It's kind of freaky, really. The other night while watching the 24 (and I am saying "the 24" just because Lisa made me laugh so hard when I read her comment.) I was struck with a momentary feeling of discomfort, much like what you feel when you make fun of something or someone you shouldn't, or when you see something not meant for you. It was when the terrorists who had taken over the airport terminal made a television address to the country with a hostage on his knees and a gun to his head. Unfortunately, that isn't just fiction, and it hit close. This poor journalist was then paraded on Al Jazeera in front of the world saying she will be killed in 72 hours if all female Iraqi prisoners are not released. Iraq authorities did release six women today, but claimed it was not related to the kidnapper's demands. While I hope it still counts toward Jill Caroll getting her freedom, I hope it's not seen as precedent setting. Jill is local, she went to UMass and is out of the Boston office of the Christian Science Monitor. It's terribly sad, every time a hostage situation like this presents itself it is. It isn't right.
On a brighter note however, you may recall I posted a ways back about a father trying to stop the state from removing his daughter, whom he is under suspicion of beating, from life support by claiming he was her defacto guardian and it should be his decision. Luckily, the State sided with DSS. Interestingly enough, Haileigh Strickland is breathing on her own and showing signs of responsiveness after being removed from a ventilator and having a tracheostomy tube placed, so plans to remove her feeding tube have been put on hold while doctors perform more tests. Amazing huh? I also heard that the miner from West VA was improving from his coma.
Sorry to be a downer. Life is short, go hug someone.