Madonna and Others

I’m the old fashioned type of gal who still reads the newspaper; there’s just something I like about actually holding it, clipping out relevant articles to share with someone, and folding it a certain way to highlight an article. Sure, sometimes I’ll read the news on the internet or catch a glimpse of the latest happenings on the boob tube, but reading The State is still a favorite pastime.

Early this morning I finally got around to reading yesterday’s paper, and there are three topics in Section A that I want to throw in my two cents’ worth about (sure hope there are no English teachers reading the end of that sentence).

Apparently 50-year-old Madonna knocked ‘em dead in Wales where she performed as part of her “Sticky and Sweet” tour.  I like Madonna.  Did you know that she has a tested IQ of 140? It’s true. That tells me that her linguistic and mathematical/logical  aptitude is at the genius level.  So are some other “intelligences” such as musical, bodily-kinesthetic, and intrapersonal, all types of intelligence according to psychologist Howard Gardner.  HOWEVER, being smart and extremely talented and well-known does not mean that she is politically savvy. At this particular show, a video interlude carried images of destruction, global warming, Adolf Hitler, and John McCain. A later sequence pictured John Lennon, Al Gore, Mahatma Gandhi, and Barack Obama. Again, I like Madonna and have sort of a grudging respect for her abilities and gutsiness. At the same time, I’d just as soon that she stick with the fishnets and sequins and leave the political potshots out of her repertoire.

I skimmed a brief article about a couple accused of trying to barter their child for an apartment, used car, and child care for their 10-month-old daughter. Incidentally, the bartering was related to sexual favors. My only comment is: “I feel sick.”

USC made the front page with articles about the new president and “bid day” for sororities respectively. The president, unhappy about the progress of the Innovista research campus, is quoted as saying, “But a crisis is the perfect time to move forward. A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.” Well said, Dr. Pastides, and a good reminder for any and everyone experiencing a crisis in their lives. Use it to your advantage rather than bemoan its occurrence. I know from experience that when you’re smack dab in the middle of an unfortunate or painful predicament, it’s difficult to think that way, but still….I’m just sayin’.

There was a lot of other blogging fodder there, but time and W-O-R-K (the kind I get paid for) prevent further posts for today.


Author: jayne bowers

*married with children, stepchildren, grandchildren, in-laws, ex-laws, and a host of other family members and fabulous friends *semi-retired psychology instructor at two community colleges *writer

9 thoughts on “Madonna and Others”

  1. “At this particular show, a video interlude carried images of destruction, global warming, Adolf Hitler, and John McCain. A later sequence pictured John Lennon, Al Gore, Mahatma Gandhi, and Barack Obama.”


    I wonder now if she’s just trying to hard to be controversial.

  2. so when i look at madonna, do i think of her intellegence, her math skills, no actually i’m just teasing here…i know she has to make a living…my elder’s president in las veags was a dealer and they let him do it till he could find a better job, altough one that paid a lot less..

  3. Hayden, I don’t know wha ther motive was, but it seems almost repulsive to me to think of someone like McCain cast in the same light as one of the most evil men who ever walked the earth.


    And Putz, are you comparing the dealer to the dancer?

  4. It is rather harsh to place John McCain with destruction and with Hitler, as if…
    By the same token, Obama has yet to prove he can be classified with Gandhi. Everyone makes big campaign promises…

  5. P.S. I enjoyed the post and too like reading the newspaper…something about the texture…the ink rubbing off on your hands, cutting out articles and cartoons etc.

  6. I’m glad that you feel the same about celebrities and politics that I do. Personally, I want my celebrities to be just that, celebrities. They are no more qualified to offer political judgments than the random guy on the street.

  7. YES, I GUESS I AM, WHAT IS THE DIFFERANcE Between a dealer who takes your money away in an adiction ON PURPOSE or a dancer who titilates and yet speaks of serious issues of gandi, martin king, kennedys ect…i am asking you now, what do you mean, that i mean?????

  8. That’s cool that you like Madonna. I find her ascerbic… but you have to admire a strong woman.

    Yes, that sounds like it was over the top. And i’m an avid Obama supporter. Al Gore? Come on. And Mahatma Ghandi. MLK and Barack is a nice association (the before and after of civil rights) but associating hitler with McCain is also ridiculous. And sad. He served our country and deserves our respect, whether we agree with him politically or not.

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