They say write what you know. At the moment it's writers block. There is nothing that moves me at the moment in my stockpile of unsubmitted columns and there isn't much in the news to offer meaningful commentary. For example:
The number one news item is the oil spill in the gulf. Most oil rigs never have any notable problems. Eventually, one had to have a major problem. Deepwater Horizon did. The government has severely restricted drilling within 75 miles of shore to minimize the risk of oil from a disaster washing up on shore. Forcing drilling in deep water means disasters are much more difficult to fix and more oil is dumped into the sea. Which is better?
The President hasn't done anything about the oil spill. He didn't even talk about it for weeks. The past president would have been crucified for that. But what can he do? What can any president do about it other than flap their gums? Do we really expect a president to grab a huge crescent wrench and jump in?
Congress can't allow any major news event to happen without manufacturing a way to get in front of the cameras. They have now set up eight separate investigatory commissions to look into the disaster. That will give them months of TV coverage as they yell at people who probably had nothing to do with it while trying to convince us that they are doing something important. Again, no news here.
The family of the newly crowned Miss USA are extensively involved in the terrorist organization Hezbollah, including family members who are high in the leadership. That definitely raises the eyebrows. However, as near as I can tell, it's not the young lady's fault. Is it fair to criticize either her or the judges for her family?
A rocker recently overdosed on Viagra. How do you write about that?
The U.S. just concluded high-level talks with China. At the talks, we repeatedly apologized to the Chinese for OUR human rights violations. Considering the fact that our government has been apologizing to everyone else about everything else, where is the story in that?
Arizona is being boycotted by Los Angeles. Go figure. Arizona is being sued by the ACLU. Big surprise. Illegal aliens are protesting the Arizona law and there are no Immigration officials any where to be found. Nothing new there, either.
The newest nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court is young with little in writing for the Senate to trap her with. That's standard. She may be a lesbian. There is a better than fair chance that two other members of the Court are gay. She's Catholic, but so are all of the other justices who are not Jewish. She's liberal. I'm shocked!
What else is out there?
Sarah Palin has continued to give energy packed speeches "throwing red meat" to her fans. TV and radio have been covering the speeches. The TV still has a blatantly liberal bias. The Radio is still overwhelming conservative. Television is picking on radio and radio is ridiculing TV. Yawn.
An old Chinese curse is "may you live in interesting times." Interesting times are unpredictable and often scary. There hasn't been all that much interesting lately. Perhaps I'll just count my blessings.