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The evil that men do lives after them,
The good is oft interred with their bones,

Hmm, I’m thinking that in this time in history, that is not necessarily true Mr. Shakespeare.  We live in an age where faults, evils and mistakes hound those in the media’s grip while they are alive.  And upon the poor soul’s passing, the media takes full possession of their lives and deify that same person whose every personal issue was the base of derision and contempt, bemoan their passing as a loss to humanity, forgiving their transgressions and setting them up as a mini-deity for the populace to fixate upon.  Insert name of any and all recently passed celebrities here.

What did you just call me?

Unfortunately for me, I just watched a little bit of those red carpet interviews that are shown before awards shows (SAG in this case) and I was watching some woman whose claim to fame may be that she can remember what dress each star has worn to previous awards show.  This woman, seriously, I don’t really know who or what she really does, was talking to Penelope Cruz – I wouldn’t call it an interview it was just kind of talking at her.  She asked Ms. Cruz about how similar she was to her fiery character in her Woody Allen movie, I’m paraphrasing the question but it involved the word “fiery.”  Penelope Cruz made a face when asked that question and I can only assume she made that face for the same reason I would if asked that.  First, I will tell you that I am hispanic – you couldn’t tell from my writing? I know, I don’t look hispanic but I am.  And that’s the point.  People of any kind of background are just people.  I was born in South America and some of my ancestors were from Spain but that does not mean that I am just like every one else who has that ancestry – believe me there is very little that Shakira, Jorge Luis Borges and I have in common.  Each person is unique unto themselves.  No one in their right mind would ever describe me as “fiery” – whiny perhaps but fiery  – no.  Just because you come from an Hispanic culture does not mean that you are passionate and quick tempered.  Caramba!  As Desi would say “mira que tienen cosas esta gente!”  Alrighty, non-fiery rant over.

Is the truth really out there?

I’ve just been thinking lately about the power of the internet and how easily fantasy can become fact by a simple posting that is picked up and repeated.  Makes you wonder what is true and what isn’t.  Now a big lie won’t work because if you print something ridiculous about someone like Brad Pitt, the facts are going to be checked and someone (probably Brad Pitt’s publicist) is going to refute the ridiculous statement.  But if you post a lie, intentionally or not, about someone small, someone who does not have the machinery to refute, then you are able to change history by misrepresentation.  The internet is a lazy animal.  It will pick up one story and repeat it ad infinitum.  I have written in previous posts about the Kastner obituary that painted him in an unfavorable light.  That was one article in the Toronto Star.  His wife, Jenny, and several of Mr. Kastner’s friends, left comments at the bottom of that article, denying the statements made in the article.  That Toronto Star article has been copied and reproduced all over the internet and has become the definitive “history” on Mr. Kastner’s passing.   Try it – Google Kastner obituary and see how many places that version of the obituary comes up.  Kind of scary isn’t it.   Now frankly, I have no way of knowing what the truth is in this case.  But its kind of sad that this one version of  a man’s life has been pasted throughout the internet as gospel.   Wonder what other stories that we’ve taken as truth because we read  it in a half dozen places on the internet are actually just one man’s opinion.

Give me a comfy chair and a cup of coffee

Watching Ann Curry be sandblasted by the wind of Hurricane Gustav this morning I was wondering why she does it.  If I were being paid lots of money and had a nice comfy job on the Today Show, I don’t think I’d want to go stand out in the middle of a hurricane to report on it, or go to Darfur, or report on the tsunami devastation, or the aftermath of Katrina, or a hundred other horrible events on which she has reported.   I’ve always wondered if she volunteers or if the powers that be at the Today Show sit around a table and say, who can we send out to stand on a rooftop in the middle of a hurricane – hey, let’s send Ann! If it were me, I’d say, uh-uh, send Al this time. But I’m lazy and selfish (its good to know one’s faults).

(Clears throat)

Excuse me while I get back on the soap box for just one more comment….

Sorry I know I said I was through making political comments but I felt compelled to write about this – not that I expect much of any one is reading this but it just needs to be said.  I’m about as liberal a liberal as you can get – and I truly dislike Sarah Palin’s politics and you can tear her opinions into a million pieces if you’d like BUT leave Palin’s children alone.  Palin’s daughter has enough to deal with without national attention.  You don’t pick on people’s children!  If they are adult children and are acting in a way so as to have an effect on the country, well then have at it – but Palin’s daughter is 17, a child going through a crisis – let’s back off shall we and pretend we are civilized adults?  Now if you want to talk about Trooper-gate be my guest.

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