Mrs. Elecpencil and I have been going to the Ellsworth Berry Farm outside of Canfield. We picked both good-sized blueberries and raspberries. I give the farm two blue thumbs up.
While picking the other day I heard an interesting conversation coming from a nearby berry row. It involves a young boy and what seemed to be a lady who was babysitting him for the day. The boy said, “I’ve watched “Family Guy.” You could tell by the way he said it that he knew it was an adult show he shouldn’t be watching. He then asked the woman with him, “Do you live near any black people?” She replied, “No, but I work with some.” He continued, “Would you want to live by any?” She said, “Just help me pick and then I’ll take you to McDonalds.”
I thought the woman missed a good opportunity to teach the boy that people should be judged on an individual basis not by skin color. Then again not being the boy’s mother she might not have felt it was her place. I hope the woman tells the parents about the boy’s questions and they can teach the boy how racism is wrong. That is unless the boy heard racist comments from his parents at home.
Let me give you a case in point where a kid ended up as a racist because his mother is a known racist and a homophobe. You might have heard about Dr. Laura Schlessinger who gives relationship advice on the radio. She has a Ph.D in physiology not psychology which makes her advice not professional. The fact she was estranged from her sister and mother for decades does not stop her from giving advice on relationships to others and stressing family values. Let’s say you call her to ask her a question about how to deal with your mother. What you need to know is that her mother was dead two months before anyone found her. That should tell you that you’d get better advice by dialing a wrong number.
Laura got a radio show by sleeping with a married radio shock jock for two years. She posed for nude photos for him that he has posted on the web. She next had an affair with a married professor who had three children. She moved in with him for nine years until she got pregnant and married him. The “good” doctor calls other women who do this “shack up honeys.” If you think all this makes her unqualified to host a radio show you’re dead wrong. It also qualified her to write columns, be a best-selling author and get a TV show. Only in America can hypocrisy make you a wealthy star.
Dr. Schlessinger has made homophobic statements on the radio. She said that gays who wanted to raise children were pedophiles. She claimed a huge portion of gay males were predatory on young boys. In March 2000 she made a public apology on her radio show about her gay comments. The apology was withdrawn two weeks later when it was not wholeheartedly accepted. So how sincere was she? She has trashed military wives as being whiners. She claims her family has good values because they follow the Ten Commandments. Her latest debacle just the other day showed her racist side. Listen to the taped call to her show parts one and two for her racist statements here.
Dr. Laura signs off her radio program saying, “I’m my kids mom.” She is indeed and truer words were never spoken. She has spoken about Deryk her “warrior” son who is in the Army in Afghanistan. The “warrior” got in trouble in 2007 for somethings he posted on his MySpace page. The postings included: racial epithets against Arabs, talk of illegal drug use, and cartoons depicting murder, torture, rape and child molestations. It included this statement “Yes . . . F—ING Yes!!! I LOVE MY JOB, it takes everything reckless and deviant and heathenistic and just overall bad about me and hyper focuses these traits into my job of running around this horrid place doing nasty things to people that deserve it . . . and some that don’t.”…”
Maybe, you are thinking you could excuse this as the strain of being in a war zone. Well, he had the same deviant attitude before joining the army. Here he is at the 2004 GOP convention throwing a female protester to the floor and kicking her. “Warrior” you say Dr. Laura? No, he’s a punk ass and a disgrace to all our fine young men in the military service. He definitely is “his mother’s son.” Ten Commandments and family values indeed.
There is a lot of family values hypocrisy going around. Newt Gingrich’s second ex-wife, Marianne has been doing interviews about what a hypocrite Newt is. Newt was having an affair on her while he was attacking Clinton for his affair with Monica Lewinsky. Marianne had asked him how could he be such a hypocrite. He replied, “It doesn’t matter what I do, people need to hear what I have to say. There’s no one else who can say what I can say. It doesn’t matter what I live.” If you remember Newt got to be Speaker of the House after he forced Jim Wright to resign after ethical fund-raising charges. Newt resigned from congress and as Speaker of the House in 1998. During Newt’s term as speaker, the Ethics Committee found him guilty of laundering donations through charities with the highest fine ever imposed on a Speaker of the House, $300,000.
Though Newt was disgraced this has not stopped him from verbally attacking President Obama. As the 2012 election approaches, he has raised as much money as all of his potential rivals combined. He also sits atop the polls for the Republican presidential nomination. Only in America could such a sleaze bag be considered presidential material.
Locally, we have people who support putting the “con” in congress by supporting felon Jim Traficant for congress. Could that happen? Once again, only in America. It seems that no matter whether a skeleton comes out of the closet or a huge elephant is in the room no one will notice it if the lighting is right.
I remember a woman who was telling me what a bad influence rap music had been on her son. She said, “All they sing about is money, gold and drugs.” I knew this woman was a Rush Limbaugh listener. I was thinking Rush was a drug user, signed a contract in 2008 for $400 million for the next eight years and promotes buying gold. The only difference I could see is the rappers go to jail for drug use and aren’t family values hypocrites.
My point is that we need to set good examples for our children. We need to talk to our children. We need to teach them that racism, homophobia, violence, greed, hunger for power and corruption are not acceptable “family values.” They are not the kinds of ideas that will enable our children to get ahead in America. Or are they? I say not but it seems I am proven wrong about this on a daily basis as the scum seems to rise to the top…..only in America.
I just went to a friend’s birthday house party. Singer/songwriter Jann Klose was there entertaining us with some great original music. He has one of the best voices you’re going to hear and comes to our valley a few times a year. I highly recommend you check him out. I will post the next time he is coming to town.
Jann Klose: BlackBox
also: Doing Time
To nourish children and raise them against odds is in any time, any place, more valuable than to fix bolts in cars or design nuclear weapons.- Marilyn Frenc