Editor's Note: Police confirmed reports of a shooting at Arapahoe High School in Colorado today, a year after the Newtown tragedy. The suspect, a student, is reported to have died of apparently self-inflicted gunshot wounds after injuring two people. BlogHer is monitoring the reports and will update as the story develops. -- Julie
If tragedy strikes your town, like it did mine, this may or may not happen to you.
Hopefully, you will never know....more
There is a hard underbelly in the aftermath of the tragedy in Newtown that I've been wanting to address for a while now, but have scarcely wanted to acknowledge it for fear of perpetuating it. But my disgust and anger is so full and complete these days that I can hardly contain it....more
In the last press conference of his first term, President Barack Obama this morning seemed to directly appeal to the female electorate, using terms like "deadbeat" to describe what would happen to the country should Congress not rate the debt ceiling. He also addressed concerns about the diversity of his cabinet appointments, touting the number of women he's appointed to high office, and talked gun control one month after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, saying he'd "vigorously pursue" a meaningful assault-weapons ban.
We’ve all heard about the formidable lobbying power of the NRA and gun rights advocates. What if people who want to see stricter gun control measures banded together and to influence legislators, too? Today, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband former astronaut Mark Kelly are doing just that -- launching a political action committee to raise money to lobby lawmakers for greater gun safety measures. Why today?...more
I want to take a tiny, inconsequential sliver of the gruesome tragedy in Connecticut and apply it to the broader hatred and ranting I'm seeing pop up everywhere...against the media. And it's not like this is new. Everyone hates the media, it's cool. I hate it, too, promise. For some reason, though, I'm seeing a lot of backlash against the workers of news themselves. And, honestly, they don't want to be there. But what are they going to do? Quit?...more
If you're like me, you were probably disturbed to hear today of the arrest of a Bronx woman, charged with impersonating a member of the Pozner family, who lost their 6-year-old son Noah in the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting.
After a week of what was thought to be respectful, even remorseful, silence on the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shootings, the NRA took to the podium this morning, with… shall we say, both barrels blazing. National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre addressed the media in Washington D.C. with the message that the only way to keep our children safe is to put armed security guards in schools....more
[Editor's Note: late Thursday night, Speaker Boehner cancelled the expected vote on Plan B when it became apparent that not enough House Republicans agreed with his proposal to deal with the fiscal cliff. So, Congress is officially on break for the holidays, although President Obama plans to stay in Washington for the time being. --Grace]...more
Noah Pozner will forever be six-years-old because of the unspeakable madness of Friday, December 14, 2012. A news reporter prompted me to write this blog. He looked into the camera and asked if the viewers remember the killers’ name in the Columbine killings of 13 years ago. Two names quickly came to my mind, which I refuse to put in this blog. The reporter then asked if I, the viewer, remembered just ONE of the victims’ names at Columbine. My stomach tightened and I felt personal disgust, at the realization that I could not come up with a name. Then it hit me, that is the ONE reason this American shame continues....more
The other night, we attended a wonderful Christmas concert for the middle school. We paused at the beginning with a moment of silence for the victims of Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook. The principal, who is a nice guy and cares about the kids in his charge, said that this happened because we took God out of our schools. Most of the crowd clapped for him. I did not clap. I may have irreverently rolled my eyes, actually. Not out of disrespect for him, but at the fallacy that kids saying a generic prayer every day at school was going to make sure that a shooter would not make it in the school building. I am a Christian, and I pray. But the Good Old Days of school prayer were not perfect, and I wish people would remember that....more
We love being… a mother, daughter, friend, working woman and wife. These are big shoes to fill. Milano encourages you to take a moment for YOU. Read our bloggers' posts as they take a moment to try their favorite Milano products. Read more