Mixed Media Blog Feed | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/Blogs/2015/01/Twitter%20%3Cspan%20class%3D http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en Have Plans Tonight? Cancel Them. Sarah Palin Is Interviewing Donald Trump. http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/08/sarah-palin-interview-donald-trump <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Fed up with media bullies attacking Donald Trump's purported Bible fanaticism, Sarah Palin announced she will be interviewing the GOP front-runner and <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/28/politics/donald-trump-church-member/index.html" target="_blank">nonactive church member</a> for what's sure to be a circus of a conversation. In a Facebook post today, the former vice presidential candidate and <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/06/fox-news-has-apparently-had-enough-sarah-palin" target="_blank">fired</a> Fox News host explained her plans:</p> <center> <div id="fb-root">&nbsp;</div> <script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script><div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/sarahpalin/posts/10153596970878588" data-width="500"> <div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"> <blockquote cite="https://www.facebook.com/sarahpalin/posts/10153596970878588"> <p>WTH, LAMESTREAM MEDIA! STAY OUT OF MY BIBLEWTH? Lamestream media asks GOP personal, spiritual "gotchas" that they'd...</p> Posted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/sarahpalin">Sarah Palin</a> on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/sarahpalin/posts/10153596970878588">Friday, August 28, 2015</a></blockquote> </div> </div> </center> <p>What exactly is One America News? Unclear, but here's <a href="http://www.oann.com/wheretowatch/" target="_blank">how to access it. </a></p> <p>It's all happening.</p> <p><em><strong>Update: </strong></em><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/contributor/2015/08/starts-chanting-kiss-kiss-kiss-kiss-kiss-kiss-kiss-kiss-stops-chanting" target="_blank">Here is a link to the interview.</a></p></body></html> Mixed Media 2016 Elections Media Top Stories Donald Trump Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:41:52 +0000 Inae Oh 282891 at http://www.motherjones.com Virginia News Station Pays Tribute to Slain Journalists http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/08/virginia-news-station-pays-tribute-slain-journalists <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>A day after Virginia journalists <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/08/shooting-kills-two-journalists-during-live-television-broadcast" target="_blank">Alison Parker and Adam Ward</a> were fatally shot while filming a live broadcast, their colleagues at WDBJ went on air to pay tribute with a moment of silence.</p> <center> <div id="fb-root">&nbsp;</div> <script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script><div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/wdbj7/videos/10153051420727217/" data-width="500"> <div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"> <blockquote cite="https://www.facebook.com/wdbj7/videos/10153051420727217/"> <p>Please take a moment today to pause and reflect to remember Alison Parker and Adam Ward. Gone, but never forgotten.</p> Posted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/wdbj7">WDBJ7</a> on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/wdbj7/videos/10153051420727217/">Thursday, August 27, 2015</a></blockquote> </div> </div> </center> <p>"We want to pause and reflect and share with you once again what made these two so special, not just to us, but to all of our hometowns that WDBJ serves," Kimberly McBroom, who was anchoring from the station when the shooting erupted, said while fighting back tears.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Preparing for a very difficult <a href="https://twitter.com/WDBJ7Mornin">@WDBJ7Mornin</a> broadcast. But I am strengthened by your love and condolences. We will get through this together</p> &mdash; Kimberly McBroom (@KimberlyWDBJ) <a href="https://twitter.com/KimberlyWDBJ/status/636819631064219648">August 27, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>On Wednesday morning, Parker and Ward were killed during a live interview at a shopping center. <span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px;">The suspected gunman is&nbsp;</span>Vester<span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 24px;">&nbsp;Flanagan,&nbsp;a former coworker at the local news station.&nbsp;</span>The segment's interviewee, Vicki Garndner, was also injured. She went through emergency surgery and has reportedly recovered from stable condition to <a href="http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/vicki-gardner-of-sml-regional-chamber-of-commerce-recovering-following-shooting/34934662" target="_blank">good condition.</a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Guns Media Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:05:12 +0000 Inae Oh 282786 at http://www.motherjones.com Marshall Crenshaw Plays Superior Guitar Pop http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/08/marshall-crenshaws-superior-guitar-pop <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_sgQYHQSqjQ" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Marshall Crenshaw<br><em>#392: The EP Collection</em><br> Red River Entertainment</strong><br> &nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/MC392_COVER-Front_1500.jpg" style="height: 200px; width: 200px;"></div> <p>A worthy heir to Buddy Holly (who he portrayed in the biopic <em>La Bamba</em>) and John Lennon (who he played in a production of <em>Beatlemania</em>), Michigan-bred, New York-based Marshall Crenshaw has made superior guitar pop for more than three decades. Folks with long memories will recall such early faves as "Someday, Someway" and "Favorite Waste of Time," also recorded by Bette Midler. Compiling highlights from six recent EPs, <em>#392</em> showcases Crenshaw's gift for blending razor-sharp melodies and wistful vocals that have just enough grit to avoid any suggestion of cheap sentiment. This 14-track set also offers some savvy covers, including a lovely, un-ironic take on the Carpenters' "Close to You" and a crackling, previously unreleased version of the Everly Brothers' "Man with Money." If you're new to Crenshaw's work, consider yourself lucky: A great back catalog awaits.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Media Music Music Mondays Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:00:13 +0000 Jon Young 282526 at http://www.motherjones.com It's Time to Separate the South From the Confederacy http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/08/nathan-bedford-forrest-statue-memphis <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>On Wednesday, the Memphis City Council cast <a href="http://www.startribune.com/memphis-city-council-votes-11-1-to-remove-confederate-statue/322262321/" target="_blank">its final vote</a> to remove a statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest from a downtown park. Despite the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/20/us/a-confederate-generals-final-stand-divides-memphis.html" target="_blank">considerable pushback</a> against the decision, I can't help but feel a little hope that progress is being made in my home state.</p> <p>Not to be mistaken for the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/06/worst-confederate-statue-ever-nashville-nathan-bedford-forrest" target="_blank">garish</a> Forrest statue in Nashville, this one is a tarnished bronze<strong> </strong>likeness of the Confederate general, slave trader, and first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. The statue tops a concrete burial vault that houses the remains of Forrest and his wife. The memorial has stood in Health Sciences Park (formerly Forrest Park) since 1905, when, 28 years after Forrest's death, a group of wealthy, white Memphians dug up the general and his wife and entombed them in a vault beneath this statue in downtown Memphis.<strong> </strong>Astride his horse, Forrest faces north, positioned so he doesn't seem to be retreating.</p> <p>In the aftermath of the Charleston <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/06/victims-charleston-shooting" target="_blank">massacre</a> and a renewed push to take down Confederate flags and other symbols of the Confederacy, the Memphis City Council <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/20/us/a-confederate-generals-final-stand-divides-memphis.html" target="_blank">voted</a> to remove the statue and return the remains to Elmwood Cemetery, where Forrest was originally buried in accordance with his will. Surprisingly, much of the indignant outcry has surrounded the idea of moving the remains rather than removing the statue. In some of my recent personal conversations, people have expressed their outrage at such an "extreme" move.</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/forrest-confederate315.jpg"><div class="caption"><strong>A Confederate flag is draped over the base of the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest at a celebration of his 194th birthday in July. </strong>Mike Brown/The Commercial Appeal via AP</div> </div> <p>Indeed, they do. At the ceremony <a href="http://tennessee-scv.org/ForrestHistSociety/equestrian.html" target="_blank">unveiling</a> the statue in May, 1905, nothing was said of Forrest's order to massacre more than 300 African-American Union soldiers who had already surrendered at <a href="http://www.history.com/topics/american-civil-war/fort-pillow-massacre" target="_blank">Fort Pillow</a>, Tennessee, in 1864. His role as a leader in the KKK was never mentioned. Instead,&nbsp;the Forrest Monument Association spoke of his chivalry, and of heritage and honor. As Nate DiMeo notes in a <a href="http://thememorypalace.us/2015/08/notes-on-an-imagined-plaque/" target="_blank">recent episode </a>of his podcast, <em>The Memory Palace</em>, the statue was unveiled "at a specific moment in time": The city's African-American population was increasing, and racial tensions were building. The memorial was a tip of the hat to an idealized past, and those who supported it hoped the symbol would inspire a similar future.&nbsp;"Memorials are not memories," DiMeo says. "They have motives."</p> <p>The emphasis on tradition, heritage, and honor sounds familiar to me. I grew up in a tiny farming community about an hour and a half east of Memphis, in a place where those values tended to come before equality and the respect for anyone who isn't white. My history classes were full of winding excuses about how the Civil War wasn't <em>really</em> about slavery. It was a struggle over state's rights, and economic power. Obviously. Dixie was a place of hospitality and heart&mdash;if you were white. Nathan Bedford Forrest's name was everywhere. It was attached to a nearby state park, a handful of statues, and even the ROTC building on my college campus. DiMeo sees the current controversy as a collision between the present and history, but I've been staring at that collision since I was too young to know what it was.</p> <p>DiMeo says that despite Forrest's alleged regret at the end of his life for his actions, he's no American role model. He imagines adding a plaque to the Forrest statue and others like it. "Maybe [the plaque] should just say, maybe they should all say, that the men who fought and died for the CSA, whatever their personal reasons, whatever was in their hearts, did so on behalf of a government, formed for the express purpose that men and women and children could be bought and sold and destroyed at will," DiMeo says. I tend to agree.</p> <p>There are people I've known my whole life who are fiercely protective of the Confederacy and its symbols. They mean well when they speak of heritage and honor, but their pride comes at the expense of those who have suffered far worse than we ever have. Their refusal to recognize that perpetuates a racism that is so insidious that it is confused with cultural values.</p> <p>I love where I came from. I love the mile-wide stubborn streak I inherited from my deeply Southern grandmother, a woman who is strong and outspoken, because as the daughter of poor sharecroppers, she had to be. I love the syrupy sound of our accents, and I love dark, heady summer nights filled with fireflies. I love being part of a community that is armed with casseroles whenever tragedy catches someone unaware. I do not love the Confederacy, and I do not stand for its murderous agenda or its skewed racial hierarchy. We cannot change the past, but as Memphis removes the statue and tries to move forward, so should the South. It's time to separate the South from the Confederacy.</p> <p><em>Listen to </em>The Memory Palace<em> episode on the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue, <a href="http://thememorypalace.us/2015/08/notes-on-an-imagined-plaque/" target="_blank">"Notes on an Imaginary Plaque&hellip;"</a></em></p> <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/219494413&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Race and Ethnicity Sat, 22 Aug 2015 13:00:38 +0000 Becca Andrews 282191 at http://www.motherjones.com Undocumented Immigrant Bravely Calls Out His Racist Employer, Donald Trump http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/08/donald-trump-undocumented-immigrant <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/e-r9E5n5FnM" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>In a new series for <em><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-r9E5n5FnM" target="_blank">New Left Media</a></em>, a 24-year-old undocumented immigrant who works as a busser at Donald Trump's Soho hotel recently opened up about what it's like to work for a man whose immigration platform rests on characterizing Mexican immigrants like himself as criminals and rapists.</p> <p>"I know I could lose my job for just talking about Trump, but it doesn't make me proud everyday to go to work under his name," Ricardo Aca said in a video profile.</p> <p>Aca reveals that he crossed the border at the age of 14 with his family and has been living in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn for almost ten years. He went to high school in New York City and earned an associate's degree in commercial photography. Having been here for most of his adolescent to adult life, Aca has grown accustom to the negative stereotypes many have against immigrants.</p> <p>"I feel like Republicans think Mexicans are lazy, but I personally work three jobs, my stepfather works two jobs,"&nbsp;Aca said. "Everything that my family has we have earned it by working."</p> <p>While other Republican presidential hopefuls have attempted to distance themselves from Trump's anti-Mexican rhetoric, Aca said their own immigration platforms aren't much different from those of the real-estate mogul.</p> <p>"I may have an accent, but I'm not stupid," he said.</p> <p>Aca's bold statements provide a personal spotlight on the growing anxiety some immigrants are experiencing as they witness Trump maintaining his position as the Republican front runner.</p> <p>"We don't know if we should laugh or if we should cry,&rdquo; Mexican columnist Guadalupe Loaeza told the <em><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/for-mexicans-the-donald-trump-candidacy-is-getting-scarier/2015/08/18/b603af1b-b06f-4cd9-a3af-82401e85f363_story.html" target="_blank">Washington Post</a>&nbsp;</em>earlier this week.<em>&nbsp;</em>"We think he's really a nightmare."</p> <p>But Aca offers a more hopeful outlook, saying he doesn't believe most Americans share the same views as Trump. After the video's publication, the payroll department at Trump's hotel restaurant ordered Aca to bring the renewal of his working permits. When he walked entered through the kitchen, he told the Times his fellow co-workers, sushi chefs, and line cooks applauded him.</p></body></html> Mixed Media 2016 Elections Immigration Race and Ethnicity Wed, 19 Aug 2015 19:52:52 +0000 Inae Oh 282271 at http://www.motherjones.com In Fort Benning, US Army Shuts Down Misogynist Trolls http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/08/us-army-fort-benning-shuts-down-misogynist-trolls <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>This coming Friday, two female lieutenants will become the first women to graduate from the US Army's grueling Ranger program&mdash;an honor that requires all candidates to complete an intense, 62-day training course at Fort Benning in Georgia.</p> <p><a href="http://www.military.com/military-fitness/army-special-operations/army-ranger-pft" target="_blank">Training includes</a> running at least five miles several times a week, swimming for miles in a combat uniform, finishing a 15-mile march carrying a 65-pound pack, and doing an astonishing number of push-ups in two minutes. Women had been historically excluded from Ranger school because it was thought they lacked the strength and stamina to complete the program.</p> <p>Like clockwork, <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/tamerragriffin/two-women-will-graduate-from-army-ranger-school-for-the-fir#.haX5bk9jx" target="_blank">Kristen Griest and Shaye Haver's</a> history-making achievements have prompted skeptics to question whether their training might have been tweaked to defer to their feminine frailties. Did Griest and Hayer receive favorable treatment? Is the whole thing just some <a href="https://twitter.com/ConserValidity/status/518675229485588480" target="_blank">politically correct </a>publicity stunt?</p> <p>Thankfully, the individual behind the US Army Fort Benning's Facebook account is proving to be quite the dauntless social media staffer, expertly shutting down the misogynist trolls who have been commenting on the page.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">What do you call a woman who finishes Ranger School? A Ranger. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/army?src=hash">#army</a> <a href="http://t.co/C8coXr3LLi">pic.twitter.com/C8coXr3LLi</a></p> &mdash; Setsu Uzum&eacute; (@KatanaPen) <a href="https://twitter.com/KatanaPen/status/633849168415490048">August 19, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p><em><a href="https://twitter.com/nycsouthpaw/status/633971459044581376?s=09" target="_blank">(h/t @nycsouthpaw) </a></em></p></body></html> Mixed Media Military Sex and Gender Wed, 19 Aug 2015 15:31:50 +0000 Inae Oh 282216 at http://www.motherjones.com Palehound's Debut Album Is Smart And Engrossing http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/08/palehounds-debut-album-smart-and-engrossing <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/a-jzuHhVfnc" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Palehound</strong><br><em><strong>Dry Food</strong></em><br><strong>Exploding in Sound</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Palehound_Dry%20Food_Album%20Art.jpg" style="height: 246px; width: 240px;"></div> <p>It's hard to pin Ellen Kempner down. Recording as Palehound, the Boston native just produced a smart, engrossing debut album (following a strong EP), which deftly juggles skittish rockers and woozy ballads, covering a dizzying amount of ground in less than a half-hour. Her lyrics can be intriguingly oblique, than come into sharp, funny focus for tart stories of desperate need and fumbled connections. "I'm pushing back your tongue/With my clenched-teeth home security system," she croons languidly on "Easy," fending off a "swollen, sickly guest"; in the toe-tapping "Cushioned Caging," which would be a big hit in a better world, she concedes, "I knew you were a close call/I loved you/It's all my fault." Throughout <em>Dry Food</em>, Kempner's quietly emphatic voice is subtly compelling, inspiring great expectations for whatever she does next.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:00:13 +0000 Jon Young 281961 at http://www.motherjones.com John Oliver Calls Out Televangelists Who Exploit Religion to Make Millions http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/08/john-oliver-televangelists <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7y1xJAVZxXg" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>On Sunday<em>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y1xJAVZxXg" target="_blank">Last Week Tonight</a></em> took on the shady world of televangelism, an industry that&mdash;unlike actual congregations doing real work to help others&mdash;is built on promises to "heal through faith" in exchange for hefty, tax-free donations. As John Oliver described, the business thrives on the premise that "wealth is a sign of God's favor and donations will result in wealth coming back to you."</p> <p>The most vulnerable people are often targeted, while celebrity televangelists rake in millions.</p> <p>To help expose the industry's fraudulent doings, the show conducted a seven-month correspondence with leading celebrity televangelist Robert Tilton that revealed a disturbing set of tactics he employed to convince people to send money his way. Oliver even established his own satirical church to show just how easy it can be to scam worshipers. Welcome to Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Media Religion Mon, 17 Aug 2015 13:43:55 +0000 Inae Oh 282021 at http://www.motherjones.com Janelle Monáe Has Your New Black Lives Matter Protest Chant http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/08/janelle-mon%C3%A1e-black-lives-matter-hell-you-talmbout <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><a href="http://www.jmonae.com/" target="_blank">Janelle Mon&aacute;e</a> and her badass record label, <a href="http://tour.wondaland.com/" target="_blank">Wondaland</a>, led a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/08/johnetta-elzie-ferguson-black-lives-matter" target="_blank">Black Lives Matter</a> march in <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/aug/13/janelle-monae-leads-protest-against-police-brutality-philadelphia" target="_blank">Philadelphia</a> yesterday, and today she released a powerful new mix of her bonus track, "Hell You Talmbout," off her latest effort, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Electric-Lady-Janelle-Monae/dp/B00DNDR29I" target="_blank"><em>The Electric Lady</em></a>. On the new version, Mon&aacute;e is accompanied by labelmates Deep Cotton, St. Beauty, Jidenna, Roman GianArthur, and George 2.0. The track features chants of "Say his/her name" along with the names of recent victims of police brutality over a heart-pounding drumbeat.</p> <p>And if you're looking for more protest tunes, check out our playlist <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/12/playlist-oakland-police-brutality-protest-millions-march" target="_blank">here.</a></p> <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="600" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/219074591&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Media Music Race and Ethnicity Thu, 13 Aug 2015 19:39:59 +0000 Becca Andrews 281891 at http://www.motherjones.com 3 Times Sesame Street Has Hilariously Parodied an HBO Series http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/08/3-hilarious-sesame-street-parodies-of-hbo-shows <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>HBO <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/14/business/media/sesame-street-heading-to-hbo-in-fall.html?hp&amp;action=click&amp;pgtype=Homepage&amp;module=second-column-region&amp;region=top-news&amp;WT.nav=top-news&amp;_r=0&amp;gwh=A2155C9E0C9F9A69F9EF283E0222B4CE&amp;gwt=pay&amp;assetType=nyt_now" target="_blank">just announced</a> that it has struck a deal to air <em>Sesame Street</em> for the next five years on the network. The iconic show, which has aired on PBS for 45 years, will start running on HBO <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2015/08/13/sesame-street-moving-hbo/31625021/" target="_blank">later this fall</a>. Don't worry: The show will continue airing on PBS following a nine-month window during which HBO has exclusive rights to run it. Big Bird and co. have have had an ongoing relationship of sorts with the premium cable network, producing amusing <a href="http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/theshow/watch/spoofs" target="_blank">spoofs</a> of some of HBO's most popular shows under the moniker "GrouchBO." Expect more hilarious send-ups like these when <em>Sesame Street</em> officially joins the HBO lineup.</p> <p><strong>True Mud </strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/n-mkbf5ogU4" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Birdwalk Empire </strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ppGXF8_OvCc" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Game of Chairs</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/dhWUFXvaZjo" width="630"></iframe></p></body></html> Mixed Media Education Thu, 13 Aug 2015 16:56:17 +0000 Edwin Rios 281851 at http://www.motherjones.com Lowe's Manager Bows to Request After Racist Customer Refuses Black Delivery Driver http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/08/lowes-black-driver-racist-customer <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><script type="text/javascript" src="http://WSET.images.worldnow.com/interface/js/WNVideo.js?rnd=684739;hostDomain=www.wset.com;playerWidth=630;playerHeight=355;isShowIcon=true;clipId=11740114;flvUri=;partnerclipid=;adTag=News;advertisingZone=;enableAds=true;landingPage=;islandingPageoverride=false;playerType=STANDARD_EMBEDDEDscript;controlsType=overlay"></script></head><body><p><a href="http://www.wset.com" title="WSET.com - ABC13">WSET.com - ABC13</a></p> <p>Last month, a black driver working for a local Lowe's in Danville, Virginia, was on his way to deliver a package when he received an abrupt order from his manager to return a shipment back to the store.</p> <p>"I asked him why I couldn't do it and he said because you're black and they don't want you at the house," <a href="http://www.wset.com/story/29719850/lowes-delivery-driver-says-store-halted-a-delivery-because-hes-black" target="_blank">Marcus Bradley told WSET-TV.</a></p> <p>With his longtime coworker Alex Brooks riding in the truck's passenger seat, the two returned to work. When they arrived, Brooks told the station, a white driver replaced Bradley. Brooks says he refused to complete the delivery with him.</p> <p>"It was one of those things like, 'These guys will get over it. They're tough guys, they're delivery guys.' And that's kind of where I just had to put my foot down and say I couldn't do it with them," Brooks says.</p> <p>When WSET tracked down the Lowe's customer, she saw nothing wrong with her demands. "I got a right to have whatever I want and that's it," she said.</p> <p>Lowe's corporate has since terminated the manager who bowed to the racist request. As for Bradley, he returned to work the next day.</p> <p>"I mean I gotta work," he said. "I'm going to keep going to work like I've always done. But I would think Lowe's would take it into consideration to think about what they're doing next time."</p> <p>"We've reached out to the drivers and one of our senior executives went to the store to apologize to them in person," a spokesperson told the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/08/10/black-delivery-driver-replaced-by-manager-after-lowes-customer-demands-white-employee/" target="_blank"><em>Washington Post</em></a>. "We have zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind, and we should never have accepted the terms of the sale with the individuals who were delivered to.&rdquo;</p> <p>It's unclear if Bradley's manager personally sympathized with the customer's outrageous demands.&nbsp;But Lowe's corporate may want to beef up its basic training with the message to managers that the customer is not always right.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Corporations Race and Ethnicity Wed, 12 Aug 2015 16:11:51 +0000 Inae Oh 281736 at http://www.motherjones.com John Oliver Creates the Perfect Video to Help With America's Lack of Sex Education Standards http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/08/john-oliver-sex-education <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/L0jQz6jqQS0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>In the United States, sex education is legally mandated in only <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/01/states-sex-education-gay-marriage" target="_blank">22 states</a>, with just 13 requiring that information to be medically accurate.</p> <p>"We essentially have a weird patchwork system that varies wildly and not just from state to state, but from district to district, and even from school to school," John Oliver explained on the latest<em> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0jQz6jqQS0" target="_blank">Last Week Tonight. </a></em></p> <p>The lack of accurate information, combined with educators' continued efforts to avoid the issue altogether, has major consequences for young people across the country. As <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/01/states-sex-education-gay-marriage" target="_blank"><em>Mother Jones</em></a> has previously reported, the effects can be alarming: In Mississippi, where sex education deems homosexuality a crime and condom demonstrations are banned, the state ranks second in teenage pregnancy, with a third of all babies born to teenage mothers.</p> <p>"There is no way we'd allow any other academic program to consistently fail to prepare students for life after school," Oliver said. "And human sexuality, unlike calculus, is something you actually need to know about for the rest of your life."</p> <p>To help, Oliver enlisted Laverne Cox, Nick Offerman, and other celebrity friends to create the perfect sex education video. Watch above.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Education Sex and Gender Mon, 10 Aug 2015 13:37:47 +0000 Inae Oh 281587 at http://www.motherjones.com The Mynabirds New Album Is Thoroughly Winning http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/08/mynabirds-new-album-thoroughly-winning <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_FkDBFCCpIA" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>The Mynabirds<br><em>Lovers Know</em><br> Saddle Creek</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/mynabirds%20cover%20art_0.jpeg" style="height: 250px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>With her smoky voice and brooding aura, Laura Burhenn could easily have been an elegant torch singer in an earlier era. On the thoroughly winning <em>Lovers Know</em>, her third album as The Mynabirds, the charismatic LA-based singer modifies with the folksy chamber pop of previous albums, opening up the sound to accommodate synths and electronic beats, hinting R&amp;B influences. While these flashier elements might suggest a big shift in direction, Burhennn's soulful gravity is unchanged. From "All My Heart," where she growls, "I don't want half of anything," to "Velveteen," which finds Burhenn sighing, "I'm fragile, as fragile as can be" (not entirely persuasively), she captures the emotional highs and lows of restless yearning with rare skill.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Music Mondays Mon, 10 Aug 2015 10:00:14 +0000 Jon Young 281291 at http://www.motherjones.com Music Review: "Speed Trap Town" by Jason Isbell http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/music-review-speed-trap-town-jason-isbell <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/n8qEAYqkD6k" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>TRACK 8</strong></p> <p>"Speed Trap Town"</p> <p>From Jason Isbell&rsquo;s <em>Something More Than Free</em></p> <p>Southeastern Records</p> <p><strong>Liner notes:</strong> Isbell embodies bedraggled resilience on an aching acoustic ballad about a toxic home, singing, "It never did occur to me to leave before tonight."</p> <p><strong>Behind the music:</strong> The Alabama-born singer was only the third songwriting option in Drive-By Truckers, after Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, but has blossomed as a solo artist.</p> <p><strong>Check it out if you like:</strong> Underdog champions (Steve Earle, John Mellencamp).</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Sun, 09 Aug 2015 10:00:20 +0000 Jon Young 280981 at http://www.motherjones.com Music Review: “MariKKKopa” by Desaparecidos http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/music-review-%E2%80%9Cmarikkkopa%E2%80%9D-desaparecidos <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DpvXmwybQ6A" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>TRACK 6</strong></p> <p>"MariKKKopa"</p> <p>From Desaparecidos' <em>Payola</em></p> <p>Epitaph</p> <p><strong>Liner notes:</strong> "We got to round 'em up!/Door to door the posse is ready," howls Conor Oberst on a window-rattling rant, which closes with an actual sound bite from xenophobic sheriff Joe Arpaio.</p> <p><strong>Behind the music:</strong> Fronted by Oberst, who would go on to fame with the gentler Bright Eyes, the Omaha quartet released its debut album in 2002, then parted ways. They reconvened in 2010 to perform at a concert promoting the repeal of anti-immigrant legislation.</p> <p><strong>Check out if you like:</strong> Rockin' fire and brimstone, i.e., The Clash or Husker Du.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Sat, 08 Aug 2015 10:00:47 +0000 Jon Young 280976 at http://www.motherjones.com Fox News Is Breaking Up With Donald Trump. Now He's Freaking Out on Twitter http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/08/fox-news-breaking-donald-trump-now-hes-freaking-out-twitter <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>We may have Fox News to thank for the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/08/donald-trump-gop-debate-fox-news" target="_blank">meteoric start</a> to Donald Trump's presidential campaign, but could we soon credit the network for its impending doom? Judging by the thorny questions posed by Fox's moderators during the first Republican primary debate last night, it looks as if the news outlet is initiating the breakup&mdash;and Trump is fighting back.</p> <p>Soon after facing a barrage of pointed questions, the petulant GOP front-runner took to Twitter to slam the news outlet's moderators with his reliable brand of petty insults:</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">.<a href="https://twitter.com/FrankLuntz">@FrankLuntz</a> is a low class slob who came to my office looking for consulting work and I had zero interest. Now he picks anti-Trump panels!</p> &mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/629554738766479360">August 7, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">.<a href="https://twitter.com/FrankLuntz">@FrankLuntz</a> I won every poll of the debate tonight by massive margins <a href="https://twitter.com/DRUDGE_REPORT">@DRUDGE_REPORT</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/TIME">@TIME</a> so where did you find that dumb panel.</p> &mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/629556966835265536">August 7, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>Republican political consultant Frank Luntz was not the only recipient of his ire.&nbsp; Megyn Kelly called out <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/08/gop-debate-highlights-donald-trump-megyn-kelly" target="_blank">Trump's history of insulting women. </a>"You've called women you don't like 'fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals,'" Kelly said. "Only Rosie O'Donnell," Trump responded, prompting applause. He then took aim at the Fox News host:</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">"<a href="https://twitter.com/timjcam">@timjcam</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/megynkelly">@megynkelly</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/FrankLuntz">@FrankLuntz</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump">@realDonaldTrump</a> Fox viewers give low marks to bimbo <a href="https://twitter.com/megynkelly">@MegynKelly</a> will consider other programs!"</p> &mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/629553612839124992">August 7, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Wow, <a href="https://twitter.com/megynkelly">@megynkelly</a> really bombed tonight. People are going wild on twitter! Funny to watch.</p> &mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/629557762427604992">August 7, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I really enjoyed the debate tonight even though the <a href="https://twitter.com/FoxNews">@FoxNews</a> trio, especially <a href="https://twitter.com/megynkelly">@megynkelly</a>, was not very good or professional!</p> &mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/629561051982495744">August 7, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>The distancing of Fox News from Trump on Thursday could signal Fox chairman Roger Ailes is <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/08/donald-trumps-newest-enemy-fox-news.html" target="_blank">finally taking heed</a> of Rupert Murdoch's attempts to stop Fox from offering an uncritical platform for Trump's inflammatory rhetoric. And without the support of Fox News, maybe Trump's presidential ambitions will lose some momentum.</p></body></html> Mixed Media 2016 Elections Film and TV Media Fri, 07 Aug 2015 14:29:36 +0000 Inae Oh 281486 at http://www.motherjones.com Jon Stewart Signs Off from the "Daily Show" with the Perfect Advice for Us All http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/08/jon-stewart-daily-show-last-episode <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>After 16 years of engaging audiences with his political satire and no bullshit media criticism, Jon Stewart <a href="http://thedailyshow.cc.com/full-episodes/pjkw01/august-6--2015---jon-stewart-s-final-episode" target="_blank">bid a final farewell as host</a> of the <em>Daily Show</em> on Thursday night. The episode, filled with cameos from the likes of Steve Carell and Kristen Schaal, was very much a tribute to the longtime host as it was to his impressive roster of correspondents from over the years.</p> <div style="background-color:#000000;width:630px;"> <div style="padding:4px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="349" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:arc:video:thedailyshow.com:eddb7874-7671-415b-ac71-bcff068bbc2f" width="622"></iframe> <p style="text-align:left;background-color:#FFFFFF;padding:4px;margin-top:4px;margin-bottom:0px;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;"><b><a href="http://thedailyshow.cc.com/">The Daily Show</a></b><br> Get More: <a href="http://thedailyshow.cc.com/full-episodes/">Daily Show Full Episodes</a>,<a href="http://www.facebook.com/thedailyshow">The Daily Show on Facebook</a>,<a href="http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos">Daily Show Video Archive</a></p> </div> </div> <p>During one moment, Stephen Colbert, whose tenure at the <em>Daily Show</em> launched his own career as the bloviating pundit of the <em>Colbert Report</em>, broke character to thank an emotional Stewart for his work.</p> <p>"We are better people for having known you," Colbert said. "You are a great artist and a good man."</p> <div style="background-color:#000000;width:630px;"> <div style="padding:4px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="349" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:arc:video:thedailyshow.com:7ebcc3c4-ddaf-4d1f-a1ff-199d8cf1b28a" width="622"></iframe> <p style="text-align:left;background-color:#FFFFFF;padding:4px;margin-top:4px;margin-bottom:0px;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;"><b><a href="http://thedailyshow.cc.com/">The Daily Show</a></b><br> Get More: <a href="http://thedailyshow.cc.com/full-episodes/">Daily Show Full Episodes</a>,<a href="http://www.facebook.com/thedailyshow">The Daily Show on Facebook</a>,<a href="http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos">Daily Show Video Archive</a></p> </div> </div> <p>Before officially signing off, Stewart left his audience with the advice to keep vigilant of all the bullshit out there.</p> <p>"Bullshit is everywhere," he said. "If you smell something, say something."</p> <div style="background-color:#000000;width:630px;"> <div style="padding:4px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="349" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:arc:video:thedailyshow.com:e2f5c706-bbe5-4d52-a59e-c05760469fb1" width="622"></iframe> <p style="text-align:left;background-color:#FFFFFF;padding:4px;margin-top:4px;margin-bottom:0px;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;"><b><a href="http://thedailyshow.cc.com/">The Daily Show</a></b><br> Get More: <a href="http://thedailyshow.cc.com/full-episodes/">Daily Show Full Episodes</a>,<a href="http://www.facebook.com/thedailyshow">The Daily Show on Facebook</a>,<a href="http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos">Daily Show Video Archive</a></p> </div> </div></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Media Fri, 07 Aug 2015 12:19:21 +0000 Inae Oh 281481 at http://www.motherjones.com Even Donald Trump's Daughter Was Horrified By His Mexicans Are "Rapists" Comments http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/08/donald-trump-ivanka-trump-mexican <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Every child understands being embarrassed by dad. This is likely an even more routine experience if you're the daughter of Donald Trump, who was once able to laugh off <a href="http://fusion.net/story/176716/heres-the-creepy-video-of-donald-trump-saying-hed-date-his-own-daughter/" target="_blank">dad's confession</a> that he'd probably date his own daughter if she wasn't in fact his daughter. That's something.</p> <p>But calling Mexican immigrants crime-peddling "rapists" is apparently where Ivanka Trump draws the line. According to a new report by <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/08/trump-campaign-has-descended-into-civil-war.html" target="_blank"><em>New York</em>'s Gabriel Sherman</a>, she was outraged over her father's inflammatory rhetoric back in June and urged him to issue an apology&mdash;clearly to no avail:</p> <blockquote> <p>"She's close to her father and is sensible enough to know a problematic situation," a friend of Ivanka's told me. Her feeling, the friend added, was that her father was hurting himself with his extreme anti-immigrant rhetoric.&nbsp;At one point, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter, Ivanka submitted several drafts of a statement for Donald to release to walk back the quotes, but he refused to have them published. "Donald didn't like it," a person close to him said. A spokesperson for Ivanka declined to comment.&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <p>The report, which details the civil war inside Trump's inner circle, comes a day after not one, but <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/bill-clinton-called-donald-trump-ahead-of-republicans-2016-launch/2015/08/05/e2b30bb8-3ae3-11e5-b3ac-8a79bc44e5e2_story.html" target="_blank">four Trump aides</a> leaked information about a private phone call between Bill Clinton and the GOP front-runner himself.</p> <p>As you settle down to watch the first <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/08/tonights-winner-depends-much-media-it-does-candidates" target="_blank">Republican debate</a> tonight, spare a thought for Ivanka: she's demonstrating a level of patience we should all try to have for our embarrassing ol' man.</p></body></html> Mixed Media 2016 Elections Thu, 06 Aug 2015 16:35:30 +0000 Inae Oh 281361 at http://www.motherjones.com Amy Schumer Announces Plan To Tackle Gun Control http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/08/amy-schumer-joins-gun-control-fight <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="true" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="360" mozallowfullscreen="true" scrolling="no" src="https://news.yahoo.com/video/amy-chuck-schumer-gun-violence-163113197.html?format=embed" webkitallowfullscreen="true" width="640"></iframe></p> <p>Amy Schumer just <a href="http://mashable.com/2015/08/03/amy-schumer-gun-control/" target="_blank">joined</a> the gun control fight.</p> <p>During a press conference on Monday, the comedian, along with her cousin New York Senator Chuck Schumer, unveiled a new initiative to tackle gun violence. Last month, 59-year-old John Russell Houser allegedly opened fire inside a Louisiana movie theater during a screening of Schumer's latest film "Trainwreck." He <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/07/mass-shooting-movie-theater-lafayette" target="_blank">killed three people,</a> including two women, before killing himself.</p> <p>"Unless something is done and done soon, dangerous people will continue to get their hands on guns," Schumer told reporters. "We need a background check system without holes and fatal flaws."</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Sen-Schumer-comedian-Amy-Schumer-call-for-more-6421168.php" target="_blank">three-part legislative plan</a> will seek to limit gun access to the mentally ill and violent criminals by rewarding states that provide thorough background check information while penalizing states that fail to do so. The two also called on Congress to fund greater mental health and substance abuse programs.</p> <p>Over the weekend, Schumer responded to an open letter from a daughter of a Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting survivor that urged her to speak out and support gun control legislation. The letter, <a href="https://medium.com/human-development-project/an-open-letter-to-amy-schumer-8f1fd3637d41" target="_blank">posted on <em>Medium</em></a>, asked Schumer to be a "voice for our generation and for women&mdash;two groups who make up most of the victims of the gun violence in our country."</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/cdickason11">@cdickason11</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/sfclem">@sfclem</a> Her name was Mayci, not Marci and I think about her and Jillian everyday. Don't worry I'm on it. You'll see.</p> &mdash; Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) <a href="https://twitter.com/amyschumer/status/627474594417381376">August 1, 2015</a></blockquote> </center> <p>"These are my first public comments on the issue of gun violence," Schumer said on Monday. "But I promise you they will not be my last."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Guns Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:56:08 +0000 Inae Oh 281121 at http://www.motherjones.com Watch John Oliver Explain Why Washington, DC, Should Be the 51st State http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/08/john-oliver-dc-voting <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4Z4j2CrJRn4" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>On Sunday, <em><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z4j2CrJRn4" target="_blank">Last Week Tonight</a> </em>took on the issue of restricted voting rights for Washington D.C. residents, despite the fact they pay federal taxes and have a larger population than some entire states such as Vermont and Wyoming. Even the Dalai Lama once called the situation "quite strange."</p> <p>"The people of D.C. clearly deserve a greater voice in their own affairs and they've actually come tantalizingly close to getting a voting representative in Congress," John Oliver explained. "In 2009, a bill to give D.C. a vote was introduced in the Senate, and the Senate did the most dickish thing imaginable: passing it, but with a little addition."</p> <p>That controversial addition sought to repeal all of D.C.'s gun control laws, further illustrating the uphill battle that is granting D.C. statehood.</p> <p>"It was the kind of amendment NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre dreams about as he sleeps in his bullet-filled bathtub, I presume," Oliver said.</p> <p>As a result the bill was dropped.</p> <p>With the help of a group of singing children, Oliver continued his call for D.C.'s statehood with an amended tune about America's 50 states. Not convinced? The song ends with the suggestion, "Well then let's all kick out Florida cause no one thinks they're great."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Film and TV Media Mon, 03 Aug 2015 12:32:12 +0000 Inae Oh 281116 at http://www.motherjones.com Here Are Some Photos of Rep. John Lewis Holding Some Adorable Puppies http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/john-lewis-puppies <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p>Shortly after commemorating the <a href="http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc-quick-cuts/watch/john-lewis--the-vote-is-almost-sacred-494198851513" target="_blank">50th anniversary</a> of the landmark Voting Rights Act on Thursday, Rep. John Lewis stopped by the ASPCA's Paws for Celebration event on Capitol Hill to meet some adorable puppies. Fortunately for the rest of us, cameras were present:</p> <center> <div id="fb-root">&nbsp;</div> <script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script><div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/RepJohnLewis/posts/10153411338078405" data-width="500"> <div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"> <blockquote cite="https://www.facebook.com/RepJohnLewis/posts/10153411338078405"> <p>It was good to spend a little time with the wonderful puppies that the ASPCA brought to Capitol Hill.</p> Posted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/RepJohnLewis">John Lewis</a> on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/RepJohnLewis/posts/10153411338078405">Thursday, July 30, 2015</a></blockquote> </div> </div> </center> <p>That's right. It doesn't get much better than everyone's favorite congressman and iconic civil rights leader holding puppies.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Animals Congress Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:42:48 +0000 Inae Oh 280961 at http://www.motherjones.com Here's Your Reminder That Donald Trump's 2 Sons Are Also Big-Game Hunters http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/donald-trumps-kids-are-also-big-game-hunters <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 2em;">On Tuesday, an American dentist admitted to paying $50,000 to </span><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/walter-palmer-cecil-lion-hunt" style="line-height: 2em;" target="_blank">hunt and kill Cecil the lion</a><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 2em;">, a beloved animal and popular tourist attraction in Zimbabwe. News of the killing sparked swift condemnation on social media, with many calling for Walter Palmer to be extradited to Zimbabwe to stand trial.</span></p> <p>Amid the outrage, photos quickly resurfaced of Donald Trump's sons,&nbsp;Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, posing with the dead bodies of several exotic animals, including an African elephant and leopard, they had previously hunted for sport.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/osgAJOApXt0" width="630"></iframe></p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Donaldtrump?src=hash">#Donaldtrump</a> son kills African elephant,cuts off tail to show off <a href="http://t.co/74l9YouWv3">http://t.co/74l9YouWv3</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WalterPalmer?src=hash">#WalterPalmer</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CecilTheLion?src=hash">#CecilTheLion</a> <a href="http://t.co/P7ppYkm5Va">pic.twitter.com/P7ppYkm5Va</a></p> &mdash; Zimbabwe Today (@ZimToday) <a href="https://twitter.com/ZimToday/status/626073016032751616">July 28, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>When the photos initially emerged online back in 2012, the Trump brothers staunchly defended themselves, taking to Twitter to "make no apologies."</p> <p>"In some parts its over populated. Bottom line with out hunters $ there wouldn't be much left of africa. Eco is nice but no $," one tweet from <a href="https://twitter.com/DonaldJTrumpJr/status/179507733672902657" target="_blank">Trump Jr. read. </a></p> <p>The public reminder is just the latest relic in Trump's past to stir controversy. This week alone, the <em>New York Times </em>dug up a series of depositions in which the GOP frontrunner for president once told a female lawyer she was <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0CB8QqQIwAGoVChMIyqzXlI-BxwIVwWk-Ch0ybQxf&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2015%2F07%2F29%2Fus%2Fpolitics%2Fdepositions-show-donald-trump-as-quick-to-exaggerate-and-insult.html&amp;ei=Vi-5VcqpL8HT-QGy2rH4BQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNHdwo1AP8_88uKMErbZXVv6XDAbFw&amp;bvm=bv.99028883,d.cWw" target="_blank">"disgusting" for pumping milk</a> for her then three-month-old daughter. The day prior, the <em>Daily Beast</em> published a story resurfacing an old assertion from his former wife claiming he had once <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/07/27/ex-wife-donald-trump-made-feel-violated-during-sex.html" target="_blank">raped her. </a></p> <p><strong>Update, August 2, 2015: </strong>Donald Trump <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11775145/Donald-Trump-Id-get-on-very-well-with-Putin-if-I-were-president.html" target="_blank">defended</a> his sons with the following statement:&nbsp;"My sons love to hunt. They are members of the NRA, very proudly. I am a big believer in the second amendment. My sons are hunters. Eric is a hunter. He puts it on a par with golf - ahead of golf. And my other son is a hunter. They are great marksmen, great shots. I like to play golf."</p></body></html> Mixed Media 2016 Elections Animals Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:28:33 +0000 Inae Oh 280896 at http://www.motherjones.com Jimmy Kimmel Slams the American Dentist Who Killed Cecil the Lion http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/jimmy-kimmel-cecil-lion <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_LzXpE1mjqA" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Following news an American dentist admitted to paying $50,000 to hunt and <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/walter-palmer-cecil-lion-hunt" target="_blank">kill Cecil the lion</a>, Zimbabwe's most beloved animal, comedian Jimmy Kimmel took to his show on Tuesday night to deliver an emotional response.</p> <p>"The big question is: Why are you shooting a lion in the first place?," Kimmel said. "I mean, I'm honestly curious to know why a human being would feel compelled to do that. How is that fun? Is it that difficult for you to get an erection that you need to kill things that are stronger than you? If that's the case, they have a pill for that. It works great. Just stay home and swallow it, and you save yourself a lifetime of being the most hated man in America who never advertised JELL-O Pudding on television."</p> <p>The segment included photos of previous animals baited and hunted by the Minnesota dentist, identified as Walter Palmer.</p> <p>Kimmel's monologue mirrored outrage seen on social media after Zimbabwean authorities revealed on Tuesday that Palmer was behind the brutal hunt. The 13-year-old lion was seen as a national treasure in the country.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Animals Film and TV International Media Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:31:12 +0000 Inae Oh 280831 at http://www.motherjones.com This American Trophy Hunter Allegedly Beheaded Zimbabwe's Most Beloved Lion http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/walter-palmer-cecil-lion-hunt <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><strong>Update, July 28, 4:40 p.m.: </strong>Walter Palmer <a href="http://www.startribune.com/read-the-full-statement-from-walter-palmer/318947551/" target="_blank">released a statement</a> Tuesday afternoon saying he "deeply regrets" killing Cecil the Lion and implied he may have been misled by local guides.</p> <p>A Minnesota dentist has been identified as the big game hunter who allegedly paid $50,000 to <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/zimbabwe/11767119/Cecil-the-lions-killer-revealed-as-American-dentist.html" target="_blank">kill Cecil the Lion</a>, one of Zimbabwe's most beloved animals, and a main tourist attraction for the Hwange National Park. Zimbabwean police said Walter Palmer is now being investigated for baiting the 13-year-old lion and then killing the animal with a crossbow.</p> <p>"They went hunting at night with a spotlight and they spotted Cecil," Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force's <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jul/28/killer-of-cecil-the-lion-was-american-zimbabwe-officials-claim" target="_blank">Johnny Rodrigues said</a>, according to <em>The Guardian</em>. "They tied a dead animal to their vehicle to lure Cecil out of the park and they scented an area about half a kilometer from the park."</p> <p>"He never bothered anybody. He was one of the most beautiful animals to look at," he added.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/H4a2htZ2wIQ" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Palmer has been accused of paying local hunters, two of whom have since been <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/53d983a8f9d5423883a462feb773c18d/zimbabwe-2-appear-court-killing-cecil-lion" target="_blank">arrested</a>, to aid the hunt. According to Zimbabwean officials, Cecil was also skinned and beheaded.</p> <p>According to Minnesota's Star Tribune, Palmer is preparing to dispute some of the allegations. "Obviously, some things are being misreported," he said, <a href="http://lhttp://www.startribune.com/zimbabwe-2-to-appear-in-court-for-killing-cecil-the-lion/318828251/" target="_blank">according to the report</a>. Palmer's spokesman told <em>The Guardian</em> that "Walter believes that he might have shot that lion that has been referred to as Cecil," but added that Palmer believed "he had the proper legal permits and he had hired several professional guides."</p> <p>News of Cecil's killing was swiftly met with outrage on social media. Since being identified as Cecil's alleged killer, Palmer's dental business in Minnesota&mdash;<a href="https://twitter.com/PaulBlume_FOX9/status/626049305380540417" target="_blank">which was closed on Tuesday</a>&mdash;has been flooded by negative <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/river-bluff-dental-bloomington?osq=walter+palmer" target="_blank">Yelp reviews </a>condemning the allegations.</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I hope justice is served to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WalterPalmer?src=hash">#WalterPalmer</a>, the heartless bastard that killed <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CecilTheLion?src=hash">#CecilTheLion</a> <a href="http://t.co/ajHVLOUIti">http://t.co/ajHVLOUIti</a> <a href="http://t.co/LwsmRkrK0R">pic.twitter.com/LwsmRkrK0R</a></p> &mdash; Ryan Phinny (@RyanPhinny) <a href="https://twitter.com/RyanPhinny/status/626064963442839556">July 28, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" height="238" src="/files/yelp.png" width="536"><div class="caption">Yelp</div> </div> <p>In 2009, Palmer was profiled by the <em>New York Times </em>for a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/13/sports/13elk.html" target="_blank">feature</a> on the controversial sport of trophy hunting in which he described his ambition for setting new hunting records. He told the paper he learned to shoot at the age of five. In 2008, Palmer pled guilty to lying to federal officials about where a black bear had been killed.</p> <p>"We are extremely saddened by the news of Cecil the Lion being illegally killed for sport&mdash;not only from an animal welfare perspective, but also for conservation reasons," Jeff Flocken, North American Regional Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare said in a statement. "African lion populations have declined sharply, dropping nearly 60 percent in the last three decades."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Animals Crime and Justice Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:46:36 +0000 Inae Oh 280786 at http://www.motherjones.com John Oliver Explains How Cruel Mandatory Minimum Laws Ruin Lives http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/07/john-oliver-mandatory-minimum <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pDVmldTurqk" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Earlier this month, President Obama <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/07/obama-commuted-drug-senteces-marijuana-lifer" target="_blank">granted clemency</a> to 46 nonviolent drug offenders,&nbsp;which saw the largest number of presidential commutations granted in a single day since the 1960's. As <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDVmldTurqk" target="_blank">John Oliver</a> noted on the latest<em> Last Week Tonight</em>, the move was particularly significant because each offender was subjected to harsh mandatory minimum sentencing laws, which require low-level offenders to be locked up regardless of the crime's context.</p> <p>"Ridiculously long sentences are not a great deterrent to crime," Oliver explained in his take-down of unfair sentencing laws on Sunday. "Prison sentences are a lot like penises: If they're used correctly, even a short one can do the trick.</p> <p>"The truth is that mandatory minimums didn't just not work, they ruined lives."</p> <p>While failing to reduce crime, mandatory minimum laws also disproportionately target <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2009/11/commission-review-racially-tinged-mandatory-minimum-sentences" target="_blank">minority groups</a> across the country.</p> <p>"There should be a lot more pardons and commutations," Oliver said. "But if we really want to address this problem permanently, we need states and the federal government, not just to repeal mandatory minimums going forward, but to also pass laws so that existing prisoners can apply for retroactively reduced sentences."</p></body></html> Mixed Media Crime and Justice Media Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:57:58 +0000 Inae Oh 280661 at http://www.motherjones.com