WHILE MY LIFETIME FOCUS REMAINS THE HUMANITIES, AFTER MANY YEARS OF ACADEMIC WRITING, WITH MY SENSE OF SARCASM HEIGHTENED, I HAVE RE-KINDLED MY INTEREST IN TRAVEL AND HUMOR. I AM NOW WORKING IN THE GENRE OF HUMOR AND RE-VISITING THE BRIGHTER SIDE OF LIFE. OF COURSE, I AM ALSO SEEKING AN AGENT AND A PUBLISHER FOR MY CURRENT WORK IN PROGRESS. IN THE INTERIM, I POST A GREAT DEAL ABOUT THE HUMAN CONDITION.
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow, British resident and self-proclaimed
American political analyst, has entertained us once again, as most Hollywood
celebrities do quite often.
Ms. Paltrow announced her political analysis of world religion in 2012 by stating in public, “I don’t believe in religion.
I believe in spirituality. Religion is the cause of all the problems in the world.
I don’t believe in organized religion at all. It’s what separates people.” She is certainly entitled to that opinion. She
explained to the uninformed residents of the world that religion causes war and no one
should adopt a religion.
Oh oh. She then appeared on the British TV show, “Who
Do You Think You Are?” and proudly announced her Jewish ancestry, declaring
that she would raise her two children Jewish. Well, that’s good. Maybe she saw
the light. She might have discovered that Judaism is not a warrior religion
hell-bent on world domination when someone read The Simpleton Book of Religion and Politics to her at bedtime.
Of course, she continued to exercise her political prowess
and, as you may recall, she hosted a fund raiser for President Obama at her home. That’s a good thing,
especially when she was called upon to give her introductory speech. Oh oh. It did
not go so well. She was, however, capable of outlining the basics of her political expertise
to the leader of the Free World by uttering into the microphone: “You’re so handsome that I can’t speak
I am sure we can all understand and forgive her. Hollywood has. However, on
her recent return from Planet Airhead, Paltrow entertained us once again. She
decided she was an average American – just like some other politicians we know.
Then, Chef Mario Batali challenged the actress to feed her family for a week on
a $29 food budget, which was the same amount low income families receive
through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Since she grew up wealthy, Paltrow set out to
prove she was in touch with those living at the poverty level. She decided to struggle as the poor struggle. Oh
oh. It did not go so well. Her attempt to score political points by accepting
the Food Stamp challenge failed. She did not realize how difficult it is for
poverty-stricken Americans to go four days without organic cilantro.
Gwyneth, in the future, when you and your Hollywood
colleagues consider dabbling in politics, try completing this sentence first: “Render
unto Caesar . . .”
Endemic to China, this little creature, approximately eight
inches in length, is akin to both a rabbit and a panda. Very little is known
about this species of animal. It was discovered in the early 1980s, and has
rarely been spotted since that time. In fact, one had not been seen in twenty
Last summer, after two decades, the Ili pika was finally
sighted and photographed (above) by its original discoverer, Wei-dong Li. The
long-eared, teddy bear-like creature is not out of the woods yet. It is now an
endangered species, since its numbers have dwindled from several thousand to
rarely spotted in the last two decades. Its biggest problem is atmospheric
pollution for which China is famous.
I tried to find out as much as I could about the Ili pika,
but most of the information available online emanates from far-left
environmental websites using the animals’ demise as proof for global warming
claims. From what I can see, however, it is neither West Virginia coal miners,
nor the Canadian Keystone pipeline that threatens this species.
China has no
interest in preventing extinctions by controlling the tremendous amount of pollution its
government causes. The world must rely on “green energy” college graduate
activists without jobs to promise votes to politicians who in turn waste time
passing laws to oversee the use of your living room fireplace.
In the interim, as an animal lover, I remain saddened by the
stupidity of mankind.