Some tiny creature, mad with wrath,

Is coming nearer on the path.

--Edward Gorey

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. Outlying Islands

Writer, lawyer, cyclist, rock climber, wanderer of dark residential streets, friend.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Heedless Violence -- It's Not Just for Kids Anymore!

A handful of you may recall that the Columbine massacre occurred in a little Denver suburb named, aptly enough, Littleton. I only hold on to this detail because my college freshman-year roommate and good friend grew up there.

Well, apparently it's something in the water, because Littleton's congressman, Tom Tancredo (R -- well, duh), just made clear that, should Islamic fundamentalists detonate a nuke against the United States, one solution would be to "take out" Muslim holy sites, including Mecca.

Sometimes I chide myself for thinking the people elected to national office in this country are basically high school jocks and bullies who grew up, sort of, to have lots of friends in the right places. Then someone says something this inane, and I want to suspend him without pay for six weeks. Surely this is as bad as Kenny Rogers treating a reporter's camera like a soccer ball; and during the 20 games he'll serve a suspension, he'll forfeit more money than Tancredo makes in a year.


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