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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Sadly, I Am Not Kidding

I Own The World brings us this news of the Mighty Kenyan's speech Wednesday evening at the University of Arizona at Tucson.

The graphic above is from that same UA presser.

Those who can bear it without apoplexy should watch Barry and give those of us who can't the "teachable moments" from the speech.


Anonymous Defender said...

"We will not be passive" in addressing solutions to keeping things like this from happening again.
Uh oh.
Paraphrasing: We should be civil rather than angry with people with whom we disagree, and remember humility. We're all Americans. We should count our blessings and give back to the community. Heroism doesn't require training or great physical strength. It is within each of us, in dedicating ourselves to something beyond ourselves.
He got a full-minute standing ovation at the beginning. He "feels their pain."

January 13, 2011 at 2:30 AM  
Anonymous Defender said...

Together We Thrive.

Meant to echo 9/11's United We Stand.

Tacky, Barry.

January 13, 2011 at 2:36 AM  
Anonymous Defender said...



January 13, 2011 at 2:39 AM  
Anonymous Defender said...

How can we honor the fallen? How can we be true to their memory?

You see, when a tragedy like this strikes, it is part of our nature to demand explanations - to try to impose some order on the chaos, and make sense out of that which seems senseless. Already we've seen a national conversation commence, not only about the motivations behind these killings, but about everything from the merits of **gun safety laws** to the adequacy of our mental health systems. Much of this process, of debating what might be done to prevent such tragedies in the future, is an essential ingredient in our exercise of self-government.

But at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized - at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do - it's important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.

Scripture tells us that there is evil in the world, and that terrible things happen for reasons that defy human understanding. In the words of Job, "when I looked for light, then came darkness." Bad things happen, and we must guard against simple explanations in the aftermath.

For the truth is that none of us can know exactly what triggered this vicious attack. None of us can know with any certainty what might have stopped those shots from being fired, or what thoughts lurked in the inner recesses of a violent man's mind.

So yes, we must examine all the facts behind this tragedy. ***We cannot and will not be passive in the face of such violence. We should be willing to challenge old assumptions in order to lessen the prospects of violence in the future.***

But what we can't do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on one another. As we discuss these issues, let each of us do so with a good dose of humility. Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame, let us use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy, and remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together.

January 13, 2011 at 2:42 AM  
Blogger Concerned American said...

Thanks Defender.

Appreciate the rundown, as I know does the readership.

January 13, 2011 at 3:11 AM  
Anonymous Defender said...

I wouldn't have watched except my wife wanted to see if he would be presidential or opportunistic/political. She's a Libra and sees both sides of everything, bless her. I don't think she could read between the lines like us. Like Bre'r Rabbit, I just laid low and didn't say nothin', except the occasional "Well, here we go"...

Seeing Pelosi and Napolitano and the gang amid all the cheers and standing ovations... [shudder]

Reichstag Fire, OKC bombing AND Nuremberg Rally?

January 13, 2011 at 4:36 AM  
Anonymous Defender said...

They gave out T-shirts.
How dignified.


January 13, 2011 at 5:02 AM  
Anonymous Defender said...

Simpletons are running our lives. In urging passage of the new EMERGENCY gun control bill, Nancy Pelosi referred to Tucson victims as "people killed in this tragic accident."

January 14, 2011 at 6:22 AM  
Anonymous Defender said...

At least they don't "have to pass this bill so you can find out what's in it."
Arrogant hag.

January 14, 2011 at 6:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go ahead and pass the bill - then you'll find out what's in US. Are we a nation of men or a nation of mice?

January 15, 2011 at 12:53 AM  

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