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Thursday, February 15, 2018

"I think we're probably better off saying the names of lawmakers who don't do anything," said Chris Cuomo host of CNN's New Day this morning who refused to say the name of the teenager who was arrested in connection with the worst school massacre since Sandy Hook Elementary. "The Republican Marco Rubio put out a statement saying this is a day you pray will never come. Well that's all you got is prayer, right, because they won't act on it. He called it an inexplicable tragedy. This is about one of the most easily explained tragedies that we deal with. And, of course, the always perfunctory, we are praying for the victims. What kind prayer is one that promises to do nothing."

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"Of course, you'll hear the gun control debate on the news but you will not hear lawmakers even begin the first step: What are we going to do to stop school shootings?" Cuomo continued. "They won't even get together and ask the question.."

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Pray Trump's American carnage away.

How pathetic.

These people need to get off their asses.

#1 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-02-15 08:21 AM | Reply

Pray for the lawmakers who offer only 'thoughts and prayers' for the countless victims. If those lawmakers believe in a deity that does not call them to act after so much carnage, they are worshiping the wrong deity...

#2 | Posted by catdog at 2018-02-15 08:30 AM | Reply

He doesn't just pray for them. He also takes big fat checks from the NRA so they can keep being slaughtered.

#3 | Posted by 726 at 2018-02-15 09:59 AM | Reply

$3,303,355 worth of big fat checks, #3.

#4 | Posted by qcp at 2018-02-15 10:24 AM | Reply

726

"He also takes big fat checks from the NRA so they can keep being slaughtered."

I'm no defender of Rubio but to be fair, don't they all?

The NRA knows how to cover it's bases all the way up to the president when they have to.

There's no shame in D.C. no matter how many have to die to keep them in office.

#5 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-02-15 10:36 AM | Reply

#5, the NRA gave Trump $21 million for his campaign.

#6 | Posted by qcp at 2018-02-15 10:41 AM | Reply

But black on black violence! - DR right

#7 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2018-02-15 11:17 AM | Reply

Thoughts and prayers and prayers and thoughts.

Too soon to talk about it!

No gun law would have stopped this!

Guns don't kill people, people do!

It's too bad. So sad. But, this is America, the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, where Nothing can be Done to stop the slaughter of our children.

But, thoughts and prayers and prayers and thoughts.

#8 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-15 11:48 AM | Reply

I never imagined a day when praying for shooting victims and their families would be viewed as a bad thing.

#9 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-02-15 11:50 AM | Reply

I never imagined a day when praying for shooting victims and their families would be viewed as a bad thing.
#9 | POSTED BY JEFFJ AT 2018-02-15 11:50 AM | REPLY

Did you imagine the day where school shootings became a weekly occurrence and the only action taken was platitudes of thoughts and prayers?

Thoughts and prayers has become a meaningless gesture. A type of auto reply.

#10 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-02-15 11:57 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

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Praying about something when you are part of the problem and not part of the solution is wasting everyone's time, including God's.... if She weren't timeless.

#11 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-15 11:59 AM | Reply

I never imagined a day when praying for shooting victims and their families would be viewed as a bad thing.
#9 | Posted by JeffJ

King James Bible
Letter from Truthhurts to the Corinthians 3:14

"Prayer without action is hypocrisy of the highest order."

#12 | Posted by truthhurts at 2018-02-15 12:05 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 4

I never imagined a day when praying for shooting victims and their families would be viewed as a bad thing.

#9 | Posted by JeffJ

No one said it was "bad". It's stupid to keep praying for something to happen then do everything you can to make it worse.

And anyway how the hell do you send thoughts to someone. You are not "sending" anything when you "think".

#13 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-15 12:13 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The problem isn't saying you will pray for the victims and their families. The problem is thinking that once you've said that you've done enough and can forget all about those victims and their families until the next time when new victims and their families will be created and you once again say, "I'll pray for you" and then once again you forget and move on. Pray, forget, pray, forget. And so on.

#14 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-15 12:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

And anyway how the hell do you send thoughts to someone. You are not "sending" anything when you "think".

#13 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY AT 2018-02-15 12:13 PM | FLAG:

Literalist.

#15 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2018-02-15 12:17 PM | Reply

"I never imagined a day when praying for shooting victims and their families would be viewed as a bad thing." - #9 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-02-15 11:50 AM

I wonder what one of the survivors of yesterday's shooting has to say about that?

This Florida Shooting Survivor's Response To Trump Outlines Why She Doesn't Want His Condolences

Following a school shooting in Florida on Wednesday that left at least 17 people dead, Donald Trump offered his "prayers and condolences" to the families of shooting victims. But one student who survived slammed Trump for his condolences during the Florida shooting, demanding gun control instead.

Sarah, a student at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, tweeted that she did not want Trump's condolences after her "friends and teachers were shot."

"Multiple of my fellow classmates are dead," Sarah wrote on Twitter. "Do something instead of sending prayers. Prayers won't fix this. But gun control will prevent it from happening again."

#16 | Posted by Hans at 2018-02-15 12:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

James 2:14-16 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, "Go in peace; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?

#17 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-15 12:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

"I never imagined a day when praying for shooting victims and their families would be viewed as a bad thing."

If you can't understand the concern when prayer alone is a legislator's only response to dozens of school shootings, you don't seem to have a grasp on the role of the legislature.

I suggest the classic "Schoolhouse Shooting Rock" videos from your childhood to help remedy this gap in your conceptualization of the purpose of legislators in our society.

Thanks for reading and understanding.

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-15 12:28 PM | Reply

James 2:14-16 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, "Go in peace; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?

Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-15 12:22 PM | Reply

Bears repeating

#19 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-02-15 12:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"And when you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Truly I say to you, They have their reward." - JC, Matthew 6:5

#20 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-15 12:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Poor Jeffyjj, the walking, talking qweef just can't help itself

No one is saying payers are a bad thing
What they are saying is that they are useless and hollow statements from men who are too weak, timid and impotent to do anything about it

Just like you

#21 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-02-15 12:34 PM | Reply

"Christian philosopher Soren Kierkegaard once said, "The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather change the nature of the one who prays."

In this context, Kierkegaard is looking inward. There is something we need to learn about ourselves, and each other, when we truly pray. If we are constantly praying about issues, whether personal or social, and we cease to change, we ought to reexamine the nature of our prayers and our reason for prayer.

Prayer is action. And prayer needs to lead to further outward action with the focus on alleviating hurt and suppressing evil. I'm reminded of a recent quote from Pope Francis, who said, "You pray for the hungry. Then you feed them. That's how prayer works."

In Matthew 25:35, Jesus says, "I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me in." Prayer is accompanied by care, care for those who are hurting and oppressed, for those lost and weary.'

from the article Dec 06, 2017 after a CA shooting...

Prayer Alone Is Not Enough

www.huffingtonpost.com

#22 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-15 12:40 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"Christian philosopher Soren Kierkegaard once said, "The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather change the nature of the one who prays."

Oh man, I love that. And what follows too. Thanks for posting, Corky.

#23 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-15 12:43 PM | Reply

People who pray without looking inward and without subsequent action (which could be as subtle as a change of heart or as heroic as laying down one's life for a friend) are the real "empty barrels" John Kelly once made reference to. IMO.

#24 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-15 12:46 PM | Reply

These school shootings, much like domestic and work place shootings, all seem to be unstable males seeking revenge for perceived disrespect.
I think these shootings are more common in the USA because guns are viewed as a righteous tool of vengance.
This widespread sick desire to kill with guns seems unique to the USA.

Guns should be presented as tools of the weak and fearful. Real men don't need them. Real men solve their problems by bettering themselves. Require that all guns be painted pink as a sign that the holder is weak and in need of protection. Hand guns are for girls or the police.
Males that feel weakened by social or financial loss should not view guns as a solution to their troubles, instead as an admission of weakness.
Man up, should mean going to the gym, getting a better job etc.
Guns should be destroyed as a status symbol of men.

#25 | Posted by bored at 2018-02-15 12:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

More often than not a gun is a manhood compensater nothing more.

#26 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-02-15 12:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#23

You're most welcome, Gal.

Faith is the same as prayer in that regard; it isn't about influencing God in one's behalf, either. It is also about changing the nature of the one who practices faith... as opposed to "willing" some change in our outward behavior.

#27 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-15 12:51 PM | Reply

#9

Jeff making a strawman? Must be Thursday.

#28 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2018-02-15 01:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

JeffJ hilariously fits JeffJs bigoted caricature of a SJW when it comes to this issue.

Obama's EO is a white girl wearing hoop earrings to him.

#29 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-15 01:18 PM | Reply

JeffJ hilariously fits JeffJs bigoted caricature of a SJW when it comes to this issue.
Obama's EO is a white girl wearing hoop earrings to him.

#29 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

What?

#30 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-02-15 01:35 PM | Reply

I never imagined a day when praying for shooting victims and their families would be viewed as a bad thing.

#9 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-02-15 11:50 AM | Reply | Flag:

They're not a bad thing, just ------- useless. More so when coming from a man who is in a position to effect change to help prevent the next mass murder (oh, there are much much more coming) and does nothing but collect checks from the NRA.

#31 | Posted by 726 at 2018-02-15 03:09 PM | Reply

If FDR had offered nothing but thoughts and prayers after Pearl Harbor the Republicans would have ripped his heart out.

#32 | Posted by Tor at 2018-02-15 11:54 PM | Reply

This isn't sad, or horrific or,or,or,or...for the sake of brevity, i'm sure we all have something more important to do than trying to compose another heartfelt diatribe about some dead kids, i'd suggest that the moderator just cull past postings. start with sandy hook and work your way up through the las vegas shooting. he should pick out those he thinks are pertinent to the "dilema du jour" and re-post them. we could skim the list and if our opinion remained the same, we could move on to something else and still feel that we had spoken up.

#33 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-02-16 10:58 AM | Reply

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