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How many school shootings in the past couple of weeks?  Right.  What else?  North Korea has tested a nuclear device.  Iraq is FUBAR and in the realm of world news - Israel/Palestine is...not really that important right now?  I guess President Bush's roadmap to peace was really a guide to how to screw over the rest of the world.

I am really, really amazed at the lack of acknowledgement to the general crisis of the world.  10 years ago, during Columbine, Paducah KY, etc - everyone was ready to blame video games, music, Marilyn Manson, and of course President Clinton for the downfall of society.  The Republican Party has been in power for the past 6 years and...things haven't changed?  4 school shootings in a month (not counting the brandishing of weapons and today's/yesterday's incident where no one was shot).  The last time there were 4 school shootings in a month?  March 2001 (citation).

I know that the elections are an important step in holding the present administration accountable.  I know that too often we blast the leaders of our party (the minority in the House and Senate) for not speaking out - which is frustrating because they can only do so much.  But how can we hold the journalists' feet to the fire, the Presidents', everyone?  When Myspace is a catalyst for raising money for Sudan, I think our priorities (and leadership) are misaligned.  

I'm done ranting - but I'm not done being afraid.  My fear doesn't come from the terrorists of Al-Qaida but from the terror of a government full of hubris and ineptitude.  We need to elect good leaders but it's equally important to express to them, and our current leaders, that there is urgency in the problems facing America and the world.  We can't wait, indeed.

Originally posted to bsmcneil on Mon Oct 09, 2006 at 11:46 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  The totalitarian state controlled media flavor (0+ / 0-)

    Of martial music and clips of ethnically distinctive enemy troops marching in formation with their missles and scenes of nuclear technology in the hands of ethnically distintive workers.

    Crisis alarms go off in my head that the mass media is preparing for war.

    •  october surprise! (0+ / 0-)

      i wouldn't be surprised if "the world will respond" translates into an action by the US government.  

      the good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life. -jane addams

      by bsmcneil on Mon Oct 09, 2006 at 11:57:15 AM PDT

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  •  The whole world (0+ / 0-)

    has gone effing nuts.

    But who can blame them?

    When the leader of the world's only super power does bat-shit crazy things, it is to be expected.

    That is why we should have gotten rid of BuCheney a long time ago.

    When fascism comes to America, it will come draped in the flag and carrying a cross

    by TDW on Mon Oct 09, 2006 at 11:54:58 AM PDT

  •  The media needs to refocus with the school thing. (0+ / 0-)

    The very reason why there are copycats is because the media takes the attacker and elevates them from troubled nothing to instant infamy.

    Time was, if someone did something like this...the focus was on the VICTIMS. Nobody cared who the shooter was. They were a criminal. Not important. If they were killed, there was no attention. Body thrown in an unmarked grave somewhere. Focus on the victims.

    As it should be.

    What the media now offers is that anyone who does this becomes an instant, immortal celebrity of notoreity. A "nothing" can become an instant star as the media puts on endless exposes of their troubled lives, pundit babble about who they are, old yearbook photos held up for millions to see.

    The desparate and deranged see this...and they want that to be their end, their legacy. So they go out and do it.

    Again.

    "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross" - Sinclair Lewis

    by Loboguara on Mon Oct 09, 2006 at 12:39:18 PM PDT

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