It's a minor thing of no real value....but CNN delivered it's lowest month of viewing over the past week...around 389k viewers out of 300 million. Even for prime-time viewing....they somehow found 114k viewers. I would imagine most folks haven't seen a pay raise in several years with CNN. How would they reverse the trend? They probably need to generate real aggressive journalism.....something they haven't seen in twenty years. Basically, they'd need to outfox Fox News, and I just don't think they have it in themselves. In a couple of years, I think some diet-drink millionaire will buy the organization and probably Oprah-ize them into nothing.
Out of West Virginia....a Pentecostal minister of known fame.....messed around with his serpent (his most favorite rattlesnake).....got bit on the leg.....and died. Rather than seek treatment, he felt God would come through in the end, and is today six feet under. I don't usually slam religious folks because strong Bama ethics.....but a guy handling snakes as a religious "thrill"....is probably deserving of an end like this. Don't worry, there's a replacement somewhere down the line for this guy already.
Up in St Paul, Minnesota....there's this church.....Grace Community United Church of Christ Church.....where the minister decided that he was confident in a new direction for the church. He announced that the church would throw itself behind gay marriage, which is coming up on the state election business this November. Well....apparently two-thirds of the church membership decided that wasn't the direction they wanted to go, so they up and quit. Normally, a church wouldn't care and just grin about things and proceed on. In this case....they owed $200k on loans for the church building. They apparently have around a month before the bank steps in and probably takes over the building. Where did the membership run off to? Well....none of the news organizations got into details like that. The problem in moving to a direction like this....is that you end up politicizing the church in some way. Some folks are conservative and just aren't going to sit in a pew and listen to your message. Obviously, the minister and deacons didn't care. The interesting thing here....is that the deacons, when kicked out of this church....won't have good standing for another deacon position at a new church.
We had this odd airplane accident a couple of days ago here in Virginia. Two small single-engine prop planes....collided. Two guys dead on one plane....and the third guy in the second plane survives but in bad shape. The thing is....all three were related to the FAA in some fashion. The odds of two small planes colliding and all three guys FAA-related? It's like one in a billion. This triggered what locals are fairly amazed about.....US FAA folks stepped aside and invited Canadian FAA folks to come in and analyze what went wrong. So, we've got Canadian visitors here in Virginia.... investigating an odd airplane accident that our own FAA can't check out. Probably a script for a movie, if you ask me (with Sandra Bullock as the Canadian FAA gal of course).