At first I just thought it was a slow news week. Not having a TV, I get all of my news online so I often see more than what networks broadcast. Usually that’s a good thing. But this week? I don’t think so!
So here are my top four [seriously?!?] news topics this week. Originally, I was planning on five news topics, but I didn’t think the Austin city council considering allowing citizens to issue parking tickets via their smartphones was national-enough news.
#4: The SEC cites Citigroup with a $825 million fine for settling a case. I don’t know about you, but I’m just about immune to bank nastiness. We’ve been hearing a lot about how banks directly contributed the financial meltdown we’ve experienced the past couple of years. Just when you think that it’s maybe all has been revealed, you find out it’s even more disgusting than you could imagine.
I’ll be the first to admit I don’t understand all of the complexities involved in our financial institutions. But I do know our capitalist system relies on a certain amount of trust and morality to benefit the market. It’s unconscionable what Citigroup and the others have really been up to.
I can’t even begin to untangle the web of deceit concocted by Citigroup. Thomas Friedman’s Did You Hear the One About the Bankers does a much better job.
I think I’m beginning to understand a bit more about what’s really behind all of the Occupy Wall Street stuff … justice.
#3: Herman Cain’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination had a hiccup this week. A couple of sexual harassment charges brought against him in the 1990s have been unearthed.
Did he not think that someone, somewhere would be digging into his past?!? That skeletons, whether real or suspected, would be pulled out of the closet?!? And then to not have a spin strategy on how to deal with it, whatever it might be?!?
Rick Perry must be thanking Cain right about now. He’s not exactly having a stellar week either. Thankfully, Michelle Bachmann hasn’t been resurrected.
#2: Seventy-two days after her $10 million (and I thought the $50,000 flower bill one bride whose wedding I did was out of control!) media-frenzy wedding, Kim Kardashian files for divorce. Now I know these things happen, but really?!? Do we really need another diva drama distraction?!?
#1: This one sums up my disgust for the week: House to Vote on Reaffirmation of ‘In God We Trust’ Motto. Does the House of Representative not have some other more pressing issues?!? Like unemployment? The bank messes? How about how to play/work nice with each other and really be about the business to which they were elected?
On the other hand, maybe the religious right is really on top of things. Maybe they’re positioning themselves by getting In God We Trust plastered everywhere. That would then strengthen their position, as said by Jesus to render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s (Matthew 22:21). Not only would all U.S. money be due to God, but government buildings and whatever else is in that House bill.
Either way, they completely miss the point.