Person One: Lauren Caitlin Upton
Well Lauren Caitlin Upton sure made the news. Miss South Carolina was asked a question concerning how a large number of Americans cannot find the United States on the map. She started down the wrong path when she began surmising that the problem was that too many people didn't have maps. After that her answer really went south. Badly. Very badly.
She's 18 years old and very pretty. She was on national TV and had a bad case of brain freeze at the worst possible time. She's been called dumb. She's been called blonde. People have had their laughs. But she's 18 years old. People need to cut this girl a break and get over the fact that she made a mistake. It's easy when TV hosts laugh at her; they're on national TV all the time. But she's an average girl who is very pretty and was in a beauty contest. First time on national TV and her brain froze. Again. Cut her a break.
Person 2: Lisa Nowak
She drove across the country to confront a woman who was dating a man she secretly loved. In the end no one was hurt, she was arrested and humiliated across the country.
Lisa Nowak is a naval officer who was also an astronaut and flew into space on the space shuttle in 2006. She had gone through a painful divorce and had a school girl crush and pretty much lost it. If you read the events of that day it becomes painfully evident that she lost it. She flipped out and was majorly dumb.
She is pleading temporary insanity and, frankly, I hope this works. I truly do. This story to me reminds me that we have very smart people enlist in the armed services and who willingly serve their nation by flying into space---an incredibly dangerous and stressful job. When they lose it, when they unravel, we are there to completely destroy them. Lisa Nowak is a reminder that we seem to delight in shooting our wounded. My heart really goes out to her.
Person 3 Senator Larry Craig
The problem with running on family values...
The problem with getting on TV and calling then President Bill Clinton, "a naughty boy..."
The problem with being anti-gay when you are gay...
I actually feel sorry for this guy to a point. It is painfully obvious that he did what he pleaded guilty to. It is painfully obvious that he is highly embarrassed by this whole story.
It has been thought by many for a long time that Senator Craig was and is gay. But he ran on an anti-gay platform and was gung-ho traditional family values. (Not quite sure what those are, but, okay.)
His friends and colleagues are showing their love and support by guiding him to the gangplank. His friends are suggesting that he take a long walk down a short pier. Mitt Romney, demonstrating his compassion, fired him from his campaign and blamed Bill Clinton. You have to be impressed by Romney's sheer chutzpah on that one.
The biggest problem I have with this man is hypocrisy. I frankly do not care what his sexual orientation is. I just wish:
He'd be honest to his wife and family.
He'd be honest to the people.
He'd be honest to himself.
And he'd apologize to those people he bashed.
Hypocrisy is deadly. I suspect he's finding that out.