he wanted SS protection before he even became the GOP nominee. My point was that Republicans claim it as their right, but see the president and his family being afforded the same protection as hypocrisy. I’m sure it’s not only the NRA who feel that way about it and who refuse to accept that he is the president, so they continue to insult him this way.

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  6. funksands says:

    Meet the Sandyhook Truthers:

    “Yes, there really are Newtown truthers.

    But in the crazy world of Sandy Hook conspiracy theories, this one may be the worst yet. (Maybe you’ve already heard some of the others, like the one about fantasy ties between the gunman’s family and the LIBOR banking scandal and a related theory about the Aurora shooting and the “Dark Knight Rises.”) Most of the theories are really pieces of a larger meta-theory: that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax, perhaps by the Obama administration, designed to stir demand for gun control.”

    (Check out the comments section on Salon. Unreal)

    http://www.salon.com/2013/01/09/the_worst_sandy_hook_conspiracy_theory_yet/

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    • AdLib says:

      Funk, if only we could convince the conspiracy loons to follow the lead of their fellow turkeys and stare up at the sky when it rains with their mouths open so they drown themselves.

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    • Man Who Helped Sandy Hook Kids is Harassed by Conspiracy Theorists

      “A man who found six children in his driveway in Newtown, Conn., after their teacher had been shot and killed in last month’s school massacre has become the target of conspiracy theorists who believe the shootings were staged.
      “I don’t know what to do,” Gene Rosen told Salon.com. “I’m getting hang-up calls, I’m getting some calls, I’m getting emails with, not direct threats, but accusations that I’m lying, that I’m a crisis actor, ‘How much am I being paid?’”

      http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/gene-rosen-sandy-hook-conspiracy-155033813.html

      Thoroughly disgusting funk. These people are, like I’ve been saying for some time now, are insane. They are truly mentally ill. This also proves they don’t give a crap about some of our laws, like harassment, stalking and probably a few others.

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    • SallyT says:

      Funk, I said the day after this tragedy that I bet the conspiracy theorist where going to say the government did it in-order to take peoples guns away. Dah dah, here they are! It always confounds me that these people that think the government could and would go to all this trouble to stage something and could pull if off, well, couldn’t the government just say, “We are taking your guns” and save the time? But, these are the same people that think their home weapons will hold off the government and military weapons. I have never understood why these same people believe that the government took down the World Trade Center to get us into war. When in fact all Bush had to say was that there was weapons of mass destruction in the making in Iraq and we were off!

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  7. SallyT says:

    Bill Clinton Makes Surprise Appearance During Golden Globe Awards

    Former president Bill Clinton made an appearance during Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards and gave an inspirational introduction to Steven Spielberg’s film “Lincoln.”

    “A tough fight to push a bill through a bitterly divided Congress,” Clinton began before describing the difficulties Lincoln had passing the 13th amendment. “Winning it required the president to make a lot of unsavory deals that had nothing to do with the big issue. I wouldn’t know anything about that,” Clinton quipped to the delighted crowd.

    “President Lincoln’s struggle to abolish slavery reminds us that enduring progress is forged in a cauldron of both principle and compromise,” Clinton continued. “This brilliant film shows us how he did it, and gives us hope that we can do it again.”

    I loved Amy and Tina’s response to the President being there.

    “That was Hillary Clinton’s husband,” host Amy Poehler exclaimed after the surprise guest left the stage.

    “That was Bill Rodham Clinton!” Tina Fey exclaimed.

    The video of President Clinton is at the following link.
    http://occupyamerica.crooksandliars.com/diane-sweet/bill-clinton-makes-surprise-appearance

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  8. SallyT says:

    A US Default Would Be The Financial Equivalent Of This Painting Of Hell

    “If Congressional Republicans refuse to pay America’s bills on time, Social Security checks, veterans benefits will be delayed,” Obama said. “… Investors around the world will ask if the United States of America is in fact a safe bet. Markets could go haywire. Interest rates would spike for anyone who borrowed money.”

    One analyst — Michael Feroli, the chief economist at JP Morgan — speculated what such a situation might look like, specifically if the U.S. missed a payment to bondholders.
    It “would be like the financial market equivalent of that Hieronymus Bosch painting of hell,” Feroli told the Washington Post.
    The painting is titled “The Garden of Earthly Delights” and is believed to have been painted by Bosch sometime between 1490 and 1510.
    Here’s what that painting looks like. The far right panel is the “hellscape.”

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/debt-ceiling-what-happens-if-congress-doesnt-raise-it-obama-painting-2013-1#ixzz2I0rLqtgy

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  9. SallyT says:

    People Are Really Starting To Get It About The Deficit

    The reason the deficit has swollen is not because of some big entitlement/big government crisis, but because unemployment has surged.
    The deficit will get much smaller as unemployment continues to drop

    From Daily Beast article by David Frum THE DEFICIT’S TAKING CARE OF ITSELF, the post notes that the deficit is down 9% from last year, mostly due to the improving economy.

    The news last week that California is coming back is also a major revelation to people. It reveals that deficits aren’t this huge sign of a structural problem, but just what you expect to see in a major downturn.

    And now people are talking about the national budget shrinking faster than expected.

    Here’s Goldman’s Jan Hatzius, from his 10 Questions for 2013 note:
    As the private sector balance sheet adjustment comes closer to completion, we expect the government deficit to diminish gradually; the fiscal adjustment shown in Exhibit 3 will push in the same direction. By 2015, we expect the federal deficit to be down to $500bn, or just under 3% of GDP. If this forecast is correct, concerns about the federal deficit are likely to diminish over the next few years.

    Deficit fears are on the downslope. The only way we can screw it up is by cutting spending too soon!

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/people-are-really-starting-to-get-it-about-the-deficit-2013-1#ixzz2I0oVcr00

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  10. Glenn Beck Announces Plans for Independence, USA

    “Right-wing rabble-rouser Glenn Beck recently announced that he wanted to “go Galt” and create a self-sustaining community, inspired by the philosophy of Ayn Rand’s character John Galt from “Atlas Shrugged.”
    The community will be known as Independence, USA. If and when it is completed, Independence will produce its own food and TV and film content. There will be homes, baseball fields and a theme park. Think: Small Town, USA, but with a Beckish vibe.”

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/glenn-beck-announces-plan-independence-usa-233854956.html

    Jonestown anyone?

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    • choicelady says:

      Oh -- oh -- this is GREAT! If he seals himself off from the rest of us, think of how nice it will BE! I LOVE this -- I’ve urged these goobers and wingnuts to be self sustaining for YEARS. It means we don’t have to put up with them at all. EVER AGAIN!!!

      I seriously do not care if it’s like Jonestown. Seriously. Leave them alone, and the kids won’t get hurt. They have every right to circle the wagons. So long as they aren’t plotting against us (making them radically different from retired Gen. Jerry Boykin, Xe, etc.) they can do what they bloody well want to, and then WE ARE FREE of them.

      Go for it Becky. Please.

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    • SallyT says:

      KT, hasn’t he been to Farmington, UT? They have all he listed including a big amusement park called Lagoon. Don’t think Independence, Missouri, home of Harry S. Truman, will like him taking their name. Although, the LDS Church is the largest land holder just outside of town.
      I don’t care if he has such a place as long as it has a great big wall around it to keep them IN.
      Jonestown does come to mind, doesn’t it, KT? Kool-aid anyone?

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  11. Nirek says:

    7AM Monday Jan.14, 2013
    I just saw Senator John McCain say that the assault weapon ban should not be passed. My first thought was “he is bought and paid for by the NRA and gun manufacturers” Second thought “we need to have some people in our government who are above taking bribes.”

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    • kesmarn says:

      Nirek, someday someone will write a biography of McCain — his decline and fall.

      “From Great to Grotesque”?

      I don’t know what has happened to that guy, but I can hardly think of a thing that he has done lately that I could admire — or even understand!

      One of his finest moments was during that town hall meeting he had when that Tea Party woman stood up and started ranting about “Obama is a Muslim…” and he interrupted with: “No madam, you’re wrong. He is a decent man…” (Not that being Muslim would make anyone less than “decent.”)

      After that it’s been all downhill.

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  12. Former NRA President Equates Gun Laws With Racism

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    Wow, another nut job from Crazy Town.

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    • choicelady says:

      Our good friend SueinCA posted a blast from the past reminding us that when the Black Panthers -- who’d been murdered in their beds in Chicago by the police -- wanted to arm in self defense, THE NRA BACKED LAWS PREVENTING IT.

      So who’s the racist, hmmmmm?

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    • Nirek says:

      KT, these people are nut jobs! I can’t believe they care more about the right to have and use guns with high capacity magazines capable of shooting fast and inaccurately (spraying and hitting any target or non target).

      We need to make the gun owner buy liability insurance and register their guns every year like we do our cars. Also gun owners should be charged with the crime their gun was used in whether they did it or someone else used it in the crime. That will insure that they keep them under lock and key.

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  13. SallyT says:

    Presidential Inauguration 2013
    A Guide to Inauguration Day Events in Washington, DC

    The Presidential Inauguration will be held in Washington DC on Monday,

    January 21, 2013. A week of festivities will include the Presidential Swearing-in Ceremony, Inaugural Address, Inaugural Parade and numerous inaugural balls and galas honoring the elected President of the United States. The official theme for the 2013 inauguration is “Faith in America’s Future,” commemorating the United States’ perseverance and unity, marking the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the placement of the Statue of Freedom atop the Capitol Dome in 1863.

    .Saturday, January 19 -- National Day of Service. President Obama will ask Americans across the country to organize and participate in service projects in their communities to honor our shared values and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    .Sunday, January 20 -- The President will participate in a small private swearing-in ceremony.
    .Monday, January 21 – Inauguration Day. Swearing-in Ceremony, Inaugural Parade, and official Inaugural Balls.
    .Tuesday, January 22 -- Inaugural National Prayer Service, 10:30 a.m. Washington National Cathedral. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with dignitaries and Americans of diverse faiths will attend the service which will include prayer, readings and musical performances.

    http://dc.about.com/od/specialevents/a/Presidential-Inauguration-2013-Washington-Dc.htm

    NOTE: President Obama will be sworn into office on a bible that was once used by Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Jan. 21 “is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It will be the second time that this federal holiday has coincided with a presidential inauguration. The first was President Bill Clinton’s second inauguration on Monday, Jan. 20, 1997.”

    A little history, listed the other next-day inaugural ceremonies:
    James Monroe, 1821 Zachary Taylor, 1849 Rutherford B. Hayes, 1877
    Woodrow Wilson, 1917 Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1957
    Ronald Reagan, 1985

    (The law designating the third Monday in January as a federal holiday honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was signed into law by President Reagan in 1983. President Reagan’s 1985 inauguration fell on the third Monday of January, but the new federal holiday did not become official until 1986.)

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  14. SallyT says:

    Student opens fire at California high school, wounding one

    UPDATED, 12:37 p.m. PT: At least one student was shot when a classmate opened fire at a high school in California on Thursday.
    The shooting occurred in the science building at Taft Union High School in Taft, Calif., at approximately 9 a.m. local time, a Kern County Sheriff’s official told Yahoo News.
    The suspected shooter—a 16-year-old male student at the school—did not show up for the start of first period, police say. He entered the school with a 12-gauge shotgun and interrupted his first-period class, shooting one student police say he was targeting.
    The gunman then called a second student’s name in the 28-person class and fired again, but missed, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said. A teacher and a campus supervisor engaged the shooter in conversation inside the classroom, school officials said, and were able to persuade him to put down the shotgun. The shooter was then taken into police custody.
    According to the school’s website, “two campus supervisors and a Kern County Sheriff monitor the campus before, during, and after school.” But officials said the armed officer who is normally on campus was “snowed in” and not on duty at the time of the shooting. About 1,000 students attend the high school.

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/high-school-shooting-taft-california-183012601.html

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    • kesmarn says:

      Sally, it’s interesting that what put an end to the violence was not an armed guard, but…words.

      NRA, are you listening?

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      • SallyT says:

        Kes, no the NRA would tell you that everyone in the room should have had a gun. Now wouldn’t that have been a mess. If you read the whole article, one was taken to the hospital with hearing loss and another injured while hiding, let alone the poor individual actually shot. If everyone had a gun, spray of bullets every where, people falling over one another with guns in hands, and talk about noise factor. Instead, the teachers talk the kid down and no one else was hurt.

        Kes, as you said, “NRA are you listening?” Or have you lost your hearing being around all those guns?

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        • choicelady says:

          kes and Sally -- I never stop thinking about that over the top scene in Steve Martin’s 1991 film, “L.A. Story” where he and his girlfriend driving to brunch, realizing it’s a certain date that starts the “Los Angeles road rage gunfire” season, load the gun and get ready for 65 mph shootouts with other angry drivers. It’s SO outrageous -- but that’s not far off the NRA mark!

          Yah -- I sure want to live like that…

          Someone wrote after Newtown that while we’re debating Second Amendment rights, where are the rights for the targets? I have no desire to have to be packing just to get groceries. I think most people feel the same -- and have the RIGHT to feel that way!

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