Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America have no good martinis to serve on Presidents’ Day.  They shake their heads as two survivors from last week’s school shooting label the NRA “child killers” and insist the group be disbanded and blast CNN for the leading questions that led to those statements.  They also groan as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell predicts the GOP will lose seats in the House and Senate, which would suggest he expects to be in the minority after an election map that couldn’t be better suited for Republicans.  And they slam CNN again for horribly biased questions to Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is now demanding something be done about guns while scrubbing his website of language describing how he is a champion of the Second Amendment.

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  1. dicentra Member
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    Please don’t refer to mass shootings as “tragedies.” A tragedy is a horrible thing that happens in the absence of malice, such as a tsunami or plane crash.

    Mass murders are “atrocities” — someone maliciously decided to make them happen. “Massacre” is also a good word to use.

    Don’t survivors of atrocities prefer that people use language that properly describes the impact of the event? Can we hope to comfort the mourning by using euphemisms, as if we weren’t willing to plumb the depths of their suffering even in our language?

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  2. Cow Girl Thatcher
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    @CowGirl

    No, no, no!! It was never intended to honor ALL THE PRESIDENTS!  It was always intended to honor the two presidents whose birthday occur about ten days apart in February:  Washington and Lincoln. It’s so annoying when people think we’re celebrating all of the presidents.

    Sigh.

    When the feds decided to create those Monday holidays, the February “Presidents Day” was just a combination of Lincoln and Washington who each used to have a federal holiday for their birthdays–Feb. 12 and then Feb. 22 (the new calendar…yeah yeah, Washington’s day was Feb. 11 on the old calendar.)

    I’m old, I know. But I remember having no mail on those two days in February.

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  3. TedRudolph Inactive
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    @TedRudolph

    Kasich didn’t flip-flop.

    He just finally feels comfortable voicing his true feelings.

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  4. Mrs. Ink Member
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    @MrsInk

    John Kasich is a weasel who will say and do any thing that he thinks might keep him in power. He wouldn’t know a principle if it bit him on the leg. He is an awful, awful person., nearly as bad as CNN.

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