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JERMAINE JONES: AMERICAN IDOL’S DOUBLE STANDARD

I think American Idol jumped the shark when Simon Cowell left the show.  We’re now left with Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson who are nothing more than cheerleaders with limited vocabularies.  I’ve often thought of sending them a thesaurus because Steven’s raves are limited to, “you’re beautiful, man” and Jennifer knows no other […]

CHILDREN BORN OUT OF WEDLOCK-UNEXPECTED CONSEQUENCES

I’ve written before about the results and consequences facing children who are born out of wedlock.  The whole “I don’t need to be married in order to have a child” lifestyle, encouraged by the example of numerous celebrities who the media glorify, will continue to have an enormous negative impact on society.  Legitimate studies already […]

I SAY WE STOMP HIM….

…then we tattoo him, then we hang him, and then we kill him.  Those are a few of the lines in the biker bar scene in Pee Wee Herman’s Big Adventure.  And they’re most appropriate for the guy I’m writing about. Mark Berndt, age 61, was a teacher with over 30 years experience at the […]

I See Dumb People

The other day on the radio, I heard what had to be the dumbest introduction of a story I’ve heard in a very long time.  The host said, “I’m sure you’ve all lied about seeing a movie you hadn’t seen in order to appear cultured; after the break, I’ll give you the name of the […]

MY FANTASY JOB

I like flying and do it a lot.  I also think flight attendants have a difficult job and their resume should read “being nice to stupid people.”   I wouldn’t want to be a flight attendant but one of my fantasy jobs would be getting people on board the aircraft.  Once they’re on and settled in, […]

MAY I HELP YOU?

I would say my favorite job was back in 1968 when I worked for Macy’s on 34th Street while going to college.  I worked two nights a week and all day Saturday and netted about $22.  I loved the job.  I took orders on the phone.  I loved the different forms — the order forms, […]

It’s All About Me

It’s seems as if every time I turn around, someone is doing something rude or selfish whether it’s talking loud on their cellphones, not holding a door open, or using crass language in public. Graphic novelist, Marisa Acocella Marchetto wrote a piece for the WSJ this past weekend entitled “A Flight Attendant from Hell.”  After […]

THE HIERARCHY OF EVIL

I’m not sure how prison sentences are determined but there must be some consideration that, in the scheme of things, there is a hierarchy of evil.  For example, certain crimes warrant the death penalty because of “special circumstances.” Former Mayor of Chicago, Rob Blagoyevich, recently got sentenced to 14 years for trying to sell President […]

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 […]

CRYBABIES ‘r US

We’ve become a nation of whiners and complainers and willing to sue just about anyone because we’re too fat, too thin, too short, too tall.  That’s why we have so many labels warning us of the obvious.  Can anyone tell me why they would lick a computer circuit board even if they didn’t know it […]