Archive for December, 2010

It’s *always* Someone Else’s Fault

The title of the article below sums up the story quite well:

In Plea for Leniency, Child Sex Abuser Says Relationship With Priest is Linked to His Pedophilia.

In the ever-declining moral state of our society, taking responsibility for one’s actions is a rare occurrence. Even more shamefully, a supposed missionary now claims that his wicked acts against innocent youth are the result of:

…his relationship with an unidentified priest when he was a student at Fairfield University in Connecticut — coupled with his sexual identity issues, the sudden death of his father and his struggles with alcoholism — acted as “complex forces that led him to stray from his normally sound moral footing.”

While the defendant in this case states that he “freely acknowledges that he is responsible and answerable for his misconduct”, it’s obvious from his attempts to lessen his sentence that his acknowledgment of responsibility is worthless.

Any person who can commit such unspeakable acts against the most helpless members of society deserves no less than death. This man–if he can even be described as such–should feel fortunate that the potential penalty for his crimes doesn’t include the death penalty.

–the civil commentator


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You’re Not *that* Important

Frustrated celebs get back on Twitter thanks to donation from Stewart Rahr –

As evidenced in the above linked story, celebrity is what we have always really known, but hesitated to acknowledge. Celebrity is ephemeral, and those who occupy the spotlight do so for only a short time. Out of sight, out of mind.

Unfortunately for these celebrities, and for us; this lesson won’t take.

People like Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Usher, and Ryan Seacrest will continue to stay in the gossip columns, and people will continue to sponsor the media that reports their “stories”.

Each of the above named persons at least makes a contribution to society in some form of a product. Certain music or media may be short-lived, but it can at least be quantified.

On the other hand, people like Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton, are famous simply for being famous.

As mentioned in the story, in the case of Kim Kardashian, she actually nets $10,000 per tweet, and with being away from the twitter-sphere for nearly a week, she was probably losing about $100,000 per day of her absence. Take stock of that for just a moment. You work 8 hours a day, 5 (or more) days a week, 52 weeks a year, and you make less than what Kim Kardashian makes in one day’s worth of tweets. A tweet is limited to 140 characters–not words–characters. The average length of a word in the English language has been calculated to be 5.1 characters. So for typing less than 275 words–about the length of this post up to this point–Kim Kardashian makes $100,000.

Maybe, *just* maybe, it’s time to rethink what is of true importance in life. Realizing that if you don’t read *that* story about whats-his-name or whats-her-face, that this monstrosity that we call celebrity might die. Focusing a little (or a lot) less on them and focusing more on this or this or this might make the world a better place.

We can only hope.

–the civil commentator

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