Monday, October 02, 2006

Saw the News Today, Oh Boy...

I want to get this over with:

Q: Why don’t congressmen use book marks
A: They like their pages bent over.

That’s a really old joke, precipitated by revelations of congressional page-poking many years back. I can’t imagine Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, or George Washington schtuping young pages during their tenure and can’t understand why some of our leaders think it is ok now. It is tough to take the high moral ground when your leaders are stalking young boys and even more dismaying when it is the rightwing bible-thumpers sending loves notes to young kids. Of course, there is a precedent for religious figures altering altar boys. One thing religion does (hopefully) is provide a moral compass, if that goes by the way who is to teach right from wrong?

One of the main news items last week was about some Jock who tried to kill himself, but not really. Slow news day there Katie? We could pretty much drop that item in the “who gives a shit” bin. It is good news that the dude lived, but come on, he’s on par with the trained bear at the zoo – the world won’t come to an end because one jock may or may not be suicidal. BTW you don’t attempt suicide, you either commit it or you don’t.

Doping is back in the news. Once again, so what – a crooked or fixed sport program, like that has never happened. Hell, the Wrestling industry thrives on it. Once again, who gives a shit, except for the embarrassment…

Do you ever wonder why the rest of the world seems to think so little of Americans? It is things such as taking advantage of power, not keeping it in our pants, feeling the compulsion to win so strongly that we’ll stop at nothing that have endeared us to other cultures. This is what the rest of the world gets to see of us, and there are parts of the world where their media makes sure that is all their viewers see. The other sad part harks back to the moral compass I mentioned earlier. I believe some form of religion is important for kids to develop morals, but it is also important for public figures, such as congressmen and sports heroes to maintain rigorous standards and display qualities we want passed on to our kids – they are watching and learning…