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Violence in Jerusalem and the middle east has been so prevalent in the past six decades that most of us are numb to it. It's horrible. It registers. But it's also par for the course and never surprising.

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Here is a statement on a current thread about Islam that solidified for me a question I've had for some time:

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The cover of the New York Post this morning introduces the Clinton's new grandchild with the phrase "Another liberal cry-baby for Dem Clinton."

Generally, I give very little regard to what I see on the front cover of the post, but this statement seemed a bit beyond the pale for me. Hit a nerve. And I realized why: Even in the most innocuous, non-political, non-threatening moment in life - the birth of a child - conservatives still feel the need to advance their seething hatred for anyone who doesn't view the world through their myopic eyes, particularly the Clintons.

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I run a company. A fun place. A creative place. I also hire interns and pay them. While I'm lucky enough to have found people who are eager to do their jobs and do them well, lately (i.e. the last five years) I've had an extraordinary amount of difficulty hiring people in their early twenties.

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Since the congressional majority happened two years before Bush exited office, the republicans have been obstructing everything under the sun - even those bills they supported under Bush. I've lived with this, like you, for more years than I care to remember. The result was dozens of thoughful blog posts - some angry, some sad, some unreasonable, some hopefully on the money.

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Well, not completely.

Maybe the political arguments are too frustrating, long, and laborious. Maybe I have too much time on my hands at the end of a day. Maybe I'm bored...or maybe I'm a genius and don't know it.

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I wrote a post a month ago that seems to have gotten a small group of gun enthusiasts all up in arms. Good.

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Interesting but not surprising article on HP:

One in three Americans doesn't believe in evolution, according to new survey results from the Pew Research Center.

The results, released Monday in report on views about human evolution, show that 33 percent of Americans think "humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time."

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I wrote a post a little less than a year ago about the shooting at Newtown. I have the burden of having a friend who lost a child in that event. There isn't a day that has gone by since that event that I've not felt for their family, comprehend the overwhelming grief of their loss, and wonder how in hell I could possibly go on if that event befell me or my family.

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Talk about tone deaf - but anyone who would organize a pro gun rally in a town that suffered immeasurable tragedy as the result of loose gun laws aren't just tone deaf but morally corrupt.

From Newtown Patch:

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This ugly mindset, most prevalent among the GOP, that we as individuals owe nothing to anyone but ourselves in this world sickens me. What's more, those who have the gall to suggest such things and identify themselves as good Christians irks me even more.

Here is a typical post from one of the many self-centered that appears to be the primary message from the other side (from Time):

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When I was younger, I was attacked while at school in Philly. Out of the blue, I received a punch in the head. Never saw it coming. Within seconds, I had a guy slamming my head into a windshield. If I had to estimate the amount of times, I would guess ten. I could barely gather my thoughts while it was happening and couldn't see anything but blurs.

What was I feeling at that moment? That I was going to die. The fist blows stopped for a second and impulsively I threw a punch, hitting my assailant in the cheek. Somehow I got away from them (it turned out to be a few guys).

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