Tuesday, December 1, 2009

While We Were Away.....

As I was driving to the office yesterday morning I was listening to the sports radio station WFAN and the host on the graveyard shift was talking to a caller about the media-driven melodrama surrounding Tiger Woods. The host was making a point as to the "significance" of the story and to buttress his point he made the observation that it was 4:30 a.m. and on the Today Show the lead story was Tiger's accident. There is no prophecy quite as self-fulfilling as that of the fool. And as the song says, "there goes your proof."

One might have thought that no news whatsoever occurred in these United States over the course of the long Thanksgiving weekend, given the amount of time and attention that was devoted to the most well-documented single vehicle accident in the history of mankind. A billionaire drove his vehicle into a fire hydrant and a tree, injuring no one but himself and doing damage that is likely well within (a) the property damage liability limit on automobile insurance policy he has on his Escalade; and/or (b) the amount of money he has stuck in the cushions of his various couches at his Florida estate. At day's end Tiger is likely looking at a traffic ticket. If he lived in New Jersey he would likely be issued a summons for careless driving, which would cost him a couple of hundred dollars and a couple of points on his driver's license. Nothing more and quite possibly a great deal less.

Here in the land of voyeuristic living we have apparently invested quite a bit these past several days into the comings and goings of one Eldrick Woods. People have talked themselves hoarse and written until ink wells have run dry as to why he allegedly owes it to all of us to talk to the police and to tell us all what happened. Sorry to be the guy asking who gives a rat's ass but well....someone has to be the champion of rat's asses. Right?

While the world was watching the talking heads on FOX, CNN, MSNBC, TMZ, ESPN and THE INSIDER dissect the nonsense that masquerades as news on the Tiger Beat a lot of other important happenings were happening. Sadly, but unfortunately not surprisingly, not all of those happenings were good.

On Sunday morning four police officers were murdered in Parkland Washington as they were sitting in a coffee shop doing some pre-shift paper work. The four officers - Sgt. Mark Renninger, 39, and Officers Ronald Owens, 37, Tina Griswold, 40, and Greg Richards, 42 - were all members of the Lakewood Washington Police Department and had been members of the department since its inception in 2004. Also on Sunday, President Obama briefed military leaders on his administration's plan for Afghanistan, which will be shared with the nation in a televised address tonight. His plan calls for an additional 30,000 to 35,000 troops to be committed to the fight with an initial deployment of additional Marines to be in-country by Christmas.

The adult world continues to spin all around us - even when the pablum pushers attempt to persuade us that what we know in our hearts to be bullshit is something altogether different. The worst part about it is that they give us what they know sells - what it is they know we want to see and hear. What that says about them is self-evident. What that says about us is self-evident as well.

Which is worse? They report - you decide.

-AK

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