Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Morning Blur - Reading only headlines

Culture War in The State Journal-Register this morning.

Headlines online this morning included "Springfield is a Pizza Town." A story about the Springfield Kiwanis Club having its annual pizza extravaganza as a fundraiser. The feature article included a photo of a big juicy pepperoni pizza, slightly charred just right so you get the impression that the pepperoni appeared to be slightly fried. In contrast of course, a story about Hazel Dell school kicking off its "Healthy Choices Initiative" with a nice $87,000 grant from Kohl's department store. What's it going to be pizza or plain milk?

Just minutes ago a news story was posted about a kid who burglarized his own grandmother's house. With the kind of self-control kids show, the winner will be the pizza.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, states where text-messaging is banned is showing increases in accidents due to texting because the texters keep texting, but they hide their phones in their laps and look down, instead of holding the phone up so they can still see the road. So far it's 0 for 2 against self-control.

I guess that's how it goes for self-control. Good luck you closet pizza eating sneaky texters.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Morning Blur - Judging only by the headlines

Welcome to the morning blur. When I get up and can read only the headlines, I decide whether or not I should go back to bed or climb down into my abandoned missile silo.

Kim Jong Il's son gets a promoted: Totally irrelavent.

Rham Emanuel may run for mayor of Chicago: My entire life I kept seeing the same people in and out of politics, running back and forth between corporate boardrooms and government offices. Also, I keep seeing the vast majority of Americans growing poorer instead of richer, yet they keep electing the same people who keep appointing the same people. I say "Don't drag me into this mess!" Unfortunately, all the voting idiots make up the vast majority in this country.

Local teens weigh in on governor's race, political rallies, more: In this article of the Illinois State Journal-Register (9/28/2010) Teens are asked to respond to a story about a woman who was sucked down a manhole in a flooded area and drowned; who the teens would vote for in the upcoming election (if they could vote, which they can't); the relevance of John Stewart and Stephen Colbert and their rallies planned for October 30, 2010 in Washinton D.C.; the trapped coal miners in Chile; and whether or not they would buy a Facebook branded smart phone.

I think what the readers need to know is how these kids plan to contribute to their own society and whether or not their education is moving them in a direction that will either require more public money expenditures or a direction that will yield a greater economic return that reduces the tax burden.

Sports: I don't get a paycheck from anyone in sports.