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"Occasional Mishaps"

Larry Pratt, a leading figure among hardline pro-gun activists, argues that tighter gun regulations are not the answer. In comments to the Times, Pratt called the hundreds of child gun deaths that occur each year "occasional mishaps":

"It's clearly a tragedy, but it's not something that's widespread," said Larry Pratt, a spokesman and former executive director of Gun Owners of America. "To base public policy on occasional mishaps would be a grave mistake."


"The Twilight Zone"

“What are your goals?” he (Trump) was once asked in a television interview when he was at the peak of his success. “Goals?” he repeated, apparently taken aback by this foreign concept, unable to imagine a sense of purpose grander than a scorecard. “You keep winning and you win and you win,” he said in the midst of the crisis, reflecting on his better days. “You keep hitting and hitting. And then somehow it doesn’t mean as much as it used to.”

Donald liked to recall his favorite “Twilight Zone” episode, which featured a venal man who died in an accident, was offered any wish he wanted, and declared: “I want to win, win, win. Everything I want. I went to get. I want to get the most beautiful women. I want to get the beautiful this and that. I want to never lose again.” Then, as Donald recounted the story, the man was shown playing pool, winning every time. “Everything he did, he won,” said Donald, until the godlike figure who’d granted his wish came back to the man. “And the man said, ‘If this is Heaven, let me go to Hell.’ And the person said, ‘You are in Hell.’ (pp. 31-32)

Video & more:

'If anyone is going to be threatened by a small penis, it's Trump'

Illma Gore: 'If anyone is going to be threatened by a small penis, it's Trump'
Artist whose painting of nude Trump went viral gives her account of being the target of his campaign’s hate machine and being physically attacked in LA
Artist threatened with lawsuits if she sells nude Donald Trump painting


Over the past few months, I have become accustomed to being recognized, and Trump supporters and protesters alike have approached me in public spaces. I had always been able to distinguish between friendly and unfriendly conversations, and this was hostile.

It happened so quickly the man had already fled laughing with his friends as I hit the ground.
I messaged my partner to tell her it what was happening, continued to ignore them and kept my head down, looking at my phone, taking deep breaths. As I approached the stopped car without looking away from my phone, I heard the passenger side door open. I looked up, and a slender man got out of the car and punched me in the face as the group began to laugh and cheer the action on.

“TRUMP 2016!” he yelled.

I didn’t fall from the impact of the hit, but I stepped back to catch myself and in doing so, tripped over onto the grass and watched my phone skid across the pavement. It happened so quickly the man had already fled laughing with his friends as I hit the ground.

I held myself from shouting back: “is that all you got?” My mouth has gotten me into trouble in the past and I did not want them to circle back, so I kept quiet. I felt my eye begin to swell and the immediate frustration and lack of control left me incredibly sad. I called friends and I went straight to the police and filed a report with the LAPD on Wilshire. I’ve now learned that, in a conversation with the Guardian, the LAPD confirmed my account but said that without a license plate, photograph or any video, it’ll be hard to track down whoever did it.


I published my portrait of Trump on Facebook on 9 February, and could have never anticipated what the next few weeks were going to hold. Within 24 hours, my work was on the front page of Reddit and banned from Facebook. In three days, it had been viewed over 50m times. A few days after that, I was slapped with a Digital Millennium Copyright Act take-down notice – a legal complaint filed by a third party through Facebook, arguing their copyright was being violated by me.

When I started painting in January, I felt that if anyone would be threatened by a fictional small penis it’s Trump. But I didn’t anticipate that he would turn his dislike into such a personal affront, even going so far as to defend his penis size during the Republican debate on 4 March.



Holy moly, this quote from a top Obama official.


“If Hillary is the Democratic nominee, I’ll be voting for the only one who has balls.”

Maher: Lady Donald Trump makes Lindsay Graham look like Vin Diesel


Bill Maher ended Friday’s episode of Real Time by once again mocking Donald Trump’s masculinity, arguing that the stereotypes about 1950s housewives really do apply to the Republican candidate.

“Never forget, Lady Trump, that Hillary Clinton was born a woman,” he said. “But you chose to live your life as a whiny little b*tch. Which is why, if Hillary is the Democratic nominee, I’ll be voting for the only one who has balls.”

Maher recalled that the real estate mogul once sued himfor “challenging” him to prove he was not the son of an orangutan in response to Trump’s “birther” rhetoric concerning President Barack Obama.

“I sure hope this ‘man’ gets elected so the world respects us again,” Maher said sarcastically, adding, “He makes Lindsey Graham look like Vin Diesel. This isn’t presidential — it’s Glenn Close boiling the rabbit.”


President Obama: "Giving flowers is always a good idea. But....."

Giving flowers is always a good idea. But I hope that on this Mother’s Day, we’ll recommit ourselves to doing more than that: Through deeds that match our words, let’s give mothers the respect they deserve, give all women the equality they deserve, and give all parents the support they need in their most important roles.

That includes paid maternity and paternity leave, sick leave, accommodations for workers who are pregnant, good health care, affordable child care, flexibility at work, equal pay, and a decent minimum wage. We ask our mothers to do more than their fair share of just about everything. Making sure they’re treated fairly is the least we can do.

If Congress can make a holiday, surely they can back it up with the things that give it meaning. After all, that’s what my mother taught me. I couldn’t just say I was going to do the right thing, or say I agreed with it on principle. I had to actually do it.



"Trump's America Is Already Here."

1st they came for the Muslims, & I did not speak out - b/c I was not a Muslim.


First on CNN: Cheney says he will support Trump

Cheney told CNN Special Correspondent Jamie Gangel that he has always supported the GOP nominee and will do so this year as well.

The announcement makes Cheney one of the few Republican Party elders to announce their support of Trump and comes a day after House Speaker Paul Ryan told CNN he is "just not ready" to back Trump.

Former President George W. Bush, who Cheney served, said this week he would skip this summer's Republican convention where Trump will be formally nominated. Former President George H.W. Bush and John McCain and Mitt Romney, the GOP's 2008 and 2012 nominees, also don't plan to attend the convention.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, meanwhile, said Friday he would sit this election out because he can't bring himself to vote for either Trump or Hillary Clinton.

Graham said he was a "little bit" surprised when informed by CNN's Dana Bash that Cheney was supporting Trump.


Trump picks running mate:


Exclusive: New Photos Show Bush’s Response To 9/11 Attacks

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, the presidency of George W. Bush changed instantly. In a new collection of never-before-seen photographs from that day, the president can be seen responding to the worst terrorist attack in United States history — an event that would redefine his time in office and propel the nation into two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The images, which were given to FRONTLINE through a Freedom of Information Act request, provide a new window into President Bush’s actions on 9/11 — from the initial scramble for information upon learning of the attack at an elementary school in Florida, to his meetings with senior staff throughout the day, and his return to the White House that evening, where in an address to the nation he vowed to “find those responsible and bring them to justice.”

“I have spoken to the vice president, to the governor of New York, to the director of the FBI, and have ordered that the full resources of the federal government go to help the victims and their families — and to conduct a full-scale investigation to hunt down and to find those folks who committed this act,” he said. “Terrorism against our nation will not stand.”

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