April 17, 2019

Wondering on Wednesday (v170)

Happy Wednesday After Tax Day, or maybe I should say, Happy Wednesday Before Mueller Report Day...

Official Washington and professional talking heads and right-wing conspiracy theorists and left-wing goofballs (and I'm not just talking about folks on Congressional committees here) are all a-flutter and a-Twitter, planning their watch parties and their keyword searches so they're ready to hit the ground running as soon as Attorney General William Barr releases the long-awaited Mueller Report.

Are YOU ready? Are YOU watching tomorrow morning at 9:30, or are you just going to hang out for the comments, I wonder?

Seeing as how I'm only an amateur talking head, I have think I have a little more flexibility, so if it's raining, I'll be watching, I suspect. But if it's not raining, I'm apt to be at the garden center, truth be told.

Either way, I'll be wondering when anyone who has anything to do with anything will start talking about what the Mueller Report did say happened: Russian interference into our election. It's not surprising that people are more interested in the dirty little secrets about what Trump did or didn't, but what Russia did should be more important, right? I wonder?

I'm also wondering now, with all of the moves out there to make more days national holidays - Election Day, Tax Day, and such - shouldn't Release of an Important Investigative Report about the Alleged Leader of the Free World qualify as an official day off, too?

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Columbine School shooting. That in and of itself is sad enough, but today a young woman from Florida, who was obsessed or infatuated with shooting died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  The teenager had left her home, travelled to Colorado, legally purchased a gun, and scared the crap out of people throughout the Denver area. Schools were closed today, as police searched for her. Her tragic story adds to the overall tragic story of Columbine.

So what's the wondering on this one? How many others like her are out there, and are heading towards Columbine this week? Or next? Or week after that? And what can we do to help them, and prevent this type of thing - or worse - from happening again?

Not only did Columbine happen in April, but so did a number of other notable tragedies: the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. The shooting at Virginia Tech, in 2007. And at the American Civic Association in Binghamton in in 2009.  The raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco in 1993. The Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.

What is it, I wonder, about April?  Is it, after all, what T. S Eliot wrote?
April is the cruellest month... 

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