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As Twitchy reported, Manchin-Toomey gun control legislation failed in the Senate this afternoon by a vote of 54-46. Gun-grabbers immediately started once again politicizing Newtown.

Actor and writer Wil Wheaton kept it a bit shorter. Stay classy, Wil.

He wasn’t done, though.

@wilw is having a hissyfit over the 2nd amendment being upheld

— Javier Youkai™ (@DaiyoukaiShogun) April 17, 2013

Yes. However, it seems he needs to rely on the words of others. He is frantically retweeting hissy fit tweets.

RT @mikebloomberg: More than 40 U.S. senators have turned their backs on the 90% of Americans who support background checks: t.co

— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) April 17, 2013

RT @awintory: Say what you will about the specific politics, the fact that a 54-46 vote is considered LOSING means something is tremendo …

— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) April 17, 2013

RT @jonrog1: The filibuster. Is not. In the Constitution. The Senate. Is not. Designed. As a Supermajority. For chrissake.

— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) April 17, 2013

RT @theauthorguy: The Senate vote on background checks is the most pronounced display of public cowardice I’ve seen among public officials.

— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) April 17, 2013

RT @joe_hill: Thank God the Senate protected the constitutionally guaranteed right of felons & psychotics to buy guns at gun shows,…

— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) April 17, 2013

That, by the way, is author Stephen King’s son. Twitchy readers remember Stephen King’s absurd gun-grabbing, NRA-bashing essay.

Mr. Wheaton complained about unhinged crazy on Twitter (conservatives, natch). Unhinged, heal thyself.

Update: Post has been edited to correct a typo in the numbers (54-46, not 55-46)

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/04/17/wil-wheaton-fck-the-nra-throws-hissy-fit-after-manchin-toomey-gun-control-legislation-failure/

Face it. It’s kind of hard to impress people with material goods when they’ve seen half the planet.

Avid travelers who board flights to far-flung destinations across the globe each year are notoriously tricky to shop for when birthdays and holidays roll around. After all, it’s kind of hard to wow someone who has seen everything from the Eiffel Tower to the Sahara Desert with some knick-knack wrapped in pretty paper.

We can’t just go to their birthday parties empty handed, but what are we supposed to do? Use their experiences to our advantage, of course! Okay, that sounds horrible, but hear me out. Thoughtful gifts that remind them of favorite their trips (and help them plan their next one) will never go unappreciated. Here are a few ideas to help get you started!

1. This cork globe doesn’t just look great. Your favorite traveler can push thumbtacks into every country they visit until the whole world is covered in pushpins!

2. The Scratch Map gives users the satisfaction of revealing a beautiful, colorful map by scratching off the countries they cross off their lists.

3. Photos are the best souvenirs, so why not hook your loved ones up with a network of professional photographers from around the world who can help them immortalize their adventures just about anywhere. Learn more on Flytographer’s website!

4. Speaking of photos, give them this slim, portable external hard drive that they can fill with pictures as they go.

5. Find me one traveler who wouldn’t love their very own GoPro.

6. If you need a last-minute gift or a stocking stuffer, these adorable planet socks will do the trick!

7. No one really likes sleeping in hotels and on planes, but you can help tired travelers relax with a sleep kit full of things like earplugs, sleeping masks, neck pillows, and even battery-operated white noise machines.

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8. One essential that’s often forgotten about is a decent towel. This portable, ultra-absorbent travel towel folds into an iPhone-sized pouch!

9. The Platypus PlusBottle is a reusable water bottle that can be folded up when it’s empty to help adventurers save a few bucks and travel lightly.

10. Travel memoirs are great reads, and they can help people nail down their next getaway! This one by Nate Damm would be a great place to start.

11. There’s nothing quite like going back and reading your own accounts of adventures abroad, which is why nice journals make great gifts.

12. Help them stay organized with this awesome diary designed with ticket stubs in mind.

13. Getting a taste of local culture at markets is always fun, and it’s even better when you have a lightweight tote on hand to stock up on knick-knacks and culinary treasures.

14. If your traveler has a thing for beer, this brewery map of the U.S. will make that empty wall in their apartment look nice and give them a little road-trip inspo!

15. If vintage-inspired photos are their jam, the Diana Camera would make the perfect present.

16. Three words: travel mini bar. Enough said.

17. Drink the pain of flying away with this gin and tonic kit that’s carry-on friendly!

18. The Ollo Clip 4-in-1 Lens will help them step up their iPhone photo game.

19. This durable, multi-purpose sack that can easily be attached to a bike would be greatly appreciated by anyone who loves visiting all the world’s major metropolitan hubs.

20. Kammok makes sturdy hammocks that are insanely lightweight, which is every camper’s dream.

I don’t know about you, but all of this travel talk makes me want to hop on a plane right now! Which of these gifts will you pick up for your favorite wanderer?

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/travel-gifts/

The doctors prescribe pills that cause uncontrolled muscle movements, mania, and hallucinations. Our family clings to storytelling in order to survive.

Illustration by Ilana Denis Bauer for BuzzFeed

My father is always listening. He has baby monitors set up in every room, so that he can hear my mother when she needs help. Help to go to the bathroom, to dispense her medicine, to massage her spasming muscles, to bring her something to drink, to arrange her pillows, to turn the heating pads off and on.

I imagine my parents when my sister and I were babies: They listen, sleep-deprived, from the other bedroom. They know that eventually, we will grow up and take care of ourselves. Parkinson’s also has stages of development. Each year my mother’s body is more dependent on others for care.

I am home for Christmas having a beer with my father, a retired forester. My mother is sleeping. It is best not to disturb her rest. Dad asks about my new job. I tell him that I often fall asleep answering work emails from my bed. He tells me that he used to go to sleep listening for forest fires on radio headphones, so as not to wake my mother.

Now my mother calls through the baby monitor and he goes to check on her. I sit on the stone fireplace in the living room and leaf through a binder of monthly reports written by district foresters dating back to the 1950s, a collection of narratives that my father kept over the years. These days, my father keeps meticulous records on my mother, which he emails to her doctors at the end of the day. They are conducting a scientific experiment with multiple variables. Sometimes my father forwards the reports to my sister and me. They are detailed and thorough, but they are more than objective observations; they are a narrative about my mother.

People with Parkinson’s stop producing dopamine, a necessary neurotransmitter that, among other things, contributes to successful physical movement. My mother takes medication, which is converted into dopamine in the brain, but like most drugs, you have to take more and more to achieve the same effectiveness over time, and the side effects can include uncontrolled muscle movements, mania, and hallucinations. Most people associate the uncontrolled muscle movements of Parkinson’s patients with the disease, but this is actually a side effect of their medication. The effect is called dyskinesia. Without the medication, she might not be able to move at all.

Illustration by Ilana Denis Bauer for BuzzFeed

Two years ago, when she was 58, my mother had deep brain stimulation (DBS); the doctors drilled two holes into her skull and implanted electronic leads. Before the surgery, I was curious: How would the doctors know to stop drilling before they hit my mother’s brain? My father said they would hear a popping sound when the drill got to the other side of the skull. The surgery left two knobs on top of my mother’s head like antlers. The electronic leads run from her brain, down the back of her neck, under her skin to a battery pack in her chest.

Parkinson’s manifests differently from person to person, but even within my mother, I have a hard time keeping up. Before Christmas, I stood in front of a display of sweaters, trying to decide if my mother would wear a small or an extra-large. The constantly changing variables of electricity and medication make her weight fluctuate.

For some time, before the DBS, my mother was on so much medication that the result was mania. She wanted to blast music, she wanted to dance, she wanted to talk, she wanted to experience everything, and her body was constantly moving. Visiting during this phase involved a lot of clean-up. Once, I left her alone in the living room for a few minutes, and when I came back, she was sitting on the floor, rocking back and forth with sheet music spread all around her. “We’ll pick it up later,” she said as she moved onto another activity. The only way to get her to stop talking and moving long enough to eat was to read to her. During this phase, my father read aloud during dinner.

Now my mother can barely move. She is in bed most of the day. Even going to the bathroom can be difficult. Not just getting into the room, but the actual process.

She is painfully aware of her condition and tries to keep her mind active, but it is difficult when you cannot leave your bed. Earlier this year, my sister and I took turns reading to her over Skype. I felt guilty interacting with my mother’s mind, leaving the dirty work of the body to my father.

Illustration by Ilana Denis Bauer for BuzzFeed

I leave my father’s binder on the fireplace mantel and walk back to my mother’s bedroom. She is lying in bed underneath her hands-free reading contraption. She looks like a mechanic lying underneath a car. She looks like she’s fixing something. She is getting tired. It is too difficult to read. She asks me to take over.

I read aloud from the book: a memoir about lesbian sheep farmers. This is her second time reading it.

“Just a little quieter,” she says. The same goes for touch: She feels everything more than she should. A massage consists of running your fingers gently down her back. I feel like I’m tickling her.

My mother’s doctors say she is the most sensitive patient they have ever had. They have had a difficult time turning up her programming, because her body is much more sensitive than their other patients’. I can’t help but wonder if this has anything to do with our extremely sensitive emotional constitution — a hyper awareness running through my mother, my sister, and me. My sister, Rachel, almost died in a fire when she was 4. She was having a tea party with the neighbor next door and the tea was gasoline. I imagine the spare gas can in the garage resembled a teapot. My parents heard an explosion and thought I had fallen out of my crib. Rachel still thinks about my mother’s face looking down at her, bathing her later that week in the sink, like if she had died, my mother would have died too. These are the kinds of things we turn over in our minds.

Rachel comes home while we are reading. She says hello and asks if it is all right if she plays the piano. My mother thinks this will be fine. Rachel is a pianist; she is practicing for doctoral auditions. She does not play long before my mother says the music is too loud.

People often inquire if my sister, a musician, and I, a writer, come from artists. I usually just say no, but the longer answer is maybe. We come from people who listen and people who believe in stories, because stories are the only thing getting them from one moment to the next.

When I was 10 — long before my mother was diagnosed, and she was still allowed to drive — we got stuck behind an accident on the way home from school. My mother got out of the car to survey the scene. There was someone trapped inside a car. My mother was going to call for help, and she asked if I would feel comfortable talking to the man in the car while he waited. “But what would I say?” I asked her. “Anything,” she said. I told my mother that I was too scared and that I’d rather wait in the car. I don’t know what came of the man in the accident, but if I could change one thing that I have done in my life, I would have told him a story.

But it is Christmas and I am 29, cooking a pot of soup in my parents’ kitchen. I hear my mother’s voice calling on the baby monitor. Sometimes I think of my mother’s mind and my mother’s body as two different people. I forget, momentarily, that she has Parkinson’s.

I go to her bedroom, where she tells me that she is in pain and that she is not building toward anything. “As humans we need to build toward things,” she says. I think about what makes me happy: writing stories, working toward goals, learning, cultivating relationships. I think about the progressive nature of these endeavors. I think that my mother is right. I wonder how many weeks it’s been since she has been outside or days since she has showered. She has been hiding lethal doses of pills around the house. She’s on that ledge of not caring about building, but I will not truly be worried until she stops asking for stories.

My mother is underneath the covers and I am reading to her from the lesbian sheep-farming book to calm her down, but her medicine is wearing off and she starts experiencing “going off dyskinesia.” She throws the covers off of her body. Her arms cut through the air with fierce, uncontrolled movements. There is nothing to hold onto.

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/michelleaubuchon/my-mother-parkinsons-and-our-struggle-to-understand-disease

Luxurious home upgrades are usually accompanied by construction crews, headaches, and insane expenses.

Because most of us can’t leave for a few months while people gut the place or drop thousands of dollars in the process, opulent upgrades typically never make it past Pinterest. Since home blogging is now a pretty big deal, however, plenty of options have opened up for those of us who don’t have wads of money to throw at contractors!

Here are 20 high-impact home upgrades that aren’t crazy difficult (and won’t break the bank).

1. Attics are usually dark and cramped, but covering yours from floor to ceiling in light colors can create the illusion of space. Throw comfy floor cushions around and make yourself a little oasis!

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2. Why waste all that space under the stairs? Install a bookshelf that’s functional and has visual appeal.

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3. Get rid of all the crap you don’t need in your backyard shed, add some windows, and create an outdoor getaway.

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4. Install a hidden mini fridge in your kitchen island for storing important things like white wine and beer.

5. Trade in your bed linens and opt for all white for a super-chic vibe.

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6. Create the least clunky kitchen storage of all time by building baseboard drawers.

7. Create a secret room by trading in your door for a hinged bookshelf.

8. Install accordion windows to bridge the gap between outside and in.

9. Make that spare room useful all the time by building a platform and using it for hidden storage.

10. Extend deck railings and get some barstools to create an outdoor bar for entertaining.

11. Upgrade that dingy linoleum floor with a quick paint job!

12. Carpet installation can cost an arm and a leg, so add some flair to your staircase with a DIY runner.

13. Make rooms look more spacious by attaching inexpensive framed mirrors to closet doors and painting them to match.

14. Add an unexpected pop to your living room by framing your TV.

15. Use tiered cake plates to store things like spices and toiletries.

16. If you don’t feel like spending a fortune on new drawer pulls, upgrade the ones you have with metallic paint.

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17. Use PVC pipes and curtains to create a cozy canopy bed.

18. Hang drapes on curved shower curtain rods to get the look of bay windows.

19. Add interest to your bathroom by mixing tiles. You could use small subway tiles for your backsplash and larger ones on the tub!

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20. Unexpected pops of color are always a hit, so have some fun and paint the inside of your closet.

The best part is that most of these projects can be done in one afternoon! Which ones will you try? That canopy bed is calling my name. Just remember that at the end of the day, making your friends jealous is all that matters.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/simple-home-improvement/

http://twitter.com/#!/ClimateDepot/status/179084331799674881

Australian Climate Madness via Climate Depot:

The role of natural variability in climate must be squashed at all costs. Just think of the consequences if natural variability were allowed to persist: we wouldn’t be able to “control” the climate by tinkering with a harmless trace gas, and we wouldn’t be able to shame Western civilisation into abandoning centuries of progress in order to “save the planet”. We might have to just accept what nature throws at us – and adapt.

And, more worryingly for The Cause, we wouldn’t be able to fill government and research coffers with taxpayers money, extracted by means of “carbon pricing”. And that would be a disaster. So whatever weather phenomenon happens, we can be sure that we will get more of the same, and it will be blamed on “man made global warming” to keep the bandwagon rolling.

For the last decade, Australia has suffered a period of drought. Prior to its recent end, scientists were falling over themselves to say that this was the “new climate” that we must get used to. Paid government hacks like Tim Flannery wailed about dams never filling again, and billions were spent on desalination plants to cater for the future without water.

How things change. After some of the worst floods in recent history in New South Wales, the alarmist Sydney Morning Herald finds a scientist to say that in future we will have… more floods. In other words, more of whatever we’ve just had . . . .

Go thou, and read the rest.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/03/12/australia-climate-hysterics-predict-more-of-whats-happening-now/

OK, that ad was adorable! It shows an expectant mother and father getting a sonogram of their new baby, with the mom getting mad at the dad for eating Doritios during the examination. Except the baby can be seen on the screen reacting to the dad and his Doritos. When the mom throws the chip across the room in anger, the baby decides to birth itself to get the tasty snack! Check it out:

And since we’re a political site, let’s get a little political:

Exit question: Are Hillary Clinton and Dems OK with aborting this baby?

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2016/02/07/is-hillary-clinton-ok-with-aborting-the-baby-in-the-doritos-super-bowl-ad-sb50/

http://twitter.com/#!/ChadPergram/status/381075821609250816

Boom! The Republican-led House passed a continuing resolution Friday that aims to fund government operations through mid-December and — bam! — defund Obamacare. The OFA-run “Barack Obama” Twitter account went full-on petulant.

http://twitter.com/#!/BarackObama/status/381077486496272385

El. Oh. El. Schadenfreudelicious!

http://twitter.com/#!/ThePantau/status/381079261790339072
http://twitter.com/#!/ToadonaWire/status/381078340724985856
http://twitter.com/#!/charliespiering/status/381077633238585345

#EnoughAlready? Fixed it for you:

http://twitter.com/#!/ben_tillotson/status/381078815151120384

After the vote, the official White House account retweeted this:

http://twitter.com/#!/WhiteHouse/status/381083628366614530

Not to be sore winners (for now, at least), but …

http://twitter.com/#!/charliespiering/status/381077478938529792
http://twitter.com/#!/ChadPergram/status/381077386239819776

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/09/20/you-mad-bro-barackobama-throws-snicker-worthy-tantrum-over-defund-obamacare-vote/

http://twitter.com/#!/kerpen/status/274666239912194048

Once again, life imitates “The Simpsons.” A 1998 episode centered around the quest to retrieve a trillion-dollar bill printed by Harry Truman in 1945. Fast forward to 2012, as economists and legal scholars ponder the idea of minting two trillion-dollar platinum coins as a means of ducking the looming debt ceiling.

Just found out the Trillion Dollar Coin was discussed “very senior” officials in the White house last year. #TDC #trilliondollarcoin

— TradersCrucible (@traderscrucible) December 7, 2012

Why platinum coins? As noted in the Washington Post today, the U.S. legal code gives the Treasury the power to mint as many platinum coins as it likes, in any value it pleases. So why not press two trillion-dollar coins and deposit them in the nation’s piggy bank?

Some economists think the plan is feasible, and as the Post’s Brad Plumer writes, “The platinum coin is only one of many out-of-the-box ideas that have been proposed to avoid a debt ceiling crisis.” One crazy idea we’re still waiting to hear from inside Washington: cut spending. What else might be on the table?

Obama is gonna mint a trillion dollar, platinum coin with his smiling face on it obscured by his middle finger aimed at the holder. #DEBT

— cams (@camsteh) November 30, 2012

“Hey, we were looking under the cushions in Treasury and we found a trillion dollar coin”

— Matt O’Brien (@ObsoleteDogma) December 5, 2012

@felixsalmon Geithner will just mint a $5 trillion platinum coin

— Franny Ryan (@mfrancesryan) November 30, 2012

Let’s just mint the trillion dollar coin now, just in case.

— Byron Tau (@ByronTau) December 7, 2012

I’ll be disappointed if the Treasury’s platinum coin doesn’t have to be carried by boxcars. A trillion bucks should look like something

— davidfrum (@davidfrum) December 6, 2012

@davidfrum This may sound crazy, but why not save platinum and just make one two-trillion dollar coin?

— Kyle Fuchko (@kfuchko) December 7, 2012

A series of say $10B platinum coins delivered in a big show everyday instead of one trillion coin would be smarter

— Jon Walker (@JonWalkerDC) December 7, 2012

I can’t believe that an MSNBC host actually advocated printing a trillion dollar coin to solve our debt problem. #FlunkedEcon101

— Gene Moore (@gene_moore) December 7, 2012

People hate the trillion dollar coin idea.And they should.Because they should hate that we’re even debating the debt ceiling.

— Cullen Roche (@PragCapitalist) December 7, 2012

Why not create a $16 trillion platinum coin and pay off all our debt? wapo.st/ReEVRk Dollar is doomed.

— Robert Morley (@MorleyRobert) December 7, 2012

Can’t wait till Nicolas Cage steals the trillion dollar coin in National Treasure 3.

— keptsimple (@kept_simple) December 7, 2012

the trillion dollar coin theory is starting to make a ridiculous amount of sense to me.

— Miles Halverson (@miles_retakes) December 6, 2012

Has anyone considered that the government will mint the coins and then spend them on the way to the bank?

Obama…just ordered a new pair of Bass trillion dollar coin loafers…..

— Richard B (@fodder4skeptics) December 7, 2012

Knowing Obama he’d accidentally put the coin in a Bubble Gum machine and we’d be another trillion in debt. washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog…

— Adrienne (@adrienne_jensen) December 7, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/12/07/change-we-can-believe-in-economists-ponder-possibility-of-trillion-dollar-coins/

http://twitter.com/#!/jack_welch/status/246219964443402240

Twitchy has been carefully documenting the lapdog media’s rush to cover President Obama while casting blame on Mitt Romney in the wake of Tuesday’s U.S. embassy attacks. Welch, former Chairman and CEO of GE, is thoroughly disgusted with the media’s behavior and its blatant bias, and he took to Twitter to dish out a sound smackdown:

Media bias??? Just imagine if George Bush traveled to Las Vegas the night of the Middle East tragedy.

— Jack Welch (@jack_welch) September 13, 2012

Imagine, indeed. We have a sneaking suspicion that we’d never hear the end of it.

Welch also hammered the president for his disgraceful lack of leadership and stunning political ineptitude:

American Leadership today in Middle East is reminiscent of Carter in 1979…

— Jack Welch (@jack_welch) September 13, 2012

Welch isn’t the only one experiencing Carter Redux.

RT @CEvans94 @jack_welch President should have addressed nation in Prime Time last night at the White House. Not at a Vegas fundraiser.

— Jack Welch (@jack_welch) September 13, 2012

We couldn’t agree more.

Remember in November. It sounds like Welch certainly will.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/09/13/jack-welch-condemns-lapdog-media-obama-for-shameful-behavior-in-wake-of-embassy-attacks/