Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Reflections on the news and Sage’s crazy life
the politically incorrect reporting of Nevada Jack
I hear they arrested Warren Jeffs today. That’s not going to make much news around here, but where Sage and I use to live, it will be a big deal. Jeffs is the “prophet” and “leader” of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a group that makes regular Mormons seem almost normal. Jeffs has been wanted in all kinds of crimes, but mainly arranging the marriages of underage girls to guys Sage’s age and older. He’s supposedly married to more than three dozen women and has been on the run for two years. The police were probably tipped off by a mad wife when he forgot one of his anniversaries. He was recently promoted to the FBI’s top ten list, which is not the kind of promotion you call your mom and siblings to brag about.
I couldn’t help but notice that Warren Jeffs looks a lot like Prince Charles. But the guy is definitely not royalty. He also looks a lot like John Mark Karr and with his background, he could be his father. But then, I’m just a bear and ya’ll humans sometimes all look alike.
Compare Warren Jeffs mugshot to these two guys
I was reading over Sage’s shoulder this afternoon as he scanned the newspaper shaking his head. With all that’s going on in the world, reading the news gives me a headache. The headlines were earthshaking. The lead story is about the “Danish Festival Queen” in a town sixty miles away giving up her crown when it became known that the 19 year old had appeared in wrestling videos wearing lingerie. “She did absolutely nothing wrong,” her father insisted, saying that the videos were a “legitimate way to teach self-defense techniques.” I suppose a woman in lingerie might need to know self-defense techniques, but that didn’t sound like the nature of these videos. The unreported story is that her father has just signed a contract to appear in a new reality TV show focusing on the lives of the naïve. “It’s cast-typing if there was every such a thing,” the show’s producer was heard quipping backstage.
Meanwhile on the home front, Sage has decided that one daughter isn’t enough. He’s going to try to double the fun this year with a second one. Like the first, she’ll come not speaking real good English, but unlike Ed’s new daughter (check out Ed's post for August 29), I don’t think Sage will have to worry about finding nannies and changing diapers. She’s an exchange student from Korea and was supposed to arrive yesterday, but someone got the dates wrong (luckily this was discovered 30 minutes before Sage and crew headed to the airport). She’ll arrive tomorrow we hope. This two day delay has caused Sage’s daughter, who had made a pink welcome sign for her (in English) and was waiting by the door ready to drive to the airport, to conclude that the world is out to get her.
Enough for now. Sage wants his computer back. Maybe he’ll write about his travels in Korea.