A really neat short film that expresses the fleeting and superficial relationships forged and weakened by social media. Give it a watch; you’ll be surprised by the mirror it holds up to your face.
Ever since the Senate voted down gun-control legislation in April, some advocates have remained convinced there was still hope. As of Tuesday, that hope is officially dead.
On Tuesday, two Colorado state senators, both Democrats, were recalled by voters for their votes in favor of gun control. Gun-rights advocates instigated the recall drives; the National Rifle Association spent $360,000, sending mailers and airing television ads calling the lawmakers “too extreme for Colorado.” Gun-control proponents, buoyed by donations from New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, outspent their opponents five to one. But the NRA turned the money against the lawmakers, painting them as pawns of fancy-pants out-of-state liberal interests. And the NRA won.
Democrats and gun-control advocates have come up with a number of rosy rationalizations to minimize the loss. Gun-rights campaigners failed to collect enough signatures to initiate two other recalls, they point out, so the victory was really mixed. The gun-control laws passed by the Colorado legislature remain in place, and Democrats retain control of both houses. Tuesday’s recall was a low-turnout election with procedural irregularities that made it harder for people to vote. Both lawmakers represented tough districts, particularly Senator Angela Giron, whose district was Democratic but culturally conservative; she lost by 12 points, while state Senate President John Morse lost by fewer than 400 votes.
All those things are true. And they don’t matter.
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The success of one’s political career should not be gauged by whether or not they get re-elected, but rather by what they accomplish while they are in power. If winning another election is all that is on our politicians’ minds, how can we expect any necessary reform to come when it is truly needed?
Also, the NRA needs to go die in a deep, wet ditch somewhere. I’d like to see any one of them explain their stance while looking into the eyes of a mother that has lost a child in Sandy Hook or Columbine.
I think I would like these photos more if the whole person was somehow incorporated into the shot. Only including the hand makes each shot seem like a commercial poster for a food chain. Having said that, the photos are striking and original. There is a whimsical element to them that I admire.