The Age-Old Question
It’s been a frustrating week here at the Beaglez trying to find news and commentary that wasn’t about Anthony Weiner. When you think about it – the whole scandal is pretty lame. A guy likes to send naughty pictures and talk dirty to internet strangers. He freaked out and lied, then confessed. Yawn. I hear more interesting things from people in my office on a daily basis. But the news (as an arm of entertainment) did a good job of distracting us from our economic woes, war and gridlock for another week.
Among the news stories I found around the corners:
Mitt Romney tells a group of unemployed people that he is also unemployed. It was supposed to be a joke and show his patented trademarked “self-deprecating humor”. First – I find false humility to be just that – False. Second – A millionaire joking about unemployment when people are desperate and hurting is in poor taste, indeed. As we used to say in middle school, “You think you’re funny but you’re not.”
The Progressive sector says its “breaking up” with Obama. If only someone would remind them that chewing your foot off to get out of a trap often leaves you crippled. I am sad the promises of marriage equality and the DREAM Act got ditched or put on hold. But, I am also aware Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was repealed, a National AIDS Policy unveiled, and as much as I’m ready to be married legally – there really are other things going on in the world right now (Like those unemployed people Mitt Romney just spit on). We all know Progressives aren’t going to vote Republican (with the decidedly regressive candidates they are offering) – so they aren’t really making an effective stand, and they are providing loads of doubt for undecided voters. A better policy would be to work for a better future by supporting the party that wants to help them not by undermining it like a group of pouting children.
Glitter Bombing. What a stupid idea. If tossing pink glitter on a heterocentrist is the BEST we can do to draw attention to LGBT rights and women’s rights – then it’s a sad day for all of us. Go back to the drawing board, people! (Besides, I’m sure 5 minutes after the glitter landed on Pawlenty – it suddenly turned gray and blended into his personality, never to be seen again.)