Oh, my lovelies, I have never been so happy to get to the end of the week. I actually slept more than an hour at a time last night [five whole hours in a row. IN A ROW. PLUS! I dreamed about Sawyer from Lost. Yum.] and my nieces are going home AND I'm going to a party tomorrow night! Yay! Party! With people!
What's been happening this week? Why, I'm glad you asked. Here you go:
JK Rowling said, "Never say never" about more Harry Potter stuff. SQUEEEEEE! Is it unseemly that a grown ass woman is this excited about children's books? Eh, who cares.
In an effort to stave off a horrific police and parliamentary inquiry and PR mess, Rupert Murdoch decided to close The News of the World, a tabloid newspaper in England that had been found to have hacked into the cell phones of child murder victims and terrorism victims and just seriously? Is this guy Mr. Burns from The Simpsons, but without the warmth? What the fuck? How do you live with yourself? Ugh. People make me sick.
In the great state of Texas, where they just can't get enough of killing people through the death penalty, the state decided to execute a Mexican national despite the fact that he wasn't afforded his right to meet with the Mexican consular when he was charged. Now, granted, this guy was a dirtbag and raped and killed a young woman, but the thing here is, Texas decided that it was more important to rush into trying and executing someone than it was to follow the rule of law which is that people get to meet their consulate when they are accused of a crime. A few more months was not going to matter to anyone at the start of this case, and certainly not now, except maybe to Rick Perry trying to build his bona fides with crazed isolationists. Adhering to international law means you have a leg up when someone from your country is in a precarious legal position [i.e. Amanda Knox].
In more legal news, you all know that Casey Anthony was found not guilty. I did not follow the case very closely and while I understand the visceral uproar over this - a child is dead, after all - I am not overly surprised at the result. While the states that have the death penalty have zero problems with putting it into action [see above] there is a marked disparity about who is actually put into this situation. And it should come as no surprise that it is mostly black men who murder white people who are ultimately executed. A young white woman is very seldom going to be put on death row.
In news of the what the hell? variety, evidently Spain has had a history of stealing babies and selling them for adoption. WHAT? Yeah. This began as a means of punishing leftist families under Franco [again, WHAT?] but took on a life of its own, with doctors, nurses and nuns [WHAT??] having colluded to steal babies who were just born and selling them off to a criminal network. Parents were told their babies had died and were buried. I can't even . . . WHAT THE FUCK?
And now as a palate cleanser of good news, Tom Hanks is bringing pollution free scooters to India. I have not traveled to India, as I would prefer to have diarrhea in my own home where there is a working toilet, but my understanding from friends is that there is traffic unlike any other place on earth. These scooters would make a small difference, but hopefully set the stage for more change. Bosom Buddies, Big, scooters. Is there anything this man can't do?
What have you got for me? I'm dying to know.