Oh poodles and kittens, you came back. We reconvene for another roundabout recap of all the national and international news, the stuff that proves that we as a species are, well, meh. This week has been a doozy, so strap on your big-girl panties and ready your hard girl face, ’cause with the good, comes the bad, and with the bad, comes the, “Oh dear God.”
Christopher J. Dorner, the former Los Angeles police officer sought in the region’s largest manhunt, is thought to have been killed in a cabin that burned down around him. Police cornered Dorner in shootout and a forest standoff on Tuesday afternoon and while the police are certain that the person inside is Dorner, the remains still need official identification. (NY Times)
Last night, in Obama’s first second-term State of the Union address, the president promised to raise the country’s minimum wage , and proposed new measures to help regrow the middle class. Also, Joe Biden looked amused and John Boehner was unhappy. (NY Times)
Pope Benedict XVI addressed thousands of faithful followers on Wednesday and stated that he was stepping down for “the good of the church.” It was his first time speaking at a public appearance since dropping the bombshell announcement of his resignation. You had one job, Pope. One job. (Huffington Post)
A NATO airstrike has killed ten Afghan civilians, mostly women and children, in a raid on a suspected Taliban hideout in eastern Afghanistan, local officials have said. (Al Jazeera)
Two people have been charged with the murder of a 15-year-old student who was shot near U.S. President Barack Obama’s Chicago home just one week after performing at his inauguration in Washington. Hadiya Pendleton’s death is just one of the many senseless deaths that have brought gun violence to the forefront of the country. (Al Jazeera)
I know, I know – it’s enough to make anyone scream. But don’t get cynical on me, precious, ’tis far too easy, even with a wench like me, one with pumping sarcasm running through her veins. So remember, when the going gets tough, the tough start lovin’, and week after week, as the news gets rougher or just feels rougher, we’ve got to remind ourselves that the fight still keeps going.