Every night for the past year on the local and national news, we heard of Burmese pythons taking over the delicate ecosystem of the Everglades in story after story.
We heard of the python in the wild (usually accompanied with graphic pictures) devouring alligators, deer, rodents and a host of other critters that up until the influx of pythons into the neighborhood, survived very well with their natural ecological enemies.
We hear stories of pythons that have not made it to the wild Everglades or we hear the python is venturing back into human habitats and sightings have been reported on roads, interstates, parks, back yards, porches and garages. I remember one news story of a python smashing through a patio window. Cripes!
One source has the python population between 5000 and 180,000 snakes infiltrating Florida. What? And why such a large gap in that estimate?
So my point, (I know it always takes me so long to get there) but my point is the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission launched a “Python Challenge” and hunting competition. I understand 1000 hunters signed up and the competition started on January 12th. As of January 26th only 30 snakes have been caught in the dragnet.
That seems like a low number, especially if the 1000 hunters are anything like the swamp people we see on TV hunting down alligators. And don’t you dare scold me for my stereotype because you know this was the exact image that each and every one of you had, when contemplating this competition!
So I’m thinking if only thirty snakes have been caught in fourteen days, then BillyJoeRayBob and his cousins are not as good in the swamp as we have been led to believe! Come on boys, get busy!
On to the next bone.
I was on my way to work the other morning listening to NPR, yes you heard correctly, this diehard conservative listens to National Public Radio. Deal with it.
Anyway, they spoke of a show on TLC (The Learning Channel) called “The Sisterhood” a reality show of pastor wives. They call themselves the “first ladies.”
I knew nothing about this show until I heard the interview on NPR but as I listened to one of the “first ladies” talking about the show, I believe I learned everything I need to know.
In the interview with the wife named, Domonique Scott, she professes her motive for doing this show was a “calling from God.” I think she even referred to it as a “higher calling.”
I’m sorry, Domonique, but I don’t believe it was God on the phone.
By the way, Domonique’s bio on the TLC website states that her husband was “forced” to close down “The Good Life Ministry.” As of yet I don’t know why, but you can bet I’m going to find out.
Go to the NPR website for the interview or the TLC website and watch a clip of this show. It is, as with all reality shows, bottom feeding, unsophisticated, cat fight drama.
As a matter of fact, after I watch one of the shows, (or as much of a show as I can stand) I will be dedicating my next installment of the reality show twaddle series to “The Sisterhood.” It will include all of the “reality” of “The Learning Channel.”
TLC is the same folks that brings Honey Boo Boo into our homes and shoves her in our face. (How dare they call that network The Learning Channel!)
With the small insight I have of the show now, it would seem like a cross between the “Housewives of whatever County” and “Mob wives.” However, let me interject, I don’t want to insult the mob wives, at least their nastiness is blatant with no excuses and in your face whereas the “first ladies” hide behind God for redemption of their bad behavior.
There is one more bone I intend to pick.
Are we ever going to become a society that does not make the lead story on every news show, local and national about a football player and a made up girlfriend?
I can see a little after note at the end of a sports report, the newscaster will offer a funny little anecdote about a guy who plays on the Notre Dame football team, everyone chuckles for a moment before signing off. End of it.
No. This was big, big news! I channel surfed the news one evening and I swear, and I mean it, every news channel I came across, local and national, was reporting the huge blockbuster lead-in story regarding a football player and a phantom girlfriend who may or may not be dead.
I was left scratching my head wondering what happened in Iraq, Syria, or Washington? I wondered about the job market, the housing market and what items in my local market would be going up in price. I wondered if unemployment had increased or decreased and I wondered if I should expect rain.
The story is still playing hard and fast on some venues and if not for C-SPAN, I would have missed Hillary Clinton giving her finest political candidate speeches in or out of the running.
It seems I will need to keep surfing to find any information on these matters, or at the very least, I will have to wait for a "Kardashian America" to forget about the football player for awhile.
Oh wait, one more bone.
Do you think Lance was sincerely contrite? Yeah, neither did I.