Rainy and cold this early Tuesday on California’s north coast and we’re forecast to get thunderstorms later today — the golden days appear to be over for awhile.
Weather, however, never sits still.
Seemingly, time is of the essence this morning as the chore of surfing the news has left me kind of empty to the vast craters formed by all kinds of shit plowing through the ether — there’s a boatload of sad.
There’s still the ‘Blade Runner’Â murder, the horsemeat scandalÂ in the UK, the clean-upÂ of the Russian meterorite shower, and even a “gigantic” diamond heistÂ in Belgium.
Even some new dopeÂ on George Jr’s mis-adventures in Iraq: Secretary of State Powellâ€™s awareness, three days into a new administration, that Iraq â€œregime changeâ€ would be a principal focus of the Bush presidency.
(Illustration: Salvador Dali’s ‘Stillness of Time‘ found here).
Time is the natural bleeder of news — all that stuff on George Jr is really old hat and if one had been paying any kind of attention the last decade all this shit has come out beore — and it still doesn’t mean any of those assholes will ever be brought to justice for it.
However, justice is sometimes served hot:
A 60-year-old business executive accused of drunkenly slapping a 2-year-old and referring to him with a racial slur has been fired, according to a statement issued Sunday by his company.
Joe Rickey Hundley faces a federal charge for simple assault on a minor during a Delta flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta on Feb. 8.
Read the ugly details at the delicious Wonkette.
In the last few hours, the most-sad of storiesÂ is that of country singer Mindy McCready, who killed herself on Sunday, just a month after her boyfriend committed suicide on the exact same front porch where she was found — McCready reportedly also shot and killed her dog before taking her own life.
Wynonna Judd tweeted: “This is so sad. It just breaks my heart what addiction continues to take from this life. Addiction is a disease & not a character flaw. When the pain becomes too much, it causes people to want that pain to stop.”
McCready leaves behind two young sons.
And guns make make time end:
The role of guns in suicide is receiving renewed attention in the national debate over firearms violence after the shootings in Newtown, Conn.
About 19,000 of the more than 31,000 gun-related deaths in the USA each year are due to suicide â€” far outnumbering gun-related homicides.
While guns are involved in just 5.6 percentÂ of suicide attempts, they account for 55 percentÂ of suicide fatalities.
That’s because 85 percent of suicide attempts involving guns result in death, making firearms the leading method of suicide in the USA, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In comparison, taking pills results in death in 2 percent of cases.
“It’s access to weaponry that turns desperate people into suicides,” says psychiatrist Kenneth Duckworth, medical director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, interviewed before McCready’s death.
Time doesn’t seem toÂ understand or comprehendÂ the speed of our lives.