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SNN News Ticker: Showdown Edition

It's official, the swine flu is now a pandemic. They grow up so fast!

The guard shot at the Holocaust Museum died yesterday. In an ugly bit of irony, he was shot immediately after opening the door for the gunman, thinking he was an elderly visitor in need of assistance. The gunman left a note in his car:

"You want my weapons -- this is how you'll get them. The Holocaust is a lie. Obama was created by Jews. Obama does what his Jew owners tell him to do. Jews captured America's money. Jews control the mass media."

Now here's my question: given that the gunman was a convicted felon who tried to take the Federal Reserve Board hostage at gunpoint, who thought it was a good idea to give him a gun again? Here's a charming profile of the gunman in which other white supremacists call him crazy with no apparent sense of irony and his ex-wife talks about how he liked painting ducks. But only white ducks. (OK, I totally made up that last part.)

The Presidential election in Iran is tomorrow and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's opponent has seen a sudden surge in popularity.

Republicans in Albany tried to get back to business after a judge ruled in their favor – but the Democrats didn't show up and locked away all the Senate documents. Way to be mature there, guys.

President Obama hosted a town hall in Green Bay, Wisconsin today to discuss his health care reform plan. But the best part was when a local father told the President that he pulled his daughter out oif her last day of school, to which the President replied, "Oh! Does she need a note?" (And yes, he actually wrote the kid a note.)

That was mostly terrible terrible news, so here are some baby panthers to soothe your nerves.


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Jun. 11th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
He agrees with Rev. Wright. Strange bedfellows. :)
Jun. 11th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
I know! I guess hate attracts hate. :/

CNN ran a really interesting bit of footage – the gunman being loaded into an ambulance and worked on by three EMTs, all of whom were black. And yeah, saving people is their job, but I have to think it;d be surreal to be in their position at that moment.
Jun. 11th, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
My other thought about the shooting is how closely it comes after the passage of the bill allowing loaded guns to be taken onto National Parks. Are the DC museums considered part of the NPS?
Jun. 11th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
I don't think so. They're Federal property, but being on the National Mall and a few blocks from the White House I doubt guns are allowed on civilians.

I really really wonder if that guy had a gun permit, though. And if so, why?
Jun. 11th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
Some of them are under the NPS (the Washington Monument, for example), it looks like, but the Holocaust Museum is a public/private partnership, so it isn't.
Jun. 11th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)

Jun. 11th, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
Someone should adopt these out to two unsuspecting crazy cat ladies and then start filming for a reality show. It'll be like Marmaduke, but with death.

Jun. 11th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
Oh too cute!

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