A few odds and ends

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In no particular order of importance:

The recent rash of sex scandals in show business and politics (Harvey Weinstein, Judge Roy Moore, Louis C.K, to cite a few examples) lends itself to widespread misinterpretation, it seems to me.

I don’t think these stories are proof that sexual misconduct is a lot more rampant these days. There was plenty of that kind of stuff 50 years ago, when I was in my 20s. But women in those days weren’t as likely to make a fuss about it, especially in cases where the aggressor was a prominent personage or someone in a position of authority.

Besides, the 1960s were known even then as the time of the Sex Revolution. That was when the birth-control pill emerged and suddenly changed everything.

No, what we have with this current flurry of sex scandals, good people, is the rise of feminism. Women are less likely to be taken for granted — or used, as it were — when it comes to sexual matters.

Hooray for that.

On several occasions in recent days, I’ve heard newscasters on local television mistakenly refer to flags in Rockford flying at “half-mast.”

Well, there might have been such sights on the Rock River, but not on flagpoles sunk in the ground.

Flags on boats and ships are flown at half-mast. Flags on land are flown at half-staff.

It’s also a good idea to check the U.S. Flag Code of Etiquette before running Old Glory up the pole. It’s full of stuff that is commonly ignored even by well-meaning folks when they fly the flag. But the U.S. Supreme Court has voided most of the laws against flag-desecration, so there’s no great risk of getting busted if you violate one of the so-called rules.

We’re almost a couple of weeks into November already, and I haven’t seen any indications yet that this year’s rash of  alarmism over the so-called War on Christmas is at hand.

Frankly, I’m getting a little worried.

In past years, the cultural offensive against the War on Christmas was led by right-wing blatherer Bill O’Reilly on Fox News Channel. But Billo got cashiered at Fox earlier this year for some offense or another. I don’t remember the details, but I think sex somehow was involved.

Anyway, who’s going to take O’Reilly’s place in fighting back against the heathens who use such godless greetings as “Happy Holidays”?

I’m sure that the bean-counters at Fox are well aware that the War on Christmas can’t just be abandoned. There’s still a big audience for this kind of thing among the geezers who comprise the lion’s share of FNC’s viewing audience

Anyway, Happy Holidays, everyone!