I can’t make any jokes about this

It’s just infuriating:

Authorities in Oregon are considering whether to charge an off-duty security guard who accidentally shot and killed his girlfriend’s 9-year-old daughter while practicing drawing his weapon.

Oregon City police spokesperson Lt. Jim Band said that 32-year-old Joseph Wade Wolters was at home on Sunday prepping for his new job as an armed security guard by holstering and unholstering a loaded weapon. Fourth grader Shayla May Shonneker was about 50 yards away when the gun discharged, sending a bullet through a wall and striking the girl in the face while she was playing outside.

The girl was later pronounced dead after being rushed to Oregon Health & Science University Hospital by LifeFlight helicopter.

According to KPTV, Wolters is currently a member of the military reserves, and received about 10 medals while serving in Iraq. Band said that he had been mistakenly arrested in 2007 after being declared absent without leave from the U.S. Army because of a mixup.

John Wetten Elementary School, where Shayla Shonneker was a student, activated its crisis-response team on Monday to help both students and adults cope with the tragedy.

Two dead, 23 injured at Boston Marathon bomb explosions

UPDATE: AP says police have confirmed controlled demolition of two additional explosive devices.

UPDATE: “Confirmed explosion at the JFK Library.” They now say it was a result of the fire, but they don’t know what caused the fire.

Explosions at the Boston Marathon. Bystanders report seeing people with legs blown off:

Two explosions shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers in the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts.

Competitors and race organizers were crying as they fled the chaos. Bloody spectators were being carried to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners.

“There are a lot of people down,” said one man, whose bib No. 17528 identified him as Frank Deruyter of North Carolina. He was not injured, but marathon workers were carrying one woman, who did not appear to be a runner, to the medical area as blood gushed from her leg. A Boston police officer was wheeled from the course with a leg injury that was bleeding.

About three hours after the winners crossed the line, there was a loud explosion on the north side of Boylston Street, just before the photo bridge that marks the finish line. Another thunderous explosion could be heard a few seconds later.

Runner Laura McLean of Toronto said she heard two explosions outside the medical tent.

“There are people who are really, really bloody,” McLean said. “They were pulling them into the medical tent.”

Boston, Tax Day? I’m guessing wingnuts. It would, of course, be irresponsible not to speculate.

Faith-based tax return

Honestly, I don’t even know if I’m putting the right information in the right places. And after going through my online debit card records for the past 24 hours, I can’t even see straight. Here’s hoping!

It’s pointless, anyway. Like so many of the long-term unemployed who were unwillingly plunked into the “self-employed” class, I now owe so much to the IRS for the past five years that I have no hope of paying — without a lottery win, anyway. And yet, General Electric gets billion-dollar refunds. What is wrong with this picture?

Imagine just getting a tax bill from your government, the way all those “uncivilized” European countries do.

Template for excellence

Go read the rest from Robin Clane at Creative Catalyst:

Since Teach for America has been so successful at solving the problems of education in our country, I’m proposing we take their model and apply it to other failing systems and issues at hand. If the biggest problem in education is a lack of quality teachers, and we can provide those teachers and thus solve the education crisis in just six weeks time, why not try this out in other professions?

1. Heal for America — The healthcare system in America is crumbling, and what we really need to solve it are quality doctors. Give aspiring doctors 6 weeks of training, then put them in the most overcrowded hospitals around the country. If successful, we can send them abroad!

2. Police for America — Let’s solve the problem of gun violence on our streets once and for all by getting rid of corrupt and inept police officers. We will give aspiring police officers 6 weeks of training and then put them in neighborhoods with the highest rates of violent crime.

3. Experiment for America — If we want to cure cancer, we need fresh voices in the scientific community. Obviously, the scientists who’ve been working on a cure for the past decades aren’t doing their job very well, as cancer rates are skyrocketing with no cure in sight. Aspiring chemists will get six weeks of training, and then be put in charge of experiments testing cancer-curing drugs.

4. Defend America — The war in Afghanistan has been draining resources from the American people. We need better soldiers on the ground, or this conflict will never be resolved. What we need are bright young soldiers to shake things up a little bit. We will give aspiring army officers 6 weeks of training, and then put them in charge of units in the most complex arenas of war.

Oh darn

Sure gonna miss him!

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican mega-donor Bob Perry, who built a fortune as a Houston real estate magnate and whose prolific spending on GOP candidates made him a target of supporters for campaign-finance reform, has died. He was 80.

Former Texas state Rep. Neal Jones, a close family friend, said late Sunday that Perry had died Saturday night. He said Perry “passed away peacefully in his sleep” but did not offer further details.

“Mr. Perry was a wonderful friend to many all around the United States,” Jones said. “With his passing we’ve lost a great patriot who has made a great difference in the lives of people all across the land. He will be surely missed.”

Perry was a fixture of GOP fundraising in Texas — and nationally — dating back to former President George W. Bush’s Texas gubernatorial races in the mid-1990s. His largesse included giving $4.4 million in 2004 to the Swift Vets and POWs for Truth campaign that sought to discredit then-Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry.
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Wavelength

When I’m down you always comfort me
When I’m lonely you see about me
You are ev’ry where you’re ‘sposed to be
And I can get your station
When I need rejuvenation.

Seems only right that Van should bookend the day:

She said she said

I said who put all those things in your head
Things that make me feel that I’m mad
And you’re making me feel like I’ve never been born.

Beatles:

In the presence of the Lord

I have finally found a way to live, just like I never could before
And I know I don’t have much to give, but I can open any door
Everybody knows the secret, I said everybody knows the score
I have finally found a way to live in the colour of the Lord
In the colour of the Lord.

Blind Faith:

Dumb

I’m not like them but I can pretend
The sun is gone but I have a light
The day is done but I’m having fun
I think I’m dumb.

Nirvana:

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