Saturday, January 17, 2009

Compare and Contrast: Empire State Edition

Fill in the blank.

"Oh, my God! If I don't make it though that door up there in time, I'll _________!"

a. miss out on that cheap flat-screen TV

b. drown in the Hudson River

How is it that a Wal-Mart store on Long island had a higher fatality rate on the day after Thanksgiving than Thursday's emergency water landing of a passenger jet in the ice-cold Hudson River?

Yes, once again, John Edwards is proved correct.

There are two Americas - one where people will trample their fellow citizens to death to get a good deal on the hottest new electronic gadget, and one where people look out for each other and provide aid and comfort to those in need.

We saw the same disparity of human character in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.

One subset of the population took advantage of the breakdown in civil order to steal from, and bring harm to others, knowing full well that the government was powerless to stop them, while some of their neighbors, realizing the diminished capabilities of their government, chose instead to band together and protect their communities.

Hardly a day passes where I don't find myself thinking that scientists have been overly generous, as of late, in assigning to anyone with the ability to walk upright the classification of "homo sapien".