Remember this: No country is immune from terrorism. It’s easy to terrorize. Government and law enforcement have to be correct 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. But if you decide one day you’re going to be a terrorist and you’re willing to kill yourself, you can go out and kill some people. You can make some noise. Perhaps the media would do us all a service if they didn’t cover it quite as much. People wouldn’t know what’s going on.Amen. This applies to ALL mass shooting incidents whether defined as "terrorist" or "crazy". It's not simply a need for publicity. Some types of crazies are compelled to imitate violence. If they don't hear it, they can't copy it. It's time for a new form of Fairness Doctrine. Every violent death must get the SAME COVERAGE from media. If you give 3 weeks of 24-hour coverage to a mass shooting incident, you must also give 3 weeks of 24-hour coverage to EACH AND EVERY gang murder. If you give a total of 10 seconds to each gang murder, you must give a total of 10 seconds to each mass shooting.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.