What am I talking about? - Ed Brock

You know, I just have no idea what I'm going to write about this time.

I was going to write something about how the current trend of outsourcing jobs to other countries and replacing the remaining jobs with automatons is a perfect example of killing the goose that laid the golden eggs. After all, just who do these corporations think will buy the products they're making if most Americans are out of work?

And I was then going to point out that even if you say you're creating new jobs you're forgetting that nobody will be able to afford those new services, either. But one of our other writers told me he was going to write about that for yesterday's paper, and I don't want to seem like a parrot, so that subject's out.

Then there's always the gay marriage thing.

First, I'll say again that this whole amendment concept is dumb, but that's not so bad. I'm used to dumbness from humanity. What really annoys me about that amendment is that it's mean, just plain mean, and that I can't stomach.

Shame on anybody who supports that amendment. You have learned nothing and are worth nothing if you think it's right to put that kind of cruel bigotry into the state's constitution. And if it comes to a referendum and is approved then this is no longer the land of the free.

But I'm tired of that subject, except to add this caveat. If this land proves itself enlightened enough to accept same-sex marriages, I will expect a little reciprocity from the gay community.

I don't want to see a gay couple suing a church because the church won't perform the ceremony. "To each his own" goes both ways.

For about 10 seconds I thought about doing an entire column on the presumptuousness of our plan to put American security screeners in foreign airports, but I'm just going to assume that's actually necessary for now. We'll see how it plays out.

So what else is there, the Oscar awards?

Well, all I can say is Peter Jackson rules and I've always wanted to be a hobbit. I do have large, hairy feet.

In tribute to J.R.R. Tolkien, I give you this quote from the lesser known story he wrote in a notebook along with some other background stuff for his "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. This is from "The Music of Ainur."

"?But,' said Eriol. ?Still are there many things that remain dark to me. Indeed I would fain know who be these Valar; are they the Gods?'

?So be they,' said Lindo. ?Though concerning them Men tell many strange and garbled tales that are far from the truth ?'"

Keep looking for the Valar, people.

And that's about it. Make what you will of it.

Ed Brock covers public safety and municipalities for the News Daily. He may be reached at (770) 478-5753, ext. 254, or via e-mail at ebrock@news-daily.com.