The newest shopping frenzy occurred today with the release of the new Air Jordans. I’m beginning to wonder: are there wild shopping events in other parts of the world, where people violently push and shove, not to mention injure, other people? In Seattle, for instance, it’s reported that the police had to use pepper spray to stop people from fighting. It seems odd that we read about these things, don’t you think? We’re used to the images and stories of bread lines in communist Russia; children starving in Ethiopia; etc. etc. And yet here, the land of plenty, we fight over shoes.