Ho Hum

Yet another leading American politician has resigned in disgrace, in the face of a lingering sex scandal and an impending ethics investigation.

This time, it is Nevada Senator John Ensign, whose inability to refrain from sexual dalliances has mired him in a protracted scandal that implicates federal lobbying laws.  Ensign managed to cling tenaciously to his post for 22 months — 22 months! — as the Ethics Committee ponderously investigated the allegations.  Ensign decided to resign only a few weeks before his deposition was to be taken.

And so, another carefully coiffed, silver-haired empty suit has proven unable to resist his base animal impulses as he roams the corridors of power in Washington, D.C.  Republican or Democrat, it makes no difference — too many of our elected representatives seem to think they are above the law.  Good riddance!

Hack List

Several polls came out this week showing Donald Trump in the lead over a large pack of Republicans nominees running for president. This should really come as no surprise to anyone because I think it goes without saying that the current Republican field is a very weak one. In fact by Webner family standards they all would probably make the top ten “hack” list.

Maybe it’s just me, but the idea of having someone run for president that has not come up through the normal political channels would be a refreshing change from current robo-politicians not to mention the thought of having a successful businessman (this is debatable in Trump’s case) win the presidency and make an effort at running our country like a business.

In 2012 it will have been twenty years ago since Ross Perot a successful Texas business man made a run for president and I have no problem admitting that I was one of the 19% of Americans who voted for him. Remember that giant sucking sound of jobs leaving the United States, seeing what has happened he had a good point.

The Donald so far has struck a chord with voters laying it on the line with statements demanding that our rich allies who have benefited from our security guarantees actually start paying for the security our military provides them (nothing wrong with this) and saying that Arab nations better reduce the price of oil or else they will be fighting their own battles (yep no problem here), but the proof will be in the pudding when he begins talking about more substantive issues, especially creating jobs if that’s even possible these days.

If he does run I would almost bet money that he will be good for plenty of gaffes that will be exploited and dirty laundry about him will be aired. I read one article where a female columnist in New York made a negative remark about him in one of her columns and he sent the column back to her with her picture circled saying she was a talentless hack with the face of a dog. Don’t you agree this is the kind of candidate that we need to spice up the presidential campaign ?

Hmmmm …. perhaps he may still need a little work on his diplomacy !

In Defense Of Spitting

In America, spitting is frowned upon, unless you are in the dentist’s chair and have just been handed a cup of mouthwash or are participating in a watermelon-eating contest.  My grandmother called spitting a “filthy habit.”  It is flatly contrary to the rules of etiquette and the norms of polite society.  Still, people keep doing it.  Earlier this year, for example, Tiger Woods was ripped by commentators and viewers, and then fined, for spitting on the golf course, and he later apologized for his “inconsiderate” behavior.

I think people keep spitting because our mouths are a very effective spit-ejection device, and spitting actually feels pretty good.  Your mouth and tongue taste foul and rank and then, suddenly, they don’t anymore.  In some cultures, spitting is much more common, and in others spitting is considered to be a way to ward off the “Evil Eye” and evil spirits.  (Apparently evil spirits have very tender sensibilities about the act of returning moisture to the environment.)  There is an innate, childlike pleasure in spitting, too.  You feel the exquisite, gathering heaviness of the saliva swirling on your tongue before you are ready to launch.  You can go for distance or work on accuracy.  And you know it’s naughty, bad boy behavior — which just makes it a bit more fun.

I’m not suggesting that people should spit on or at each other, or go around spitting on public streets as a matter of routine.  I’m just saying that, in the right place and at the right time, there is nothing quite so satisfying as a good spit.