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TGIF – March 9, 2018

March 9, 2018

The pot and the kettle.

On March 6, CNN’s Daniela Diaz  “broke” the story that on December 13, 2017  the Congressional Black Caucus wrote a letter to the House Ethics Committee Special Counsel (this is not Robert Mueller’s group), stating they wanted an ethics investigation into members  who were sleeping in their offices, on the grounds that said lawmakers were “…abusing taxpayer money” and further stated the practices   “…reflect negatively on the decorum and credibility of the House as a body and an institution,…”

In addition the story reports there were charges made that members who “sleep over” were “problematic” for female employees. This was of course during the height of the “Me Too” movement publicity, but it intimates that these members sleeping in their offices (including House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy),  might be viewed as would-be sexual predators by female employees.

The CBC numbers among its members two senators, Kamala Harris (D- CA)  and Cory Booker (D-NJ) both of whom have 2020  presidential race ambitions, 2 delegates, and 45 Representatives, including Elijah Cummings, (D-MD) and  Maxine Waters (D-CA), two of a half-dozen or so lawmakers alleged to be closely tied to radical anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan.

To date, as far as we know, the House Ethics Committee  has not taken action on the letter.

Question to self…how long has it been since Congress has been perceived to have either decorum or credibility?

Shifting the blame.

In yesterday’s White House meeting with game developers and retailers, one crucial element seems to have been left out…adults, as in parents.

People looking for static reasons for human violence have been quick to condemn entertainment ever since movies were developed.  In the 1960’s, it was “violent television” i.e. shoot-em-up bang-bang westerns and cops and robber series, today it’s video games.

President Trump mentioned that he looks at what his 11-year-old son is watching and playing on the internet and he’s astounded by how violent they are.

So, with all due respect sir, why is Barron watching them?

In my long ago days as a child, I quickly learned that a family is not a democracy.  That went for TV as well. I was allowed to pick two hours a week of TV I wanted to watch.  Imagine limiting today’s kids to two hours a week of interaction with their handheld plastic brains.

There is no doubt that disturbed people of any age can have their delusions reinforced by hours upon hours of watching and interacting with violent games. After all, they live inside their heads, not out in the real world.

There is something unique that the internet does bring to the discussion of violence, and that is the disappearance of face-to-face human interaction.

It’s a lot less fun to mouth off to someone standing right in front of you than it is to spout garbage with your fingers, but that’s true of most online interactions, not just violent games.

On a positive note.

Kyle Kashuv probably isn’t a household name. Perhaps he should be, because out of all the anger and recrimination and political posturing that has followed the Parkland shooting, Kyle, along with two others, has created something positive.

The Reachout app is designed to allow students to mentor and befriend each other. Appearing briefly on “Fox and Friends”  this morning, Kyle was given a few seconds to mention the free app, and the fact that there is a website going up. It can also be found on Twitter @TheReachOutApp.

The idea of peer-to-peer support groups isn’t new, but apparently Kyle feels that it might help others in his area. He did mention that there are sometimes too few counselors available in the schools.

Statistics back him up, since a recent study reports that each school counselor in our schools nationwide has about 450 students to serve.

This is social media providing that missing human touch we mentioned above.

Maybe the kids will listen to each other. It’s all too obvious there were no adults listening before.

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