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Apparently Martin Richard’s message failed to get through to some people.

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The marathon bombings were tragic and reprehensible, but so is this kind of visceral scapegoating.

Heba Abolaban, Muslim Woman, Says She Was Attacked Over Boston Bombings (PHOTO)

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 04/18/2013 7:46 pm EDT

Muslim Attack Boston

A Muslim woman wearing a hijab said she was attacked in the Boston area by a man who shouted that Muslims had perpetrated the twin bombings that killed three people and wounded about 170 Monday.

Heba Abolaban, a Palestinian doctor who immigrated to the United States from Syria, says she was punched in the shoulder in Malden, Mass., on Wednesday by a man who shouted “F*** you Muslims!” and “You are involved in the Boston explosions,” according to the Malden Patch.

The man, described as a white male in his 30s, allegedly shouted at Abolaban for about two minutes before continuing on his way, Patch reports.

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Boston Bombing Suspects’ Identity Sparks Fear Of Backlash For American Muslims, Sikhs

Posted: 04/19/2013 6:17 pm EDT  |  Updated: 04/19/2013 9:14 pm EDT

WASHINGTON — For Arab-Americans — and people who are mistaken to be Arab — there’s an extra layer of fear that rides along with the frightening news of a possible terror attack: the very real possibility that they will be blamed.

Linda Sarsour, the national advocacy director for the National Network for Arab American Communities, knows it happens. But when the bombs exploded Monday at the Boston Marathon, it was her 13-year-old son who brought that reality home with startling and personal impact.

He did it with a simple text message about an hour after the news broke that asked: “Mom, who did it?”

For Sarsour, it showed just how deeply the fear of guilt by bogus association is embedded in the Arab-American community, even in children born and raised in the United States whose prime obsessions tend to be video games, not race relations.

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How sad that a 13-year-old American boy might now be as at-risk going to school for fear of retribution for something he had nothing to do with as Malala Yousafzai was in Pakistan. Americans wrongly assigning blame and encouraging vigilante justice are no better than the Taliban.

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Background checks on potential purchasers of firearms went down in flames today.   The bill that was defeated by a 54-46 vote in the U.S. Senate was already badly hobbled when both an assault weapons ban and a ban on high capacity magazines were removed.  Polls have indicated that 90% of Americans agree with legislation that would keep military-style weapons and the accoutrements out of the hands of individuals who might use them to unleash more  Newtown, Columbine,  Tucson, Aurora, and Virginia Tech mass shootings and serial murders like the D.C. area sniper attacks.

Gun control loses: No expanded background checks

By ALAN FRAM

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON —

Senate Republicans backed by a small band of rural-state Democrats scuttled the most far-reaching gun control legislation in two decades Wednesday, rejecting tighter background checks for buyers and a ban on assault weapons as they spurned pleas from families of victims of last winter’s school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

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Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has let forth with a stinging op-ed in today’s New York Times.

Op-Ed Contributor

A Senate in the Gun Lobby’s Grip

SENATORS say they fear the N.R.A. and the gun lobby. But I think that fear must be nothing compared to the fear the first graders in Sandy Hook Elementary School felt as their lives ended in a hail of bullets. The fear that those children who survived the massacre must feel every time they remember their teachers stacking them into closets and bathrooms, whispering that they loved them, so that love would be the last thing the students heard if the gunman found them.

On Wednesday, a minority of senators gave into fear and blocked common-sense legislation that would have made it harder for criminals and people with dangerous mental illnesses to get hold of deadly firearms — a bill that could prevent future tragedies like those in Newtown, Conn., Aurora, Colo., Blacksburg, Va., and too many communities to count.

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What these senators faced was not fear.  Those killed in these massacres knew fear.  Parents who send their children off to inner city schools know fear.  Those cheering at the finish line at the Boston marathon faced fear, and before you think I am confounding things,  Lawrence O’Donnell reported tonight that the defeat of this legislation effectively blocked the FBI from obtaining evidence related to “taggants” in the gunpowder in the home-made  bombs used there.

Senators Manchin and Toomey, who co-authored the legislation,  are both gun owners and NRA members with A ratings from the organization.  Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, are also gun owners and members of the NRA.  Yet these 46 senators voted against this legislation for “fear” of the gun lobby. These senators are cowards.

So, what is it going to take?  What do these senators need in order to hear 90% of the American public?  Do they have the woodman’s tin ear – and no heart?

Or would giving them a medal help?

Maybe they just need this.  Ba-Bye!

These are the reasons.

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Karen Finney has shown herself to be fair and balanced, strategically sophisticated politically, and kind enough to share campaign advice with the opposition (even though they have not been wise enough to take it).    Ever since she began appearing as a commentator on MSNBC her fan base has steadily grown (as witnessed by the many hits this post receives every time she fills in for Bashir) and become increasingly insistent that she be given a show of her own.

Regularly seen on Bashir Live, where she has also filled in for Martin occasionally, as well as on Weekends with Alex Whitt,  Now with Alex Wagner, and Lawrence O’Donnell’s prime time hour among other MSNBC offerings,  Karen’s pleasant humor,  incisive intellect, and ability to put issues in an historical perspective have made her an ideal guest.

Her ability to get ahead of the pack on back stories and bring in fresh perspectives will make her a stand-out host as  seen when she filled in for Martin Bashir and exposed ALEC as the organization behind “stand your ground” laws in many states.  Thus it was most welcome news when we learned today that Ms. Karen Finney has been given a spot to call her own at MSNBC.

02 Apr 2013 1:37 PM
KAREN FINNEY NAMED MSNBC WEEKEND HOST

KAREN FINNEY NAMED MSNBC WEEKEND HOST

Finney to Host Weekends 4p-5p ET

NEW YORK –April 2, 2013 – Karen Finney has been named host of a new MSNBC program to air on weekends from 4-5 p.m. ET. More details about the program, including the launch date, will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Karen’s rich background in both education policy and politics will add a unique point of view to our expanding live weekend programming,” said Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC.

Finney has been an MSNBC political analyst and guest host on the network since 2009.

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We will all be watching, Karen! We know you will do a terrific job and are looking forward to your debut. Congratulations! It’s about time!

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