Culture Watch Vol. 42
November 24, 2008
The good news is, it looks like America has prevailed in Iraq, giving millions of Iraqis a chance at freedom. The bad news is, Iran now has produced enough nuclear material to make a nuclear bomb. Question: Have you heard either of these headlines reported??
What is being reported, ad naseum, is everything Obama. To date, an elementary school in Long Island and a South Florida Avenue are both being renamed in honor of Obama.
Pollster John Zogby came under heat for a new poll that shows the utter lack of knowledge of Obama voters on statements and scandals associated with the presidential tickets. His poll, however, is reinforced by a video of interviews with 12 Obama voters. After watching these Obama voters, I understand Neal Boortz when he suggests that ignorant people shouldn't be allowed a vote. Despite this, there still remains plenty of:
The Indiana Court of Appeals issued a ruling Monday that affirmed Indiana's "In God We Trust" plates are constitutional. The war against God in the public square got another boost this week when outraged residents in the city of Rancho Cucamonga forced removal of a billboard that asked viewers to "Imagine No Religion."
The number of young people considering a career in the military is on the increase. A new Irish film claims that climate change guru Al Gore is an alarmist and that those who think they are saving the planet are only hurting the poor. Ya think?
U.S. military engineers are designing flying robots disguised as insects that could one day spy on enemies and conduct dangerous missions without risking lives.
GOVERNMENT at WORK:
New York City officials have ordered 22 New York churches to stop providing beds to homeless people. Apparently the churches must obey a city rule requiring faith-based shelters to be open at least five days a week -- or not at all.
Our elected officials scored abysmally on a test measuring their civic knowledge, with an average grade of just 44 percent. These are the public servants we are trusting to solve our economic crisis. Go figure.
In San Francisco, the fireplace police are now patrolling a neighborhood near you. For the first time ever, residential fires are illegal under a new law. Repeat offenders could face fines of up to $2,000. Hey, it could be worse...
And it is, in the UK, where children as young as five will win the legal right to tell teachers how they should be taught and disciplined for bad behavior. Britain is also considering a ban on 'happy hour' to cut down on alcohol related deaths.
In Canada, the Supreme Court ruled that obese people may now get two airline seats for the price of one. Hey, fatties apparently have rights, too. Meanwhile, the United Nations Human Rights Commission, while pleading poverty, threw itself a party in Geneva Tuesday that featured the unveiling of a $23 million mural paid for in part with foreign aid funds.
A 19-year-old Florida man, Abraham Briggs, committed suicide live on a Web cam, encouraged by those who were watching. Lovely.
Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., is poised to become only the eighth congresswoman in history to have a baby while in office -- and the first to do so while single. Meanwhile, Internet dating site, eHarmony, caved in to a lawsuit and will now be offering 'gay' dating services.
A 30-year-old Spanish woman has made medical history by becoming the first patient to receive a whole organ transplant grown using her own cells and a teen who lived for four months with no heart, has finally left the hospital.
In these tough times, many young women are turning to the baby business. The number of surrogate mothers or egg donors is up 30 percent. Times are so tough that more than 80% of multimillionaires who have extra-marital lovers plan to cut back on their gifts and allowances, according to a new survey.
THE WEIRD AND THE TRIVIAL:
Somali pirates have been paid more than $150 M in ransoms in the past 12 months and your average Arab reads 4 pages a year according to a UN survey - compared to Americans, who read 11 books. Hmmm, what does this all mean??
People Magazine has voted Australian movie star, Hugh Jackman, as the 'Sexiest Man Alive'. (He's the one on the right) Personally, I think he looks like a ferret. From the 'one short of a pair' files: An extraordinary account from a German army medic has finally confirmed what the world long suspected: Hitler only had one testicle.
A one-eyed San Francisco artist wants to replace her missing eye with a Web cam - and tech experts say it's possible.
A group of supporters has started a petition to get pole dancing into the Olympic games and actress Charlize Theron has been appointed United Nations Messenger Of Peace. They must not have seen the movie that made her famous.
TOP IDIOT OF THE WEEK:
The winner of this week's Idiot Award is the genius who decided to rename New York City's Triborough Bridge in honor Robert F. Kennedy. For those of you under 35 and/or recent graduates of government schools who don't see the irony in naming a bridge after a Kennedy, just google 'Chappaquidick'.
There are so many idiots and so little space that RightBias now has a new feature: Top Idiots Of The Week Awards. Check it out.
Until next Monday, keep smiling,
by Nancy Morgan
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