Friday, September 03, 2010

Friday's Odds and Ends

What is it with some people and their attitude toward kids? In one week's news in Dallas there was a story about a woman who killed her boyfriend's son by setting his bed on fire. The father woke up, but was unable to save the boy. 

Another story was about a mother who bit her five-week-old baby all over his body. There were also other signs of abuse, and she told doctors that she did it because she didn't want the child.

What's happened to maternal instincts?

"Ecologically it's not responsible & maybe ethically it is not a good idea either." Franklin Percival, wildlife biologist for the U.S. Geological Survery questioning the wisdom of flushing pet alligators down the toilet when they get too big.

"What the heck?" Maryann Miller questioning the wisdom of folks who have alligators for pets.

Another oil rig blew up in the Gulf of Mexico yesterday. Do we need to take a serious look at the safety of off-shore drilling?

And ending on a lighter note. I love to read the comics in the newspapers. One of my favorite strips is Pickles and a recent strip had Opal and a friend at the beauty shop sitting under a hair dryer. Opal is reading a magazine and says, "I'm feeling more irrelevant all the time."

"Why?"

"Every time I read a People Magazine it seems like there are more celebrities I've never heard of."

I'm not so sure I want to admit to how much I can relate to that.

4 comments:

Being Beth said...

pI'm finally catching up on all my blog reading after my vacation. As always, yours remains one of my favorites. Your posts are interesting, diverse and make me think. I especially liked your perspective on the UN's proposal about N. Korea. And I always enjoy the excerpts from your memoir. Thanks for the good reads this morning.

AlexOngNYC said...

Happy Friday! The comic was spot on!

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Matt said...

Offshore drilling has recently proven that we are not ready to handle the worst case scenario. Stop drilling and work on ways to improve what we have now (better mileage in gas cars - better batteries for the home). It does not have to be perfect but I am sure they can readily improve on what we have now.

Maryann Miller said...

Thanks for stopping by everyone, and I really appreciate you kind words, Beth. Made my day.

Glad you liked the comic, Alex.