Ted Rall for May 13, 1999
Man 1: Finally, the nation attacks the root causes of youth violence... (Man: My Mom warned me over and over about the toxic effects of pop culture. Naturally I never paid her any attention. It all started with "Sesame Street." All those Kitchy skits about spelling drove me nuts! Then I got into cheesy rib-if a song played on a "lite rock" station and had the word "love" in the title, I was into it! I needed to express my aggressive impulses vicariously, but everywhere I looked there was nothing but vacious Alanis Morissette videos and generic strip malls, and all of my favorite porn sites on the web were censored and it made me incredibly angry and hostile! Man 2: So that's when you decided to disembowel the school marching band? Man 1: No. It was the school prayer group that finally drove me over the edge.