This is a quote from the new Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, taken from the National Post: “Acts and threats of violence against our public officials have no place in our society.” Boehner said. “This is a sad day for our country.”
The sentiment might be on point, but the fact that he put in “against our public officials” is kind of sickening. Are public officials more of a person than a regular Joe the Plumber? Apparently everyday, run-of-the-mill acts of violents against anyone from convenience store owners to protestors are okay. I guess this is the byproduct of a disturbed individual disagreeing with government policies and subsequently being granted easy access to Wal-Mart and perform target practice on — people. Ain’t that America… give everyone guns and let God sort it out. Pretty pathetic philosophy for the greatest nation in the world.
A shooting in Tucson, Arizona leaves five people dead and 18 more wounded. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot and is in critical condition. Among the dead are a federal judge and a 9 year-old girl. Giffords has previously been targeted. We will wait for the further details on the suspect and the motive.
Early into the new year, I have run into an early candidate for song of the year. It comes from London Ontario rapper Shad, featuring arguably one of the best voices in Canada — Dallas Green. A member of the rock band Alexisonfire, Green has seen a great deal of more recent success from his solo project City and Colour. This is a dream collaboration, as I am a big fan of hip-hop (Shad is the embodiment of the genre), and Dallas is arguably my girlfriend’s favourite musician. In fact, a while ago I remember talking with her and saying, “wow, I hope for Shad and Dallas to get together and do a song.” Not only is that hope now a reality, but it will be doubled as the two London-born talents have put together a 12″ vinyl record, simply titled “Two Songs”. This will no doubt keep the momentum going for both artists, as they continue to set the benchmark for quality tunes. Sales from the album benefit Skate4Cancer.