There was a tragic event in Virginia today, where a lunatic chose to execute two people on live television.
Then, incredibly, he posted the entire thing on Facebook. (I won't give you the link, but you can find it if you want to.)
We have seen these types of things before, but it's usually terrorists in some far away country beheading someone to spread terror and win recruits to their cause.
This was some evil dude here in America who decided to kill two innocent people instead of coping with his demons and the social ills of society like the rest of us. This dude was no doubt a coward.
Yes, racism is real, and it's tough being a black man in America at times. Yes, homophobia is real, and it is no doubt hard to be a Gay man in certain circles. But sorry Vester, no matter what type of pressure or burden you are feeling, you do not have the right to kill two innocent people. This makes you no different than the animal who you claimed pushed you over the edge.
Once again a high profile shooting will keep our attention for a while. All the ingredients are there: race, randomness, the media angle. What we won't be having, though, is a gun debate, because very powerful people work overtime to make sure that doesn't happen.
Unfortunately, from the looks of things, their hard work is paying off.
Finally, I have resisting the urge to call my broker these past few days, but it's getting harder and harder not to pick up the phone. (Gotta love how wingnuts are blaming Obama for the Dow dropping the way it has over the past few days. Dude gets no credit when the Dow is roaring at over 18,000 but he gets blamed if it drops. Sorry wingnuts, you can't have it both ways.)
Anyway, if I call him now I am pretty sure that he won't answer. If he did, I won't just hear the usual: "Ride it out Wayne, don't panic; you are in this for the long haul."
I wish that the folks over in China would get their stuff together. This is not our Father's Wall Street. What happens in places like China affects our bottom line here at home.
Nine percent is a big chunk, but the Dow gained over 619 points today, so a brother can smile just a little bit. For now.
*Pic from abcnews.go.com