2007
04.19

In Other News

Whenever there is a huge story in the news, our news media helpfully buries other stories in sidebars and on page nine in the paper, next to the full page Hooters ad.

As a public service, here are some other things that have been going on in the world while we’ve all been staring at Virginia.

180 Killed in Baghdad Bombings. On April 18 (that would be yesterday), over 180 people were killed in a series of bombings in Baghdad. Not to diminish what happened in Virginia one iota, but this probably should have been a bigger story than it was. Alas, FOX and CNN opted to run pictures of crying people at memorial services instead.

Supreme Court upholds Ban on Partial Birth Abortions. I don’t care if you are for or against abortion – this is big news either way and should be a huge story. The law in question does not even allow an abortion in a situation where the mom’s life is in danger, so this is big news. You may have missed it while reading the VT killer’s lousy plays, which were apparently worthy of headlines. He is, as of this writing, the most widely read playwright in America.

Pet Food recall expanded. This is why it always pays to read all the links at CNN, FOX, NYT or what have you. For pet owners, this is big news. For everyone else, I’m sure it is just “meh.” Which is cool, but it could have used a little more coverage. Most pet owners, like myself, are too busy trying to keep the damn things off the keyboards and have little time to do more than glance at the headlines.

That’s just three. There’s also been some big stuff happening in the Attorney General scandal, but I figure most of you are wise enough to be following that on your own.

The other thing to watch for, of course, is a spate of unpopular new bills being introduced by Congress while we are all watching the latest news from Virginia.

That’s how government works.

  1. What did AG John Ashcroft do now?


  2. On April 18 (that would be yesterday), over 180 people were killed in a series of bombings in Baghdad.

    So that’s like 10 more than an average day in Baghdad right?


    I don’t care if you are for or against abortion – this is big news either way and should be a huge story. The law in question does not even allow an abortion in a situation where the mom’s life is in danger, so this is big news. You may have missed it while reading the VT killer’s lousy plays, which were apparently worthy of headlines. He is, as of this writing, the most widely read playwright in America.

    Hey I knew this one and had an opinion on it but nobody cared cause the crazy Korean guy shot up the school, which is sad and all. It’s like amazing the American public because it’s an Asian, because they want to find someone to blame, etc.

    And in the future when some woman has to have a baby that she needed to abort because of medical reasons and she shoots up the school she attends I wonder who they will blame?

  3. Well, probably liberals.

  4. I’ve been listening to the hearing all day and he’s really coming across bad. From the get go he’s been pretty defensive and now I wonder if he knew what the hell was going on around him. He should just make a sign that says:

    I know know. Ask Mr. Sampson.

  5. [quote comment=”18884″]What did AG John Ashcroft do now?[/quote]

    He’s been out of the AG office an living quite nicely with head firmly up his ass for more than two years now.