19/04/07 18:11 | Quotations | Permalink
"Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself."
My heart goes out to the students of Virginia Tech, where the lives of a lot of very smart people were cut short.
Will the New Jersey Governor Get a Ticket for Not "Clicking It"?
I guess by now, I should just accept the fact that politicians don't have to trouble themselves with obeying the law like the rest of us. New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine is in the hospital, in critical condition, after his vehicle slammed into a highway guardrail. The reason: his vehicle, driven by a state trooper, was driving 91 mph and the Governor was not wearing a seat belt. And what urgent matter of state government was Governor Corzine rushing to address? The great controversy of our time, of course - he was on his way to meet with Don Imus and the Rutgers' women's basketball team.
Last year, over 271,000 people in New Jersey received tickets for not wearing seat belts, generating close to $11 million in revenue for the state. But the Governor, like most politicians, could not be troubled with the law. Frankly, I have zero sympathy for him as he remains in critical but stable condition. We should just be thankful he did not kill someone else on the road. A politician's SUV hurtling down the highway at over 90 miles an hour poses just as much of a public safety threat as a drunk driver. I just wonder whether any New Jersey law enforcement officer will have the courage to issue a citation to the Governor.
A Pointless Effort
15/04/07 00:18 | Quotations | Permalink
"Covering your mouth when you cough is like farting with pants on. Even though you’re covering it up, the bad stuff still gets through."
It's Not Just Don Imus
A now-unemployed Don Imus made a career out of disparaging people, knocking them down for the sake of entertainment. He was not alone. Entire television networks, as well as the 24-hour news channels, base their programming on similar content.
Turn on VH1 and E!, and much of the time, you will see shows dedicated to the attack of has-beens by never-beens. Purported standup comedians and reality stars are interviewed for “Top Ten This” and “Top 100 That” shows which, for the most part, just make fun of people who were once highly successful and in the public eye but are no longer in the limelight. These low-rent Joan Rivers imitators laugh at people who have achieved far more than they ever have or will, and people tune in to watch them do it. They must, otherwise there wouldn’t be so many of these shows.
The 24-hour news networks use the same approach. Because only so many newsworthy things happen in a 24-hour period, the news networks can’t just report the news, they have to talk about it. And talk. And talk. To give the impression that this talking is itself news, they bring on purported experts to gab about what has happened. Again, these are not people who really merit any attention for their achievements or opinions, yet their rantings are broadcast internationally. Ann Coulter is just one example.
So as the media attacks Don Imus for making a mean-spirited, racist and misogynistic comment -- and it was all of those things -- what is held out to us as being news and entertainment continues doing the same thing. This is why I have pretty much quit watching television, for news or entertainment. I wonder who the people are who still watch it.
That Ol' Double Standard
Ok. Don Imus uses the phrase "nappy-headed hos" to describe members of the Rutgers Women's basketball team, and his show gets suspended for two weeks, and Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson call for him to be fired. On the other hand, countless hip hop stars make millions of dollars from rapping about beating and "pimping" their "bitches" and "hos," and Sharpton and Jackson themselves have made bigoted comments over the years about Jews and white people in general.
The lesson: black performers and leaders are rewarded for being racist and misogynistic, and whites are chastised for the same conduct, even when it's language used in numerous top 40 hits by those same black performers.
Happy Easter, all. It is a beautiful day in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is where I happen to be at the moment. It's in the low 60s, no wind, with the sun breaking through the clouds. Come to think of it, why I am I sitting in front of a computer? Goodbye.