August: A bad time to commit your heinous crime
More than a few times the past week or so I've been hearing how weak the "news cycle" is these days. The Aruba story. The lack of any significant non-baseball sports news. Congress on hiatus. Bush whacking bushes.
So now if you thought you might sneak out and do some dastardly deed you'd been putting off for warmer weather, you'd be all over the news. Not just your home town but CNN and New York Times and all points in between.
It's clear that nothing major happens on weekends either because news people have to live, too, and want their weekends just like everybody else. So it better be a major deal like that guy that shot up the court in Atlanta a while back and had the news world all over him like white on rice.
Sometimes the major crime slips in under the cover of some other more significant event and just goes by with little fanfare. Wasn't it lucky for Gary Condit that the world's interest in him and Ms. Levy just got swept away?
Wonder how many other people died without fanfare the week (month maybe) that Princess Di had her terrible accident.
All I'm saying is that if you had it in mind to go out and vent your spleen or sow your wild oats, if I were you I'd put it off a few weeks until after the dead period in the news has passed. Otherwise, you're going to be Front Page.