As a group, the young are without question more vulnerable and innocent than adults and thus tug at our heart strings. And though most across the political spectrum can reach a rational consensus to safeguard children above gender, race, and class, does it actually happen?
It is the tale of two ships. One should easily have completed its maiden voyage, the other would have raised few questions had she sunk. The one carried the wealth of an age, the other a people harried from their nation for their faith.
"The details are crucial to a reenactment like this," said Aaron Foley, an underpaid extra who lost his foot to frostbite from too much time submerged in the icy waters. "Eight hundred deaths would not have cut it."
One reason for Chinese interest in "Titanic" is that the populace was probably not inundated with endless TV specials about the doomed liner--its final hours...its big mystery ... the water-logged artifacts, etc. Many people here were "Titanic"-ed out by the time the 3D version opened.
A hundred years ago when the Titanic sank, people didn't have TV or radio to bring the news into their homes. If you wanted the day's top stories delivered with the immediacy of a human voice, you did what your ancestors had done for centuries: you sought out your local minstrel.
After Rick Santorum's sudden withdrawal essentially handed the Republican nomination to Mitt Romney, on the 100th anniversary of Titanic setting sail on its fateful voyage, President Barack Obama had a mostly good week.