Thursday, October 06, 2005

Coupla headlines

While I was away camping, I did listen to my little transistor radio a bit.

Talkshows are all a twitter about Harriet Miers nomination to the Supreme Court (yawn). She'll be confirmed or she won't. Partisan bickering in Washington will continue either way. Everyone just simmer down.

New Orleans is laying of city workers. Yeah? Is there anyone in the entire United States of America who is truly surprised at this? There is NO city government in New Orleans, really. There's the mayor, the cops, the firefighters, and the clean-up guys, that's about it, and very little tax revenue coming in to pay for any of it. So, who is surprised about layoffs? Sad? Yes. Shocked? Get a grip folks.

Oh, and here's a couple of more headlines from my, "Huh?" department.

From the "Shocked? Get a grip" file, Virginal Katie (Holmes) breaks vow, Tom's baby on way. Another Hollywood starlet renigs on her "vow" to be pure until her wedding. And, the strapping, older man (nearly father-figure) Cruise has no problem helping her break her vow. Yup, classy Hollywood folks once again prove they are the arbiter of personal respect, morals and ethics in America. If Tom Cruise were a real man, we'd have told Katie that he respected her vow, and would have done anything to help her keep it. Way to go, Hollywood. Way to go, Tom. Way to put that scientology stuff to work, bud.


And from the "What were they thinking" file, Scientists resurrect virus that killed 50 million. What? WHAAAT? We don't have enough flu viruses in the world to study, they had to go and resurrect one? GEEZ! Ok, so it was bird flu. You now have a connection between it and today's virus. IT KILLED 50 MILLION PEOPLE! Can you imagine the conversation that conjured this up?

"Hey, Joe, we've got this new bird flu thing that's threatening to become a pandemic, and I was thinking - that flu back in 1918 was pretty nasty, and I wonder if it is related to this flu today?"

"Good question, Jim. So what if it related?"

"Well, I'd like to cook up a batch of it, see if we can find out HOW it's related."

"Uh huh. And tell me, Jim, what would be the point of that?"

Blink. Blink.

"Just seems like a cool thing to do, Joe."

"I like your thinking, Jim. Run with that and tell me how it goes. Oh, by the way, stay far, far away from me for the rest of your life after you come out of that little containment center, mm-kay?"


That's my rant for the day. Peace.

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