Fox News reports that a Don’t Walk sign in Spokane, Washington suffered an internal malfunction, leaving only the thumb and middle finger standing proud.  That’s kind of funny, actually; but what isn’t funny is the fact that the city spokeswoman Marlene Feist had to come out publicly and state that (a) no insult to anyone was intended, and (b) no one reported being offended by it and (c) the city couldn’t repair it right away because all hands were too busy clearing snow from the streets.

I keep asking myself what the Spokanites were afraid of.  Some kind of Luddite jihadis cleverly disguised as low-IQ Christian fundamentalists who cling to guns and religion and support Israel?  Or maybe the White House intervened, claiming that flipping the finger is a Presidential prerogative.

In saner times, no one would dream of apologizing so profusely – or at all – for a snow-caused internal short in a simple electrical device.  At worst, a lot of people except maybe aunt Nancy P. might be chuckling politely, and a few might even see the hand of G-d in it (no offense intended to seeing, hands, G-d or anyone or anything else).

Oh tempora, oh mores! I’m off to hug the toilet bowl…


About Michael J. Kubat

I'm a grumpy Czech-born clinical social worker who is vitally interested in the survival in the United States as a viable democracy and a beacon of hope for the rest of the world.
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