The Call Up

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December 21, 2012 4:57 pm
"The NRA’s Washington leadership has long been out of step with its members, and never has that been so apparent as this morning. Their press conference was a shameful evasion of the crisis facing our country. Instead of offering solutions to a problem they have helped create, they offered a paranoid, dystopian vision of a more dangerous and violent America where everyone is armed and no place is safe. Leadership is about taking responsibility, especially in times of crisis. Today the NRA’s lobbyists blamed everyone but themselves for the crisis of gun violence. While they promote armed guards, they continue to oppose the most basic and common sense steps we can take to save lives - not only in schools, but in our movie theaters, malls, and streets. Enough. As a country, we must rise above special interest politics. Every day, 34 Americans are murdered with guns. That’s why 74 percent of NRA members support common sense restrictions like criminal background checks for anyone buying a gun. It is time for Americans who care about the Second Amendment and reasonable gun restrictions to join together to work with the President and Congress to stop the gun violence in this country. Demand a plan."

New York City mayor MICHAEL BLOOMBERG. (via inothernews)

And with each passing crisis, I love Michael Bloomberg a little bit more. 
December 14, 2012 4:23 pm
"Not even kindergarteners learning their A,B,Cs are safe. We heard after Columbine that it was too soon to talk about gun laws. We heard it after Virginia Tech. After Tucson and Aurora and Oak Creek. And now we are hearing it again. For every day we wait, 34 more people are murdered with guns. Today, many of them were five-year olds. President Obama rightly sent his heartfelt condolences to the families in Newtown. But the country needs him to send a bill to Congress to fix this problem. Calling for ‘meaningful action’ is not enough. We need immediate action."

Mayor Michael Bloomberg (via theatlantic)

I am so sick of this shit.   

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November 1, 2012 12:21 pm
"When I step into the voting booth, I think about the world I want to leave my two daughters, and the values that are required to guide us there. The two parties’ nominees for president offer different visions of where they want to lead America.
One believes a woman’s right to choose should be protected for future generations; one does not. That difference, given the likelihood of Supreme Court vacancies, weighs heavily on my decision.
One recognizes marriage equality as consistent with America’s march of freedom; one does not. I want our president to be on the right side of history."

Michael Bloomberg just endorsed Obama. (via theatlantic)

Thank God for Bloomberg sometimes. 

(via theatlantic)

February 2, 2012 2:12 pm
"'Politics have no place in health care,' [Bloomberg] said in a statement. 'Breast cancer screening saves lives and hundreds of thousands of women rely on Planned Parenthood for access to care. We should be helping women access that care, not placing barriers in their way.'"

This is just so…right.  I had a moment during the GOP debates the other day when they were all pissing and moaning about “Obamacare” (but offering up no credible alternatives) when I thought, what a beautiful revelation it would be if a Republican stood up and said something akin to the above.  If someone got up and said, “You know what it’s not perfect, but it’s real and it will provide services for millions of Americans.  It will make us healthier and help peoples’ budgets and this is important.”  Amen, Mayor Bloomberg. 

(Source: The New York Times)