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04/19/2007


Obama, Gabby Giffords Speak Out After Shameful Senate Inaction on Gun Control Legislation: VIDEO

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Didn't get a chance to post this yesterday, but here's Obama's address in the Rose Garden after the shameful failure to pass gun control measures in the Senate.

Also, read Gabby Giffords powerful, angry piece in the NYT:

Some of the senators who voted against the background-check amendments have met with grieving parents whose children were murdered at Sandy Hook, in Newtown. Some of the senators who voted no have also looked into my eyes as I talked about my experience being shot in the head at point-blank range in suburban Tucson two years ago, and expressed sympathy for the 18 other people shot besides me, 6 of whom died. These senators have heard from their constituents — who polls show overwhelmingly favored expanding background checks. And still these senators decided to do nothing. Shame on them.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Rep. Louie Gohmert Opposes Gun Control Because Gay Marriage Leads to Polygamy, Sex with Animals

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), perhaps the House's loudest, nuttiest bigot, isn't letting that title get away from him.

GohmertHere's what he said when asked about his opposition to gun control legislation, Right Wing Watch reports:

In fact, I had this discussion with some wonderful, caring Democrats earlier this week on the issue of, well, they said "surely you could agree to limit the number of rounds in a magazine, couldn't you? How would that be problematic?"

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And I pointed out, well, once you make it ten, then why would you draw the line at ten? What's wrong with nine? Or eleven? And the problem is once you draw that limit ; it's kind of like marriage when you say it's not a man and a woman any more, then why not have three men and one woman, or four women and one man, or why not somebody has a love for an animal?

There is no clear place to draw the line once you eliminate the traditional marriage and it's the same once you start putting limits on what guns can be used, then it's just really easy to have laws that make them all illegal.

Earlier in the discussion, Gohmert called on Christians to take a more active role in politics ... because otherwise their churches are going to be forced to hire cross-dressing Satan-worshipers.

Right Wing Watch has the audio if you're interested in listening.


Sarah Palin And Wayne LaPierre's CPAC One-Liners: VIDEO

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Here, (largely) without comment, are remarks from two different though ideologically related people, Wayne LaPierre, the leader of the NRA who wants armed guards in America's schools, and Sarah Palin, the failed vice-presidential candidate and former Fox News lackey who likes shooting unarmed wolves from helicopters. The remarks were made one day apart at CPAC, the conservative conference wrapping up its final sessions this afternoon.

First, LaPierre's one-liner from his appearance yesterday: "The one thing a violent rapist deserves to face is a good woman with a gun." Counter violence with more violence, he says.

And from Palin, a bawdy, tacky comment about her and her husband, "He's got the rifle, I've got the rack." She then sucked on a Big Gulp because "Bloomberg isn't around."

Watch video of Palin's "rack" comment and footage of LaPierre's entire speech AFTER THE JUMP.

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1316

SHARK ATTACK: Man killed by Great White in New Zealand.

OREO COOKIE SEPARATOR: For those who just want the cookie and not the creme.

MILWAUKEE POLICE CHIEF: Embarrasses Lindsey Graham at gun hearing.

TEARJERKING ASSIST: Get out your Kleenex.

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News: Robbie Rogers, Nate Silver, Meteor, Joan Rivers

1NewsIcon Nate Silver and Politico reporter Ken Vogel got into a Twitter war over the use of "clarification" versus "correction."

Robbie1NewsIcon The New York Times found wide support for recently out soccer player Robbie Rogers: "Rogers was similarly embraced throughout the soccer community. Numerous players took to social media to support him, including Eddie Pope, a former United States defender, who wrote on Twitter, 'Brave men like you will make it so that one day there is no need for an announcement.' Benny Feilhaber, who played with Rogers on the 2008 United States Olympic team, wrote to Rogers on Twitter that he was 'proud to call you my friend.'"

1NewsIcon "Are gay-centered churches relevant anymore?"

1NewsIcon Tyler, The Creator and Frank Ocean team up for "Brimmer."

1NewsIcon Andrew Keegan and his face are all over the place.

1NewsIcon Richard Socarides on why the Justice Department will likely take a strong stand for marriage equality before the Supreme Court starts hearing cases: "If it doesn't, the Court will wonder why [President Obama] is reluctant to back up his policy ideas with legal arguments to match. It will likely send a message that the President questions whether the country is ready for gay marriage, and send a signal that a more cautious approach by the Court is acceptable to the White House."

MeteorR1NewsIcon The post-meteor clean-up begins in Russia: "Gov. Mikhail Yurevich on Saturday said that damage from the high-altitude explosion -believed to have been as powerful as 20 Hiroshima bombs — is estimated at 1 billion rubles ($33 million). He promised to have all the broken windows replaced within a week. But that is a long wait in a frigid region. The midday temperature in Chelyabinsk was 10 F..."

1NewsIcon Joan Rivers tells Jimmy Fallon that Abraham Lincoln was gay.

1NewsIcon Four gay men stranded with 4,000 others on the Carnival cruise adrift in the Gulf of Mexico have made it back home to Dallas.

1NewsIcon Blue Ivy looks a lot like mother Beyonce.

1NewsIcon Anti-gay Boy Scout protesters sure know how to exploit children.

1NewsIcon I literally gasped: Texas and Maine lawmakers want to include gun training in high school curricula.

1NewsIcon Meanwhile, in Washington State, authorities say two-fifth grade kids brought a knife and a gun to school to kill one of their classmates.

1NewsIcon Remember Pepsi AM?

1NewsIcon Hoping to counter Indiana school teacher Diana Medley's anti-gay hate, a coalition of parents, students and activists are telling LGBT teens "You Have a Purpose."

1NewsIcon Sarah Michelle Gellar, a gay favorite since her Buffy days, will co-star alongside Robin Williams on a new CBS sitcom.

Dogfriends11NewsIcon Dogs can distinguish their species from other critters. "For the study, a team of French researchers put nine pet dogs in front of two side-by-side computer screens that showed images of faces. In each pair of pictures, one showed a dog's face (various breeds and cross-breeds were featured) and the other showed non-dog animals, including cows, horses, cats, birds and humans... Over the course of dozens of trials, the dogs showed a preference for the dog faces, and they seemed to lump all dogs into the same category, regardless of whether they were looking at a Chihuahua or a mastiff, the researchers said."

1NewsIcon From The Guardian: "The number of gay and bisexual men contracting HIV rose over the past 20 years because of an increase in numbers having unprotected sex, researchers have found. The number of UK men who have sex with men and having intercourse without a condom rose by 26% between 1990 and 2010, the study by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) and University College London showed."


Ted Nugent, Who Threatened Obama at the NRA Convention Last Year, to Attend 'State of the Union' Address

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Congressman Steve Stockman has given one of his gallery tickets for the State of the Union address to rocker Ted Nugent, a staunch gun rights activist whose remarks at the NRA convention last year — "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year" — prompted a Secret Service investigation.

Said Stockman: "I am excited to have a patriot like Ted Nugent joining me in the House Chamber to hear from President Obama. After the address I'm sure Ted will have plenty to say."

Nugent tweeted on Monday afternoon: "well well well, there will be a freedom addicted all American uppity Motown guitarplayer facing the POTUS at the SOTU addresss tomoro-lovely"


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