Hi there nice people... Ok.. so I was sitting here thinking about things. I've got the third re-run of NG playing in the background... but gah.. I don't even feel like watching it. It's just crap after a while. Anyone else see Burn After Reading? You know that part at the end where the one FBI agent says... "Well.. this is just a clusterf##$%.... What did we learn?" I'm paraphrasing, of course... but if you saw the movie, you know the part I'm talking about. Well.. to get to point.. What have we learned? 1.. It's easy to get culturally chauvinistic: Not everyone grew up and went to school and went on to get married and have 2.5 kids with a white picket fence and a perfect life where everything is just gold and sunshine with candy paved streets.. All these folks seem to have lots of skeletons that people take delight in exploiting... probably more for entertainment than for the best interest of finding a missing child. I'm just as guilty. I'm sorry. JMO, but I'm thinking that these folks.. the Cummings and the Sheffields are now realizing the gravity of their situation... and a lot of that stuff from before isn't really all that important. (of course, I realize that any criminal activity that could be a direct reason for the girl's disappearance would still be very valid) 2. The media: Necessary Evil? Ok.. I get a little crazy about this. I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that the point of any discussion in this forum is to get the Cummings child back home safe and sound. That being said... Ya want media coverage... almost on a continuous basis. The problem is that well.. the media has to report something... and they are running out of things to talk about. Hey.. I'm not saying that's right.. I'm saying that's what's going on. The last two nights of Geraldo Rivera... oh man.. He just had to "go there"... He fired that shot over the bough.. and then went "ramming speed"... It was uncomfortable and embarrassing to watch... The only positive thing that came out of that whole debacle is that they still were focusing on the little girl being missing at the end of it all.. like they should be. I think it's shameful that that is what it takes to get everyone's attention... not you, dear reader... I mean the average schmoe out there watching CNN and just waiting for his daily bread and circus. 3. Where does it go from here? Hey, I'm just as judgmental as a lot of people (and I'm trying really hard not to)... I'm one of those guys that hate movies where none of the characters are likeable... good or bad. I want this child found... God willing... and let her come home safely... But what have we learned? What have Ron and Crystal learned? I'm leaving this wide open so as to get some discussion going. Go!