May 6, 2009
Q. What is swine flu?A. A respiratory disease caused by a type-A influenza virus that has mutated into H1N1, and is currently terrorizing the globe. Don’t you read the papers?Q. What are these papers you speak of? Poor President Obama. Everything happens on his watch. Does he have the worst job in the world right now?A. Perhaps a close second to Mexico’s Minister of Tourism. That you wouldn’t wish on the CEO of AIG.Q. Just because of the swine flu?
May 5, 2009
Some time ago I wrote about the Monster Remote my kids bought for the family room TV and game systems. The purpose for buying the over-sized controller was so that it wouldn’t get lost like the small remote that came with the TV. The Monster served it’s purpose well, and never disappeared into one of the Black Holes I came to believe infest our house.
May 4, 2009
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Richard Carroll is no Arlen Specter.The state’s only Green Party lawmaker who announced he was switching over to become a Democrat didn’t cause the same political shockwaves that Specter did. A day after the United States senator announced he was switching from Republican to Democrat, Carroll said he was also switching parties.
May 4, 2009
The person who thought it would be a great idea to mass produce rubber water boots must have been a female who got tired of getting muddy feet during the Beale Street musical festivals in May. In fact, I think those who peddle the rain ponchos around and at the festival could make a few bucks during the three-day festival by selling them. Goodness knows I’m glad I had my leopard print ones Sunday afternoon while standing in the rain and sloshing around in the mud.
May 1, 2009
There is criminal law and there is civil law, there’s the long-running TV show “Law and Order,” and then there is the “law of unintended consequences.”Let’s hope that Indiana legislators will move soon to correct a bad case of the presumably unintended kind — one that unfairly and unnecessarily hinders student journalists, and which violates the spirit, if not also the letter, of First Amendment law.
May 1, 2009
The recession is now official, my teenager no longer shops at Abercrombie & Fitch.Yes, it’s true, teens who were once ashamed to be seen in anything but top-label, strategically distressed clothing are now ponying up to the register for $2 flip-flops and two-for-one tees at Target and Old Navy.
April 30, 2009
How many readers picked up on the meaning of the headline on this column last week?“Seeing the elephant” is a term that is almost 200 years old here in America. At one time, most people — even those considered very uneducated — knew what it meant.A voracious reader, especially about the Old West, hunting and trapping, the fur trade and early exploration, I’ve known the meaning of “seeing the elephant” since age 10 or possibly earlier.
April 29, 2009
Remember when you were in grade school and at the first of each year you had to write an essay on how you spent your summer vacation? Well, here’s how I spent my first week of vacation.Monday started out bad and went downhill from there. I had so many things on my to-do list that I dumped lotion on my toothbrush instead of toothpaste. Ugh!!!