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Minn. Lawmakers Prepare For Final Vote On Gay Marriage - CBS Minnesota

Minn. Lawmakers Prepare For Final Vote On Gay Marriage - CBS Minnesota | Government AND Law skinny 3a | Scoop.it
Supporters of gay marriage in Minnesota taped blue and orange hearts Monday on the state Capitol steps, creating a path into the building for lawmakers who were expected to send the governor a measure allowing same-sex weddings starting in August.
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This is awesome! I already posted a story like this last week, becuase I was confused what week was state issues. I honestly didnt think that this would happen. I see Minnesota as being a more conservative state. If the Senate passes it than Govenor Dayton said he would sign it! If it passes Minnesota will be the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

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New Orleans shooting called street violence, not terror

New Orleans shooting called street violence, not terror | Government AND Law skinny 3a | Scoop.it
Federal investigators say they have no indication the shooting at a Mother's Day parade in New Orleans was an act of terrorism.
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This is so sad! How could someone do this. It seems like these gun shooting become more common! I dont think we should take away guns, but there should be someting done! Congress better get started on this topic. 

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Blacks outvoted whites in 2012, the first time on record

Blacks outvoted whites in 2012, the first time on record | Government AND Law skinny 3a | Scoop.it
Washington (CNN) - A new Census Bureau report shows a higher percentage of African-Americans than whites voted in a presidential election for the first time in history last year during the matchup between President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
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Its nice to see more representation from different races and genders. The worlds choice on our leader depends on the entire countrys opinion. I think its awesome to see how much our world has changed! In the 1960's Blacks were abused if they went to vote and now they over represent whites! 

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Camille Fawcett's comment, May 12, 2013 4:05 PM
This is really interesting! It just goes to show how far America has gone in the past 50 years! It's crazy to think that before this African Americans did not have the same rights as us. I'm obviously super glad that, that isn't the case today!
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Why is North Korea cooling it?

Why is North Korea cooling it? | Government AND Law skinny 3a | Scoop.it
By Elise Labott

After weeks of fiery rhetoric, military saber rattling and threats against the United States and South Korea, North Korea seems downright quiet and willing to dial back the tension.
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I feel like North Koreas only alli is now not on their side, and have decided if they were to go to war, things would go bad right away! I hope they stay cooled, and dont decided to bring more tension. 

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Poll: Majority wanted background checks to pass Senate

Poll: Majority wanted background checks to pass Senate | Government AND Law skinny 3a | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- Nearly two-thirds of Americans say that the Senate should have passed a bill that would have expanded background checks for gun sales, according to a new national poll.
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Its been about 5 months since Newtown shooting, and congress still hasnt passed a bill on how to deal with guns and background checks. Congress either needs to approach it differently or figure out a plan that is approved by both partys. Something needs to be done. Larger background checks could stop more mass shootings and murders too. Hopefully congress can pass a bill with in the next couple months!

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President Obama calls out House Republicans on college tour

President Obama calls out House Republicans on college tour | Government AND Law skinny 3a | Scoop.it
Iowa City, IA (CNN) -- President Obama targeted House Republican Todd Akin from Missouri in his remarks on student loan interest rates at the University of Iowa Wednesday.
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Recently Obama visited Iowa State University and spoke about how some Republican house member thinks that government shouldnt be in business with student loans. Another house member said that she sees it to be wrong graduating with debt. Over half of the students that attend do graduate with debt. College can come to a total cost of 60,000-100,000 for the total of 4 years. How are students supposed to raise that much money in working at a part-time job for 2 years. I understand that wealthy familys can afford to save for their childs tuition. Personally my family cannot pay my tuition, its not fair to ruin my chances of getting a better education. I agree with Obama on this issue! Its so relevent since i will be attending college next year, and will depending on loans for part of my tuition

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MsHaeussinger's comment, April 24, 2013 3:12 PM
Very relevant story for all those college-bound seniors!
Taylor Franklin's comment, April 28, 2013 1:40 PM
I do think that the price of education is completely inflated to a ridiculous amount. the amount of some people's debt coming out of college is the same as what you could spend buying a fairly nice house. I don't think that it makes sense to dig yourself a hole just to try to get a good enough job to try and dig yourself out of that hole.
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Bombing enflames immigration debate - CNN.com Video

After Boston tragedy "Gang of Eight" Sens. Schumer & Graham both believe now is the time for immigration reform.
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After the Boston tragedy, and having the suspect in custody, it was reported that suspect was an immigrant. His time was up and over the amount of years he was allowed. They now have proposed a bill to help get the 11 million other immigrants that arent legal. Its sad to me that something like this happens to get congress thinking. They know we have so many illegal immigrants, and instead of getting on it, they dont relize the potention threats we have unless we enact a bill. 

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Why terrorist bombings have been rare in U.S. in past decade

Why terrorist bombings have been rare in U.S. in past decade | Government AND Law skinny 3a | Scoop.it
Many have tried but few have succeeded in carrying out terrorist bombings in the U.S. in the past 12 years, writes Peter Bergen.
Mariah Kieffer's insight:

This is so sad. The tradgedy just breaks your heart. This article discusses how its been rare for bombings the past terrist acts from 9/11. Of the 380 acts about 77 were able to obtain bombs. This tragedy now has 137 wounded and 3 killed. Its to early to detect who did it, but they know it was a some kind of a terrist act. There were 4 bombs and one 2 went off. I hope they find the person that did this. The last major bombing terrist act was in 2004 at African American organization. Its so sad to see people that want to harm our country. 

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Camille Fawcett's comment, April 21, 2013 10:59 AM
That is really sad how corrupted people's minds can be. It is a relief though that the awareness for bombings have increased, and are now suspicions are being reported more. Granted, there are still some that fall through the cracks, and still happen. I don't understand how people would have that sick of a mind to go through with such catastrophic events. People these days.
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House to revive cybersecurity bill opposed by privacy groups

House to revive cybersecurity bill opposed by privacy groups | Government AND Law skinny 3a | Scoop.it
The House Intelligence Committee is trying to revive legislation that would let industry and the federal government swap information on the latest cyber threats.
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China was found spying on United States throught their legislation. Some repersentaives are now speaking out about what to do and how to make the program more secure. The bill passed will have more protection on the more significant information such as FBI and National Security Agency.

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Taylor Franklin's comment, April 13, 2013 9:40 PM
I know I sound like our parents, but having so much information up for grabs on the internet scares the living pants off of me. If someone is a skilled enough hacker, much of our country's security is at risk. If any random person could do it, (i.e. wikileaks) I'm sure people funded by other countries, in this case china, are more than capable of getting all the information they want.
Meredith Boyce's comment, April 13, 2013 10:32 PM
Yeah, I agree with Taylor. That is crazy. We should have more protection on our information. Although many people would be against that and it would take forever to get that passed as a bill. I think the gov should be smarter about what they post on the internet.
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N. Korea actions called 'clear and direct threat' to U.S. security

N. Korea actions called 'clear and direct threat' to U.S. security | Government AND Law skinny 3a | Scoop.it
North Korea issued its latest dispatch of ominous rhetoric, telling foreigners in South Korea they should take steps to secure shelter or evacuation
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North Korea once again has made a threat to South Korea. I personally just hate this. I wish it would all end, and North Korea would stop this nonsense.  Broadcasters are telling people of South Korea to keep calm and not panic. They find non possible of it happening today or tomorrow. North Koreas missles also is a form of revenue. They sell these bombs to coutries like Iran or Baghdad. They then paint them the color of their flag and threaten other countries. It freaks me out! hopefully nothing happens.

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NRA-backed group wants gun training for school staff

NRA-backed group wants gun training for school staff | Government AND Law skinny 3a | Scoop.it
Washington (CNN) - A commission tasked by the nation's most influential gun lobby to assess school safety proposed a set of recommendations Tuesday that includes a plan to train and arm adults as a way to protect kids from shooters.
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I find this idea interesting. I am not sure if I am for it or not. I think there are beneficial side but then there are some major cons. Yes, I agree that with a gun in the school it will save more deaths, but how much of a response time? What if a student were to get their hands on it. Isnt a school supposed to have a safe enviroment, and with guns parents might find it negative and not want to send their children to a school with guns. I am still undecided on this situation. I understand both sides.

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Taylor Franklin's comment, April 4, 2013 12:22 PM
I think that there should be police officers at each school as a regulation. Arming each and every teacher would be extremely expensive and time consuming. I don't think it's a rational response. The good middle ground is for to have one or a few armed people depending on the size of the school.
Camille Fawcett's comment, April 7, 2013 1:43 AM
I think that if they were to train and arm every teacher, that would be an extreme hassle. I also believe that it would only make it easier for a student to get their hands on. I don't believe that this is necessary as all. I do see Taylor's point though with the security. Teachers and kids are so vulnerable while they are in school, it'd be so easy for anyone to break in.
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Democrats Rally in a G.O.P. Stronghold

Democrats Rally in a G.O.P. Stronghold | Government AND Law skinny 3a | Scoop.it
Sick of Republican dominance, Democrats are trying to get off the ground, with efforts like Battleground Texas, started by operatives from the Obama campaign.
Mariah Kieffer's insight:

This article seems pretty accurate. Texans are commonly tend to be more Repulican. The deomocrats are trying to persuade them into seeing democrats views to. They hope to possibly make taxas a blue state too, or if not all blue then competitive! I would like to see how this plan ends up. Who knows if these Texans can be persuaded.

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Meredith Boyce's curator insight, March 23, 2013 8:06 PM

haha I honestly don't think that Texas will ever turn blue. It is the bible belt and texans are stubborn, like myself! I have ethos to prove it :) if you don't know what ethos is you should look it up. But basically I think its a waste of time for them to have a rally in Texas. And if it does, then I will be very upset. There definitely are many democrats in Texas, but its almost like a needle in a haystack. 

Camille Fawcett's comment, March 24, 2013 1:49 AM
I think it would be very interesting to see how Texans will respond when the Democrats try to win them over. I do not see anything change anytime soon, but I think it'd also be interesting to see how the Democrats will try to approach Texans, being such a conservative and Republican state. I wonder how Texans will feel about this as well. Maybe a little angry? I guess we will just find out!
MsHaeussinger's comment, March 24, 2013 1:47 PM
A long shot, yes! However, there might be some counties in Texas that are turning "purple" and some definite blue areas, too! But yes, it is Texas.
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Obama energy proposal drills to fund clean fuel tech, jobs

Obama energy proposal drills to fund clean fuel tech, jobs | Government AND Law skinny 3a | Scoop.it
Washington (CNN) -- With climate change as one of his administration's top priorities and the decision on the controversial Keystone pipeline expected at any time, President Obama takes his energy message to Chicago Friday.
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The enviroment is a big issue now. Many people just ignore it and dont find it to be a priority. Obama is taking care of it now so that certain procedures can help the future world be in better condition. Obama hopes to eventually transfer car fossil fuels into clean energy with creating clean energy jobs. The budget is 10 billion over 2 years. I think this is a great idea. Hopefully the house passes the bill and it can be inacted soon.

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Cleveland neighborhood asks, how did it happen here?

Cleveland neighborhood asks, how did it happen here? | Government AND Law skinny 3a | Scoop.it
Outwardly, there is little about the two-story, clapboard house on Cleveland's Seymour Avenue that hints at the horror that authorities say played out inside.
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These stories are crazy but inpirational! Its amazing that the girls are ok and  home again. Children that are kidnapped generally live for max of 72 hours, and later the body is found. I guess this story is like the Jaysee Dugard story! Its crazy how they didnt suspect one thing. I guess you sometimes should be suspicious of your neighbors. The point is that this crazy man will be put in jail for life and the girls are ok!

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Minn. Senate Next Stop For Gay Marriage Bill - CBS Minnesota

Minn. Senate Next Stop For Gay Marriage Bill - CBS Minnesota | Government AND Law skinny 3a | Scoop.it

ovNext up for the bill to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota is a scheduled final vote in the state Senate.

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Its so great to see this article! Minnesota is finally catching on with change and our generation! Thanks you House for passing it! Now the Senate just needs to and if it passes both houses than Govenor Dayton said he would sign it! Everyone deserves the right to marry the person they love!

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California Supreme Court wrestles with spousal rights case

California Supreme Court wrestles with spousal rights case | Government AND Law skinny 3a | Scoop.it
Justices appear reluctant to take away San Jose resident Nancy Cejas right to press lawsuit over late husbands workplace death at a Peninsula construction company.

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Camille Fawcett's comment, May 12, 2013 4:06 PM
This is kind of heart-breaking to read about. Especially from the woman's side of the story. Not only does she have to deal with the death of her husband, but she has to deal with going to court as well. I understand the concern though, and how their marriage wasn't referred to as legal though. I'm curious as to what their final decision regarding the topic will be!
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No verdict yet in Philadelphia abortion doctor case

No verdict yet in Philadelphia abortion doctor case | Government AND Law skinny 3a | Scoop.it
Jurors in the murder trial of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell ended their first day of deliberations, Tuesday without a verdict.

Via scoste26
Mariah Kieffer's insight:

Wow this frightens me a bit! I discusses me that someone could actualy do this to girls. Its good that he is being put away! Its like a crinimal minds case! He deserves some serious jail time!

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scoste26's curator insight, April 30, 2013 6:45 PM

I think that this article is completely disgusting. First, the so called "doctor" did horrible things to these infants and got away with at least seven known victims. I want to bring to point that the mothers were having an abortion, but this man did not need to "cut their spinal cords". This story is horrific, and it is nice to know that this man has been found guilty for first-degree murder and may be sentenced to death.

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Graham: 'Ultimate blame' for Boston attacks on administration

Graham: 'Ultimate blame' for Boston attacks on administration | Government AND Law skinny 3a | Scoop.it
Washington (CNN) -- Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday the administration is to blame for not preventing last week's terror attack at the Boston Marathon finish line.
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After the Boston Bombing, congress and the nation are all now wondering if our countrys security is safe. They began to blame certain people. I dont understand why our country needs to blame. Instead lets figure out what to do better so this doesnt happen again. Less blaming and more planning and safety please!

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From backpacks to 'flash-bangs': Boston's week of terror

From backpacks to 'flash-bangs': Boston's week of terror | Government AND Law skinny 3a | Scoop.it
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This article shares the story from the very beggining. It discusses their actions before it and how they acted the following days. The younger brother acted normal at school but aninmous tweets shared his concern and guilt. The oldest brother called family members asking for their forgiveness. I dont understand how you could do this. It discusses how the FBI took charge, and the different ways they found out the men that did it. 

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Camille Fawcett's comment, April 28, 2013 2:25 PM
As unfortunate the Boston bombing was, it is good though that the United States have this type of technology that is able to find suspicious activity like the backpack on camera. As technology advances, the United States are able to maybe not fully protect the US citizens, but certainly helps on the justice side of it
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N. Korea: No warning of 'retaliation' - CNN.com Video

North Korea warns that it would not give any advance notice before attacking South Korea. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
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Theres a video attached to this link, and the broadcaster suggests Northa Korea tension on has deescalated, they have taken step forward and then 2 steps back. South Korea is fed up with their attitudes and want for the leader to stop. I understand their fustration. I think North Korea is just trying to look scary. They have said there may be another test on their nuclear bomb. Even though we are all so fed up with North Koreas actions, we still have to expect for the worst, and be prepared.

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Leading Senate talks falling short of universal background checks

Leading Senate talks falling short of universal background checks | Government AND Law skinny 3a | Scoop.it
The leading Senate negotiations on gun control legislation favor expanding background checks, but the effort would as of now fall short of the universal approach backed by President Barack Obama and many Democrats, CNN has learned.
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More talk about gun control. This time they are working on the background checks. I personally think that background checks should be more thorough. There are so many loop holes and one of the steps they need to work on is not making any loop holes for ones to get guns that should have them. Its nice to see them starting to make a descision.

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The 3 Senate Democratic holdouts on same-sex marriage

The 3 Senate Democratic holdouts on same-sex marriage | Government AND Law skinny 3a | Scoop.it
Tim Johnson's backing of marriage equality leaves Manchin, Landrieu and Pryor as only three Dem senators in outlying camp
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I find it interesting how the some find it politically not right to have same sex marriage, but they personally believe its ok. Shouldnt your vote go off of your gut feeling. After all the person representing the state should go off of what they believe. I also dont understand the fact that same sex marriages dont get certain benefits as others do. Doesnt the bill of rights say every ones equal? This shows discrimination. Its nice to see people understand its not  the end of the world for same sex to get married. Doesnt everyone one have the right to be married to someone they love? 

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MsHaeussinger's comment, April 14, 2013 3:38 PM
Interesting contradiction!
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How to save government money: Goats! - CNN.com Video

CNN's Tom Foreman details a few of the 86,000 ideas submitted to the White House that could save the government money.
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This video is actually really interesting! Theres a list of 86,000 ideas to save government money. One was getting rid of the penny, predicting the congress pay on their performance, and even goats roaming at white house lawn. They actually used goats back during WWI, Woodrow Wilson had sheep, it kept good care of the lawn. They also suggested getting rid of paper work that congress prints out. Instead used electronic devices and techniques. These may be little ideas, but its a good start!

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Camille Fawcett's comment, April 7, 2013 1:37 AM
Watching this video was actually really interesting to me. Most times when we discussed the budget of the government in class, we mostly talked about it in a broad sense. So like the military spending or the social programs the government invests in. That was always to broad for me to fathom. I was always left with the question, "How would we do that? What would be taken away or changed?" So seeing some specific examples was good for me, I believe. I think that if the government is doing things that are unnecessary and cost only more money, like the printing of paperwork, they should by all means, change their ways.
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Prosecutors: N.Y. Democrat tried to bribe way onto GOP mayoral ballot

New York state Sen. Malcolm Smith and New York City Councilman Dan Halloran were arrested Tuesday morning on charges they schemed to fix the city's 2013 mayoral election through fraud and bribery, according to prosecutors.
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Its sad to see a story like this. You would think that there is no way to be sneaky and bribe your way to an ballot. What I got confused on is why a Democrat would bribe to be put on the Repblican option. I am glad that this man was caught. People that can afford briberies/rich are as good as ones that cant afford it.

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Taylor Franklin's curator insight, April 3, 2013 10:04 PM

Whenever you have a government run by and for the people, corruption is unavoidable. People are always going to be looking for what is best for themselves, not necessarily what's best for their country. I'm very glad that these people were caught, but I'm afraid a lot of dishonest politics happen without any serious consequences. 

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Teens see no hope for future in Iraq - CNN.com Video

Life in Iraq has become stifling for the country's youth. Arwa Damon meets Iraqi teens who say this is no place to be.
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This family lives in Iraq. Both of the girls are enrolled on online school and rarely leave home. The oldest wont leave home unless she is with her mother or someone older than her. They never feel safe, wondering if they will be alive the next day. When the whole war started, majority of their friends left the country for safer area. The oldest daughter stated, the only people that stayed here  are bad, all the good left. You have to act corrupt inorder to stay alive. I feel so terrible for these girls. They dont get to experience a normal life . Every day they live their life in fear. I couldnt imagine what life would be like. This story helps you appreciate you life and safety.

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Meredith Boyce's comment, March 23, 2013 8:17 PM
Yeah, this is very sad. It definitely helps to put things in perspective. Unfortunately war happens. I definitely wish I could help those girls and to give them a new start. I am not even sure how to empathize with those girls. I would hate not feeling safe. When 9/11 happened I remember how terrified I was, but I be there fear is like that but times then!
Camille Fawcett's comment, March 24, 2013 1:35 AM
This is so sad to hear about. We are so fortunate to be able to live in a much safer place here in America. I think many of us don't realize what exactly goes on in other countries. We are so naive as teenagers. Not really our fault, a lot of us haven't traveled to other countries and got to experience things like that. It's so easy to be caught up in our lives that we don't even realize all the things we really have to be thankful for, for living in America. It takes a lot of courage, I believe, for that family to stay in such a corrupt society. For them to not join the bandwagon and leave like the others takes a lot of guts. Hearing about stories like this reminds me that I have so much to be thankful for.