I haven’t posted in a while. I know. I try and keep my blog light, news that is funny or frivolous or helps us forget what is going on in this crazy world. The shooting in Vegas was indescribably horrific and reminded us of how many insane people are in the world. As if we needed a reminder of that fact. Then there is the state of politics in our country. Angry, aggressive and divisive. Attack and never retreat and never apologize and certainly don’t admit that issues are nuanced and complex. I am right and everyone else is wrong. Tell a lie and proclaim it is the truth, even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. It is nearly unbearable to listen to the political news of the day as it is aggravating and depressing.
Then there was the news of Harvey Weinstein and James Toback and Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes and Chef John Besh and Amazon Studio Chief Roy Price and all of the rest of the lesser-known perverts who allegedly subjected countless women to a full assortment of sexual harassment and battery. I have yet to meet a woman who hasn’t experienced some sort of inappropriate conduct or comments in the workplace. It ranges from mild to mind-bending and the only good thing to come out all of the recent disclosures is the hope that it may temper the tendencies of some of the pervs out there. Let me also say that I have seen some women engage in victim shaming issues comments like, “what did she think was going to happen when she went to his hotel room?” To these women I say, shame on you. I mean it. Women have to support each other and rather than blaming the victims, perhaps they should consider the power differential in the situation and realize that oftentimes the men can make or break their careers.
All of this pales in comparison to the news that capped the week. The Iowa couple that left their 4 month old baby in its swing seat for over a week. Did I mention the baby was dead? For a week? They tried to claim that the baby had died the day they called the authorities but a minor thing called forensics proved them liars. Here is the headline: Iowa couple charged with murder after police find baby dead and infested with maggots
Thank you for letting me get it all out. I promise to post things a bit more upbeat in coming days. It can’t get much worse, can it?????