Monday, 28 September 2015

Things to Worry About

Things that I should really worry about:

1.  If my tetanus shot is current.

2.  If breakpads on the car are in decent shape.

3.  If there's a decent supply of toilet paper on hand.

4.  If it's a hefty amount of snow this winter.

The things that people urge me to worry about:

1.  The name Redskins.

2.  Whether the Alabama Governor is getting some on the side.

3.  Whether Hillary is bad-off health-wise.

4.  If climate change is occurring.

5.  If global cooling is occurring.

6.  If global warming is occurring.

7.  If Israel will get nuked by Iran.

8.  If threesome marriages start a trend after gay-marriage.

9.  If cops are shooting blacks at fantastic rates, or if blacks are shooting cops at fantastic rates.

10.  Some crazy guy will build a fence at the US-Mexico border.

11.  Some crazy guy will build a fence at the US-Canada border.

12.  North Korea will accidentally nuke itself.

13.  The Republicans will accidentally elect Jeb Bush to face Hillary.

14.  If Aliens are visiting the Earth.

15.  Bigfoot will be found.

16.  Eighty thousand high school kids will admit some lusty affair with their eighth grade science teacher.

17.  Ford will admit they could build a better car but say it's not worth all the hassle.

18.  Mexicans will leave the US in droves.....leaving a bunch of hard, wicked, and sweaty work for some American to do.

19.  Fox News hires a ninth-grade geography teacher to run a full hour on strictly geography information in the afternoon.

20.  Japan scientists will invent some life-like robot that does everything.....you know.....everything....for $60,000.

21.  President Obama notes that he really is a Muslim guy and it's not a big deal.

22.  VP Joe Biden admits that he got drunk one night in 2013 and ended up in some Maryland hotel with some German tourists but doesn't remember much.

23.  NPR admits they've had an agenda-driven news deal for twenty years.

24.  England admits that the invasion by the Normans was all just a rigged up deal, scripted out and was necessary to get folks excited over something.

25.  The Germans admit that someone hacked into the VW coding business from the CIA and illegally created the diesel car crisis.

The Real Political Mess We Live In

If you woke up from some twenty-five year nap and took a look around America today.....gazing at politics.....you'd be shocked to the ninth-degree.  On one side is a significantly tired Hillary Clinton and some socialist guy duking it out.....with the socialist guy slightly ahead in a number of states.  Over on the Republican side.....it's mostly some Seventh-Day-Adventist doctor, Donald Trump, and some fired HP female executive from a decade ago.  You'd be in disbelief at how the nation has fallen.

So, there are five basic reasons that we are at this junction in our society.

1.  No one reads newspapers much anymore.  We don't care about the local paper except for the page one stuff, the local news, the obituary, and the police blotter.  For the most part, less than five percent of society will read the commentary or editorial page of the local paper these days.  No one cares who they support in the general election, and their slanted articles on politics just don't work on the general population anymore.  With the exception of the Washington Post and New York Times.....no one cares what commentary is written up on politics.  All of this....in one single generation of change.

2.  CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, Fox News and MSNBC are mostly disregarded as trustworthy.  I doubt if thirty to forty percent of society have much trust in what's delivered or the truth factor of the topic.  In some cases, people trust their local weatherman more than Bill O'Reilly of Fox News or the Today Show crew.

3.  Time and Newsweek are irreverent.  Back in the 1980s....probably near twenty-five-percent of the adult public read at least one of the the news magazines monthly.  Today, it's probably closer to one or two percent.

4.  The general public.....after two hugely stressful administrations......really doesn't buy off on competency coming out of the political crowd (either party).  If some Senator says he's got the solution to a problem.....you just start laughing because he's probably going to fix one problem and create a new and more significant second problem.  Toss on lobbyists and foundations......it's mostly a Micky-Mouse crew that dresses up and says scripted stuff, and entertains you throughout the week.

5.  Most people have taken the attitude that America is some brand of something.....which is mostly failed (a 1971 Ford Pinto).   It doesn't matter if you talk banking, credit, law enforcement, immigration, Republican, Democrat, gay marriage, cops shooting blacks, blacks shooting cops, fatty food, expensive cars, taxes, environmental laws, religious nuts, crazy people on the street, or lusty stuff on TV.  Everyone generally believes the brand name of America is screwed-up.  So, we all kinda agree....it needs fixing, but there's just not the standard formula of American politician to fix it.  We've reached a point, where we might just vote for a Doctor with no political experience, a wild socialist guy, or Donald Trump.

And if this doesn't work?  Well.....yeah, that's the curious thing. Frankly, we don't have a plan B other than electing a comedian the next time around.