Funny Thing —- Life.

So here I am, really quite removed from the usual media circus.  Yet within my self-imposed media vacuum, the bits and pieces I have culled have been all the more absurd.  I do not need to post funny jokes; regular, everyday living provides all the guffaws one could ever ask for.

So on Monday, August 2, the first business day of the new month, I tuned in to MSNBC for a couple of minutes.  The stunning anchorwoman (I do not know her name) was hyping the day’s business figures.  The Dow Jones Index was up over 200 points.  Agreed: a good day and very exciting.  Then this genius, in her efforts to make every news item a major event because major events bring in more viewers and revenue, said , “August is a month of booming markets.”  Excuse me, Miss.  The month is only one day old!  Nothing like a  bit of exaggeration.  Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.

Lo and behold!  The Alaska union of Bristol and Levi is kaput once again.  It seems that the studly Levi might have fathered another child with another woman.  Plus, he lied to his Bristol about his activities on an out-of-town trip.  Dearie me.  My take on this?  They probably were unable to get any lucrative offer for their own reality show.  No money offered, no committment necessary.  The bloom is off the rose.  It’s all about the icing.  Ask Grandma Sarah about that.

On the heels of ethics investigations into the dealings of Representatives Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters comes cries of racism.  Both of these Congresspeople are African-American.  However, this is not a fair assessment of the situation.  Their alleged actions have nothing to do with their color, but instead, does have everything to do with their senses of right and wrong.  It is just a coincidence that they are both people of color.

Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post, wrote a superb article on this topic, well-worth a few minutes of your time.  Her call is that the longer officials serve in our Congress, the more they feel exempt from the laws that apply to the rest of us.  Pair that with the fact that both Rangel and Waters have had such a long tenure because their districts are racially stable, almost guaranteeing their numerous re-elections.  Then add to the mix a continually growing sense of self-anointed entitlement for their public service, and Bingo!  We have the formula for the perfect storm of ethics violations.  This has nothing to do with racial identity.  In fact, it is an abuse of the racial factor, a self-serving play of the racial card, by Rangel and Waters.  It is the ultimate slap in the face to those of us who really are concerned about relations between the races in our country.  Feh!

My favorite part of Marcus’ article:

The longer they stay — nearly 40 years in Rangel’s case, going on 20 in Waters’s — and the safer their seats, the sloppier they tend to get, and the more there tends to be a unseemly merger of the personal and the official.

Sloppy is as sloppy does.  Complacency that has morphed into taking advantage of the system is not acceptable, no matter what the color of one’s skin is.  A similar situation existed over the last few decades as we witnessed women successfully climbing the ladder of leadership.   The dominant, white male scenario at the top of the majority of corporations, government and other leadership roles was thought to repair itself once women were given the opportunity to fill those highest of positions.  Instead, we have seen women in leadership roles become just as corrupt as the white, male bloc.  Such is human nature and so it is that we have corrupt representatives of color in our Congress just as we have selfish, dishonest Caucasian members.  I guess this is the gold standard of “having arrived”, i.e. that minorities can act just as depraved as their white predecessors.  Aah, sweet victory.

And finally ….. surprise, surprise!  That journalist, Michael Hastings, who wrote the article on General Stanley McChrystal for Rolling Stone, has been denied permission to be imbedded with the troops in Afghanistan.  Go figure.  Who could have EVER predicted that one?

Who needs fiction?  Ain’t life full of grandiosity and fun?


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One Response to “Funny Thing —- Life.”

  1. NatalieR Says:

    PERFECTLY said! ugh..when will the corruption end…never probably but we can hope!

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