Will Gangland-Style Executions of Police Officers Be Enough to Get Our Attention?

By: Saturday June 14, 2014 5:19 pm

Years ago – I don’t remember where or when, or I would give credit – I heard the line “don’t pay attention to what’s in the news; pay attention to what’s not in it.” Media cultures often develop story lines and decide what is newsworthy based on how well if fits the narrative.


VIDEO: Santa Shot With Pellet Gun At Toy Giveaway

By: Wednesday December 25, 2013 12:34 pm

Xavier Hawkins dressed up as Santa Claus to give toys away in Southeast Washington, instead he was shot in the back with a pellet gun. The incident was caught on camera by the local ABC News affiliate.

Why Doesn’t Gun Violence Lead to a Demand for Bulletproof Clothes?

By: Saturday November 9, 2013 5:00 pm

After every major shooting the media contact gun sellers in the area who gleefully report, “Sales have gone up!” They explain, “People are buying guns for protection.” Because as we all know from the NRA, the answer to gun violence is more guns. This conveniently sells more guns.

Shoddy Gun Paper Excites Right Wing

By: Friday September 6, 2013 5:45 am

There is new interest in a 2007 study by Don B. Kates and Gary Mauser. “Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide?” was published in Harvard’s Journal of Public Law and Policy and has been cited recently on a number of political blogs, message boards, even on a popular right-leaning economics site. I encountered it at Writer Beat, one of the sites where I cross post. Announcing the publication by “Harvard, Obama’s Alma Mater” (apparently for the benefit of those who didn’t already know the place was a suspicious liberal bastion), the author summarizes its finding as “it’s not guns that kill people,” a commonly repeated phrase elsewhere.

Since I’m a good, open minded lefty, I decided to dig in to the paper and see if it challenged any of my beliefs

I Didn’t Mean To Write About Trayvon Martin

By: Friday July 12, 2013 9:15 am

America, it hurts my feelings
Each time it’s implied
That we can look the other way
Each time a black boy dies

Sunday Talking Heads: June 16, 2013

By: Sunday June 16, 2013 2:00 am

Happy Father’s Day.

FDL Book Salon is Plane Queer, Gaius Publius and Kagro X will be Virtually Speaking, and Movie Night Monday is My Neighbourhood. Participate.

Sunday Talking Heads: June 9, 2013

By: Sunday June 9, 2013 1:45 am

Good Morning. Found this video at Wired, it shows the terrain beneath the ice of Antarctica. Check out the most detailed map of a continent never truly seen by human eyes: the de-iced surface of Antarctica. By virtually peeling back the frozen ice sheet and studying the land beneath, researchers can get a better sense [...]

Sunday Talking Heads: June 2, 2013

By: Sunday June 2, 2013 2:00 am

Today’s Book Salon is on black churches and homophobia, emptywheel and Avedon Carol are Virtually Speaking and tomorrow night’s movie has to do with the movie The Shining.

Sunday Talking Heads: May 26, 2013

By: Sunday May 26, 2013 2:00 am

Oklahoma tornado relief is one topic, among others, on the Sunday Talk Show circuit, it appears John McCain had other plans this morning.

Sunday Talking Heads: May 19, 2013

By: Sunday May 19, 2013 2:00 am

FDL Book Salon today is timely, Fighting for the Press, hosted by Kevin Gosztola (BevW really does use a crystal ball when she schedules these discussions). Digby and McJoan are Virtually Speaking tonight. And Monday, you and Lisa will interview Eric Minh Swenson, a documentarian chronicling the art and artists of Southern California.

And here are today’s BenghazIRS listings…

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