Thursday, June 23, 2005

A Sad Achievement

I'm a cynic; I freely admit it. Like Harlan Ellison says, "I love humans - it's the human race I can't stand." So I always feel that no matter how low some person goes, someone else will manage to get out a shovel, a pick and a jackhammer and go lower.

However, I had imagined that John Edward, the fake psychic, had managed to claim the tarnished crown with regards to using 9/11. He achieved this by announcing he would have a pay-per-view special where he would contact the victims. (He also managed to grab a place of dishonor in the Terri Schiavo ordeal, when Fox News interviewed him to see how Terri was feeling. As my wife pointed out, "Doesn't that mean she's dead already?" However, even allowing for the logical gaps, we must be impressed that he managed to ooze his way onto the dishonor list, given the high pedigree and low decency of people already on it. Social climbing for slime.)

My faith in humanity's bottom seeking should have been firmer. Now, Representative Randy "Duke" Cunningham has made a bold move to take that crown, stating: "Ask the men and women who stood on top of the Trade Center,"..."Ask them and they will tell you: pass this amendment."

The amendment that Dukie wants to Ouija the 9/11 victims about? Flag burning. If you feel cold, it's the rush of spirits racing over to Dukie's house to smash the vases and vomit pea soup everywhere.

Oh, and about Dukie's house? There's some controversy about it - like how DID one of his major campaign supporters overpay for Dukie's old house by some 750,000 dollars? And why are they helping to pay for his new housing? It do make you wonder don't it? Talking Points Memo has been all over this story.

Maybe Dukie's hoping the uproar about his comment will overshadow his real estate dealing.

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