The city of Dallas is now celebrating observing the 50th anniversary year of the Kennedy assassination with a modest series of quiet remembrances, in that special way Dallas has of embracing the muted, the understated, the hushed. Glenn Hunter on the FrontBurner blog winces:

I don’t think anyone would argue against the appropriateness of holding a tasteful ceremony or event in Dallas to mark the assassination on Nov. 22, 2013. But the explosion of “introspection” that’s about to be unleashed over the next year just seems like … pardon the expression …  well, like overkill. Like an orgy of anguished navel-gazing that few are clamoring to undergo—except for some civic pooh-bahs who’ve decided from on high that it will be good and therapeutic for us. And who’ve assured everyone that there will be “zero commercialization” involved. (Right.)

If Dallas were Catholic, it should just go to confession and get absolution and be done with it once and for all. Enough already.