Sicker Than Fiction, and the Stop and Gawk Effect

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Although I have recently expressed my disdain of TV news, even I can be reeled in by gratuitous displays of the macabre. Especially at 5:45 AM. Though details are sketchy, the scuttlebutt has it that several vehicles ran over this poor woman’s corpse before cops could stop traffic and retrieve what remained of the remains.  What I’m wondering, is how does a dead body end up in the middle of the Interstate at 5AM?  Was it foul play or perhaps a more grandiose version of the phenomenon where socks, shoes, clothing and furniture mysteriously end up on the side of the road?  Who (excepting toddlers and possibly teenage boys) just randomly tosses a shoe out on the freeway?

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The appearance of a dead body in the middle of I-71 is far more unusual than the normal trucker bombs, occasional shoe, or piece of furniture commonly observed on the berm. I am sure there are a plethora of details yet to be unearthed from this rather grisly occurrence right here in beautiful central Ohio.

I am also sure that commuters coming into Columbus on I-71 northbound were not terribly happy about being rerouted around the outer belt.  That could add 20 miles to some commutes depending on where you’re coming from,  your knowledge of the city, (there are ways much shorter than official detours) and where you need to end up.  I used to be a parts driver years ago.  I know the short cuts, back ways and plenty of alternate routes to get just about anywhere in the greater central Ohio area.  I had to learn them long before the days of GPS, though I will say GPS can make back road traveling more interesting.  Just a week ago Saturday I discovered a nice little back road route to get from Lancaster to Reynoldsburg without having to go all the way to I-270 and then having to head back east again.

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One thing that is universal about metro areas is the stop and gawk effect.  Whenever there’s an accident in the road it seems as if everyone has to slow down and stop and gawk at it.  As much as I really get pissed when other people do it I find myself doing the same thing, only worse, because I’m the weirdo trying to assess the damage to the cars.

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That Grand Am was totaled.

There’s a sort of karmic justice in this one though.  This is just another reason to avoid those regions too far north for human habitation.

On a more serious note I have to wonder why it seems so compelling to observe the misfortune of others.  What is the allure of human pathos- ranging from scandal to physical damage to death itself?

I’m also wondering, though I’m not surprised, why there is such a lack of compassion and public outcry for the murder of Christopher Lane from the self-appointed “leaders”- Al Sharpton and Obama most conspicuously- in the black community.  Jesse Jackson did offer some pap about “living in peace” with each other, and how he “frowned” on this incident, which was something more than nothing.  It was better than him officially condoning “killing whitey,” for whatever that’s worth.

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Apparently the murder of an unarmed white guy by three black thugs just doesn’t carry the moral outrage of a black thug getting killed by a white guy defending himself.

When will we as a country and a culture get past the race baiting and the sensationalism attached to racial issues?

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Why can’t we see past Obama’s race and impeach him for his blatant incompetence?!

Obama isn’t entirely to blame for the racial unease in this country.  He is partially a result of it- white liberals voted for a black guy to appease their own guilt over how black people were treated in the past, and he got overwhelming support from black people, many of whom wrongfully think anyone who keeps the government handouts coming and/or is black (or claims to be black) themselves is “on their side.”  Of course there was a heaping helping of voter fraud in there as well.  He may have won in 2008 somewhat honestly- but certainly NOT in 2012.

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So more than half the country loathes this impostor president currently squatting in the White House.   But Obama knows he can get away with anything up to and including murder (remember Benghazi…) because he can always instill the fear of race riots should “his majesty” be deposed.

If only there were racial equality in this country- then it would not be a problem impeaching and more importantly, removing the Worst President in American History.  It would have happened long ago – in fact he’d never have been elected to begin with- if he had been white.  Had Obama been (or claimed to be) white, his woeful lack of qualifications and experience would have made him unviable as a candidate.  “Not enough gravitas,” the naysayers would bleat, had Obama been or claimed to be white, but the affirmative action candidate gets a pass.

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When will this train wreck end?  And why am I compelled to stop and gawk at it?

More importantly when will we judge people on the content of their character rather than giving them a pass because of the color of their skin?  I’d really like to know.

2 thoughts on “Sicker Than Fiction, and the Stop and Gawk Effect

  1. You hit on something here that I’ve been thinking a lot about. It’s been said that Obama’s election was supposed to usher in the era of post-racial America. To my thinking, Obama’s greatest failing has been not living up to that mandate. He has allowed his supporters to label every criticism of him as racist, which has increased the acrimonious nature of the racial debate.

  2. There will be no “racial equality” until there is an end to preferential treatment based upon race. If anything Obama is proof that Affirmative Action is nothing more than reverse discrimination- just different pigs being made “more equal.”

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