Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Update for those of you outside the USofA

So, for my non-USA readers, I have tried to reduce my annoyance towards the asinine media stories in the USA.  I have ignored most everything.
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But don't think that means our press has gotten any better.  Oh my no!
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For the last week or so, the top story on nearly every national newscast has been our new "Secret Service Scandal!"  It has everything a scandal in the states needs here in the states, sex.
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In this case, our Secret Service (which are the guys with ear pieces that protect the President) were in Columbia before President Obama went down for a Western Hemisphere meeting.  The news out of that meeting should have been that the American States pretty much rebuked the USA for not letting Cuba come to the meeting.  But there are Cuban exiles living in Florida still, and Florida is a swing state - so that ain't happening anytime soon.
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But instead we got a scandal that Secret Service agents went to prostitutes before the President got there. Yes, prostitution is legal in Colombia.  And no, nothing was compromised by the incident.  In fact, it only came to attention because one of the agents didn't want to pay the next morning.  But it is que'll scandel.
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So, we are fighting for year 11 in Afghanistan, outside groups are pouring over $100 million dollars into this election, we can't stop people losing their homes, and we are introducing armed drones into our police forces, but this - 11 agents legally went to prostitutes, this is what has us in a tizzy.  Who says our news media is a side show.
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And, of course, the Republicans are going on TV asking if anyone on the Presidential staff visited said prostitutes.  Not that they did.  Not that the President's staff was even there the week this happened.  Not to make this political - Heaven forfend.  They just went on Fox News to ask the question.
Fox News Splash Page.  There was no staff involvement, but Iowa Senator is challenging that -
on no proof but it does make fun headlines.

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