I was in a second hand bookshop today and I picked up a copy of Travels in Dreamland by Phil Patton- a secret history of Area 51. It made me think- all the films and TV shows about government conspiracies and cover-ups (most notably The X-Files) all took place under Clinton's watch. Now that Bush is in the White House you don't have quite so many plot lines revolving around the Big Bad Government. Strange considering the way Hollywood feels about Dubya. Bill Clinton had Fox Mulder questing to unravel a dark government conspiracy, while George Bush now has Jack Bauer kicking ass and keeping America safe. Isn't that a little funny?
Last night while I was flicking through the TV channels while the ads were on during House, I stumbled across a truly horrific scene. It was a TV show about TV shows- and it was showing excerpts from true life police shows- those programmes put together from dash mounted police car cameras. A female police officer had pulled a guy over to the side of the road. While she was questioning him he punched her to the ground, straddled her and continued to beat her all the while watched by his ten year old daughter. At one point she cried out "Daddy" obviously appalled by what he was doing. I can't get it out of my head- he beat the cop and then got back into his car and drove off. The female cop needed reconstructive surgery to her face- titanium plates in her cheek and jaw I believe. It has to be one of the most shocking things I've ever scene- watching the criminal pummel a woman cop senseless was bad enough but to have him do it while his daughter looked on was just sickening. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison for the assault.
Update: Just checking out my site meter and one of the "next blog" sites which visited me is The Book of Shadow, which has some bad taste but funny scans from "The Book of Bunny Suicides".