i get tired of loathing americans when tragic things happen, but it's impossible to avoid. dan rather might have declined to report that, on the street in baghdad, someone considered it significant that the columbia came apart over george bush's home state. ebay might have declared a moratorium on shuttle memorabilia for a while - or declined to process new auctions involving this morning's video footage. bush himself might have offered dignified condolences instead of insulting us with a half-baked JFK impersonation.

for shame.

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