August 11, 2004 by Tim

Sorry guys, we experienced some unexpected downtime this morning. We’re obviously back up and running now. It is possible that you may experience some weird stuff going on with the site today… we’re doing things of the maintenance sort, so just bear with us.

Today’s comic, for those of you unaware, is based around this story. Now, I try to refrain from becoming too preachy or didactic with the comic strip or news posts, but occasionally I do have to state a very strong opinion of mine, and this latest “news story” lit a fire under my angry-with-the-media ass.

First of all, it is absolutely tragic that those people were killed, and in such a brutal manner. My heart goes out to the family and friends of the deceased, and I hope the killers rot in jail. I’m not arguing that point.

What irritates me is the media’s ridiculous emphasis on the Xbox, making it sound like an Xbox drove these people to murder. Like not having their delicious video games drove them into a homicidal frenzy. Bullshit. These people killed because they are dregs of humanity. The ringleader was just out of jail when it happened. In jail because of a probation violation. Which means he was in prison before that.

The police state the items stolen from the murdering scumfucks were “clothes and an Xbox”, but I have yet to see a single headline that said “Six people murdered over a box of clothes”. And that’s the only time the Xbox is mentioned in any of the news stories, but it’s in huge bold text in the headlines. Bwuh?

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