June 24, 2007
CNN’s obsession with missing white women has been well documented, but this latest missing woman-turned-murder story is really the perfect storm. Laci Peterson already proved the durability of the “murdered pregnant woman” narrative. That’s a tacit nod to the pro-lifers who celebrate the notion of talking about an unborn baby by name on the TV. I think there’s also another unspoken element to this story, though, as the images of tonight’s coverage have made clear. Here is what the victim looks like.
And here is what her alleged killer and the father of her child looks like.
As they say, two pictures worth many more words. In case you were wondering why this particular missing person case, of the many that occur in the United States on an ongoing basis, has received so much media attention, that’s my theory.
May 6, 2007
I watched the Mayweather-De La Hoya fight in a DC bar earlier tonight, and I thought the blacks and Mexicans in there might start a riot, especially when Mayweather decided to enter the ring looking like this.
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
I thought Mayweather the clear winner, and I was surprised by how close the split decision turned out to be. De La Hoya had some memorable flurries of punches along the ropes, but he couldn’t get much sustained pressure and he tired in later rounds. Mayweather was a lot more consistent and efficient in his punches. Although less entertaining, Mayweather is the better boxer.
I should add that I didn’t have the greatest view of the TV amid the mob scene, so take my analysis with a grain of salt. I was also drinking a bit…
UPDATE: It’s the morning after and I’m learning the history of Floyd’s sombrero.
Mayweather was the first to enter the ring, wearing a giant white sombrero, no doubt on loan from Roger Mayweather, his trainer/uncle. The elder Mayweather earned the name “Mexican Assassin” in his fighting days, and often wore the big white hat into the ring.