Veterans Day

Happy Veterans Day. I hope that you’ve taken some time today to thank a veteran for their sacrifice. (Hurricane Sandy resources for Vets.)

It is clear to me that Republicans don’t believe that they lost the election. Sure, Barack Obama is still the President. Somehow, John Boehner believes that he should dictate the terms of the budget negotiations.

Just as when Obama was elected four years ago and the conservatives went crazy, they’ve decided not to hold back the crazy this time. One pastor in Texas has decided that reelection of President Obama will lead to the reign of the antichrist.

Speaking of right wing craziness, we have Denise Helms from California. The fact that she decided to pull out a racial epithet to describe President Obama is not surprising. The fact that she decided to post this on her Facebook page is a little over the top. I don’t know why people don’t understand that Facebook is almost the exact same thing as being on TV or the radio. You’re broadcasting your opinion throughout the country. Sure, it is possible that nobody will read it. It is also possible that your opinion could get forwarded and tens of thousands of people will read it. When Ms Helms decided to amplify her thoughts by saying that “maybe he will be assassinated,” she ratcheted up the crazy. She got fired from her job. Her Facebook page has been taken down. I wonder how long it will be before Sean Hannity will have her on his show?

The pain continues for Lance Armstrong. I’m not sure I understand it. When Lance Armstrong started Livestrong (personally, I love the company), it was clear to me that he’d figured out some way to get around doping laws. Yet he was able to get major sponsors like Nike. Over the years, more more evidence seems to have come out against Lance Armstrong. He was finally forced out as the CEO of Livestrong. Now, he’s been forced to step down from its board.

I’m sorry, but I don’t care about General David Petraeus. (I appreciate his service to our country.) I know I should, but I don’t. The fact that powerful men are able to get beautiful women to sleep with them is nothing new. The fact that powerful men have problems with fidelity is also nothing new. The fact that men have problems with fidelity is nothing new. I’m sorry that it is in the news. I’m sorry that he has had to step down. I’m sorry that this very promising woman will only be known for her association with the General.

I do find the scandal at the BBC to be somewhat more interesting than the fact that General David Petraeus was having an affair. The BBC, even here in the United States, has this aura of invincibility. They always get it right. During the run-up to the war in Iraq as well as in its aftermath, the BBC was one of the few places I could turn and find out what was really going on. The BBC currently is in the midst of a huge scandal. They seem to have missed a sexual abuse case involving a long-time BBC television host. When you look at this scandal and you see how it spreading, there are a lot of similarities between it and what is happened at Penn State. In both cases, people in authority had the ability to intervene, but didn’t.