It's been a while since I have gone off on current events. Mainly because I haven't watched the news for the last month. The last couple of days I have been bombarded with news. I'm not sure why, I guess I have been too lazy to change the channel. That and I was actually up this morning when the Today Show came on, which is my main source of news and frivolous other information.
So here we go:
Jett Travolta - what a tragedy. I personally can't even imagine, can't even wrap my brain around what this family is going through. And you know what? Having the news report every little detail of what happened, what the parents' last words to their son were, who rode in the ambulance, who said what in the ambulance, where Ella Blue was and more will not change the fact that I cannot even imagine what this family is going through. For God's sake, can't the news have a little respect? What kind of a question is "How is John doing?" A stupid one, I do know that. How do those idiot reporters think he and his wife are doing? Do they think we, the television audience are too stupid to figure out they couldn't be more miserable, and therefore they better ask so that we are all aware of this misery? No words can convey their pain and really, it's none of our business. Let them be. Let them mourn in peace and quiet, without the news cameras and reporters analyzing their every move.
The Obama girls go to school - woo hoo! While I think these two little girls are adorable, I don't really need to see their first day at their new school. And neither does anyone else except for maybe their family. Since watching someone else's children, whom you do not know and have no personal relationship with, go off to their first day at school is about as exciting as I don't even know what, I can only assume the news media was waiting for some horrific tragedy to happen that they wouldn't want to be scooped on. Since, thankfully, there wasn't, they decided to drone on about how many cars were in the motorcade, what they wore, who walked them into the building and on and on and on. Get a grip. It's not that exciting.
Roland Burris - what a ding dong. He may be a really intelligent, experienced and best guy for the job Senator, I honestly don't know. But guess what, you fool, you can't be given an appointment by a guy who has been indicted by the judicial system and expect it to work out in your favor. You should have said "No" and hoped someone with some credibility gave you the nod for the appointment. I have only heard good things about you, that it wasn't that the Senate thinks you're a bad appointment, but that they will approve no one appointed by Blagojevich (I had to look up that spelling!). Didn't you see that one coming? I did and I am not even a politician (and thanks to this blog and several other discrepancies, never will be). Stay home and don't try to share that seat with a properly appointed official. You're probably going to find your ass on the ground.
Gaza/Israel - I am not even close to understanding this mess. I don't want to be. It weighs too heavily on me and is one of the many reasons I lay awake at night worrying and have resulted to medication to alleviate my anxieties. I know the Palestines want something and the Israelis want something. This something has to do with borders, control of who can go where, attacks to stop. I also know their differences go back to the beginning of time and appear to stem from religious differences, as well as other issues. And I do know this - I just want to scream "STOP IT!" Really. Is it that hard to get along with others? We are all different but we are all so much alike. Peace, family, love, and the necessities of life. Everyone wants that. And I don't think fighting to the death is a way to get these things. I realize the glitch lies in the area that some people define those things differently and want to take it away from others and abuse the system. But come on! Take it somewhere else. I think when government leaders can't get along, there should be an off-site location they can go to duke it out - boxing, kick fighting, whatever, but stop dragging civilians, especially children, into your blood shed.
I clearly could not be a journalist. I don't think anyone would hire me to tell viewers to change the channel and mind their own business and I certainly don't think those in charge, or those who think they should be in charge, want to hear my simple, common sense (or at least in my mind they are!) solutions to the problems they aren't able to fix.