Crazy kind of a week, what with Family Radio evangelist Harold Camping predicting the world would end May 21, and the Centers for Disease Control posting a blog alert -- tongue firmly in cheek -- on how to prepare for a zombie uprising.
Somebody has an unexpected sense of humor.
I think it is that blogging fool of a CDC official. But it could be the preacher.
Both share a talent for attracting attention with their audacity.
Also this week, Arnold Schwarzenegger, a mighty man of muscle, turned out to have feet of clay.
He admitted fathering a child with a member of his household staff and keeping it a secret for a decade.
For a guy who for so long seemed to be incapable of doing any wrong, it was a long fall from grace.
Now his resume includes cad, along with champion body builder, “Conan the Barbarian,” “The Terminator,” millionaire businessman, prominent Republican and governor of California.
He was even mentioned as a presidential candidate if the pesky Constitution could just be changed to allow those who are foreign born to run.
Same thing happened to John Edwards, the former senator from North Carolina who sought the Democratic nomination for president, and fathered an out-of-wedlock child.
The loss of reputation is bad enough, but that surely pales in having to face the broken-hearted, furious, disappointed wife and children.
Folks have wondered how the scandal might affect Schwarzenegger’s career.
If it’s a return to Hollywood, I wouldn’t imagine it will have much long-term effect. Don’t want to be predictive (remember Pastor Harold Camping?), but what would Hollywood be without its sex scandals?
Eliot Spitzer, a prominent Democrat, stepped down as governor of New York after it was revealed he had spent thousands of dollars on prostitutes. No doubt, life was pure hell for him after the scandal broke. But he weathered the controversy.
Now he has a program on CNN.
Then there was Frenchman Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was staying in a $3,000 a night Manhattan hotel room and who allegedly assaulted a maid.
He had to step down as head of the International Monetary Fund, to raise bail and start preparing his defense. He could have been the next president of France. That’s what they say. You can’t make this stuff up.
One final note on this strange week. A group in San Francisco has succeeded in putting a measure on the city ballot that would ban the circumcision of male children. Until this week, I don’t think I had ever seen the word “circumcision” in a headline.
Too bad that the private family decision of whether to circumcise or not has become yet another political football.
James A. Jones Jr., East Manatee editor, can be contacted at 745-7021.