June 2013

Johnson County, Texas 6/5/13 – Emilee Bayes, who had just celebrated her 13th birthday was accidentally shot  to death by her brother as he was cleaning his gun.

Clearfield, Utah 6/27/13 – A 15 year-old boy shoots his 13 year-old sister in the shoulder with a .22 handgun. She will survive.

New Orleans 6/23/13 – After her mother left the house for 10 minutes, 5 year-old Brandajah Smith found a .38 handgun, hid in a closet, and shot herself dead.

Boise, Idaho 6/28/13 – No charges will be filed after a 3 year-old accidentally shot her 10 month-old brother in the cheek while in the family car with a gun left under the seat by the father.

Scripps ranch, CA 6/25/13 – Todd Conrad Francis pleaded not guilty to manslaughter after 10 year-old Eric Klyaz shot himself in the chest with a gun that Francis’ 9 year-old daughter had brought to their play date. Eric later died.

Pasco, WA 6/26/13 – 15-year old Pedro Jimenez-Sotano died, a week after he had accidentally shot himself in the head while playing with a gun.

Nantichoke, PA 6/27/13 – Brandon Leigh Switzer, 22, is charged wuth involuntary manslaughter after accidentally shooting Zachary J. Williams, 23, with his Beretta 9mm pistol.

Ouachita Parish, LA 6/28/13 – A 16 year-old boy was airlifted to hospital after being accidentally shot in the head with a .22 caliber weapon.

Akron, Oh 6/12/13 – Jamarcus Allen, 4, shot himself dead in the backseat of a car his father Terrance Allen was driving. The father is now facing a 3 to 11 year sentence for involuntary manslaughter.

Chicago 6/28/13 – Malcolm Whitney, a 16 year-old, was shot and killed at his home in the South Shore. Authorities suggest it may have been accidental.


Knowledge – it no more comes from religion, than it does from drinking.

June 28, 2013

Religion is much like alcohol. It is frequently enjoyed communally. It gives a sense of pleasure, warmth and comfort. In moderation it is a pleasure, in excess it leads – like alcohol – to boorish behavior. And as with liquor, religion comes in many flavors – from the straightforward to the complex. Most people like to […]

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The Republican lose more than just a Senate race in Massachusetts.

June 26, 2013

Gabriel Gomez was a very attractive Republican candidate for John Kerry’s old Senate seat in Massachusetts. And he was running against a classic tax and spend liberal, Ed Markey, who with 37 years in the House, is the epitome of the gridlock and partisanship in Washington. Gomez, the son of Colombian immigrants, is an ex-Navy pilot […]

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Paula Deen, the Supreme Court, prisons and schools show us that racial equality is still elusive.

June 25, 2013

We like to think that, as a country, we have moved beyond racism. But all evidence points to the contrary. You might think that having a black President would be proof that we are now a country, where people are judged by the content of their character, and not the color of their skin. But Paula […]

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Conservatives use the immigration debate to promote corporate welfare.

June 24, 2013

Politics is a passionate business and no more so than when the conversation turns to immigration. Why not – we are, after all, a country of immigrants – a large number of whom think that we don’t need any more. Congress is debating a bill that will give “amnesty” or a road to citizenship for […]

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The Tea Party and the Republican Establishment. Are the Lunatics Running the Asylum?

June 21, 2013

The Republican Party has an existential problem illuminated by the defeat of the House farm bill. Politics 101 teaches that, you do not bring a bill to a vote, unless you have ensured that you have the votes to win. But 62 Republicans voted against Boehner’s bill – most of them committed Tea Partiers. Initially welcomed by the Republican […]

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Not sure if “fracking” is safe or not? Consider who is saying, “trust us – it’s OK”.

June 18, 2013

There is a scientific debate over “fracking” in this country. On one side environmentalists claim that it has been proved that fracking is bad. On the other side fossil fuel companies, and their apologists, claim that it has not been proved that fracking is bad. What no one can claim is that fracking has been proved benign. […]

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The Empathy Gap.

June 17, 2013

It isn’t just Republican policies that turn people off it is how they phrase them. Sarah Palin offered a prime example at the Faith and Freedom conference. In her speech she lambasted the President over his handling of the Syrian affair. Saying, “I say until we have someone who knows what they’re doing, I say […]

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Why the Republicans face an uphill struggle to win the Presidency in 2016.

June 15, 2013

A new Gallup poll has identified NJ Governor, Chris Christie, as the most popular of a group of potential Republican presidential candidates – with a net positive number of 32%. Following him were Sen. Marco Rubio at +15%, Rep. Paul Ryan +8%, Sen Ted Cruz +7%, and Sen. Rand Paul +5%. Which would seem to […]

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