Tuesday Late Morning Reads

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Good Morning Everyone!!

I know it was “just words,” but I still have a good feeling the day after President Obama’s second inauguration. We already discussed to Obama’s surprisingly liberal-sounding speech yesterday. I’ll have more reactions for you today, but first let’s talk about what Michelle Obama wore last night. It was Jason Wu and Jimmy Choo!

By the time the president took the stage at the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball to greet the audience and to introduce the first lady—“I have a date”—the Twitterverse was hyperventilating over which designer she would choose. (According to CNN, the first lady had narrowed it down to two designers from a pool of 15.)

But when she emerged in a beautiful red draped dress by Jason Wu, she still managed to shock. Wu is the designer she catapulted to fame in 2009, when she wore a one-shouldered dress of his design to the first inaugural balls. Immediately after that, Wu, who emigrated from Taiwan at age 9, was on the map. So wouldn’t it have been nice for the first lady to pay it forward—and to select another, lesser-known American designer to wear on the big night?

Even the first lady’s wardrobe is controversial for some people.

But according to David Yermack, professor of finance at the Stern School of Business at New York University and the author of the 2010 Harvard Business Review study on The Michelle Obama Effect, the first lady doesn’t owe it to anyone to change designers. “She has a big impact [on sales],” he says, “but I don’t think anybody’s entitled to it. If she picks the best designer and it’s the same person twice in a row, more power to that person.”

And after Monday night, Wu is that person. Still, the designer says he’s changed since the 2009 inauguration. “I’ve just refined my skills and grown my business,” he told The Daily Beast earlier this month, noting that the Jason Wu woman in the last four years has become “a little sexier, a little more provocative, and a lot more womanly.” That was certainly evident in Obama’s fire-engine red dress.

Now some reactions to the Inaugural Address. Yesterday, James Fallows posted his preliminary reaction, calling Obama’s speech “startling.”

This was the most sustainedly “progressive” statement Barack Obama has made in his decade on the national stage.

I was expecting an anodyne tone-poem about healing national wounds, surmounting partisanship, and so on. As has often been the case, Obama confounded expectations — mine, at least. Four years ago, when people were expecting a barn-burner, the newly inaugurated president Obama gave a deliberately downbeat, sober-toned presentation about the long challenges ahead. Now — well, it’s almost as if he has won re-election and knows he will never have to run again and hears the clock ticking on his last chance to use the power of the presidency on the causes he cares about. If anyone were wondering whether Obama wanted to lower expectations for his second term … no, he apparently does not.

Of course Obama established the second half of the speech, about voting rights and climate change and “not a nation of takers” and “Seneca Falls to Selma to Stonewall” [!] etc, with careful allusions through the first half of the speech to to our founding faiths — and why doing things “together,” the dominant word of the speech, has always been the American way.

Later last night, Fallows offered a more detailed analysis: The Two Most Powerful Allusions in Obama’s Speech Today. The first allusion that impressed Fallows was “the lash and the sword.” The relevant quotes with Fallows’ comments:

Today we continue a never-ending journey to bridge the meaning of [our founding] words with the realities of our time. [Note: this preceding sentence is the one-sentence summary of the speech as a whole.] For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they’ve never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth. The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob. They gave to us a republic, a government of, and by, and for the people, entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed.

And for more than two hundred years, we have.

Through blood drawn by lash and blood drawn by sword, we learned that no union founded on the principles of liberty and equality could survive half-slave and half-free. We made ourselves anew, and vowed to move forward together….

Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”

Fallows notes that these passages refer to Abraham Lincoln’s second Inaugural Address in 1865 and Lincoln’s “House Divided” speech from the campaign of 1858.

The second allusion that impressed Fallows was the one that strongly affected many Sky Dancers: Seneca Falls, Selma, and Stonewall.

We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths — that all of us are created equal — is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.

Read more analysis from Fallows at the above link. More reads below the fold.

At The Daily Beast, John Avlon called the speech “a Progressive Manifesto.”

The president used his second inaugural address to try to demolish the false dichotomies that have defined the overheated political debates of the past four years, implicitly making the case that his Democratic Party’s agenda is squarely in the mainstream of American history—expanding individual freedom through collective action.

It was an audaciously political speech, a statement of personal and partisan principle, rather than the expected broad bipartisan outreach. From the outset, the president took aim at conservatives’ claim to represent the idea of American exceptionalism, arguing instead that it is achieved by the constant struggle to expand equal opportunity.

This is a decidedly Lincoln-ian reading of Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence, rooted in reality: “For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they have never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth.”

As evidence, President Obama charted the many times throughout our history when citizen movements were ultimately successful because of government action, making his second inaugural address double as a progressive manifesto.

At Inside Higher Ed, a number of professors (“experts in rhetoric, political communication or inaugural history”) graded Obama’s second Inaugural. The highest grade was an A- and the lowest a C+. That tends to be about the range of grades in today’s “grade inflation” academic world.

Of course there was plenty of GOP whining about the “tone” of the president’s speech.

The Hill: Republicans: Obama should have reached out more in address.

“I would have liked to have seen some outreach,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who lost to Obama in the 2008 presidential race. “This is the eighth [inauguration] that I’ve been to and always there’s been a portion of the speech where [the president says], ‘I reach out my hand because we need to work together.’ That wasn’t in this speech.”

Too bad, Senator McNasty. You had your chance and you lost. And then you lost again with Mitt Shady. You don’t get to dictate the terms of the debate even if they think so on the Sunday shows. Read more GOP boo-hoo-ing at the link.

The best articulation of GOP sadness came from Politico of course: Republicans: Fighting words from Obama in inaugural speech.

Republicans really didn’t like the liberal policy agenda that Obama outlined, including just about every progressive priority and only some of their own, including hugely controversial topics like gay rights, income inequality, climate change, gun control and immigration.

In fact, Republicans complained that the 18-minute speech sounded much more like a sharply edged partisan campaign speech meant to set up a fight than an inaugural address intended to inspire togetherness and unity with soaring rhetoric.

“The words were code for a progressive agenda. I’m hoping that the president will recognize that compromise should have been the words for today, and they clearly weren’t,” said Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), a frequent Obama critic who has zealously pursued a contempt case against Attorney General Eric Holder.

“We were hoping that he would use this day to reach out to all Americans and all parties. He clearly did not.”

Whatever you do, don’t miss this classic of Politico beltway bullsh&t. It’s a laugh riot.

In other news, what the heck is going on a Notre Dame anyway? Deadspin, which broke the Manti Te’o story had another strange one yesterday: Football Recruit Who Said His Notre Dame Visit “Went Great” Never Actually Visited Campus.

Georgia high school running back Stanley Williams committed to UGA two summers ago, but he may be having second thoughts. As his star has risen, he’s received interest from a number of big-time programs, including, he says, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Oregon, and Notre Dame. The junior is planning to weigh all his options, and that includes making plenty of campus visits this offseason.

Williams was scheduled to travel to Notre Dame this past weekend, and take in Saturday night’s ND-Rutgers basketball game. Yesterday, he told Blue and Gold Illustrated all about his trip.

“The visit went great,” Williams said. “It was great to experience something new and different, and we had a great time at the game. I had been looking forward to it for a while, and it was great to just get out there and see a new place. I plan on getting up there a couple more times in the future.”

One little problem. Williams never actually went to Notre Dame.

Deadspin has also collected and published all the tweets between Manti Te’o, his nonexistent dead girlfrind Lennay Kekua, and Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the alleged perpetrator of the girlfriend hoax: Lennay And Manti (And Ronaiah): A Love Story In Tweets.

On a more serious note, ESPN takes note of Notre Dame’s pattern of minimizing and covering up for rapes by members of their football team.

Could the GOP War Against Women be creating a backlash of support for abortion rights? A new poll suggests it’s possible. From the Wall Street Journal:

Seven in 10 Americans believe Roe v. Wade should stand, according to new data from a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, as the landmark Supreme Court abortion-rights ruling turns 40 on Tuesday.

That is the highest level of support for the decision, which established a woman’s right to an abortion, since polls began tracking it in 1989. The shift is mostly the result of more Democrats backing the decision—particularly Hispanics and African-Americans—and a slight uptick in support from Republicans.

But the poll showed a consistent tension in Americans’ attitudes toward the decision. Almost seven in 10 respondents say there are at least some circumstances in which they don’t support abortion.

Some 31% of respondents in the poll said abortion should always be legal, and 9% believed it should be illegal without any exceptions. Between those two opinions are the 23% who thought it should be legal most of the time, but with some exceptions, and the 35% who felt it should be illegal except in circumstances of rape, incest and to save a woman’s life.

The article highlights changes in the way activist on both sides are addressing the issue and points out that (as we all know) red states are making a great deal of progress in limiting abortion rights despite the public support.

A few more reads in link dump fashion:

Deadspin: Inauguration Day In Post-Racial America: George Stephanopoulos Thinks Bill Russell Looks Like Morgan Freeman

Politico: Obama: Medicare, Social Security changes only on my terms

LA Times: House GOP picks a curious fight with Senate Democrats

The Atlantic: How Forks Gave Us Overbites and Pots Saved the Toothless

Raw Story: Fox News host: British show ‘Downton Abbey’ is ‘a threat to the left’

Salon/Alternet: Is John Stewart Alienating His Fan Base? Speaking only for myself, I was over Stewart quite awhile ago because of his Villager-like false equivalency obsession.

The Daily Beast: When Martin Luther King and Richard Nixon Were Friends

On final long read from Alternet: The South’s Shocking Hidden History: Thousands of Blacks Forced Into Slavery Until WW2

So those are my recommendations for today. What about you? I look forward to clicking on your links!

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78 Comments on “Tuesday Late Morning Reads”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    Mitch McConnell is terrified! Says Obama Is In ‘Full Battle Mode’ To Grab Your Guns

    Eeeeek!

    • ANonOMouse says:

      That is McConnell’s pathetic ploy to raise cash and to hold off challengers from both parties. He can be beat and he knows it. Nothing like stoking the hate of the TP’ers to bring in the bucks for his potential battle against Ashley Judd.

      • Beata says:

        Has Ashley Judd really said she plans to run against McConnell? That is a race I would dearly love to see.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        She hasn’t declared, but she hasn’t said no either. I read a couple of days ago that she is still being encouraged to run and she is still considering the possiblity.

    • RalphB says:

      I love that. Keep the asshats scared. Republicans will raise money off any nutter issue.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        I hope Ashley Judd decides to challenge him. Of course if she does she’d better be prepared for the personal assaults because they’ll use the entire spectrum of her life challenges against her. I still think she’d beat McConnell hands down.

      • RalphB says:

        I hope she could beat him. And I hope they have a good candidate to run against Rand Paul later.

    • janicen says:

      Haven’t they hurt people enough with this stupidity? Not only is this call to arms dangerous on so many levels, but they are taking advantage of their own supporters by encouraging them to run out and waste their money on arsenals that they will never use. I know we shouldn’t feel sorry for the idiots but I do, I really do. What they are doing, solely for the purpose of enriching the already stinking rich arms merchants, is disgusting.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    For Red Sox Fans: Inside Terry Francona’s New Book. Remember the Manny meldowns?

    The book details the 2005 incident when Ramirez refused to play in Tampa Bay when the team was shorthanded. Francona made it clear he was annoyed when he spoke to the media and a controversy erupted. When John Henry told Francona he wanted him to make a public apology, Francona was prepared to quit.

    “John had a blind spot for Manny,” Francona says in the book. “Manny was the perfect player because of his numbers. But I was livid that day.”

    • Pat Johnson says:

      For us Red Sox fans I can’t wait to read this! I always liked Terry and came to believe that poor Bobby V never stood a chance with this organization.

      Some of these players proved themselves insufferable, especially those who had a role in the two World Series victories.

      Though bb and I are fixtures in the Red Sox Nation, Terry’s book will serve as a good read when it comes to management, ownership, and the diva attitudes of players who are overpaid and treated like heros when they are no such thing off the field.

  3. Pat Johnson says:

    I don’t think I am alone is saying that the Obama’s are truly a couple in love with one another. He reaches for her hand at every opportunity and she offers it back. They also appear to be a couple who genuinely “like each other” which is saying a lot after 20 years of marriage.

    But I will also say that this man has yet to kick his nicotine habit. You don’t keep chewing away at the Nicorette unless your system is still in a “craving state”. I know this to be true.

    My sensibilities are to take the meaning of his words and hope they can be turned into action. I was struck as were many when he stepped back from the passing out ceremony and faced the thousands of people who attended his swearing in and can only hope that their taking that time to honor him actually “sunk in”.

    These are the people who made it happen, who look to him to stand firm on their behalf. Enough with the “bipartisan” crapola that just ain’t going to happen with the opposition already lining up to strike down any proposals that would protect us and remember who we are.

    As for John McCain: time to get off the stage and take your little dog Lindsay with you. They offer little, say nothing, and are merely looking to remain relevant in a nation that seems ready to “proceed”.

  4. RalphB says:

    Great post BB. That Tiger Beat story is their typical crap, but it was funny this time :-)

  5. Pat Johnson says:

    Let me just offer my own “take” on John McCain.

    This is a man who really and truly wanted to be POTUS. Years in the Senate chairing important committees, a war hero held in captivity for 5 years, a man they called the “Maverick”, was poised to assume that role and was twice rejected.

    But his bitterness, I feel, is more about the constant reminder of his VP pick when he made Sarah Palin his running mate. A worse choice has never been offered since this woman was seen privately at first, then publically renowned, for the least prepared and intellectually unfit candidate to seek the office as a possible leader should his health fail.

    For 4 years she maintained a public presence via the media. Her shortcomings became more and more pronounced. Her lack of awareness was evident every time she opened her mouth. It also became a constant reminder of McCain’s own shallowness in choosing this woman in order to gain leverage with the disappointed Hillary voters.

    She refused to go away and each time his name became more and more deeply associated with this twit. Then came “Game Change” which highlighted even more the discomfort within his own staff that choosing her was perhaps the biggest blunder and brought his decision making into the public dialogue. The more she “hung around” with her stupid “analysis” the more jeers he earned in the meantime.

    His work now is to protect his own legacy and if that means sounding like a fool he is willing to bargain it all away trying to convince the public that his choice of Palin was not a mark against him.

    Each time a late night comedian singles out Palin for her sheer stupidity thoughts automatically raise the name of John McCain. He is unable to live with this without exploding so he uses any forum available to work against the common wisdom. If it means tarnishing everybody else in the process it appears to be his way to divert attention to the fact that forever he will be synonomous with Snowflake Snooki, Quiterelly, the Dimwit from Wasilla.

    Ouch! This is the legacy he is attempting to “water down” as he marches along, fully out of step with the rest.

    • RalphB says:

      Seems to me the selection of Palin showed the real McCain for what he’s always really been. The one on display since 2008 is the real one, the other was an invention to achieve the presidency. He’s just an insufferable, mean asshole.

      • Beata says:

        Well, the “McCain is crazy” rumors have been around for years. Perhaps there is something emotionally unbalanced about him. I don’t know. It is difficult to pass judgment on him in that regard, given his years as a POW. He really should retire before he totally destroys his legacy.

      • RalphB says:

        I don’t believe he is crazy, just very rash and hot tempered. He’s obviously prone to outbursts and, once made, doesn’t know how to climb down from them. For proof, just look at his panic in ’08 to stop campaigning and rush back to DC during the fiscal crisis. That was just out of control and if he had a chance to win that killed it.

  6. Beata says:

    Obama’s address yesterday was a huge statement. The most powerful speech he has ever given. He succeeded in making his obstructionist opposition look very small-minded in comparison. What petty little whiners they are.

    Now the job of governing the nation in his second term begins. Let us hope Obama continues along the progressive path he set forth in his inaugural address.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      Totally agree

    • janicen says:

      Very well said, Beata. Totally agree. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, but I so hope President Obama does not let up and keeps his foot on the throats of the Tea Party and the Republicans. It’s up to the rest of us to make sure we get another progressive in the WH in 2016 and 2020, because I think it’s going to take another two terms to repair the damage done by dubya.

  7. Beata says:

    At the risk of sounding like an airhead, I will say I thought Michelle Obama’s red gown was beautiful and I love her new hairdo. Very chic.

    Malia and Sasha looked lovely yesterday as well. It’s fun to watch them as they turn into young women.

    • janicen says:

      They all looked spectacular.

    • bostonboomer says:

      I loved the outfit as you can see by my choice of opening reads. I wish I could find a picture of her Jimmy Choo Shoes. From the tiny bit showing in the photo, they look red like the dress. I’ve always like the way Michelle dresses. Back in the day, I wrote a post about it at another blog. It wasn’t very well received, I’m sorry to say….

  8. RalphB says:

    Nate Hopper at Pierce’s blog. This is just adorable.

    The Female Secret Service Agent Watching Obama’s Back

  9. RalphB says:

    Nice chart at the link. Deficit scolds should like it. I look at it and think we should be spending more damn money.

    Matt Y: The Spending Surge That Never Happened

    If you believe that restraining government spending should supercharge private sector economic activity, then you ought to know that since 2010 we’ve been living through a nearly unprecedented level of public sector spending restraint. Counterfactuals are, of course, hard. Perhaps private sector growth would have been even weaker had public sector spending risen at a more normal level. But an unusually low level of spending growth isn’t a policy we might try in the future, it’s a policy that we’re trying right now and have been trying for the past few years

  10. Pat Johnson says:

    A little off the reservation but I am not impressed with this “National Day of Prayer” exercise that every poltician chooses to attend for the sake of “looking good”.

    Try talking to one another for a change rather than “pretending” to speak to a non existent entity and perhaps something useful will emerge.

    I probably speak for the minority but this stuff “gets into my craw” as they all stand around appealing to an unsen presence that is put on display to make them appear “humble”.

  11. Another shooting, this time at a Texas college….

  12. bostonboomer says:

    Another school shooting at Lone Star College near Houston.

    http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=8963781

    • Upsetting isn’t it?

    • RalphB says:

      These shootings are completely out of control. I’ve never heard of Lone Star College.

      The Lone Star College System has an enrollment of 90,000 students and six college campuses, according to its website.

    • janicen says:

      But I thought people in Texas could carry as many guns and as many types of guns as they wanted, wherever they wanted. That would solve all of the gun violence. How could this happen there? I’m sorry to be snarky but I am so weary of reading this stuff. It makes me want to charge over to my daughter’s campus, grab her and bring her home, and never let her leave the house. Oh I’m so sad.

      • RalphB says:

        Perry said that instead of passing laws regulating guns, we all just needed to pray about the problems. Guy is useless except as a mannequin for his hair.

      • Delphyne says:

        I don’t even know what to say anymore other than I’m sick of it. Kat, that link to that teenager who murdered his family is NM is horrifying.

      • bostonboomer says:

        They are trying to blame video games, but generally if a child that young kills his parents it’s a response to abuse. The father was supposedly a minister of some kind. We have no idea yet what was going on.

        The problem is GUNS!!!!!!

      • RalphB says:

        Yes the problem is guns and completely unfettered access to them by these murderers.

        Houston said that Griego had waited for his mother to fall asleep before gaining access to her unlocked bedroom closet to obtain an AR-15, a .22 rifle and two 12-gauge shotguns. Some of the weapons had been purchased by the father through private sales, the investigation found.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        Dear god, please come and get the guns from the nuts. Love, Little Ricky

      • Fannie says:

        Dear God please let Texas secede from the Union, since they have the highest republican districts, and the highest ownership of guns…………..let them go and let them take with them all congress people who do not believe that women should have reproductive rights. Let them take the NRA, the KKK, and Anti government people with them. Dear God strip them naked with no rights as citizens of this Country, then let a big tornado ripe them up and down, sideways too. Let the republicans truly stand together in Texas forever.

      • RalphB says:

        OMG Fannie, I love you 2. Give a guy a break huh?

      • Fannie says:

        Get out of their Ralph – smiling.

    • janicen says:

      Video games? Don’t they have the same video games in the UK?

      • ANonOMouse says:

        I agree janicen. I do think that video games desensitize kids to violence, but until a deranged person uses an Xbox a PS3 or a Nintendo to commit mass murder, I’m thinking the culprit is lax gun laws, assault weapons and easy access to what can now be offically classified as WMD.

    • janicen says:

      I wonder why home schooling isn’t blamed? The Newtown murderer and the New Mexico murderer were both home schooled. I think it makes more sense than to blame video games.

  13. dakinikat says:

    and yet another gem from the American Christoban

    On today’s “Faith and Freedom” radio broadcast, Matt Barber marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade by declaring that AIDS activists ought to be anti-choice because “there is probably a really good chance that whoever it was that was going to find the cure for AIDS … that that person has already been slaughtered in the womb”:

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/barber-if-abortion-were-illegal-aids-would-probably-be-cured-now

    • dakinikat says:

      Ted Nugent at Gun Show: “I’ve Got Some Buddies” Ready to Start a Revolution http://lgf.bz/11PkzBQ

      and a man that should be in either an asylum or jail …

      • ANonOMouse says:

        Ted Nugent is a loud-mouthed, chickenhawk, coward. The real Ted Nugent pooped in his own pants and spent a week in his own urine and poop just to get a Vietnam War deferment

        “In that 1990 interview with the Free Press and from information collected from the Chickenhawk Web site, Nugent told about how he avoided the draft: “He claims that 30 days before his Draft Board Physical, he stopped all forms of personal hygiene. The last 10 days he ingested nothing but junk food and Pepsi, and a week before his physical, he stopped using the bathroom altogether, virtually living inside his pants caked with excrement and urine. That spectacle won Nugent a deferment.”

        http://www.rutlandherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060528/NEWS/605280335/1017/FEATURES08

        Nugent is a loser windbag.

      • RalphB says:

        Nugent is example number one of the coward as gun nut. At this point, he really is pretty deranged and may be dangerous.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        Ralph……Nugent would wet his pants if anyone ever put him on the wrong end of gun. He only wants to shoot at things like Deer or Elk that can’t shoot back at him. He’s sort of like Dick Cheney a certified chickenhawk coward.

      • RalphB says:

        Mouse, I think I agree, in order for him to be a danger you would have to be harmless.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        “Mouse, I think I agree, in order for him to be a danger you would have to be harmless.”

        Exactly!!!

      • ANonOMouse says:

        Ralph…..I had a neighbor who thought it was his job to patrol the neighborhood on his camo-Gator. He would ridel up and down the street while packing a .45 on his hip and sporting some sort of AR in his Gator gun rack. One night he rode his Gator into my backyard, I spotted his headlights through my kitchen window so I went out to see what was happening. He informed me that his car and garage had been broken in to and that he was taking it upon himself to check out anything he thought looked suspicious in the neighborhood. It pissed me off that he didn’t knock on my door before riding his Gator into my yard and I told him that I had my own handgun and rifle and that he should NOT come onto my property at night because I might think he was an intruder and shoot him, ACCIDENTALLY!!! Shortly after that incident he quit patrolling the neighborhood altogether and a few months later he sold his house and moved. My partner thinks I scared him away :-)

    • ANonOMouse says:

      Barber is a homophobe and a woman hater. He needs to stick a sock in it.

    • RalphB says:

      Trinity Ross, 4, was shot on January 10 in her Kansas City home while her stepmother was babysitting three other children. All of the children were under six-years-old.

      The stepmother had left the room, heard a gun shot, and then found Trinity laying injured on the floor, according to police.

      The woman said one of the children found a loaded revolver in a jacket hanging a chair. The jacket was left by one of the children’s father.

      Raw Story (http://s.tt/1yO3C)

      Here’s another gun victim.

  14. RalphB says:

    This should earn him a nice nickname. To make it worse, he faces charges of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

    Trinidad and Tobago security guard accidentally shoots off his penis

    A security guard is hospitalized in the city of San Fernando in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago after accidentally discharging his weapon and shooting off his penis. According to the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian, the unnamed 33-year-old man was carrying a .38 caliber handgun in his pocket when it went off, striking him in the groin.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      Whoops!!!!

    • RalphB says:

      gawker: Arizona Man Accidentally Shoots His Penis Off

      A Phoenix man accidentally blew his dick off in a supermarket parking lot, after he tucked his girlfriend’s “pink pistol in the waistband of his pants.” According to a stone-faced police officer on the scene in this ABC15 report, the gun then accidentally discharged, sending a bullet directly through his penis and through his left leg.

      In a related matter, Arizona legislature has introduced a new bill that would make parking lot auto-castration mandatory for all males over the age of 18. It’s their God-given right!

    • RalphB says:

      From the Seattle Times…

      Man accidentally shoots himself in testicles

      A man accidentally shot himself in the testicles at Lowe’s Home Improvement store in Lynnwood Sunday afternoon, police said.

      The man’s handgun, which was in the waistband of his pants, went off at about 12:30 p.m. — an apparent “accidental discharge,” according to Shannon Sessions, a Lynnwood police spokeswoman.

      “It made a loud noise and scared a lot of people in the store,” Sessions said. “I believe he shot himself in the testicles and he also had some injuries to his leg and foot. He was obviously in shock.”

    • RalphB says:

      Can’t leave Florida out

      PORT ST. LUCIE, Florida — A teenager is recovering after police say he shot himself in the penis and testicle while cleaning a gun he just bought.

      It happened Thursday morning at a home on the 200 block of Verada Street in Port St. Lucie.

      Police say 18-year-old Michael Smeriglio first lied to police saying someone shot him while he was walking down the street. After being questioned by police he admitted to accidentally doing it himself.