Thursday, January 31, 2013

In Memoriam: Remembering Hadiya Pendleton, 15

The girl in the video denouncing gun violence is 11. A short four years later, she was gunned down just a week after performing in the inaugural ceremonies for President Obama in Washington, D.C. In a

 Hadiya had just finished her final exams at King Prep High School, where she was a sophomore, and was hanging out with friends from the school's volleyball team when she was gunned down in a park in the 4400 block of South Oakenwald Avenue. Thursday afternoon, police announced the reward for information leading to an arrest in the shooting had increased to $24,000, up from $11,000 announced Wednesday.
As the face of Hadiya joins the list of children massacred by gun violence at Sandy Hook Elementary, the National Rifle Association (NRA) led by the clueless and tone-deaf Wayne LaPierre, is assembling its own rogue's gallery of poster children in the defense of massacres.

Meet Christian Philip Oberender (pictured to the right). The NRA wants him to have access to guns. All types of guns. As many as he'd like. At 14, Oberender murdered his mother in a shotgun ambush in the family rec room in 1995.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Republican economics 001

Oh, God ... if you've ever scratched your head in wonder at the depth of Stupid wandering the halls of the Republican-led US House of Representatives, search no more for the root of the nation's woes. Take a look at the National Republican Congressional Committee's response to calls for President Obama to mint a trillion-dollar coin to sidestep a second, GOP-manufactured debt ceiling debacle:

 Pithy hilarity ensues after jump ...