Priorities

Isn’t it about time we give our priorities a critical look?

Today, military goons under the control of Socialist President Nicolas Maduro fired on folks because they were trying to deliver humanitarian aid packages to Venezuela’s starving population. Under the oppressive and inept Maduro government — the legacy of gone and not missed strongman Hugo Chavez — Feed the Poor has become a capital offense in Caracas rather than a moral imperative. AP reports one death and a dozen injuries … if you can find the story.

News of Venezuela was squeezed somewhat stingily into media story budgets because it is a huge news day in the United States. After all, the people need every last detail of Jusse Smollett’s ‘s alleged con in Chicago. He’s in, then out, then in, now out again at “Empire,” which is watched by almost one percent of Americans. News doesn’t get much bigger than that, unless you hear that …

Robert Kraft may have been hanging out with hookers when he should have been hanging up his jacket at home. His bust for solicitation makes the 77-year-old NFL team owner fair game for the media. But is it legitimately a big story?

New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft

Prediction: Kraft will cop to a lesser offense, take probation and a fine, then sign a $77 million endorsement deal with Pfizer’s little blue pill.

Don’t forget R Kelly, that paragon of virtuous rap lyrics and acclaimed role model for would-be gangstas and rapists. He stands accused of 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse of four victims, but the charges may be overblown. After all, only three of the alleged victims were under 17. Yup, good old R Kelly: Another blockbuster story to discuss with our grandchildren while their Venezuelan counterparts are chowing down on several meals a week.

Juan Guaido and Nicolas Maduro

Dozens of nations have recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as rightful president of Venezuela, and are demanding that Maduro step down. US President Donald Trump is leading that movement, which would be newsworthy if there was not bigger news: Rumors are circulating that there was a recent screening of Dr. Zhivago at the White House, and that First Lady Melania was cheering for the Russians. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, meanwhile, may have ordered an English-Russian dictionary from Babbel.

God bless freedom of the press, even when it’s abused. And God bless Venezuela.

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