That child had every right to be where he was. That child had every right to do what he was doing, walking home. That child had every right to be afraid of a strange man following him, first in his car and then on foot. And did that child not have the right to defend himself from that strange man?

I’ve been doing exceedingly well with keeping politics OFF of Facebook (a problem I’ve had in the past because I get so infuriated that I could scream and because there’s no merit in trying to convert anyone from their beliefs in the first place) BUT today was a real test for me… so I’m taking it to Tumblr instead.

Lots of people going on about how changing your profile picture doesn’t actually DO anything, and everyone “buying into the trend” is stupid and otherwise sheep-like. Here’s the deal: changing your profile picture doesn’t change laws. It doesn’t equal signing your name to a petition or writing your local representative. But you know what it does do? It draws attention. People SEVERELY underestimate awareness as the first step toward making change. If you stop at awareness, it is true that nothing is accomplished, but without it, no one knows that change is necessary in the first place. Today, my newsfeed was INVADED by red equal signs, and I don’t care if that implements legislature or not. What it does is reassure every gay individual who signs onto Facebook that he or she is loved and supported, and that millions of people want their relationships to be validated on the highest possible level. It was like the Facebook version of Deck the Halls when Danny DeVito lights his house until it can be seen from space. HI, WE’RE HERE, AND WE SUPPORT YOU. 

and that is ALL that matters.

One of those we lost was a young girl named Hadiya Pendleton. She was 15 years old. She loved Fig Newtons and lip gloss. She was a majorette. She was so good to her friends, they all thought they were her best friend. Just three weeks ago, she was here, in Washington, with her classmates, performing for her country at my inauguration. And a week later, she was shot and killed in a Chicago park after school, just a mile away from my house.

Hadiya’s parents, Nate and Cleo, are in this chamber tonight, along with more than two dozen Americans whose lives have been torn apart by gun violence. They deserve a vote.

Gabby Giffords deserves a vote.

The families of Newtown deserve a vote.

The families of Aurora deserve a vote.

The families of Oak Creek, and Tucson, and Blacksburg, and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence – they deserve a simple vote.

Our actions will not prevent every senseless act of violence in this country. Indeed, no laws, no initiatives, no administrative acts will perfectly solve all the challenges I’ve outlined tonight. But we were never sent here to be perfect. We were sent here to make what difference we can, to secure this nation, expand opportunity, and uphold our ideals through the hard, often frustrating, but absolutely necessary work of self-government.

We were sent here to look out for our fellow Americans the same way they look out for one another, every single day, usually without fanfare, all across this country. We should follow their example.

We should follow the example of a New York City nurse named Menchu Sanchez. When Hurricane Sandy plunged her hospital into darkness, her thoughts were not with how her own home was faring – they were with the twenty precious newborns in her care and the rescue plan she devised that kept them all safe.

We should follow the example of a North Miami woman named Desiline Victor. When she arrived at her polling place, she was told the wait to vote might be six hours. And as time ticked by, her concern was not with her tired body or aching feet, but whether folks like her would get to have their say. Hour after hour, a throng of people stayed in line in support of her. Because Desiline is 102 years old. And they erupted in cheers when she finally put on a sticker that read “I Voted.”

We should follow the example of a police officer named Brian Murphy. When a gunman opened fire on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, and Brian was the first to arrive, he did not consider his own safety. He fought back until help arrived, and ordered his fellow officers to protect the safety of the Americans worshiping inside – even as he lay bleeding from twelve bullet wounds.

When asked how he did that, Brian said, “That’s just the way we’re made.”

That’s just the way we’re made.
President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, Feb. 12th, 2013.


With this post, I conclude my live-blog of the 2013 State of the Union Address, the GOP Response to the State of the Union Address, and the Tea Party Response to the State of the Union Address. It has been a pleasure to live-blog this event today.

I will continue to bring back my live-blogs in the future. I love doing them. Unless breaking news warrants it, the live-blogs will return at some point later on.

I will continue to cover the responses to the speech from commentators, pundits, legislators, and other important people in politics.

I have found out that Senator Marco Rubio will be on ABC, CBS, and Fox News later this morning. I have also found out that CNN will have Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) on Erin Burnett OutFront, and Anderson Cooper 360 will have NRA President David Keefe on for commentary about President Obama’s SOTU speech.



And this is why the story of the 9 year old giving birth upsets me so- in 2009, a little girl the same age and her mother were excommunicated for procuring an abortion for her life threatening pregnancy. The rapist- her stepfather- was not excommunicated

Declaring that “life must always be protected”, a senior Vatican cleric has defended the Catholic Church’s decision to excommunicate the mother and doctors of a nine-year-old rape victim who had a life-saving abortion in Brazil.

Cardinal Giovanni Batista Re, who heads the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, told reporters that although the girl fell pregnant after apparently being abused by her stepfather, her twins had, “the right to live, and could not be eliminated”.

In an interview with the Italian newspaper, La Stampa, the cardinal added: “It is a sad case but the real problem is that the twins conceived were two innocent persons. Life must always be protected.”

Police believe the girl was sexually assaulted for years by her stepfather, possibly since she was six. That she was four months pregnant with twins emerged only after she was taken to hospital complaining of severe stomach pains.

The controversy represents a PR nightmare for the Vatican. The unnamed girl’s mother and doctors were excommunicated for agreeing to Wednesday’s emergency abortion yet the Church has not taken formal steps against the stepfather, who is in custody. Jose Cardoso Sobrinho, the conservative regional archbishop for Pernambuco where the girl was rushed to hospital, has said that the man would not be thrown out of the Church, because although he had allegedly committed “a heinous crime”, the Church took the view that “the abortion, the elimination of an innocent life, was more serious”.

(Emphasis mine)

No nine year old should be impregnated. 

No nine year old should be forced to carry a pregnancy and give birth.

And no nine year old who procures an abortion to SAVE HER LIFE and SAVE HER FROM HAVING TO CARRY AND BIRTH TWINS should be punished for it.