So Much to Say, So Little Time

Ah, the curse of living in interesting times. Professional pundits are having more fun than a man wearing an aluminum foil hat in a room full of conspiracy theorists. Want to start in Mississippi? Sure. We can talk about allegations that Mississippi’s Department of Human Services, which funnels federal welfare money to meet localized needs, gave a professional wrestler over $2 million to fund a faith-based “ministry.” The professional nickname of that wrestler, Ted DiBiase, was “The Million Dollar Man.” Really. You couldn’t put this in a novel or the publisher would say it was unbelievable.

Don’t want to talk about things too close to home? Our current president, intoxicated by the fact that he has been acquitted by the Senate, has declared himself the “chief law enforcement official” in the country. He followed through on this statement by pardoning a slew of white collar criminals, some of them former friends. I’m not sure anybody can overstate the damage he has done to the presidency.

Sick of thinking about the Swamp? Here’s a riveting look at the Heartland Institute, an American thinktank devoted to discrediting the notion that humans have caused climate change. Heartland’s real interests are economic and political. However, it uses the veneer of science to justify policies that will have significantly negative environmental impacts. (I wouldn’t be surprised if our current president gets briefed by Heartland staffers. How else can anyone justify the removal of EPA regulations that have been embraced and useful since the 1970s?)

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7 Responses to So Much to Say, So Little Time

  1. Blake Cheater says:

    It’s a little sad to see $2 million go to a professional wrestler for a faith-based “ministry.” First off, what happened to separation of church and state? Second, I’m no social worker or economist, but I could think of one thousand other better ways to spend that money. How about upgrading a few educational facilities, creating new opportunities for the unemployed to find work, or anything other than giving money to a pro-wrestler. What’s a little more worrying is Trump’s attitude toward the criminal justice system. It seems as if he believes he can’t get in trouble after being acquitted by the senate. The power must have really gone to his head now.

  2. Trey says:

    A professional wrestler earning two million dollars sounds reasonable. What is far from reasonable is giving two million dollars of welfare money, most certainly not meant for a professional ‘entertainer’, to a wrestler. That money needs to go to better places. As for Trump’s actions, no matter how republican minded a person is, there is no supporting him now. Pardoning some friends of his from criminal charges sounds more like a crime that an executive power to me. The Heartland Institute is a terrible sounding place. It’s almost a certainty that humans have impacted the environment. All that institute must do is provide bogus evidence that allows regulations to removed and more money to be made.

  3. Courtenay Sebastian says:

    I’m going to jump on the talk about the wrestler train. I think that is an OUTRAGEOUS amount of money for someone to make who performs criminal acts under a “safe roof”. I honestly don’t see how it is ethical to even do such a thing. Wrestling makes me sick to my stomach and the money paid to them could be much better used by organizations like St.Jude and other hospitals for children. Think about the number of professional wrestlers we have, multiply that by the $2 million dollars: that’s a lot of lives that could be saved instead of wasted.
    Don’t get me started on Politics. Personally, I think everyone is overreacting about the presidential stuff the same way we overreact about the Kardashians and the royal family’s baby.

  4. Alisha Burch says:

    Jim Rohn once said “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” Leadership may be a very difficult task to do, but the actions from Donald Trump only portray to me that his view of leadership is a joke. He can’t comprehend the concepts of the separation of powers, and when your president uses twitter to hire and fire people he absolutely needs on him team, it’s time to wake up and realize how unacceptable his actions as president have been.

  5. Gracie Rowland says:

    Jesus Christ this post made me want to cry. From using FEDERAL WELFARE MONEY to help support a “faith based” wrestler (whatever the hell kind of gimmick), to clear corruption of the justice system by pardoning criminals without sound cause, to the existence of Heartland Institute, a facility that goes against numerous ethical and logical rules of actual science. Some days, humanity looks bright and a window of hope opens, and other days we have a president who’s a corrupt narcissist. Oh wait, that’s everyday.

    • Gracie Rowland says:

      Okay I typed this comment rather angrily and rather fast, so please excuse the numerous grammar errors and run on sentence. I’m sorry 🙁

  6. Piper Britt says:

    Ahhh yes, people did not cause global warming…. it just happened? It is infuriating to think that there are people who still refuse to believe that we caused global warming, like put on your big boy pants and help us deal with the issue that you, your parents, and your grandparents helped cause. Ahhhh Mississippi gave the money that could be used to help make sure that kids do not go hungry to a professional wrestler, UUUUUMMMMMM what? what is that wrestler doing for our community? Nothing! So, why should he get the money that is supposed to be used to help the community? He’s not. Maybe decisions like this are why Mississippi is the poorest state

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