Virginia — Is there an elected official in the Commonwealth who does not have bizarre yearbook issues, sexual assault allegations, and/or incredibly poor responses to either? From 35 years ago to 15 years ago, the indiscretions and misconduct of the past have percolated to the surface. The process of redemption is possible, but does require a step back for reflection. That no one in the top four slots in government is willing to take that step tells us that no one there is quite ready for forgiveness.
Saudi Arabia – Crown Prince Mohammed has said that he had no involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. However, an intercepted and recorded conversation of the Prince in 2017 finds him saying that he would use “a bullet” on Mr. Khashoggi if he did not return to the kingdom and stop criticizing Saudi government. True enough, a bullet was not the choice of weapon, but Mr. Khashoggi met a grisly death at the hands of a squad of folks close to the Prince who were dispatched to an embassy far, far away. The very same embassy into which Mr. Khashoggi walked but never emerged, at least not living.
Entrepreneurial spirit has kicked in now. Principal Communications, a major Hollywood player when it comes to representing stars and handling media relations, had created a new company, Foresight Solutions, which will work with Edgeworth Security, a firm with former U.S. government sleuths, to offer preemptive services — they will find the skeletons and yearbooks in your closets before someone else does. That way, the Oscar folks can research their potential hosts and screen out those with problematic Tweets, Facebook posts, or yearbooks. Foresight says that it will comply with all privacy laws because, “Ethics and standards have to be major guideposts.”
Between social media, intelligence, memories, and yearbooks, young people today have two important lessons: Truth percolates and what you do and say, even as a young ‘un, or in private conversations counts and can and will be used against you. There is one sidebar lesson — those yearbooks have been beasts for everyone from Supreme Court nominees to governors to comedians called upon to host the Oscars.. No images yet from Prince Mohammed’s yearbooks.Although, the Barometer believes that one gets the Princeship regardless of flawed behavior in the past.Indeed, even flawed behavior in office is not a deal breaker, which brings us back to Virginia. A governor who changed his denial and nearly did a moonwalk to illustrate his confessed black-faced conduct is still in office. So are his direct reports.