Sacha Baumann is an artist and designer living and working in Los Angeles.

People in the city

Oh my. I just turned on the dreaded "The O'Reilly Factor". I know, I know, what was I thinking? Well, I was thinking it would be the perfect prelude to watching Cheney's hater speech.

The thing is, it wasn't that horrible. I mean, I didn't put my foot through the television.

Bono was on speaking about the importance of America becoming the driving economic force behind ending the the AIDS epidemic in Africa.

O'Reilly listens to Bono's spiel and then says, "Well look, you are certainly doing God's work. I mean, I admire you very much for what you are doing."

"Well you certainly had a great sense of humor to have me on board," Bono replied.

"No, no. I mean we need people like you who command a world-wide audience and can get people at least thinking about this. And then we need the, uh, politicians out here at the convention--both conventions-- to come up with a strategy. I do agree that if America could take the lead in something like this it would turn public opinion around and help us in the war on terror."

(But isn't it perfect that O'Reilly makes altruism a selfish act of American p.r.)


1967, the year of Perry Mason