There Are Only Two Ways To Survive The Vulture Culture

Joe Paterno is in a grave and Jesse Jackson Jr in a treatment center, yet the vultures continue to circle. It’s the way modern society functions. First build a pedestal, then crush it. You get a high twice!

While alumni and voters join the media in swooping in to pick the carcasses dry, there’s this hypocritical squawk about justice. Nothing wrong with justice so long as we wear its weight on our own shoulders as well. Anyone remember that great punchline: “He who is without sin let him cast the first stone…”

No sense here in defending the victims or in victimizing their defenders. We’re all part of this vulture culture. At one time such things as family honor motivated us to take up the sword in noble revenge. Now we do it with pen. It’s really true: The pen can be mightier than the sword.

Whether the media, the paparazzi, or we are right or wrong, the vulture in us needs satisfaction. Gnawing on some occasional sun-drenched body parts fills that need very nicely. Only even vultures only devour what they find, they don’t manufacture their own prey like we do.

How to survive these winged monsters? There’s the Donald Trump Way: You thrive on it. There’s another but long neglected way:You act with such strict honor that there’s little for the vultures to find. Lets see, looking around the field of battle, it’s easy to spot the Trumps thriving in the glare of attention. They proudly live by the rule: “Survival of the fittest because let face it we’re best fit to survive!” As for that other way, that honor thing: “If that’s your best hold card in this game, you lose!”

Footnote > At the end of the game, the vultures get all the players. The only difference then is some of the carcasses are wearing finer clothes.

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  • Paterno is in the grave, and it is still not clear whether he was as culpable as the others, but apparently there are no consequences, if one believes a report that a former head of NCAA compliance gave the usual Lisa Madigan response that there is nothing we can do while the criminal and civil cases are pending, and, besides, it would be like shooting roadkill and cost PSU millions. I don't know if you or he was the first to come up with the vulture analogy.

    Similarly, the press was reporting every person who said "Blago didn't do anything wrong." Apparently didn't do enough to get 14 years.

    JJJr. may be in the treatment center, and I suppose it is up to the 2nd District (which also brought us Gus Savage and Mel Reynolds) to decide if they want a mentally ill congressman. However, there have been several stinks associated with him involving his Oak Brook backers lately that they should think about it. According to Charles Thomas, the vultures, in the form of the Democratic Committeemen, are already vetting replacements.

  • In reply to jack:

    There must be a great many vultures in that 2nd Ward!!

  • In reply to Jack Spatafora:

    Well, of course. Thomas interviewed several committeemen, and while they didn't say on camera that they were heading in that direction, there were two slides following with I think 8 candidates, including Sandi Jackson--which might indicate who the big vulture might be.

  • I'm trying to visualize a vulture with Trump's do.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I visualize the vulture spitting it out. But I suppose I betray my disgust for Darwinian hustlers....

  • "Vulture Culture" ..... So well spoken Jack! Sanctimony and unctuous preaching from many who merely harbour a weak and sickly sense of Schadenfreude that they extol .... Bandwagon outpourings upon sinners caught out or the once mighty brought low in the public eye …. That which serves as a distraction from addressing issues of more ‘real’ import …. Yes my friend you have surmised the reality of our feckless time far better than most can or will apprehend … for indeed אֵ֥ין כָּל־חָדָ֖שׁ תַּ֥חַת הַשָּֽׁמֶשׁ

  • In reply to Geezer:

    Where did you get the coding for the Hebrew?

  • In reply to Geezer:

    Well-said. BTW, what does the Hebrew say?

  • I get the good feeling that you each resonate with some of my thoughts here. In English or in Hebrew...

  • Aquinas & Jack such a query is worthy of response .... even on a Sabbath ….

    אֵ֥ין כָּל־חָדָ֖שׁ תַּ֥חַת הַשָּֽׁמֶשׁ is from the Book of Ecclesiastes – I am sure both of you are well familiar with its English translation “there is nothing new under the sun”

  • Geezer ~ A sabbath response is a pretty important action. But in reminding us of this eternal wisdom, you did the sabbath honor. Thanks....

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