Archive | December, 2011

CREATIVITY IS IN SHORT SUPPLY

It seems like every time I turn around, someone is remaking a movie or a tv show.  Superman, Batman, Charlie’s Angels, Bionic Woman, Hawaii Five-0, the Green Hornet, and The Munsters, to name a few.  The original 1933 King Kong is one of my husband’s favorite movies and “creative” Hollywood has already made two hideously […]

When Jaguars Learn to Fly Planes

Anytime I read that something has been “greeted warmly” by environmentalists, I step back and reflect a moment. I did so recently when I read an article that the government is spending $771,000 on a project to learn more about the status and presence of the endangered jaguar on our Southern border. The funding is […]

Down the Drain

Back in the late 80s, I fell for the PBS slogan – “funded by viewers like you.” I was naive back then, and honestly believed that my (measly few) bucks actually kept PBS alive and well.  Obviously, I was wrong.  My tax dollars were already funding PBS and once I found this out, the next […]

I See Dumb People

Look at this face.  This is the face of dumb.  At least for this week. This is the face of convicted felon, Jesse Dimmick, who is serving an 11-year sentence for kidnapping a couple in their Topeka-area home in September 2009. So, you’re wondering why he’s my pick for the dumbest person of the week […]

I Thought It Was a Joke

You may know that a U.S. drone is now in the possession of Iran. I read lots of articles all day long.  Yesterday, when I read that President Obama asked Iran for the drone back, I really thought it was a joke.  I had a hundred other things to do, so I didn’t think about […]

Up in Smoke

Don’t our men and women in the military have enough problems fighting our enemies without having to worry about the safety of the equipment they’re using.  You’d think so.  But, according to a recent report by Rob Wolchek in Detroit,the military should be concerned. Tower Defense & Aerospace in Detroit touts an alcohol and drug-free […]

HELICOPTER PARENTS ARE HOVERING

“They’re called ‘helicopter parents,’” my niece said.  I don’t know how this slipped by me, but I had no idea there was an actual name for parents who overparent and refuse to let their children take responsibility for their wrongdoing or impose any consequences of their children for their own actions.  In other words, these […]

Above the Law

Certain things seem so obvious to me.   It’s not that I’m naive, but certain things are just the right thing to do.  Particularly, when Congress has an approval rating of 9%. So why is there a problem with the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act, introduced by U.S. Rep. Tim Waltz, D-Minn., and pushed since […]

WHAT MORE DO THEY WANT?

Here’s a story about a 57-year old woman, Rose Marie Belforti, who’d been the town clerk of Ledyard, NY for the past ten years.  In addition to having her office open only nine hours a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings, she cleans the town hall bathrooms, is a married farmer with four grown […]

The Immaculate Conception Explained

In the Catholic Church, today is the feast day of the Immaculate Conception. I’m a stickler for detail and consider myself a very precise person.  So, when I so often hear the term “Immaculate Conception” being bandied around and used to describe a virgin birth or some other inaccurate condition, it makes my head spin […]