The Circus

Jim, you wrote about the media circus. As I look around and see various news stories, it’s as though the whole world is a circus; just a jumble of bizarre freak shows.In Chicago, they arrested four men for mob assault. They had been driving around in a white limousine, jumping out and beating pedestrians. Thankfully they were caught.
At, in one way the opposite end of the spectrum, the CEO of Duke Energy served one day and then resigned, walking away with a diamond parachute of $44 million dollars. It’s great work if you can get it.
Remember Marc Rich, the billionaire donor and felon, who Bill Clinton pardoned as he left office, surely in exchange for the big campaign contributions. Well, now Rich’s ex-wife, Denise, has renounced her US citizenship to avoid paying taxes. Cause, you know, they just hadn’t gotten enough for their campaign donations.
Meanwhile in Texas, governor Rick Perry has said he won’t take money from the federal government for the state Medicaid program, refusing to participate in Obama’s Affordable Care Act. When asked why, given that his state has the highest percentage of unemployed people in the country, Perry simply chose not to believe the data and said it was all about freedom. I guess he meant freedom to get sick and die because you can’t see a doctor. I love the invocation of freedom as some sort of talismanic word. As uttered by Perry, it becomes meaningless. He, of course, never explains what if the world he means when he uses the word. It’s just magic. And they wonder why this guy flamed out as a national candidate.
In one bit of sanity last week, Eugene Robinson did a nice take down of climate change deniers. I’m sure they’ll still be in denial when they’re knee deep in water and everything else around them is on fire. For them, it isn’t about facts, it is about faith.
I’m sure the world is always like this, and after a couple weeks of respite in the mountains away from it all, it is always a bit shocking to see how absurd is this world in which we live.

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About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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