Last night, I heard a story about US Army Major Cockerham, a man, who when assigned to the Army Contracting Agency's Southern Hemisphere Mission Support took about 10 Million dollars in bribes. His wife, also, was implicated in the investigation. Now it took some researching, but I found out that the base pay for such an officer is about $5K/month – then they get all sorts of housing allowances and other stuff (not sure what it is, actually, but it equates to money). In short, this was a couple that was not starving.
In the same NPR news report, they mentioned a sports story. Yeah, when regular news reports on sports, chances are it concerns someone who has done something wrong. And this time, they did not mention Michael Vick. They mentioned some guy (Tim Donaghy, I love Google!), a referee, who threw games for money. Okay, I did not listen to the whole story – after all, it is basketball – but apparently he is a gambler who got behind on some bets. Something like that. Apparently the referees can shave points off of games by blowing their whistles, and he did so. Again, lack of integrity. And for what, money?
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And Leesa thinks for her third example of a lack of integrity . . .
I could not think of any – because I am tire this morning (and I did not want to use another sports story) – so I went to Google news. Top Story: an article about Attorney General Gonzales denying Tuesday that he had improperly pressured John Ashcroft to sign an authorization for the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance program in 2004 when Mr. Ashcroft, the Attorney General at the time, lay in a hospital bed, in pain and on sedatives after surgery. That story is not as sexy as other ones. Point is that it is not hard to find where people have lacked integrity.
You know, a while back (years ago, actually), I was put on medication to help me cope with some emotional issues (that sounds better than an anxiety disorder). Anyway, it was when I was making some bad choices in my life. My therapist told me that it would help with certain drugs in my brain – all of our thoughts are just chemical reactions after all, a scary thought. Anyway, the drug helped with the anxiety attacks, but not until I addressed issues concerning my lack of integrity did I start to get better.
In short, when I worked on the cause of my anxiety – living a life different than my value system – I started to get better. Ouch, what does this have to do with integrity in the news? Perhaps nothing. Perhaps everything. If we all lived like we are suppose to live, this world would be a happier place. Maybe not several million in the bank, but it is probably easier to sleep at night.