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I just watched an emotional episode of Rachel Maddow in which she interviewed Francine and David Wheeler, parents of Benjamin Wheeler one of the children massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14.

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While proponents of the new voter ID laws claim that the collateral damage incurred by suppressing the freedom of Americans to vote is worth the cost because it will stop voter fraud.

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There is a reason that swimming pools are surrounded by fences or cages. Does anyone wonder why we keep pesticides and cleaning products up and out of reach of children? Is it an attack on your “freedom” to test and license people before they drive an automobile? Why is liability insurance mandated for these same automobiles? As a society these are the regulations, rules and laws we have put in place to protect those who cannot protect themselves from the irresponsible in our society. Yes, I know these regulations, rules and laws are meaningless if you’re an outlaw, but we have to start somewhere.

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When I was in middle school we would conduct regular drills for nuclear preparedness. We were “comforted” as a nation that we could survive a nuclear attack by hiding under our desks.

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Republicans (and Democrats) in positions of authority, politicians, benefactors, contributors, pundits, campaign staff, “job creators”, etc. are taken care of. They are going to have a great holiday. They will be totally unaffected by the minuscule tax hikes that have been proposed. They aren’t feeling the economic pain.

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I ride with a group of guys every Sunday to a small non-chain owned breakfast hole-in-the-wall north of us to get a little fresh air and some grits and eggs. The food is great and it’s always crowded if you come after 9:00 am.

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What would explain the outbreak of irrational conspiracy, anti-government rhetoric coming from the conservative wing when a Democrat occupies the Whitehouse? It seems a day doesn’t go by that a speech, a comment, a discovery of video or a transcript where a conservative politician or campaign surrogate is exposed having said some of the most unimaginable, inflammatory, ridiculous nonsense.

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Yes, I’ve read other diaries and comments that have offered explanations for our president not calling Rmoney a liar to his face on national television. The problem is that the bully would have resorted to those same tactics he has employed his entire life. More bullying, bob and weave, deflect and deny, change the subject, divide and conquer, and tell another lie.

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Karl Rove must be delighted. He envisioned Republican majorities for decades.  

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It isn’t really new in the world of public relations or political tactics and not entirely new to the Romney/Ryan campaign, but it is one the very few options left to them.

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Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 05:53 PM PDT

Isn’t every vote sacred?

by FloridaRedneck

Why are only some votes sacred in a democracy? As our national demographic trends to a more diverse population the party that appeals to the angry white dude, espouses nothing that appeals to the majority of Americans. They are losing their grip on power.

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The Republican National Convention is finally over. The majority Democratic population of the Tampa Bay area can finally exhale a collective sigh of relief. The roads will be open again, the trash will be cleaned up and hopefully we can resume some semblance of normal after hurricane GOP made landfall.

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