After a very busy past few weeks of papers and classes, including writing the Comprehensive Exam essay (for my Master’s) and an intense summer session last week, I felt more intellectually drained than I normally do after my class sessions at Pacifica. I have been spending the time since I returned recharging my batteries. I had hoped to return to blogging on Monday, but had a lot of busy work to attend to.
There are a number of important issues that I’d like to address, notably the primaries today — and not just in Connecticut, but also in Georgia and Michigan where gay conservatives have a real dilemma between Joe Schwarz, a gay-friendly Republican incumbent who happens to be one of the most liberal members of the GOP caucus, and his more fiscally conservative opponent, Tim Walberg, who is regrettably very social conservative as well. If I lived in Michigan’s Seventh Congressional District, I’d probably pinch my nose and vote for Schwarz. But, if he loses tomorrow, it won’t be just because he voted against the Marriage Protection Act (MPA).
And of course, there’s Israel’s War against the Terrorist Group Hezbollah and the incredible media bias in covering that conflict. And the meltdowns of Andrew Sullivan and Mel Gibson. The media-obsession with the boorish celebrity has at least made Gibson’s angry rant more entertaining.
I have long been a fan of his films, notably Braveheart. And I have learned to see past the angry attitudes of other entertainers to enjoy their work. I wonder now if I will see Gibon’s portrayal of Scottish hero WIlliam Wallace in a different light after having learned what he said when he vented his spleen to police officers last week.
I take heart that Gibson has apologized for his actions and offered to meet with Jewish groups. I will wait to learn the outcome of those meetings before again gaining a favorable opinion of the man. He should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law for driving under the influence, but the First Amendment protects his right to express his feelings, hateful as they may be.
I expect that’s all I have to say about l’affaire Gibson, but hope to blog on the other topics mentioned above in the next few days.