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David Hogg: Wear #OrangeCaps at graduation for gun control

In the wake of the Santa Fe High School mass shooting that killed eight teenage students and two teachers on Friday, Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg called on his Twitter followers to advocate for gun control during their graduation ceremonies.

With college and high school graduation season in full swing, Hogg invited people to spray paint their graduation caps orange to show "support of common sense gun laws," via a tweet Saturday.

Hogg, 18, said he'd be painting his cap orange for graduation at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in February by a gunman armed with an AR-15-style rifle.

"Feel free ... to join if you want," he wrote, using the hashtag #OrangeCaps.


More at link:

Alert ! Avenatti up next on Rachel.

Hilarious photo of cat sleeping on laundry rack

Edited to add: Interesting the way we assign gender when we don't know! Some posts referring to cat as he and some as she. Not judging; it's just something I've always found interesting.

Remember the olden days when you could stay informed by checking news once a day?

Just sayin.

FB post from Ellen's Restaurant in Dallas RE their message going viral /getting death threats

Edited to add: Yes, they got death threats:

That was the reason for the explanation below on FB and the revised message:

FB post:
What a day this has been! We want to give some clarification to an issue that has caused quite a bit of confusion and anxiety.

Early this morning, we began posting a message on the bottom of our receipts stating that Ellen's intends to donate a portion of our proceeds this week toward the efforts of finding common ground and compromise in the fight to eliminate needless gun violence, especially in our schools and against our dedicated police officers.

With a limited number of characters available for that message, we simplified it to say we support "reasonable and effective gun regulations" toward that end.

Edited to add:Yes, they got death threats. That's why they revised their statement and posted the message below on FB.

What was not expected was that those two words -- reasonable and effective -- would be misinterpreted as our support for gun control. The mistake was an honest one. The opposite is true.

We support the Constitution, including the 2nd Amendment, 100%. And like the NRA, we also support finding solutions to the senseless killings that happen much too frequently. We believe those two things are completely compatible.

After a very courteous and informative conversation with a customer, we realized how our message could be misconstrued and we moved quickly to clarify. By then, the situation had become viral.

We believe our position is anything but controversial. Rather, it is the American way of dealing with problems. Historically, every time we have had a big challenge, we have come together -- Republicans, Democrats, Conservatives, and Liberals -- and put our collective brain power and dedication to the task.

No one wants children to die in their classrooms. No one wants police to be killed in the line of duty. The differences we have are in our approach. But we can fix it if we breathe, calm down, and listen to one another. As Americans, that's what we are supposed to do.

Go to link to see the revised message - couldn't copy it:

Obama's Most Adorable Moments Are The Ones He Shares With Kids (Some photos I hadn't seen before)

Some photos here I don’t recall seeing, even in Sousa’s book, and many I had seen, but even the ones we’ve seen are worth viewing again. Check out the link to see the explanations below the photos. He visited so many places where people were in distress. There is one with a bunch of kids right after Sandy Hook happened. Many more at the link. I just posted the ones I don't recall seeing.








Is it safe to come out?

The Obamas: You Can't Fake That! (Warning! May cause bittersweet tears)

Starbucks needs more than racial bias training: "You cant train bias out of people"


“Just doing training is not enough,” said Holly Hutchins, associate professor of human resource development at the University of Houston’s College of Technology. “Organizations tend to rush to the training option as a way to quickly window-dress issues, especially around gender or racial bias.”

Of all the options available for educating the workforce, Hutchins said diversity training “actually has the least impact”.

“People are feeling like they’re going to be strong-armed into changing their beliefs and perspectives about something, and it can often trigger even more stereotypes and backlash,” she said.


Heather McGhee, president of Demos, an equal rights thinktank, will develop the Starbucks training plan with the former US attorney general Eric Holder and representatives of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education fund, the Equal Justice Initiative and the Anti-Defamation League.

McGhee said she was not surprised by what happened to Nelson and Robinson.

“It called to mind some of my earliest memories as an African American of feeling unwelcome and being discriminated against in stores and restaurants and movie theaters,” McGhee said. “This is – more than most people who are not black know – a regular part of the considerations we have when moving through public and private spaces in America.”

McGhee said that while the closure of stores and the implementation of racial bias training was an eye-catching step, it would serve “really as an introduction”. It was important that Starbucks carried on the work, she said, including encouraging “interpersonal interactions” among employees of different races and backgrounds.


Am I missing something? With all the real news going on, why is Barbara Bush dying a big deal?

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