connecticut-shootings

Just been told of Westboro Baptist churches plans to picket the funerals of those who lost their lives in the Elementary School shooting in Connecticut.

How fucking dare you. I have never felt such hate towards a group of people. In what fucking world would your God congratulate you on picketing a poor child’s funeral?
Okay, you don’t agree with gay marriage, fine, your own ignorant view and you’re allowed it; but these children did NOTHING to deserve being shot in cold blood.
These people make me sick. I hope to fucking god they get shot in the face.
Before when they were just picketing soldier’s funerals I hated them, but wanted to give them the facts so they could learn and grow and be better people; better Christians. Now? They can die a slow and painful death whilst being forced to watch graphic gay porn; screaming to their “God” to save them. They deserve no help. No recognition. There is no room in this world for their brand of “religion”

My anger right now knows no bounds.

anonymous asked:

Do you think sandy hook was a conspiracy? Why or why not?

I personally think it’s pretty clear that it wasn’t. People that think it was a hoax are absolutely delusional, and disrespectful. For example, in May of this year a Sandy Hook “truther” defaced a memorial of one of the victims and told her mother that her daughter never existed…

Everything that supposedly shows that it was a “hoax” can be explained:

1. If Emilie Parker was killed in Sandy Hook then why is she pictured with Obama? - That’s her little sister wearing her dress. 

2. Why were certain memorial pages were set up before the shooting? - That’s a common glitch with google searches. The results are often imprecise.http://twitpic.com/bw0x6q here’s one on Sandy Hook from 1983…

3. Who is the man running from the woods with police chasing him? -  That was a father of a student in the school. He heard the gunshots and ran.

4. People reported seeing multiple shooters - In the chaos of a situation like a mass shooting, misinformation and confusion are rife. People tend to forget what they actually saw, and that’s why eyewitness testimony is referred to as “notoriously unreliable”.

5. Why are there no ambulances on the scene?  - There was: http://www.politico.com/story/2012/12/connecticut-school-shooting-official-says-gunman-killed-85094.html

6. Why is the woman acting as James Holmes attorney acting as a parent of a student? - http://imgur.com/r/conspiracy/5sdWN she isn’t. If you look at a better quality image you can clearly see they are two different people: http://i.imgur.com/f4AC8.jpg

7. Why was Adam Lanza’s rifle still in his car if that is what he used to kill his victims with? -  The gun being removed from Lanza’s car was a shotgun that he didn’t use. The guns he took with him were found inside the school.

Conspiracy theories appear to be a way of reacting to uncertainty and powerlessness. People don’t like to feel as though something as catastrophic as this can happen without something as powerful as the government being behind it.

Before Newtown: Connecticut’s First School Shooting

27-years before Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary and murdered 27 people, there was another, little discussed school shooting in Connecticut. 

On December 11, 1985, 13-year old Floyd Warmsley was told by his principal to remove his hat, which was against school rules. The eighth grader was “reluctant to do so”, so he walked home, stole his fathers Tec-9 assault pistol, walked back to Portland Junior High School and entered the principals office. 

He pulled the gun from his trench coat, and pointed it at the principal. Another teacher pushed him out of the way and they both hid in an office. Warmsley then shot and injured the school secretary, before going to the upper level of the school, randomly shooting at lockers and taking a student hostage. 

The school janitor, David Bangston, was returning from his break just as the vice principal announced via the intercom that there was an active shooter in the building. Warmsley aimed down the hallway and shot Langston from about 200 feet away, killing him instantly. Several hours went by as the parent of the student he took hostage pleaded with him over the intercom system. Eventually Warmsley threw the pistol out of the window and surrendered himself to the authorities. 

Floyd Warmsley was tried as a juvenile, found guilty and sentenced to four years in a juvenile facility. He was released after three years for good behavior. 

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I just went on my first bus tour and it was “Tight.”  I’ll get to the “tight” joke in a bit.  So this company called Recess hired me to go on tour and capture their idea and music festival. At first I turned them down because I was too busy but once I heard my friends The Chainsmokers were going, I quickly signed myself up.

The schedule went as follows:
Wednesday - Travel
Thursday - (Kent State) - Shoot (Kyle, Rae Sremmurd, Jeremiah, and The Chainsmokers)
Friday - Travel & Edit day before recap
Saturday - (Fairfield, Connecticut Beach Party) - Shoot (Kyle and The Chainsmokers) then Travel to Amherst - Shoot (Kyle, T-Pain, and The Chainsmokers)
Sunday - Day off in Harrisburg, PA - Edit day before
Monday - (Virginia Tech) - Shoot (Kyle and The Chainsmokers)
Tuesday - Day off at some college…cant remember
Wednesday - (University of Maine) - Shoot (Kyle and The Chainsmokers)

So after the first show The Chainsmokers stole me from the production bus to spend the rest of the tour on their bus.

People on this bus:
The Chainsmokers - Alex and Drew
Craig aka Ike Love Jones - The Chainsmokers personal videographer
Clancy - The Chainsmokers Tour Manager
Me
The bus driver

The rules were simple…No going #2 on the bus and have fun…I guess my idea of fun and Clancy’s idea of fun were nowhere near the same idea.  His was making sure everything went down and mine was making sure everything came down.  For example, one night after a show I played Loudpvck & gLAdiator - Tony and hung from the roof on the inside of the bus and broke the ceiling.  That’s when I looked at Kyle and said “Im in trouble.”  Not sure why Clancy was mad because everyone laughed and we fixed it.  Actually I do understand, when you are a tour manager, you are basically certified as the most mature and make everything run smoothly…so Clancy being mad at me was well deserved.

Another favorite time on the bus was at night when we would all be going to bed and I would have to get one last joke in.  I would wait for it to get really quit before playing The Chainsmokers - Selfie…then the whole place would break out in laughter.  After several nights of this, Drew found out I was in the Avicii video and he began playing this every night before bed.

The best story of all (this is the tight joke) was an email we received about a guy wanting The Chainsmokers to come play his school.  This is the email:

We have this giant ass blue pyramid where we host basketball games and concerts.  If Chainsmokers played there itd be was dope.  It would sell out and the venue would be packed.  Chainsmokers would throw down.  Itd be sick.  We’d rage.  And those who are graduating would have a good time.  They’d be like “Woah, this is pretty tight.”  We’d all be like “Yo this is pretty tight.”  It’d be pretty tight tbh.

Basically, i started reading that email out loud in this California surfer voice and everyone lost it.  Craig quickly said we should make a video.  We did.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGSw83d3zuc

There were tons more stories from the awesome week but I will save those for my book I write…if that day ever comes….ok it won’t, so long story short:  We stole golf carts, played Mario Kart dressed as Mario aka Maribro, fell out of the top bunk, crashed a frat party, ate a lot of ice cream after we said we were gonna be healthy, crashed a house party that was ending and made it crazy within 2 minutes, influenced a lot of young kids with our stories about life, and made lots of memories.

The thing I learned on this trip was how lucky I am to work with people I consider my friends.  I think the key to a happy life is to find something you love to do, do it, and make sure its with your friends…AND NEVER MAKE IT ABOUT MONEY OR EGOS.

Speaking of which, I was nervous to be around Ike Love Jones because I didnt want him to think I was stepping into his territory…turns out he is the nicest guy and was all about working together and just straight up having fun.

Til next time, keep living life…

East Coast - April 22 - 30, 2015

stole this off a post on Facebook, but i feel like tumblr needs to read this

Morgan Freeman’s brilliant take on what happened yesterday :

“You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here’s why.

It’s because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single *victim* of Columbine? Disturbed
people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he’ll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody.

CNN’s article says that if the body count "holds up”, this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer’s face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer’s identity? None that I’ve seen yet. Because they don’t sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you’ve just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next.

You can help by forgetting you ever read this man’s name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem. You can help by turning off the news.“
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Sen. Chris Murphy is tweeting every U.S. mass shooting in 2015

As pundits and average citizens reflect on the year past during this New Year’s Eve, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) is marking grim milestones.

The pro-gun control lawmaker is tweeting details of each mass shooting this year in a painful reminder of what feels to be an especially horrific 12 months of violence. There have been almost as many mass shootings in 2015 — 353 — as there are days of the year, claiming the lives of more than 400 innocent Americans.

Read more – and see all Sen. Murphy’s tweets – at MSNBC.com.

i feel like there’s a real issue with the way the media approaches reporting and writing about mass murders – i don’t want to know the name of the man who did this. i don’t want to know who he was or where he came from.

but they’ll report it anyways, and just like James Holmes his name will become familiar. he’ll become familiar.

we’ll all remember his name before remembering the names of even one of the victims, the same way we remember every other killer.

i hope at least one paper prints the names, faces, and stories of every victim who lost their lives without even mentioning the killer’s name.

but they won’t, and history will immortalize him in infamy and he’ll receive more attention than any of the victims, and more attention than he’ll ever deserve from anyone other than police officers and FBI profilers.

and it happens this way every single time.

For Connecticut

Every year I have been here I have taught this poem to my first year students in the Philippines.  It embodies so much the innocence and spirit of youth, and on days like this I can only hope that the children who survived can cling to a measure of comfort and hope and naivete while the children who passed have found peace where the sidewalk ends.


Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

There is a place where the sidewalk ends

And before the street begins,

And there the grass grows soft and white,

And there the sun burns crimson bright,

And there the moon-bird rests from his flight

To cool in the peppermint wind.

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Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black

And the dark street winds and bends.

Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow

We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,

And watch where the chalk-white arrows go

To the place where the sidewalk ends.

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Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,

And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,

For the children they mark, and the children, they know

The place where the sidewalk ends.

Bullets
rip through hearts
Glass windows shatter
Faint screams
Blood spills
Sirens! Sirens!
Tears fall
Enough.
We need to converse
‘What? I can’t hear you’
We need to converse
My pleads muffled by the next man’s
'I need guns to protect myself!’
But enough.
Enough is enough.
Shoot, mourn, forget.
Repeat.
Enough.
We need to converse
'About what?’
We need to converse about safety, security.
About control.
'But it’s my right’
but it’s their lives, I say, I plead
On behalf of mothers
I cry, I scream, I plead
Enough is enough! We need to converse!

Precautions taken after 9/11
Gun massacres throughout.
And repeat.
No action.
Repeat.
Shoot, mourn, forget.
Repeat.

Talk is talk,
and enough of that.
Nothing can bring them back now.
All we can do
is condemn, and mourn.
We don’t need to converse,
we need action and amendment.

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Tragedy and Video Game Violence (by TotalHalibut)

This video is brilliant.

Essentially the main theme of it is the media’s over-tendency to scapegoat during tragedies, using the recent Connecticut shootings and video games as an example.

Definitely worth a watch, Total Biscuit is very good at making a point.