This is my 100th blog post since beginning this wordy journey in November of 2009. A momentous occasion that I share with the Green Bay Packers’ victory on Super Bowl Sunday, so I will commemorate this occasion with some thoughts and realizations that are running through my brain, beginning with the question, WHY is PBS, NBC news and whoever else acting like one of our dead Presidents, Ronald Reagan, is still alive in the physical world? This blog is alive at one-hundred; Reagan is not. I don’t want the notariety – I give it to myself, lol. No other past President gets this treatment, and there are plenty who were better at it than Reagan in the modern era and historically in the USA! OMG. Why are they promoting “Ronald Reagan at 100” as if this, the first-ever real “acting President” (just another Hollywood role for him) is still around? WTF?
They don’t do this with John F. Kennedy, who was hands-down much better a President on his “birthday” – in fact I don’t even know when JFK’s birthday is, even though it is just an Ask.com search away; even Eisenhower was a better republican and President; how about Lyndon Johnson? Why not dig-up Nixon’s Capricorn birthday? How old is he now? Who appointed Ronnie Reagan the greatest President of all time? Silly network News Directors, that is who. This is television News Director bias, and it shows that with all the other stuff that we can “celebrate” about humanity, these people are unqualified for their jobs.
I LOVE the PBSNewshour btw; it is the best newscast and most non-sidetaking of all. That is why it is so bewildering for them to want to glorify a mediocre President like Reagan. Speaking of Presidents, having President Obama blend into the mediocrity of his predicessors in office proves one thing for sure: NO President, no matter the color of skin, gender or mindset can effect real change under the present circumstances and rules. Corporations, especially technological ones, are the real pushers of our collective “envelope”. Why? Term Limits. Once they were enacted, they sealed the fateful deal visa v “democracy”. Oh, sure, limits are wonderful if an asshole with dictatorial leanings is elected. However, if you get a genuinely good person who is popular with the majority of Americans, the system is “fixed” so that there is eventual gridlock guaranteed and the necessary time that a person would need to truly enact a new direction for the nation is not available. Why doesn’t anybody in the news organizations revisit that debate instead of trying to put a mediocre President on Mount Rushmore?
I remember Reagan most for breaking the air traffic controllers union, and starting us on a path of union-busting and industry deregulation that we are still paying for with something called unemployment! My late father used to say that “Reagan enacts laws upon the backs of those who can least afford them…” Prophecy fulfilled, Dad. Reagan ignored Black Americans and other minorities as if we would just “go away” magically. There are plenty of ordinary global citizens who are one-hundred years old, who deserve more kudos than Ronald Reagan – obviously this is another corporate media conspiracy inspired by fans of “the gipper”, a fictional movie character, to coincide with Super Bowl Sunday.
Pickhit: Congrats to the Green Bay Packers (who I picked, btw), my tele was quieter than ever in recent memory on a Super Sunday, however, and I missed being at my dearly departed friend Rodney’s “garagemahal” watching it (see my post “Ashes to….”); and – can we stop covering the personal lives of athletes past and present, please? We, who have any lives of our own to manage, do not care.
Sureshot: For those of us who “cut the cable”, it was very dramatic trying to find a stable stream of the Super Bowl game. I heard that if you searched for atdhe.net, an emblem and badge from Homeland Security appeared with the words “this domain has been seized…” Wow! Why did they comandeer them? Hmmm, people watched games there all season, why now? Maybe the greedy misguided Grinch, “Mr. Roger” (Goodell), made a phone call? Upon leaving church early this afternoon, the world had the feel of it seriously losing it’s grip. Several people died in January; two women who were close to me, including one of my two remaining Aunts on Mum’s side. Serious sadness among the madness.
World Premiere: My informal “poll” of the Egyptian tobacco/lottery/beer store owners in this city says NONE of them want to see Mubarak leave, and that the USA should stay out of events there. They tell me that this whole scenario is a ploy to install a bin Laden sympathizer “government” so that they can surround Israel, challenge the Saudis and then export the ideology of the whole world adopting their version of the muslim religion. You heard it here first. If I were President, we’d return to a version of “isolationism” that I learned in my ninth grade Social Studies class for a while. Take a deep breath, y’all. Peace.