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SNN News Ticker: Love Thy Neighbor Edition

A gunman armed with a shotgun opened fire at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. early this afternoon. He wounded a security guard before being shot himself by other guards. Both men have been hospitalized and the museum evacuated. Information about the gunman is beginning to emerge – he's apparently well-known among white supremacist groups and authored a book with anti-Semetic themes. (That link goes directly to a website promoting the book.)

Italian car company Fiat now officially owns Chrysler's assets. The Fiat CEO announced a new direction for the company:

"Work is already under way on developing new environmentally friendly, fuel-efficient, high-quality vehicles that we intend to become Chrysler's hallmark going forward," the new company said in a statement.

Clearly he is unaware that it is illegal to produce anything but ginormous SUVs here in America.

Oh this is just awesome: two of the passengers on the Air France flight that went down in the Atlantic ocean apparently had ties to terrorist groups. Meanwhile the search for the in-flight recording devices continues.

The New York State Senate is in complete chaos after two Democratic Senators switched affiliation, which transferred majority power back to the Republican party after the Democrats gained majority in the last election. In response, the Democratic caucus stormed out and the former Democratic Majority Leader has declared that he's still the Majority Leader even though the Democrats no longer hold a majority. The Senate chamber is locked and it's a big old mess and everyone kind of looks ridiculous right now. New York Magazine's webpage has a nice compliation of coverage if you're interested in plumbing the depths.

If you're unfamiliar with the work of Laura Ling and Euna Lee, the American journalists sentenced to 12 years' hard labor in North Korea, here's a sample. Ling reported all over the world. Lee was on her first overseas assignment.

Jeremiah Wright: still talking. Why? Who knows? But you'll be relieved to know he forgives Barack Obama for distancing himself from him. "Them Jews" made him do it, apparently. That's an actual quote. I have no idea what it means. Is it Anti-Semitism Day or something and no one told me?


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Jun. 10th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
When I hear "environmentally friendly, fuel-efficient", I hear ugly. Most green cars in my opinion are just ugly.
Jun. 10th, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
Well maybe an infusion of Italian style can help with that!
Jun. 10th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
I hope so! Woot! And before someone jumps on my words. I did say 'most' not 'all'
Jun. 10th, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC)
Kind of ridiculous?

That seems somewhat like saying World War 2 was kind of big. Seriously, this story has every single possible element (billionaires orchestrating back room deals, politicians jumping on-board so they don't have resign due to the felony assault charge hanging over their head, or jumping on-board because the Democratic leadership refused to let them skim earmarks into their own pockets (who is now next in line to be governor!), and a Democratic leadership which, when confronted with the vote, had the lights in the chamber turned off to try to stop it) to prove that the NYS senate is not a governing body, but some kind of perverse melodrama troup.
Jun. 10th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
Maybe "three-ring circus of corrupt idiots" would have been a better term.
Jun. 10th, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
The only thing I can figure is that the Senate was getting jealous of California getting all the press recently for their dysfunctional government and had to find a way to one-up them.
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