Well, yesterday was a pretty depressing day. 20 little kids and 7 adults all killed in a matter of minutes, thanks to a well-armed crazy person (who was really just a kid himself). Mike Huckabee says it happened because “we have systematically removed God from our schools.” I dunno, if there’s really a God out there running the show who allows somebody to go nuts and kill 5 year old kids, then I don’t think He was ever actually in our schools. In fact, Mike Huckabee’s God sounds like a dick.
One of the most nauseating aspects of what happened yesterday was the decision by NPR to go into full disaster coverage mode. Normally on Friday, I leave at 3:00 and get to listen to the last hour of Science Friday (where they don’t talk about stuff like Jesus riding on Dinosaurs and how the universe was intelligently created by some psychopath that allows bad things to happen to good people because He’s got a “hands off” management style – except when he’s smiting New Orleans over gay marriage or whatever). But yesterday, I had to listen to NPR’s live coverage of the shooting, which amounted to them repeating the same (very) limited information (much of which was incorrect) over and over and over….
Now I suppose we’ll hear that if the teachers in the school had only been packing heat, this tragedy could have been averted. In fact, probably the only education funding that could pass the Republican House would be to arm teachers with assault rifles.
President Obama was all broken up over the shooting yesterday (not that we’ll talk about gun control, of course – this just isn’t’ the time). I’ve never seen him get all choked up over a drone attack that takes out a family, but then maybe I just missed it.
Oh well, life goes on, I guess. For some of us, anyway.