I don’t know about you, but my headline news feed (real news, not social media news) gets crazier every day. Here’s a little look at some stuff I’ve seen recently. I’ll start light and move on to the big stuff. Because once I talk about the big stuff the silly stuff seems even more ridiculous.
Unreal housewives, moronic husbands and sex toys
As an early viewer of several “Real Housewives” shows, one-by-one I’ve dropped them as each degenerated into silly women behaving badly, as producers fed them more and more alcohol. It got boring. One of the last to go from my list was Orange County.
But even though I no longer watch, I still see their news, which is how I learned ex-housewife Megan Edmonds and her husband, Jim, are getting a divorce. Now, the sites I follow that expose secrets long before they become public (Epstein, for example, more than a decade ago) strongly hinted in recent years that Hubby Jim simply couldn’t keep it in his pants. And now, it’s hit the fan with charges he was in an inappropriate relationship with their cute, young nanny. (Megan, dear, whatever possessed you to hire cute, young nannies when you had to know Jimmy had a roving eye? SMH.)
The thing is, these people simply do not know when to shut up. Jim has decided to wage a media war by getting People magazine on his side and even called the cops last week when his soon to be ex came home after having a couple cocktails. He was “afraid for the kids.” It’s all publicity and when it’s played by amateurs, which is what is happening now, it’s ugly and stupid. (Did you know I was in the publicity game before I retired? Yes, for more than 30 years so I do know a bit about what a bad strategy this is)
Megan is over explaining, Jim is showing the world just what a jerk he is …and so it goes. To them both, I say “Grow the fuck up” –people get divorced every day without these stupid, transparent media ploys.
About those vibrators
Which brings me to Carole Radziwill, the ex-NY “housewife” who was married to JFK,Jr’s cousin and published an absolutely beautifully written memoir which is rumored to have been ghostwritten by someone else. I believe it, too—because I bought her second book, expecting it to be written in the same stunning way–and it wasn’t. The voice was completely different, lending credence to the fact that some other talented writer got the job of writing that first lovely memoir. Oh, how I wish I knew who that was!
But I digress.
Now, after her husband, Anthony Radziwill died she didn’t work again, yet she’s got a seriously $$$$$ wardrobe. So Carole has to have inherited some significant dough. However, the tacky Housewives show (NYC) she joined clearly opened entirely new worlds to her. Now she is an Instagram “influencer” for any number of products. Just look at her Instagram feed, which, when not full of provocative poses in expensive clothes she’s touting depicts her doing things that she promotes. Like hotels. Then lies about promoting them. “This is not an ad!!” Well, maybe it’s not strictly the sale of space, but it is definitely paid promotion.
Sigh. Oh, Carole, we didn’t just fall off the turnip truck. You may have been the smartest girl in some NYC housewife living rooms, but you are not always the smartest girl in every room. Certainly not in MY room.
The latest product she’s shilling is just priceless: a necklace that is also a vibrator. I shit you not. Oh, dead hubby Anthony is ROLLING in his grave. So is JackieO, her aunt-in-law. Not to mention M-I-L Lee Radziwill, who passed not that long ago. before she could get her own vibrator necklace. And it’s not just the product that is ridiculous–it was the silly story she told about being on a plane, realizing she’d forgotten her favorite vibrator and having one shipped to her on her trip. I mean, silly, silly, silly. And unlikely.
Now, a few questions. First, who would want to wear a sex toy around their neck? Certainly no one related to the elegant Lee Radziwill. Second, the necklace is low profile. I mean, almost dainty. Just wondering how effective a vibrator would be if it’s barely larger than a bobby pin. If you can get off that easily, why do you even need a vibrator? Just saying.
Whenever someone comments that shilling for this with a not very believable story is completely classless, she accuses them of being uncomfortable talking about sex. It’s hilarious–a page out of Trump’s playbook.
When they comment that her dead M-I-L and aunt are frowning from heaven, she’s all “How dare you talk about my family in that way! They are kind and non-judgmental!” Well…can we talk about the accused rape, the alcohol and drugs, and all the other infamous Kennedy sins? No? Then you can’t get outraged when others point out how ridiculous you are.
And finally,Carole, if this is the best you can do after enjoying a few years of high-profile publicity as a “Real” Housewife, well, you must NOT have actually written that great book. Or maybe you’re just lazy. Then again, who can deny you your 15 minutes of profitable fame? The only cost is your dignity. If you’re good with that, well, ok then.
So much for class and poise. Too bad because once, I did respect her. After I read that memoir she didn’t actually write.
But now, more serious things. Significant things.
Middle-school violence, gaming & hunting
As I write this, I learned that three middle-school age gamers were arrested as they made plans to shoot and kill at their middle school not far from my hometown. Those would be boys ages 11 through 13.
They’re getting younger.
Seems to me that the violent games horse left the barn a long, long time ago. It’s past time do do something about the amount of violence kids consume in games and all sorts of media, including film and video.
As a fan of the show, North Woods Law, I’ve learned a lot about hunting, and while I’m not a proponent of killing animals for sport, I have to wonder if kids who hunt and fish might have fewer incidents of gun violence simply because they see the consequence of shooting to kill.
Gamers just blow up everything on the screen. It’s not real. There are no consequences. You don’t see real agony or real blood. It’s all just on screen. Same with violent games. It can’t be good for kids.
This must stop.
A lunatic is in charge of the asylum
From the Washington Post article on A Warning, a book by Anonymous, who is believed to be a conservative Republican in the Administration horrified about what he sees at the helm of our nation:
“The author…describes Trump careening from one self-inflicted crisis to the next, “like a twelve-year-old in an air traffic control tower, pushing the buttons of government indiscriminately, indifferent to the planes skidding across the runway and the flights frantically diverting away from the airport.
The author describes senior officials waking up in the morning “in a full-blown panic” over the wild pronouncements the president had made on Twitter.It’s like showing up at the nursing home at daybreak to find your elderly uncle running pantsless across the courtyard and cursing loudly about the cafeteria food, as worried attendants tried to catch him,” the author writes. “You’re stunned, amused, and embarrassed all at the same time. Only your uncle probably wouldn’t do it every single day, his words aren’t broadcast to the public, and he doesn’t have to lead the US government once he puts his pants on.”
This is from a conservative Republican, folks. That guy in the Oval is batshit crazy. Get a clue.
I’ll just say flat out that if you are not alarmed by his actions, if you still support this corrupt, incompetent man, well, you can’t be very smart. If you don’t see that he is making mockery of our democracy and trying to destroy it and our Constitution? You need some remedial schooling in history.
So go join Carole Radziwill in the Dunce’s Corner. She’s got a necklace you’ve got to buy.
That’s a glance at the news of the day on my media. How about yours?