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I cried a lot this weekend.

I thought of those 20 beautiful, innocent children.  So full of promise, just getting started in the wonderment of life.

I thought of the 6 teachers and staff members.  Giving the ultimate sacrifice to do whatever they could to protect their students.

And I saw the pictures of Vicky Soto.

http://www.nydailynews.com/...

And that brought a rush of memories about my favorite teachers...

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Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 05:45 AM PST

"When a Storm Hits, You Get Fired?"

by StonyB

The stupid, it burns.

As a general rule, I try not to watch "Fox and Friends", since I like my brain and prefer not to damage it.  But yes, good ol' Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade can be unintentionally hilarious.  And since they sadly have over a million viewers daily, it's important to call them out when they say something that's not just ignorant, but down right offensive...

Yesterday morning, the execrable Eric Bolling from FNC's "The Five" was sitting on the comfy couch with our three Pulitzer Prize winning journalists.  Eric was extremely worked up as usual (try some decaf, dude), this time about the latest weekly job numbers.  It seems that first time jobless claims spiked to 439,000, when the projected number was at 375,000.

Now take a second, scratch your head or some other favorite body part, and think about what might have caused jobless numbers to unexpectedly increase.  Perhaps there was a recent natural disaster, say a huge hurricane on the East Coast.  Maybe it caused a shit ton of damage and destruction.  

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Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:49 PM PST

P.S. Dear Diary (Ode to Hunter)

by StonyB

Hello, Dear Diary.  It is I, Mitt Romney, your better.

I must admit, Diary, that I am truly baffled by the events that have thus far enfolded this Election Day.  My staff has advised me, in clear soundbites, that I will of course be elected to CEO of the United Corporation of America.  And yet, media organizations which I have not yet purchased are declaring this election process a victory for Presidential unit Obama.  Even media organizations which I have already purchased, such as FOX News, are declaring this as an Obama victory.  This concerns me, especially since Mr. Murdoch and Mr. Ailes have refused to return my phone calls.  Perhaps they have not received the money I have funneled to them from my various multitude of off-shore accounts; I shall ask Eric F to research this accordingly.

My point, Diary, is that there must be some mistake.  I am well aware that 47 percent of the American population units did not vote for me, as they are too lazy to get off their sofas and participate in the voting process.  But based on my prodigious mathematical skills, that would leave approximately 53 percent of American voting units who will have voted for me.  So you can understand my confusion, as 53 is more than 47.  I am nearly certain of this.

So while the media widgets may have called the state known as "Ohio" for Presidential unit Obama, I refuse to accept this as an actual fact.  I am certain that once this voting procedure drags on, and on, and on, the commoners will be forced to accept the truth that I have been elected as their Overlord.  Or President, if they prefer.

It's going to be a long night, Diary.  While I am forbidden from using caffeine, I grant you permission to absorb a double espresso.  Because I am a benevolent ruler.

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Okay, I will state up front that this diary will be short and hopefully sugary sweet.

Unless you have been living in Rupert Murdoch's secret bunker during the past 24 hours, you might have heard that a Senatorial candidate from Missouri said something rather "enlightening"...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

In an interview with KTVI-TV on Sunday, the GOP Senate nominee was asked if he supported abortion in the case of rape.

"From what I understand from doctors, that's really rare," said Akin said of pregnancy caused by rape. "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let's assume maybe that didn't work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist."

There are several other diaries that can better explain how insanely ridiculous and offensive Mr. Akin's words are.  Other than expressing my firm solidarity with those opinions, I won't offer any of my own.

But that's not why I donated to the Incumbent Senator from Missouri, Claire McCaskill.

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Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 11:17 PM PST

Even Rush Hates Rush

by StonyB

This one's for the DK Community's music fans.  And for those who hate Rush Limbaugh.  And especially both.

For those of you who aren't familiar, Rush is a Canadian band, a power trio that was formed back in 1968.  Their current lineup of Geddy Lee (Vocals, Bass). Alex Lifeson (Guitars), and Neil Peart (Drums) have been together since 1974.  They are still active, they still tour, and their 19th full-length studio album is set to be released this year.

That's over 40 years, folks...

http://www.rush.com/...

http://ultimateclassicrock.com/...

What does this have to do with that bombastic bastard Rush Limbaugh?  Play your favorite air-guitar solo and join me after the squiggle...

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Mon Jul 11, 2011 at 09:26 PM PDT

The Adult In The Room?

by StonyB

THE ADULT IN THE ROOM?  A one-act play, featuring:

"Dad" - Barack Obama
"Son" - GOP Party

Act I, Scene I.  Suburban home, Main Street, Anytown USA.  Dad and Son are sitting together at a kitchen table.  Additional cliches pending.

Dad - "Son, we need to talk".

Son - "Gee Dad, do we have to?  Now is not the right time."

Dad - "Why not?"

Son - "Because, um, it never seems to be the right time."

Dad - "I understand your concern, but we really do need to have a conversation.  As you might have heard, our mortgage payment is due next week, and we need to make the payment."

Son - "Why?"

Dad - "What do you mean, 'Why'?  Because if we don't, they're going to foreclose on our house."

Son - "No they're not."

Dad - "Son, have you been listening to that Bachmann girl?  I told you to stay away from her."

Son - "She's pretty and she's smart and she knows her history!"

Dad - "Yeah okay.  I was a teenager once too.  Anyway, we need to come up with some cash soon.  Any ideas?"

Son - "Sure.  Don't go to your doctor's appointment tomorrow."

Dad - "You're funny.  It's just my regular check-up."

Son - "Yeah, but you have to make a co-payment.  We obviously can't afford that right now."

Dad - "But son, if there's something wrong with me, it's better if we catch it now.  If it gets worse, it's going to cost us a lot more money, and we'll be in real trouble."

Son - "Don't worry about it.  I've got the perfect plan."

Dad - "What's that?"

Son - "Raise my allowance."

Dad - "Excuse me?"

Son - "Raise my allowance.  We'll make our mortgage payment, guaranteed!"

Dad - (Slowly)  "And...how would this work?"

Son - "Easy.  You see, right now I'm contributing to the house.  But not as much as I could be."    

Dad - (Dumbfounded) - "Go on."

Son - (Slightly impatient) - "Well, if you give me more money, then more money can go towards the mortgage payment."

Dad - "Son, that doesn't make any sense."

Son - (Angry and petulant) - "If you don't give me more money, I'm not going to eat my vegetables any more!"

Dad - "But son, you need to eat your vegetables.  They're good for you."

Son - (Holding breath)

Dad - "Okay, let's compromise.  I'll raise your allowance $5 a week if you eat your vegetables."

Son - "Well...that would work, if I didn't have to go to bed at 9:00."

Dad - (Confused)  "What does that have to do with anything?"

Son - (Shaking head) - "Gee Dad, you really don't understand.  How can I spend the raise in my allowance if I have to go to bed so early?"

Dad - "But son, you need your sleep.  It's good for your health."

Son - "Great.  Now I have to deal with 'DadCare'.'

Dad - "What?"

Son - "Oh you know.  Imposing your mandatory rules about how I should live my life in a so-called 'healthy manner'.  It's socialism!  Or fascism!  One of those."

Dad - "Son, I'm just looking out for your welfare..."

Son - (Smirking) "You said it, not me."

Dad - (Exasperated) "Fine.  You can stay up until 11:00, as long as you eat your vegetables.  Now, what about the mortgage payment?"

Son - (Staring blankly) - "What mortgage payment?"

(CURTAIN)

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Thu Jan 28, 2010 at 12:47 AM PST

My favorite moments of the SOTU

by StonyB

Whether you thought he knocked it out of the park, or struck out like Mighty Casey, I'm sure you all have strong opinions about President Obama's State Of The Union speech.  So do I.

With your indulgence, allow me to share my favorite moments of this presentation with you.  In return, I'm offering, yes, a POLL!  No charge.  18% gratuity for parties of six or more.

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How Will President Obama Do In 2010?

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Now is NOT the time to point fingers, assess blame, or sit on our hands.  Healthcare reform is hanging by a thread, and we here at Daily Kos need to decide how to proceed.

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Since this is my first diary, please allow me to introduce myself.

My name is Tony, given name Anthony.  That's despite the fact that I'm Jewish, a constant source of humour among my friends.  I am (not) looking forward to my 40th birthday next year.  I am divorced, with one son whom I love very much.  I live in New Jersey, and I can see Manhattan, though not Russia, from my house.

Thanks in large part to my parents, I have been a proud Liberal, with a capital L, my entire life.  I passionately support equal rights for all.  Like you, I have voted for Democrats, signed petitions, called my representatives as needed.  If I weren't living paycheck to paycheck, I'd donate to those who deserve it.

And I was overwhelmed and thrilled when I discovered this website, and community, about a year ago. My deepest thanks to everyone who contributes, even when I disagree with you.

Now let's talk Healthcare Reform...

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Where do you stand on the Senate Healthcare Reform bill?

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