Friday, October 26, 2012

An Important Reminder

October 26, 2012

Now that flu season is approaching, please remember one thing:

If you are feeling sick, you are not nauseous (=sickening); you are nauseated (=sickened).

Oh, and don’t forget to wash your hands—it’s a huge help in flu prevention.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Am I Seeing Straight?

October 15, 2012

Not sure why JC Penney is putting out a weekly sale flyer, when they are making all the women’s clothes look so unattractive.

Or maybe my eyes are crossed.

King of the TV Hill

October 15, 2012

Do TV advertisers ever sit the people in charge of programming down and say,

“Look, I know you want to have bragging rights about having the highest-rated show on TV. But when you shift a highly-rated show on your network to air opposite a highly-rated show on the other network, you’re cutting into my ad time, especially if your show loses viewers and then gets canceled. Frankly, I’d rather have my ad on your 9:00 shows every night; but when you play “King of the Hill” with the shows and the good ones go under, that’s less air time for me. So cut it out!”

If not, why not?

Weather Question

 October 15, 2012

Uh oh! Normally the time around October 21st is the warmest time of the month. This year, though, we’ve gotten pretty good temps a week early. So is the schedule off, or will we be REALLY warm next week?

(Hey, it matters. I’ve been tracking this for over 30 years, and I’d hate to break my streak.)

Special Interest

October 15, 2012

Was interested to read that a presidential candidate said that Teachers’ Unions shouldn’t be allowed to lobby, as they don’t have the best interests of the students at heart. Scoured the reports just to make sure that the quote wasn’t being truncated or monkeyed with, as it is fairly evident that any group who lobbies has more in mind than the public good. I thought that maybe the candidate gave other examples of groups that shouldn’t be allowed to lobby, but I found nothing.

Today, though, there’s an article about the food industry policing itself, leading to serious outbreaks of e. coli, salmonella and listeria.

The FDA is trying to regain control of food inspections, but the food industry lobbied for, and won, the enactment of a law that gave food auditors-for-hire expanded powers. Who hires the auditors? Often times, companies with ties to these auditors. The fox is guarding the salmonella-infested henhouse!

Excellent opportunity for a candidate, or both candidates, to proclaim his interest in protecting the country from ALL special-interest groups that run counter to the public well-being. (We know neither of you would mean it, but you’d sound good.)