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London Olympics: Look on the Bright Side 1

“McCain Shows NRA Strong Pro-Gun Side”

By Michael D. Shear

Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, May 17, 2008

LOUISVILLE, May 16 — Sen. John McCain, once derided as one of the “premier flag-carriers for the enemies of the Second Amendment” by the National Rifle Association, enthusiastically embraced the group’s pro-gun agenda at its annual convention here Friday.

In front of a crowd of about 6,000 people who gave him two standing ovations, McCain also mocked Democratic Sen. Barack Obama as a liberal, anti-gun politician and made a direct appeal to the “bitter” voters Obama said were clinging to their “guns or religion” to soothe concerns about their economic struggles.

“The Second Amendment isn’t some archaic custom that matters only to rural Americans who find solace in firearms out of frustration with their economic circumstances,” McCain said…


Sen. John McCain (R-CT) appears regularly on TV criticising President Obama for not involving the United States in the Civil War in Syria. McCain, driven by his hawkish nature, never tells us why we should insert ourselves in a second Muslim country and borrow even more money from China to fight wars that do nothing the improve our economy or create jobs at home. Sen. McCain is a Republican. is party has been united as one in fighting efforts of the President to create jobs, improve our sluggish economy.  For all the good that McCain may be doing, he has not used his power and influence in Congress to get Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (who is up for re-election in Kentucky) to end the Republican war to embarrass and limit the success of our first black president. Can there be another motivation than pure racism?  Sen. McCain tacitly approves of using any tactic to win the Whitehouse for his party and cement complete control of our government by the “TOP 1%”, the wealthy, the so-called job creators…the 17 rich white men funding SuperPacs to install a “clown president” in the Whitehouse.








“London 2012 Olympics helpline: Put your questions to our experts”



Post your question about anything Olympics to one of the Guardian’s team of on hand experts during our day-long helpline onMonday 23 July from 10am (BST)

olympics helpline

As London prepares for the 2012 Olympics, what are the last minute questions you need answered? Our experts are online to help (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Photograph: Charlie Riedel/A

Got a last minute travel query but find Tfl too much of a minefield to navigate? Wondering if you can still get your hands on a pair of tickets to beach volleyball? Need to know where to find last-minute accommodation in London?

Or maybe you just have a random question, such as whether you can bring your dog into Olympic park or which is the best spot to stand for an athlete autograph post-event?

We’ve created a series of pages full of links and advice to help answer your questions. But if you still can’t find what you’re looking for, for one day only we have our sterling team of Guardian experts on hand to take your query via the Guardian Olympics Helpline on Monday 23 July.

You can also see some of the questions we’ve already answered on our faq pages for foodtraveltransportculture and general questions.  FULL POST


“Syria rebels face heavy shelling”

Government forces have deployed helicopter gunships as they battle rebels in the Syrian capital, witnesses say.

The besieged opposition stronghold of Barzeh was under heavy assault on Sunday, according to activists.

“This is the first time Damascus has witnessed such fierce shelling,” Thabet Salem, a journalist in Damascus, told Al Jazeera. “There are very huge explosions.”

The Local Coordination Committees, an activist network, said “many individuals were injured” due to rocket and helicopter shelling of the Grand Mosque in Barzeh which set the mosque on fire.


Government forces reportedly also deployed in the outskirts of the Mezzeh district. Residents said rebels withdrew from the district after heavy aerial and ground bombardment.

Fighting also engulfed several district of Aleppo, Syria‘s main commercial hub, on Sunday. Residents reported clashes near the main intelligence base in the city.

An activist told the AFP news agency that government troops launched an assault on the Salaheddin district at dawn in a bid to reclaim it from rebel hands.

“Violent clashes have been taking place since the early morning,” the activist said.  FULL POST

Flag-map of Syria

Flag-map of Syria (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Politicizing Guns: If Not Now, When?”

by Cenl Uygur

It’s a trick. When people tell you that you shouldn’t politicize a tragedy like the shooting in Aurora, Colorado they are unwittingly helping to spread NRA propaganda. After a tragedy like that, it is the most logical thing in the world to ask what went wrong and how we can fix it. When you ask that question, the obvious answer is our gun laws. It’s awfully hard to stab 70 people and kill 12 of them in a short period of time like that. It’s very easy to murder those same people if you have an AR-15 assault rifle, a shotgun and two glocks.

This is the obvious conclusion that the NRA desperately wants you to avoid. So, they do a brilliant trick where they tell you that you are not allowed to talk about the problem in the immediate aftermath of the violence and death their guns caused — that would be politicizing the tragedy. FULL POST


Sympathy for the Dead and Injured In Aurora, Colorado 3


The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office released a list of the 12 dead in a mass shooting in an Aurora, Colorado, theater yesterday during a premiere of “The Dark Knight Rising.” Eleven victims were positively identified. The cause of death in all cases was gunshot wounds, the coroner said. A twelfth victim, Matthew R. McQuinn, 27, is awaiting definitive identification, the coroner said.

Jessica N. Ghawi, 24

Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6

John T. Larimer, 27

Alexander J. Boik, 18

Jesse E. Childress, 29

Jonathan T. Blunk, 26

Rebecca Ann Wingo, 32

Alex M. Sullivan, 27

Gordon W. Cowden, 51

Micayla C. Medek, 23

Alexander C. Teves, 24

To contact the reporter on this story: Jennifer Oldham in Denver at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Stephen Merelman

Brooke Johns and his Orchestra – Why Should I Weep About One Sweetie (1924)

Have a great weekend!