Farenheit 2007

Did you hear what Paris Hilton did? Poor girl, she's going to spend six weeks in jail. Who can I fixate on while she's gone? Recently, she was photographed carrying the Bible; clearly, she's learned her lesson. We should forgive her so she can return to her senseless, worthless life of partying and debauchery.

Can you believe Rosie's latest personality war? I don't know anything she's talking about, but I'm sure that she's right. After all, she's on TV! If she didn't know what she was talking about, why would they give her a television show?

Oh, my, God. Can you BELIEVE that Sanjaya got kicked off American Idol? And Dancing With The Stars was more popular! That doesn't surprise me. I mean, really, with Blake and Jordin, who's going to watch? Bring back Sanjaya.

Did you hear that Anna Nicole Smith died? First her husband, then her son, and now her. Why didn't the news cover anything about this? THIS IS IMPORTANT. Anna Nicole was such a vital part of the American social fabric. I don't care about that pesky war in Iraq or Afghanistan. I want to know about Anna Nicole. Who did she sleep with? What kind of eggs did she eat? What was her opinion on President Bush's foreign policy? Did she like Justin Timberlake's new album?

1 - Name two presidential candidates from each party.
2 - Name the Vice President, Secretary of State, and Secretary of Defense.
3 - Name your 2 US Senators and your Representative.
4 - Name your Governor.
5 - Name the Speaker of the House.
Chances are, many Americans know more about my first few paragraphs than the answers to those five questions. It's a shame, and it's what's wrong with our country. We're more interested in being entertained and disctracted than in facing real issues that confront our country.
Do you realize that the new immigration legislation that will likely get passed by the House and Senate (and will get signed into law by the most radical conservative President in history) grants amnesty to somewhere in the neighborhood of 10-12 million illegal residents presently in the United States? Visit http://www.senate.gov/ or http://www.house.gov/writerep/ to contact your Senator or Representative and tell them that you oppose this legislation.
No one cares about this, though. We're all more interested in being "informed" by Entertainment Tonight or E! Entertainment. When was the last time that you read the news? When was the last time that you were challenged to look and think beyond your traditional point of view? What were you last forced to look introspectively and think, "I'm wrong"?
Read a book. Turn off the TV. Make a new friend. Sign off Instant Messenger. And make the blasted celebrities shut up.