An opinion on some of the ‘reporting’ on the mass shooting in Aurora from Charles P. Pierce:
“Well, it’s nice to see people have things in perspective before the blood has dried.
“Because, really, it’s all about them. And their pet issues. And the gnomes that scuttle about their frontal lobes.
“I would like to recommend that, when an event like what happened in Aurora occurs, we all give ourselves a decent interval before wedging the bloodshed into the stifling cliches that pass for our current political dialogue. Maybe a day, maybe a week. Then, we can start arguing again about why it’s so goddamn easy in this country to outfit yourself to go to the movies as though you were coming ashore at Saipan. Then, we can start defending Rush Limbaugh, or excoriating HollyWeird. I just think it’s indecent to do it as soon as the sun comes up the next day.
“… [S]eriously, there isn’t anything to say right now. Everything is diversion, distraction, and evasion of the simple fact that someone very much like the rest of us walked into a movie theater, opened fire, and killed a dozen or so more people just like the rest of us. James Holmes is the bell, tolling, tolling. That’s all he is right now. To assume anything else is to wrap yourself in trivia against the storm.”