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Excuses and Spins

In yesterday’s blog, I noted a defense lawyer’s creative defense for his client. It hardly even amounted to a creative excuse.

If you watched 60 Minutes on CBS the last two Sunday nights, you saw the Presidential candidates and their VP picks being interviewed. Both interviews provided reminders of how politicians have the ability to spin their stories with great excuses and ways of dodging responsibility. Who knew that filing bankruptcy or being criticized for email security breaches could be portrayed as something that is not important… or actually a positive lesson.

Which brings me to Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey.   Jack Handey, as seen in that attached website, is a real person. But, Al Franken played the character of Jack Handy on Saturday Night Live, who supposedly dispensed wisdom for everyday living. Except, that it was nonsense wisdom. And, it was back in the day when Al Franken was a comedian who wasn’t funny, instead of a Senator  who isn’t funny. (If you saw his speech at the Democratic National Convention) But I digress.

Some of Handey’s supposed wisdom was directed at why he drank wine… or shouldn’t have. And then the excuse. It reminds me of the defense lawyer’s nonsense of a defense… just sayin’

Sometimes when I reflect back on all the wine I drink I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the vineyards and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this wine, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, ‘It is better that I drink this wine and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.”

“See… there’s always a way to spin it”, says every politician.

And for pic o’ day, it’s all about the hug!



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