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Weinered Out

I took a few days off and unplugged from the world a bit. As I read back in to our political and cultural discourse today, I see 7 out of 10 news stories are about Congressman Weiner’s sexting and Sarah Palin’s version of Paul Revere’s midnight ride.

I understand the spectator appeal of both stories; we’ll call it the car crash syndrome- not pleasant to look at but impossible to resist. But really, Washington Post- five different Weiner angles? “Weiner’s District Debates His Future,” “Wives Increasingly Skip Public Confessions,” “Weiner Takes Mortification 101,” “Anthony Weiner’s Apology-Fest,” “Breitbart Inserts Himself in Weiner Drama.” Daily Beast/Newsweek is similarly obsessed with 4 of its top 10 stories concentrating on some iteration of All Things Weiner.

The Post also weighs in mightily with the continued brou-ha-ha over Sarah Palin’s historical boo-boo she insists was not a mistake about Paul Revere blowing whistles firing shots and ringing bells to warn the British not to take away our guns or something. We have “Don’t Know Much About History,” “Fight Brews on Paul Revere Wikipedia Page,” “Palin Once Again Disregards the Facts,” and “Sarah Palin Gallops Toward 2012.”

You know, in about two months this nation faces the very real possibility that it will default on its debts for the first time in its history. What’s that- a 1000-point stock market crash? We have a stalled recovery and a public frightened at the potential consequences of continuing job losses. Folks are paying up to $200 a month more to gas up their cars. The housing crisis continues unabated.

I understand the last question asked at Anthony Weiner’s news conference was, “were you fully erect?”

Beyond being disgusted, I thoroughly do not care. My 401K? Job security for my friends and family? Can I ever afford to buy a house again? Can I get my kid through four years of college? That’s the kind of stuff I care about. Call me Weinered out. Can we please get serious about things that actually matter?

  1. Richard Davies
    June 7, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Thanks Robert! Excellent thoughts. I posted a link to this article on my Twitter feed… daviesabc

  2. June 8, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    This explains so well why I have not plugged into any of this Weiner business. Yet, he is an elected official and it is these people who contribute to the governmental process. . . god help us.

  3. June 10, 2011 at 7:44 am

    The funny thing is, these are the same exact words I mumbled to friends and left on blogs and comment postings like this one for days now. The country has gone to hell. I lost my job over 3 years ago, and after applying to almost 600 jobs, I said, screw it. After 2 years of no job and no income, (I didn’t qualify for unemployment insurance due to the fact I was considered a sub-contractor), my savings exhausted after a year, the credit cards got used, all the while, I’m thinking… oh I’ll get a job. I’m qualified for several different things. NOTHING. NO HOPE… NO CHANGE. Then I lost my house. Those in the big media, (CNN for one), give you stories about Weiner and Palin… and I swear it’s to bait you away from the main stories of the day… such as jobs, the horrid economy, etc. I even heard CNN use the “D” word to describe where the economy is heading. People… it’s time to put your weiners away… and focus on the REAL issues at hand.

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