Friday, December 12, 2008

Things That Make You Go WTF!

Here lately, I find myself indulging in scandalous language every time I watch the news or read the latest headline. As a matter of fact, my language has been rather blue quite often this year. I keep having WTF moments.

Most recently, upon reading of Illinois Governor Blagojevich's game of The Price Is Right as he attempted to sell former Senator Obama's senate seat, I muttered to myself, WTF. How is it that these presumably intelligent people have incriminating conversations over the telephone and never consider that perhaps the line may be bugged? Tapping phones is certainly nothing new. J. Edgar Hoover perfected the art of eavesdropping on public figures back during the 1960s.

After vowing to clean up my language, I ran across a story detailing the Governor's wife's role in this little scandal and before I could stop myself, out slipped another WTF.

I was rather distressed by this slip up as I had to wash my mouth out with soap earlier this year when Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was making Dream Girl's hit tune, "I'm Telling You I'm Not Going," his theme song. Mayor Kilpatrick's descent into idiocy began in 2003 when he fired two police officers. The officers alleged that they were wrongfully discharged for investigating misconduct on the part of two of the mayor's ex-bodyguards. During the hearing, one of the officers revealed that the mayor was having an affair with his chief of staff, Christine Beatty. Both the mayor and Ms. Beatty (both of whom were married) denied that there was an affair. Dang, wouldn't you know it, there were a few intimate text messages (14,000) exchanged between the mayor and Beatty. The last that I read, the mayor is in a jail cell for the next six months on charges of perjury, civil misconduct, and obstruction of justice.

Can any person with a functional brain really believe that text messaging is a safe and secure method of transmitting information that you don't want seen? WTF!

I was burping bubbles several months ago when Jesse Jackson forgot that his mike was on. It seems to me that if one is wearing a microphone that one should always assume that it is on!

I also slipped into a WTF moment when President Bush announced last week that we were in a recession. Gee, I hadn't noticed.

But my favorite WTF moment resulted as I read the headlines about NY Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress. I don't know any more about guns than I do about football, but it seems to me that one should be careful about carrying a loaded weapon in the waistband of one's sweat pants. I think that cowboys probably wore holsters for a reason. Poor Plaxico shot himself in the leg when his gun began to slide while he was visiting a nightclub. Is it just me, but do any of y'all pack heat when you go out partying? I'm afraid that Plaxico elicited multiple WTF's and I probably need something stronger than soap. Maybe I should gargle with bourbon.

14 comments:

Lisa :-] said...

WTF seems to be my favorite thing to say whenever I watch the news... I don't try to fight it anymore.

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

WTF, interesting entry :o)

Certainly our society has reached new lows and new highs.

cw2smom said...

Great post! Obviously a lot of these folks are stupider than they look and they never heard of what we call the L.A Times (newspaper) test. Which is...If my stupid ass decides to do _______, how's it going to affect me when it come out in the L.A. Times. Then make your decision! But, I am sure you know that one since you're a lawyer! LOL! Again, great writing! Lisa

Dannelle said...

A little WTF humor is needed to deal with some of this. My other reaction is crying over lost babies who never had a chance to grow up. There is too much happening at once to fully comprehend without going a little crazy.
Dannelle

kelly said...

what a great entry.. I don't think you're the only one with the potty mouth these days...LOL... the scary part is that we are supposed to be looking up to these people..and as a society sadly enough voted for them.. If I may add a quote from a great movie.."Stupid is as Stupid does" or something like that... once again...love the way you write..
Kelly~

warrior scout said...

where would we be without explitives?

Beth said...

I must admit to having a mouth on me, and as you pointed out, I've been given plenty of opportunities to use it!

I think there has to be a certain arrogance there, where some of these people believe that either they won't get caught, or that the rules don't apply to them. It's a brave new world out there, folks, with all kinds of newfangled contraptions! In Vegas, it's called the Eye in the Sky, but believe me...we've all got an Eye in the Sky.

Thanks for the grins!
Beth

Marc said...

See, Plaxico Burgess is a Giant, not a Cowboy, otherwise he'd have known about guns.
And I didn't know the phone company kept copies of your texts, even if you and the sender/sendee both deleted them,
You can't push the envelope without it eventually opening. I think often, something deeper (or higher) steps in, when you get tired of the insanity that comes with getting away with things. It's an addiction that's bound to trip you up, because each success just pushes you to go a little farther. I know this from personal experience, but O.J. can tell you as well.

Pen+Ink said...

Hmmmm - you would have to carry a crate of soap around with you if you lived here in South Africa!
Even with my media boycot the odd WTF moment slips in, especially when Bob's name crops up.

Claudia's thoughts said...

I often ask myself...."What were they thinking, and what made them think that ---------would be a good idea??" (fill in the blank) I honestly think when some people get in a position of power they honestly think that they are above the law or the law does not apply to them. I personally think WTF myself...

ADB said...

Politicians and bankers are enough to make you go WTF anytime lol

Cathy said...

Ok Sheria I missed it - you're doing a WTF because politicians are playing by their own rules? It's politics I mean WTF lol! You're too kind, as usual. Without "pay to play" these morons wouldn't know how to legislate or govern or even shake a voter's hand. I'm not condoning it, just explaining it. Wish I could explain it AWAY but we're so entrenched in this back-scratching technique here it's a real humbug. But WTF it's not contagious and we can't change the world, only our little part of it yes? Believe me these brainless fools always get caught - punished is another thing.

The Urban Perspective said...

ROFL!!! I feel you on the WTF moments. Another excellent post by you...and I agree with ALL your points in it.... WTF? LOL LOL LOL

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