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Are Tiger and Gate Crashers the Only News?

Forgive me, I was out of town the past few days, so I don’t know if there was a breakthrough on healthcare reform, or whether the House, Senate, or White House has come up with a magic bullet for the unacceptably high unemployment rate.

I do know retailers were cautiously optimistic about “Black Friday”. I went to a shopping mall out of town not to buy anything, but to see a movie with my daughter. There were plenty of people there, but checkout lines didn’t seem long, and lots of folks were leaving without being weighted down with packages.

What I did hear and see a lot about were two stories. Tiger Woods, Emperor of  All Golf , crached his SUV early Friday morning just outside his house. Apparently, it was early enough to cause all manner of speculation about the state of his marriage, the state of his mind (he was reportedly unconscious), and whether a tabloid report about his fooling around is true. Yawn!

Tiger’s right. He’s boring, and so is the frenzy that’s surrounding this incident. He ought to know better than to turn away state troopers trying to investigate the crash more than once. All that does is feed the media speculation. You and the missus ought to talk to them, release a statement, and be done with it already.

The other story that won’t go away is the one about the couple that crashed the White House state dinner Tuesday night. If  Michaele and  Tareq Salahi werre looking for 15 minutes of fame, they got five days. This one is amazing on several levels. Why would two people think they had the smarts and the guts to get past what most folks think is tough security at the White House?

What would they have done if they’d been turned away, just head to a fancy Georgetown restaurant? Of course, just like that “Balloon Boy” family, reports say the wife wanted to be on a reality television show. Was this supposed to be her audition?

The Salahis are reportedly talking to the Secret Service, maybe trying to avoid a possible criminal rap for their night on the town. Government security in general ought to be hanging their heads in shame, because it means security checkpoints literally mean nothing. All that stuff they make you do at the airport? Theater! Building security, where they make you show a couple of forms of ID? Meaningless!

And Sunday, here were two US Senators discussing the incident, and saying (with appropriate seriousness), that criminal charges are in order. Do I smell an investigation in the Upper House?

But hey, you tell me. Did anything else go on over this past weekend? (I do know about the awful murders of four cops in Washington state. Here’s hoping they nail the guy).

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Kill Obama Poll on Facebook. Should Poster Go To Jail?

Yes, there was a user-generated poll on Facebook posing the question “Should Obama be killed?” Reports say a blogger at The Political Carnival noticed it, wrote about it, then alerted the Secret Service.

As of Monday, it was taken down, and yes, the Secret Service is probing just who posted it in the first place. Yet the boldness of such a question on THE most prominent social networking site Brings up a host of other questions.

Why do some people feel empowered to believe that, because they disagree with a president’s policies, he should be killed? Sure, there have always been a tiny number of people who felt this way, and an even smaller number who have acted on it. Yet what we’re seeing is something deeper and more virulent. It’s as if Barack Obama’s presence in the White House has unleashed a wellspring of pent up hatred.

This hatred, it must be said, has been fueled by the fanaticism of some right wing radio and television hosts. These folks and their supporters will adamantly deny they have any role at all in the Obama hating. Yet guns and ammunition are being purchased in record numbers, and some people are acting as though talking about killing the President of the United States is protected free speech.

These toads can say they’re entertainers, and their hatred is protected by the First Amendment. They’d be right on both counts. However, there is the small issue of acting in a responsible manner, and making your opposition clear while avoiding language that can trigger people to take violent action. Trust me, it’s not that hard to do.

Right now we don’t know who posted that assassination poll on Facebook. It could have been some bored kid, or it could have been a person with more sinister intentions. Either way, the poster used an add-on application, meaning that once it was taken down, the responses to the poll are no longer available. Despite the fact that I’m an idiot when it comes to computers, I have a feeling the Secret Service will find a way to figure out who posted it.

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Which leads to the question, is the poll itself criminal? Certainly advocating that President Obama be killed is,but if whoever did this has a good lawyer, I’m sure the argument will be made that he or she wasn’t advocating anything. However, maybe that’s not the point. Why is anyone asking in a public forum whether our President should be killed? The answer to that question could go a long way toward explaining the hate that seems to flow from some at the mention of his name.

So, you tell me. Should the person who posted the poll on assassinating President Obama go to jail?

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