Funny -- isn't it? -- how we wait, amid these uncertain and trying times, for our figurative "end of days" and the arrival of the postmodern-day equivalent of the Huns.
We wait for a secular Pope Leo the Great to meet Attila at the gates of Rome -- or somewhere -- and convince him to leave us in peace. Leave us be so we might continue driving our oversized cars, continue chatting about nothing on our ubiquitous cell phones and continue being pampered at our favorite spa.
I fear we wait in vain. The economy will lay waste to "livin' large," and the spiritual successors of Leo the Great scarcely can deal with the Catholics, much less the barbarians.
THE BARBARIANS . . . who happen to be us. And our children, now perfecting the whole looting, raping, killing and pillaging thing.
From The Advocate in Baton Rouge, La. (sigh):
A 15-year-old girl was shot in the face early today after she refused to have sex with the shooter, Baton Rouge police said.
The shooting, which occurred in the 2500 block of Jura Street, happened at 4:20 a.m., police spokesman Cpl. L’Jean Mckneely Jr. said in a news release.
The suspect, along with two other boys, fled the scene, McKneely said.
The victim was talking with several boys with whom she was acquainted, when one asked her to perform a sex act, McKneely said.
The girl refused and one of the boys pulled out a gun and shot her, McKneely said.
Police officers found and apprehended a 14-year-old boy at 8 a.m. at the home of a relative in the 400 block of St. Rose, McKneely said.
UPDATE: Oh, and there's also this:
A 7-year-old girl was reportedly raped at Park Forest Elementary School on March 13, police said today.
Baton Rouge Police spokesman Sgt. Don Kelly said the girl told a family member Sunday that one boy raped her while several older boys pinned her down.
Park Forest Elementary is located at 10717 Elain Drive.
Sex crimes detectives are currently investigating the incident, and no arrests have been made yet, Kelly said.