Tuesday, June 8, 2010
In this world we live in, where the righteous seem to hold sway over the masses, it boggles my mind how much our elected officials and "religious leaders" get away with nowadays. In New York, the Governor gets ousted for frequenting prostitutes and his replacement doesn't seem to be much cleaner. The Governor from South Carolina is hiking the Appalachian Trail. Anti-gay activist George Rekers goes on a cruise with a male escort and most recently, Ted Haggard opened another church: Haggard was the minister in Colorado who preached against gay marriage, while engaging the services of a male prostitute and doing crystal meth. And although this behavior got him run out of town by his former church, it did not stop him. He is now back in business and straight as an arrow . . . Rearing, I mean raring to rid gay people of their homosexuality. The truth be told, what bothers me the most is not the behavior of people like those mentioned, but the forgiveness that always seems theirs for the asking. It is not necessarily the behavior that wins the hearts and minds of the public back over, it is simply their "word". Like Bush said, "Fool me once . . . Well, let's not dwell on what he said, we know what he meant and that given the hypocrisy of their indiscretions, how can they ever come back. I guess it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone, because hypocrisy thrives all around us: How is it illegal to drink and drive, but legal for gas stations to sell alcohol? And not just a six pack to drink at home, but ice cold, single cans of beer, which are chilled in a cooler next to the register. Why is prostitution banned, but pornography isn't? If a man or woman buys a prostitute, they are usually going to commit whatever act they will in private, or at least in a car, but porn is there for the world to see. Now, don't get me wrong. I'm neither condemning nor condoning the world of pornography, I just don't understand how one is legal and the other isn't. Maybe guys should start paying the ladies of the night to act like they're prostitutes. The basic point of my rant is this: If we don't open our eyes, we'll never see the wool that is being pulled over them. Wake up America!!!!!
Monday, June 7, 2010
I recently watched a documentary about stupidity and the lack of any formal or scientific studies done to determine the extent of it in our society. The movie starts out by asking "people on the street" to describe this commonly used word and others that we direct at one another occasionally. Oddly enough, none of the impromptu interviews produced an answer. The story then provides the origins of such words as; idiot, imbecile and moron (which originated in Vineland, New Jersey), which is interesting, but not the focus of the film. The meat of the story is why people seemingly reject intellectual pursuits, while embracing mind-numbing programming on TV action movies based on comic books and all of the nonsensical clips on the internet. While, determining the nature of stupidity might seem a trivial pursuit, even stupid one, the point the filmmakers are trying to make isn't. A simple explanation would be that, if we unlock stupidity, we might be able to unlock intelligence, which is more important now than any time in mankind's past. If you are a George W. Bush fan, you'll want to stop the film at 55 minutes, which asserts that this former president and his administration believed that Americans were stupid and needed their guidance. Although I am not a fan of Bush Jr., I thought this segment detracted from the film, but that's my opinion. Overall, the film actually addresses a topic that needs to breach, but it does not dig deep enough. I think that a film called "Idiocracy" did a better job of spotlighting the problem with the path that we are all on . . . And it's funny.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
I'm not certain, but I'm getting the feeling maybe we (The United States) shouldn't be involved with anything that has Global in the title: Global economy, Global warming, global extinction (kind of unavoidable, but we should try). And maybe. . . Let's avoid the term "Multinational" henceforth as well.