"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

What's Going On In the World That Doesn't Involve A Weiner

Scandal distracts us from what ought to be our priorities.   Our prurient reactions to a Congressman being caught with his hand in the candy jar (or, in this case, with his dingus on Twitter) keeps us from focusing on what else is going on in the world that could be crucial.   For instance, there's this story:
Yemen appeared to tip closer to all out civil war on Wednesday as government troops and opposition tribesmen battled to control key positions in the capital and foreign diplomats boarded planes to flee.
 And this one:

The International Atomic Energy Agency last week presented a report to its board that laid out new information on what it calls “possible military dimensions” of Iran’s nuclear program, clarifying the central issue in the long clash between Tehran and the West over nuclear technology.
The nine-page report raised questions about whether Iran has sought to investigate seven different kinds of technology ranging from atomic triggers and detonators to uranium fuel. Together, the technologies could make a type of atom bomb known as an implosion device, which is what senior staff members of the I.A.E.A. have warned that Iran is able to build.
And then there's always this, which needs no explanation:

Congressman Anthony Weiner is, well, a weiner, but he's sort of right (albeit in a ridiculously self-serving way) that we ought not get distracted by trivial scandals about Congressmen's twittering proclivities, and ought to remain focused on the big issues that are threatening our country.   On the other hand, the same argument suggests that men like Weiner ought to have better things to do with their time than sending pictures of their dongs to college girls.   Just sayin'.  

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