Back in 2010, Jared Kellner, who was only 15, was killed by a 13-ton concrete panel that fell on him as he left a Wisconsin garage. A friend of Kellner's was injured. That was less than two months before the Wisconsin gubernatorial primary, so now-Governor Scott Walker was in full campaign mode.
Members of the Milwaukee County Board and others "suggested Walker and his administration’s policies resulted in deferred maintenance of the parking structure."
Scotty was "intimately involved in the discussions," per emails [which were part of that years-long John Doe probe], which include his aides "complaining about reporters they felt were biased against them in their coverage of the incident."
WisPolitics has a few more revelations about Walker's handling of the tragedy:
The discussions included Walker county exec staffers seeking guidance from the campaign on whether they should slow down their response time to open records requests.
[Former Walker aide Tim] Russell asked the email chain where Walker was following the incident, warning “Scott cannot be at a fundraiser or something like that. He’ll be eaten alive.”
In one email, an aide forwarded to Walker a request from the Daily Reporter to respond to Supv. John Weishan’s suggestion that a move in 2003 to move surplus money from the county’s 0.5 percent sales tax from the capital budget to the general operating budget contributed to the tragedy.
“I called him and beat down Weishan,” Walker wrote, adding “He is a back bencher who the board doesn’t even listen to.” [...]
Nardelli, in an email to Walker, Rindfleisch and Gilkes three days after the accident, criticized WTMJ-TV reporter Aaron Diamant for picking up on allegations made by former County Board Chairman Lee Holloway that maintenance at the garage had been deferred according to a report. “He is just as biased against you as (Journal Sentinel reporter Steve) Schultze…what a schmuck!”
In another email, Russell wrote Journal Sentinel reporter Jesse Garza had gotten a message to him that he was willing to help Walker get “good ink” if the county exec wanted to speak with the reporter.
And word is, Walker could be the Big Presidential Contender in 2016.
Mother: "Honey, next time you clean your gun, please be more careful! Your finger just hit me smack in the face!"
Son: "Sorry, ma. I didn't think it was loaded."
Mother: "You're grounded!"
Son: "Again? But I wanted to watch the replay of Wayne LaPierre's testimony on CSPAN!"
Mother: "Go straight to your room! But first, get your finger off the floor. Company's coming!"
Per the Des Moines Register, my little dramatization wasn't all that far off. A 22-year-old Des Moine man did, indeed, shoot off the tip of his own finger while cleaning what he thought was an unloaded gun. And his finger flew across the room and hit his mom.
These gun "accidents" are not accidents at all. They're negligence. Gun Guy said he pulled the trigger to make sure his firearm was in good working order, which then fired the round that shot off the tip of his own index finger which in turn collided with his poor mom.
They were lucky. The bullet could have killed one of them.
Kinda puts the term "itchy trigger finger" in a new light.
In the state of Texas this happened, according to a school board member: "There was an accident involving one of the employees today."
This "accident"-- usually in the case of firearms calamities, it's negligence-- occurred during a district-sponsored concealed handgun license class for teachers, because, as you can see, nothing says "safe" like having guns on campuses.
Leslie Goode, a school board member, said this didn't change his mind about arming teachers. Pshyeah, he didn't get shot, but a man who works in the maintenance department sure did.
The employee from the Van Independent School District had stayed for one-on-one training after class with the concealed handgun license training instructor on Tuesday when a mechanical malfunction with his weapon caused his gun to misfire, NBC affiliate KETK reported. The bullet ricocheted, striking the employee in the left leg; his injury was not life-threatening, the affiliate said.
What if that "malfunction" had happened in the classroom?
And hey! Who needs "bad guys" when the "good guys" shoot themselves?
Here's a bonus L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:
Re “Glendale schools boost security,” Feb. 25
This weekend, Glendale will host its annual gun show at the Civic Auditorium, conveniently located near a skate park, schools and opening-day Little League fields. Seems to me if officials want to take steps to make Glendale schools safer, they could start at the heart of the problem, namely by making it more difficult to get more guns and ammo.
It's not a lack of security in our schools — it's the guns, this country's addiction to them and fear run amok that are threatening our communities.
Yahoo Sports is reporting that while Condoleeza Rice was golfing it up at Pebble Beach the other day, she swang when she should have swung and ended up hitting a ball that ended up whacking a fan right on her poor, unsuspecting, spectatory noggin:
The ball smacked the female fan in the forehead, causing what was later called concussion-like symptoms and while the lady that got hit wouldn't give her name, Rice got an assistant to get her number so she could later contact her to make sure she was alright.
According to one report, Rice approached the woman and asked, "Did I hit you? It was a bad shot. I’m really sorry."
The woman is expected to be fine. Other than that concussion-like thing. Other than an unexpected headache.
As for Condi, she is likely suffering from humiliation-like symptoms.
Today I ran across two stories that tell one story: Homophobia.
The first would be funny if it weren't so tragic. The Gay Star News is reporting about a homophobe named Don H. Dwyer, Jr., a Maryland lawmaker, who thinks Teh Gay is very, very bad for children. Yet he managed to get drunk enough to crash his boat into another one, injuring four children himself:
The smash was so severe that Dwyer’s boat sunk in the river. [...]
Dwyer, a Tea Party Republican, has in the past suggested that homosexuals were a threat to children and that same-sex marriage would lead to homosexuality being taught in schools.
There were five kids in total, four were hurt including one five-year-old who had to be hospitalized. The two adults in the boat were fine.
So who's the threat to kids again?
The next story involves an LDS Church-owned station, KSL, that is refusing to air NBC’s "The New Normal." The L.A. Times is reporting that NBC will find a new outlet in Salt Lake City for the show, which is about two gay men who want a baby and meet a woman who agrees to be their surrogate.
Or as I like to call it, family values. Apparently, the Mormon Church sees it differently.
Would a President Romney feel it necessary to ban gay-themed TV shows, too?
Via an email alert:
Commerce Secretary John Bryson suffered a seizure in connection with two hit-and-run crashes in the San Gabriel Valley, the Commerce Department said today.
Los Angeles County officials have reported that Bryson, 68, was involved in the two hit-and-run incidents in the San Gabriel Valley on Saturday before being found unconscious inside his Lexus by authorities.
More soon at http://www.latimes.com.
Per MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell just now, he's been released from the hospital. There was no alcohol, no drug impairment, and was driving his own car on his own personal time.
Funny stuff, huh? No? You don't think so? Well, you would be correct, as opposed to say, the Twitter account of Karl Rove's super PAC, American Crossroads:
Oh, but that's okay, they said they were sorry:
(CNN) - American Crossroads, the conservative super PAC co-founded by Karl Rove, apologized on Twitter Monday after using the social messaging site to suggest Commerce Secretary John Bryson was intoxicated when he was involved in a weekend traffic accident outside Los Angeles.
Key words: "Failed miserably" and "before facts known".
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