POLY (many) + TICKS (bloodsucking parasites): tl;dr

For what it may be worth–not much, I’m afraid–I think that Sen. Arlen Spector did the right thing when he went over and took the mike to the man who was so upset during that town hall meeting, and I think the media in general is being unfair to him. I don’t agree with the handing out of question cards to the Anointed Askers during these Town Hall events, but that’s standard politico practice that the Bush admin used (and many before them), so it probably seemed “reasonable” *sigh* to the organizers of the event. (After all, if you don’t screen questioners at all, you DO get a lot of people who are unfocused and just want to rant or like to hear themselves talk–it’s always a crapshoot. They want their events to go off as positive public relations, remember.) The man–some might say “heckler” who just shouted out when he got fed up, and some might say that’s not proper behavior in any situation, but nevertheless–did have his say, and I feel that Spector handled him in the only way you could have handled him. That said, the man also seemed mildly mentally challenged as well as hampered in his speech by something (post-stroke? Breathing problems? Extreme stage fright? Who knows?), and most venues would have cut off his talk much sooner, calling it a “rant.” It wasn’t entirely on topic, and it didn’t entirely make sense. If he’d been in Vegas heckling Rickles–boy-O-boy, I’d have loved to hear THAT one.

ANYway, I think people are being unfair to Spector. You may or may not like his politics, or his recent change of party, or the color of his shoes, or whatever–but anyway, I feel like he handled the deal in the only possible way. He went over with the mike and let the guy talk. (I know it would be nice if they didn’t pre-choose questions and people, the way the Bush admin liked to do, but I’m afraid that most events are run that way now *because* there are a lot of cogs and nuts out there who would just like their 15 minutes of fame and will try to disrupt any forum . . . it’s better to do SOME type of pre-screening, and I suppose they think this is the easiest way for them to get questions they know they can answer. Sigh. They ALL do it, as far as I can tell. Doesn’t excuse it, but there it is.)

I wish the citizenry was not so gullible nor so easily swayed by whatever the media decides to emphasize. But I also know that to make any kind of decision based on reason would require a citizen to read that entire bill that’s under discussion, and to comprehend it (simply because someone reads something does NOT mean that they understood it–reading comprehension is at an all-time low, as far as I can tell), and that takes a lot of time. People don’t HAVE a lot of free time, and they must take care of the other demands on their time, so . . . I can see why most citizens just aren’t going to read the bill through in its entirety. And so the media circus will flare on.

Look, there’s a juggling tightrope walker prancing over the ring of marching elephants! And a Volkswagen full of clowns. Just don’t play that awful SONG about the clowns . . . please . . . no . . . aaaaAAAAAA . . . *covering ears*

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Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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