Allow me, if you will, a few disjointed thoughts that weren’t long enough for a column, but were worth some type of mention in this space:
• The best snide comment I’ve heard from people who hate the Occupy Wall Street protests is that you have thousands of people protesting the excesses of capitalism, and getting the word out via their iPhones.
The comment’s funny, no doubt. But the only people I seem to hear it from were fans of tea party gatherings who never noticed many in attendance were people on Medicare telling the government to stay out of health care.
I think both groups inadvertently point us to the biggest problem — Americans are largely more concerned with being right than we are with solving problems.
• Can we pass some kind of rule that we can’t just add the suffix, “gate,” to add false importance to every single minor controversy?
I visited a friend in Albuquerque on Sunday, and got to see the closing minutes of San Francisco’s 25-19 comeback win over the previously undefeated Detroit Lions.
We changed channels before the 49ers ran out the final few seconds, so I never saw “HANDSHAKE-GATE,” where San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh gave Detroit coach Jim Schwartz a hard handshake and slap on the back. Schwartz took offense and chased Harbaugh down the field, but they were separated before anybody exchanged more than words.
On the car trip home, all sports radio could talk about was, “HANDSHAKE-GATE.” I listened for a full hour and heard about this non-story a dozen times, but didn’t hear a single word about the St. Louis Cardinals being one win away from the World Series.
It would be hypocritical of me, but maybe I should call this item, “Shoulda changed the channel-gate.”
• Anybody who spammed my Facebook wall this summer with photos of 100-degree temperature readings from their car dashboards has no right to complain because we’ve got a little cold front. I will not argue this.
• Speaking of Facebook, allow us a little bit of self-promotion. We added new staff Facebook pages. Find me by using the email address below.
We’re still figuring out what we want to do with the sites, and I’m seeing what I can do myself. I’m considering posting my weekly Ticket movie reviews, and a few notes on items that didn’t get into a story for reasons explained in each respective note.
So far, I know I’m allowed to post links to stories, reach out for sources on upcoming stories and solicit ideas for stories. By contract, I’m not allowed to solicit readers to bring food to the office with the promise of a story about how awesome they are.
Kevin Wilson is a columnist for Freedom New Mexico. He can be contacted at 763-3431, ext. 313, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org