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RoadCountry star Mindy McCready dead from suicide at 37.

RoadMississippi ratifies the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery.

LincolnRoadTIME magazine colorizes portraits of 12 American Presidents.

RoadNY Post: Alec Baldwin targeted reporter with racist slurs. Baldwin denies..."outrageous".

RoadRight-wing French lawmaker accused of assaulting gay activists: "Councillor Richard Jacob, an elected member of Marine Le-Pen’s far-right party, allegedly shouted homophobic abuse at three gay-rights activists before pushing them down the steps of the Town Hall, police sources told TF1 television. One of the victims was taken to hospital with a face wound, another injured his ankle whilst a third said he was kicked in the face during the fracas, which kicked off in the middle of a demonstration in favour of gay marriage on Saturday."

RoadAstronaut Chris Hadfield does a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) from the International Space Station.

RoadPolice find trove of violent video games in Newtown shooter Adam Lanza's home: "During a search of the Newtown home he shared with his mother, Nancy Lanza, who also died Dec. 10 at the hands of her son, authorities discovered what appeared to be dozens, if not hundreds, of graphically violent games, the Hartford Courant reported."

RoadAdele headed to Vegas?

SnailRoadSnail takes shelter under umbrella.

RoadRussian meteor sets off frenzy over space chunks: "One amateur space enthusiast estimated chunks could be worth anything up to $2,200 per gram - more than 40 times the current cost of gold..."The price is hard to say yet ... The fewer meteorites that are recovered, the higher their price," said Dmitry Kachkalin, a member of the Russian Society of Amateur Meteorite Lovers."

RoadDavid Mixner: Why Presidents Day is just wrong.

RoadMatthew Rettenmund interviews The Biggest Loser's first out contestant in 14 seasons, Jackson Carter. "I don't think my orientation has anything to do with my ability to finish a workout, so why hide it? I think if more people thought this way about sexual orientation, we'd all see a little more eye-to-eye on a lot of things."

RoadNude photos of Honey Boo Boo's Uncle Poodle for sale to highest bidder: "TMZ was offered the pics which show a naked man who appears to be Uncle Poodle ... in the shower. According to the seller -- a man who lives in Georgia -- Poodle sent them earlier this week on the gay social app Grindr."

RoadTumblr: Visualizing gay marriage.

MeltonRoadMale model fix: Charles Melton.

RoadLake County, Florida School Board to discuss rules for student clubs that would block a proposed 'gay-straight' student group from forming. "There is no doubt that the real reason the board is considering such a dramatic action is to prevent gay, lesbian and transgender students from having a voice — from recognizing their existence and dignity as students and members of the Lake schools community," Sievert wrote in an email.

RoadNew Zealand bar ejects gay couple for kissing.

RoadPeoria, Illinois Catholic high school revokes extra credit offer for attending "Defend Marriage" lobby day in Springfield: “As a school within the Catholic Diocese of Peoria part of our mission is to proclaim the Church’s teachings. These teachings are often at odds with our current culture but our obligation is to teach the faith. We do not coerce students to attend these events and they choose to do so freely. It has been communicated that extra credit will not be offered in association with attending this event.”

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  1. Somehow, I think the Murdoch employed reporter and photographer got precisely what they wanted by showing up at famously liberal, famously hot-headed, Alec Baldwin's apartment to ambush him with questions about a lawsuit.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Feb 18, 2013 2:32:20 PM

  2. Like almost everything else in the media in the US, the argument over violence in video games is a distraction.

    Many countries have at least the same levels of violent video game sales per capita as the US, and don't anywhere near the same level of gun violence.

    The difference?

    Limiting access to guns. Period.

    Statistically, it simply doesn't matter if violence in video games increases violent behavior. That's like worrying about not jogging enough while still smoking three packs a day.

    Posted by: Eric | Feb 18, 2013 2:46:57 PM

  3. it's not about the videogames - what *could* be relevant is the type of games, how young the player is when playing them, and how much time per day they spend playing them. In other words: "Where the heck are the parents in all of this?"

    but it is a distraction. anything to avoid being real and honest about enforcing stricter gun regulations.

    i'm always puzzled as to the specifics wanted by the complete f***ing idiots who've been yelling about "mental health!" for the last few months.

    what about "mental health"?

    you oppose universal healthcare, and regular and funded mental health screenings, and also oppose stronger thorough background checks on gun-buyers and THEIR FAMILIES, and then say "this should be about mental health, not gun control."

    uh...wha now? how? what specifically are you talking about? anything? i highly doubt it.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 18, 2013 2:55:47 PM

  4. It's not the main issue, but I doubt violent video games are *helping* in the matter of preventing actual violence.

    Posted by: reason | Feb 18, 2013 4:59:29 PM

  5. there's a lot to be said for generations of kids who are, let's be real, left completely *alone* with extremely violent videogames that children their age shouldn't be playing.

    numbing and desensitizing, to be sure. I remembr in the mid-90s when the "videogame violence" debate was first rearing its head (and before ratings-systems were in place for said games) a lot of my fellow young'uns would say things like "whatever, there's more violence on the news."

    well - that's a problem, right there. the inability to distinguish between actual real-life violence that caused real-life devastation being reported on the news, and a game in which violence is the raison d'etre and source of entertainment value.

    it's not just that "videogames are violent" - it's that a lot of parents are shirking responsibilities by not having important discussions with their CHILDREN about violence. about cause and effect. about how violence is portrayed.

    remember when PG meant "parental guidance" and that meant parents watched films with their children?

    my parents used to talk with my sister and i about "what we'd just watched". you know, so kids actually learn someting?

    we're seeing a lot of kids who grew up with a PS2 instead of an active-parent, or even a legit babysitter.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 18, 2013 5:17:51 PM

  6. At Lanza's home? I'm guessing they also found water, a bed, clothing, and of course, guns.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 18, 2013 5:23:16 PM

  7. The guns the games are all just...WRONG!
    How long do we need to debate this issue?
    How many more people need to die?

    Posted by: VDUFFORD | Feb 18, 2013 5:55:38 PM

  8. ... the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.


    The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. Pp. 2–53.
    (a) The Amendment’s prefatory clause announces a purpose, but does not limit or expand the scope of the second part, the operative clause. The operative clause’s text and history demonstrate that it connotes an individual right to keep and bear arms. Pp. 2–22.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Feb 18, 2013 8:24:09 PM

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