Let’s Go Knittin’, Girls, The Boys Is Fightin’

Just when the nation was beginning to waver under the strain of riveting its attention on the California wildfires for agonizing 5-second spots in their evening newscasts, Los Angeles Laker teammates Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal provided refreshing relief with a media tiff to start the new NBA season.
The root causes of the wildfires will eventually be dealt with by more clearcut logging (and probably oil and gas exploration) and their effects ameliorated by GW’s desire to show the new Schwarzenegger administration how much it cares. You have to wonder what, however, can save a Laker situation in which Gary Payton is the calm bulwark against divisiveness.