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December 14, 2013
Newtown is not looking for us to look away. They’re asking us not to stare at the wound.
Buzzfeed’s Mike Hayes, in his piece on the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Hayes is from Newtown, and wrote another piece about the shooting a year ago. Both are powerful and worth your time.
11:06 // 4 months ago
November 24, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: November 24, 2013

On Monday, a prosecutor is expected to release a new report detailing the Sandy Hook shooting, but officials have decided to withhold the bulk of the information from the report from the public, at least for now.

For the first time in 35 years, this guy—a U.S. citizen who was taken to Mexico by his dad when he was two—got to see his mom, after a dramatic turn of events near the U.S. border.

The Vatican apparently has the bones of St. Peter, and they showed them off to the world on Sunday.

A new study says that 11 percent of children now have ADHD.

"Catching Fire" lived up to its name.

19:42 // 5 months ago
January 16, 2013
Today, President Obama announced sweeping set of policies, including 23 executive orders, aimed at reducing gun violence. The unveiling was the result of the Joe Biden-led task force Obama formed last month in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings, and proposed policies include an assault weapons ban, universal background checks, and improved access to mental health care. The Washington Post calls it “the most expansive gun-control policies in a generation,” and the fact that the president issued no less than 23 executive orders suggests that he wants to avoid congress as much as possible with this (which, given his first term, is understandable). Here’s the flashy White House document outlining the proposals, here’s a list of the executive orders (one of which, somewhat amusingly, is “Nominate an ATF director”), and here’s audio of the event (courtesy of Matt Keys). Photo credit: AP source

Today, President Obama announced sweeping set of policies, including 23 executive orders, aimed at reducing gun violence. The unveiling was the result of the Joe Biden-led task force Obama formed last month in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings, and proposed policies include an assault weapons ban, universal background checks, and improved access to mental health care. The Washington Post calls it “the most expansive gun-control policies in a generation,” and the fact that the president issued no less than 23 executive orders suggests that he wants to avoid congress as much as possible with this (which, given his first term, is understandable). Here’s the flashy White House document outlining the proposals, here’s a list of the executive orders (one of which, somewhat amusingly, is “Nominate an ATF director”), and here’s audio of the event (courtesy of Matt Keys). Photo credit: AP source

13:21 // 1 year ago
January 14, 2013
Connecticut school may get named after Sandy Hook victim: Victoria Soto, a 27-year-old teacher who died while shielding her students from a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary, is likely to be honored by nearby Stratford, Connecticut. The town’s mayor, John Harkins, has recommended naming the town’s new school after Soto, who lived in Stratford and graduated from Stratford High School. The town will vote on the proposal tonight.

Connecticut school may get named after Sandy Hook victim: Victoria Soto, a 27-year-old teacher who died while shielding her students from a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary, is likely to be honored by nearby Stratford, Connecticut. The town’s mayor, John Harkins, has recommended naming the town’s new school after Soto, who lived in Stratford and graduated from Stratford High School. The town will vote on the proposal tonight.

8:37 // 1 year ago
January 3, 2013
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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.

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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
January 1, 2013
13:10 // 1 year ago
December 30, 2012

Three key things Obama said during his “Meet the Press” appearance

  • fiscal cliff “[Republicans] say that their biggest priority is making sure we deal with the deficit in a serious way, but the way they’re behaving is that their only priority is making sure that tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans are protected. That seems to be their only overriding, unifying theme.”
  • sandy hook “That was the worst day of my presidency and it’s not something that I want to see repeated. … All of us have to do some soul-searching, including me as president, that we allow a situation in which 20 precious small children are getting gunned down in their classroom. This is not something that I will be putting off.”
  • second term “One of the nice things about never having another election and never having to campaign again is, I think you can rest assured, that all I care about is making sure that I leave behind an America that is stronger, more prosperous, more stable, more secure, than it was when I came into office. That will continue to drive me.” source
15:05 // 1 year ago
December 29, 2012

Sandy Hook opportunists: Meet the two worst people ever

  • awful Jonathan Lee Riches, a convicted felon infamous for filing thousands of frivolous lawsuits in an effort to screw with the legal system, was arrested recently after violating his parole. Riches went out of state and pretended to be the brother of Adam Lanza, even showing up in a photo run by the New York Daily News grieving in front of a memorial. Wow. Classy.
  • awfuler On an equally messed-up scale, the FBI arrested a New York woman named Nouel Alba on Thursday on the suspicion that she pretended to be the aunt of a Sandy Hook victim,  and used her made-up status to solicit “federal funds.” The actual uncle of Noah Pozner, Alexis Haller, had this to say: “I’m disgusted by it. I think it’s disgusting behavior.” Agreed.
14:16 // 1 year ago
December 23, 2012
Earlier today, the New York Post put up a story discussing Ryan Lanza’s Facebook page and statements that he allegedly made to the newspaper, the first made since his brother committed the Newtown shooting (something he was initially falsely accused of). Funny story about that: They got duped and ran with a story based on a fake page with the username “Official.RyanLanza01”, because clearly the New York Post can’t figure out that a Facebook page was created this week. (Apparently the statements were made through Facebook chat, on top of that.) Good work dragging this kid’s name through the mud all over again.

Earlier today, the New York Post put up a story discussing Ryan Lanza’s Facebook page and statements that he allegedly made to the newspaper, the first made since his brother committed the Newtown shooting (something he was initially falsely accused of). Funny story about that: They got duped and ran with a story based on a fake page with the username “Official.RyanLanza01”, because clearly the New York Post can’t figure out that a Facebook page was created this week. (Apparently the statements were made through Facebook chat, on top of that.) Good work dragging this kid’s name through the mud all over again.

20:25 // 1 year ago
December 21, 2012
And here’s another dirty little truth that the media try their best to conceal. There exists in this country, sadly, a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells and stows violence against its own people. Through vicious, violent video games with names like ‘Bullet Storm,’ ‘Grand Theft Auto,’ ‘Mortal Kombat’ and ‘Splatterhouse.’
National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre • Taking a swipe at a number of video games during his speech on Friday—where he also suggested that the solution to school shootings was having armed policemen at each school. Mind you, two of these games, Splatterhouse and Mortal Kombat, have each been around in various forms for two decades or longer, though both have had relatively recent entries. Anyway, can we call them the National Retro Association? It’s like they traveled back in time and pulled these lines out of the mouths of analysts in the wake of Columbine.
18:57 // 1 year ago