Bread and Circuses

Justin Bieber's DUI mugshot. The most powerful smile in the world.

Justin Bieber’s DUI mugshot. The most powerful smile in the world.

I often complain about how most people in this country are the intellectual equivalents of a Disney cruise who know more about sports statistics and what celebrity did whom and where than about where a foreign country their elected leaders are currently bombing is located on the map or the fact that their government is spying on them and committing all sorts of crimes in their names while persecuting those who expose the crimes. And everytime I feel that maybe I am just being a bit unfair and too hard on people, underrating the American public’s intellect and priorities, something like this happen reaffirming my suspicions all along.

Congresswoman Jane Harman was interrupted by MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell in the middle of a discussion about the recent task force recommendation that the NSA stop collecting phone records with some seriously BREAKING news:

Uh, Congresswoman Harman, let me interrupt you— Congresswoman, let me interrupt you just for a moment. We’ve got some breaking news out of Miami. Stand by if you will. [BREAKING NEWS graphic appears onscreen, following footage of a courtroom] Right now, in Miami, Justin Bieber has been arrested on a number of charges. The judge is reading the charges, including resisting arrest and driving under the influence. He’s appearing now before the judge for his bond hearing. Let’s watch.”

Yes, Justin fucking Bieber, the teen multi-millionaire puke who was going to be an abortion but instead became the greatest human being and panty creamer ever, was arrested in Miami for DUI. This is the breaking news, and apparently also priorities of this nation, for which a lawmaker- who is talking about this country spying on its people – needs to be interrupted.

Now I do not hold a very high opinion of our lawmakers as most of them are nothing but corrupt crooks with ethics lower than that of a child molester, pandering to the interests of the 1% (which they often are part of themselves) at the expense of everyone else and Harman was probably just just blowing some smoke our way to make it look like she and her colleagues are actually doing something about the NSA spying on people, but this is just a pathetic state of affairs.

And the reason MSNBC (and even NPR) does that is because they know that Justin Bieber has more Twitter followers than President Obama (or any other human for that matter).

Yup. Priorities. We got them.

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