September 21, 2013

Weekend Humor Break

Filed under: General — Tom @ 3:52 pm

Just found this at another person’s Facebook page, and couldn’t resist.

I get to use it without censure because I’m half-Irish.


Twitter Account of KU Prof Now on Leave Over Wishing Death on NRA Members’ Children Has Been Deleted

On Thursday, Ken Shepherd at NewsBusters noted that Kansas University journalism professor David Guth, in the wake of Monday’s Navy Yard murders, tweeted, “The blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters. Shame on you. May God damn you.” In an update which now also includes a defense of Guth by a former student, Ken noted that he has placed on administrative leave. Yesterday, I noted that the headline at the Associated Press’s national site after Guth’s suspension (“KU Professor Takes Heat Over Twitter Comment”) avoided mentioning KU’s discliplinary action against him. Perhaps in response to my post yesterday, the AP has changed the headline in stories with later time stamps to “KU Professor on Leave After Tweet Directed at NRA.” But AP’s updates still relay information about certain Kansas legislators’ campaign contributions from gun rights groups — as if they’re at all relevant.

In the wake of his placement on leave, Guth told AP, in the wire service’s words, that “gun rights advocates had orchestrated a social media campaign against him,” while asserting in his own words that “my plan is to be the calm in the center of the storm.” Part of that “calm” apparently involves keeping others from digging into his Twitter history, because it’s gone (HT Media Research Center’s Dan Gainor):


Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (092113)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

Positivity: Family speaks out after mystery diner’s good deed, encouraging note

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Chin Grove, North Carolina:

Posted: Sep 02, 2013 1:50 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 04, 2013 9:55 AM EDT

“He threw the phone and started screaming,” she recalled. “The past few weeks have been very hard and trying for us – especially with public outings. Riley was getting loud and hitting the table and I know it was aggravating to some people.”

Just when England was ready to leave, a waitress appeared.

“I’ll try to do this without crying,” the waitress told the family. “But another customer has paid for your bill tonight and wanted me to give you this note.”

The note read: “God only gives special children to special people.”

Riley is non-verbal and has been through three major brain surgeries for a severe form of epilepsy. The seizures started when he was 18-months-old, robbing him of his speech. His mom says he had more than 100 seizures a day.

Riley’s frustration with being unable to speak, often leads to outbursts England says causes many to cruelly judge her son.

“Until a person has walked in the shoes we have walked in,” she said. “They have no right to say one thing.”

What they should focus on instead? Remembering the one thing she longs to hear from Riley.

“They take just a simple ‘I love you’ from your child for granted,” she said.

“Because you have never heard that from your son?” asked WBTV’s Brigida Mack.

“Never,” England replied, getting choked up. “Never.”

England says the kindness of the mystery diner made her cry. …

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