Standing next to the freezer at the meat section in my local supermarket, I had this thought: "News items are, in effect, perishable." In this pre-election news cycle, all "shocking news" today will be forgotten very soon, if not tomorrow. How many people still remember the "shocking news" some months ago when a Pentagon insider revealed that Bush had planned to invade Iraq long before 9/11? (What's the guy's name?) And that "Dan Rather/60 Minutes" thing -- you can bet someone has already filed it under "future trivia question". As we speak, news junkies can barely keep their composure when they yak about "the debates". Blog heads like Drudge and Wonkette will one day have a journalistic category of their own; I am almost certain some Ph. D. candidate in some journalism school is doing a paper on them.