Leave My Baby Alone

Again television gives us evidence that it is the sole gate keeper of cultural anemia in this country.  This is news?  O’bammer is upset because he asserts that the press has been picking on his wife. 

He said “these folks should lay off my wife, if they think they are going to try to make Michelle an issue in this campaign, they should be careful because that I find unacceptable.”  


Best get used to it.  Political wives have always been fair game.  Back in the 19th century Andrew Jackson’s wife, Rachel, was pilloried mercilessly, possibly even driven to an early grave, for marrying Old Hickory before her divorce was final.  Eleanor Roosevelt was caricatured as a busybody, Nancy Reagan as a profligate spender, Hillary Clinton as a ruthless shadow president and Teresa Heinz Kerry, Cindy McCain have all come under fire. 

If it is too hot in the kitchen, maybe it is time to get out.  I mean, if you cannot take the heat now, what are you gonna do later on in the White House?

Holy Crap!  The poop-shooter on the space station has gone on the fritz and is not working.  Well actually, the poop side is doing okay, it is the urination side that has shut down.  NASA is gearing up to send up some replacement parts to fix it but state that “weight is a problem” on the next shuttle launch and it all has to be accounted for. I was talking over the backyard fence to my neighbor about it and I asked her, “what would you do?” and she shrugged her shoulders and said, “depends?”

So the good news is … the fix is in the works, the bad news is …. Don’t go outside for a little while.

The news on the Mar’s Lander?  Have you heard?  The radio has shut down and there are no communications between the humans on earth and the machine on the planet or the robotic orbiter circling the planet, telling the Lander what to do. 

Dig rocks.  Find stuff.  Tell us, what is stuff …. Okay, tell us what you think stuff is?  For this we are coughing up billions in federal dollars? 

In another related story.  Nearly 25 years in the making and some $1 billion spent in the process, the space lab Kibo is scheduled for a weekend launch, story is on page six, oh I am sorry, you don’t have a page six. 

Send in your check anyway.  Pay to the order of Mr. George Dubya Bush, NASA, I am pretty sure they will cash it.

Uh, we will skip the resume if that is alright.  A teenager who once said he was “training to become a serial killer” rejected an offer from prosecutors that he plead guilty to reduced charges and serve a 50 year sentence in Florida.  Training to be a serial killer?  I knew the job market in America was bad, but this? 

This is pretty bad.

Researchers have just released data that suggests that long term exposure to lead will lead to criminal activities later on in life.  Some of the information shows that lead has harmful effects on judgment, cognitive function and the ability to regulate behavior.  Now if I remember right, lead is also a major additive in motor fuel, so this might explain the attitude of California Drivers. 

They are after all breathing tons of the stuff in the atmosphere of Southern California and the LA Basin.  This could very well be the major component of Road Rage in America, breathing bad air.

In 1988 there were 554 active oil rigs in the U.S. drilling and locating fossil fuels.  In 1998 that number dropped to 198 and this week, the number of active rigs operating in the country … 297.  This might explain why they are not having a lot of success finding new sources, doesn’t seem like they are looking very hard for it. On the same note, over 300 refinieries, now we are down to 139 and counting.

Meanwhile, the price of gasoline went up another four cents yesterday ….. Bob didn’t show up for work after the weekend … we don’t know where he is.

There you go!  Today’s offering of anodyne observations to amuse or confuse.