Thursday, October 11, 2007

The World Is Being Run By Morons

Ok. What she did was just plain stupid. I'll give you that. But why is is now that we have to think about what we are wearing before we go anywhere. Have our basic freedoms been whittled away to this already? They can tap our phone lines without prejudice, they can tell us what we can and cannot do, they can treat us like terrorists in the name of "National Security" and there is nothing that we can do about it. Just get back in line and shut the hell up.
A bomber who is motivated to do an atrocity like 9/11 isn't going to walk up to a customer service attendant and ask when the next flight is due. They did not need to use the level of force that they did on her. And I feel this is just another media tactic to keep people scared and compliant.

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Monday, October 8, 2007

Are Todays Toys Taking The Imagination Away?

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My wife and I recently took my 1 year old son to Toys'R Us to see about getting him something educational. Almost immediately we were bombarded with a deluge of items ranging from Interactive Software to toys that seem to be able to play all by themselves. Child not needed! As we made our ways through the aisle choosing Toy A and then comparing it to Toy B and then finding a Toy XYZ, it became very apparent that, while all these hi-tech toys were fantastic and fun to have, they, as well as the other electronic toys that my son has played with and cast aside already in his one year of life, would be played with for a day if not a week and then ignored. Frustrated and tired, we headed toward the exit. On the way we happened on a box containing a bucket with different shapes carved on the lid and several multishaped blocks.
Why did we buy it? Because my son liked it from the start. So much so, that he carried one of the blocks with him through the mall later on that day. It was a cheap toy. Only $10. But I know he's going to be playing with them for a while and we won't have to worry about him choking on a small piece. Or he opened the battery compartment and now he has a battery in his mouth and, oh, no! "Is a battery missing?" Or he threw it out of his playpen and now its broken.