Sunday Link-Off: ‘Twas 48 Hours Before Christmas

bar-refaeli-underme12-05It’s time for our last linkdump before Christmas. Don’t worry, we’ll still be posting over the holidays. I still haven’t sorted out what is going up on Tuesday but we’ll even have something then. For now, here’s a Christmas-themed Bar Refaeli.

The NRA finally spoke about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Friday. Their solution, as expected, was more guns. The problem is that what they’re asking for to protect people’s freedoms is going to have the exact opposite effect. (Slate)

The other problem with more guns is that giving every Tom, Dick and Harry guns won’t solve anything. Armed civilians only solve problems when they’re trained police or military personnel who happen to be in the right place at the right time. (Mother Jones)

The right might think more guns is the answer but the man who owns the loudest “news” voice of the right disagrees. Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch is advocating for gun control while Fox News isn’t. (New York Magazine)

After the jump, more about the Newtown shooting, the history of Fire Joe Morgan, and a modernized Home Alone sequel.

A lot of dumb shit is written in the wake of a tragedy. However, the worst thing written about the Newtown shooting is this Charlotte Allen column from the National Review which says a male staff member or large male student could have stopped the shooter if there was one in the school. (Slate)

Bill O’Reilly is the voice of reason when it comes to the connection between video games and violence. He effectively gets an “expert” on video game violence to admit that video games aren’t the sole reason why someone might be violent and that it’s not the developers’ fault that kids are playing games that are too violent for them. (Kotaku)

Did you know that New York mayor Michael Bloomberg used to be a Republican? Now, he has a six step plan for gun control. (USA Today)

You can take the Mitt out of Bain but you can’t take the Bain out of Mitt. The Romney Presidential campaign sent some excessively large bills to correspondents on the campaign trail with Mitt and they aren’t happy about it. (BuzzFeed)

The future is now. Somebody has invented the medical tricorder. (Gizmodo)

By the way, since Christmas is on Tuesday, you have all of 48 hours to get ready. So here are some gift wrapping tips for men. (Miami Herald)

With most people willing to write off another NHL season, is it time to officially name Gary Bettman the worst commissioner in sports history? Oh, who are we kidding? NHL fans did that years ago. (Bloomberg)

In the run up to Christmas, The Classical did this three-part oral history of the popular and influential sports blog Fire Joe Morgan. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)

I’ll link this because it’s a big story. Former US Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton spent the last year or so as a prostitute. (Sports Grid) I don’t understand why this is a big story. It’s sure as hell not my place to judge her life choices. If somebody wants to do something or is happy doing something that you disapprove of, it’s none of your damn business. At the end of the day, we all just want to live happy lives.

Story writing in video games has been hit and miss this year. Fortunately, there’s an infographic to help game writers. (GameFront)

Before THQ declared bankruptcy, the CEO of Crytek talked about his company’s upcoming Crysis 3 and their work on Homefront 2 for THQ. (Rock Paper Shotgun)

This leads into our first video perfectly. It’s a look at ten weird parts of Home Alone. (College Humor)

Kevin McAllister might have seems like he handled his adventures with Harry and Marv well but years later, he’s a complete wreck. See what happens when Harry and Marv return in Home Alone With A Vengeance.

We’ve all encountered video game glitches but what would happen if they were real.

I completely forgot this last week. Leonard Nimoy has a song about Bilbo Baggins. How isn’t this getting more airtime with The Hobbit in theatres.

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