The Gun Report: July 2, 2013 – NYTimes.com

Austin McBride, 16, died after accidentally shooting himself outside his home in Springfield, Ky., Saturday. The teen was cleaning his .22-caliber handgun in preparation for a gun show when it went off, shooting him in the stomach. McBride’s mother had been in the shower at the time of the accident.

via The Gun Report: July 2, 2013 – NYTimes.com.

Olives Sold in Northeast Recalled for Potential Botulism Risk | Food Safety News

A Rhode Island-based grocery chain is recalling certain Mediterranean olives because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum.

Ocean State Job Lot (OSJL) issued a voluntary recall of Bel Frantoio brand Mediterranean Olives: Calcidica Sweet Monday after the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) discovered that the product was stored at room temperature when it should have been kept refrigerated, allowing for the potential growth of Clostridium botulinum bacteria.

via Olives Sold in Northeast Recalled for Potential Botulism Risk | Food Safety News.

HOPE not hate news: Muslim graves at Christchurch Cemetery, Newport, desecrated by racist vandals

Muslim graves at a Newport cemetery have been desecrated with racist graffiti.

The vandals used white paint to write “Lee Rigby murder”, “white power” and drew swastikas on four gravestones at Christchurch Cemetery.

They also wrote the initials of the British National Party (BNP), the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and the National Front (NF).

People visiting nearby graves spoke of their disgust and shock at seeing the painted messages, which were still wet this morning.

via HOPE not hate news: Muslim graves at Christchurch Cemetery, Newport, desecrated by racist vandals.

Niños de la Memoria | Children of Memory | A documentary film project about children who disappeared during the war in El Salvador

Niños de la Memoria tells the story of the search for hundreds of children who disappeared during the Salvadoran Civil War. Many were survivors of massacres carried out by the U.S.-trained Salvadoran army. Taken away from the massacre sites by soldiers, some grew up in orphanages or were adopted abroad, losing their history and identity.  Niños de la Memoria weaves together three separate yet intertwined journeys in the search for family, identity and justice in El Salvador, and asks the larger question: How can a post-war society right the wrongs of the past?

via Niños de la Memoria | Children of Memory | A documentary film project about children who disappeared during the war in El Salvador.

House Representatives Reveal Bigotry & Hypocrisy in Outrage Over DOMA | IMAGINE 2050

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House Representatives Reveal Bigotry & Hypocrisy in Outrage Over DOMA

Posted on Monday, July 1st, 2013 at 3:41 pm. Written by Imagine 2050 Editors

In the wake of last week’s historic Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), many members of the far-right have come forth with statements condemning the Court’s decision.

Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) claimed the ruling “attacked our Constitution.” Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) took to Twitter to say, “Today the #SCOTUS Holy Quintet rewrote the laws of nature & nature’s God.” Pennsylvania state legislators led by Rep. Darryl Metcalfe silenced an openly gay colleague on the Pennsylvania House floor, stating:

“I did not believe that as a member of that body that I should allow someone to make comments such as he was preparing to make that ultimately were just open rebellion against what the word of God has said […] and just open rebellion against God’s law.” 

Opposition from these officials should not be surprising given their propensity to espouse bigotry and demagogue others including immigrants and Muslims. Bachmann and Gohmert are stalwart members of the Immigration Reform Caucus and Metcalfe is the founder of State Legislators for Legal Immigration – the two most prominent coalitions of anti-immigrant lawmakers in the country. These legislators and their colleagues also regularly sound the alarm on Islamic Sharia law hurting America in order to demonize American Muslims. Yet, when the country’s highest court rules against their ostensibly Judeo-Christian “God’s Law” they are outraged.

The Supreme Court ‘s decision reiterated that all Americans are entitled to equal rights under the Constitution.  Nativists should not be allowed to decide that the Constitution is only applicable when it furthers their bigoted agenda.

via House Representatives Reveal Bigotry & Hypocrisy in Outrage Over DOMA | IMAGINE 2050.

Alison Lundergan Grimes Running For Senate

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Monday that she would challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in 2014.

“I have met with supporters, we had a great conversation,” she said at a press conference in Frankfort, Ky. “We can next make the best move, the best difference by running for the U.S. Senate.”

Grimes is the first Democrat to mount a challenge against McConnell.

via Alison Lundergan Grimes Running For Senate.

Chai Tea Recalled for Botulism Risk | Food Safety News

A Washington state company is recalling its chai tea because the beverage was improperly processed and therefore has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum bacteria.

Harmony Chai of Eastsound, WA issued a voluntary recall of its concentrated black spiced and decaffeinated roobius chai teas Friday after testing by the Washington State Department of Agriculture revealed the product had not been processed in a way that prevents Clostridium botulinum contamination.

via Chai Tea Recalled for Botulism Risk | Food Safety News.

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