1. Senator Brown posed nude for Cosmopolitan to help pay tuition for law school?

2. Senator Brown, when questioned about Elizabeth Warren’s statement that she kept her clothes on, and took out student loans to pay her bills, responded with “Thank God”?

3. Cosmopolitan carries pictures of naked men? Since when?

But seriously, Credoaction.com circulated a petition this morning asking Senator Brown to apologize. It went on for two pages.

I have just a couple of questions.

First: Are we so short on attention span or lacking in commitment to an idea we must have a link to click on every three column inches or we won’t be bothered? Is it too much work to scroll up in an email? The problem is, if you’re like me and don’t really like to be told what to do or what to think, by the third iteration you’re probably just feeling irritated and/or rebellious. (No. I don’t wanna. You can’t make me.)

And, while his comment on her supposed level of attractiveness may be what is making some people angry, isn’t what we really should be getting angry about the fact that he could pose nude and dismiss it with an offhand comment while any woman doing the same thing wouldn’t be elected township clerk?

It seems to me like this is all just a bunch of noise to distract us from some of the real issues at hand.

Why don’t we talk, instead, about what Ms. Warren said so eloquently, and which, as far as I can tell, remains unanswered?


My feelings about this, this pathological avoidance of actually talking about things that actually matter, are being fanned by the latest statistic:

So, while police posts are closed, and our roads and bridges crumble, and unemployed benefits are cut, and disadvantaged college students limp to class because they can’t afford health care for their chronic neurological problems, and art and music programs are removed from schools, and teacher’s pay is cut, CEOs who make four hundred and seventy five TIMES what the average worker makes shouldn’t be asked to pay more in taxes.

And this opinion is popular among the masses because ???


Sorry, I’ve gone way off on a tangent.

Or maybe not. Tangents seem to be the method of choice by most politicos to deflect actual conversation, actual decisions, actual acts. Better just to talk about stuff, and say a lot of things that don’t matter, or don’t mean anything.

Mitt Romney, today: “If you want a president who wants the United States to be the most powerful nation in the world, I’m your man. If not, well, you have that President already.”

Oh, that.

The questions of a) what makes a country “powerful,” and b) why does the United States have to always be the MOST powerful (isn’t that what kind of pisses off everybody else about us?) remain to be answered.

Maybe tomorrow.


4 Responses to “seriously?”

  1. October 7, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    That pay ratio chart is a real eye opener.

    It may not be politically correct to say this, but I wish people would focus more on real issues like the pay gap and less on imaginary global insults like the one Brown supposedly made. I don’t see how saying “Thank God,” translates into an insult to all women and is blatantly sexist. But that is what people are talking about rather than real issues.

    • October 7, 2011 at 10:36 pm

      The fact remains that a double standard exists in this country, and what is completely acceptable for men would be politically fatal for a woman; hmmm, I wonder if that has something to do with men in power and their inability to behave themselves; but anyway (speakingoftangents). . .Yes, I agree, completely. We live in a short-attention span, scandal-seeking, sound-byte processing, give-it-to-me-straight-and-are-you-still-talking culture. I’ve even been experimenting with “Tweeting,” looking at it as a game — can I actually communicate one complete idea in 140 characters or less — but worry that this will be the limit of what the next generation can process, and then it IS all going to hell in a handbasket.

  2. October 7, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    I’ve only recently discovered your blog but I’m really enjoying it. Keep writing!

  3. 4 Margy Rydzynski
    October 9, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Yes, I agree completely on the Scott Brown issue. Elizabeth Warren’s message puts her front and center. I live in Massachusetts and am delighted to be say that I am eligible to vote for her – and vote for her I will!

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