The Watering Hole: Monday, December 17, 2012 – Can We PLEASE Talk About Guns In Our Society Now?

On the morning of December 14, 2012, it was Newtown, Connecticut.
Before that it was Clackamas Town Center, Oregon.
Before that it was Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Before that it was Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
Before that it was Aurora, Colorado.
Before that it was Seattle, Washington.
Before that it was Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Before that it was Oakland, California.
Before that it was Seal Beach, California.
Before that it was Carson City, Nevada.
Before that it was Tucson, Arizona.
Before that it was Manchester, Connecticut.
Before that it was Fort Hood, Texas.
Before that it was Binghamton, New York.
Before that it was Carthage, North Carolina.
Before that it was Northern Illinois University, Illinois.
Before that it was Kirkwood, Missouri.
Before that it was Omaha, Nebraska.
Before that it was Virginia Tech, Virginia.
Before that it was Salt Lake City, Utah.
Before that it was Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Before that it was Seattle, Washington.
Before that it was Red Lake, Minnesota.
Before that it was Brookfield, Wisconsin.
Before that it was Meridian, Minnesota.
Before that it was Fort Worth, Texas.
Before that it was Atlanta, Georgia.
And before that, on the morning of April 20, 1999, it was Littleton, Colorado.

These are all places where someone, or several someones, took a gun, or several guns, and began shooting people at some location, or several locations. Does this list strike you as being rather long? These are just ones since Columbine. There were others in between and before that. Many people died in those mass shootings. Too many. And too many were children. Far, far too many. And yet, we can’t seem to have that talk about all these mass shootings and the prevalence of guns in our society.

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Democracy Now: “Little Guantanamo,” Secretive “CMU” Prisons

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There were two secretive prisons opened under the Bush Administration, one in Indiana and the other is located in Illinois.  They are called “CMU” Prisons, which means communications management units.  These units are designed to severely restrict communications between the prisoners, their family members, the media and the outside world.

Dozens of muslim men are still being held at these “CMU’s”, along with animal rights activists, and environmental rights activists also.  The government has supplied very little information about these prison units.   The search on the Bureau of Prison website yields just one document even mentioning the program.  Only a handful of news articles have covered what has been described as a “Little Guantanamo,” by some of the prisoners.

Rep. Shimkus At Climate Change Hearing: “God Decides When The Earth Will End”

Shimkus’ opening statement, during which he read various Bible verses, before concluding: “The earth will end only when God declares its time to be over. Man will not destroy this earth. This earth will not be destroyed by a flood.” Watch:

(h/t) ProgressIllinois