Sunday, October 11, 2009

Yelling at the Media for October 11, 2009

Item: A whip used by Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was sold at auction for $56,000 USD.

What I yelled: Great. What bad economy?

Why: Everyone is on pins and needles about the condition of the United States economy. But where strictly luxury and/or collectable items can be sold for that kind of money, I think the thing that we need to worry about least is that the economy is bad. The money is still out there; it's that fewer people have it. Those who do haven't changed their spending habits at all. They don't have to. If anything, they're even more financially capable of living the way they like. It's too bad that, for many of those people who still have way more than enough money to live on, the way they like to live is by depriving others, whether consciously or unconsciously.

By the way? That amount of money would buy three $20 meals per day for two and a half years.

Item: President Obama announces that he will end the "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gays in the US military.

What I yelled: 'Bout time.

Why: American society as a whole is long past the idea that gays are a negative influence on it. They are an integral part of this society. The last stumbling block has been the government, unusual for a government by the people and for the people. This is the land of the free and the home of the brave. And some of those free and brave are gay. Time to grow up and accept reality. Can we move on to the vast schools of bigger fish this country has yet to fry?

Short one today. Back next week.

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