Three separate issues. The first two are important, the other...not so much. The last is just another indication of a sordid, sick society in general.
Like most people in America, I enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving. I've always loved this holiday...it's full of family, friends and great food. But this super materialistic, retail piece of crap, this"Black Friday", sickens me.
Rampant consumerism at its worst, the day after Thanksgiving has become nothing less than a testament to the greed and posturing that so many in the world hate about the United States. It's a symptom of moral decay.
What's wrong with going out and finding great deals? After all, the retail stores cut prices dramatically and things once considered too expensive can now be bought. But wait! What's the catch? Lines...huge, heaping masses of people camping out, waiting for stores to open from two-o-clock in the afternoon the previous day...shoving, cursing, meanness...just to get that brand new Visio wide screen television on the cheap! It's worth it some think.
But then, you see headlines like:
"Wal-Mart worker dies after holiday shoppers knock him down" (AP)
"Two People Dead In Black Friday Shooting" Two shot dead at California Toys-R-Us (Fox News)
It's just sickening. Who needs stuff SO badly that they have to rush a store, break down the doors and trample the employees to death? Who takes guns into a KID'S toy store?
It's a testimony to wickedness. I wonder if things were like this during the days before Noah entered the ark?
What about these terror attacks in Mumbai? Not in America, certainly...but who really thinks that those type of attacks could not, and would not, occur here in the USA? I read a story about the terrorists from the Associated Press...and did it talk about those killed and the injustice done to these innocent people? Did it talk about the families that now have no father or mother, no brother or sister, no child coming home? No. You know what it DID talk about? Giving justifications for the killings, justification for the murders...and what was the justification?
"Muslim Rage". Oh! So the Muslims are angry...is that all? Oh, ok. No big deal! They're angry so it's ok to go on a killing spree. All praise the most merciful Allah. Right?
Gimme a break! Piece of crap "news" stories like these are not fit to be printed, and all I can say is I am proud of the Indian Hindus who have stood up to Islamic terrorists in a way that I am certain American PC'ers cringe at.
Finally, this last bit also says something for the decay of our American culture. DC Comics is killing off the original Batman. Bruce Wayne is set to be killed in this new story-line by guess who? His own dad. The writer, Grant Morrison had this to say:
"I like to keep the story twisting and turning," he added. "So what I am doing is a fate worse than death. Things that no one would expect to happen to these guys at all."
Ok, yeah. Lets just have the most horrific and terrible ending to what so many kids have held up as a hero. Let's make Batman's dad be the real villain behind so much of what Batman has fought against, and lets have Batman die fighting his own father. Tragic? Nope. Disgusting.
Just bad writing, looking for shock value, and from that...sales.
DC Comics...I'm ashamed of you.
That about sums up my rant for today.