Archive for June, 2007

Udderly Ridiculous

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

It is projected milk will reach a national average of $5.00 per gallon by the fall.  Increased fuel costs, production expenses and drought losses have all factored into the rising price.  $5.00 per gallon!!!  Everything that requires milk as an ingredient will also go up.  I don’t know what anyone else has planned, but this pregnant lady is getting a body guard.

Sticks & Stones

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Why does anyone even bother to listen to or reason with Ann Coulter? Such a waste of time. Elizabeth Edwards has a much more important disease to focus on fighting right now. The cancer that is Ann Coulter has reached its critical mass and will hopefully begin to die out on its own. Ann will eventually succeed in destroying herself. Giving any additional attention to that malignant mouthpiece at this point is simply extending her time in the spotlight. I say unscrew the bulb and let’s all have a good night.

Same Old Story

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

With all of the media outlets to turn to for information about our world, it is amazing to me they all seem to cover the exact same stories. Without fail the local, network and cable news centers are running identical content within seconds of one another. If you flip the through the channels, the only difference is the face and voice of the individual delivering the information. We don’t really have a choice of what information we’d like to hear, simply what talking head from what angle best suits our taste.

How sad the human exist has become so boring and uneventful there are only a handful of subjects to talk about anymore. With billions of people on this planet, there is barely enough content to fill 35 minutes of cable news without starting the feed queu all over again. Let’s not forget the poor local channels. If international outlets are hard pressed for stories, how is a local news crew to fill 30 minutes of air time when limited by a population of a few hundred thousand? Thank goodness for commercials and the countless number of murders, celebrity embarrassments and heart stopping catastrophes happening to people in other areas of the country that can be used as filler when the local scene is at a standstill. I mean, what is there to report if not humanity at its worst?  Perhaps we all owe Paris Hilton a thank you afterall?
Until even more people get with the program and turn into murderers or idiots, we may find the slump in the news will continue. With such a shortage of viable stories to report, can we really fault the news outlets for creating their own stories? If they didn’t step up and ‘wag the dog,’ we would be stuck watching commercials non-stop. Or worse, they might have to rely on reporting human interest or feel good stories. The types of things that give us the false sense the world might be an okay place after all. Freedom of the press, as you can see, is vital to keeping us realistic about the nasty place this world is as well as keeping us supplied with the addictive negativity we crave.

I shouldn’t be so critical. There is a bright spot in all of this. I think we all should take a moment to thank our politicians for actually taking action on this very important issue. Sure, they may have dropped the ball on fuel, fresh water, military and funding shortages. They do, however, seem to realize how devastating it would be to our nation to find ourselves without sources for the type of content our news outlets rely on for their very survival. I feel safe in predicting they will not let us down. Viable news stories to report may be in short supply, but the trusted men and women of our legislature will not allow them to become extinct.

4Real

Monday, June 25th, 2007

The story out of New Zealand about the judge barring a couple from naming their son ‘4Real’ is getting a lot of attention. It is my understanding the ruling was based strictly on New Zealand not allowing numerals or symbols in legal names. That aside, the decision prompted a huge debate over how much freedom parents should be allowed in naming their children.

Many comments on the story from internet readers express outrage over the judge’s actions. He is often referred to as an intrusive bigot. Though I don’t believe the decision was influenced by anything other than legal technicalities, I have no problem with the idea of outside sources stepping in when parents are making irresponsible decisions regarding their children. I do not feel a parent’s rights are more important than the well being of a child.

Though a name destined to guarantee years of teasing and attention may not be as serious a violation as physical abuse or neglect, anyone who feels this child wouldn’t have endured pain as a result of his parents’ choice of name is in denial. Children should have the right to choose how much attention they wish to attract as they grow. The formative years are tough. My daughter has a facial birthmark that automatically subjects her to remarks from others. It is impossible for her to fade into the woodwork on days where she doesn’t feel like being in the spotlight. I would never intentionally put her in this type of position. Granted, names and physical differences shouldn’t be met with criticism and teasing. The fact of the matter is, they are. Before this child’s parents move forward with naming their son ‘4Real’, they need to get real and put some actual thought into how this choice will effect their son long term.

Beets or Politicians?

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

I can’t decide which I despise more. Seeing the news reports about the presidential candidates attending the memorial service for the fallen South Carolina firefighters really turned my stomach. Such shameless tactics of self-promotion make me ill. Unlike beets, you can’t spit politicians out in a napkin when they leave a bad taste in your mouth.

Ethical?

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

President Bush vetoed a Bill today that would have made it easier to achieve funding for stem cell research. He reasoned it is unethical to ask tax payers to fund the destruction of human life. The interesting thing is, tax payers fund the destruction of human life every day. Of course, we hope it is contributing to the greater good of society. We fund wars that drop bombs on and fire bullets into our human enemies. We fund airfare that is necessary to transport the brave men and women of the armed forces into danger zones where some will lose their life. We fund the housing and eventual execution of federal inmates who have committed heinous crimes.

I am not interested in starting a debate on the rights and wrongs of military operations and capital punishment. The concern over not involving the tax payer in the destruction of human life simply made me scratch my head a bit.

If Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder…

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

You all must be madly in love with me by now.  Sorry I’ve been MIA.  The first few months of pregnancy are always rough for me.  I’m nearing the 5 month mark.  The sickies are subsiding a bit and I’m in the mood to rejoin the world and write again.  Stay tuned and thanks for the messages and hellos.