The conservative response to a Florida massacre

Writes economist Paul Krugman, "This political faction is doing all it can to push us toward becoming a society in which individuals canít count on the community to provide them with even the most basic guarantees of security ó security from crazed gunmen, security from drunken drivers, security from exorbitant medical bills (which every other advanced country treats as a right, and does in fact manage to provide). In short, you might want to think of our madness over guns as just one aspect of the drive to turn us into what Thomas Hobbes described long ago: a society 'wherein men live without other security than what their own strength and their own invention shall furnish them.' And Hobbes famously told us what life in such a society is like: 'solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.' Yep, that sounds like Trumpís America." more »


"Donít Let My Classmatesí Deaths Be in Vain"

Writes 15-year-old Christine Yared about the Parkland shooting that killed 17 people, "Itís devastating that this happened on Valentineís Day, a day thatís supposed to be about love. Take this as a sign to hug your loved ones and be sure to tell them you love them every day because you never know when it will be their last. If you have any heart, or care about anyone or anything, you need to be an advocate for change. Donít let any more children suffer like we have. Donít continue this cycle. This may not seem relevant to you. But next time it could be your family, your friends, your neighbors. Next time, it could be you." more »
Vatican newspaper condemns Trump 'shithole' remark

L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, branded President Donald Trump's reported comments about African countries and Haiti as "particularly harsh and offensive" in a front-page article. Immigration is one of the issues over which Pope Francis, who has strongly defended the rights of developing countries, and Trump have clashed. more »

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Please Read: US Catholic Bishops' "Faithful Citizenship"

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"He gave us strength in time of trouble, wisdom in time of uncertainty, and sharing in time of happiness. He will always be by our side...[May he] be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world. As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him:

Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not."

Sen Edward M. Kennedy (1932-2009)

Friday, February 23, 2018

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"Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America: They will be met.

"On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

"On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics."

First Inaugural Address, President Barack Obama


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