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January 14, 2013

Tumblr user perzadook has some exciting news, guys.

perzadook:

After the Sandy Hook shootings in Newton, Connecticut I started a petition urging the Obama Administration to work with Congress to limit access to guns.  I first posted it here on tumblr and it quickly took off, making it’s way to Twitter and Facebook, eventually going viral.

In a few days it became the most popular petition on the “We The People” White House petition site, and even prompted a video response from the President.  Here’s the fun part… I found out a few days ago that I am invited to the White House this Wednesday.

While details are up in the air, I know there will be an interview, and a good chance to meet the king of Dad Sneakers and his #2, as well as some other fun stuff.  So with that said, here’s a big thanks to everyone who supported the petition, because it does matter.  If you have any questions/comments please let me know and I’ll do my best to answer them.  Wish me luck (I need a haircut and a shave).

Now this is awesome. Best of luck!

20:49 // 1 year ago
January 13, 2013
nbcnews:

Powell champions Hagel as defense secretary and rips some Republicans
(Photo: Meet the Press)
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday that President Barack Obama’s nominee to be defense secretary, former Sen. Chuck Hagel, was “superbly qualified” and would be a strong advocate for Americans in uniform.
Read the complete story.

Here’s the sad part: If Powell tried to run for president today, he’d get railroaded in the primaries because he’s too moderate. His words matter in this discussion because of his time as Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but we’re not in an era where arguments favoring a moderate stance, like this one, win easy. Then again, Obama could nominate the reanimated version of Ronald Reagan as Defense Secretary and Reagan would still face an uphill battle.

nbcnews:

Powell champions Hagel as defense secretary and rips some Republicans

(Photo: Meet the Press)

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday that President Barack Obama’s nominee to be defense secretary, former Sen. Chuck Hagel, was “superbly qualified” and would be a strong advocate for Americans in uniform.

Here’s the sad part: If Powell tried to run for president today, he’d get railroaded in the primaries because he’s too moderate. His words matter in this discussion because of his time as Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but we’re not in an era where arguments favoring a moderate stance, like this one, win easy. Then again, Obama could nominate the reanimated version of Ronald Reagan as Defense Secretary and Reagan would still face an uphill battle.

(via nbcnews)

14:45 // 1 year ago
January 11, 2013

hypervocal:

That guy there, with the face tattoo … he could be the next president of the Czech Republic. Seriously. Do yourself a favor, read this.

Moving to Eastern Europe just so I can vote for this guy.

13:20 // 1 year ago
breakingnews:

Saudi Arabia’s king appoints women to advisory council for 1st time
Bloomberg News: King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has appointed female members to the Consultative Council for the first time, naming 30 women to the 150-member advisory body.The appointments, reported by the official Saudi Press Agency, came after Abdullah issued a decree requiring at least 20 percent of members should be women. It says they must observe Islamic law and be properly covered, and will enjoy full rights in the council, have a separate entrance to the chamber and sit in a special section apart from men.
Photo:  King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia (Hassan Ammar / AP, file)

This is a huge step for that region. Curious to see where things go from here.

breakingnews:

Saudi Arabia’s king appoints women to advisory council for 1st time

Bloomberg News: King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has appointed female members to the Consultative Council for the first time, naming 30 women to the 150-member advisory body.

The appointments, reported by the official Saudi Press Agency, came after Abdullah issued a decree requiring at least 20 percent of members should be women. It says they must observe Islamic law and be properly covered, and will enjoy full rights in the council, have a separate entrance to the chamber and sit in a special section apart from men.

Photo: King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia (Hassan Ammar / AP, file)

This is a huge step for that region. Curious to see where things go from here.

(via newsflick)

9:21 // 1 year ago
January 10, 2013

Oscar nominations: Best supporting actor

usatoday:

  • Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
  • Alan Arkin, Argo
  • Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
  • Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook

More coverage: http://usat.ly/ZL8rRo

Christoph Waltz + Tarantino = Instant Oscar. Who do you think is gonna get snubbed?

8:46 // 1 year ago

Congress more popular than meth labs, less popular than Nickelback

cognitivedissonance:

Recently, Public Policy Polling sought to discover just how low the public’s opinion of Congress had fallen, testing the popularity of the U.S. Congress against twenty-six different, typically unpopular things. We all know that the American people have a less-than-favorable opinion of Congress (9% favorable and 85% unfavorable), but damn. The results weren’t pretty.

Here’s the outcome of PPP’s survey, in a handy illustrated form, from most to least popular thing:

#1:

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When presented with a choice between Congress or Brussels sprouts, respondents gave a higher favorable rating to Brussels sprouts (69%) versus Congress (23%). [more]

Be sure to check out Meg’s full list, which is freaking awesome.

8:14 // 1 year ago
January 9, 2013
16:48 // 1 year ago
bobbycaputo:

BREAKING: NEW YORK (WABC) — A commuter ferry had a hard landing when it pulled into a Lower Manhattan pier, injuring at least 53 people Wednesday morning.
The Seastreak ferry hit the dock pulling into Pier 11 of the South Street Seaport just before 9 a.m., opening a large gash on the starboard side of the bow.
At least 53 people were being treated, including one person with a head injury. Seven of the injuries were considered serious, and 25 victims are listed in stable condition. Officials say 21 suffered minor injuries.
Passenger Chris Avore estimates that there were hundreds of passengers on board at the time. The ferry carries as many as 400.
“Nothing seemed like it was going to be out of the ordinary,” he said. “There was once or twice where I was talking with a colleague where we actually thought it was coming in a little hot near Brooklyn, where we’re not used to seeing it. Then the next thing we knew, you feel the jolt and then everybody goes flying.”
None of the injuries was believed to be life-threatening, but several people could be seen being taken from the ferry on stretchers. It was believed they were being taken to New York Downtown Hospital for treatment. Dozens of passengers, as many as 60, were being evaluated on the dock in a makeshift triage area and on the ferry.
“Once you basically pass the Statue of Liberty, you pretty much know that you’re going to be there soon, so a lot of people start standing up, milling around, getting their coats and everything like that,” Avore said. “Anybody who was standing went to the ground.”
Most of the injuries were on the upper level, where the people were standing while waiting to disembark. The man who suffered the head injury apparently fell down the stairs, possibly cracking the window.
The ferry was the 8 a.m. from the Conner’s Pier in Highlands, New Jersey, to the Wall Street area. It was scheduled to arrive at Pier 11 at 8:45 a.m.
LINK: PHOTOS FROM THE SCENE

Holy wow. We’ll be keeping an eye on this one, guys.

bobbycaputo:

A commuter ferry had a hard landing when it pulled into a Lower Manhattan pier, injuring at least 53 people Wednesday morning.

The Seastreak ferry hit the dock pulling into Pier 11 of the South Street Seaport just before 9 a.m., opening a large gash on the starboard side of the bow.

At least 53 people were being treated, including one person with a head injury. Seven of the injuries were considered serious, and 25 victims are listed in stable condition. Officials say 21 suffered minor injuries.

Passenger Chris Avore estimates that there were hundreds of passengers on board at the time. The ferry carries as many as 400.

“Nothing seemed like it was going to be out of the ordinary,” he said. “There was once or twice where I was talking with a colleague where we actually thought it was coming in a little hot near Brooklyn, where we’re not used to seeing it. Then the next thing we knew, you feel the jolt and then everybody goes flying.”

None of the injuries was believed to be life-threatening, but several people could be seen being taken from the ferry on stretchers. It was believed they were being taken to New York Downtown Hospital for treatment. Dozens of passengers, as many as 60, were being evaluated on the dock in a makeshift triage area and on the ferry.

“Once you basically pass the Statue of Liberty, you pretty much know that you’re going to be there soon, so a lot of people start standing up, milling around, getting their coats and everything like that,” Avore said. “Anybody who was standing went to the ground.”

Most of the injuries were on the upper level, where the people were standing while waiting to disembark. The man who suffered the head injury apparently fell down the stairs, possibly cracking the window.

The ferry was the 8 a.m. from the Conner’s Pier in Highlands, New Jersey, to the Wall Street area. It was scheduled to arrive at Pier 11 at 8:45 a.m.

LINKPHOTOS FROM THE SCENE

Holy wow. We’ll be keeping an eye on this one, guys.

10:20 // 1 year ago
January 5, 2013
12:18 // 1 year ago
January 3, 2013
digg:

A Connecticut newspaper ran an ad for a gun show next to a story about Sandy Hook today.

As a former newspaper guy, let me emphasize that in situations like these, you can generally check the ad stacks and change things to avoid situations like this.

digg:

A Connecticut newspaper ran an ad for a gun show next to a story about Sandy Hook today.

As a former newspaper guy, let me emphasize that in situations like these, you can generally check the ad stacks and change things to avoid situations like this.

12:45 // 1 year ago