Thursday, 26 July 2012

The Rescue

This is what we know.

Cops got called out in Shandong, China.  9-11 type call.....frantic voice....you gotta come to the river....someone drowning.

So the cops dispatched a team out to the river area.....found a crowd.....then saw the body floating off in the river.  Roughly an hour passes during this rescue episode.....finding the body, trying to find a boat, and finally getting out to where the body was resting.

By this point, there were mostly a thousand local folks along the river to watch what they figured to be a NASCAR-like event.....dead body recovery episode.  This huge crowd translated into a bunch of cars parked along the road....which uninterrupted regular traffic, then hindered emergency vehicles, and just total chaos.

So the cops and rescue guys finally get to the body in the river.  The problem is....as they finally paddle back up to the banks of the river....this was a inflatable sex-doll type "thing".

Now, a guy from Bama would pause along about this point.  There'd be jokes tossed at the fire and rescue guys....if they provided mouth-to-mouth, and they'd just try to explain that they puffed as much as possible, but couldn't revive the doll.

The cops will be asked about the police report.....which have to indicate "damages".  Some guy will draw out the doll and indicate where she was losing air.

Some guy named Yung will come up by next week....admitting it was his doll, and he'd like to have her back.  News folks will show up.  You can imagine the rest.

It's a good thing you don't have events like this in Bama.  It'd just invite too many guys to get distracted from NCAA football, politics, or Baptist revivals, and you just don't need something like that.

The End of Newsweak

It came out yesterday via the owner of NewsWeak....that they will halt the paper production of the weekly news magazine in the next couple of months.  My bet would be the week after the election will be the target point.

What they admit in public....after seventy-nine years of production....is that they are on-track to lose around twenty-two million bucks this year.  They simply can't find any subscription base and enough readers.....to keep the magazine afloat.  On the other side of the coin.....they do state that they will keep it going via a digital means.....which typically means you pay $20 a year, get a password, and download a copy via the internet.

What happened to NewsWeak?  At some point in the 1990s, it became a political tool of sorts.  As they fell more to the liberal side of politics.....they lost subscriptions.  Frankly, they didn't care.  They figured they'd always have enough readers, and life would go on.  Within the last ten years....it was apparent that readers were leaving in droves.....and things were working out.  A normal business would have circled the wagons, hired a new staff, and gone mostly to neutral reporting.  NewsWeak couldn't do that.

Added to this problem is a new society that wants more personalized news.  Via the internet....you can achieve that.  NewsWeak couldn't drift off and talk NCAA football, banking practices in Brazil, or identify the best ribs in Kansas City.  They had a limit.

It'll be a curious end to the magazine.  Could have been.....would have been....but it doesn't matter now.

Just Observations

The Colorado shooter apparently mailed a notebook with the entire plan off to the university doctor who had seen him.  Motive?  You'd almost get the idea that he was conducting a thesis, and this was the paperwork to cover it.  I know it doesn't make much sense.....but you typically don't plan out an event like this and then write everything up in such a fashion.

For the last couple of days....I've been observing this Jackson family episode out in California.  Grandma is the official court-declared guardian over Micheal Jackson's kids.  Almost every single brother and sister of Micheal Jackson is bothered by this arrangement because Grandma isn't carving out more money for each of them.  It would appear that the Micheal Jackson's kids have figured out this entire fight, and how big the stakes are in this case.  The sad thing is that over the past three decades.....there's probably over thirty million bucks given out to the brothers and sisters....which they eagerly spent.  They've all become a comedy act....fighting over money that they probably will never have.  At the very least, someone needs to go and video-tape this whole fight because it's pure entertainment.

We've had this event occur with the local Arlington high school....the "Thomas Jefferson" (often referred to here in the local area as "TJ").  "TJ" is rated as one of the top five high schools in America.  You have to rate pretty high up in science and math classes.....to get the privileged to enter this local public school.  This tends to invite parents to force their kids off to Latin, physics and biology special projects while in the seventh and eighth grades....after school....in hopes of getting the thumbs up later to enter "TJ".    Well....some folks have taken up a complaint and are very unhappy that more black and Latino kids are not in the school.....along with kids with disabilities.  What they'd like....is for "TJ" to dumb down the entry levels.....and just let any kid enter the school system.  Naturally, this has upset parents who have put years into their brilliant Johnny and Wanda.....to get them to the right scores to enter "TJ".  My impression is that the state folks are shaking their head on this and would prefer this go away.  In the end, these Latino and black kids will be forced off to physics, chemistry, and Latin classes....shaking their heads because they really don't see any value to this crap.....which is mostly what the current kids in "TJ" have already said.

There's a fight going on in Pennsylvania over their voter ID law.  Course, it's the Feds fighting the state, to prevent voter from happening.  If I were a state.....I'd make a pretty simple law and list out the forty occasions (to include voting) where you need an ID.  If the Feds force you to toss voter ID.....then the other 39 occasions would be tossed as well....like when you buy booze, register cars, and marry up.  If all these poor folks lack an ID and it makes sense not to require one.....then let's get serious and just dump all ID situations.  I'm pretty sure the Fed guys would stand there a minute and realize what we are hinting.....then quietly just walk away.