New York Times online headline a short while ago on the Orlando terrorist attack that resulted in the massacre of 49 people very early Sunday.
Monday early afternoon.
I really hadn't planned to post an entry now, but I just had to acknowledge the horrific massacre in Orlando at a gay night club that killed 49 people in a hate-inspired terrorist attack by a young American Muslim aimed at the LGBTQ community. The terrorist, Omar Mateen, a U.S. citizen, was killed by a SWAT team during the attack as well at the end of a three-hour standoff in the wee hours of Sunday morning.
Some of the victims of the anti-LGBTQ terrorist attack at a nightclub called Pulse in Orlando.
This is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history -- and that's saying a lot given the regularity with which these things occur in this gun-fetishizing country.
There were a number of vigils held around the U.S. this weekend, and it gave the ongoing gay pride events in a number of cities including Capital Pride here in D.C. that ended yesterday into a much more somber and serious tone, as well as heightened security.
Scene from the Los Angeles Gay Pride event yesterday honoring the victims of the terrorist attack in Orlando.
President Obama condemned what he called this "homegrown extremism" in comments a short time ago.
A vigil is held in Atlanta for the victims of the Orlando terrorist attack.
Ryan Gibson, left, and Tabor Winstead at a vigil in Raleigh, N.C., for the victims of the Orlando massacre.
It's Monday early afternoon and I'm off from work. I will be returning to work -- finally -- tomorrow, and it looks like I will be fairly busy. For today, I was just planning on going to the gym and then perhaps taking a walk. It will again be a light and shortened workout as I am not fully recovered and my knee still hurts.
I had a really lunch with Quill yesterday in Bethesda at Rock Bottom and then we sat outside in the gusty, sunny, blue-skied day at one of the innumerable fountains in downtown Bethesda. Later, I headed back into D.C., and I stopped at Floriana and then went with Jamie to Fox & Hounds where we had a really nice time.
Oh, yes, when I got back into D.C., as I walked over to No. 9 for a bit, I caught sight looking down 16th Street -- at the end of which the White House is visible about a mile away -- far in the distance a ginormous cumulonimbus cloud just east of due south.
When I got to No. 9, amazingly attractive bartender Jose was there but not working. He was there with his husband having a drink. I got Jose to look up the Wakefield AKQ radar and -- just as I estimated -- that thunderstorm was located about 200 miles away near the Virginia - North Carolina border about 30 miles west of Norfolk.
Jose seemed impressed that I was able to call that.
OK, that's all for now