I'm not sure if I was living in Kansas City or Washington, but I do remember the first time I heard Tommy Thompson interviewed on TV. I had been away from my native Wisconsin for quite a few years and had lost touch with the happenings in the state. So, when I heard that the governor of the State of Wisconsin was about to be interviewed, I became very focused on listening. I was prepared to be proud. Instead I was flabberghasted! Almost immediately I thought to myself, "Oh my, the people of Wisconsin have made a terrible mistake and will correct it in the next election." Little did I know that Thompson would be elected over and over to that office. Thompson always struck me as a guy with little intellect, easily compromised principles, and there were always whispers of his womanizing and intimate sideline activities. But the media seemed to give him a free pass.
***I must add something since I first posted this blog entry: I have received everything from threats to my personal safety, profane and vulgar personal attacks, and generally ignorant and violent language from right-wingers who think the material below is liberal or left-wing...PLEASE check out all the signees whose websites are listed below; some of them are conservatives, Republicans, and right-wingers. Everything that does not mimic the sewage of Limbaugh, Hannity, et al is not liberal or left-wing.***
As you ponder the ongoing tragedies surrounding the victims of Hurricane Karina, as you get angry when you think former President George Bush thought it was enough to fly over the disaster and go "tsk, tsk," as you ponder what will happen when the next disaster hits the U.S., consider the following. After reading the quotes below, you will get the connection, but the American media missed it entirely. The media focused on Brad Pitt and other celebrities walking around the ravaged neighborhoods, TV and newspapers pondered the inability of the levees to handle the hurricanes surge, but nothing was said about the lack of sufficient National Guard help in New Orleans. Where was the National Guard?
As Susan Boyle walked out on the stage of Britain's TV show similar to "American Idol." she looked to many that she didn't belong in such a venue. The three judges sat stoically. Ms. Boyle looked frumpy, unpolished, older, the antithesis of Vogue magazine. In the U.S. we were quick to be told that she had "never been kissed."