DaleHeadley wrote:

"Judging by your spelling, I assume you’re a Brit.  So you folks over there are aware of our shame: the WBC.  

I would be equally interested in what you think of our greater shame: a cowardly acceptance that shooting people down in multiple numbers in schools, theaters, malls, businesses, and streets with military-style weaponry is a cultural norm to be celebrated in our “exceptional” country.  The Bible-thumping right wing in America believes that the ripping to shreds of 20 helpless, innocent babes is a small price to pay for maintaining the fiction that the 2nd Amendment was intended by old slave-owners in powdered wigs to assure that everyone (except slaves) had unhindered access to whatever weaponry they desired, aside from the muskets stored in a central armory for the use of a well-regulated militia in each state.

Fred Phelps and his odious clan are almost as low as you can get - almost as low as the NRA, which gleefully sacrifices little children to the greed of the manufacturers and sellers of weapons and ammunition."

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Dear Dale

I speak The Queen's English, that is true; but I am in fact from Sunny South Africa. My beautiful yet mad country sees its fair share of violence and there is little gun control. However, our arms "epidemic" is nothing compared to The NRA's acceptance of, and America's desensitisation to school shootings. 

I'm crying as I type this, just as I cried the day I read about the defenseless babes that were murdered in Sandy Hook Elementary School not too long ago. I am a child therapist and I am used to seeing the world through the eyes of the young. What must those last terrifying moments have been like for those treasured little earthjewels?

And then, lo and behold, the Westboro Baptist Church ride the media wave by announcing that they will picket the funerals of these damned young souls, praising god for sending the shooter to administer his righteous justice. 

The WBC do not deserve mention when talking about these shootings, and I loath to give them the attention they so richly crave. But they do serve to make my point, which is this:

The NRA, like the WBC, while claiming to use the constitution to justify their methods, actually pray on those who are sensitive to religion. To speak out against their constitutional rights is to speak out against their belief in god. So brilliantly is this concept intertwined into the brainwashed bible-belt, that they can no longer distinguish between guns, god, or government. And a threat to one is a threat to all three. 

They are ready to defend against this threat with the very lives of their children.

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Comment by Dale Headley on January 18, 2013 at 4:56pm

Brenda Lee:  We are kindred souls.  Every time a photo is flashed on TV of one of those beautiful little children, I can't help crying.  They probably cry in the basement of NRA headquarters, too; but what they are crying about is that someone may deny them the ability to have weapons that shoot down people, even kids, rapidly, in large numbers.

Comment by Kairan Nierde on January 18, 2013 at 11:56pm

It isn't right that our children can be slaughtered at school...that they should even have to worry about their safety while in a learning environment. I shouldn't feel the need to plan a "shooting rampage" escape route at work or while trying to relax at the movie theater. I just realized, I've done this in every school I attended after the Colombine shootings. If violence is an intrinsic part of American culture, than we shouldn't deny it follows that fear is too.

Comment by Doug Reardon on January 19, 2013 at 12:02am

Do you cry for the the hundreds of children blown to bits weekly in the islamic world? 

Comment by Gallup's Mirror on January 19, 2013 at 12:55am

I speak The Queen's English, that is true;

From what I understand, the Queen herself no longer speaks The Queen's English.

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on January 19, 2013 at 7:58am

I know what would happen to the WBC if they tried to protest at a funeral in Ireland.

Comment by Unseen on January 19, 2013 at 11:09am

@Doug Reardon

Are you referring to Hamas, Al Qaeda, or Taliban terror? or all three? Bombing of markets, funerals, mosques, checkpoints and other gathering places as well as roadside IED's do kill a lot of civilians, including children. If they weren't active our need to be there would be small.

Comment by Strega on January 19, 2013 at 11:48am

@ Gallup's Mirror   In theory, any accent the queen uses becomes the Queen's English.  We are all mightily glad she has not decided to use one of our northern city accents.  However, I just thought I'd mention, having read that tongue-in-cheek article, that the Queen dictates the accent, and not the other way around.

Comment by Unseen on January 19, 2013 at 12:09pm

I would think that any English used by the Queen isn't The Queen's English in theory at all, but in fact.

Comment by Gallup's Mirror on January 19, 2013 at 2:47pm

In theory, any accent the queen uses becomes the Queen's English.

So in order to speak "The Queen's English" wouldn't that require the claimant to check in with the queen frequently and modify his accent accordingly?

We are all mightily glad she has not decided to use one of our northern city accents.  However, I just thought I'd mention, having read that tongue-in-cheek article, that the Queen dictates the accent, and not the other way around.

That works for me. I'm not so sure an English linguist would agree, though. Apparently RP has a distinctive pronunciation and has been around for quite some time.

I think it would be grand to hear the queen speak with a commoner's twang!

Comment by Gallup's Mirror on January 19, 2013 at 3:01pm

I know what would happen to the WBC if they tried to protest at a funeral in Ireland.

I once had a conversation with an Irishman I met at a pub in Galway. He said this about differing views of tolerance in America and Ireland. 

He: "Americans resent wealth and power but envy it too. We Irish only resent it."

Me: "How so?"

He: "Think of it like this. An American walks by a mansion on a hill. He clenches his fists and says, "Someday! Someday I'm going to live there!"

He: (Takes a swallow of Guinness and grins.) "When an Irishman walks by a mansion on a hill, he clenches his fists and says, "Someday! Someday I'm going to KILL that fuckin' wab!"


I'd eagerly invite him to Connecticut to express a similar tolerance for WBC at these funerals.

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