Saturday, January 8, 2011

Saturday News Flash

Just got back from my ASG Winter retreat, where we went over what we did in Fall, what we hope to do in Spring, elections, and a bunch of other stuff. That was 10am - 3pm, so now I'm trying to figure out what I need to get done before school starts Monday. But first, Newsflash:

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona has been shot in the head in a shooting at a constituent meeting in Tuscon. A Democrat representing Arizona's 8th district (which does not contain any major cities, but does border Mexico) in the U.S. House of Representative, she was narrowly named the winner in the 2010 election ahead of a uber-conservative Tea Partier named one of the Tea Bagger's top 10 people with a future or something (criticized Sarah Palin for not being conservative enough o.O)

One of Rep. Giffords' notable efforts is to increase solar power-usage, here with some University of Arizona students. If it turns out the Tea Baggers did this, that is so inhuman and pathetic I can't even put it into words. Political assassination, what is this Afghanistan!

At present, the news is getting conflicting information on whether she has died. CNN says she's in surgery when I write this. I sincerely hope and pray she survives, and am reminded of the only other time a member of the House has been killed in the line of duty: Congressman Leo Ryan of California (1925 - 1978) was killed while investigating the "People's Temple" cult lead by Jim Jones, where the phrase "drinking the kool aid" comes from.

Well I don't want to be joking when such serious news is headlining the internet. But expect more blogs on the simple, fun and interesting things soon. Especially with school starting Monday.

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