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I've heard through the grapevine that the media feeding frenzy is in full swing. The shooting, the shooting! The shooting, but the shooting is only considered important because of the caliber of the victims. This is the most violent country on Earth! We shoot and maim and kill each other with reckless abandon. Hardly a day goes by without some innocent child being gunned down in a hail of bullets between rival gangs fighting over something utterly pointless.

I have read that the suspect Jared Loughner is a racist, truther, birther, white supremacist, 911 conspiracy theorist and an anti-semite. That's quite a lot to carry for a twenty-two year old man.

He'd been suspended from college because he has mental problems. In America, we don't believe in mental illness. We call each other crazy and call each others ideas insane, but when the insane act insane the mob screams, "he's faking it, give em the chair!"

Yet for the media this is the perfect story, at the perfect time. The holidays are over, the elections are over as well. For the media this is a sleepy time, a time to put their feet up on the desk and wait for the Super Bowl. I read the other day that oil prices had risen due to a leak in the Alaska pipeline. I thought to myself, "Hmm, something bad happens and they make more money." There is certainly little motivation to put on extra maintenance crews with that scenario operating.

The media profits the same way, whenever something bad happens such as a hurricane, earthquake or political shooting, the media kick it up into high gear. The volume and variety of media outlets insure that all relevant facts will quickly be disseminated. Then each rival outlet will begin to reach and over reach for less relevant but more incendiary facts. A Bloomberg reporter went to the Loughner's door and knocked, hoping for an interview with the family. Here is a shocker, they didn't answer the door.

This is America, this is who we are. Violent, prurient and obsessed with the sensational. The bigger the better, home of the Whopper and the double Whopper and even the triple Whopper. Anna Nicole Smith was important because.... she had big t*ts, no talent and married and old geezer for his money. Not just money, but lots and lots of money. Her drug fueled antics became a hit TV show, America loved it!

Let some poor homeless vet behave that way and the county will make room for him at the graybar hotel. Poor Paris Hilton cried until the psychologist recommended that she be sent home.

After the Columbine shootings high schools moved to ban... overcoats. Yes, it was that style of duster overcoat that was perceived to be a threat. Overcoats? Really? We've had forty four Presidents and more assassinations and attempts than can be counted. The English haven't lost a head of state in four hundred years, the French in over two hundred years. They did try to kill Charles DeGaulle, but that is the exception and not the rule.

Between 1963 and 1972 Malcolm X was gunned down, John Kennedy was gunned down, Bobby Kennedy was gunned down and George Wallace was shot and crippled. We also lost over 58,000 less well known Americans in Vietnam. So as the media recites its mantras of conspiracy theorist, birther and anti-semite ask yourself, is that really relevant? Is the media reporting the news responsibly or are they feeding the frenzy to make more money? Why don't they touch on the issues of why this country is so inherently violent? Murder and mayhem is the American way!

The other day the Iranian news agency reported that it had shot down two drone aircraft invading its air space. The story was picked up by the Associated Press, now who would send drone aircraft into Iranian air space? What would be the American response be to Iranian drone aircraft over US territory? Against my better judgment I began to read comments to the story posted by the lunatic fringe.

"Just keep it up Iran! Why if this country had a President who wasn't a p*ssy, we'd nuke you back to the stone age!"

How can you explain such a response? We invade Iranian airspace and this individual is ready to use nuclear weapons? This is why I try to avoid these comments, it will make you lose faith in this country.

The temptation was too great, so I asked this individual. "What is it that makes you want to use nuclear weapons to kill tens of thousands of innocent civilians? Are you mentally defective? Do you lack the ability for critical thinking?"

Of course, I received no reply, but in retrospect he's just an American. Shoot first, ask questions later, kill em all, let God sort them out. The only good Indian is a dead Indian and better dead than red.

We must meet our sales targets and make a killing in the market. We slaughtered the other team and then we went to the bar and got bombed! We still have the nuclear option in business and we'll use it because that guy's off the reservation.

Sensation über alles, Money, drugs sex and violence. Twenty-first century feminism in America means a female actresses can now play roles once reserved for Clint Eastwood and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Of course, she must play them in skin tight leather outfits because that's America.

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