Tuesday, August 02, 2005

What's wrong with this picture?

Athletes are grossly overpaid.

First I read on USATODAY.com that Shaquille O'Neal agrees to a five-year, $100M deal with the Miami Heat. Then I skim around the web site and fine that child poverty in the U.S. is worsening.

I just don't get it.

This, of course, is in my humble opinion.

Why is Natalee Holloway so important?

Why does the media feel that Natalee Holloway is so important? What about the children who go missing everyday? Are they not important enough for Greta and the media in general?

The authorities in Aruba are being called inept for not finding Natalee by now. They've probably done more for her simply because of the extreme media coverage heaped upon them. Hell, she's already on Wikipedia.

Yes, I feel sorry for her parents and hope things work out for the best. However, I wonder what the parents of Amanda Bailey think about all of the coverage Natalee is receiving. Amanda is another Alabama teen who's missing and I doubt anyone outside of Montgomery, Alabama, has ever heard of her.

I wonder if Greta just wants to work on her tan.

This, of course, is in my humble opinion.

Al Gore's twin?

Oh, the humanity. Because of our democratic voting process, we'll never have someone like North Korea's Dear Leader Kim Jong-il.

If only our president:
  • Woke up early every day for intensive memory training where he sits down and commits to his keen mind items such as the phone numbers of workers in his Stalinist state.
  • Remembered all computer codes and workers telephone numbers.
  • Remembered the achievements, characteristics, tastes and bereaved family members for hundreds of the dead in Arlington.
  • Or could pilot jet fighters, pen operas, produce movies and shoot 11 holes-in-one in a single round of golf.
This, of course, is in my humble opinion.

No wonder they drive a Hummer!

It's now "proven" that men speak favorably of war and SUVs when they feel sexually threatened; specifically, as a homophobic response.

According to Cornell University researcher Robb Willer in the article Masculinity Challenged, Men Prefer War and SUVs, "I found that if you made men more insecure about their masculinity, they displayed more homophobic attitudes, tended to support the Iraq war more and would be more willing to purchase an SUV over another type of vehicle," said Willer said. "There were no increases [in desire] for other types of cars."

I've always felt that the smaller the man the bigger the truck.

This, of course, is in my humble opinion.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Do you smell smoke?

Sometimes I wonder why people get paid to do what they do.

Carl Dubois writes in The Baton Rouge Advocate (online) that LSU is predicted to finish on top of the SEC West and that, apart from a few other schools, the state pretty much won't be able to hang. If I recall properly, LSU was supposed to finish on top last year but didn't live up to expectations despite winning a few games they should have lost and losing a few games they should have won.

Don't get me wrong. I'm a die-hard LSU football fan and have been ever since I saw my first game first-hand more than 20 years ago. More than likely I will always be a die-hard fan. Hell, I don't think they'll ever be worse than the Saints.

Baton Rouge is holding up its end of the bargain, he writes. That's why they play the game, Carl.

This, of course, is in my humble opinion.

Maybe it's the steroids?

ESPN.com: Bonds doesn't expect to return until 2006: "SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds doesn't expect to play this season because of his injured right knee, putting the San Francisco slugger's quest for the career home run record on hold until at least 2006."

Maybe he realized that the league's steroid policy is for real and doesn't want to risk anything?

This, of course, is in my humble opinion.