June 25th, 2004

Living in a Time Warp

I've managed to get up in the morning and get on the exercycle five times this week, for the first time in a long time. This is a good thing.

I listen to WBBM-AM on wireless headphones to catch the news and flip through back issues of Time magazine that have accumulated in the house. Right now, I'm in early 2002 and it's really interesting to see what was important then and what people were right and wrong about.

Perspective, that's the trick...

Bias or Just Incompetence?

If you're anywhere near Illinois, you may have heard about the brouhaha around the recent release of sealed court documents from GOP Senate candidate Jack Ryan's divorce from Jeri Ryan, best known as "Seven of Nine". Basically, Ryan's toast and pretty much everyone knows it, except possibly for Ryan.

Now, I cheated and read the quotes from the documents in the Chicago Tribune. His ex-wife accuses him of taking her to sex clubs three times and asking her to have sex with him there, which she refused to do. This would definitely be on the kinky side and not too bright for someone who's interested in getting into politics, which he probably wasn't thinking about at the time.

Jack denies this, conceding that they once went to an "avant-garde night club" in Paris and claiming that they left by mutual agreement. I wasn't there, so I don't know what's true. This doesn't mean that he's not politically dead, in any case.

But I was listening to WBBM-AM (the local CBS radio affiliate) where the reporter said that Jack took Jeri "to sex clubs and forced her to have sex". (Italics mine.)

Ok, that's just wrong and not supported by the evidence. Asking is kinky. Forcing would be rape. And there's nothing in the released documents that indicates that they did have sex there -- in fact, they say just the opposite.

I don't particularly like either Ryan, but this just ticks me off.