Watching the news yesterday, I was saddened to see the following stories:
1. a fatal monorail crash in Disney World
2. the murder of NFL quarterback Steve McNair allegedly shot by his girlfriend Saleh Kazemi, who then killed herself
3. Diprovan is found in Michael Jackson's home; speculation continues about drug abuse
4. Marion Barry, the former mayor of our capital Washington D.C., who was arrested in 1990 for smoking crack cocaine (on film), is arrested again for stalking
5. a serial killer on the loose in a little town in South Carolina
6. a fireworks accident in North Carolina celebrating the fourth of July that killed four pyrotechnics workers
These stories only affect a few people, not the bigger things like how Obama's negotiations with the Russians may set policy, or how Honduras or Iran battle over governance, and yet they strike me as quintessentially American: Disney World, a sports hero, a music star, a politician, Andy Griffith's Mayberry, the fourth of July...
Here's a video filmed two months ago of Virginia Congressman Randy Forbes asking the questions "Did America ever consider itself a Judeo-Christian nation?" and "If America was once a Judeo-Christian nation, when did it cease to be?" on the floor of the US House. Interesting.
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