A series of non-fatal accidental shootings have overshadowed events organised by the US pro-gun lobby. The first annual ‘Gun Appreciation Day’ was held as the Obama administration looks to reduce violence in the wake of the Conneticut school shootings.
But the rallies and fairs — whose organisers officially welcome endorsement from groups such as, errr, Zombie Killers Elite — was beset by three separate incidents in which five people were shot.
Three people were shot in North Carolina after a firearm went off accidentally at a gun show’s check-in booth. The walking wounded included a sherrif’s deputy.
A gun dealer tried to check to make sure a gun was unloadedat a similar event in Ohio, but ended up shooting a longtime friend in the leg and arm.
Meanwhile in Indiana, a man shot himself in the hand while attempting to reload his .45 semi-automatic in the car park of a gun and knife show.
The incidents come as a blow to gun advocacy groups — who have consistently argued that increasing the number of guns in public places such as schools would increase public safety.
The Second Amendment lobby seems to be interpreting the idiom ‘shooting yourself in the foot’ literally.
Rupert Murdoch’s companies have been found to be grossly misleading the US public over climate change, with Fox News‘ coverage classed as giving dodgy info 93% of the time. In the report, compiled by the Union of Concerned Scientists, Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal comes a close second in the inaccuracy stakes, with a massive 81% misleading coverage in their opinion pages:
The WSJ, whose commentary include such beauties as “No Need to Panic About Global Warming“, claim that the alarmism created by global warming is something of a conspiracy, offering “an excuse for governments to raise taxes“.
Fox News, who evidently can’t even muster a one in ten success rate of accurate reportage, have certainly got a somewhat dubious record when it comes to accuracy and fairness of their journalism. Readers may recall:
Apparently tiring of the endless mad reasons that Saint Romney lost to evil Obama last week, the tin-foil hat brigade over at Fox News have found a new conspiracy to latch onto: the General Petraeus sex scandal.
As demonstrated by the above video, the paragons of the American unelectable right think that the former CIA boss is being blackmailed by Obama to, erm, cover up the “truth” about the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi.
“Truth” in this context meaning the paranoid rantings of the same people who claim Obama’s re-election is thanks to non-whites wanting “stuff”.
In the aftermath of the US presidential election, polling guru Nate Silver has been enjoying widespread plaudits having called the outcome in each of the fifty states correctly. However, it’s worth remembering that with the 2010 General Election in the UK, Silver didn’t do quite so well.
In the run up to election day, Silver anticipatedheavy losses for Labour, and big gains for the Liberal Democrats. One of his predictions had Nick Clegg’s party with 101 seats — a gain of 39. Of course, what actually happened was that the yellow party lost five seats, in an anticlimactic comedown from “Cleggmania”.
And whilst Labour suffered a bruising defeat, their final total of 258 seats wasn’t quite as bad as Nate Silver had indicated. His doom-mongering calculations had Labour on 214. So there are 44 red MPs feeling very grateful that he wasn’t right.
Amid the headline success of Barack Obama’s election, Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock’s senate failures, and states legalising marijuana and gay marriage, the news that a cat placed third in the Virginia senate election seems to have gone almost unnoticed.
Hank the Cat was mooted as a joke candidate last winter, but when voters made their choice on Tuesday he reportedly received in the region of six thousand votes. This means that he came third, behind Republican George Allen and Democratic winner Tim Kaine.
Sadly it seems that even had he won, Hank would not have been constitutionally eligible to sit in the senate.
Last night gave the Republicans plenty of things to feel glum about. With Obama relected and retaining the senate, it was clearly the Democrats’ night — Mitt Romney (above) wasn’t the only politician left looking a bit sad.
So as we all recover from staying up too late watching electoral college votes roll in, Scrapbook presents a rundown of the best pictures of miserable Republicans:
Controversial Fox News presenter Bill O’Reilly complained that “the white establishment is now the minority.”
A witch doctor from Obama’s ancestral home of Kogelo village in western Kenya has used his mystic powers to predict that the president will secure a second term. Scrapbook could not confirm rumours that “115 year-old” John Dimo is now working on a full breakdown of the electoral college.