Have you been following the news lately. There’s certainly been a lot of it. Now I’m not talking about the coverage related to the presidential race or the the whole Mars thing, but about all the other crap that’s going on in our world that get’s prime coverage and isn’t really that news worthy! It sad, but it seems that scandal and embarrassment is as big a news story as other world events.
For instance what’s the deal with those six Republican congressmen who were a part of that late night, drunken skinny dipping party last summer that happened in of all places the Sea of Galilee! Yep, the same Biblical Sea of Galilee where Jesus Christ Himself calmed the storm and walked upon the water!! The Congressmen were in Israel on some sort of a fact-finding mission paid for, not by our tax dollars, thank God, but some Israeli Education Foundation! As if Congress wasn’t already the butt of countless jokes and embarrassing situations, a midnight skinny dip in the Sea of Galilee was over the top in a Congress where we’ve recently had two congressmen step down for sending inappropriate pictures to women over the internet and another for having what he called an unwanted sexual encounter, and yet another for having an extramarital affair with the wife of one of his aides! Good God people, these are our representatives! Congressmen, got to love em!
And what the hell is up with Republican Todd Akin, the GOP’s candidate for U.S. Senate in Missouri, who is still trying to get his foot out of his mouth after his totally asinine comment on national television about how true rape victims rarely get pregnant. “If it’s a legitimate rape,” he said, “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. Huh? Where did he come up with this crap? Has he been living in a cave? A legitimate rape? How stupid can you be. This clown has managed to heap a ton of negative attention on the Republican Party at a time when they can least afford it. Yet, despite calls for him to drop out of the race, he is adamant that he will not resign, making fellow Republicans quite upset. Oh well, the Democrats love him and hope he keeps running his mouth right through until election Day in November.
Then there’s all the hoopla about Britain’s Prince Harry prancing naked around his hotel suite at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas after a lot of drinking and a friendly game of stripper. billiards with one and perhaps more women who were as nude as he was. It must have been quite a game! But I guess when you wear a crown, you’re fair game. After the photos were released Buckingham Palace confirmed that the bare-assed pool player was indeed, Harry who was reportedly in Las Vegas on a private holiday or perhaps a not so private holiday!
There was a time in Vegas’s storied past that antics like this would have never been known, back when Vegas was the place where everyone, especially celebrities could come and enjoy themd hselves on the Q-T. But those days have long past. With the advent of cell phone photography, instant Facebook and U-Tube access, everyone is a potential reporter or paparazzi. Those days of “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” are no more. What is really interesting is that the London Sun newspaper refused the Royal Families request to withhold the photos and went ahead and published them! Good for them!
Be sure to keep your eyes on the news in the coming months. I guarantee you that there will be several more of these non-news stories cluttering up the headlines from now until the election, but don’t let these carefully crafted red herrings distract us from the real issues and importance of the upcoming election. Keep your eyes on the real issue at hand, the fate of the American Middle Class.