I have a pretty good time being alive…and will definitely miss me when I’m gone. This being a point of some confusion to acquaintances. A person who shares my children’s DNA once remarked on the incongruity of maintaining perceptible joie de vivre alongside a “fathomless pessimism.” Well we’ve got only a short time here to enjoy, and who wants to waste it in some optimistic opium dream?
Part of maintaining a healthy disposition is balance. Love those important to you, hate those aligned against them, and keep enough food on the table to do both. When one of these surges beyond range of the others, it’s time to have a seat until parity can be restored. I hope you’re already sitting.
A 6-year-old boy in Kentucky was stabbed to death during a violent home break-in Monday, and an Indianapolis man is the suspect. Police say they can’t find any connection between the suspect and the family, and say it’s a mystery why this little boy was targeted.
The deadly encounter happened around 4 a.m. at a home in Versailles, Kentucky.
Authorities say officers responded to the home on a burglary call. What they found was six-year-old Logan Tipton dead from stab wounds.
Officers say Logan was in his bedroom asleep when Ronald Exantus reportedly broke into the home, went to an upstairs bedroom and stabbed the boy multiple times in the head area with a large kitchen knife he found in the home.
Ronald Exantus, 32, is from Indianapolis. He now faces charges of murder and burglary in the death of Logan Tipton, as well as three assault charges for cutting Logan’s two sisters and fighting Logan’s father. He is being held in lieu of a $1 million bond.
A different race intruder slinks into a family’s home and slaughters their little boy in his bed for no reason whatsoever. I imagine this will warrant substantial media coverage.
And at this moment, the Associated Press front page headline is:
Two sisters from Syria play on a beach near the town of Mytilene after crossing a part of the Aegean sea on a dinghy, with other refugees and migrants, from the Turkish coast to the Greek island of Lesbos, on Monday. Here is the accompanying photo.
That’s so sweet. I wonder if Logan Tipton would have liked to play on a beach today. He could have even done so as a legitimate son of his own nation, rather than a smuggled urchin being posed for photo-op propaganda. But Logan Tipton wasn’t much use to the Western press. Either in life or death.
So there will be no 24/7 news cycle, looted stores, sniveling politicians, or sons Obama could have had. Instead there will be just another shattered and forgotten family suffering its anguish in private…like all those before.
And with each mark on the butcher’s bill, love and money grudgingly give way in the hearts of men.