Gosh, the Boy Scouts are falling all over the place this year. First there was that terrible incident in Virginia when scout leaders tried to construct a tent and the metal top hit some power lines. The avoidance of power lines when you have metal-topped tents – should’t that be in the Boy Scout manual? To add insult to injury, several scouts and leaders had to be treated for heat-related health problems, which prompted President Bush to cancel his appearance there, adding “wimp” to various adjectives used to describe him.

Then there’s also been a string of lightning strikes, both in Ohio and Utah. What the heck? Or maybe this is like that year when the press seemed addicted to reporting shark attacks a few years ago – the amount of incidents isn’t any different, it’s simply the amount of press coverage that’s changed. Who knows.