A shocking week
Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who got shot in the head by one of last year's scariest maniacal murderers, captured the rage of many in her response to the defeat of gun control legislation in Washington last week. Giffords penned an outraged response in the New York Times:
SENATORS say they fear the N.R.A. and the gun lobby. But I think that fear must be nothing compared to the fear the first graders in Sandy Hook Elementary School felt as their lives ended in a hail of bullets. The fear that those children who survived the massacre must feel every time they remember their teachers stacking them into closets and bathrooms, whispering that they loved them, so that love would be the last thing the students heard if the gunman found them.
Giffords goes on to womp the cowards on the side of the head, men she says looked her in the eye, and sympathized with her in the week before the vote, only to turn like a pack of yellow-bellied Wargs and side with Mordor.
Is that a gun or a tower? Mordor/NRA photo sourced from Wikia
"They were, literally, Caucasians"
Has anyone else had nightmares of losing their legs in a blast the way I have this week after seeing this heart-shredding photograph of Jeff Bauman?
Screenshot above of Jeff Bauman, immediately following Boston bombing
The most complete and informative updates on the Boston catastrophe, The New York Times' Lede blog where we learn that Americans don't know the difference between Chechnya and the Czech Republic. From The Lede:
Chechnya Is Not the Czech Republic, Ambassador Explains
Noting that some Americans seemed to be confused about where, exactly, the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings were from, Petr Gandalovič, the Czech Republic’s ambassador in Washington issued a statement on Friday explaining that Czechs and Chechens are entirely different people.
“As more information on the origin of the alleged perpetrators is coming to light, I am concerned to note in the social media a most unfortunate misunderstanding in this respect,” the ambassador wrote. “The Czech Republic and Chechnya are two very different entities – the Czech Republic is a Central European country; Chechnya is a part of the Russian Federation.”
The ambassador’s intervention came just hours after the satirical publication The Onion spoofed the confusion with a fake news story based on a similar premise.
Adding a layer of confusion for Americans, the first attempts to categorize the suspects by their skin color were confounded by the information that they were, literally, Caucasian.