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Mark Kelly says senators voted
down gun legislation ‘out of fear’

Washington Post, by Philip Rucker

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Posted By:toledo, 4/18/2013 11:50:49 AM

Mark Kelly, the astronaut husband of former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, on Thursday upbraided senators who voted against gun legislation by saying they voted “out of fear.” ”If that vote had been a secret ballot, I bet you it would have passed with 80 votes,” Kelly told reporters. He was referencing the compromise authored by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) to expand background checks for gun buyers. It failed to advance in the Senate, with a vote Wednesday afternoon of 54 to 46.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 4/18/2013 11:54:27 AM     (No. 9282552)

It´s called representing your constituents jerk-wad.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Nashman, 4/18/2013 11:55:23 AM     (No. 9282555)

Except we don´t have secret ballots in the Congress in this country, Markyboy. For good reason. The Senators aren´t so secret club of rulers. They have to answer to the people and the constitution as much as they would love not to. I hope they fear us and know we have a free vote (much to the chagrin of Barry Sotero) and will vote them out if they choose to infringe on the document they have sworn to protect. So Mark... go cry on someone else´s shoulder.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Grady, 4/18/2013 11:57:04 AM     (No. 9282562)

Our Elected officials don´t vote secretly cosmonaut kelly.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: QRP, 4/18/2013 11:58:20 AM     (No. 9282565)

Well Mark, what were they afraid of? Could it be losing their seats? Don´t you think many voters are tired of having legislation with which they disagree jammed down their throats?
None of what was proposed would have saved your wife. I know its hard to accept, but as an astronaut you of all people should know that doing something even if its wrong never helps the situation.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 4/18/2013 12:02:21 PM     (No. 9282581)

Who elected Mark Kelly national scold?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: VinGoombatz, 4/18/2013 12:02:57 PM     (No. 9282585)

Keep working on that mustache, big guy!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 4/18/2013 12:03:26 PM     (No. 9282590)

But, Mark, what would they have been afraid of? Didn´t the President say that 90% of the country was in favor of the bill...?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: StormCnter, 4/18/2013 12:05:18 PM     (No. 9282598)

I suspect Mr. Kelly is a bit desperate about how to maintain his spotlight if there isn´t a gun bill under consideration. He can only trot his wife out or get her ghost-written op-eds into the NY Times if there is an emotional platform.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: leviteprez, 4/18/2013 12:05:24 PM     (No. 9282600)

my senators voted just as their constituants elected them to vote..... I LOVE TEXAS

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Mike PHX, 4/18/2013 12:07:00 PM     (No. 9282602)

One of the funniest sights in the world is a PO´d midget. Hilarious!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: fhancock, 4/18/2013 12:12:09 PM     (No. 9282616)

Kelly as did John Glenn got "Lost in Space"...just saying

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Tucker, 4/18/2013 12:14:32 PM     (No. 9282620)

Unfortunately this little man has a HUGE ego. No one cares to hear his opinion anymore. Well, exept for the liars in the democrat party.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: thomthomp, 4/18/2013 12:16:21 PM     (No. 9282624)

Memo to Mark Kelly:

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."

Thomas Jefferson

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Reply 14 - Posted by: disasterman, 4/18/2013 12:17:20 PM     (No. 9282630)

I almost wish they had passed the bill. There´s not much chance of it getting through the house and it would have gone a long way toward getting Reid out of the Senate Majority Leader position. Thinking of the won with an opposition majority in both the Senate and House for his last two years in office lifts my mood just a little.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: SouthSanAntonio, 4/18/2013 12:18:24 PM     (No. 9282633)

Seriously, why does anyone care what this idiot thinks or says???

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Cavallodifiero, 4/18/2013 12:18:30 PM     (No. 9282635)

That´s right Mark and if this was already a communist country your words would carry much more importance, but as it is, your opinion doesn´t mean squat. So go home and try to keep your head down and your mouth shut.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 4/18/2013 12:20:38 PM     (No. 9282644)

He is absolutley right. The cowards were scared to death they would be kicked out of office.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: NavalAviatorRet, 4/18/2013 12:21:57 PM     (No. 9282648)

Mark Kelly is a disgrace to the uniform he used to wear. Sad what a lust for power does to a person.

Where on earth do these fools get the 90%?

I´m sure that 10´s of millions of folks like me made the call to get a "friendly confirmation" from their senators that they were not going to vote to infringe on my God-given rights.

God bless Alabama

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Rafter, 4/18/2013 12:23:15 PM     (No. 9282650)

Nominating Mark Kelly for a one-way trip to Mars, with the missus, Hill-err-ee-ass,
and other DimWitches like Nancy Peyote.

Stephen Hawking says somebody has to step up and do this...
Populate the universe.... It´s a natural for a genuine Space Kadette like Kelly.
It´s truly an honor just to be nominated!

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Reply 20 - Posted by: golfmann, 4/18/2013 12:25:03 PM     (No. 9282656)

I believe Americans have had enough of this guy USING his wife´s injury by a Democrat patsy for fame and glory.

I think it´s pathetic the way they lead her around like a prop.

Does she even know who he is or where she is?

I don´t know but it´s unclean at the least...

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 4/18/2013 12:26:48 PM     (No. 9282660)

With all due respect left, perhaps so many liberals like you, Mr. Kelly, want stricter gun control .....

OUT OF FEAR.

The rest of us Americans prefer to live fearlessly with the assurance we can, and would, protect OURSELVES first, then call in the authorities to take our statement.

Period.

The End.

The Constitution and its Bill of Rights, of which the SECOND Amendment is - well - SECOND in the list for a reason. And it´s not sport-clay target practice. (Except that it helps improve OUR, um, GUN CONTROL.)

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Rotten In Denmark, 4/18/2013 12:32:35 PM     (No. 9282675)

Mark my boy, please take your injured wife home and take care of her. Without her suffering you would never have been heard from. And puleeze quit wheeeling her in and out of situations as a smiling PROP for whatever cause you are supporting. She deserves better than her role as a prop.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Smart11344, 4/18/2013 12:39:00 PM     (No. 9282701)

The always petulant 0bama certainly had his panties in a bunch. Made my day. Elected DC politicians represent their constituents, not a jug eared president.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: dwa, 4/18/2013 12:44:05 PM     (No. 9282719)

I used to think astronauts were very smart people, but this guy sure argues against that assumption. What this idiot is admitting is that the American people didn´t want this and that the senators had to vote what their constituents wanted, unlike Obamacare. Kelly should go back to school and retake civics

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Reply 25 - Posted by: DaddyO, 4/18/2013 12:45:45 PM     (No. 9282724)

This from a man who tried to buy an AR15 and was rejected.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: oh-heck, 4/18/2013 12:47:57 PM     (No. 9282737)

Thank you #13, I would have never come up with a Jefferson quote but recognized that our Representatives indeed were afraid to cross us on this issue. Because they feared us, we retained our freedom.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 4/18/2013 12:54:21 PM     (No. 9282763)

What the other guy said. How can someone that stupid become an astronaut? Talk about your wrong stuff.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Starlifter Nav, 4/18/2013 12:57:06 PM     (No. 9282771)

Anything I hear from Mr. Kelly (As far as I amconcerned he forfeited his rank along with his honor)comes from the second biggest hypocrite I know of.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: DustDevil31, 4/18/2013 1:04:55 PM     (No. 9282800)



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Reply 30 - Posted by: janjan, 4/18/2013 1:06:56 PM     (No. 9282805)

Kelly is proving to be quite the liberal drone. He is correct, there is fear. Fear of voters who will throw these Senators out in a heartbeat. Why should they fear Kelly more than their own constituients? Secret ballots? Really? Now the voters are not entitled to know how their representatives voted? I wonder how Jeff Flake feels about being insulted and patronized by this little attention starved worm.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: DustDevil31, 4/18/2013 1:06:59 PM     (No. 9282806)

He is an insult to all Naval Aviators screeching case of little man disease.


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Reply 32 - Posted by: kanphil, 4/18/2013 1:07:09 PM     (No. 9282807)

Somebody needs to tip the WP that nobody gives a hoot what "Mark Kelly says" By the way, am I the only one who thinks Kelly is starting to resemble Uncle Festus from the Munsters?

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Reply 33 - Posted by: konocti95, 4/18/2013 1:08:47 PM     (No. 9282812)

In case you didn´t know Mark Kelley was an astronaut, just wait 5 minutes and he will tell you!

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Reply 34 - Posted by: jasmine, 4/18/2013 1:17:13 PM     (No. 9282831)

Most of us "fear" being fired if we don´t do our jobs.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: mickturn, 4/18/2013 1:20:51 PM     (No. 9282843)

Fear is a good thing, especially when used against despots in waiting!

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Reply 36 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 4/18/2013 1:24:43 PM     (No. 9282850)

Do us all a favor and shut up Mark´sist´.

Honestly, really, and truthfully, nobody, and I mean nobody, cares what you think. Your opinions are distorted by tragedy and I´m sorry it happened but for the exact same reason McCain should not be president, or a senator for that matter, you should not be making any judgements either. Put a sock in it.

By the way, we are fully aware that this is not about ANYTHING other than politics.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: The Architect, 4/18/2013 1:38:08 PM     (No. 9282882)

The fear Markie Mark is that our second amendment rights will be taken away by neo-Marxists. We convey our fears to our duly electec representatives and they vote accordingly. The fear on their part is that they won´t be re-elected if they disregard our wishes. See how that works?

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Reply 38 - Posted by: suziesuburbanite, 4/18/2013 1:53:12 PM     (No. 9282913)

So theuking elite would act different if not accountable for their actions -----DUH!

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 4/18/2013 2:10:36 PM     (No. 9282945)

Mark Kelly, like Barack Obama and like an astonishing number of Leftists and liberals, does not understand how the American system of representative democracy works. Apparently this information is no longer taught in schools and universities. We have an increasing number of citizens who lack a basic understanding of how their government is designed to work and why.

I know there are those who insist people like Barack Obama really do understand the American system but are consciously and knowingly trying to change it. I disagree. Barack Obama has made too many remarks over the years that convince me that he actually does not understand the system. He is frustrated because the system prevents him from getting everything he wants - but he does not understand that this is precisely the nature of the system of divided government and the specific intent of the framers of the Constitution. Journalists and others who complain of "gridlock" similarly fail to grasp that the whole idea of divided government was to made it difficult, not easy to enact major legislation. This is called checks and balances.

Mark Kelly, I am sorry to say, is an ignoramus. Sympathy for what he and his wife have endured can only go so far. It cannot convert an ignoramus into a sensible, informed, responsible American citizen. He is an ignoramus because he cannot grasp that the function of elected representatives is to represent those who elected them. His preposterous fantasy of a "secret ballot" would be more at home in a Leninist dictatorship of the proletariat than the American system of representative government.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: CzndCitzen, 4/18/2013 3:01:13 PM     (No. 9283058)

Mr. Kelly would better serve his wife and self if he lobbied for better laws regarding the mentally unstable. You can´t put an adult loony away unless they consent and then they can walk out whenever they want. Pfft!

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Razorgirl, 4/18/2013 3:14:59 PM     (No. 9283092)

Yes #30 - In Texas they have "Remember the Alamo". In Arkansas, we have "Remember Blanche". Senator Pryor becomes queasy when he gets e-mails, in mass proportions, just using those two words.

And poor Barky is throwing his hissy-fit, tantram. I bet he´s mad enough to kick his dog......or eat him.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: MsZzroyal, 4/18/2013 3:25:29 PM     (No. 9283121)

Mark Kelly is running for his wife old office in 2014 for the Congress (house)

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Reply 43 - Posted by: TruthAndJustice, 4/19/2013 12:31:03 PM     (No. 9284796)

Kelly is another barnacle...looking to feast off the people...what a creep

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Reply 44 - Posted by: mitzi, 4/19/2013 12:33:05 PM     (No. 9284802)

Sounds like Mark Kelly really is a space cadet!

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If the Rev. John DeBonville could preach a sermon to lift the souls of churchgoers across America, his message would be simple: Stop dressing so tacky for church. DeBonville has heard about the “come as you are” approach to dressing down for Sunday service, but he says the Sabbath is getting too sloppy. When he scans the pews of churches, DeBonville sees rows of people dressed in their Sunday worst. They saunter into church in baggy shorts, flip-flop sandals, tennis shoes and grubby T-shirts. Some even slide into the pews carrying coffee in plastic foam containers as if they’re going to Starbucks. “It’s like

Wasserman-Schultz: Midterm Election
´Absolutely Not´ A Referendum on Obama

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Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 4/21/2014 8:22:28 AM     Post Reply
"No, absolutely not," the November midterm election is not a referendum on President Obama and his policies, Democrat Party Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) told NBC´s "Meet the Press" on Sunday. "[T]hese elections, particularly the Senate elections, are referendums on the candidates running," she said. Asked about vulnerable Democrats who have criticized President Obama´s flawed healthcare law, Wasserman Schultz said they are running their own race. "They have to talk about and focus on the issues that are important to their constituents. And what´s also true is, if you look at the success rate and the track record of

The Growing Financial Disaster of Obamacare
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Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/19/2014 5:55:20 PM     Post Reply
President Obama asserts that 8 million people have signed up for Obamacare, as though that were something to be proud of. In fact, Obamacare has always been a fiasco from a fiscal perspective–a black hole of subsidies and expanded Medicaid, with largely fictitious mechanisms in place to pay for it. As the number of subsidized participants grows, the disaster gets worse. Charles Blahous explains: Our national discussion…is missing the truly significant story here; what is unfolding before our eyes is a colossal fiscal disaster, poised to haunt legislators and taxpayers for decades to come. It is quite possible that the ACA is

John Kerry’s Easter Message:
I’m ‘First Catholic Secretary of
State in 33 Years’

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Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/21/2014 2:26:51 AM     Post Reply
In an op-ed published in the Boston Globe on Easter Sunday and posted on the State Department website, Secretary of State John Kerry recalled his days as an altar boy and pointed out that he is “the first Catholic Secretary of State in 33 years.” Alexander Haig, who served as secretary of state to President Ronald Reagan from January 1981 to July 1982, was also a Catholic. Last month, I traveled to Rome with President Obama, where I was honored to meet His Holiness Pope Francis,” said Kerry. “As an altar boy six decades ago, I never imagined that I

Gospel story of Jesus’ resurrection a
source of deep rifts in Christian religion

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Washington Post, by Kimberley Winston    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 4/19/2014 10:46:11 PM     Post Reply
“On the third day, he rose again.” That line, from the Nicene Creed, is a foundational statement of Christian belief. It declares that three days after Jesus died on the cross, he was resurrected, a glimmer of the eternal life promised to believers. It’s the heart of the Easter story in seven little words. But how that statement is interpreted is the source of some of the deepest rifts in Christianity — and a stumbling block for some Christians, and more than a few skeptics. Did Jesus literally come back from the dead in a bodily resurrection, as many traditionalist

The Incredibly Stupid War on
the Common Core

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Daily Beast, by Charles Upton Sahm    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 4/21/2014 7:22:12 AM     Post Reply
An unholy alliance between the Tea Party and the teachers’ unions threatens to derail the most promising education reform in decades. Like Rocky in the early rounds, the new Common Core math and reading standards are being pummeled left and right. From the left: Education icon Diane Ravitch says the Common Core represents a “utilitarian view of education” that is too focused on testing, data, and accountability. From the right, “ObamaCore” is denounced as federal intrusion. Heritage Foundation education fellow Lindsey Burke calls it “an effort to impose a uniform, standardized curriculum across the country.” From the further right, the always

High school senior forms petition with over
ONE THOUSAND signatures against Michele
Obama speaking at their high school
graduation ´because it would overshadow
the students´ big day´

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Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 5:20:14 PM     Post Reply
If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend. A furor over what the Topeka school district considers an honor has erupted after plans were announced for Obama to address a combined graduation ceremony for five area high schools next month an 8,000-seat arena. For some, it was the prospect of a tight limit on the number of seats allotted to each graduate. For others, it was the notion that Obama´s speech,

NYT’s David Brooks: Obama has
‘manhood problem’ in Middle East

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Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/20/2014 1:58:06 PM     Post Reply
New York Times columnist David Brooks said Sunday that he believes President Obama’s foreign policy isn’t “tough enough” and that he has a “manhood problem” when it comes to dealing with leaders such as Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar Assad. Mr. Brooks expanded on Sen. Bob Corker’s earlier comments on “Fox News Sunday” that Mr. Obama is “creating an air of permissiveness” with regards to Russia. (Snip) “And let’s face it, Obama, whether deservedly or not, does have a — I’ll say it crudely — but a manhood problem in the Middle East,” he continued.


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