Posts tagged facepalm
Posts tagged facepalm
In news that’s not The Onion, on the one-month anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre, the NRA released a brand-new iOS game called “NRA: Practice Range,” which is available for free on the iPhone and iPad. The game is rated for ages four and up.
It’s described as “a 3D shooting game that instills safe and responsible ownership through fun challenges and realistic simulations. It strikes the right balance of gaming and safety education.”
Oh, but remember this gem:
“But is that what it really is? Isn’t fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography?
A child growing up in America witnesses 16,000 murders and 200,000 acts of violence by the time he or she reaches the ripe old age of 18.”
That was NRA spokesman Wayne LaPierre at a Dec. 21, 2012 press conference blaming violent media and video games for causing mass shootings like Sandy Hook. Essentially, after spending the past month blaming shooting games for mass shootings, the NRA released a target shooting game for those aged 4+ on the one-month anniversary of one of the worst mass shootings in America that claimed the lives of 27 people, including 20 children.
Still with me?
According to Kotaku, the game has three modes, and in all of them “you get to pick a weapon and use it to shoot moving targets. You can use handguns and shotguns. You can also buy an AK47 assault rifle for just $0.99, which is a very good deal for an AK47 assault rifle. Other weapons, like an MK11 sniper rifle, also cost $0.99 each.”
But it’s not just shootin’, it’s learnin’! Kotaku continues: “And then there is the best part. As you play NRA: Practice Range, you’ll see NRA Fun Facts™ like ‘The NRA sanctions or sponsors over 11,000 shooting competitions and 50 shooting championships each year!’ and ‘NRA programs train over 750,000 gun owners each year!’ These NRA Fun Facts™ are also free and available to kids ages four and up.”
So that makes it okay, amirite? /sarcasm
London, and the British in general, did not take too kindly to Mitt’s swipes at the UK’s preparedness for the Olympics, culminating in this:
London Mayor Boris Johnson slapped back in very public fashion during a massive pre-Games rally. “There’s a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know if London is ready,” he cried, prompting the 60,000-person crowd to jeer the candidate’s name. “Are we ready?”
Star sprinter Carl Lewis, who won 10 Olympic medals in his career for the U.S., appraised
Mitt Romney’s Mittens Romneyshambles' performance thusly: “I swear, sometimes I think some Americans shouldn’t leave the country. Are you kidding me, stay home if you don’t know what to say.”
Indeed. I bet Mitt wishes he could cancel his visit. Retroactively, of course.
And this gem comes to us from Ken McCauley on the Wyoming Progressives page. As Ken writes:
Steve Bray (R) is apparently running for the Wyoming ASSEMBLY. According to the Wyoming Constitution, (Article 3) ‘the legislature of the State of Wyoming’ consists of ‘a senate and a house of representatives.’ Help me out historians, when was the last time The Wyoming government was called an assembly, 1888’s Wyoming Territorial Assembly?”
I got this. From the Wyoming Legislature’s website:
"In 1890, there were two legislative sessions held. The Eleventh, which was the last Territorial Legislative Assembly, convened January 14, 1890 and adjourned March 14, 1890. The first State Legislature convened November 12, 1890 and adjourned January 10, 1891.”
Long story short, there is no State Assembly in Wyoming.
Emphasis mine. Protip for life, kids: If you’re going to run for office, it’s helpful to know what the office is, and in which capacity you’ll be serving, i.e. the correct name of the legislative body. Perhaps he forgot he was running for state house, and chose assembly. Y’know, a few too many at a rodeo weekend, and crazy things happen.
Either that, or Steve Bray is convening a one-man assembly. I imagine
they’ll he’ll be holding meetings in a cabin in the woods. He and the trees will talk about Agenda 21, which is “an insidious, step-by-step, process that has found its way into federal, state, and local government” according to Steve and other — er — interesting folks.
He’s also running to protect family values. Why? Because reasons, hippies, and the sixties. Bray writes, “Since our society deviated from the family unit, most notably in the sixties, teen pregnancies, suicides, abortions, sexually transmitted diseases, among others, have all gone up.”
I really just don’t know what to say here, other than I sort of hope he wins. His opponent, Steve Harshman, is ridiculously conservative, and barring a write-in on the Democratic side, the primary ends the race for District 37. I just think Bray might be entertaining as hell. Imagine his shock IF he wins and discovers he’s been elected to the legislature, not the assembly! I bet he’ll feel so cheated.
From my pal, Charles Pelkey. He writes: “Apparently the ‘news’ crew at Fox was so eager to announce the Supremes’ rejection of the mandate that they forgot to read past the first page of the decision.”
Facepalm of the year? Quite possibly.
However, as ThinkProgress reports, the viral aspect of Twitter means Huffington Post, CNN, TIME, and NPR ALSO got it wrong. TIME and NPR both sourced CNN. And like HuffPo sources their info…
Seriously. He really said he has not mentioned contraception during his campaign.
Remember this, Rick?
"One of the things I will talk about that no president has talked about before is the dangers of contraception in this country." — Rick Santorum, October 2011
I am too tired for this fuckery. Jezebel has the money shot:
Rick Santorum went on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning where Joe Scarborough asked him if he regrets bringing the issue of contraception into his campaign. Rickles got flustered and turned pissy fast. He said, “I’ve never had any record or anything about talking about access to contraception.”
Wait… found some responses:
Oh, and this one:
Ooh, one more:
Yes, Rick. You did mention contraception a few times, and you are a lying oxygen thief. That is all.