Monday, September 25, 2006

All the news that fits ...

After spending the last four days in beautiful seaside Connecticut, I'm back in Gulf Coast Texas, wondering why the coast here and the coast there are so different! People pay a lot of money to live near the water in Connecticut ... and down here they merely pay a lot for insurance to live by the water. We really do live in two Americas!

So let me get back on track here ... hmmm, lots in the news to catch up on ...

... Bill Clinton pops off at Fox News' Chris Wallace, who now has ugly stains on his blue blazer ...

... Osama bin Ladin might be dead, or might just have really bad diarrhea (maybe he ate the spinach) ...

... the war in Iraq might be inspiring more future suicide bombers and editorial cartoonists ...

... Homeland Security will now allow you to bring lip gloss and hand lotion aboard the plane (but only if you buy them at one of our friendly airport vendors) ...

... A Columbus, Ohio, car dealer is sponsoring "Fatwa Fridays," declaring "jihad" on the U.S. auto market and offering free scimitars for the kids. Muslims are angry, of course. An embassy is gonna be attacked, Lee Iacocca will be burned in effigy, yada yada yada.

... oil drops below $60 a barrel just as America's last public school begins classes after summer vacation. (Isn't it interesting that the oil-price surge coincided with the summer-driving season?)

... worse, conspiracy-minded Democrats say cheap gas is only a Republican election ploy. (Oh wait, this isn't news.)

... America might seem like the most civilized place on earth, but where else can you go to the head of the roller-coaster line by eating a live hissing cockroach? Even one-eyed beggars in Kabul have higher standards for fun. And PETA is peeved.

... A new sculpture of philosopher Confucius has sparked debate in Beijing. While Chinese people discuss whether the statue really looks like the old guy, angry Muslims plan to attack an embassy, burn Jackie Chan in effigy, yada yada yada.

4 comments:

Chancelucky said...

Confucius's reappearance in Beijing is pretty fascinating. Mao tried to rid China of Confucius. The fact that he's reappearing at all with official blessing is a pretty fascinating comment on the politics of the current regime which seems more green than red.

Chancelucky said...

Confucius's reappearance in Beijing is pretty fascinating. Mao tried to rid China of Confucius. The fact that he's reappearing at all with official blessing is a pretty fascinating comment on the politics of the current regime which seems more green than red.

SingingSkies said...

You missed my favorite - advertising via text messaging. Does that now mean I'm going to have to PAY 10 cents per message for someone to invade my privacy to try to sell me something? No thanks!

Of course, the next time I fly I'm not sure how I'll survive if I have to go for two hours without lip gloss or hand lotion. I have no intention of paying airport prices for either.

I do have to wonder about the wisdom/sanity of the Columbus car dealer. Why would anyone bait the radical fringes of a culture in an advertising campaign? (To gain visibility, I know, but still...)

Ahhhhhhhh....Heinlein had it right. The Crazy Years are upon us!

Anonymous said...

Isn't there an oil price surge every summer? Isn't a combination of increased demand due to vacations and increased cost to the oil companies as they are required to do a summer blend to deal with ozone issues?