Forget Freddie of Elm St., I give you Henry the Horrible (Kissinger, that
is): "Depopulation should be the highest priority of foreign policy towards
the Third World, because the U.S. economy will require large and increasing
amounts of minerals from abroad, especially from less developed countries."
Never mind Jason and his hockey mask when Ann Coulter is playing right wing: "We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity."
No need to worry about a fire-breathing reptile like Godzilla when a Condoleezard is loose in DC: "There is nothing wrong with doing something that benefits all humanity, but that is, in a sense, a second-order effect."
And, let's face it, a nocturnal bloodsucker named Dracula is nothing compared to the Big Bad Bushes of Yale roaming the earth both day and night: Bush the Elder: "I will never apologize for the United States of America. I don't care what the facts are." Bush the Lesser: "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
Of course, if none of those political poltergeist sends a chill down your ever-loving spine, you can chew on this factoid as you devour those Twizzlers, Bon Bons, and Almond Joys: For the first time in history, there are as many underweight people in the world as there are overweight people: 1.1 billion of each. (Running parallel to that troubling trend comes the reality that 100 million Americans-one-third the population-are either underinsured or uninsured when it comes to health care.) In other words...step away from the candy corn.
If you're still not quaking in your boots or pulling the covers over your head, let's take this hunt for horror global. Think about this as all those kids-in overpriced Barney costumes-come knocking on your door, expecting candy and more: Across the globe, an estimated 9,158 children under the age of 5 die from mostly preventable causes every single day. Cue the ominous music: 9,158 dead. Under the age of 5. Every single day. From mostly preventable causes.
The next time you're at a sporting event or a concert, take a good, slow look around you and get a feel for what 9,158 looks like. It's a whole lot more terrifying than the whir of a chainsaw echoing down a desolate Texas highway.