Politico journo: Media should make Holder off-the-record sammich; Ace schools

http://twitter.com/#!/DylanByers/status/340194275113451521

Sigh. Yesterday, Politico’s Dylan Byers seemed to take offense to DNC communication director Brad Woodhouse’s contemptible tweet about the off-the-record Holder meeting. Mr. Woodhouse basically said that journalists should suck it up or shaddup.

Today, Mr. Byers is whining about “comfy” media who are boycotting the ludicrous summons for an off-the-record meeting with Attorney General Holder. Oh, guess what? Politico is attending, natch.

http://twitter.com/#!/DylanByers/status/340194112965853184

Everyone is doing it, guys. You know you want to!

Twitter users, including National Journal’s Ron Fournier, rightly call out Mr. Byers.

http://twitter.com/#!/ron_fournier/status/340196227243200512
http://twitter.com/#!/ron_fournier/status/340198262155919360

Bam!

http://twitter.com/#!/mrussRSF/status/340197249114046464
http://twitter.com/#!/DylanByers/status/340197396153782273

Oh well. He’s conflicted. And “comfy,” evidently. What a combination.

Ace of Spades then gave Politico’s Byers the business.

http://twitter.com/#!/AceofSpadesHQ/status/340198839401197568
http://twitter.com/#!/AceofSpadesHQ/status/340199228506771460
http://twitter.com/#!/AceofSpadesHQ/status/340199535387238400
http://twitter.com/#!/AceofSpadesHQ/status/340199772617056256

Ding, ding, ding! Make Holder a sammich, “comfy” media!

Ace then slams the ridiculous off-the-record meeting itself and offers up some questions for “real journalists” like Mr. Byers.

http://twitter.com/#!/AceofSpadesHQ/status/340201009500532736
http://twitter.com/#!/AceofSpadesHQ/status/340201817902284800
http://twitter.com/#!/AceofSpadesHQ/status/340202124413636609
http://twitter.com/#!/AceofSpadesHQ/status/340202478245142530

Bingo.

Fellow happy warriors offer up some other great points.

http://twitter.com/#!/JohnEkdahl/status/340202400155570177

Yep. Special Snowflakes!

http://twitter.com/#!/drawandstrike/status/340203297233334272

Precisely.

And an excellent exit question:

http://twitter.com/#!/WarUnicorn/status/340199661606412289

We won’t hold our breath for an answer from Politico. They are too busy preparing for the stroke-fest off-the-record meeting and all.

Related:

Fox News refuses to play Eric Holder’s game, won’t attend off-the-record DOJ meeting

Off the record: Washington Post, Politico accept Eric Holder’s golden ticket

Bam! DNC’s Woodhouse tells journos to suck up off-the-record Holder meeting or shaddup; Tapper, Ace shred

Brad Woodhouse: Journalists forfeit ‘right to gripe’ if they refuse off-the-record meeting with Holder

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/05/30/politico-reporter-comfy-media-should-make-holder-an-off-the-record-sammich-ace-fournier-school/


DC cab drivers strike to protest Uber; Uber business in DC booms!

http://twitter.com/#!/ghelleks/status/481801819166113792

Gee, what better way to advertise? D.C. taxi drivers decided to strike today in protest against Uber, the wildly popular mobile app startup that connects passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire and ridesharing services.

Instead of garnering sympathy, the strikers lost out big time as stranded tourists and commuters flocked to Uber.

Honk if you love competition!

http://twitter.com/#!/grayjustin/status/481828359119589377
http://twitter.com/#!/stonecastlepics/status/481817160533045249
http://twitter.com/#!/SRod_PR/status/481785618851061760
http://twitter.com/#!/mgcsilva/status/481820270278500352
http://twitter.com/#!/ChristineSisto/status/481830316936404993

Flashback, London-style:

http://twitter.com/#!/SteveForbesCEO/status/478624319820816384

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/06/25/d-c-cab-drivers-strike-to-protest-uber-uber-business-in-d-c-booms/


In Honor Of International Women’s Day, Here Are Some Incredible Women To Watch

The road to gender equality has proven to be an arduous one, but it’s always been paved by incredible women doing equally incredible work. By railing against the systems that have traditionally kept women under thumb, exceptional writers, activists, scientists, and politicians have made it their mission to call these systems into question, and ultimately undermine them.

To honor these amazing monuments to solidarity and strength, the United Nations dedicates March 8 to the annual celebration of International Women’s Day. We have a long way to go, but these women prove that we’re in powerful, capable hands.

1. Roxane Gay

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This professor, activist, and best-selling author has dedicated her life to deconstructing systems of oppression as related to gender, sexuality, class, and race, and she’s revered in social justice circles for her nuanced understanding of the complex intersections between them. You’ve probably heard of (and hopefully read) her book Bad Feminist, and if you want to learn more about Roxane Gay, be sure to check out her website and follow her on Twitter.

2. Reshma Saujani

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As the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, Saujani has made it her mission to flip the script on the male-dominated tech industry by empowering young women and helping them close the gender gap in STEM research and education. Saujani’s passion is fueled by the prospect of gender parity in tech-related fields.

3. Hillary Clinton

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While feelings are largely mixed across the political spectrum in regard to Hillary Clinton, I’d be remiss not to include the first woman in American history to stand within arm’s reach of the Oval Office. To learn more about her campaign, pay her site a visit.

4. Bree Newsome

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As an activist and filmmaker, Bree Newsome works tirelessly to point out the oppressive nature of historical narratives that we’re told to accept without question. She remains focused on bringing issues of race, class, and gender to the forefront and subverting oppressive forces in the process.

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5. Lady Gaga

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While the Queen of Pop has always been a proponent for social change, Lady Gaga’s most recent endeavors have brought much-needed attention to the issue of sexual assault. A survivor herself, the Born This Way Foundation co-founder has recently used her platform to cast the ugly truth about sexual abuse in glaring, fluorescent light. By working with activists from It’s On Us and End Rape on Campus, she hopes to change the damaging rhetoric surrounding sexual assault to help survivors heal.

6. Carolyn Rodz

Carolyn Rodz founded the organization Circular Board, which helps women think outside the box when it comes to creating their own businesses. Beyond helping burgeoning entrepreneurs raise necessary funds, Rodz provides them with an immersive, collaborative experience by allowing them to participate in cohorts designed with business development in mind.

7. Kathryn Finney

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As the co-founder of digitalundivided, Kathryn Finney works to help Black and Latina women gain solid footing in Silicon Valley. Her sentiments mirror Reshma Saujani’s in many ways, but her organization takes things one intersectional step further by focusing not only on getting women into STEM fields, but helping women of color — who are even less represented in tech — gain access to the opportunities and funding they need to break down barriers in the industry.

8. Laverne Cox

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This actress and activist stands at the helm of many issues in the trans community. As a trans woman of color, Cox is another celebrity who uses her platform to open the eyes of the mainstream media in regard to violence toward and oppression of trans folk. For decades, this group has gone unprotected, unheard, and unrepresented. Laverne Cox uplifts trans voices from around the world.

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9. Malala Yousafzai

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Since the horrific shooting that almost robbed the world of this incredible mind, Malala Yousafzai has used her struggle to empower girls across the globe to demand their educational rights. The Nobel Prize winner is wise beyond her years, and when it comes to fighting for women’s education, she shows no signs of stopping.

10. Gloria Feldt

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Feldt co-founded Take the Lead, which is an organization centered around helping women navigate leadership roles in arenas ranging from business to politics. Feldt and her team provide women with access to the resources and educational tools they’ll need to power past the 18-percent stake women currently hold in top leadership positions on the road to gender parity.

11. Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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She’s always been incredible, but Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s recent work to maintain women’s reproductive rights during the 2016 campaign season brings her genius and passion to the mainstream media’s attention once again. She’s someone who has made a career out of embodying what it means to be a strong woman, and she works tirelessly to ensure that all women have the opportunity to do the same.

12. Neha Gupta

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At 17 years old, this amazing young woman founded Empower Orphans — an organization that she actually ideated when she was only nine. Gupta and her team work not only to provide basic means of sustenance to orphans around the world, but also to equip them with the tools they’ll need to succeed later in life. She recently won the International Children’s Peace Prize for her efforts.

Women today sit at an interesting, contentious juncture between past and present — between the problematic narratives that we’ve been fed and the new stories we strive to tell. While this is just a small sampling of inspirational women to watch in 2016, their passions are indicative of the new battles we face as we move toward full equality. Luckily for us, there’s no shortage of dazzling people leading the way.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/international-womens-day/


Greg Gutfeld posts pic of himself; ‘Red Eye’ fans delight in mocking

http://twitter.com/#!/greggutfeld/status/318870965956247552

A festival of adorable! Who is the cutest elf ever? Greg Gutfeld is! Greg posted that photo in response to fellow “The Five” cast member, and frequent “Red Eye” guest, Dana Perino.

For @greggutfeld twitter.com/DanaPerino/sta…

— Dana Perino (@DanaPerino) April 1, 2013

.@danaperino I love Scranton.

— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) April 1, 2013

Heh. Greg’s view is way better, but “Red Eye” fans nonetheless delighted in good-natured mockery.

@greggutfeld @danaperino When u finish txting yourself, do u move to other side of table, sip that glass of wine & text back?

— Aunt Emma Fabyan (@AuntEmmaFabyan) April 1, 2013

@auntemmafabyan yes

— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) April 1, 2013

@greggutfeld Figured you needed the track shoes for a reason.

— Aunt Emma Fabyan (@AuntEmmaFabyan) April 2, 2013

@greggutfeld is that other glass of wine for your imaginary friend?

— Robert Berry (@txsportsdoc) April 2, 2013

@porcelain10 @greggutfeld @danaperino STOP shopping @lady Footlocker.

— davidlemoinejr (@davidlemoinejr) April 1, 2013

@greggutfeld @danaperino easter shoes?

— Ann (@MeMyselfandIrox) April 1, 2013

@greggutfeld Pink before Summer? Is that Pinot or Zin?

— Jfasitta (@2STATES4SALE) April 2, 2013

@greggutfeld @danaperino the pink trimmed shoes really set the view…

— Steve Lott (@srlott66) April 2, 2013

@greggutfeld @danaperino why does he dress like he goes to an all girls college??

— Johnny Gaulden (@JohnnyGaulden) April 2, 2013

Zing! And, what, no lotion?

Others just delighted in the great photo itself.

@greggutfeld That’s almost the most beautiful view, boo. @danaperino

— @soopertrev (@soopertrev) April 2, 2013

A human peacock! Adorbs RT @greggutfeld: This is a way better view@danaperino. yfrog.com/oeyhtlxhj

— Harold Stickeehands (@StickeeNotes) April 2, 2013

@greggutfeld @danaperino It takes guts to wear pink sneakers with black shoe laces. Good for you….I think.;)

— Linda Harwood (@Lridesagain) April 2, 2013

@greggutfeld @danaperino Thats it, I’m getting bifocals.

— Robert Hammer (@RobertHammer64) April 2, 2013

Fans also had fun helping Greg respond to a particularly pathetic Twitter troll, whose account has since been removed.

BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! #TwitterToughGuy RT @royalcumings: @greggutfeld I’ll own your ass, if you engage with me.Punk.

— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) April 2, 2013

@royalcumings You’re grumpy. I have an extra popsicle if you want one. @greggutfeld

— Jon Gabriel (@ExJon) April 2, 2013

After reading the twitter feed of @royalcumings I’m convinced this is a parody account for #AprilFools Day. @greggutfeld

— The Itchy Witch (@TheItchyWitch) April 2, 2013

Gutfeld took care of business, in typical hilarious (pink-sneakered) fashion.

@royalcumings yea sushi in milwaukee. Go to bed. Your family has enough problems.

— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) April 2, 2013

.@royalcumings you are your family’s problems. Your on twitter making threats and you’re an old fart. Worse, you’re boring. Night.

— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) April 2, 2013

.@royalcumings less time being a big man on twitter, and more time being a big man in real life, will help your poor family, old chap.

— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) April 2, 2013

Boom! The great news? Mrs. Gutfeld is doing much better after her surgery.

@darthcreatine visiting mom

— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) April 2, 2013

@tsull58 better. Thanks for asking!

— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) April 2, 2013

Wonderful news! And keep the photos coming, Greg.  Remember: Pic or it didn’t happen. A rule to live by!

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/04/02/pink-shoes-bifocals-and-wine-oh-my-greg-gutfeld-posts-pic-red-eye-fans-delight-in-mocking/


Huge Amazon promotion: Half-price gift cards to promote Amazon Local

http://twitter.com/#!/CARNEGIE_KID/status/181729962041147393

From the HuffPo:

Amazon.com will offer $10 gift cards to its site for $5 on Tuesday through its daily deal website AmazonLocal in a bid to draw consumers to the 9-month-old subsidiary, CNN Money reports.

AmazonLocal, which uses a local deal-of-the-day business model pioneered by sites like Groupon and LivingSocial, has expanded to 90 cities in 26 states and Washington, D.C. since it was quietly launched last June in Boise, Idaho.

But the company has quickly become one of many new Groupon clones looking to cash in on the rapidly expanding daily-deals business, the Wall Street Journal reports.

“Some folks, even if they’re Amazon customers, don’t know about us yet,” AmazonLocal vice president Mike George told CNN Money. “This is going to draw a whole bunch of people to check us out.”

Yeah, just the $10 ones, but if you know people who like to download digital media legally, you’ve just saved some money on gifts.

Important point of order: Whenever you do buy something from Amazon, please go to a favorite blogger who’s in the Amazon Affiliates program and jump there from the blog. We know, bloggers make big blog money, but . . . every little bit helps.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/03/19/huge-amazon-promotion-half-price-gift-cards-to-promote-amazon-local/


But Thats None Of My Business

But Thats None Of My Business

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Emily Osment thinks Radio Shack lacks that whole service thing

http://twitter.com/#!/coachmadkins/status/214210103769964545

If Emily Osment can’t get service, what hope is there for the rest of us?

The 20 year old actress and pop singer, best known for her role alongside Miley Cyrus in “Hannah Montana,” took a trip to Radio Shack last night. Like most people who go to Radio Shack, she expected some sort of service.

Did she find it? Check out the evidence for yourself:

Radio Shack. Where you will never be serviced, ever.

— Emily Osment (@EmilyOsment) June 17, 2012

Doesn’t sound too promising. When Osment’s followers chimed in, it became quite a sad state of affairs for the electronics store.

@EmilyOsment I like that motto.. however I think their slogan recently became "radio shack, yeah.. we're still in business"

— Dominic Hernandez (@stillsuperdom) June 17, 2012

@EmilyOsment Poor baby girl!!! They never can fix our stuff.

— FEJ or Jeff Saunders (@SOUND_GOD) June 17, 2012

https://twitter.com/Jorrdynnn/status/214210201321078784

THIS. “@EmilyOsment: Radio Shack. Where you will never be serviced, ever.”

— John Fru Fru (@xoxoxenomorph) June 17, 2012

https://twitter.com/HaloJustin/status/214256659546116097

https://twitter.com/forextrader900/status/214213419606347776

Dear Radio Shack, please heed the words of your disgruntled customers. Try and fix the service aspect of your company. Rumor is that sort of thing is important to actually making patrons want to return.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/06/17/emily-osment-thinks-radio-shack-lacks-that-whole-service-thing/


His Sons Tried to Kill Him… But He Refuses to Condemn Them

Living with your parents can be tough on a child. Working with a parent can be even tougher. But, nothing excuses Caleb and Joshua Bledsoe from what they just did: they attempted to kill their own father and burn down the house he lived in.

But, no matter what his sons did… William Bledsoe forgives them and will not see himself as a victim here.

No matter what is said, William refuses to abandon his sons.

The boys share a home and business with their father; they allegedly tried to kill him because he is hard to work and live with.

The sons set the house on fire, hoping to trap their father inside, but he made it out and was only treated for smoke inhalation.

Firefighters found home-made explosives inside of the house.

Caleb and Joshua appeared in Kittitas County Superior Court on Tuesday. They are held on $1 million bail pending possible charges.

Before all of this happened, the three ran a rain gutter company together.

William said, “My boys are my boys and I’ll never abandon them and not support them.”

Source

Now we know what they mean by “unconditional love” of a parent. SHARE this incredible act of forgiveness with others.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/his-sons-tried-to-kill-him-but-he-refuses-to-condemn-them/


Wet Seal Says It Closed 338 Stores, Laid Off Almost 3,700 Workers

The teen fashion retailer, under fire for giving workers a day’s notice they would lose their jobs, finally issued a statement on the layoffs this morning.

This photo from redditor DevoidSauce, taken Sunday at a Wet Seal in Seattle, has gone viral. Redditor DevoidSauce / Via i.imgur.com

Wet Seal, which has refused to respond to press inquiries regarding the abrupt closures and layoffs, said in a statement today it closed 338 stores — or 64% of the 528 stores it operated as of Nov. 1, 2014.

Last month, Wet Seal told investors it planned to close just 60 stores by Jan. 31.

The teen fashion retailer also said it terminated 3,695 full- and part-time employees, some of whom received just one day’s notice before losing their jobs, and despite weeks of reassurances from the company that stores would not close.

“This was a very difficult decision to make, but after reviewing many other options since I returned to the company in September, our financial condition leaves us no other alternative than to close these stores,” Chief Executive Officer Ed Thomas said in today’s statement. “This is an extremely difficult time for the entire Wet Seal team, and we are doing everything we can to protect the interests of all of our stakeholders, including our employees. We acknowledge and sympathize with how hard these recent events have been on our employees, both those staying with the company and especially those who are leaving the company this week.”

Wet Seal said following the closures it will now run 173 stores and its web business.

The struggling chain has been criticized roundly for convincing employees the business was doing fine throughout the month of December, then abruptly firing thousands of employees via a surprise Friday conference call, giving workers a day’s notice in many cases.

Former employees told BuzzFeed News that many of them learned of the layoffs from other stores, or from receiving boxes to mail back IT equipment such as cash registers. Higher-ups assured employees that inventory was on its way and that massive sales were typical.

Wet Seal said its severance and “one-time termination” costs will be about $700,000. The company has also been criticized for giving its CFO a nearly $100,000 raise the day the layoffs were communicated to store managers.

The chain said the closing stores accounted for nearly half of its sales, which are typically in the range of half a billion dollars a year. Wet Seal has been struggling, in recent years, to identify its target customer, fluctuating between selling to middle-schoolers and college students.

Full statement from Wet Seal:

Wet Seal Announces Store Closures

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)— The Wet Seal, Inc. (Nasdaq: WTSL, the “Company”), a leading specialty retailer to young women, today announced that it was closing 338 retail stores effective on or about January 7, 2015. The Company decided to proceed with the store closures after assessing its overall financial condition and the Company’s inability to successfully negotiate meaningful concessions from its landlords. The store closures unfortunately resulted in the termination of approximately 3,695 full and part-time employees. The Company estimates that the 338 retail stores which were closed represented approximately 48 percent of its net sales for the nine months ending on November 1, 2014. Following the store closures, the Company expects to operate approximately 173 retail stores and its Internet business.

Ed Thomas, CEO of The Wet Seal, Inc., stated, “This was a very difficult decision to make, but after reviewing many other options since I returned to the Company in September, our financial condition leaves us no other alternative than to close these stores. This is an extremely difficult time for the entire Wet Seal team, and we are doing everything we can to protect the interests of all of our stakeholders, including our employees. We acknowledge and sympathize with how hard these recent events have been on our employees, both those staying with the Company and especially those who are leaving the Company this week.”

In connection with the Store Closures, the Company expects to incur estimated pre-tax charges ranging from an aggregate of $5.4 million to $6.4 million, including costs associated with inventory write-off, asset impairments and employee terminations. Charges associated with inventory write-off are estimated to range from $2.5 million to $3.5 million. Charges associated with asset impairments (consisting primarily of write-offs of fixtures, furniture and equipment at the impacted stores) are estimated to be approximately $2.2 million. Charges associated with employee severance and other one-time termination costs arising from the Store Closures are estimated to be approximately $0.7 million. Such estimates do not include any claims or demands which may be made by the landlords of the impacted stores for unpaid rent or otherwise.

The above charges are estimates and the actual charges may vary materially based on various factors, some of which may be beyond the Company’s control. See “Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995” below.

About The Wet Seal, Inc.

The Wet Seal, Inc., a pioneer in fast fashion retailing, sells apparel, footwear and accessories designed for teen girls and young women of all sizes through retail stores nationwide, as well as an e-commerce website. After the store closings, the Company expects as of January 9, 2015 to operate a total of 173 stores in 42 states and Puerto Rico and an e-commerce business at www.wetseal.com. For more company information, visit www.wetsealinc.com.

Via ir.wetsealinc.com

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/sapna/wet-seal-says-it-closed-338-stores-laid-off-almost-3700-work


Emily Miller: Aaron Alexis made no effort to buy AR-15, media ‘obsessed’

http://twitter.com/#!/ardowling61/status/380145478651748352

As Twitchy reported, the front page of Tuesday’s New York Daily News featured the (tasteless) headline, “Same Gun, Different Slay,” and trumpeted that Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis had used the “Newtown” weapon to kill 12 people. That report turned out to be false, and tonight, the Washington Times’ Emily Miller reports that Alexis wasn’t denied the purchase of an AR-15 because he never tried to buy one.

http://twitter.com/#!/EmilyMiller/status/380110148402151424

Miller writes:

Aaron Alexis passed Federal Bureau Investigation and Virginia state background checks to purchase a shotgun from Sharpshooters Small Arms Range in Lorton, Va., over the weekend.

Alexis did not attempt to purchase a rifle or handgun from the store, The Washington Times has learned exclusively.

The retail store put the former Navy reservist’s name through both systems checks before selling him a shotgun and shotgun shells, a source familiar with the investigation said.

http://twitter.com/#!/warobertson/status/380110438975148032

Dear @CNN and @MSNBC,

How is it that @EmilyMiller always gets it right, and you boneheads always get it wrong?

You're in the hype business— Red Line℅E to the F™ (@FastEddie517) September 18, 2013

http://twitter.com/#!/EmilyMiller/status/380143565021528064

The rest of the media got the story so wrong (CNN’s Piers Morgan has been busy deleting tweets) that Miller wrote a column about the media’s obsession to connect the Navy Yard shootings to the weapon used in the Newtown massacre, the linchpin of the administration’s gun control efforts. Miller writes:

The liberal media is so obsessed with linking the Navy Yard shooter with the AR-15 rifle that it is making up false tales of Aaron Alexis trying to obtain one. The New York Times attempts to give the impression that a so-called assault weapon stopped Alexis from buying a rifle in Virginia, but that is not true.

The Times’ mistakes make it appear to be trying to give the impression only some unexplained “assault weapon” ban in the state stopped Alexis from killing more people. The truth is that we have thousands of gun laws on the books, but none of them stopped a homicidal maniac intent on mass murder.

http://twitter.com/#!/cannoneerfour/status/380143876868427776

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/09/17/emily-miller-aaron-alexis-made-no-effort-to-purchase-ar-15-media-obsessed-with-idea/