The Guinness ad: Is including people with disabilities heroic?

Guinness ad: a wheelchair basketball game

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Have you seen the new Guinness ad?

“You May Need a Bar Napkin to Wipe Your Eyes After This Guinness Ad,” says MSN.

“Surprising Guinness Commercial Will Make Your Heart Melt,” swoons HuffPo.

“Wheelchair Basketball Ad for Guinness Wins on a Buzzer Beater,” AdWeek chimes in.

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The saddest thing about Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus We Can't Stop cover

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I’d never heard of the MTV Video Music Awards until yesterday, and I know very little about Miley Cyrus. But last night I watched the video of her VMA performance Sunday.

It was six minutes of crotch-grabbing and butt-spanking with a little simulated analingus and lots of bump and thrust.

Cyrus pranced around for three minutes in a bodysuit singing her summer pop hit, “We Can’t Stop” before stripping down to a flesh-tone bra and panties to grind with Robin Thicke while singing “Blurred Lines,” his controversial summer hit about sexual consent–or the lack of it:

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All the Whos in Whoville and Amelia Rivera’s happy ending

Amelia Rivera: Little girl with long brown hair

Amelia Rivera (courtesy Chrissy Rivera)

I wrote 18 months ago (“Where Are You Taking Us?”) about three-year-old Amelia Rivera. Her kidneys were failing, and doctors estimated she had six months to a year to live without a transplant. But her doctor had refused a transplant for the little girl because she has Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, and is developmentally delayed.

When her mother, Chrissy, asked how to appeal that decision, she learned the hospital’s transplant team had already ruled against her daughter.

Chrissy Rivera blogged, powerfully, about the experience (“Brick Walls”). People began sharing her post on social media, and blogging about it. And Rivera suddenly found herself with 62,000 hits in a single day. Hundreds of people left complaints on the hospital’s Facebook page. More than 50,000 people signed a petition at Change.org asking the hospital to do the transplant.

And it worked.

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Slate: Obama’s attack on stand your ground hypocritical

stand your ground laws: Barack Obama

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Slate’s Dave Weigel writes:

The Illinois Review makes a find that’s been bouncing around conservative social media all day. “Nine years ago,” argue the authors, “then-State Sen. Barack Obama actually co-sponsored a bill that strengthened Illinois’ 1961 ‘stand your ground’ law.” If true, this would render hypocritical or null so much of the presidential palaver about the NRA-supported gun law. Wouldn’t it?

But let me rewind.

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Phoenix man jailed for home Bible studies: the rest of the story

I injured my back eight days ago. It’s on the mend, but I still can’t sit up for long periods–so I’m reposting some of my most popular posts. This post originally appeared in July, 2012. But one-sided accounts of the Michael Salman case are still making the rounds in Facebook shares and email forwards. Here’s the rest of the story:

Michael Salman: open Bible

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“Christian fined and sentenced to jail over AZ home Bible studies,” screams the Blaze headline.

“Jail time for Phoenix man who hosted Bible study at home,” says AOL.

Michael Salman, Phoenix-area businessman and pastor, is beginning a sixty-day sentence today for, according to The Blaze, “refusing to stop hosting Bible studies at his home.” And Christians and conservatives on Facebook and in the blogosphere are up in arms about it.

Here’s Salman’s side of the story:

And now, as Paul Harvey would say, here’s the rest of the story:

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George Zimmerman’s racial attitudes

I’ve injured my back and can’t sit up for more than a couple of minutes at a time. Since typing while prone was not a skill taught out in Mr. Rainwater’s typing portable behind Hyak Junior High, I’m reposting some of my most popular posts. This post originally appeared in April, 2012.

George Zimmerman

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On the night of December 4th, 2010, Sherman Ware, a homeless man, was trying to break up a fight outside the Wet Spot, a bar in Sanford, Florida. Just then, Justin Collison, 21, walked out of the bar, came up behind Ware, and punched him hard in the back of the head. Ware pitched forward, hit his head on a steel light pole, and fell to the ground, apparently unconscious. There Collison hit him again, and apparently called him a “nigger” several times. Collison then walked down the sidewalk, grabbed another man, and attacked him. The police came, but did not arrest, handcuff or even pat down Collison.

Collison had previously been arrested for shooting into a vehicle; the charges were later dropped. Collison is also the son of Sanford Police Lieutenant Chris Collison.

Here is an Orlando Sentinel article on the incident, and here’s a video taken by a bystander (the attack on Ware takes place in the first 10 seconds):

A white man, the son of a local police officer, sucker punched a black man in an unprovoked attack, and was not charged with any crime. It was just one act of violence among many, of course, and although apparently some people were outraged by it, nobody did much of anything about it.

Except George Zimmerman.

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Arizona’s voter registration law: what Justice Scalia actually said

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Front row: Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts, Justices Anthony Kennedy and Ruth Bader Ginsburg; Back Row: Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito, Jr., and Elena Kagan

“Justices Invalidate Arizona Voter Registration Law,” says Reuters. “Surprise!” crows ThinkProgress, “Justice Scalia Strikes Down Arizona Law Requiring Proof of Citizenship to Register to Vote.” And, most egregiously, ABC reports: “Supreme Court Strikes Down Voter ID Law.” 

For one thing, as the Heritage Foundation’s  Hans von Spakovsky points out, this wasn’t about voter ID at all:

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