I have yet to hear it explained more succinctly.
“Fiscally conservative but socially liberal” is a hip, trendy way of saying “I still think poor kids are being too grabby with this whole ‘wanting food’ thing, but I also like weed.”
Our country suffers from an epidemic that’s uniquely horrible in the developed world. Gun violence is twenty times worse in the United States than in any other developed country. Worst of all, it inflicts damage on our children in the place where they should feel safest — at school.
Shootings take place at schools almost every week in this country. In fact, Everytown for Gun Safety has documented every time a gun was shot on school grounds since the Sandy Hook tragedy. They’ve found that in the 77 weeks since that day, there have been 74 school shootings. These 74 shootings reflect an even more disturbing statistic — eight children and teens die from gun violence every day.
But it’s more than just a statistic. It’s eight families who will never see their most precious gift ever again.
My son Blair was an honors student. He was the most important thing in my life. And in 2007 a gang member killed him — and injured four others — on his way home from school on a public bus with many of his classmates. Blair died trying to save another girl’s life. He was just another innocent bystander whose life was cut short because a gun was in the wrong hands.
But to CNN and other media outlets, murders like my son’s don’t count. You see, they looked at the list of 74 school shootings and picked and chose the 15 they thought were worthy of mentioning. Their reasoning? Because our innocent sons and daughters are killed by gang members, they don’t deserve a spot on the list.
According to their own count of school shootings, the ones with “personal arguments, accidents and alleged gang activities and drug deals” don’t merit mention.
Whenever a gun is fired at school, parents are rightfully terrified. Students are rightfully terrified. Try explaining to a shocked and devastated community that the school shooting it’s mourning is disqualified because the gun was fired as the result of a “personal argument.”
I suppose if your innocent son is shot by a gang member, it doesn’t make the cut. Or if he was shot in an “accidental” shooting (how it’s an accident that a gun wound up on school grounds to begin with is beyond me). Or if he pulled a gun out in a classroom and shot himself. Or if he got into a “personal argument” and was shot down in the type of mild playground fight that happens every day in schools, but turned deadly in that instance because a gun was present.
Maybe I should be giving CNN credit because they’ve managed to do something Washington politicians could not. They’ve reduced the number of school shootings across the country. But their insistence that 59 school shootings — which have killed 25 people and injured 40 others — don’t matter isn’t much consolation to parents like me.
Maybe I’m being selfish to think that my son’s murder isn’t discredited by the fact that he was shot by a gang member. Or any of the other horrible episodes of gun violence that gangs perpetrate all over the country. Let’s discuss solutions for keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people — gang members, criminals, the seriously mentally ill — but we can’t address the violence if we don’t even acknowledge these shootings exist.
The fact is, 33 lives are cut short by homicide by gun every day (and some 50 more by suicide), and each of those cases deserves our attention. The families of victims deserve our sympathy, not our scrutiny. And they also deserve some basic reforms, like closing the loophole that allows criminals to go online and buy a gun without a background check.
There is no single solution that will stop every instance of gun violence. But there are simple measures that are proven to save lives and enjoy the support of 90 percent of Americans. CNN can do its part to make a safer America by holding the politicians who reject these measures accountable, and not by sweeping gang violence, suicides, and “personal arguments” that turn deadly under the rug.
A poignant letter from Annette Holt, a Chicago Fire Department Battalion Chief and mother of Blair, who was killed in 2007 from gun violence.
I can’t imagine losing a child. I don’t even want to think about it. It’s a parent’s worst nightmare. I’m grateful to Annette Holt for telling her story and challenging the media. I hope more parents speak out. More than that, I hope laws change until reasons to write such letters and tell such stories - will no longer exist.
Ronald Reagan, 17 June 1966
Oh, but tell us again what a wonderful human being that fucking piece of shit republican was.
Oliver North has a career in right wing media because no one at FOX can remember North selling military weapons to Iran. The country that FOX routinely calls to be invaded, was armed by their own pundit.
And that is how GOP fiction, criminal activity, enabling your enemies through your own policies, and hypocrisy are the main ingredients for creating a bizarro universe for conservatives to invent their false narratives.
So can we talk about the fact that being unemployed and thus able to access Neighborhood Health (state-mandated healthcare access, thanks Obamacare) means that -I have the best…
So, for [news networks], we present a comprehensive reusable one-size-fits-all mass shooting coverage go kit to get everybody back to apathy as quickly as possible.
In 2010, there were 8 school shootings in the US.
In 2011, there were 10.
In 2012, there were 14.
In 2013? 28.
If that doesn’t horrify you, then I don’t know what would.
I’ve said this before and I’ll point it out again -
Menstruation is caused by change in hormonal levels to stop the creation of a uterine lining and encourage the body to flush the lining out. The body does this by lowering estrogen levels and raising testosterone.
Or, to put it more plainly “That time of the month” is when female hormones most closely resemble male hormones. So if (cis) women aren’t suited to office at “That time of the month” then (cis) men are NEVER suited to office.
If you are a dude and don’t dig the ladies around you at their time of the month, just think! That is you all of the time.
And, on a final note, post-menopausal (cis) women are the most hormonally stable of all human demographics. They have fewer hormonal fluctuations of anyone, meaning older women like Hilary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren would theoretically be among the least likely candidates to make an irrational decision due to hormonal fluctuations, and if we were basing our leadership decisions on hormone levels, then only women over fifty should ever be allowed to hold office.
Reblogging hard for that last comment.
I WANTED TO SAY THIS BUT THEN SOMEONE ELSE DID and I’m damn proud.
this is the greatest thing for many reasons
if hillary doesn’t get the democratic party nomination in 2016, i’m writing her in. i’m tired of voting for the candidate i dislike less. (and i live in a blue state, so it’s not like my vote is super-important :P )
I have seen a lot of ridiculous, offensive, and hypocritical anti-abortion propaganda in my time, but I do believe that this one takes the metaphorical cake. I am not entirely sure where to begin, but I will attempt to explain all of the things that are wrong here. Time for a history lesson.
First off, anyone who openly questioned the Nazis during World War II was killed. Period. If you were a German citizen at that time, you did not talk about your political opinions to anybody, because anybody could be an informant. I will make an attempt to further emphasize this point by adding in a personal story. My father once attended a church service where whoever was preaching decided to go off on a tangent about how German citizens should have done the good, Christian thing and spoken out against Hitler. A man in the congregation stood up, laughed, and told the priest that “with all due respect, if they had done that, they would be dead”. This man actually wrote a book, which I have read, entitled Hitler’s Willing Warrior. It is a more or less autobiographical account of this man’s experience as a young man in Germany who expressed his political opinions and was imprisoned and tortured as a result. I would highly recommend it to anyone who takes this graphic seriously.
Secondly, a good number of the Nazis who were committing the atrocities of the Holocaust were Christians. Therefore, if anyone had actually been stupid enough to try to use signs to protest the Nazis, it wouldn’t have been Christians, because they often were the Nazis. And, again, those probably-not-Christians would have been brutally tortured and/or killed.
Now, I will address the point where this graphic completely lost all possible credibility. This may come as a shock to anyone who never took high school history, but the majority of German citizens did not know much (if anything at all) about what exactly was going on in concentration camps until after the Allies showed up and started releasing information. The images like the one that this offensive statement is so tastelessly plastered over were not available to be made into signs for people with death wishes until it was too late for millions Jews, other minorities, and prisoners of war.
The use of this image really sickens me, as it highlights exactly why abortion and the Holocaust have absolutely nothing to do with each other, by exploiting the images of innocent people, most or all of whom probably died miserable deaths. These are living, sentient people. They are starving. They are probably cold. They are in pain. They do not look very happy. They can feel every single horrible thing that happens to them. They can see the people around them dying or being killed. They can physically dig their own graves (which many of them did have to do), and they can feel the dread of knowing what’s coming.
A fetus, on the other hand, feels nothing, sees nothing, thinks nothing, and is probably pretty well-fed, since it is taking nutrients from the body of a woman who may or may not want it there. Millions of people died in the Holocaust; people who had friends, families, lives, jobs, and futures before the Nazis (who, again, were often Christians as well) decided that they did not deserve those things. These people suffered, and felt every bit of the pain. They experienced horrible things that the person who made this graphic can not begin to imagine. I probably cannot begin to imagine many of them. And someone still had the nerve to compare this widespread, almost unimaginable suffering to a medical procedure that terminates a non-sentient, not-yet-developed fetus.
After taking a moment to compose myself after nearly being crushed under the weight of the ignorance and hate that this image represents, I will circle back to my first point. Given all the things I have pointed out, and the fact that this graphic claims the people on the ‘right side of history’ (meaning those who believe in the misguided pro-‘life’ movement) should have held up signs protesting the Holocaust, then I can only conclude that the message here is that all pro-‘lifers’ should be captured, tortured, and murdered, because that is exactly what would have happened if they had tried to do what they think is ‘right’.
All the creator of this graphic has done is single-handedly proven what is wrong with the pro-‘life’ movement. Nothing is sacred to them. They will twist every tragedy, every death, every historical disaster, and every situation to try to force their views on others. They care nothing for the victims of these tragedies, just like they care nothing for the women who are incubating their precious fetuses. It sickens me to think how many people there are in the world who might not see anything wrong with this image.
Regardless of how you feel about abortion, if you have a single ounce of empathy for others or a single regard for the mass suffering of the Jews during the Holocaust, this image should make you feel sick. You should feel physically unclean after viewing it and pondering its implications. If you truly do not see anything wrong with this graphic, I fear that humanity has lost its way.
"Boy, these conservatives are really something, aren’t they? They’re all in favor of the unborn. They will do anything for the unborn. But once you’re born, you’re on your own. Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to nine months. After that, they don’t want to know about you. They don’t want to hear from you. No nothing. No neonatal care, no day care, no head start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you’re preborn, you’re fine; if you’re preschool, you’re fucked." ~ George Carlin
THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS^^^
Above is an excerpt from ‘Personhood’ by Lauren Zuniga, which can be viewed here.
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