May 21st, 2007

Kill Kill Kill, Die Die Die

A personal rant: Police State vs Common Sense

Okay... first off colour my buttons sensitized. I have not watched "Finding Nemo" in (oh... about) 9 months. I can no longer walk thru a public area without turning quickly when I hear a child cry. I am surprised at the number of children I never noticed at the Zoo.

This weekend in Pike Place Market while a grandparent was paying at a cashier, a person in a hooded sweatshirt grabbed and tried to abduct his 7 year old granddaughter.

The grandfather shouted for help and made pursuit, the child yelled, screamed and fought the assailant. The criminal let go and ran.

So why is it a rant? The grandfather later reported in interview that despite screaming for help... no one looked. No one reacted.

Have we become so desensitized to crime that we're more worried about being "HERO"s by phoning in HOV lane offenses than we are to the plight of a child? Why as a society are we being driven to fear thought-crime and consensual vice, but at the same time ignore the crimes of child abuse, abduction, and property theft.

Bar brawls are now television entertainment rather than physical assault. When I have to turn to the observations of a writer of fiction to see the inhumanity in this world without sensationalism on the news... I wonder where our priorities have really gone.

Personally, I'm getting tired of being told what to think, what I can and can't do, and what makes me a good citizen. I am tired of this when I discover the people telling me these things not only don't practice what they demand I do and shouldn't have told me such in the first place.

You want to show support of our troops? Bring them home to their families and make sure there are jobs waiting for them here that bring in enough money so they can support and raise those families.

Just a little undirected rant. Move about your business.
Go back to Standard Operating Procedure: "Nothing to see, here.


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