These are the voices from across the land.
In a desert village a purported tyrant is found hiding in an ice chest. Like the fugitive mail bomber he is bearded and described in media accounts as “haggard-looking.” The television people talk about what the capture means. The stock market, where rhetoric and PR die hard deaths, does little to react.
Agency capture is what it’s called when industries overtake the agencies meant to regulate them.
A ticket to see the Rancid punk show in San Diego still only costs only $15 after all these years. This, their fans say, is why the Easy Bay quartet sell out the all-ages venue next door to the sports arena. Some of the fans go to see if the band has “sold out” because one of the members wrote songs for a popular pop singer.
In Detroit, the leader of the Lions professional sports organization repeatedly yells “faggot” at a former employee. Actually, it’s not in the Detroit that you and I think of but in tonier outposts around the city where the man works. They say, take it easy, he’s an ex-football player, that’s how these guys are.
A human recourses administrator sends out e-mail about the upcoming company Christmas party and receives negative feedback for not highlighting the non-denominational nature of the party. Excuse me, she writes in the next e-mail, the company HOLIDAY PARTY.
No, this is a joke e-mail, you think. They are making fun of American sensitivities. They are making fun of people who are not white and Christian and expect the great Melting Pot to accept all culture and ideas.
A football game will begin on a Monday night, and millions of dollars will be wagered. There will be several winners, including those who take the bets.
The kids keep studying for their finals, preparing to enter the world of adults and see how the hard work will pay off. Watch them burn fantastic.
Don’t look over your shoulder. Well, maybe take a peek and see if you like what’s coming.