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Why Doesn’t Obama Fly the Parents of Chicago Murder Victims to Washington to Lobby for Gun Control?

8 May

 

Chicago ended 2012 with a total of 506 homicides.  That means that there are 506 families out there who lost a loved one: a son, daughter, brother, sister, mother or father.  Even more bad news:  in the first week of 2013 Chicago was already on pace to surpass 2012’s horrific number.

Only eight days into 2013, Chicago is already on a grim pace to not only continue the bloody trend of an elevated homicide rate — but to surpass it.

NBC Chicago pointed out that, as of Sunday, 12 people had been murdered in Chicago this year, which, at a rate of two a day, but the city on a pace for a devastating 730 homicides, higher than any one-year murder total in Chicago since 1997.

A story from June of last year states that fatal shootings in Chicago outnumber the US troops killed in Afghanistan:

Since the start of the year, 144 U.S. soldiers have been killed on duty in Afghanistan, while at least 240 people have been shot dead in Chicago.

Over the course of the war since 2001, around 2,000 U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan compared to the 5,000 gunfire victims in the Illinois city.

After seeing that the families of the Sandy Hook shooting victims were flown on Air Force One along with the President of the United States to lobby Congress on gun control legislation, I wondered why the families of the Chicago victims were not given the same treatment? The Sandy Hook shootings were awful, but so is what is happening in Chicago.

Eleven parents of children killed in the Sandy Hook massacre will fly to Washington with the president on Air Force One tonight following Obama’s speech in Hartford, Conn.

They are coming to Washington to lobby Congress this week to pass measures to combat gun violence.

“There is no more effective advocate than a parent who has lost a child,” a senior administration official tells ABC News.

Can’t disagree with that, but I’m still curious why the parents in Chicago were never given the same treatment.

 

 

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“Legalize Polygamy!”

7 May

Slate.com had a piece week titled “Legalize Polygamy!:  No. I am not kidding”

Recently, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council reintroduced a tired refrain: Legalized gay marriage could lead to other legal forms of marriage disaster, such as polygamy. Rick Santorum, Bill O’Reilly, and other social conservatives have made similar claims. It’s hardly a new prediction—we’ve been hearing it for years. Gay marriage is a slippery slope! A gateway drug! If we legalize it, then what’s next? Legalized polygamy?

We can only hope.

Yes, really. While the Supreme Court and the rest of us are all focused on the human right of marriage equality, let’s not forget that the fight doesn’t end with same-sex marriage. We need to legalize polygamy, too. Legalized polygamy in the United States is the constitutional, feminist, and sex-positive choice. More importantly, it would actually help protect, empower, and strengthen women, children, and families.

Well, at least the author of this piece is honest.  And she is correct in that much of the opposition to homosexuals getting married is that it could lead to other things, like polygamy.  Apparently the opposition was right to worry about that.  Not only could it lead to polygamy, apparently there are already people out there (like the author of this piece) who are championing the virtues of polygamy already.

She went on to defending a woman’s right to choose:

As a feminist, it’s easy and intuitive to support women who choose education, independence, and careers. It’s not as intuitive to support women who choose values and lifestyles that seem outdated or even sexist, but those women deserve our respect just as much as any others. It’s condescending, not supportive, to minimize them as mere “victims” without considering the possibility that some of them have simply made a different choice.

I wonder what the author thinks about women who choose to be a Conservative or Republican?  Or who choose to be Pro-Life?  I wonder if they are as praise-worthy as the ones who choose polygamy?

She wraps it up nicely:

The definition of marriage is plastic. Just like heterosexual marriage is no better or worse than homosexual marriage, marriage between two consenting adults is not inherently more or less “correct” than marriage among three (or four, or six) consenting adults. Though polygamists are a minority—a tiny minority, in fact—freedom has no value unless it extends to even the smallest and most marginalized groups among us. So let’s fight for marriage equality until it extends to every same-sex couple in the United States—and then let’s keep fighting. We’re not done yet.

Cops Take Baby from Parents in California for Seeking 2nd Medical Opinion

2 May

 

 

More from The Blaze:

A California couple had their five-month-old baby “snatched” by police after they took the infant to get a second opinion on a medical procedure, they claim.

Anna and Alex Nikolayev are described as loving parents who took their baby, who has a heart murmur, to Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento when he started exhibiting flu-like symptoms.  The family has undergone plenty of doctor visits in the last five months for the their son’s heart, and were unsettled by the treatment he was receiving.

At one point, Anna says, a nurse came in and started giving the baby, named Sammy, medicine.  When she asked what it was the nurse allegedly replied, “I don’t know.”

“I’m like, you’re working as a nurse, and you don’t even know what to give to my baby…?” Anna said in an interview with ABC’s local affiliate, News10/KXTV.

They later found out that medicine was antibiotics, which Anna claims the doctor told her Sammy shouldn’t have received.

After doctors started discussing heart surgery, the Nikolayevs decided they wanted a second opinion.  They weren’t categorically opposed to the procedure, but they wanted a different doctor.

It appears as though the parents are planning to sue.