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Terrorist announced to be dead. Obama on Osama bin Laden.

A crowd gathered at New York’s Ground Zero right after Obama’s speech announcing the death of Osama Bin Laden on May 1, 2011. Revelers in the crowd scrambled up light poles over the cheering crowd.


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Wednesday roundup: What’s trending and what’s being talked about?

Let me see, let’s go to the search sites and see what is trending now. Charlie Sheen is the first entry. Gag me. That man is obviously insane and needs to be put in a padded room. Lady Gaga and Katy Perry are in the top five. More crazy people but crazy people with boobs and who can sing. Well, ‘sing’ used very loosely. Who or what is a tiki barber? Ah, it’s a person; a former New York Giants running back looking to return to the NFL after 4 years in retirement. He probably ran out of money. (Ha! I was right!) It’s March, so searches for the NBA are in the third popular slot. I hate sports. I don’t understand why people watch sports. It’s like watching paint dry to me.

We’ve got some searches for Ash Wednesday and Lent coupled with a few hits for Mardi Gras and Carnival. The world is apparently completely preoccupied with Prince William and his fiancé, Kate Middleton. Although there seems to be a bit of a debate on what exactly her name will be, Kate or Catherine? The space shuttle Discovery returns home from its last mission today while the space shuttle Endeavour is poised to roll out to its Florida launch pad to prepare for its own last mission. Discovery’s next stop will be a museum and the same fate awaits Endeavour and the shuttle Atlantis. Endeavour is slated to fly it last mission on April 19 while Atlantis is scheduled for its last mission in late June.

Libya, overshadowing other Middle East countries also in turmoil, is slowly tearing itself apart. Senate Republicans and Democrats stare at each other over their expensive coffee drinks and get squat done. Washington proves itself to be useless. Again. Another report of mass animal death, this time millions of fish in King Harbor in Redondo Beach, California. Authorizes are theorizing that they suffocated to death due to low oxygen in the harbor. Ew. That has to smell.

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President Obama’s memorial speech for Arizona shooting victims.

The nation is all abuzz about President Obama’s speech at the memorial last night for the victims of the Arizona shooting, calling the address one of his best and a return to the image that won him the election. Compared against Sarah Palin’s aggressive whining earlier in the day, the American people are feeling a renewed sense of hope and general warm fuzzes for Obama. The political world is examining whether the harsh political rhetoric from last year’s bitter congressional elections had anything to do with inspiring Jared Loughner to commit the crime. Surprisingly, Obama addressed the civility debate head-on. Some thought that the President would avoid the issue and focus on grieving for the fallen and celebrating the heroes of the tragic shooting. Not so. He called for the government to be more aware of their words and to speak in such a way that would heal, not wound. At the end of his speech Obama focused on the little girl who died in the shooting, Christina Taylor Green, and the vision for American she had that her family expressed in interviews after her death.

“I want to live up to her expectations,” said President Obama. “I want our democracy to be as good as Christina imagined it. I want America to be as good as she imagined it. All of us, we should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children’s expectations.”

Christina’s funeral was set for 1p.m. mountain time today. Before it began, cars were parked on both sides of the road, and traffic was backed up. Members of motorcycle groups from Arizona and California parked their bikes in a group. Several hundred people, many dressed in white T-shirts, stood silently along a road near the church. About 20 people were dressed as angels.

Now, time will tell if our government can really create a new face or if it will return to business as usual.  Will this tragedy be enough to shock the American government out of its downward spiral? Obama called for a long, hard look in how the political world acted and for the death of those at the Arizona shooting to not be in vein. “If this tragedy prompts reflection and debate, as it should, let’s make sure it’s worthy of those we have lost. Let’s make sure it’s not on the usual plane of politics and point scoring and pettiness that drifts away with the next news cycle,” the President said. We will see if Washington can turn itself around.

President Barack Obama gives his speech at the McKale Memorial Center on the University of Arizona campus on January 12th.

Obama leads mourning of Arizona shooting victims – Yahoo!News

Hundreds come out for Ariz. girl’s funeral – Yahoo!News

Obama Re-introduces the Human Element to the Giffords Tragedy – Huffington Post

Will We Heed President Obama’s Call for a More Empathic Society? – Huffington Post

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Arizona shooting shocks nation. But is it something we should expect?

I came home from the grocery store on Saturday to the news of the Arizona shooting. You’ve had two days to read about it on the internet. A 22-year-old man, Jared Loughner, killed 6 people and injured another 14 (some reports say 13) in a shooting spree outside a Tucson, Arizona supermarket. One of the people injured is Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who despite being shot in the head might survive her injuries but take years to recover. A search of Loughner’s home revealed evidence that Giffords may have been his main target. A memorial of flowers and balloons has appeared in front of Giffords’ office. One of the dead is 9-year-old Christina Green, who herself was born on the tragic day of the 9/11 bombings.

9-year-old shooting victim was aspiring politician.

Docs optimistic, but Giffords in for long recovery.

The memorial in front of Giffords’ office.

President Obama led the nation in a moment of silence to remember the victims today at 11a.m. eastern time with White House staff on the South Lawn. Loughner is scheduled to make his first court appearance today at 4p.m. Loughner is charged with one count of attempted assassination of a member of Congress, two counts of killing an employee of the federal government and two counts of attempting to kill a federal employee. More charges are expected.

President Obama leds the nation in a moment of silence.

I’m about to be mean and callous here: but I’m surprised that something like this hasn’t happened yet or happened more frequently. The American people are not happy and while everyone is labeling Loughner as unstable, that fact of the matter is that some people are willing and able to take up arms and bare violence against the government. Are they wrong? Was the Revolutionary War wrong? Or was the Civil War wrong? Violence has historically been the mode for governmental change. But is violence an acceptable way to bring about change today? Do we really have any other options?

Police at the shooting scene.

Ariz. shooting suspect not cooperating, sheriff says.

I’d like to think we’re above violence but I know that is not so. Some people are going to see the failure of our governmental possess and think the only solution is at the end of the gun barrel. We just finished with the mid-term elections, placing a slew of “new” people into Congress. But the fact of the matter is that all of those people were longtime politicians. They know how to play the game and the people we elected into government are already showing signs of being two-faced. Nothing has really changed and the American people are tired of the government not working for them.

I think we may see more of these outbreaks of violence. Whether that means a lone gunman or a political rally that just gets out of hand and turns into a riot remains to be seen. As the government continues to fail to do any measurable good for our economy and people become angrier and disillusioned we are going to see more violent reactions. Things are going to get worse before they get better.

The Hunffington Post has a page for live updates for the Arizona shooting.

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Another report of dead birds found, this time in Sweden.

In the last few days there have been several reports of dead birds pretty much raining from the sky. In Beebe, Arkansas, officials estimate that thousands of dead redwinged blackbirds littered the town after New Year’s Eve. Authorizes speculate that fireworks on the holiday startled a roosting flock of birds from their perches and the birds ended up flying into buildings and even each other in the resulting avian panic. On Monday, 300 miles away in Labarre, Louisiana, hundreds of birds were also found dead. This instance of mass bird death affected many species of birds and is being blamed on the birds flying into power lines. Today about 50 jackdaw birds were found dead on a street in Sweden. That event is also being blamed on fireworks set off in the area the night before. Tests on the birds reveal that they were not poisoned or diseased but were killed by blunt force trauma. Officials say that mass bird deaths are not uncommon.

Dead birds being collected in Arkansas.

What makes this even weirder is that The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is also trying to determine what caused the deaths of up to 100,000 fish discovered on December 30th over a 20-mile stretch of the Arkansas River near a dam in Ozark, 125 miles west of Beebe. They expect test results in about a month. Disease may be the culprit, since almost all the fish found dead were one species – bottom-feeding drum. The dead birds and the dead fish are not thought to be related events, just ill-timed coincidences.

Dead birds litter highway in Louisiana.

I can’t remember, were dead birds and fish a sign of the apocalypse? World has got to end sometime, you know. Although, I think that the end of the world will occur when our sun finally fails and Earth freezes into a giant ice cube. Once is unlucky, twice is a coincidence. But three times? Three times means something. Unfortunately, I think three times in this story just means that humans have once against disrupted nature with our stupidity.

Bird Death Mystery: More Dying Birds Fall From Louisiana Sky

The plot thickens? Dead birds found in Sweden.

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The year 2010 in a nutshell.

It’s been a busy year. We entered President Obama’s second year of office and rode our country’s economic rollercoaster for another 365 days. We’ve had both major events and not so major events happen in 2010 and this is a quick look back on what was noteworthy.

• A 7.0 magnitude earthquake hits Haiti on January 12 and devastates the poor country. International aid begins pouring in on January 14 and authorities estimate a staggering death toll of over 200,000 people on January 19.

» The ball gets rolling on the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell on February 2.

¤ Obama gives his outline for the new health care revisions on February 22.

≈ House approves the health care bill on March 21.

◊ Obama signs the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law on March 23. The USA, for the most part, is not happy.

· Thirty four rescued from Chinese mine collapse on April 4. The event goes mostly unmark by those in America.

• Arizona adopts strict, controversial immigration law on April 23. Police now have the power to question people suspected of illegal immigration to show proof of citizenship or visa.

« BP oil spill happens on April 20. The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon platform kills eleven people and injures seventeen. Oil begins to pour into the Gulf of Mexico from burst well. On April 30 the oil slick reaches coast of Louisiana.

♦ Authorizes find unexploded car bomb in Time Square, New York on May 2.

↔ Obama elects Elena Kagan for Supreme Court Justice on May 10. America wonders why Supreme Court is whining about it so much.

º Stanley McCrystal booted as Commander in Afghanistan on June 23. Open mouth, insert foot. Replaced by David Patraeus. Most think that McCrystal did it because he wanted out of Afghanistan.

√ BP caps oil well on July 15 after eighty six days of oil gushing into the ocean. It is estimates that hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of barrels of oil escaped.

× Senate confirms Elena Kagan on August 5. America does not care.

≠ Obama announces end to combat mission in Iraq on August 31. Troops to be out by end of 2011. I’ll believe it when I see it.

♣ Obama refuses to extend Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy on September 7. Liar, liar pants on fire.

• White House lifts moratorium on deep water drilling on October 12. There is another oil rig accident shortly afterward. Moratorium replaced. Government looks stupid. Again.

« The Chilean miner rescue begins on October 12. By October 13 all thirty three miners are free. The world watches this happen and every TV station in America broadcasts the rescue. I miss TV show. Am annoyed by missing TV show.

± In Midterm Elections, the Republicans win the House and the Democrats keep the Senate on November 4. World does not end despite the complaining.

º Senate passes tax cut compromise (complete with tax cuts for the wealthy) on December 15. House passes the same on December 17.

∞ The Senate votes to repeal DADT on December 18. Obama signs the repeal of DADT into law on December 22. (This is otherwise known as “Obama scrambles to end the year on a good note so we are distracted from his tax cut failure.” Alas, it did not work.)

It’s strange to see what we focused on in the news. The Haiti earthquake was front page news for weeks but there were also several other big earthquakes this year. There was an earthquake in Chile on February 27, another in China on April 13, and in Indonesia on October 25. The unemployment rate jumped and fell and skittered all over the place and we were told that the recession had actually ended in the summer of last year. Too bad we were all too busy trying to make ends meet to notice.

Many of us watched the Super Bowl, the World Series, or the World Cup and cheered and screamed when our favorite teams scored. Others just wished the sports broadcasts would go away so our prime time TV shows would come back. There was the absurd, like Lady Gaga’s fashion sense, and the serious. There was the interesting, like the tallest building in the world going up in Dubai, and the amazing, like a sixty foot sinkhole in Guatemala. We waited for the government to impart new legislation and complained when, for the most part, it failed to do anything constructive.

Do I think this year was a waste? Well, yes, for the most part. Nothing changed and we need change if we are going to survive in the long run. Obama swore he wouldn’t extend the tax cuts for the wealthy and while I understand that the Republicans forced his hand in accepting the whole package or nothing at all, it also means he failed. We’ll go on just like before and maybe the economic situation will improve and maybe it won’t. But if we don’t change anything about how we act and handle money then we are only setting ourselves up for another fall. You know that the second the government gets a chance, they’ll do away with the health care reform. That will be the first thing the next president does and America will applaud when it happens.

We want change but don’t know what change we should be searching for. I don’t know either. I don’t have any answers. But I do know that I will be handling my own money much differently than I did before. The entire system of finance needs to change and be less about making a buck for the big man and more for making sure we all have a buck to feed and shelter ourselves.

Shortcuts to 2010 articles.

Yahoo slideshow of 2010 pictures. Just let the video play and it will show you all four features.

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