Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)

Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.

This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.

Monday, September 29, 2003

Horrible Homicidal Maniac SUVs!!

A sad story about a car wreck in which 4 people died and 17 were injured while on the run from Border Patrol agents in California. The headline: 4 die as SUV overturns on Calif. highway, makes it sound as though it's another one of those terrible stories about dangerous SUVs careening all over the highway.

Five times in this short article, the fact that the vehicle they were in was an SUV was mentioned, including a couple of references to it being a Chevy Suburban. None of which has anything at all to do with the fact that a single vehicle, loaded with TWENTY ONE people (even though it was designed to carry no more than nine) was attempting to avoid the police and travelling at high speed before it crashed.

I don't want or need an SUV, but the constant harping about their dangers is just stupid, especially in stories in which it's completely immaterial.

(I'm surprised they didn't say if the driver was smoking, or talking on a cell phone and eating high-fat frozen yogurt. Or that the Suburban had a FULLY AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION!! Eek!)

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