April 6, 2005

All in the Family

There was an arson in the tiny hamlet of Griswold about 20 miles due west of Omaha in northwest Iowa. The fire was started by a sister and it resulted in the deaths of her two younger siblings. But that all could be wrong. And that's only the tip of the iceberg. Let's see, there's arson, murder, bigamy, sexual abuse, prior murder convictions, possible incest, and I kind of got lost after that.

I simply couldn't even begin to explain this story which occured in the solid red state rural area that we've all learned represents the "real America" otherwise known as "Bush Country."

If there ever was an instance of a reporter truly having to earn every penny of their pay, this is it.

I defy anyone to figure out the players and their relationships in this tragedy without resorting to pen and paper and some sort of elaborate flow chart.

Just go read it here. And you wonder where they find people to go on Jerry Springer? This would be almost humorous if it weren't for the fact that these people's ignorance has already resulted in several deaths and serious abuse.

2 Comments:

At 4/07/2005 10:52 AM, Anonymous puzzler said...

Solid red state? Wasn't the 2004 presidential vote in Iowa so close that it wasn't called for several days? I'd hardly call that "solid".

 
At 4/10/2005 7:41 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

You are correct in that, Puzzler. But I was meaning in the broader sense of how Bush et.al. are always trying to suggest that the salt of the earth rural voters are the only "real Americans" and vote Bush.

No doubt that the Bushies would certainly claim rural Iowa as a "red state" area.

 

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