It’s a brave new world, folks. Every day we are breaking new ground, discovering new things, learning more about the universe and in general improving the human condition. I am told that soon we will have the Internet wired directly to our toenails. Yeah, it’s grand time to be alive. And it’s especially good to be alive in the good old US of A. This is after all the greatest country in the world. A country so great that you can stand up and call the President a liar, offer to shove a tennis ball down a referee’s throat and interrupt an acceptance speech on national TV to act like a spoiled child that didn’t get his way. Whew! And that was just last week.
I am of course referring in order to the shout out of “You lie!” to President Obama. by Rep. Joe Wilson, the threat by Serena Williams “I’m going to shove this ball down your f---ing throat” and the rapper Kanye West storming the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards, grabbing the mic from Taylor Swift and protesting in support of Beyoncé. Rep. Wilson was of course only using our right to freedom of speech, albeit in a somewhat crude fashion. He had every right, but he is lucky he lives here in the U.S. He should think about Muntadhar al-Zaidi’s fate. Muntadhar al-Zaidi is the Iraqi broadcast journalist who threw his shoes at George W. Bush during a Baghdad press conference. Al-Zaidi was sentenced to three years of prison for assaulting a foreign leader. He served nine months and said he was tortured in prison. But of course Joe didn’t throw anything but insults. He was punished by getting a “resolution of disapproval.” Oooooh. Slap my wrist.
Serena on the other hand had a tennis ball and racquet in her hand. In her possession those are deadly weapons. Williams has been known to hit the ball around 129 mph. She probably should have been arrested for a terroristic threat, because if you saw her interaction with the referee you could clearly see she had murder on her mind.
She got a fine and lost the game. But Kanye West, after ruining the night of Taylor Swift and generally behaving like he was raised by wolves, Kanye got to go on Jay Leno’s new show. He made a pathetic attempt at an apology and then mumbled something about how he was going to “take some time off and just analyze how I’m going to make it through the rest of this life, how I’m going to improve.”
Good idea. Take a long vacation. May I suggest an Iraqi resort? Or then again … I could be wrong.