Tuesday, December 23, 2008

My New Year Resolution is...

TO STOP WATCHING THE NEWS!

It's downright depressing if not insulting to my intelligence. First I was duped into believing that John McCain believed he had a viable running mate in Sarah Palin, only to have him now say that he wouldn't support her as a candidate for president in 2012. Why did he promote her as a candidate he felt more than able to step into the presidency should he croak, and then sell her out like that? I'm glad the bum didn't win.

This morning I watched, in horror, as people were rescued from cars in Bethesda, MD. The reason...a broken water main that turned River Road into a an actual river. It's not that the water main broke that surprises me, its that after four hours the news media is still announcing that the water department has still not figured out how to turn off the flow. Are you kidding me? Shouldn't there be some sort of contingency plan for this. Mark the levers? Have a code? Now Maryland will probably have to ask for bailout money to help with their water shortage.

The good news...and ridiculous, was Biden's announcement that he will be a different vice president. Of course he will, he isn't Dick Cheney! But, I'm wondering how different he can be when he can't seem to escape the 20-year allegations that he continues to plagiarize bits and pieces of other people's speeches. The internet is loaded with factual evidence of his guilt, so tell me again how we can trust him to be second in charge of this nation. Don't believe me...I copied, not plagiarized, the following from http://www.slate.com as actual proof...and believe me. There's more from his college days.

Slate Contents

1) Kinnock: "Why am I the first Kinnock in a thousand generations to be able to get into university? Why is Glenys the first woman in her family in a thousand generations to be able to get into university? Was it because all our predecessors were thick? Did they lack talent? Those people who could sing and play and recite and write poetry? The people who could make wonderful, beautiful things with their hands? Those people who could dream dreams, see visions? Why didn't they get it? Was it because they were weak? Those people who could work eight hours underground and then come up and play football? Weak? Does anybody really think that they didn't get what we had because they didn't have the talent or the strength or the endurance or the commitment? Of course not. It was because there was no platform upon which they could stand."

Biden: "I started thinking as I was coming over here, why is it that Joe Biden is the first in his family ever to go to a university? Why is it that my wife who is sitting out there in the audience is the first in her family to ever go to college? Is it because our fathers and mothers were not bright? Is it because I'm the first Biden in a thousand generations to get a college and a graduate degree that I was smarter than the rest? Those same people who read poetry and wrote poetry and taught me how to sing verse? Is it because they didn't work hard? My ancestors, who worked in the coal mines of Northeast Pennsylvania and would come up after 12 hours and play football for four hours? No, it's not because they weren't as smart. It's not because they didn't work as hard. It's because they didn't have a platform upon which to stand."

Source: Maureen Dowd, "Biden's Debate Finale: An Echo From Abroad," New York Times, Sept. 12, 1987.

2) Robert Kennedy: "The gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry, or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our devotion to our country. It measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile, and it can tell us everything about America except why we are proud that we are Americans."

Biden: "We cannot measure the health of our children, the quality of their education, the joy of their play. It doesn't measure the beauty of our poetry, the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate, the integrity of our public officials. It counts neither our wit nor our wisdom, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country. That bottom line can tell us everything about our lives except that which makes life worthwhile, and it can tell us everything about America except that which makes us proud to be Americans."

Source: Maureen Dowd, "Biden Is Facing Growing Debate on His Speeches," New York Times, Sept. 16, 1987.

3) Kennedy: "Few will have the greatness to bend history itself. But each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation."

Biden: "Well, few of us have the greatness to bend history itself. But each of us can act to affect a small portion of events, and in the totality of these acts will be written the history of this generation."

Source: Maureen Dowd, "Biden Is Facing Growing Debate on His Speeches," New York Times, Sept. 16, 1987.

I ask again...how can we trust this guy? I urge you to visit Slate.Com and read the whole story. Biden didn't only plagiarize Kinnock's speech...he plagiarized his personal history. Shame on you, BoJoe. *Note...BoJoe is his new nickname in this household. Check out that botox forehead and you'll understand. :)

Lastly, and what prompted me to blog today is the issue of college coeds selling their 'eggs' to earn extra cash...sometimes up to $30,000 depending upon the desperation of an infertile couple. The question my sister raised as we watched..."Why is it legal to sell your eggs, sperm, and the use of your womb, but you can't sell you own snatch." I see her point. You can't sell a kidney either. You can donate a loved one's organs if they haven't made that decision prior to death, but you can't profit from them. You can't make money off a dying person by selling them a much-needed heart, but you can make tons of money to create more children in a world already full of ones looking for a family. What's wrong with this picture. Nothing stirs up the old frustration like a good dose of daily news. I plan to live a while longer and if I don't give up watching media coverage, I'll either kill myself or have a heart attack. I'm going back to writing fiction. At least it makes sense.

2 comments:

Brett said...

I will refrain from commenting. I am racist. Joe Biden might as well be... nevermind.

" A government big enough to give you everything you want,Is big enough to take everything you have"

Thomas Jefferson

Anonymous said...

One of the most disturbing things on the news to me is the economy. I won't be long until we all are going to be homeless and eating dogfood. (can you buy dogfood with foodstamps?) Never mind that, you can't get foodstamps without a physical address so I guess we will be eating rodents and grass salads. I catch myself sitting all tensed up worrying about how I will pay for the neccessities let alone the school functions and all the things a nine year old girl needs, then the news people say it is going to get worse. Arrgggggggggggg!!

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