eThat is, did anyone waste precious lifehours either attending or watching on local TV any of the nonsense convened on the occasion of the first "anniversary" of the "tragedy" that took place one year and two days ago? Given the insufferable "All Gabby Giffords, All The Time" nature of the first ninety media days following the original shooting last year, it was with dread that I heard of the impending "remembrances," "ceremonies," "gatherings," etc. announced for last Sunday.
To be clear, the events of January 8, 2011 were unfortunate and Giffords and the other victims of that day's shootings certainly didn't deserve their fate. But to turn Giffords into some kind of martyr figure, as the local mediatards did, parroted by far too many of the moron masses, was simply inexcusable. To revisit those events in successive years as if they should be observed as some sort of holiday is just absurd. Amoricons in general have become obsessed with tragedy worship-as-holiday (9-11 being the most notorious example), but this is carrying things to ridiculous extremes.
So if you were bored and masochistic enough to have partaken of the hysterical, maudlin nonsense, I pity you. But frankly, I'm also curious to know if things got as out of hand as I had imagined they would.