December 15th, 2012


NRA Magazine Twitter Offends the Internet. Deletes Account so The Internet Can Forget that It Happen

NRA Magazine Deletes Offensive Tweet Following Shooting in Colorado [Update]

This morning, as the world reacted to the news of the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado that left 12 people dead, the American Rifleman, an official journal of the National Rifle Association, sent a rather insensitive message from their Twitter account.

“Good morning, shooters. Happy Friday! Weekend plans?” the tweet said.

The message quickly provoked outraged responses from hundreds of other Twitter users including Keith Olbermann and the Columbia Journalism Review. Within three hours, it was deleted and no new messages have been posted on the American Rifleman account.

NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam told The Politicker the tweet was being “completely taken out of context.”

“A single individual, unaware of events in Colorado, tweeted a comment that is being completely taken out of context,” Mr. Arulanandam


View a screengrab of the original American Rifleman tweet below.

Update (4:54 pm): The American Rifleman account now appears to have been taken down entirely. 

(Updated with comment from the NRA 1:26 pm)

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Serena Still Reduced to the Sum of Her Parts

With her titles and talent, why can't people stop talking about -- or making fun of -- her physical assets?

(The Root) -- It's ridiculous that we still have to explain this. That with a black woman in the White House, another starring in the TV show everyone's talking about and another who created said show -- plus scores more breaking barriers in politics, business and sports -- we still have to explain why certain images simply aren't OK.

Kerry Washington, the star of ABC's prime-time political drama Scandal, told Oprah Winfrey recently that her character, Olivia Pope (a fictional version of real-life "fixer" Judy Smith), represented a "new moment":

For a long time, the only images you saw of black women in media were very stereotypical images, and then we went to this place where all the images of African-American women had to be flawless, perfect -- you know, Clair Huxtable -- so we could erase that legacy of negativity.

I get what Washington is saying. We've come a long way, and one would think that we should be looking forward instead of back. But unfortunately, there are some who still need a history lesson -- namely one Caroline Wozniacki, the former No. 1 women's tennis player in the world.

At a recent exhibition match against Maria Sharapova, Wozniacki decided that it would be fun to stuff her tank top and tennis skirt with towels in order to imitate Olympic gold medalist Serena Williams. When she waddled lopsided to the court and served her first ball as "Serena," the crowd didn't gasp or boo or hiss -- it laughed.

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it cant rain all the time

Mike Huckabee: Newtown Shooting No Surprise, We've 'Systematically Removed God' From Schools

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R) weighed in on the massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. on Friday, saying the crime was no surprise because we have "systematically removed God" from public schools.

"We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools," Huckabee said on Fox News. "Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage?"

This line of reasoning isn't new for Huckabee.

Speaking about a mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado over the summer, the former GOP presidential candidate claimed that such violent episodes were a function of a nation suffering from the removal of religion from the public sphere.

"We don't have a crime problem, a gun problem or even a violence problem. What we have is a sin problem," Huckabee said on Fox News. "And since we've ordered God out of our schools, and communities, the military and public conversations, you know we really shouldn't act so surprised ... when all hell breaks loose."

Adam Lanza, 20, is the suspect in a school shooting that left 27 dead Friday, including 20 children. Lanza is reportedly the son of a teacher at the school where the shootings occurred.

HuffPost reported earlier:

"Authorities in Connecticut responded to a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Friday morning, the local NBC station reports.

Police reported 27 deaths, including 20 children, six adults and the shooter, according to the Associated Press.

Following hours of uncertainty during which many media outlets reported the shooter's identity as Ryan Lanza, an official identified the suspected gunman as Adam Lanza, Ryan's 20 year old brother, according to the Associated Press. Ryan Lanza, 24, is being questioned by police in New Jersey."

By Nick Wing & Paige Lavender. Posted: 12/14/2012 6:31 pm EST. Updated: 12/15/2012 9:29 am EST

comedy | BOSS STRUT

"Answer of the Day: Shonda Rhimes on Why She Has Many Gay Characters on Her Shows".

Shonda Rhimes got asked this question from a clearly idiotic viewer and being Shonda Rhimes she took the opportunity to use the question to answer a much larger societal question.

Question: love your shows but why all the gay and lesbian story lines?

Answer: Because I believe everyone should get to see themselves reflected on TV. EVERYONE. And because I love all my gay and lesbian friends. AND because I think same-sex marriage is the civil rights fight of our era and back when being a person of color was the civil rights fight, people like Norman Lear put black people on TV and helped change some minds. So you know, it's gotta be paid forward. As long as we are willing to sit by while one person is not free, none of us are free.

And FINALLY: because as long as someone feels like it is okay to ask the question "why all the gay people on your shows", then there is still a HUGE problem that needs to be solved. It's like asking "Why all the black people on your shows". (Which is, in fact, why there are also a lot of people of color on my shows. Cause people keep asking. Like it's unusual. Which means we have a LONG way to go). Okay, done preaching.

SOURCE as pilfered via The Mothership.

After Michigan, Recognize that Workers’ Rights and Women’s Rights Go Hand in Hand

What just happened in Michigan should be a message that anti-labor and anti-abortion legislation are part of the same right-wing agenda. So progressives should respond likewise—as part of the same agenda.

For far too long, the supporters of labor have ignored reproductive rights.

Consider what was wrong with this picture: On February 26, 2011, there were two demonstrations in New York City, carefully organized so as to be near each other -- one in City Hall Park, the other in Foley Square. To fit together, one was scheduled at 11 a. m. and the other at 1 p.m. The first was called by labor unions and other progressive organizations to support the struggle against Wisconsin governor Scott Walker’s attack on public unions; the second supported Planned Parenthood against the Republican-controlled House’s effort to defund it.

At the Planned Parenthood event, many speakers condemned tax breaks for the rich, corporate welfare, the elimination of social and public services, the closing of public schools, and union-busting.

At the union demonstration, although many of the demonstrators were Hispanic and black women, not one speaker mentioned the attacks on Planned Parenthood.

That was foolish, because the “war on women” is not just targeting women, any more than the war on labor is targeting only men.

All middle- and working-class people, and especially the poor, benefit from a strong labor movement – it’s our best bulwark against a race to the wage bottom.

In parallel, being able to control how many children to have and when to have them is something men as well as women need.

As to abortion, of course contraception is better. But accidents happen; contraception is not 100 percent flawless. And the sex drive is an unruly force. We know from study after study that abstinence doesn’t work. Just ask your favorite high school student.Collapse )


Names of Newtown School Shooting Victims Released

TRIGGER WARNING: Violence, death

The names of the 26 victims gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Friday were released Saturday afternoon.

Most of the 20 children killed in the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history were first-graders, the state's chief medical examiner said. All had died of multiple gunshots wounds, and the seven he personally examined had been hit with between three and 11 bullets a piece.

"I’ve been at this for a third of the century," Dr. H. Wayne Carver said, "and ... this is probably the worst that I have seen or the worst that I know of any of my colleagues having seen.”

The medical examiners' office provided photos of the victims to families, rather than having families come to identify the bodies in person. "It's easier on the families when you do that," Carver said.

Eighteen females and seven males were killed in the attack. Sixteen of the children were 6 years old, while four were 7.

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Seeing those 6's and 7's next to their names breaks my heart. At the source their is a link next to the Ms. Murphy, the special ed teacher's, name. Apparently she died shielding her students.
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Alabama Hospital Shooting: St. Vincent's Gunman Wounds 3 Before Being Killed By Police


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A man opened fire early Saturday at a hospital in Alabama, wounding a police officer and two employees before being shot and killed by another officer, authorities said.

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I found this after finding something on Facebook showing a photo of a young woman my age who apparently saved her students yesterday by hiding them in cabinets and closets and telling the shooter yesterday that they were all in the gym. The shooter killed her and moved on. I can't today. I finally started crying.

In Michigan, supporters say new gun law could help stop tragedies like Conn. massacre

The deadly school shooting in Connecticut came less than 24 hours after Michigan lawmakers passed legislation that allows those with concealed pistol licenses to carry guns into schools and other once forbidden places.

Proponents of the legislation said if the bill is signed into law, it will give people the opportunity to respond to crimes and possibly stop a similar situation.

“This kind of tragedy is hard to process, but if one person – a faculty member or a parent – could legally carry, at least it could have limited some of the mayhem,” said Rob Harris, media director for Michigan Open Carry Inc., on Friday. “This legislation has to be passed to at least have a fighting chance against the evil in this world.”

The Michigan Legislature passed Senate Bill 59 on Thursday, which tweaks the concealed weapons law by allowing gun owners who receive eight additional hours of training to carry their weapons in formerly gun-free areas, such as day care centers, schools, hospitals, churches and stadiums and bars.

There about 350,000 concealed pistol license holders throughout the state who would be eligible for the additional training, Harris said.

The bill sponsored by state Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, also states that schools, including public universities, and privately owned buildings could choose to prohibit guns if owners desire.

The Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners also backed the legislation. Green is a member of the organization’s board.

“We were fully behind it because what happens when you disarm law abiding people is there is nobody to stop the crazy people,” said Steve Dulan, spokesman for the organization.

Dulan said most gun owners are responsible.

“Many gun owners take their guns with them to the shopping mall where there are kids,” Dulan said. “Schools will be no different than shopping malls.”

It is unclear if Gov. Rick Snyder will sign the bill into law.

“The governor said that this bill was going to be already going through a careful review and analysis,” said Snyder’s spokeswoman, Sara Wurfel.

Snyder conveyed deep condolences, thoughts and prayers to the victims, families and all those in Connecticut, Wurfel said.Collapse )

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Reporters covering school massacre slammed for interviewing children

In a four-decade career in journalism, one of the things I never quite got used to was interviewing people connected to a tragedy.

The last thing I wanted to do while reporting on a fatal traffic accident, an avalanche or a shooting was knock on a family's door as they were wrestling with a sudden tragic loss.

Sometimes my job required me to set aside my discomfort and gingerly approach someone who could help tell the story of what happened.

There's been social-media backlash against reporters who interviewed school children just after the massacre of students and teachers at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., this Friday.

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