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Kid Games: Wolves V. Utah

Change the channel, pick up a book, hug a loved one. There are other things on tonight.

Today, across the world, a reminder:

A wave of attacks across Iraq, including a brazen car bombing on the way to Baghdad airport, have killed 50 people and injured hundreds more, just days before the country's first elections since US troops withdrew.

The violence, which mostly struck during morning rush hour amid tightened security ahead of the polls, raises further questions about the credibility of the April 20 vote, seen as a key test of Iraq's stability and its security forces' capabilities.

Officials said more than 30 bombings and a shooting hit 12 different areas of Iraq, leaving 50 people dead and nearly 300 injured, making Monday the country's deadliest day since March 19.

Unthinkable violence is unthinkable violence no matter where it happens. Today I will think of Dr. King:

"Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars... Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."

We accept far too much violence in our lives. It's time to stop supporting it, no matter how tangentially or abstractly. There is a solidarity to be had in its opposition and we need to embrace that with our hearts, our minds, and our hands.

For those of you watching the game, no pics, gifs, or links to illegal feeds. Blogging buddies: SLC Dunk.

Some reading for the evening.