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I haven't blogged here since 2012. Why am I making a stab at it again?

I realized two things about social media I wanted to get away from. First was that I was often using it as a journal, which is boring and maybe TMI for those platforms. Secondly I was using it too much for my taste, so that I felt like a tool for marketers rather than using social media as a tool for my ends.




Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Sound Bites in The Mo(u)rning

When my tv came on this morning CBS was going on about the death of Jett Travolta. I didn't catch the name at first and was appalled as they talked to a doctor about what an autopsy might reveal. Questions could be designed to inform, especially people with children who might be concerned (my nephew has had a few siezures recently).

So, what did this inane woman ask the doctor? She asked if the family had found him earlier and acted sooner would the young man have survived? That's right, a question which only serves to insinuate guilt, to further traumatize the survivors. I heard a little more, and it turns out they were justified in this gratuitous and vicious attack. After all, Travolta is a Scientologist.

I may think Scientology is a bizarre religion, but really no more bizarre than any mainstream religion, all of whom should show more caution in ridiculing the bits others take on faith. Would CBS have been vicious in this manner had the parents been Catholic? Now there is a truly bizarre and dangerous faith more interested in their institutional worldly power and wealth than anything else. Their actions supporting and investing in things such as the Third Reich and Apartheid, protecting pedophile clergy speak much louder than their carefully (and quietly) worded and incredibly belated disapprovals.

Then they brought on Ann Coulter to push her latest publication. I am not embarrassed by the woman. To me she lacks what most would call a soul, as she continually demonstrates by her complete estrangement with compassion and other signs of humanity. She should be pitied more than reviled. Rather, I'm embarrassed by an america which buys enough of her filth over the air and in writing to even cover bus fare.

One of her big whines is that liberals complain about being victims when they are really the bullies. I've claimed for years that the best way to know what conservatives are up to is to listen to what they accuse others of. This one was so blatant that maybe even other whackadoodles think it is ridiculous. What am I saying? Of course they won't. That embracing and perpetuation of self-serving delusions is what embarrasses me.