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Where are the Liberal's Calls for 'Knife Control' Laws With All The Deaths By Knife?

Where are the Liberal's Calls for 'Knife Control' Laws With All The Deaths By Knife?


Where are the Liberal's Calls for 'Knife Control' Laws With All The Deaths By Knife?

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 07:23 AM PDT

After the most recent shooting spree in California where a young, mentally disturbed man, killed 6 people, we heard again, calls for gun control and more restrictive background checks for those purchasing guns.
But weren't half of those killed, killed by knife?
Here, on CNN's front page, we see a young 12, was stabbed 19 times.
http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/03/justice/wisconsin-girl-stabbed/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
In Brooklyn, NY, we see two young children were stabbed in their apartment building elevator by a man as they were headed out to get ice cream.
Where are the calls for 'knife control'? Or poison control? Or car and driver laws that make it illegal to run over bicyclists in a crosswalk?
Are more laws the answer? Shouldn't we have better background checks before we issue a gun to a mentally unstable person?
What's reasonable is not possible in an atmosphere of distrust by the citizens of the U.S. of the motives of their government.
What Edward Snowden has done is pulled the curtain back on what our government has been doing in secrecy against their own citizens. And government wants people to trust them as they suggest restricting gun sales and possession?
Change that first and then, maybe, people may be willing to tell you they have a gun.
Our hearts go out collectively to the victim's families of these horrific crimes.
But until we properly fund mental health again as we once did in our country to help identify and treat those with this illness, the violence will continue.
Apparently, the cost of a few deaths due to violence verses the cost of funding mental health hasn't reached the critical tipping point for our lawmakers yet.
Knife control laws, anyone?

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Sunset in Mazury

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 01:38 AM PDT

I grew up in Mazury and the photo was taken in Biala Piska - my hometown. Such beautiful sunsets remind me of my childhood when we would play, fight and build fortresses with other kids till late.

I have seen many sunsets around the world and I still consider sunsets in Mazury the most beautiful.

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THE MISSING CHIBOK SCHOOL GIRLS

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 12:23 AM PDT

DAY 49...

40+ DAYS...Since Over 200 Chibok School Girls Were Kidnapped By Boko Haram Terrorists and Are Still Being Held As Captives.

#BringBackOurGirls

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Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 05:31 PM PDT

I am fortunate in that I get to travel to Amsterdam once or twice a year on business.

 

I always look forward to going and I always try to make time to enjoy the beautiful architecture, romantic canals, excellent food and entertainment, museums and the diversity of friendly people.

 


Photos by Lulis Leal

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Beautiful, Cosmopolitan Amsterdam

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 05:12 PM PDT

With its numerous romantic canals, Renaissance architecture, and bike friendly culture, it is hard not to fall in love with the beautiful, cosmopolitan city of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

 

All photos by Lulis Leal

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Marvelous Machu Picchu National Park

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 02:08 PM PDT

During a recent Walking Adventures expedition, our group was fortunate to enjoy bright sunny weather throughout our time in Peru's Sacred Valley, with the supreme highlight being our day at Machu Picchu, the magnificent Incan Ruins perched above the jungle of the Urubamba River Valley. While this is a national park that is full of crowds, the place lives up to its billing as one of the top must-see destinations on the planet. Simply spectacular!

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Flash sand storm over Tehran

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 01:24 PM PDT

Dear CNNi , This is picture of the front of a sudden sand storm that swept over Tehran ( west to east ) approaching the center of the northern business district where I was... at around 5 00 pm local time. 10 minutes later, it was as dark as midnight with some of the heaviest winds I have ever witnessed . No one had ever seen anything like it here. The contrast between the clear sky and the storm's apporach, its scale in front of such a large metropolis...I was simply in awe of nature's might.   Hope you can share with your viewers. All best Ali (Tehran , Iran)  

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Time Lapse of Anti-Monarchy Protests

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 11:49 AM PDT

Time lapse over 1 hour of protests in Madrid's Plaza del Sol in favor of the removal of the Spanish monarchy

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Yellowstone Bear

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 05:59 AM PDT

My husband and I were driving through Yellowstone and spotted this bear on the side of the road. He got a little too close for comfort but took a great shot.

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Poland: Central Europe's fun-lover

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 04:54 AM PDT

One of the things I love about Poland, that I think visitors find most immediately if unconsciously endearing about the people, is their innate sense of humour. Poles love a practical joke, a well-told story that starts with chuckles and ends with a belly laugh, and basically anything that takes the piss... The light-hearted end of a national character ill-suited to monolithic authority and joyless regimentation, that turns at the other end into a spirit-conserving 'grin at the face of adversary' mettle that has seen the country through times that were anything but funny.

Poles' sense of humour goes hand-in-hand with their love of wodka and partying, of course, and while the tendency of tourists is to recall the amazing sights, hearty food and epic history, the theme I realised has been most prevalent throughout my holidays there was people engaging in everyday comedy, making instant friends and having a great time in the process. It's only when you exit Poland and find yourself in gloomy Budapest, say, or beautiful but oh-so-serious Vienna, do you realise how special, how intrinsic and how very Polish this characteristic is.

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Oscypek from Zakopane!

Posted: 01 Jun 2014 02:11 PM PDT

There's nothing else quite like it - oscypek is definitely a part of the experience! Original tradition that has fought for its rights to stay traditional.

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Mom & I Were Rockin' the 60's fashion scene!

Posted: 01 Jun 2014 12:57 PM PDT

My Mom and I were rockin' the latest fashions for a formal Freshman Mother/Daughter luncheon at my high school in 1965. Gloves, really?! And our hats were divine! My Aunt worked in the catering office of a very exclusive club in downtown Los Angeles. She saw the 'society ladies' going in and out of the club all day long.  We decided to let her choose our outfits for this very important event since she was considered the family expert on the latest fashion.  This photo shows the result of what we all thought classy ladies should look like in 1965.  We were definitely groovy! 

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Przystanek Woodstock (Woodstock Station)

Posted: 01 Jun 2014 12:50 PM PDT

Poland is beautiful. Poland is my 'adopted country' since I married a Polish girl, that I keep on appreciating and discovering through its culture, its magnificent cities and wonderful landscapes
But what is for me the most amazing is the music festival that takes place every year in Kostrzyn Nad Odra.
The Przystanek Woodstock (Woodstock Station) festival is simply the biggest rock music festival in Europe. It attracted 700,000 participants in 2011) (*).
A huge crowd of music lovers meandering through an ephemeral city, going to and coming from the three main stages to vibrate to the rhythms of international rock music. A true city occupied during three days by a very young audience who settles over gigantic areas
In a cool and peaceful mood, something's happening everywhere... Try the bungee jumping... Have a mud bath... Have a snatch by participating in 'Hare Krishna Food for Peace'... Just smile and enjoy...
(*) « Przystanek Woodstock (Polish for "Woodstock Station" or "Woodstock Bus Stop" is an annual free rock music festival in Poland, inspired by and named for the Woodstock Festival, that has taken place since 1995. Since the 11th festival its organizers have called Przystanek Woodstock "the biggest open-air festival in Europe". (from Wikipedia)

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THE MISSING CHIBOK SCHOOL GIRLS

Posted: 01 Jun 2014 04:10 AM PDT

DAY 47...

40+ DAYS...Since Over 200 Chibok School Girls Were Kidnapped By Boko Haram Terrorists and Are Still Being Held As Captives.

#BringBackOurGirls

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Chopin's Warsaw

Posted: 31 May 2014 07:53 PM PDT

Move over Mick Jagger... in Poland, Fryderyk Chopin is the immortal rockstar.

Poland and its capital city of Warsaw celebrate Chopin in extraordinary ways.

After landing at the airport that bares this Polish composer's name and making your way to the city center, stroll down Krakowskie Przedmieście and engage with the interactive musical benches that tell the story of Chopin's Warsaw. This city is the home of Chopin's heart, literally, which is contained in an urn at Kościół św. Krzyża. A few blocks away, you'll find the Fryderyk Chopin Museum; a monument to his life, music, and legacy.

But it doesn't just stop with museums and bronze statues like it would in any other city. In Warsaw, emerging artists take to the street to create larger-than-life murals of Chopin that bring his celebrity into 21st century - there are several vivid Chopin murals throughout the city.

More than 200 years after his birth, Poland's (and the world's) love and admiration of Chopin hasn't faltered one bit - it is as vibrant ever in Warsaw.

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The Knowing Generation

Posted: 31 May 2014 06:53 PM PDT

There's a generation of Poles who have lived through so much that to call them "wise" doesn't seem a sufficient descriptor. This generation knew the terror of German occupation and the destruction of their country and people during World War II. They knew the blight and degradation of decades of Soviet-imposed communist rule that followed the war. They saw the rise of Solidarity and the coming together of a people to break free of the iron fist. And after all those years, all those decades, they finally got to taste the freedom that should have been theirs all along.

The picture is of my grandma ,"Babcia" in Polish, on the right, and her older sister, on the left. One of my favorite things about going back to Poland is hearing the stories and gleaning a bit of the knowledge from my Babcia.

And in case you're wondering, they're smiling because life is good.

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Our Family Home

Posted: 31 May 2014 04:13 PM PDT

The thing I love most about Poland are the old homes.  I think these homes tell life stories and represent generations of people that have lived there.  Our family home resides in southern Poland and is a place I love to visit. A home that is well over one hundred years old and has lived through many years of history and some very tough times. My fondest memories were made in this house and I will treasure them forever. My own children will visit this home and I hope they enjoy it as much as I do!

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Long history of cultural and ethnic diversity

Posted: 31 May 2014 05:51 AM PDT

Throughout its history Poland has been home to a diverse range of minorities. Poles, Jews, Tatars, Russians, Germans, Lithuanians, Armenians, the Romani people and others lived there as neighbours for centuries. World War II and the communist period changed Poland's ethnic landscape, but since 1989 a revival of Poland's cultural and ethnic diversity has been observed. Synagogues and Jewish cemeteries are being restored across the country, while numerous institutions and museums that celebrate Polish ethnic heritage open every year (most notably Warsaw's Museum of the History of the Polish Jews that opened its doors to visitors in 2013).

In the picture: Old Jewish Cemetery of Cracow, established in the first half of the 16th century.

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