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Hasta la vista , Ricardo!

I am behind on my news, but this morning while I was sipping my morning coffee I found out Via Facebook that CNN fired anchor Rick Sanchez yesterday due to his anti-Semitic comments on some radio show.

Good riddance. I never liked Sanchez’s style anyhow. In my opinion, he is a pompous _____ in an expensive suit.

I am shocked & appalled that a public figure could be s o much an anti-Semite & as a Christian with Russian Jewish heritage I also take offense to the attitude projected by Sanchez’ words. For crying out loud, how ignorent can one be? Shame on Sanchez and { for once} kudos to the CNN top decision-maklers for firing this moron.

Tending to your own flock….

“Tend to the flock of your own community, for we are not saved as individuals.”++ Katharine Jefferts-Schori Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church[ { _ Gospel in the Global Village_ pg 86}

This quote comes from a speech on leadership that ++ Katharine Jefferts-Schori gave to a gathering of bishops in England in 2008 shortly after the Church of England’s synod voted to start the process of  women being included in the episcopate  in the Church Of England.

 As this oil spill crisis  continues literally near my backyard, I cannot help but consider the effects of good & poor leadership.  Here on the U.S Gulf Coast, we have seen little response from the big shots in Washington DC &  surprisingly little from Florida’s governor.  But the last time I was over on the beach near where I live, I must have seen nearly one hundred people walking along the beach looking to remove any trace of oil. Now I cannot be sure if these individuals are  among those hired by the ” enemy{ BP} or are  unpaid volunteers  but regardless of how they got there I must applaud their efforts to keep our local beaches  clean. 

Mission begins at home, whether it be  working in the 100-degree summer heat to clean up beaches in Northwest Florida or donating time to tutor  underprivileged children in one of America’s inner cities.

Charity begins at home & I am really put-off by all the celebrities who willingly jump on the  metaphorical bandwagon to aid  other nations in crisis yet fail to even  issue statements  regarding a crisis here in our own great nation.  Of course it is good for us to help those in need in far-away lands but when a crisis hits our own nation, should  not be the care of our own people be our number-one concern? I am old enough to remember the wonderful work that the celebrity-led  USA For Africa organization did to raise funds & awareness  for the famine victims in Africa in the 1980’s.  My question to Hollywood is: Why not start a USA for The Gulf Coast benefit?  Real, hard-working people are hurting financially  here &  neither the US government nor BP has come through on promises  to help those hit hardest by the economic fallout from the oil spill.

R.I.P. Corey Haim . More celeb gossip

 Ok, my blog is getting rather celeb-obsessed. Normally I don’t waste blog space on  celeb gossip, but these past two days have  given us celeb news  that is actually blog-worthy.

First of all: there is the whole mess regarding the Steelers’ quarterback & his alleged  sexual assault. Now, the jury  hasn’t even been assembled not has ” big Ben” yet been arrested but folks are already  tweeting this matter. Yesterday I posted my opinion on this situation{ and mind you, I am a * huge* Steelers fan} on Facebook  & received an almost unprecedented  number of comments.

Today, the buzz revolves around the sudden  death of former child star Corey Haim. He was only 38 & I am almost 34. Wow. Now, I never thought the late Mr Haim was good-looking{ I had a huge crush on Bruce Springsteen as a tween…and yes I know darn well he is old enough to be my father & I didn’t care} but when a young person dies suddenly it is always sad.  Rest in peace, Corey Haim.

The fact that Corey Haim’s death is  front-webpage news & a BIG trending topic on Twitter & Facebook says much about how  celeb-obsessed our society has become lately.  Even someone who normally does not follow celeb gossip is bombarded by this sort of psuedo-news every time I turn on my computer.  Yesterday I posted the status  regarding Big Ben’s  legal troubles just to see what sort of response it would garner from my Facebook  contacts.

Why is society so obsessed with the misfortune of celebrities & others who are rich & famous?  I’ve noticed that the more dire our world’s economic situation become, the more ” news” of celeb misdeeds  gets shoved in our collective faces.

Hate the Sin, not the sinner

I am writing today about the misdeeds of one Ben Roethlisberger. I’ve been a Steeler fan since  early childhood & this latest accusation against my team’s star QB tugs at my heart. I really hope Ben isn’t guilty & will continue to be a Steeler fan even if the DNA evidence proves his guilt.

At best, Ben is guilty of being with the wrong people at the wrong time & clearly in the wrong place.  Perhaps the woman who accuses Ben of sexual assult is nothing more than an opportunist & for this I ferverently pray. But at the same time, Ben has not shown much good judgement during these past two years & already has one accusation of assult  on his record{ thanks be to God nothing came of that first case…}

Even if the court of public opinion convicts Ben, as a Christian it is my responsibility to hate the sin but love the sinner. ben clearly is a confused young man who, even if he is never charged with this latest accusation,  has a knack for finding trouble.

God be with you, Ben. You will need it.

Tiger isn’t real news

 Maybe I should be thankful that I do not work for any of the Big Media. They have been beating this Tiger Woods { pun intended} into the ground . I am sick of it. Tiger may be rich & famous, but he isn’t perfect. No one is perfect & I hate how the national Big Media{ all of them}  latch on to  stories such as the Tiger Woods family drama &  overanalyze  & over-report every  allegation.

It is really none of the public’s business what goes on in the private lives of celebrities & sadly in order to aviod  being innundated with the Tiger-talk I  pretty much have avoided CNN  since the day before Thanksgiving. Ok, last night I watched the President’s address to the nationa regarding  the  upcoming surge of troops into Afghanistan , but that was an exception to a really  mediocre few news cycles. Tiger woods’ marital problems  will not affect world peace. Really, the world will not fall apart if we never know what really happened when the famous golfer smacked his car  in his own driveway.

 The * only* program  on any of the Turner Networks which has not mentioned the Tiger Woods scandal is _Amanpour_.  Yesterday’s podcast was excellent, & it  dealt with the President’s  Afghanistan policy & how it will affect  the nation & the world. Thanks be to God, no Tiger Talk there.

I’m not a golfer, nor am I impressed with wealth & money. And I cannot understand why so many Americans buy into these  sort of stories. Normally intelligent people who wouldn’t openly buy a copy of the National Enquirer tune in eagarly to  learn of the latest  “news” of celebrity scandal.

Modern Royals

I am behind on my _Amanpour_ podcasting. This morning I watched the interviews Christiane did with  some modern-day royals. It totally opened my eyes.  Some of today’s royals are embracing a role in the humanitarian realm.

I was especially impressed with Christiane’s interview with Jordan’s Queen Rania. Rania not only totally embraces the world of social media…she actually listens to what we mere mortals have to say. Apparently she is * very* active on Facebook & Twitter{ Hmm, I may have to ” follow” her Twitter account} & uses that information to see what needs to be done  in the real world.  Her ” platform” { for lack of a better word} is education…especially  access to education for girls . She told Christiane that education is a HUMAN RIGHT & I totally agree. By not educating girls, societies are robbing themselves of more than half of their human capacity for progress. This is a tragedy but I am hopeful that high-profile women are taking notice and taking ACTION.

I also enjoyed the interview Christiane did with the Prince & Princess of Norway. They mostly talked about their own humanitarian efforts, but they  delved a bit into their courtship. That was neat. Apparently the Crown Princess was a single mom with a young son when she met the Norwegian Crown Prince.

” No one cusses like the Irish-Catholics”

Confession time: I am among the few straight fans of Ms Kathy Griffin. I don’t agree at all with her views on religion, but I do admire her way of saying what is on a lot of people’s minds & her fearlessness.  Many of my GLBT friends love her as well as some straight folks such as myself who are open-minded.

I must say that Ms. Griffin does cuss way too much. I don’t watch her show too often but I must admit that it is bloody hilarious when she pokes fun of Ryan Seacrest. I do NOT think Seacrest is good-looking at all & for sure don’t like his attitude. As much as I try not to buy books written by celebs, I might buy Ms G’s book with some of my Christmas money that my Grandmother sends me every year.

I’ve had a really shitty 24 hours, so I do appreciate the quote from Ms Griffin right about now. Truth be told, I don’t cuss as much as I did when I was younger & now reserve the use of those four-letter words for times when I’m either overwhelmed with sadness or anger.

This week is Thanksgiving , & I am TRYING *really* hard to be thankful. My life is full of so many blessings.