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It seem that no matter what Obama does these days he always comes out on the right side of the issue, and the Republicans always look like a bad live skit off Saturday Night Live….. You know, the ones so bad you just laugh at the fart noises?

Today the International Association of Chiefs of Police released the following statement…..

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) commends President Obama and Vice President Biden for the comprehensive package of proposals they announced to combat gun violence. The IACP believes that the proposals and actions reflect an effective, balanced approach to addressing the plague of gun violence in our communities and nation. As this process moves forward, the IACP will continue to work with the Administration, members of Congress, and public safety leaders across the country to enact these much needed reforms.

For many years, the IACP has been a leading voice in efforts to reduce gun violence. Our membership was, and remains, a leading proponent of universal background checks for gun purchases, the ban on military style assault weapons, high capacity magazines, and ensuring that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) has both a permanent director and sufficient resources to enforce our nation’s gun laws. The adoption of these, and other reasonable measures, will certainly assist in reducing the level of gun violence in our Nation.

Doesn’t that make David Anderson, Don Ayotte, Frank Knotts, Jon Moseley, all anti-police? Hey, wait a minute… One of those is an elected official for the city of Dover, and he is anti police? Hmm, he is running this year… I wonder if his constituents know it, ..that their active council person seeking a third term is anti police?

You can’t be for no regulation on guns, and be pro police.

Guns GUNS guns gimme gimme gimme More Guns GUNS GUNSFor They Shall Inherit The Kingdom Of Earth

There are things in life that are so obvious that you just ignore. That is until something hits you hard.

Sure, from the point of Liberty, our Constitution, and even the therapeutic sound of casings hitting the floor, are all good reasons to defend the right to bear arms.

Something snapped at Sandy Hook. Not just in Adam Lanza but all America. It caused every mother, every father to re-evaluate their priorities.

And realize:

that being pro-gun is being anti-children…

Now a lot of kids grow up with guns and are fine. Hear me out before jumping the shark. But if you go to the core of every non-insane human being, no one leaves a child in a room alone with a loaded gun…

We know instinctively. that guns = anti-children….

So if we have both, we have to build walls around each so they never mix. We either build a wall around the child to protect him/her, or we lock up all our guns.. We do this because… guns = anti-children….

There is no way any gun enthusiast can get around that argument. Guns = anti- children. It is a pure fact of life.

If you are pro-gun, you are anti-children. If you are pro-child, you are anti-gun….

And here is where the exceptions come in….

I’m pro gun EXCEPT when I’m with children.
I’m pro child EXCEPT when I’m with my guns.

As adults, we have to accept a split personality if we have both children and gun in the same house…. we build walls to keep the two separate.

Here is the caveat. If you are pro guns at all cost and cry out: “no compromise”… it is fair to label you as anti-child. Oh,… your words may beseech us otherwise, and if we are fools we will listen to them, but,…. your actions tell us otherwise. You like your guns and “little children” just get in the way. You are, anti- child.

The Constitution is pretty clear. If your rights interfere with the ability of someone to live their life, than our rights can be curtailed.

A fair and balanced approach is to ban assault rifles, ban high capacity clips, and register every firearm in the nation, so that they may be insured by those owning them, releasing those who don’t own them, of the financial burden of paying their damages..

Such an approach as was done in Delaware by Markell and Democrats, is the only choice that is both pro-child and pro gun.

Anyone not supporting it, can fairly be described in all future political contests as being anti-child……. Their choices made the call for them….

I’m tying together three threads to make a knot..

A. The election 2012 showed the end of political dominance by “white people” on the national stage.

B. John Stapleford wrote a derogatory piece in Wilmington’s News Journal whining that “blacks and browns” (his words) were lazy, no good, bums and would always not vote for a white guy, no matter how fly…..

C. Martin Luther King Blvd. is renamed off of Duke of York Streets, William Penn Street, and Court Street….

This 2012 election bamboozled Republican strategists because they totally neglected to account for the votes of Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, who were heavily engaged in this election. To Republicans, these people never mattered. But, these people who never mattered, now have more votes. They, are the majority… and far more moral than any Republican Moral Majority could ever hope to be…..

John Stapleford’s piece was an attempt to denigrate this very vote. By saying thugs had overrun the election, he could still attempt to keep his values above water. He was trying to say….”our outdated values are still the true path; we were overwhelmed by critters and just lost one round, that’s all.” It didn’t fly. His audience almost to every man and woman, saw it as prejudice and nothing else. Instead, the die had been cast. This Obama was the direction America really wanted to go….

Dover changed the name. Now Dover is the 40th Capital City to have a Martin Luther King Boulevard. It will not be the last…. In a sad way, Delaware’s Colonial Heritage is being lost to the 20th Century… The Duke of York put Dover in the same class as Williamsburg. The colonial aspect of Dover is now gone. It is just old buildings on a street that happens to be named after the bravest American of the last century… Before there was correlation…. Now, what’s the correlation?

But that is … as it should be… Times change. And really… though sad to see 300 years of tradition swept away, exactly “who” is the Duke of York? How many of those voting in Dover itself, could have answered that question properly?

He, along with William Penn… have no meaning to people whose ancestors were sold, brought across the Atlantic, sold again, mistreated, and then once freed, quietly kept in second class status, until one man made so much noise it could be ignored no longer…..

It is proper and fitting that someone who has more name recognition and who deserves to be honored, replaces 300 years of tradition… We can only hope he may reign on that street sign, as long as did the Duke of York…..

The vote has passed. We are now in a new America, and it is good.

The next time someone complains that increasing taxes on the top one percent is unfair, especially if the bottom half is not getting penalized too, agree with them….

Tell them we can take one half of their money, give it to the middle class, then the middle class can pay taxes on it… instead of the top one percent.

Sounds fair to me.

The top 1% would finally pay less in taxes.

“Let’s face it the quality of this site ( leaves much to be desired. Still, it is reflective of the state of the GOP in this state….”

I know that is not how the comment was intended…. but that is how it came out….

Love good comments.

With Sandy’s approach, words of warning went out to all campaigns.. Get your big signs down for the storm.  Feel free to put them up after the storm blows by.  Everyone got an email.

Democrats were in full force, and in New Castle County, not one Democratic sign was left standing…  By noon all  were stored for safe keeping…

There were no libertarian candidate’s signs.  As dedicated citizens, the libertarian team scoured the county and by noon, their signs were all stored for save keeping.

The one Jill Stein sign I’d seen, was gone.  Secured by the Green Party….

In fact the only signs up as darkness approached,  were those of Alex Pires, which is understandable,  it being a one man operation, and those of the Republican line up, which apparently has even fewer supporters.

It looks like Kansas,  at intersections now, with only Republicans contesting a one man operation….

If the Green Party and Libertarian party can mobilize faster than the Republican, it is time to stop calling the Republican Party a “major” party.

Even the Wizard of Oz had more going for it than today’s Delaware Republicans, who with their daily bumbles are rapidly creating a new definition of the English word pathetic.

With High Republican Turnout I'm Sure to Be Wellfed Nov. 6th
Photo Courtesy of Soggy Log

They thought he was nuts.

Thank you Delaware Liberal.  I don’t know where I was to have missed this.  And it is rare I comment on something already out there.

This boggles the mind….  This person, beat Mike Castle?  What the hell is wrong with Sussex County?  David Anderson.  You  better explain yourself.  And your beat-up, tattered party, Mr Seigler, is a disgrace.   Putting your party’s well being ahead of  a child’s rape is unconscionable.  Mr. Seigler, this is your doing.  As head of the Republican Party of Delaware, you sir, are entirely responsible.  Where is your outrage over Christine’s statement?  Didn’t think it was even worth commenting on….

Please read the redacted document.  Read it all 113 times.

Oh, that’s “tacky” to bring that up  before election time says the woman who tried hard to smear old Mike Castle as being gay, two weeks before the 2010 primary election. … Child rape… ha ha ha.. Republicans don’t care about that…. Mr. Seigler hasn’t even apologized to Sussex County yet.. WGMD is still trying to propagandize these indictments as lies,  made up and brought to bear upon an innocent man.

Let me tell you one thing, Republican Party of Delaware….  My favorite football program is under sanctions for something far, far, far, less egregious then what you, Mr. Siegler,  Christine O’Donnell, and staff of WGMD, are trying to cover up…..

Anyone, anyone who votes for any Republican in Delaware this election, any Republican especially in Sussex County, will be  guilty of promoting child homosexual rape by association…..

Seriously Delaware.  if you dare vote for any Republican, if you dare;  whether its Greg LaVelle, Cathy Cloutier, Dori Conner, Evan Queitsch, or Brian Pettyjohn, …. you are showing your support for Mr. Seigler, Jeff Christopher, and all those who knew and kept this quiet..  All should resign immediately.  And every Republican who wants to run in the future, (are you listening Mr. Kovich and Mr. Craig) should immediately suspend their campaigns over this issue, toss in the towel, and say, that they cannot be apart of any organization that puts their party’s win/loss record, as a higher priority over that of  the safety of a child….

Republicans:  Christine O’Donnell is your voice, like it or not.  She is your highest profile candidate, and like it or not, she SPEAKS  FOR YOUR PARTY.    The only recourse any decent human being has in the Republican Party after today, is to walk away….  Just say, “I’m not dealing with this crap; I quit….”

Tacky, my ass…

I feel so bad for the boy. I thought, my, what if that had been my son?

Now as a parent I wonder. What on earth could I possibly do for my son after he’d experienced something like that. How as a parent could I somehow give hope, that even though something hellish and horrific took place, “yeah, son, you can still go on”. “Yeah, son, you can still succeed”. “yeah, son, you can have the best revenge, which is living well…”

Platitudes don’t cut it.

How does one communicate through to someone who has gone through such a tragedy? Here all my words fall short. I don’t know if I can. And that ineffectiveness pains me. I don’t think that of all the good that is in me, that any, none that I could give, could ever fill but the tiniest part of that vast hole which must lurk within…..

I do know that closure is important. Having evil lose, is very important to mankind. It is important to all of us. It will be hard, for those memories are buried deep. When they get exhumed as you go through the trial, which with appeals will take years, those feelings you haven’t felt for years, all come rushing back with the intensity you once experienced them…..

But for closure, justice must be pursued. For the simple reason is, that if justice is not allowed to fulfill it’s proper destiny, than we are all unjust ourselves, because we stood in its way. And that, is not who we are…

People will say you are brave. They will thank you for coming forward. They will interview you for your deepest feelings. Then they will go on with their lives proud of what they did. They will forget you.

That may be good, and that may be hard on you after being in the limelight for so long.

And that is when you anger really begins. You no longer have an outlet to express it. Your friends tell you to get over it. You feel like you are a pariah where ever you go…. Whether you imagine or it is real, whispers of being “that victim” will always haunt you….

I probably shouldn’t mention it here, it’s way too early in the process, but there is a way out. And what goes on outside of you, really has nothing to do with what is on your inside….

And that is to forgive him. Yes. forgive Eric Bodenweiser. I’m not saying to let justice off the hook; its wheels need to grind with regularity. Justice is out of your hands. What is in your hands, is your heart…

Forgiveness has been rated a weakness by our American society. When actually it is very hard to do. It takes a tougher man to forgive, than it does to carry revenge as a motive for the rest of their life. That actually is easy compared to forgiving one who did something so horrible to you.

I don’t know if you are up for it. I think it is far too tough for most people. Christians talk about it, but in your case, I think that would be the wrong example to bring up. I know Martin Luther King did it. I know Gandhi did it. I know Mandela did it. I know Mother Teresa did it.

I really didn’t get why forgiveness is important, until watching Star Wars. But somewhere along one of those episodes, it hit me that my anger was what was keeping me weak. It was the focus of all I did. I couldn’t see life past it. It made me do things other people saw as ugly. It created many problems over which I was always trying to overcome. I often wondered why I always had so many problems compared to others, without understanding that I was the one creating them… Where Yoda says: “let go of the anger. let go of the hurt…” that was the point in my lifetime where I realized forgiveness wasn’t something Christian. It was something human, requiring us to use our minds and talk ourselves through our anger, and accept that what happened, was a part of what we were to become in our future….. and that we had a choice of whether to turn that into good, or continue the evil.

Point is, when you finally let go, you are the beneficiary. Mostly we are taught to think forgiveness is for our foe. No, it really is for us; it is a cathartic experience that yeah, we walked through hell and survived… Only after we have truly forgiven them, can we look at ourselves and say, wow, I’m this really great human being. I’m like Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Mandela, and Sister Teresa.

I said above, that there was nothing I could do. But perhaps this is it. Perhaps just for years, keep in mind that forgiving Eric Bodenweiser will be what you have to do someday to move beyond this…. It might take years after justice has been served…. Just keep it in mind. … My heart, my soul goes out to you now…

I know you have a tough time headed your way. If you need anything……

This is post number 2000.

The only real significance is it is 150 posts more than where Tommywonk stopped exactly one year and fifteen days ago…

If some future historian looks back, I can only guess they may kindly make some note of the quality of thought that underlies these efforts, but my guess, is no one will ever notice…

Irregardless, as long as the urge to put thoughts down for others continues, we will go on. As usual, with no goal, no direction, and no ulterior motive. Probably upon reflection, my biggest surprise, right here, right now … is that I still enjoy it so much, and can’t wait to jot my thoughts down, click the button, and send them off to where ever cyberspace and the vast internet ocean, lets them drift….

For each of you who have become regular over the years, … thank you friend…