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Lr103 said...

Likely, shen. Robinson died of a heart attack on October 4, 1972. Having to endure all of that physical and verbal assault had to have eventually taken its toll physically, emotionally, psychologically, and even spiritually and mentally. It may not have shown on the outside, all the while doing serious damage to the mind, body and soul.

I haven't been able to bring myself to go see the movie. For those of us, regardless of race, who lived through those periods and saw what was happening, whether it touched us personally or not, and felt powerless to intervene, the movie brings back painful memories for us as well as those who suffered. The things that happened to Robinson on the baseball field, many others like him had to endure on almost a daily bases. Robinson himself likely suffered just as much and more off the field as he did on. Now, in 21ST century America, that same hate seems to be making an eerily sneaky comback.

I'll likely take my family to go see the movie at some point, but I don't think I can just yet.

April 13, 2013 at 4:29 p.m.
Lr103 said...

Social Security shouldn't even be on the table. It adds nothing to the deficit.

R. Kuttner/altorg said:..

Social Security benefits should be increased, not cut. The share of workers with traditional pensions is down to about 15 percent. The rest either have no pensions or have 401k plans that are not pensions at all. 401k's, like IRAs and Keoghs, are tax-sheltered savings plans. More than half of people between 55 and 64 have no pension and no retirement plan at all other than Social Security.

What we need is an increase in core Social Security benefits, and a second tier of Social Security as a universal, fully portable pension. It could be funded by raising taxes on the rich, whose effective tax rates have been steadily cut for four decades, and who now command more of our national income than ever before.

If you don't read any other piece of policy wonkery this year, you owe it to yourself, your parents, and your own golden years to read "Expanded Social Security," the recently published report from the New America Foundation (co-authored by my Demos colleague, Robert Hiltonsmith.) It provides a politically serious blueprint for expanding the retirement income of the elderly, rather than selling them out. If we had a Democratic Party worthy of the name, it would get behind this proposal and change the entire dynamics of the Social Security debate.

Every Democrat in Congress should be standing up to the White House and refusing to back a budget that cuts a nickel from Social Security or Medicare.

April 13, 2013 at 4:19 p.m.
Lr103 said...

tderng said...They never talk about the real problem with firearms. If these damn judges would hit these effing thugs,no matter their ethnicity,that use guns during a crime with the harshest penalties possible,and the system would force them to stay in jail for at least 80%_

So what should be done about the little wee ones? Should America build smaller jails and prisons to house them, or just fill the already larger jails and prisons with smaller and smaller prisoners?

Just since this last weekend there's been 4 shootings at the hands of toddlers. One only 2 years old. 2 of those shootings took place in Tennessee. One, Josephine Fanning, the wife of a sheriff's deputy was killed when a four year old picked up one of his guns and accidently discharged it. The other took place in New Jersey, when a 6 year old was shot by a four year old. The other was a 3 year old in South Carolina who found a gun in an apartment and accidently shot himself with it. He died. Just as I was reading about the 4 weekend shootings, a breaking news c.me on today: In Christianburg VA, 18 year old student Neil Allan MacInnis shot and wounded two people at the satellite campus of New River Community College at New River Valley Mall where he's a student. No update yet on their condition.

Frankly, I just can understand America's unnatural and unholy obsession and fascination with guns.

April 12, 2013 at 10:54 p.m.
Lr103 said...

limric said... However, when taking into consideration the law, BigRidgePatriots quote: ”A concealed carry permit holder has no felony convictions.” and your key words, ”aren't in the system”

Perhaps I could have been a bit more detailed in my position, but I was in a hurry. I forget that not everyone has the same level of comprehension or critical thinking.

Near anyone who wants a gun can and likely will get one. I was speaking primarily to the naivete in those who believe that just because a person is license to carry they must all be upstanding and responsible citizens. Even the mentally ill will can get their hands on a weapon if they want. Especially if they're in a home where other license carriers own guns. All anyone can basically hope for are if the penalties are stiffer perhaps that will be a deterrant for some, but not likely. As people who have gone on mass shooting sprees were already prepared to die if necessary and some have been known to take out their family members before they go on their rampage. So there's no one left for the law to go after if someone in the home was license to carry and some mentally deranged relative got their hands on the weapon.

The point is those who think just because a person passes a background check or has no obvious criminal record doesn't mean they haven't been in trouble with the law or even convicted of a serious crime.

Take what investigative reporters at Florida's Sun Sentinel exposed back in 2007: Their investigation showed the state of Florida issued concealed license carry permits to over 1,400 fellow Floridians who had pleaded guilty or no contest to felonies, 216 with outstanding warrants, 128 named in active domestic violence injunctions and 6 to registered sex offenders. And that was only from a sampling of records. And it's a guarantee if this took place in Florida it's also taking place elsewhere across the nation.

Here's a small excerpt from the Sun Sentinel, Jan. 2007:

"Marion P. Hammer, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association, blamed law enforcement gaps, judges and prosecutors for missteps that put guns in criminals’ hands.

But some say the N.R.A. pressures lawmakers to ignore the problem. “The people at the N.R.A., they know exactly what’s going on,” said Kristen Rand, legislative director of the nonprofit Violence Policy Center."

April 12, 2013 at 4:36 p.m.
Lr103 said...

Clay's cartoons always hit the nail on the head. It's the truth and grace by which Clay expresses that truth in his drawings that so frightening. His cartoons exposes the rightNUTs in their most purest form of hate. They don't like seeing that reflection of themselves at all.

April 12, 2013 at 2:26 p.m.
Lr103 said...

And what policies might that be, Laughing@UBoy? Do tell? What policies have Democratic, liberals created that led to an excuse for increased racial hatred, intolerance and bigotry? Remember, excuse and justification or reasons are not the same.

April 12, 2013 at 2:18 p.m.
Lr103 said...

I believe American visibility is crucial in that part of the world. During the last 60 years America has invested billions of dollars and American lives in the region only to hope that someday they will live in a free and open society

Mr. Taj, you don't make people free by dropping bombs on them and terrorizing entire innocent populations. Those tactics only make them dead. And the ones who survive, only angrier, which leads to creating only more terrorists and resistance fighters you'll have to drop even more bombs on.

April 12, 2013 at 9:16 a.m.
Lr103 said...

Dr. Adams, just give up those flashy cars, expensive suits and living in a gated community far away from the peasants you serve and go the way of Jesus who lived and walked among the very people he intended to reach.

April 12, 2013 at 9:13 a.m.
Lr103 said...

But why go through all that pain, suffering and humiliation just to play on a white team? Especially, when the "Negro" League Baseball was gaining popularity and white league baseball was on a serious down turn. The move to integrate baseball wasn't out of compassion or having suddenly grown a conscious or soul, nor finally coming to love thy fellow man who was darker. It was an economic move to breathe life back into a quickly declining white baseball league. The intergration of baseball basically put the Negro League out of business. Just like integrating businesses breathe new life into failing white businesses, while black businesses were flourishing and on the verge of going international. See: Black Wall Street, The 1928 Tulsa Oklahoma rioting. Integration basically destroyed many thriving black businesses. Not to say integration wasn't a good thing. At least not the original intent. However, it was a mixed bag where many who were already making great strides lost out big.

If all the pain, suffering and humiliation Robinson and others went through were meant to bring about such significant racial harmony and change, then why is America practically back at ground zero on matters of race, racism, bigotry, intolerance and racial hatred?

April 12, 2013 at 8:56 a.m.
Lr103 said...

limric said... Lr103, ” The lack of a criminal record is no guarantee an individual has never committed any crimes.” True enough. But, as far as BigRidgePatriots quote: ”A concealed carry permit holder has no felony convictions.” is concerned, George Zimmerman (an example you offered as dissension)has no felony convictions. Ergo, his statement is valid.
Good night.

The point is, limric, the term no felony convictions is being presented that the individual is law-abiding, and therefore will be responsible. The point I'm making is, just because a person has no criminal record or felony conviction is no guarantee they're law-abiding and responsible citizens. They can still be child molesters, rapists, stalkers and even serial killers and mass murderers who just aren't in the system. Or in the case of George Zimmerman, doesn't have a felony charge because of family connections.

ergo, you're WRONG! good-mawning.

April 12, 2013 at 8:46 a.m.
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