Sunday, January 9, 2011

fucking bastard

Many of you have probably heard about the shooting that happened yesterday in Arizona at the local town hall meeting. This was just an informal meeting where the local congresswoman meets and answers her constituents questions. These types of meetings take place all across the country and are supposed to make our politicians more accessible and get the community more involved. And then some asshole comes along and shoots up the place. We'll probably find out that he is mentally incapacitated in some way. Really, he must be, otherwise why would you do something like that? He cut short 6 lives, injured several others and damaged all the bystanders and families and friends of those lost and hurt.

When I hear about shootings like this I do remember that day at the bank when I got caught up in a robbery. I still grieve for the stranger who lost her life and her child that was left motherless. That day did change me. That's the day that I became a proponent of the death penalty. I know that system has a lot of flaws, but I do believe that some people don't belong on this earth. Forgive me for my bitterness. Today I am angered and saddened by the loss of my friend's niece in this tragic shooting. I have nieces the same age and my heart goes out to her and the family. May they find peace and comfort and a way to get through this.

 Christina-Taylor Green, 9-year-old killed in Tucson, remembered, mourned


Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, January 9, 2011; 1:28 PM
Christina-Taylor Green's short life was pinned between two national tragedies: She was born on Sept. 11, 2001 and died Saturday as a gunman apparently targeting Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) shot 20 people in Tucson.
Christina-Taylor, a budding elementary school politician, was among those killed. The third grader had gone to meet Giffords with a neighbor when a gunman, identified by authorities as 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner, opened fire at a political meet-and-greet outside a grocery store. She died at University Medical Center.
Christina-Taylor, who had big brown eyes and long brown hair, had recently been elected to the student council at Mesa Verde Elementary School. She had been interested in politics from a young age, her father, John Green said Saturday night in an interview with the Arizona Daily Star.
She was a good speaker, athletic and patriotic, her mother, Roxanna Green, told the paper. Christina-Taylor was inspired by her birth on the day of the 9/11 terror attacks, her family said. She was one of 50 babies born on 9/11 featured in a book called "Faces of Hope."
"She was born back east and Sept. 11 affected everyone there, and Christina-Taylor was always very aware of it. She was very patriotic and wearing red, white and blue was really special to her," Roxanna Green told the Star.
As a student council member, Christina-Taylor would have been a leader in her large school district. In the past, elementary school students who were elected to student councils had attended school board meetings and led the pledge of allegiance, said Jeff Grant, Board President for Amphitheater Public Schools - a district of 15,000 students.
Grant described Mesa Verde, which has students from kindergarten to fifth grade, as a very close-knit community. "It's just a tragedy that I think the entire community is in the grips of right now," he said.
Her father John is a scout for the L.A. Dodgers and her grandfather is former Major League pitcher and ex-Philadelphia Phillies manager Dallas Green, according to ESPN.
The elder Green managed the Phillies from 1979-1981, winning a World Series title in 1980. He went on to manage the Yankees and the Mets.

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  1. Hugs to you, Janine. My Diva is nine years old and I cannot imagine losing her. My heart goes out to all the families affected by this tragedy.

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