I have been around long enough that there is very little that truly shocks me. However on occasion I read about tragic events that are caused by human cruelty where I shake my head in disgust, then like many others try to understand how someone could actually justify much less commit certain contemptible acts. I particularly find intolerable the intentional acts of brutality aimed against defenseless children and carried out by individuals usually in a blind rage or attempting to cover up their own misdeed. These are not some accidental happening or even explainable actions. These are cruel senseless actions that leave me exasperated and drain any will I could normally use to try and comprehend the circumstances of events. Such was the case when I read the story about the two women now setting in Rock Island County Jail for dipping a young toddler into boiling water attempting to hide bruises from a previous abuse. Whatever their reasoning for committing such a horrific event at the time, they now sit in jail and a not even two-year old child lays in the hospital with third-degree burns on his lower torso and could even lose his legs – while the rest of us just try to comprehend the occurrence. I am a hard man with a will of granite and have almost complete control of my emotions. I am not easily brought to emotion of any kind but this event leaves me saddened beyond explanation for the child. For the women involved I am unable to find compassion of any sort for these adult perpetrators of a horrible occurrence. The act was unexplainable and inexcusable. Perhaps God and our justice system will have mercy on the souls of these two women but, I currently can find none within myself to offer.
Monthly Archives: April 2008
In what smells like a publicity stunt, a series of racy “personal” pictures involving current teen sensation Miley Cyrus have popped up recently on the Internet. This is not a Traci Lords type scandal. The photos are pretty tame unless you consider that Cyrus has just turned fifteen and already seems to trying to copy titillating Playboy tease photos. They are the types of photos you might expect to find in a Michael Jackson coffee table book. More recently it has become knowledge that she is posing in the newest issue of Vanity Fair magazine in an even more provocative adult-like photo shoot that has caused concern that she is pushing the limits that has several individuals, myself included, asking if it has reached the point of soft-core kiddie porn? You also have to ask yourself why would the parents allow their young daughter to be exploited in this manner. Hasn’t the recent Britney Spears Train Wreck taught the parents of celebrity teens the dangers of the Entertainment Industries exploitive ways? If not maybe they should consider past history of teens growing-up in the entertainment industry such as: Judy Garland, Dana Plato, Todd Bridges, Adam Rich, Michael Jackson, Drew Barrymoore, Danny Bonaduce, etc. All, like many other Younger Hollywood Stars, had crash and burn moments either with alcohol, drugs, psychological problems, violence, crime or multiples of the above, as children and later as adults. Some have, like Plato, prematurely ended their careers in the morgue.
Some time back, I remember listening to a discussion of Hollywood insiders discussing how a modern actress knew she had made her mark in Hollywood. The consensus was that once an actress had played a hooker/slut she had proved her mettle in Hollywood Movies. Heck Brooke Shields played a hooker when she was twelve. To be a successful in the industry you almost have to put your career on auto-pilot and allow them to turn your life into one big controversy. For young women that controversy seems to involve proving your mettle through slut factor. With the recent release of these provocative adult-mimicking photo shots it seems Cyrus is well on her way to testing her mettle in Hollywood.
It seems the Vanity Fair photos have caused Miley Cyrus to cancel a Disney Festivity she was scheduled to attend. Are the picture releases and her event cancellation her way of distancing herself from Disney in order to explore more adult opportunities or is she truly just to embarrassed to show her face?
In what should be an anything but boring interview, Hillary Clinton is scheduled to appear Wednesday on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor with Bill O’Reilly. Whether you like Bill O’Reilly or despise him – his show is rarely dull. Though not particularly thrilled with the show originally, I have learned to really like the O’Reilly Factor. The Factor is a show that probes with questions that are conservative in nature and content. Bill is cocksure and sometimes a verbal bully plus his interview style is usually caustic. But his personality and style makes for great interaction during his guest discussions. Additionally he is not afraid of asking difficult questions that might offend the guest being interviewed or the individual listening. Having two large egos like Clinton and O’Reilly should make for an excellent show.
part 3 The Agent of Shame Connects With Agents of Hate and Terror
In college one of the business networking tenets they teach you is that it is important to make friendly overtures towards churches and other similar philanthropic organizations. Warming up to the members of such organization offers opportunity for networking and financial success. This type of networking carries over into the political arena. Most politicians expecting to climb the political ladder search out for the perfect photo-op sessions to prove their loyalty to church. But most politicians are intelligent enough not to overly secure their bandwagon to one organization, especially when you start talking religious organizations. It is one thing to associate with an organization and another to be bound to them like Velcro. Barack Obama made that mistake. But Obama has not just associated himself with a bigot like the Rev. Jeremiah Wright he has went out of his way over the years binding himself to the Reverend. Obama has proclaimed Wright his friend and mentor. He has associated his family and career with the man. Obama has spent twenty years listening to the mans speeches, but pretends to have never heard the Black Supremacist hatred that is more than evident in Wrights sermons, such as, when Wright claims the government created the AIDS epidemic as an attack on black society. There is nothing illegal about being a racist/bigot; society is full of them of all makes and measure. But it is not good measure to stake your political fortune on someone so full of unapologetic hatred. I understand getting involved with people that turn out to be less than your expectations. But it is not realistic to believe Obama when he says that he has never heard Wrights tripe previously. The thing about large organizations is they gossip. And when one says something controversial, even if you are not there when it is spoken, it gets back to you. And denying that knowledge makes you even less believable when your close ties are exposed to other controversial individuals/groups of hate requiring you to save political face: 1 – 2 – 3 – 4. It becomes an accumulation of evidence. Especially so with the Reverend. Even if the least likelihood that Obama had never previously heard any of Wrights hate speeches were true , it would mean him to have to be a complete clueless idiot not to have noticed the mans vitriolic bigotry during twenty years of socializing. I have heard Obama speak and he is not a clueless idiot. That leaves the alternative of lying for political prospects. He has used those agents of hate and crime to further his political career. You are either an agent of change or an agent of shame. Obama’s continues to be an Agent of Shame.That in itself does not make him a bad man, just another in a long line of bad political opportunists, posturing and pretending to be what he is not, an agent of change. And his poor choices and defending of allegiances with people so full of hate, so closely aligned with his campaign – especially Wright, makes him a bad candidate for POTUS.
An article I ran across on Greta Wire discussed a performance art display at Yale where the student claims that the art is partially constructed from resources obtained by the student artificially inseminating herself and then self-inducing miscarriages. The school is holding the artwork from public display until the student admits that the artwork production claims are phony. Plus the school has also disciplined two instructors said to have been involved in the artwork project. Fact-or-Fiction the very premise of this art project crosses the boundaries of good taste and sensibility.
According to the Chicago Sun Times, Illinois Gov. Blagojevich’s former aide, Ali Ata, plead guilty on federal pay-to-play charges today and threw his former boss Rod Blagojevich and his campaign fund-raiser Tony Rezko under the bus. This is the same Tony Rezko that is involved in a suspicious land deal with POTUS candidate Barack Obama. According to Ata’s plea he admits handing over a $25,000 dollar campaign check to Blago and Rezko during a 2002 meeting where they promised him a high paying State of Illinois government job for his contributions! On the whole, he made over $65,000 dollars in contributions to Blago’s campaign funds. In turn Ata used his new job to help Rezko secure some 10 million in illegal loans.
Oops, it seems that nobody likes to go to jail without his or her compatriots in crime tagging along! It also sounds like the Big Bus is rolling down the street waiting for the next individual to be pushed under the wheels: the question is, who is the next victim and how many more will find friendly tire treads on their backs! Maybe they can call up former Illinois Governor George Ryan and still get adjoining cells. Ah, Illinois, home of crooked politics and politicians. Can you smell the fear, as Democrat and Republican politicians around the State of Illinois start worrying about the Bus Driver rolling down their street!
Part 2 – The Agent of Shame Looks for Political Loving
Barack Obama’s biggest “elect me” mantra is his claim to be an agent of change. But the self-proclaimed Agent of Change, Barack Obama, came out of a political stockyard called Chicago, which is still filled with the decayed fecal odor of the late Chicago Potentate’s, Richard Daley the First, style of politics. That nasty odor has been fermented by years of political history that has left Chicago as a city known where any tombstone can cast a vote early and vote often. The current Chicago Potentate, Richard Daley the next, now carries on his pappy’s legacy with an administration that seems frequently under investigation. Like pappy like son. And as pointed out in the San Francisco Sentinel article, despite Obama claiming he wanted to stay clean of the disreputable Chicago Democrat Machine, it just did not happen. It could not happen. To politically survive in the Chicago and as an Illinois Senator he had to cozy up to Daley and all the darkness that comes with the territory. All current roads to major political power in Illinois have to travel through Chicago. That Chicago political machine could become crucial in a narrow POTUS election. Potentate Richard Daley the First proved that when he used the machines power to manipulate JFK to power in 1960. The Obama/Chicago Democrat Machine connection has led to additional political and personal relationships with other questionable individuals. A peek over on the over on Rezko Watch site displays several dubious connections Obama has cozied up to and has used in attaining his goals. None of them are individuals that could be called a good traveling buddy for someone whom is claiming he is an Agent of Change. On the other hand most of them are perfect political loving companions for just another Agent of Shame politician looking to get ahead in politics.
Part 1 – Obama Agent of Shame – Not Change
Barack Obama sells himself as the agent of change. Yet when you work in blood and filth it eventually gets all over you. There is no way around it. No shower can remove the smell. No cologne can keep it covered indefinitely. Barack Obama has not been in politics long, but his fast climb to arrive at the position he so desires has started to expose the amalgamated bloody fecal smell from his stockyard and identify the flea infestation that inhabits his corral. His desire to be in Chicago politics demanded that he would have to eventually attach with the Chicago political machine and its current Potentate, Richard Daley. And in the short time Obama has been indoctrinated into the Chicago Political machine he has already managed to get a lot of political fecal matter ground into his soul. His connections needed to rise to power have led him into the dark side of politics. He has been rubbing shoulders with all the right people needed to climb the political ladder but all the wrong characters that allow you to claim that you are an “agent of change”. Which in the final analysis leaves Barack Obama just another Agent of Shame not Change!
The magical potions and elixirs supplied by the wizards have been leaving theScoundrel with a more powerful than usual appetite at times. I also find myself having cravings for certain foods. Tuesday night was no exception. For some reason I have been craving Milk Shakes in the last few weeks since I hurt my ankle/heel string. So Tuesday night I cajoled my “personal chauffer” (aka as my sister) into making an ice cream run and allowed myself the luxury of a Whitey’s Crème de Menthe Milk Shake! Yum! Hey Now – I can almost read minds, but I am not that frugal, I bought her one also! Whitey’s Ice Cream Shakes and Sundaes have been a favorite feast of mine since I was a young boy. They are a special part of the Quad Cities culture. When ice cream shakes or sundaes are mentioned, Whiteys is the name that streams into my mind. When friends or relative are in from out of town looking for a shake or sundae fix this is where I usually take them, even the individuals that start to stink like stale fish after three days. In the days when I lurked around SouthPark Mall on a regular occurrence; I would try most of the new Whiteys experimental flavors as soon as they were released upon the awaiting public. But though I used to raid their places of business almost weekly for goodies, it is a treat that I have began to limit myself of for various reasons since I reached 29+ years old. This was actually the first milk shake I had allowed myself since last fall. Following is a list of my top five favorite Whitey’s menu items.
1 –> Cherry Bon Bon Shake or Sundae
A milk shake made with hot fudge sauce and cherries.
2 –> Hot Fudge Sundae
A classic you just cannot go wrong with choosing.
3 –> Crème de Menthe Milk Shake
A refreshing mint flavored taste that excites my taste buds. The only mint flavored shake I ever found, that I really liked a lot.
4 –> Chocolate Peanut Butter Revel Ice Cream
Its got two of my favorite substances on the planet – chocolate and peanut butter – combined in an ice cream product. How can you go wrong? All you really need is a spoon for accompaniment.
5 –> A three-way tie: Strawberry, Fresh Peach or Black Cherry Shake or Sundae.
My favorite fruit flavors combined with ice cream.
Yeah I know, there are more than five selection listed. But hey you didn’t really think I could limit myself to just five favorite choices?
Holy Cow that shake was a great addition to the Cubs game! The Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 9 to 5! Whoo Hoo!
Well theScoundrel has not busy with his blog as of late due to an injury. For the short version of this post skip to the last two sentences! Despite early success in coping with normal activity during a current siege from a wicked antagonist named Ten Dinitis, theScoundrel suffered a setback that limited his exposure to the enemies attack towards the Achilles Heel of his Defensive expanse. Though early mechanical reinforcements from the mad scientists/wizards domain were effective in protecting the defensive soft spots and their magic elixirs limited the throbbing affects of the attack, there were weaknesses in the defensive system that limits exposure to the hostile elements. It seems that the extra mechanical fortification designed by the mad scientists to strengthen theScoundrels appendage from attack had a side effect. One of the extra parapets theScoundrel had previously setup to allow computer usage while deflecting the effects from the scourge attacks of Ten Dinitis proved incapable of withstanding the constant mounting of the extra mechanical defense designed by the mad scientist/wizards. The constant mounting of the defensive contraption for the Achilles Heel on the parapet, used to allow computer operation, weakened the parapet until it was eventually crushed like a building falling to the force of a wrecking ball. The end result is my computer time is limited to the amount of pain absorbable from the attacks made tolerable by the magic potions and elixirs. That tolerability seems to be on the rise again – despite the loss of my parapet. On a more positive note, to make my long story short, theScoundrel blogging will attempt to resume.