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Media & Politics: What Is It With That?

Updated on September 3, 2015
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By: Wayne Brown

There are things that go “boom” in the night and then there the things that just piss me off. Reading the newspaper or watching the news on television has become something that I would rather avoid. I prefer to tune into a satellite radio station that plays music that I despise. Now, I ask you ‘what is it with that?’

The president of Poland and almost anyone else of importance in Poland was killed in an airplane crash yesterday as their skillful pilots attempted to land the aircraft in a dense ground fog. International leaders and their noble aides are important folks in the global political sense. They are to be cherished, honored, and protected at all costs. Yet, there seems to be a level of judgment applied here that says landing the aircraft at all costs to attend a memorial ceremony was more important than the safety and well-being of those on board the aircraft. In addition, when I picked up the Sunday paper this morning, my local newspaper saw fit to include the whole thing as a sidebar on the front page while using the headline to highlight the dangers of DWI. Now, I will tell you for certain, I had no idea who the president of Poland was as George Bush and I suffer from the same affliction. We either can’t remember or it ain’t important. Either way, if it had been Air Force One plowing into the ground in the fog, I am sure our media would be more attentive. Now I ask you, ‘what is it with that?’

The Republicans of the south met in New Orleans recently. Guess what, they could not agree on a contender for the 2012 presidential elections. Now this just pisses me off when it comes to the Republicans ability to trot out a race horse. The last go round, it was John McCain. Now, let me stop here and say this. John McCain paid a huge price with his life and physical health in serving the US Military in the Vietnam era. He was a POW and suffered brutally at the hands of his captors. That said, maybe he was not the best candidate to run for the office. Republicans are dubious of Mike Huckabee, one of the wisest and more logical thinkers on the tour. But, he’s a former minister and that portion of the Republican Party that is not considered the religious right just cannot trust a “former minister” in the White House. On the other hand, they have no problem with the good Morman, Mitt Romney. Hell, there’s even talk of Newt Gingrich running. Well, if you are really serious about that, let’s trot out Trent Lott and Tom DeLay and have a real race. Of course the “Aw Shucks Darling” of the tour Sarah Palin is still there on some tongues. It appears that the Republicans are more willing to take name recognition and defend the flaws associated with it over considering an unknown highly capable person whose proven talents and capabilities could easily be touted. Now, I ask you, ‘what is it with that?’

Harry Reid is at home in Nevada playing to an estimated crowd of 3500 Hispanics demonstrating their demands for immigration reform. I found it interesting that the entire story that I read did not once describe what that reform would be. There was some hint mentioned when one of the demonstrators was described as carrying a sign that read “Stop Breaking Up Our Families”. What the sign really meant was ‘hey, I am already over here illegally and living off the generous kindness of a naïve America. Unfortunately, the cruel old outdated immigration laws used here are keeping my cousin from getting over here. I am deprived of his companionship and America is deprived of his diverse culture and background’. Reid, although facing a very challenging race to reclaim his seat, is out there spewing his reformist venom over the crowd in his attempt to further capture the “Cockroach Vote” in Nevada further proving that if you can get the infestation high enough in a home, you don’t have to worry what the people that live there think, Now, I ask you, ‘what is it with that?’

The Royal Queen of The Cockroaches, Nancy Pelosi, is probably also back in her liberal surroundings of California. Out on the tarmac at the local airport, the taxpayers of America have a shiny Boeing B-757 parked awaiting her need to be somewhere else in America at a moment’s notice. This is an aircraft capable of moving 200+ passengers at once in the commercial airline industry. I shudder to think that Queen Nancy might just have 200 aides following her around on a regular basis. It was not enough that she was already supplied with the use of an executive jet for travels to and from her “office” in California. No, that one required a refueling stop in America’s heartland to make the cross-country journey. Now, Nancy professes to be all about heartland America and out there each and every day fighting for the reform necessary to allow each of these heartlanders and all of the commoners in America to share in the wealth. But, she says, landing that jet in Nebraska for more fuel was a high level security risk for her. Damn, Queenie, I thought the peasants loved you. No, Queen Nancy was willing to speak whatever distortion was necessary to get her an airplane that was outclassed in size only by that of our President. All Hail The Queen! Now, I ask you, ‘what is it with that?’

The word ‘reform’ use to mean something was changing for the common good of the people. What happened to that definition, it must have been reformed! I want reform that does not piss me off when I read about. I want to be able to read about a healthcare package that is not free to everyone in the world but the taxpayers of America. I want to vote for a real American to occupy the elected offices of our government. I don’t need another politician, another somebody with a socialist conscious that they need to salve. Where the hell did these people come from and why are they talking about making America a better place when they have no idea what a great place it already is! That is why everyone wants to come here. God, this just pisses me off. Now, I ask you, ‘what is it with that?’

(Copyright) WBrown2010


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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      Yeah, I thought that I would just get right to the point with the first line...kind of sets the mood, don't you think? I will probably goes with these from time to time as the material builds up! Thanks for the read, Bucky!

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      sunflowerbucky 7 years ago from Small Town, USA

      Glad to see you running with this format, Wayne. Your first line cracked me up! At this point, I would almost vote for someone with absolutely no known name and no political background just on principle!

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      You make very good points, Storyteller! And that is truly the question when it comes to immigration. Bush knew, Obama may know it. No one in political office has the guts to say it out loud. We have built a significant portion of our economy in manufacturing and food processing on illegals and now fixing it is a real problem. I do not have the answer but unlike Harry Reid, I am not willing to promise to bring your cousin over to get a vote. God Bless Us All! And thanks for stopping in Storyteller, I hope you will return!

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      Barbara 7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      What is a real American anyway?

      I live in Colorado and if we didn't have illegals I suppose we couldn't get the meat into sausage. No real American wants to stand in a plant all day that stinks like heck and threatens to cut off your finger minute to minute. No real American wants to work drudge jobs on a ranch either. Not for minimum wage or less. If they did, then work wouldn't be so readily available for illegals.

      I agree with you that the media gets it wrong and politicians get it wrong and I especially agree that name recognition means more than quality of personhood or how did you put it, "considering an unknown highly capable person whose proven talents and capabilities could easily be touted."

      I dislike pointing fingers at one party or the other which is why I probably remain Independent. But I am all for finding those candidates within either party who are working for The People and not for The Reelection. Both sides are at fault.

      Thanks for the rant. It helped me understand that what underlies American ranting is pretty much the same, the names are just changed depending on Party affiliation, lol... I seriously thought you were talking about that other famous California Nancy for a moment: Nancy Reagan!

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks, Poppy...I have a paper bag over my head now to slow the hyperventilation! Ranting may not cure the problem but it sure eases the pain...kind of like getting all that soap scum out of the shower. Thanks for checking on me! WB

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Good morning Wayne,

      I feel your pain and in fact now you must realize where POP came from. Think about it for a minute. I say, lay off the news for a week, then return to it slowly. Doctor's orders. After that dive right in and vent, vent, vent,. We need some common sense out there and a candidate that speaks honestly about his intentions and his ability to fulfill our wishes, not his. Okay, now let's just breathe, just breathe....