I scan many television news channels and newspaper internet editions, even ones leaning in the opposite direction from my basic values.
That said, there is one “channel” that I will not check out: The Sarah Palin Channel. First of all, how is that for hubris? Second, who cares about anything this person says or does. Anyone with half a brain knows that she is only interested in amassing personal wealth through lies, distortion, and dishonesty. Sadly, there are plenty of people with half or less of a brain, who are willing to waste money of idiocy they want to believe. This surely a scam to separate stupid people from their money.
There are few people in public life I respect less…sadly, there are a few, which shows how crazy human life can be. Although one click is surely worth very little in terms of income, even that insignificant amount is too much to contribute to this ridiculousness.
For most, today is Christmas, so Merry Christmas. For Germans, this is the first Christmas, even though last night was the time of gift-giving. Tomorrow is the second Christmas, which no one understands. For Orthodox Christians, Christmas is not until January 6. It’s all very confusing.
As a treat, I want to give you an impression of my Christmas, past and present. This is a study in contrasts. 2013 vs, 1973. See if you can spot the difference and guess which is which...
In case you’re stumped, I had to provide my own Christmas decorations with a grease pencil and the windshield of a UH-1 helicopter. The hills in the distance lie to west of Qui Nhon, Vietnam. I was playing at real war...not a fake one, like Fox News and rightwing idiots imagine, resurrect, and promote each year. (Because not enough people are jumping on their bandwagon, race has been added to the tree decoration.**) Although not religious, Christmas was and always will be Christmas.
Gifts in Germany are brought by das Cristkind, (German Word of the Day Christmas Editon: the christ child) not Santa Claus. Niklaus (St. Nicolas) drops by on December 6th to leave small gifts, fruit, and cookies. I do not know and will not bother to research the origins of a small child bringing presents to German children on or around the old pagan feast day, but there must be some connection to the birth of some fictional character, which has evolved over generations to inspire delusional and gullible fools and to be exploited by charlatans for their own benefit.
Merry Christmas. (See, Sarah, I wrote that word again! Are you happy? No, probably not, because this brings you no financial benefit.)
Tis the season to be sociable...
I usually send a mix of email and old-fashioned Christmas cards. (Sarah Palin and Fox New blowhards should take note of the use of this special word...and I don’t care how many nativity scenes are erected or displayed). This year I will mail one card and one lengthy email greeting. I needed less than an hour send out over fifty greetings.
Each was short and to the point. I considered my Christmas greetings to be like fishing: anyone taking the bait and writing back will receive a longer message. Anyone not replying can be happy I took the time to write them. This was the result of sloth, other things to do, and a feeling that few are interested in me. There is a saying about not being concerned about what people think of you, because they never do. Regardless, Christmas is a time to let people know that you still exist and still think of them. Some people write regularly and some people follow my worthless blog. I provide enough information to keep people informed. The rest have other things on his or her mind.
Although many might not realize this fact, what I am about to predict falls into the firm-grasp-of-the-obvious category.
Last night I was bored, so I planted myself in front of the television and played with the remote control. No program held my attention, and repeated visits to various news channels revealed more of the same. At some point, I decided to stop abusing the remote and shortening battery life; I fetched a drink, without noticing the channel running advertisements.
Upon my return, I discovered my mistake: Fox News was on, and Sarah Palin was blabbering and grinning her foolish grin. Before I could grab the remote and escape from that parallel universe, I heard something about her facing a decision to run for president of the United States of the 2nd Amendment.
Does anyone believe this will ever happen? This woman is interested only in amassing personal wealth and knows how to play the game. Running for political office costs money; it does not enrich the person (in the short run). Her ego might be large, but her greed is greater.
I now must find a betting organization giving odds on her running...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.