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BLUNTweets: "Meanwhile, in Michigan now it's legal to carry guns in an elementary school."

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As regular readers know, I produce an online video series called “BLUNT” in which anyone can concisely and civilly speak their minds for 30 seconds and be heard. I'm about to produce a new one on gun violence, so feel free to submit a short video to me in the next 2 or 3 days.

Tweets are another wonderful grassroots outlet. I've posted some below, because emotions are running very high today due to the horrific Connecticut tragedy, and the messages are strong, fascinating, and important.

In my post "WTF is the matter with Michigan? Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse…" there was this:

Michigan gun owners with extra training could carry concealed weapons in schools under a bill OK’d by a House panel Yes, guns in schools are A-OK with Michigan’s “pro-life” Republicans:

Gun owners with concealed weapon permits could get additional training that would allow them to carry their concealed firearms in schools and at sporting events on school property under legislation approved Wednesday by a Michigan House committee.

The bill, OK’d 7-2 by majority Republicans along party lines, is awaiting potential final votes before lawmakers conclude their lame-duck session. [...]

Public schools – currently gun-free unless someone openly carries a weapon – would have to allow concealed weapons under the bill… [U]nintended consequences – more potential for altercations at football games or students finding teachers’ guns in locked places.

Is it the right time to discuss responsible gun regulation yet?

Then the Connecticut school shooting massacre happened. All day I've been reading tweet after tweet; most were very insightful, thoughtful, even devastating, and a few made me want to scream. I thought I'd share a few of the more recent ones, because our voices matter:

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For whom the shills troll

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The tweet you see above is pretty typical of the responses I get from conservative troll accounts on Twitter, ones that usually have no followers, or at most a handful, like this one:

However, others belong to authentic right wing accounts, often ones that include words like "freedom," "Blessed by the Almighty Creator of the Universe," and "Small Government" in their profile bios. They initiate the exchanges (such as they are), appearing suddenly, uninvited, and seem to swarm when they feel threatened by good Obama news, or when they feel the need to defend the latest gibberish from the GOP.

Today they came out in droves, several in the space of only a few minutes, right after some of us tweeted replies to the president's Twitter Q and A, using the hashtag #My2K. Following that was the Republican counter offer to the President Obama's tax plan, the one he's been campaigning on for the past couple of years. Details of that are here: GOP waaahmbulance alert: President Obama’s bully pulpit is no fair! GOP has “fiscal cliff” counter offer.

Note to trolls, from @MiltShook: Social Security and Medicare are NOT part of the general fund, have NOTHING to do with "fiscal cliff."

But enough about reality.

Here are some of the talking points, er, Twitter responses that I wanted to share with you, because 1) I found them amusing, and 2) their tone and content are what many of us have become accustomed to day in and day out. And yes, I blocked them all:

 

 

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Note: This one from the same account wasn't tweeted to me, but I noticed it in her stream:

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@gottalaff  top 10% pay 70% of tax burden. How much do you want them to pay? We need taxpayers not more taxes.

@gottalaff President also wants ability to raise debt limit w/out Congress. OVERREACH.

@gottalaff "working people" have seen increase in gas, food, utilities. less take home pay. You are being sold a bill of goods.

-- Jean Hall  (@JeanHalljgh) December 3, 2012

This account's stream included a tweet to President Obama with a "you're a nincompoop" message. That's what they're reduced to:

@gottalaff @richardtrumka Yeah Mr. President, shift the costs of your social programs to the non-working, non- income, non-producing people

— Dennis Miller (@millerpost) December 3, 2012

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@bgilson1212 @gottalaff @richardtrumka Will ya look at that. #My2K has the union clowns jumping on the train to raise taxes & cut nothing.

— Wilbs999 (@Wilbs999) December 3, 2012

But then along comes someone like this to compensate for all the insanity:

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Frostbitten attendees can't leave Romney rally: "My son is on the verge of hypothermia." "I feel like a caged animal!"

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Via USA Today reporter Jackie Kucinich's Twitter stream:

Family values!

Seriously, is the Romney campaign so desperate for huge crowd sizes that they have to take their attendees prisoner? Do appearances mean more to them than the safety and well-being of their own supporters?

Actually, yes. They have indeed photoshopped crowds, and they have no interest in the safety of average Americans. See: Medicare, voucherize.

H/t: John Aravosis at AMERICAblog

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President Obama's speech sets new Twitter record

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The Twitterati have spoken!

The Internet has a lot of feelings about President Obama. So many, in fact, that its citizens set a new record last night: Twitter reports that about 52,756 Tweets per minute were written about Obama’s convention speech just after its conclusion. That’s a record for a political event, Twitter spokesperson Elaine Filadelfo told Politico. Mitt Romney’s convention speech, by contrast, drove 14,289 tweets per minute at its peak.

All in all, users sent over 9.5 million tweets about the DNC, crushing the 4 million tweets written about the RNC. Twitter users wrote 4 million messages about the Democratic convention on Day 3 alone. Thanks a lot, #sexyface!

But it’s not all sunshine and hashtags in Donkeyville.  Politico also writes that Twitter’s political sentiment index found that tweets about both Obama and his Republican challenger got more negative after their speeches. Responses to ex-prez Bill Clinton, White House car-washer Joe Biden, and “la renarde” Michelle Obama, however, got more positive. That’s likely because Obama and Romney were more likely to inspire cutting remarks from their detractors: ”As the more prominent speakers take center stage, it inspires more reactions from the opposition,” Filadelfo told Politico.

Still, the president is currently generating many more positive tweets than Romney — which makes sense, considering Obama’s convention just ended. (On Aug. 31, the day after his RNC speech, Romney outpaced Obama on the political sentiment index by seven points.) Today, Obama has a score of 52, while Romney has a score of 9. This means that tweets about the president are more positive than 52 percent of all other tweets. Adam Sharp, Twitter’s head of government, news, and social innovation, told Bloomberg that a sentiment index score of 50 or more is considered good.

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The Top Ten Best Republican Songs

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My pal Katie Halper, who has appeared in my BLUNT videos, is hilarious, and proves it in her work over at The Nation. She has allowed me to share her "Twitter curator" humor with you, but I'm only going to give you a few examples. You'll have to link over for the rest:

#RepublicanSongs was trending on Twitter, and here are some that Katie came up with:

  1. My Country ’Tis of Me (My Country ’Tis of Thee)

  2. The Times Should Not B-Changin(The Times They Are A-Changin’)

  3. Fetus, I Need Your Lovin’ (Baby, I Need Your Lovin’ )

  4. 99 Red Buffoons (99 Red Balloons)

  5. We Will, We Will Frack You (We Will, We Will Rock You)

For more, follow this link. She included some good ones from the Twitterverse, too.

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VIDEO, tuh-WEET! GOP oopsy upon oopsy after Supreme Court "Obamacare" ruling

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Earlier Paddy posted a screen grab of CNN’s Breaking Whoopsie On Scotus, and now here's the video:

 

Hey CNN, don'tcha hate when you get something wrong in front of millions of viewers who were anticipating a major news headline from a major news organization?

But you know what's just as bad? Being a Republican who was anticipating a major news headline from a major news organization that got it so wrong. Buzzfeed documented a few tweets sent out by jubilant GOPers... until they deleted them. Here's a sample, but follow the link for the rest. Good catch, BF!

Two of my faves (wink). One was actually surprisingly accurate ("This is a big win for liberty and the Constitution") and one blew it. How tuh-weet it is.

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About that Obama heckler...

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So you know that arrogant twit who was apparently raised by very inept parents and who disrespected not only the office of the presidency, but this particular African American president by having the damn gall to shamelessly and rudely interrupt him mid-statement? (Bet he never did that to any other president.)

Fun Fact time!

  • The Daily Caller's editor-in-chief is Tucker Carlson. Google him. 'Nuff said.

THE PRESIDENT: ... This is a temporary stopgap measure that lets us focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, patriotic young people.  It is –

Q    (Inaudible.) 

THE PRESIDENT:  – the right thing to do. 

Q    – foreigners over American workers.

THE PRESIDENT:  Excuse me, sir.  It’s not time for questions, sir.

Q    No, you have to take questions.

THE PRESIDENT:  Not while I’m speaking. Precisely because this is temporary, Congress needs to act. [The president continues on for awhile, then...] And the answer to your question, sir – and the next time I’d prefer you let me finish my statements before you ask that question – is this is the right thing to do for the American people –

Q    (Inaudible.) 

THE PRESIDENT:  I didn’t ask for an argument.  I’m answering your question. 

Q    I’d like to –

THE PRESIDENT:  It is the right thing to do – 

Q    (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT:  – for the American people.  And here’s why –

Q    – unemployment –

[The president goes on for awhile longer, then...]

THE PRESIDENT: All right.  Thank you very much. [And he exits...]

Q    What about American workers who are unemployed while you import foreigners?

  • Munro later said, "I timed the question believing the president was closing his remarks, because naturally I have no intention of interrupting," but reporters near him saw it differently:
  • How'd Munro manage to "time a question" badly and "have no intention of interrupting" after cutting in more than once? Especially after President Obama said, "Excuse me, sir.  It’s not time for questions, sir." Especially after Munro responded, "No, you have to take questions."

Here's a fake Fun Fact I hope I get to add soon: Neil Munro got fired.

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