mental health

Scott Pelley and CBS News owe us an apology

Big Pharma

CBSNews is apparently enamored of former Congressman and Sen. Ted Kennedy's son, Patrick Kennedy. I thought the 60 Minutes interview done by Leslie Stahl was a good piece of journalism. Then Scott Pelley had to overdose on the Kennedy legacy, and ran a segment on CBS Evening News tonight with Patrick Kennedy giving a lecture to America on how to prevent gun violence through mental health legislation.

Alone and Adrift in a Sea of Right-Wing Hate

Is anyone still surprised that mass shootings continue to occur? Sure, we're still horrified at the loss of life and the sheer depravity of the act, but let's not kid ourselves. Mass shootings have become a part of the American experience. We have come to expect them. We don't know when they'll happen or where, but we now have a reasonable expectation that somewhere in America, at some time in the not too distant future, someone will walk into a school, a mall, or a church and open fire. People will die, families will grieve, and those with the power to do something about it will continue to do nothing. Yes... we will all be outraged, demand action, and go for the throat on Twitter and Facebook... for a while. After a short time, we all ease back into the complacency of our lives and hope it's over... but we know it isn't. Here we dwell, in this place of denial and fear, until we are again forced to watch the horror... and we are again momentarily outraged... momentarily.

Fast Tracking Death: NC House Bill 562

While most of the civilized world would think it rare to have something so absolutely idiotic, so devoid of common sense, and so disdainful of one's own fellow human beings presented as legitimate legislation, we've become used to it in NC. HB562, however, surpasses every bar of abject stupidity previously set by this NCGA. As we all know, that's an amazingly high bar. I am far from alone in my assessment of this piece of NRA propaganda.

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