Baseball is being played again and a bird is trying to build a nest in our front porch light fixture, so spring must be in the air. Spring my a**, it still too damn cold for April 13 for crying out loud. My grass is growing and I will have to wear a fall jacket to go out and cut the jungle down. It needs to get warmer damn it. I like seasons, but come on spring. Too often in Baltimore, Maryland area we go from winter to summer with a passing notion that spring is a season.
Just how damn thin skinned have we become as a society. The whole Don Imus debacle has been a mess. From Imus making such a stupid remark, to his not apologizing for it the next day, to his groveling afterwards, to Jesse and Al coming out to extort money from the networks that owned the show, to the overplayed "hurt" that was fostered on the basketball players (can anyone say lawsuit), it has been a ridiculous extravaganza of coverage. No one involved looked good at the end of the day. How about Obama calling for Imus to be fired because his daughters should never have to be talked down to and then he has the rapper Ludacris as part of his youth outreach (and one of his songs is entitled "Ho"). Just insane, that we now have people who are offended by almost anything that is said. My favorite thing that happened was the fact that the New Jersey Governor got banged up in an auto accident (as he was going to attend the Imus / Rutgers meeting) because apparently he was not wearing his seat belt. The frelling nanny state wants to tell us what to do and how to do it and our own elected officials ignore the rules. This just shows that these people do not feel like they are servants of the people, they think they are our rulers. Poetic justice.
Yeah, the Duke Lacrosse team has been exonerated. It was such a travesty of justice to see those kids get raked over the coals by a prosecutor looking to get re-elected that it made me feel like sometimes things work out the right way. One thing I do think that hopefully guys throwing these type of parties will understand to not hire strippers or whatever and put themselves in a position to be question.
So Amsterdam has legalized prostitution and legalized smoking of marijuana and guess what the world has not ended. One of my co-workers just came back from there and after hearing her stories it really makes me realize that the US should try and lighten up on all of our puritanical restrictions and start to understand that certain vices are what people want to do and by legalizing it you can control it better and make tax revenues off of it. I think as we go bankrupt these things may become a reality. Of course we have this crazy anything goes attitude in America, mixed with a wide puritanical streak and political correctness fever that makes for a really schizophrenic culture. In Maryland we have passed a state wide smoking ban because smoking is such an evil, but next year we should have legalized slots as we need more revenue. Yes our every shifting morals are a moving target.