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Cliff Notes: 9-year-old kills instructor by mistake; NRA pisses off wrong nerd genius


cliff schecter on Today show 9-year-old girl shoots instructor

My dear friend and mentor, Cliff Schecter, has a new post up; Cliff has given me permission to share his work with you, so I’ll give you the latest edition of what I call Cliff Notes. Below are a few excerpts from his latest, with permission. Please read the whole thing, because he has way more than I’ve included here.

Kudos are in order; Cliff's been showing up all over MSNBC and NBC these days, because they know how good he is at what he does. The above clip is from the Today show, and below is last night's appearance on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell. The videos and excerpts focus on the horrific accidental killing of a shooting range instructor by a 9-year-old girl, as well as Bill Gates' million dollar donation for universal background checks:

Here is Cliff pointing out the impact that Bill Gates could have with his support of popular, common sense gun laws. Please link over for the entire post:  

Gates has the ability to grab headlines and make an issue go viral with the constant media coverage he receives, and the financial ability, if he wins, to fund similar efforts around the country. His involvement could be the answer to the public health crisis that makes American children 93 percent of those murdered in the 26 high-income countries around the world.

Meanwhile, the NRA has…Chuck Norris, doing its “Trigger The Vote” Campaign. [...]

Who knows, with that kind of dough, maybe even measures that “only” enjoy 56 percent support like bans on assault weapons and/or high-capacity magazines could pass via direct voting by uncorrupted American citizens. Or perhaps state legislators and members of Congress who bend easily to the will of these Lords of War could be swapped out for those who live in a closer neighborhood to the best interests of the American populace.

Likely the NRA will try to do to Gates what it has attempted to do to Bloomberg for a few years now, and seek to make this fight about him and not its right-wing radicalism in the service of avarice. He’s a billionaire trying to influence our political process, after all, unlike Manhattan resident David Koch, who along with his brother Charles has polluted our political process to no end, including funding the NRA.

Sure, in an ideal world big money wouldn’t play such an outsize role in our elections, such as this hugely important ballot initiative in Washington state. But that’s not what the NRA wants. It just wants its big money still to be all that decides the outcome, and it isn’t. Which is why Wayne LaPierre’s having a bad day.

Please read the entire post at The Daily Beast, here.


Mid-Day Distraction: Think Ahead



Please note: This video is funny (watch it all the way through) and designed to make people think twice or as many times as it takes before they father or bring unwanted children into this world.

If you watch it directly on YouTube and view the comments there, you will see many which are frankly disturbing. We disassociate ourselves from those comments and attitudes.


Video Mid Day Distraction- Dog determined to make friends with boy with down syndrome


Awwww. His mom says he has a problem with physical contact, but the dog doesn't care. Via. Longer version here.


VIDEO: 46 year-old white Texas man shoots 8 year-old black kid in the face while he’s playing


Cloninger shot black child in faceImage of Brian Cloninger: Dallas News

Thank you to my pal @Anomaly100 who has given us permission to cross-post this horrific story. She has it up at FreakOutNation.

Yet another unnecessary tragedy involving guns and a shooter who has no business owning one:

Donald Maiden Jr. just celebrated his 8th birthday and now he’s in the hospital in critical condition after a 46 year-old Dallas, Texas man shot him in the face.

Brian Cloninger was charged with injury to a child and remains in the Dallas County jail on a $2.2 million bond.

Witnesses say they asked him, after seeing him standing around his truck as the boy was bleeding, if he shot the boy. “Yes I shot that kid,” Cloninger reportedly said. The motive is unknown and the mother says he was shot ‘out of the blue.’

black child shot in faceImage: Maiden family via CBS 11.

The boy’s mother, Latamarin Locklin, told a CBS 11 reporter on Thursday, “When he ran in I just screamed. His mouth was just hanging off and it was just a big hole – I just threw him on the couch and laid him in my arms and put pressure on his mouth with the towel.”

According to Dallas police, Maiden remains in critical but stable condition after undergoing surgery at Children’s Medical Center Dallas.

Donald Maiden, Sr. said, “When I first saw him in ICU I started crying. I just put my head down in his bed and was holding his hand at the same time. And he opened his eyes. And when I raised back up I looked and there were tears rolling down his eyes and it gave me a little bit of spirit in my heart. It was joy, I guess he was kind of happy to know I was there. “