Location: Granite Falls, North Carolina, United States

I'm an ordained United Methodist minister no longer pastoring churches, a former media producer with skills ten years out of date, a writer trying to sell my first novel, and a sales associate keeping body and soul together working for the People's Republic of Corporate America. I'm married to the most wonderful woman in the world, who was my best friend for 17 years before we married.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Scattered Thoughts

I haven't had a chance to post lately, so I want to bring more than one thought into this post.

The Presidential candidates the other day disclosed what kind of vehicles they drive. I noticed that John Edwards said they traded their SUV for a Ford Escape hybrid. Good on them. But they also have a Chrysler Pacifica for the room they need carrying the children around. I remember those days, when my son had to carry his whole arsenal of toys with him wherever we went.

But he also has a 1995 model pickup truck for when he needs to haul things. Now, that impresses me. This guy is, in my father's immortal words, "rich as three foot up a bull's butt," and he can afford any new truck he wants, but he chooses to hang onto one that's 12 years old. You got to trust someone like that. I like older pickup trucks, and I want to trust someone who hangs onto one, even if he doesn't need to. Full disclosure: My pickup truck is a 1993 model.

But, then there's George W. Bush, who drives a pickup around that mini-ranch of his. I don't know the vintage of that truck, but for him it's an affectation, anyway. Does he EVER do anything on that land of his besides clear brush?

Next thought: On the Don Imus controversy: I have never been much of a fan of Imus, and as the years have gone on, I have become less so. This latest outrage of his about the Rutger's women's basketball team is just more of the same stupidity we have come to expect from this blowhard who tries so hard to be hiply politically incorrect. As far as I'm concerned, he isn't worth listening to. Hasn't been for years.

Of course, I have tried listening to Howard Stern and have been about bored to death, too. Another one who could disappear from the airwaves without my missing him.

Having said that, now let me say that I disagree with those who advocate firing Imus over this insult. I believe in the First Amendment strongly enough that I believe there is room for Howard Stern's idiotic ramblings, Don Imus' desperate attempts to sound outrageous, and even the drug-addled bloviations of Rush Limbaugh. Though why anyone would take any of these clowns seriously is far beyond me. But I don't believe in censorship for political reasons.

I do believe there are things that children shouldn't listen to, which is why I tried to monitor what my kids listened to on their audio devices at home. But the immorality of the idiots listed above along with the Fox fools is not enough to justify taking them off the air.

Same goes for the Dixie Chicks. I deliberately bought their latest CD, even though I generally don't like that kind of music, just to support their freedom of speech.


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