Friday, March 2, 2012

A Potpourri of Mental Diarrhea - March 2nd, 2012

If this week has been a bad massage for you, here's your happy ending. Enjoy these random thoughts from a random person.

Rick Santorum - the Frat Guy? - Yes, yes. Turns out that our old friend sanctimonious Rick Santorum was a cigar smoking, poker playing frat boy during his time at Penn State (what a snob!). Santorum was a member of Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity, where fellow members characterized Rick as being not overly opinionated and "comfortable" with women. As a frat guy myself, this gives me tremendous hope that I can one day completely change everything that I used to espouse in the hope of obtaining higher office. Thanks Rick for achieving the nearly impossible - aside from winning the Presidency - making frat guys appear more flippant.

Will the Real Howard Dean Please Shut-Up! - This morning on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Howard Dean put his foot firmly in his mouth with these comments. 

Dean is yet another out-of-touch politician (a Democrat no less) that completely ignores the historical factors incumbent in high poverty areas and the effects that persistent poverty have on a child's readiness and ability to learn. Dean is echoing the same old stereotypes that blame the poor for being poor. I don't know why I'm so shocked. He was the governor of Vermont and we all know that Vermont has lots of poor people.

Is It Just Me? - Or is Ryan Braun getting the benefit of the doubt because he's perceived as a nice guy. Charles Barkley thinks so. The (not so) Round Mound of Rebound appeared on the Waddle and Silvy Show, broadcast on ESPN radio 1000 in Chicago, and said that he believes there is a double standard in the way the media assesses a player's sincerity, based primarily on their affect towards the player. Barkley suggested that athletes like Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, and Manny Ramirez didn't get a fair shake in the court of public opinion because of their quixotic personalities and less than stellar relationship with the media. There's something to be said for Sir Charles' theory. For example, Michael Jordan was widely known in the inner circle of the NBA to be a philanderer and compulsive gambler but none of this information ever hit the front pages of the newspapers because he put a lot of columnist's children through college with his unprecedented play on the court and his willingness to grant interviews. On the other hand, Barry Bonds had what could best be described as a prickly relationship with the media. When the Mitchell Report unveiled allegations of performance enhancing drug use by Bonds, the national media lined up to take shots at the Home Run King (the San Francisco media was a little nicer). This begs the question - as a society, do we want real people or just people who are fake nice to assuage our fragile little egos? You can listen to the entire conversation with Charles Barkley by clicking here.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! - In honor of what would've been Dr. Seuss' 98th birthday, here are some quotes from one of the most creative thinkers to grace us with his presence. It's such a shame that Hollywood is squeezing the political message out of Dr. Seuss' books to make them more palatable for box office consumption.
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities."
"Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!"
" You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room."
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."

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