Monday, May 30, 2011

Oh No - Ocho Does Reality TV

Yes, he did the TO and Ocho show last year.    The ratings about equalled the Bengals play on the field.   With the NFL Lockout stretching into its THIRD month, Ocho is getting bored.   He tried bull riding, snake wrangling and a few other things.   Now he wants to do another reality show.

This reality show will be with Basketball Wives Alumna Evelyn Lozada (someone fill me in here on who she is).   Ocho and Ms. Lozada will allow the cameras to follow them around as they attempt to parent their children.   Not children they have with each other, Ocho and Evelyn are engaged to be married.    Apparently, Evelyn has one child and Ocho has 4 children with three different women.   Great, they are going to start married and blended family life with a reality show.   That bodes so well for their future.

Let me make this simple, adults can choose to do reality shows all they want.   You want to have your every move documents so numnuts with access to the internet but no mental filter can criticize everything you do, go right ahead.   But leave the kids the hell out of it.  

Kids don't get a say in this.   They can't even object to any of the terms of the contract.   They can't say "No Mom, No Dad, I don't want a camera following me everywhere I go."   And if you think child labor laws apply to reality shows like they do scripted tv shows think again.    Nope, these kids will be on camera for hours, with no relief.   Unless the parents call a halt to the filming.   Considering the parents think the show is a good idea in the first place, figure the odds of that happening.

It is exploitation of children pure and simple.   It is not in the best interest of the children to have their lives put all over tv.   Kids needs safety to make the mistakes kids make.   Not to have those mistakes blown up to get ratings.  

Now, all these kids have other parents.   Hopefully the father of Evelyn's child and the mother's of Ocho's kids will refuse permission.    One can hope.   Of course, it depends on how much the other parent gets paid out of it.   (What you are shocked parents would put money ahead of their kids' best interest?   Come spend a day in my law practice.)   Or even if the other parent says no, the reality show wannabe stars can just go to a judge.   That is what Denise Richards did with regards to her girls with Charlie Sheen.    Charlie in one of the few things he has done right recently said no to exploiting his children.   The judge said it would all right.   REALLY JUDGE?    I guess in LA even the judges are star struck.

Hopefully, this show will no do well in the ratings and get cancelled.   Hopefully, Ocho and Evelyn will put their fame whoredom on hold at least where their children are involved.   Hopefully, I will win the lottery this week.    Guess which one of those is most likely to happen.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Death of Osama Bin Laden

I should really be writing about the Royal Wedding or the draft or something, but really, is there any other news today?

I will always remember where I was and what I was doing when first heard.   I was reading Television without Pity while watching Firefly on the Science Channel.   Then the news came across Solosez (a listserv for solo and small firm attorneys run by the ABA).   I couldn't believe it.   After that, things get a little blurry.   I know I didn't turn on the tv right away, I am sure I went some website.   Then I grabbed my phone and called my dad.   I was weeping.  The last time I was weeping like that in phone call home was to tell him I passed the Maryland Bar.  EPLawDad hadn't heard.   He told EPLawBro to turn on the tv.    Bro was being a Bro and didn't want to turn the channel.   I later found out (thank you Facebook) that he was watching the Phillies game where they broke out into spontaneous shouts of USA.    EPLawDad used "the voice" and Bro turned the channel.   Great rejoicing.

Then I called the rest of my family and began emailing friends.    It was just such a relief.   This man had been the boogey man for 20 years.   Now he was gone.   I remember seeing his Nightline interview in 1995(?) where he declared war on the US.   He scared me then.    After 9-11, all I wanted was him dead.

I am a lawyer.   I truly believe in the rule of law.   I believe in everyone deserves their day in court.   I also try not to "hate" anyone.   I reserve that truly strong emotion for the truly evil.   Osama Bin Laden qualified, in my book, as truly evil.   As a human being who believes in the basic dignity of everyone, it is hard to justify rejoicing in the death of anyone.   But, to me, some people are so truly evil, so far beyond the bounds of human decency and civilized behavior, that death is the only option.   A trial in this case would have served nothing but to create a security nightmate.    Wanted dead or alive, means bring 'em back dead, save everyone the cost of a trial.

I believe in the rule of law.   I believe in human dignity.   I have no problem with Osama Bin Laden being dead, dead, dead.    I save my sympathy for the families of his victims.  

I wanted to go join the crowd at the White House last night, but had to work this morning.   Sometimes I hate being a grown up.    But, this I vow, for all of Al Qaeda's victims, I will make it out to Arlington Cemetary and the 9-11 Memorial this week.  

God Bless the USA.