A day of horror. In Jerusalem, two Palestinian terrorists took up meat cleavers, knives, and a pistol. They attacked a small shul. In a quick rampage, they killed four rabbis who were unarmed, praying, hacking them to pieces. They also killed an Israeli policeman and wounded three more before they were killed by Israeli police.
On the same day, several older women claimed that they had been raped by the brilliant comedian, Bill Cosby. One by one these older women claimed that Cosby had drugged them, then raped them — then drugged and raped them over and over again as they traveled around the country with him. They knew they had been raped, but they kept traveling around the country with him, getting drugged, getting raped over a course of years. Was this rape? Could it possibly be rape under any normal definition of rape? How can it be rape if the women kept coming back for more? Maybe I am misunderstanding this story, but it sure looks as if we have some major publicity seekers on the move. Surely I must have it wrong.
The same day. The government announced a major auto recall to check on airbags. This led most nightly TV network news. Also, there was a fantastic snowstorm in Buffalo and riots in Kenya about friction between Islamic youths and the police. These got tons of attention.
Now, here comes the horrifying part: wifey and I drove back from the desert to L.A. this evening along Highway 10. We listened to the news on the XM radio all the way: CNN, MSNBC, BBC. No one spent even 90 seconds on the murders in Jerusalem of totally innocent men killed while praying, unarmed. Three of the rabbis were American citizens. Obviously their lives mean less than publicity about so-called rapes. They are just Jews. The world is used to their being killed. They will not have any riots in their name in the country of which they were dual-citizens.
Oh, there were hours devoted to the unease in Missouri about a grand jury’s possible indictment of a Ferguson policeman for the death of a young, powerfully built black youth who apparently attacked the policeman while he, the youth, was high on marijuana. The Attorney General of the United States compared the killing of a muscular full-sized high black youth who attacked a policeman with the lynching of a child, Emmett Till, who, in 1955, was murdered in Mississippi at the age of 14 for flirting with a married white woman, in cold blood, tied up, horribly maimed. How the case of a man identified as attacking a police officer (perhaps incorrectly) could be compared with the lynching of a completely innocent child, Emmett Till, was not explained.
Also, if today was like most weekdays in America, roughly 2,000 totally innocent babies were murdered by abortion, all in the name of protecting women’s rights of privacy, as if privacy somehow trumped life. As if it were in the Constitution at all. As far as I know, no one even mentioned these killings. I wonder how many lives were taken by global warming today and how many by abortion?
Back to Sandpoint for me.