Everywhere I go in America, “The War” is at the forefront of consciousness. Turn on any television (I didn’t actually do this, but I did spend considerable time in restaurants) and you’ll hear the word “Iraq” (usually pronounced “A Rock”) mentioned endlessly. Large numbers of cars sport US flags in all sort of shapes and stylisations, and “ribbon” stickers (in the shape of the original AIDS ribbon, but twelve times larger) emblazoned with phrases like “Support our Troops” and “God Bless America”.
How I manage to visit this regressive theocracy without vomiting every 20 minutes is beyond me.
Atlanta is the home of CNN, the news channel owned by the city’s favourite son, Ted Turner. A block from my hotel are the CNN studios. No sign of Wolf Blitzer so far. While in some restaurant or another, with CNN on where I couldn’t help but look at it (like passing a car accident on the freeway, it demands a look), I noticed this piece of breaking news appear in the text box at the bottom of the screen:
“Suicide a result of depression”.
Stop the presses!