Sunday, August 23, 2009

Being Arianna Huffington X

Arianna Huffington asked a very good question on her "Sunday Roundoff" that made me both laugh hysterically and think.

Bernie Madoff's mistress warmed the hearts of Freudians everywhere with her revelation that the famous felon "had a very small penis. Not only was it on the short side, it was small in circumference." Is that why he needed to sport the biggest Ponzi in history?
Hmm? Could this also be partially the reason for war and other kinds of male aggression? That's not the first time that's been asked.

To compensate so, this penis thing seems so very misguided, eh?


Marion said...

Okay, Judith, you made my day with this one. I really did laugh out loud... Talk about 'small man complex'. Indeed! Blessings!!

Judith Ellis said...

Arianna had to make my day before I made yours here. Happy to have done so. I rolled when I read her post!

Yeah, "small man complex" probably can't be denied. But, of course, stature has little to do with a certain size as I have been most surprised. :-)

septembermom said...

To think, that this quote will be the mistress' 15 minutes of fame. Just think how thrilled Madoff would feel with that kind of publicity :)

Judith Ellis said...

Oh, Kelly, too funny! The publicity alone, good or bad, is probably the stuff of this sociopath.

Linda S. Socha said...

Alas....A lack

All too true..

Fun post Judith

Judith Ellis said...

"Alas...a lack"

LOL, Linda!

Dave Wheeler said...

Auntie J...

Money...a true prescription for male enhancement! Size does matter it seems, in more place than one!

Like the O'Jays sang "For a small piece of paper it carries a lot of weight! Call it lean, mean, mean green"

Oh well...such is life!

Judith Ellis said...

Oh, Dave, I love you, my friend. You are a brave man to venture here. Love it! :-)

And, yeah, you're right on with regards to money. But all things come to an end eventually, hard, soft, green or mean.

The best things in life are unattached to an aggressive ego that harm others no matter who engages in such.

Dave Wheeler said...

Auntie J,

You are indeed correct about that. Ego and power can definitely be a prescription for trouble.

Two heads are indeed better than one...unless they are attached to the same person! ;>). And that's all I'm sayin',ya know?

Judith Ellis said...

LOL!!! I know what you're saying!

zorro said...

OK - so why is it we get so up in arms about people amassing money illegally but no one wants to discuss the thousands of Iraqis killed due to the actions of President Bush? The estimates of Iraqi's who died who would not have died without the invasion range between 200,000 - 900,000. Yet we get upset about banks that benefit from TARP (even though TARP might very well have kept us out of a true depression). But we never bring up the fact that a whole lot of totally innocent Iraqis were killed because the American people were so easy to fool? I think most of the anger about TARP and Madoff is fueled by jealousy - and we don't give a rat's behind about the Iraqi's because we are sure that something like that will never happen to us.
We are still a selfish nation (so nothing has really changed) and it can been seen in what angers us and what we completely forget about.

Judith Ellis said...

Zorro - People generally do not like to actually look at such numbers as 200,000 - 900,000 dead Iraqi civilians because of our ill-conceived actions. (I don't know if that number is accurate or not.) But like other countries around the globe that invaded others, bringing such destruction, we will unfortunately reap what we sow. My mother used to tell us to pray for crop failure once we had done a wrong deed because of the natural law of sowing and reaping.

A farmer who sows corn reaps corn. A nation who sows violence reaps violence. I am now thinking of the Black Panther, H. Rap Brown, who when asked about why they advocated violence in the 60s he responded with a truism, "Violence is as American as cherry pie." He believed that violence must be met with violence. I do not. Our history was born in violence. We have to pray for peace and crop failure. We must also presently DO so much better.

With regards to the amassing of wealth illegally, this man destroyed many people's lives. Although, it's still puzzling that these people thought that they could get such returns justly; these include the like of Harvard, billionaire Mort Zuckerman and various Jewish charities. I guess it was cool when they were receiving such astronomical returns. It migth be very possible that many simply trusted Madoff, with his esteemed pedigree, and believed that he was perhaps just a wiz at finances. He seems to have been able to gain the trust of some seemingly very gullible people who are believed to be smart otherewise.

In my faith, I believe this scripture as a means for any country's redemption. Prayer, humility, and repentance -- which is actually an acknowledgment and a turning from wrong actions -- are essential.

"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."