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What's Bugging Me

What's Bugging Me
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By Beth Portolese

I try to keep these rants on the light side but what can you say about these murders in Charleston? Déjà vu all over again. Another nutcase takes a gun and kills good people, in their church, a place that is supposed to be safe (like schools used to be).  This time, the young white kid (aren’t they all?) could really be called a terrorist because he hated black people and decided to take a few out with the gun he got for his 21st birthday.  Really?  A .45 caliber for a birthday gift?  Wouldn’t a gift certificate have sufficed?  You really don’t know what to get angrier about.  The fact that someone at 21 is so filled with hate for another race that he goes to a church and kills people he never met, or the fact that our spineless politicians still won’t do anything that could limit the amount of guns in our society.  It’s just crazy, frustrating and so sad for the families of these people.

While we are on the subject of race, I know this is old news (since nothing can go beyond 2 or 3 days in our news cycle) but let’s talk about the white woman who has been pretending to be black.  I’m sorry, I should have said ‘identifying’ as black.   Supposedly she has been ‘identifying’ that way since she was 5 (according to her interview on the Today show).  Call me crazy but I’m not sure how you can ‘identify’ as black and know the black experience when you grew up as a blonde haired, blue eyed white child.  There is a certain amount of privilege that comes along with that (and don’t even get me started on the blonde part) that most black people do not experience growing up.  It’s odd but she certainly has gotten on a lot of news shows.  I think if we can now ‘identify’ as anything we want to be, I’m going to identify as rich.  Just think of all the tax breaks I’ll get.

Did you see Brian Williams on the Today show?  It was actually kind of hilarious how he explained telling some of the stories he did.  He could not bring himself to say he lied.  He said something like “I told the story correctly many times before I told it incorrectly.”  Huh?  If you told it correctly before, why didn’t you just stick with that?  He also said he didn’t intentionally mislead people. Ah, Brian…lying IS misleading people.  I guess what he is trying to say is that he misspoke, which is how politicians describe it when they lie.

How about those escaped convicts from upstate New York.  This story just fascinates me because I’m from up that way and actually spent a little time working at a program in the prison they escaped from.  Working there convinced me that my goal of being a parole officer might not exactly be the career for me.  The woman who helped them escape is slightly pathetic isn’t she?  Just exactly where did she think her relationship with these men was going to go?   Did she anticipate she would be living happily ever after in some cabin somewhere after she drove them away in the getaway car?  I guess maybe reality hit her and that is why she decided not to pick them up after the escape.  As all of us single women know, homicidal murderers rarely make good boyfriends.

So now Donald Trump is running for president?  Just another addition to the motley crew running for the Republican nomination. The only good thing about this is that we don’t have to watch another season of The Apprentice this year.  Thank god for small favors.

Until next time.







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