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imagesEver wonder why our media is going to pot? No, I don’t mean that pot, but, come to think of it, that might not be a bad idea. What I’m referring to is how everything they’re writing these days is just . . . well, more of the same. Been there, done that. Nothing new, nothing thoughtful. I mean, how many times can you write about how dishonest Hillary is and how demented Donald is? How many more cop killings do we need to hear about, those committed by them and those committed against them? It wasn’t all that long ago that ISIS seized Mosul. Now we hear that it’s about to be taken back from them.

Seems to me that writing about all of this nonsense is . . . just that, nonsense. But, hey, these poor pundits have to make a living, and they’re on deadline. So they write anything. Over and over and over.But what good does it do? Hillary is still going to be a crook. In search of his next TV show, Donald is still grossly unsuited to lead anything, or anyone, let alone our country. Black lives, blue lives, and white lives too, they all matter. Do we really need the media to tell us that? And terrorists are still going to ply their trade until we manage to find more capable leaders. And voters who are less apathetic than they look to me.

So, here I sit, trying to come up with a blog for tomorrow, my twice a week snippet hopefully worth reading, something that might make a difference. I’m struggling to find something worthwhile. Makes me a little more understanding, if not sympathetic, as to those who have to do it every day, not just twice a week, in order to put food on the table. Tough job.

It’s rumored that in 1900, Charles Duell, then the head of the U.S. Patent Office, advised President McKinley to shut the office down because . . . there was nothing worthwhile left to invent!

Around 1800, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, wrote The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, in which he said “water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.” He must have been on to something because his tome has received over 36,000 reviews on Amazon with an average rating of four stars. Pretty good for a guy who’s not even still here to partake of social media to promote his writing! It’s like the clock that takes a licking but keeps on ticking.

Apparently, the beginning of new centuries spur us onto great happenings, but I couldn’t find anything particularly exciting that happened in 2000. Maybe that makes me like Charles Duell, but certainly not on a par with Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

So, it’s 2016 and I’m still looking for something worthwhile for tomorrow’s blog. And I’m running out of time. But, hopefully, The Wife will still find a way to put something on the table that I’ll enjoy. And I’ll keep looking for another worthwhile blog to craft. Did I say another worthwhile blog? Maybe I should just say a worthwhile blog. For now, hopefully I’ve managed to dodge another bullet. Another “deadline.”

Maybe the third presidential debate tonight will be worth reporting, although I doubt it. Nevertheless, all the professional journalists will pretend there is, will slice and dice it, and will tell us all about it. What would we do without them? The broadcasters and the candidates.


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