After the news hit that Jackass star, Ryan Dunn, had killed himself and his passenger in an auto accident, Roger Ebert tweeted: Friends don’t let jackasses drink and drive.
And, the rock throwing began. Mr. Ebert ended up apoligizing for his insensitivity. Oh, boy, here we go again! My biggest pet peeve! Someone who speaks the truth and then has to swallow their words.
Today I saw that Ryan Dunn was indeed driving drunk – more than twice the legal limit – and he was speeding – 132MPH.
Sounds like a jackass to me.
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I awoke yesterday morning to the news that Edward Kennedy died of brain cancer. I am not ashamed to say that I sat down on my couch and cried. I felt as if the nation had lost a favorite uncle. I’m pretty sure all those Kennedy kids — who are now Kennedy adults — looked up to him, as they lost their own fathers. From his eulogy of his brother, Robert, to his endorsement of President Obama, Senator Kennedy spoke with power, passion and love of country. He seemed to gather us in his arms and let us know that all would be all right, much like a beloved uncle would.
What upset me so much this morning and as the day went on is the sad fact that Teddy Kennedy will never be able to tell America that we’ll get through it — whatever it may be — again. That our troubles are a mere bump on the road to our grand future.
My heart goes out to the Kennedy family.
Then, when I thought my day could not get much worse, I come home, flip to CNN and find out that Dominick Dunne passed away. I loved his show on Court (not Tru) TV. I loved reading his articles in Vanity Fair. I would daydream of what I would discuss with him, if Mr. Dunne would come to dinner. I meant to write him a fan letter. I had just been thinking about it the other day, as a matter of fact. I will miss his commentary in Vanity Fair and TruTV won’t be the same without presence.
My prayers are with his family.
I know that I haven’t mentioned it earlier, but Godspeed, MS. Parks. Her refusal to move to the back of the bus set in motion movement to make America a more racially united nation. We still have a long way to go, but I have faith that we will get there.
Of course, that’s easy to say when I’m white and do not know what it is like to be black in this country.
Further, I applaud the Senate approving a motion to allow MS Parks the honor of her remains being in the Rotunda of the Capital Building. It will give a great deal more Americans a chance to honor her. I’m sure the House will soon follow.
Just in case you’re wondering, this year on Dec 1st, the 50th Anniversary of her refusal and arrest will happen. MS Parks’ refusal showed that no matter who you are, you can use your life to make a difference in others’ lives.
God Bless Rosa Parks and those who strive to follow in her footsteps.