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------------------------------------------------------------ To ensure that you continue to receive Anything Goes e-mails, please add jamie@gophercentral.com to your e-mail address book. ------------------------------------------------------------ The Shirt Safe lets you hide your valuables in plain sight http://pd.gophercentral.com/u/1102/c/186/a/25 March 9, 2011 Greetings... Flypup left Sunday night and as usual, we had a great visit. The only thing that would have made it better was if Dizzy had been able to join us. I've been wanting to go to Chicago to see my mom, sister and son, but the one thing that has been keeping me doesn't seem to want to let up, namely....WINTER! It's really hard to leave 80 degree weather after watching the weather on the news that sends a chill right through the TV screen directly to my body. Hopefully, Spring will appear in the Midwest soon so I can go without having to dress like Nanuk of the North... The other thing that has been on the TV screen no matter which channel you seem to flip through is the major meltdown of Charlie Sheen, star of the mega-hit Two and a Half Men. I admit, when this first became news, it was hard not to laugh at his crazy behavior and rants during interviews. The laughs disappeared pretty quick when his children were taken away and his crazy behavior intensified. Even those of us without any medical training could see this man is in deep trouble and instead of giving him a platform for it, the television cameras needed to be turned off and someone, anyone, close to him needed, or needs to intervene. I realize this has been good for ratings, but I would be surprised if Charlie Sheen is still alive in the near future if he doesn't get help. This is the "compassionate human being" speaking... However... How many train wreck celebrities have we "witnessed" through the media for various acts of bad behavior, and illegal behavior with them coming out of it with a slap on the wrist, or smelling like a rose in the eyes of their adoring public? ENOUGH!!! If it was you or I doing what Charlie, Lindsey, Paris, (no last names are needed are they?) pulling HALF of the stunts these people have pulled, or if it was one of our children making one mistake, we'd all be looking at serious jail time because not many of us commoners could afford the high priced attorneys that these criminals can afford. Yes, I'm calling them criminals. Charlie admitted on national TV of doing mind boggling amounts of cocaine, which last time I looked, was an illegal substance... The Rehab that celebrities rush into is to keep their butts out of jail, not to get help, which would possibly allow me to have a little compassion, IF, they truly acknowledged their need for help and that isn't done in front of the cameras, it is a soul-searching process that comes from within. Most of us know at least one person with a substance abuse problem, or one in the past and it's not a joke, nor is it something that can be handled with jokes, money, or media intrusion. Substance abuse harms not only the addict, but those around them and I'm sick of celebrities taking advantage of the public and the money the public spend on them to keep them famous, knowing they will be "forgiven" time and time again while their wallets get fatter and fatter! I believe in giving people chances, but I also believe in knowing when to cut your losses on someone who doesn't really want help and manipulate their addictions to get sympathy and in these cases, money, via movies, TV shows, books, (because there will always be a book about their struggles)... Train wrecks are hard to turn away from, I'm guilty of it myself, but I find myself getting more and more tired of the hypocrisy of it all and I don't like being played for a fool, which is really what the millions of fans of these losers need to accept and react the only way we can... Boycott the people with the bad behaviors. Athletes are included in this, but that's a whole column in itself, and politicians? We can use the power of the vote, and we should, by not falling for their tearful press conferences...

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