That's right. I love you guys so much I'm posting at night...on a Friday, when I should be out getting my
Friday Saturday Night Fever on.
I can't do that on Saturday, 'cause I plan to be watching the new Chris Rock stand-up special on HBO. More on that come Monday.
But enough about my leisure time.
I'm writing this post from the temporary home of Burnettiquette World Headquarters: a Marriott Residence Inn a few miles from home. We'll be here a couple of days while our house is tented for stupid termites.
Anywho, there are a few things/people/issues I wanna touch on, and then I'm gonna go back to vegetating for the evening:
- Just finished watching the first presidential debate. I'm callin' it a draw, 'cause McCain didn't come off as too curmudgeonly...in my opinion, of course, and he held his own during money talk by hammering Obama on earmarks. On the flip side, Obama didn't let himself get bullied on foreign affairs issues and even parried McCain well when McCain criticized him as reckless for threatening to go into the Stans uninvited in pursuit of terror suspects. Obama reminded McCain that he too has made similar threats, and relatively recently at that. No doubt you'll all disagree with me and insist that one guy or the other won. But I don't care, 'cause I'm voting for Dave Barry anyway. So I say it was a draw.That's my word and I'm sticking with it.
- Once again prosecutors in Los Angeles County have demonstrated why Average Joes in the rest of the United States laugh scornfully when we hear that celebrities have been arrested for anything remotely related to criminal activity. We know that a celebrity would have to feed a newborn baby to a Grizzly Bear, a Grizzly shooting up heroin while in the process of car-jacking an elderly woman, in order to get seriously prosecuted. Those tough-as-nails prosecutors have announced that rapper Kanye West will not face felony charges after being caught on tape snatching a guy's camera, scuffling over it, and destroying the apparently expensive camera. They say the guy was paparazzi, but we don't know that. Could've been Joe Citizen, who happened to have a camera on him and was excited to see his favorite rapper's favorite rapper. I admit though if the guy was paps, then I'm biased and not that sympathetic to the loss of his camera. I know. It's hypocritical of me. Anyway, West might face lesser, misdemeanor charges. Prosecutors also announced that actor Shia LaBeouf, who has had issues with booze and driving recently, will not be charged with DUI in relation to an auto accident a couple of months ago in which LaBeouf allegedly was under the influence. He flipped and wrecked his own vehicle in the process, and he had a passenger. She could've been killed. Shocker: Prosecutors cited insufficient evidence. At most, he'll lose his license for nine months. Some of you say leave the celebs alone 'cause they're people too and they're only getting the same treatment regular folks would if faced with the same legal scrutiny. Keep telling yourself that. But even if you're right - and I don't concede that - you don't have to be religious to get this principle: "to whom much is given, much is required." So until that concept is grasped and justice re-balances her scales in L.A. County, remember if you want to drive drunk, or feed a baby to a bear on a unicycle, do it in the Los Angeles area. You may get a parade.
- Some of you may remember a post I did last week about a former Miami Herald reporter who was under scrutiny for an apparent inappropriate relationship she had with a school district official, when her job was to report on the school district. Based on email exchanges between the pair that were leaked it appears the former reporter and the official may have had an affair and may have had a "gentleman's" agreement to scratch each other's backs to help advance both their careers. You'll remember that the school official initially insisted the emails were fake, and he called for an investigation into whether they were legit. Less than a week later he admitted they were real, but insisted that in spite of the racy nature of some of the exchanges, there was no affair and he and the reporter were simply being playful with one another. Next he insisted that the reporter may have sent him inappropriate emails but he didn't necessarily remember them. Finally, he said that the emails were of a personal nature and it was inappropriate for him to discuss them in great detail. So, let's fast-forward: The reporter, who left the Herald for the Boston Globe last year was compelled to quit her Globe job a couple days ago to "pursue other opportunities." The school official? He's the new superintendent of Miami-Dade Public Schools, the fourth largest public school district in the U.S. That's right. He got promoted? And with a straight face, now he's asking that an investigation into the emails go on, but he wants it focused apparently on how they were leaked, not whether they're real. Seriously, M-D School Board, I don't cover you so I can say this: Forget the affair if you want, since some folks will argue that part was personal and between consenting adults. But fire this man, anyway. He lied from the beginning, and if he can't be straight on a string of emails, what kind of example is he setting for kids who are constantly told to be above-board in their behavior?