Grind for December 26th
“Christmas waves a magic wand over this word, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”
– Norman Vincent Peale
Radio host loses job over school shooting joke
Husband and wife talkshow hosts Chuck Bonniwell and Julie Hayden were fired this week over a distasteful joke about school shootings.
“You know, you wish for a nice school shooting to interrupt the monopoly,” joked Bonniwell as the pair spoke about impeachment news coverage.
“No, don’t even say that! He didn’t say that!” replied Julie.
Listeners were appalled by the comment, especially considering an incident that occurred earlier this year.
On May 7th, one student was killed and eight others injured during a shooting at a charter school in Highlands Ranch, a suburb of Denver. The student’s father, John Castillo, called Chuck’s comment “unbelievable.”
In cancelling Chuck and Julie’s show, right-leaning station 710 KNUS cited the “history of school violence that has plagued our community.”
Chuck issued an apology on Twitter, but later deleted the post: “I made an inappropriate comment meant as a joke. I’m sorry it was not received that way.”
Lone gunman attacks Russian intelligence HQ
A lone gunman opened fire at the entrance of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) headquarters in Moscow Thursday morning shortly after President Vladimir Putin completed an annual Q&A session with reporters.
During the press conference, which lasted more than four hours, President Putin suggesting ending presidential term limits and portrayed the impeachment of US President Donald Trump as a political move without merit.
Investigators believe the attack was intended to coincide with the Q&A session and have opened criminal proceedings into the attempted murder of FSB agents.
One officer was killed and at least five others wounded during the shootout before the suspect was killed by armed guards.
The unexpected attack occurred on the eve of security serves day, a holiday for security staff in Russia.
GOOD TO THE LAST DROP:
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