This week as I watched California burning and read in the evening paper that in five years 36% of our states will face a water shortage I thought that’s something we ought to be genuinely concerned about. The media was having a field day with California and it was a welcome relief not to hear about Brittany or one of the other celebrities who couldn’t stop drinking or taking drugs. Faux News went so far as to imply that perhaps these wildfires had been set by terrorists. The president flew over in a plane, made a political stump speech and went home. The governor flew over the fires too, as if overflight in an aircraft amounted to reducing the suffering on the ground. This week too we learned that Albus Dumbledore might be gay. Get real! There was a lot of saber rattling on Iran too. Chickenhawk senators and congressmen and their pundit allies and others who never wore any uniform in their lives were planning for new ways to send our sons and daughters into harms way for their own narrow aims.
What will historians record about an era when California burned, New Orleans sank, Iraq lie in ruin while our pundits and politicians worried about the sexual orientation of a fictional character.
Bill Maher has a good commentary on all of this. He’s delightful, insightful and damn funny too. Take some time to watch this clip. It’ll tickle you too.