I wasn't there, but I'm told that on November 22, 1963, the evening newscaster on the radio station in the town in which I later went to college announced:

"President Kennedy was assassinated today in Dallas," and then, without pausing for breath, continued:

"The price of hogs. . . ."

No indication that this was an event of cataclysmic dimension. No acknowledgment that the world would be forever changed. No sign that something very horrible had occurred. Just:

"President Kennedy was assassinated today in Dallas."

...And then. . . .

"The price of hogs. . . ."


This week, in Mumbai, religious extremists carried out murderous attacks. People of many religions were killed: Hindus, Christians, Muslims. . . .

...But only one of the targeted sites was specifically affiliated with a single religion: the Chabad Jewish center.

As with Munich in 1972, the rest of the world will bemoan the tragedy. They'll say how terrible it was.


...And then. . . .

"The price of hogs. . . ."

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Comment by Rick Hughes on November 30, 2008 at 11:51am
I know what you mean. I often refer to a news report from Christmas two years ago. 17 Americans (and untold Iraqis) had died that day in attacks. The lead story on the news was about people camping out on the sidewalks of Target for three days to buy the new XBox.... and the price of hogs goes on....
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