EXAMINER PUBLICATIONS – FEBRUARY 20, 2008
By Rich Trzupek
•Last week’s tragic shooting at Northern Illinois University emphasizes, to this reporter, one lesson above all: if you need mental health meds – take ’em.
And your humble correspondent speaks from experience. This year marks two decades since I first went on medication to control my bi-polar disorder.
I have made no secret of that fact over the years, because I – in some small way – hope that I could be part of removing the stigma that too many people associate with getting help for mental disorders. It’s silly. Your brain can get sick, just like any other part of your body. Why not take advantage of modern medical science and fix it?
The NIU shooter was, by most accounts, an engaging, friendly and even helpful fellow, when he was on his meds. It’s terribly sad, for him, his family and especially his victims, that he didn’t stay on them.
•Watching this year’s Presidential contest, it occurred to me that there is one candidate who wouldn’t stand a chance in the 2008 election, if he ran.
Since he can charitably be described as “plain looking” (at best), he would be horrible on television, not too mention his annoying, high-pitched, squeaky voice. Plus, you have the fact that his wife is something of a flake and prone to bullying the help.
Yep, there’s no way that this man could be elected in 2008. Fortunately, the voters in 1860 were a little smarter and we have the 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, to remember today.
•Chelsea “pimped out”? Really? Chelsea? You can’t “pimp out” a Buick folks. What a waste of newsprint that “controversy” was.
And correct me if I’m wrong, but did we ever see this degree of outrage when the Bush girls were accused of basically being drunken whores of Babylon? Oh yeah – they’re the daughters of a Republican President.
•When you do the math, it appears that Illinois’ favorite son – or at least Oprah’s favorite guest – is well on his way to the Democratic nomination. Except for those “super delegates” of course.
Fully one third of the delegates to the Democratic National Convention will essentially be delegates at large, the so-called super delegates. It is possible, perhaps even likely, that they – not the voters – will decide who their party’s nominee will be.
Now interestingly, the GOP doesn’t have this kind of structure. But then, we old crabby Republicans are not the self-proclaimed “party of the people”. That would be dem Dems, as long, that is, as you know the right people.
•Was that Ted Kennedy on TV the other day, or was that the Hindenburg, wearing a tie?
•Now that Romney’s gone, it’s certain that we’ll have a Democrat in the White House next year: Hillary, Obama or McCain.
•Who’s the bigger bonehead: the guy who took out an adjustable rate mortgage in the belief that interest rates would never, ever rise again, or the bank that dished out sub-prime loans using the same logic?
My vote goes to the bankers. Presumably, they have finance degrees. From where, God only knows, but finance degrees none-the-less. How is it that, if you or I want to borrow $20,000 from a bank to buy a car, we have to jump through burning hoops and promise our first born for interest payments, but any bozo can stroll into the same bank and buy a $750,000 house with two jellybeans as a down payment?
There are few things stupider, in this reporter’s mind, than people living in a McMansion that contains no furnishings. Quality of life is about more than the number of square feet you own. Is that really so hard to figure out?
•Cubs pitchers and catchers reported to Arizona last week, heralding the start of another disappointing season. It was not reported whether they traveled to Mesa via Donner pass, but – if they get in trouble – I’m betting Zambrano and Pinella will keep the rest going for months…