“If it starts to sink then I’ll blame you”
Sometimes i can’t help but notice the bizzare juxtaposition of news stories.
I was thinking yesterday morning about a story from a while ago in the local paper about a kid who was killed by a train. Not to discount the tragedy of it, but i find it odd that it was on the front page of the B section for two days, whereas the nearly daily auto accident fatalities are always tossed into 6 lines at the back of that section.
Yesterday afternoon I noticed on the “front page” of the New York Times online that there were, of course, about 8 articles and the photo about the Virginia Tech shootings. Right to the left of these was a headline stating that it was the deadliest day in Baghdad in months after a car bomb killed 140 people (the count is up to 171 now that wednesday is complete).
I can’t help but think, again not to downplay the crazy shit that happened, that our priorities are off. My complaint is not that we are freaked out and scared and pissed off about the Virginia Tech shootings – we should be. But why the fuck aren’t we freaked out and scared and pissed off about the 3000 dead american soldiers! (Or, for that matter, people who aren’t American – but i know that’s pushing our sympathies.)
“I’ll Sail My Ship Alone” – Ray Price