A host from #MSNBC host apologized for making fun of #Mitt Romney’s family, especially their recently adopted African-American grandchild. Of course, the apology came after MSNBC received a lot of criticism. That seems to be the trend-screw up, catch flak, and then apologize. If MSNBC follows the script, they will schedule the panelists for sensitivity training, or as the politicians call it, intensive therapy. Yeah, right. The problem is not so much that they were insensitive as much as they were stupid. It shows a lack of sound judgment. Why did they think it okay to make fun of helpless children? Whose idea was it to center jokes on an adopted African-American child? Who thought that might improve ratings? That person or persons need to explain their thought process, and MSNBC should fire them. There is no rehab for stupid. Speaking (writing) as a parent who adopted a minority child, apology accepted. #Humor will always offend some people. I wrote about the use of humor and sound judgment in my e-book, Leadership for New Managers: Book Two, http://smashwords.com/b/30090.
I read with interest the news item about Tim Draper, an investor, who is seeking to divide #California into six states, because it has become too large and populous to manage. The new states would be Silicon Valley, West California, South California, Central California, North California and Jefferson. I like the idea, but I don’t agree with the division. I recommend the six states be Silicon Valley, Calimexi, Interstate 405, Hollywood, Fruits and Nuts and Napa Valley. Silicon Valley and Hollywood are practically countries already. Many people seem to spend their entire lives on Interstate 405 that it ought to be a state. Calimexi and Napa Valley are self-explanatory. California has always been the land of fruits and nuts. Why not make it official? Good luck with that.