Monday Morning Open Thread

May 26, 2014

What’s up?

My heart and prayers go out to the victims and families of the deadly shooting in Santa Barbara. I teared up when I read this statement by one of the fathers of the victims:

Michaels-Martinez, of Los Osos, Calif., was killed when Rodger walked into the deli he was working at and shot him, authorities said. Martinez said he had spoken with his son — an English major who planned to go to London next year and to law school after graduation — just 45 minutes earlier….

Martinez pulled out a photo of his son as a small child in a Chicago Cubs baseball uniform and said they used to call him “mini-Sammy Sosa,” referring to the former Cubs star.

“Chris was a really great kid,” his father said.

The shooter, Elliot Rodger, was mentally ill yet legally acquired at least three guns that were found on him after a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He’s left a trail of disgusting videos and letters, in which he blames women’s rejection of him for his actions.

Twitter was on it — God, I love Twitter! — with anti-misogynist tweets at the #YesAllWomen hashtag.

I hate to end on such a morbid note so feel free to add your own news and musings this Memorial Day. What are you up to today?