Lou Pickney's Online Commentary
November 6, 2014
"Patience is the refined sense of confidence"
It's a funny thing to go back and read columns that I wrote on here from several years ago. Details that escaped my long-term memory invariably emerge, names of people I haven't seen (or even thought about) in years are referenced, and in some ways it's like reliving the story again.
This might sound strange, but I feel as if I fall into a trance when I write. Outside distractions fall to the side as I type down a semi-stream of consciousness moves from my thoughts into paragraphs. It's a considerably more effective means of communication than most I've found, even in a narrative and indirect form.
There are times where I run across something on this site and find myself astonished that I actually wrote it. There's a certain dissociative quality to reading back through the archives for me, particularly the crazy Tampa-era stuff. But there is an unquestionable honesty about what I've put out there, even at times when it has caused me problems.
The truth shall set you free.
It was interesting to see the election results come in on Tuesday night. Producing television election coverage is a colossal pain in the ass, but I thoroughly enjoy watching it as a viewer. I'm distrustful of the entire lot of political talking heads, and if there's any group which deserves to be viewed with the highest possible amount of cynicism, it's politicians.
One topic that never came up in any coverage I heard on Tuesday is the national debt. It's at nearly 18 trillion dollars and counting as of this writing. How is this not seen as a bigger deal?
One day that debt bill will come due and it won't be pleasant.
It's noteworthy that voters in Oregon, Alaska, and Washington D.C. approved ballot measures ending cannabis prohibition, at least on the state/district level, just as Colorado and Washington did two years ago. California will be next in 2016, as will other states. This topic deserves a full column on here, and it will hopefully get one someday.
In the interim, regardless of your opinion on the issue, I strongly urge you to do a Google search on Harry J. Anslinger. If you don't know who he was, you don't know how we arrived at where we are today.
Speaking of web searches, something I stumbled across by chance early this morning is the XBox Music on-demand streaming page. It's free through the end of the month (like the WWE Network, funny enough) and has a pretty impressive selection based on what I've seen. Enjoy it now while you can.