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Bay Buchanan quits TV punditry, takes online real estate class after Romney’s ‘brutal’ loss



“It was so tough. It was brutal,” she explained. “I think it’s the toughest because we really expected to win it.”

Just two days after the election, Buchanan started an online real estate course and recently became a sales associate for McEnearney Associates Inc. in McLean, Va.

“Being somebody that they kind of know will be a real positive and, as you know, I’m just a charming person,” Buchanan insisted, adding that “compared to what I did in the past, this is an easy sell.”

“It’s so negative and TV is more difficult than ever in the sense that it’s really not an honest debate anymore,” she said of her television talking head days. “I can’t just live my life going on TV and being angry all the time.”


http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/01/28/bay-buchanan-quits-tv-punditry-takes-online-real-estate-class-after-romneys-brutal-loss/

Carville & Matalin, Overcooked/Done at CNN.



Pundit power couple James Carville and Mary Matalin will not be continuing their contracts with CNN, according to FishbowlDC sources. In addition, Bill Bennett and Maria Cardona are also parting ways with the network, although CNN Espanol will keep Cardona on board.
http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowldc/cnn-parts-ways-with-major-contributors_b94936

Obama Will Include Same-Sex Couples In Immigration Plan

Obama Will Include Same-Sex Couples In Immigration Plan
The Senate is silent on bi-national couples divided by law.

WASHINGTON — Same-sex couples will be a part of the proposal for addressing immigration reform that President Obama is scheduled to unveil Tuesday in Las Vegas, BuzzFeed has confirmed with multiple sources familiar with the White House plan.

A Democratic source said: "Same-sex couples will be part of his proposal." A second source confirmed that, unlike the Senate framework released Monday, same-sex bi-national couples — those with one American and one foreign partner — will be included in the White House principles.

The decision by Obama seeks to remedy what advocates for same-sex couples view as one of the most searing inequalities under the existing federal limit on marriage to one man and one woman: LGBT American citizens simply have no way to confer citizenship on their romantic partners, something that is automatic — if not always simple — for straight couples.

Under current law, such same-sex couples, even when married under state law, are not eligible for the green cards that opposite-sex couples can receive. Foreign partners of same-sex couples have in the past found their green card applications denied — often forcing couples to separate or move abroad.

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more:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/chrisgeidner/obama-will-include-same-sex-couples-in-immigration

LOL - California Archbishop Compares Marriage Equality To ‘Legalizing Male Breastfeeding’



Archbishop Cordileone cautions against over-using the term “gay marriage”, advising that it should be used “only sparingly” because it is a natural impossibility and if we keep talking about gay marriage we might fool ourselves into thinking it is an authentic reality, which only needs government approval to make it legitimate. He compares it with another impossibility: “Legislating for the right for people of the same sex to marry is like legalising male breastfeeding.”

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/features/2013/01/28/all-our-detractors-can-do-is-call-us-names/
http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2013/01/29/1509461/california-archbishop-compares-marriage-equality-to-legalizing-male-breastfeeding/

Newtown first responders: “Words can’t describe how horrible it was”

Reliving Horror and Faint Hope at Massacre Site


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“Words can’t describe how horrible it was,” said Detective Joudy, who has been with the department for 27 years.

As he left the building that day, Officer Tom Bean, who had also been off duty when he rushed to the scene, realized he had not told his wife where he was. He fumbled for his phone in the parking lot, and called her. “That’s when I broke down in tears, crying,” he said.

More than a month later, the officers continue to feel the pain of that day. Some spoke reluctantly, not wanting to compare their torment with the agony of the families of the children and adult victims. But they also worried about their ability to do their jobs, as they continue to suffer. They said they omitted some details out of sensitivity to the victims, and to protect the investigation as it continued.

At least one person, Officer Bean, said he has already received a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder. He said he had been unable to return to work since the shootings, and had needed medication to sleep.


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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/29/nyregion/horrors-of-newtown-shooting-scene-are-slow-to-fade.html?pagewanted=1&smid=tw-share

GOP Rep Says He Opposes Immigration Reform Because Latinos Are Uneducated, Will Never Support Republ

Source: Think Progress

Republican senators in the so-called Gang of 8 working to enact comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship argue that repairing the broken system would attract Latino voters to the GOP. As Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) explained during a Sunday appearance on ABC’s This Week, “We are losing dramatically the Hispanic vote, which we think should be ours for a variety of reasons, and we’ve got to understand that.” In November, President Obama “won 71 percent of the Hispanic vote while Mitt Romney won 27 percent.”

But some Republicans disagree. Responding to the bipartisan framework, Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) echoed the rhetoric surrounding immigrants and Democratic voters throughout the 2012 election and suggested that Hispanics would never vote for Republicans who don’t provide them with government hand outs:


“It’s amnesty that America can’t afford,” Barletta said Monday. “We have to stop people from coming in illegally. This will be a green light for anyone who wants to come to America illegally and then be granted citizenship one day.” [...]

“I hope politics is not at the root of why we’re rushing to pass a bill. Anyone who believes that they’re going to win over the Latino vote is grossly mistaken,” Barletta said. The majority that are here illegally are low-skilled or may not even have a high school diploma. The Republican Party is not going to compete over who can give more social programs out. They will become Democrats because of the social programs they’ll depend on.”




Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/01/29/1509411/gop-rep-says-he-opposes-immigrations-reform-because-latinos-are-uneducated-will-never-support-republicans/

"I know a good dad when I see one"


http://www.reddit.com/user/resgestae
http://underthemountainbunker.com/2013/01/29/morning-coffee-136/

Call of doodie - by Matt Bors


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/01/29/1182759/-Call-of-doodie

Wall Street Journal Says Not to Let Women in Combat Roles Because They'll Have to Poop Next to Men
http://www.policymic.com/articles/24092/wall-street-journal-says-not-to-let-women-in-combat-roles-because-they-ll-have-to-poop-next-to-men

Wow, A Freeper Sees The Light: "I just can't handle it anymore."

It is time. My opus
Self | 1-28-2013 | melas
Posted on 1/28/2013 8:10:56 PM by Melas

While the title says it all, I thought a goodbye was in order.

While I've been a FReeper for well over a decade, I must declare that it is time to part ways. While I have the greatest respect for a great many of you, the days where I can in good conscience remain silent about the issues that set me apart from the rest of FReeperdom have past. For clarity, or perhaps catharsis, I'm not entirely certain which, I'll lay them out on the table an call the ZOT™ down upon myself.

The racism: I just can't handle it anymore. FR has become increasingly racist since President Obama took office, and enforcement has dropped. Now, not a single crime can be reported with an "amish" comment, and I've yet to see a post express embarrassment or shame when lo and behold sometimes the perpetrators turned out to be lily white.

Homosexuality: FR is on the wrong side of history on this one, and I'll just leave it at that.

Mostly though, it's the hate. More and more posts reference violent solutions to political disagreements. Some subtly couched, others make no pretense. I wouldn't be surprised at all if I read in the morning paper that a FReeper murdered a federal bureaucrat or a federal judge.

I've learned so much, from so many of you, and for that I'm grateful. I genuinely and truly wish all of you well, and sincerely hope you all live out the rest of your lives in happiness.

Melas


Of course, the comments are classic Freep.
http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2982931/posts
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/01/29/1182981/-Freerepublic-gets-a-GBCW-post

Neil Heslin, Father Of Newtown Victim, Heckled By Pro-Gun Activists

Source: Huffington Post




More than 1,000 people attended a hearing before the Gun Violence Prevention Working Group at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on Monday to share their views on gun control, USA Today reported. Among them was Heslin, who held a large framed picture of himself and his son Jesse as he urged officials to consider strengthening gun laws in Connecticut.

But as he gave his emotional testimony, pleading with lawmakers to improve mental health options and to ban assault weapons like the one Adam Lanza used to murder his child and 25 other people, his speech was interrupted by dozens of audience members, The Connecticut Post reported.

“I still can't see why any civilian, anybody in this room in fact, needs weapons of that sort. You're not going to use them for hunting, even for home protection," Heslin said.

Pro-gun activists responded by calling out: "Second Amendment!"

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Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/29/neil-heslin-father-of-newtown-victim-heckled_n_2572503.html
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