Monday, October 30, 2006

Night of the Grim Milestone

[posted by Callimachus]

Just in time for Halloween, the dreaded grim milestone image is back. This time it's 100 American soldiers killed in a month of war. This time it's Harry Reid using it, not the AP and the national media, though you could be forgiven for being unable to tell one of their writings from the another without a Geiger counter and litmus paper.

One question, though. What the fuck is a grim milestone?

This is a milestone. Is it grim? Is it merry? How can you tell? What sort of milestone is 90 soldiers killed? Or 2,000? Or 10? Or 1?