Publisher’s Note: When terrorists hijacked planes and steered them into the World Trade Center, America responded by beefing up security at airports. When some asshole tried to blow up a plane with a shoe bomb, airports required us to remove our shoes in the airport security line. Annoying? Yes. But it was a straight-line response between potential weapon and act.
But when it’s white domestic terrorists, apparently common sense eludes us.
AR-15s were used in Aurora, Sandy Hook, Orlando, and San Bernadino, among many other mass shootings, including today’s. The straight-line response is to PROHIBIT THE SALE OF AR-15s. Most mass shooters have a history of domestic violence. The straight-line response to that is to PROHIBIT THE SALE OF AR-15s TO DOMESTIC ABUSERS. It’s a simple legal response that might have saved dozens and dozens of lives, and if the Republicans had any guts at all, they would have made these changes to the law after Sandy Hook.
But they didn’t. And today, 27 more are dead. There’s also a four-year-old who was shot four times. He has survived (so far). His sister did not. That’s on Paul Ryan and the rest of the GOP for not making simple, common sense responses to mass shootings that followed a clear pattern.
Don’t the Republicans see what’s happening now? It’s not just mass indiscriminate killings. That guy today? He didn’t even have a connection to the church. It’s about breaking records. These motherfuckers want to kill as many people as possible in places where people feel the most safe. They want to murder and incite fear. They want their names in goddamn record books. That’s terrorism, and it could be prevented if only men like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell cared more about the slaughter of innocent people than their own goddamn re-election prospects. Shove your thoughts and prayers up your asses.
Anyway, here’s Lainey’s Pajiba Love:
Thor! But, like, long-locked and luscious and back with the whole crew. - (Lainey)
While we’re talking about Thor, QC profiled Pajiba 10 inductee Taika Waititi, and gifted us some bunk-worthy photos. - (QC)
Oprah’s Favorite Things was always a fun episode (except for the goddamn shrieking of the audience - good lord!) when her show was on. Now you can find out her favorites without making your ears bleed. - (GFY)
Our own Kristy Puchko is in a movie that’s out now on Vimeo! Learn all about Lost and Found: The True Hollywood Story of Silver Screen Cinema Pictures International at Indiewire. And check out its trailer below: - (IndieWire)
Kelly Clarkson didn’t really get that OOOOMPH until she met her husband. She says she was maybe asexual before meeting him. Maybe. I don’t know. I’m just glad for her! - (DListed)
Weird Al, John Stamos, and Finn Wolfhard do Willy Wonka. Sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it’s not! It’s actually what happened at the Hollywood Bowl over the weekend. - (AV Club)
Taylor Swift has released another single. It’s… fine? I don’t know. I just want to go back to the days of “1989” when I knew absolutely NOTHING about Taylor Swift’s love life or her fights with other popstars and I just liked to listen to her music while I was driving. - (Celebitchy)
The latest The Walking Dead theory is backed by compelling evidence and super dark. (Uproxx)
WistfulCynic has always been a dog person, but she married a cat person, and then they decided to get kittens. There’s a rumor that WistfulCynic posted a lot of kitten pictures, and that might be why she got two copies of Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris’ How it Works: The Cat for Christmas. If you like cats and British humor, this may be a good book for you. Are you a cat person, a dog person, or a cephalopod person? Please post pics below. (Cannonball Read 9)
The Miss Peru beauty contestants were just DONE with the typical beauty pageant bullshit of stating their measurements and being eye candy. This year, they presented some statistics about femicide, rape, and other gender-based violences. They are bad ass.