Friday’s Odds and Ends

Talk about super sensitivity. I know we do have to be respectful of other people in how we act and what we say, but this recent item made me wonder if we have gone too far.  Texas State Representative Rafael Anchia  demanded that a candidate running for the Texas congress apologize for calling a rival candidate an “errand-boy” for big county employers. Anchia said, “Describing a 41-year old African American male as a boy in any context is unacceptable and offensive.”

First of all, the word “boy” in that context does not have the same meaning or implication as when it was used as a derogatory term when white people said that to black people out of bigotry. Secondly, being called an errand-boy is equally insulting to any successful white, brown, black, purple person in the world. If we keep nit-picking like that, pretty soon we won’t be able to say anything without fear of being called out for insulting some group.

“My endorsement evolved,” says Herman Cain in explaining why he is now supporting Mitt Romney as the eventual GOP nominee for president after his earlier endorsement of “the American people” and Newt Gingrich.

That makes a good soundbite. And apparently a number of political PR people are on the same page as we have heard lots of “evolving” from lots of politicians, even the president whose stand on gay marriage “evolved.” However, the bottom line is that “evolving” is simply a way to do what is most beneficial politically. In the case of Herman Cain, should Romney win the nomination and then go on to win the White House, think of the favors  owed back to Cain. So much for the concern for “the American people.”

And now on a lighter note. We are preparing for the Nite of Comedy at the art center where I am the Theatre Director. I work with an incredible troupe of actors, and my young players are terrific. Last night we had a brainstorming session to write some skits, and the kids came up with some great stuff. It made me think of those neighborhood shows my friends and I used to put on in my basement and how much fun we had doing that. Remember those?

Our show will include one-liners that the players will pop on stage and deliver – “Laugh-In” style for those who remember that show. Here are just a few:

If man evolved from monkeys and apes, why do we still have monkeys and apes?
 What was the best thing before sliced bread?
 Why is the alphabet in that order? Is it because of that song?
Why is there an expiration date on sour cream?
How is it possible to have a civil war?
 If the “black box” flight recorder is never damaged in a place crash, why isn’t the whole airplane made of that stuff?

Have a great weekend.

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