Archive for February 2008

Chunks of Reality: Girls, Girls, Girls

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

From the “Time to rethink the marketing campaign (and the employee incentives)” department:

DES MOINES, Iowa – A judge has denied an Iowa man’s claim that he shouldn’t have been fired for repeatedly requesting help to procure a prostitute.

Neil Jorgensen, 62, of Kalona, worked at Riverside Casino and Golf Resort in Riverside and was given a gift certificate and free night’s stay at the casino hotel to mark a year’s employment.

After eating and drinking at a casino restaurant, he returned to his hotel room about midnight and later called hotel managers about hiring a prostitute. When managers refused to help him, he made a call to the adjacent resort and made the same request.

“The advertisement is that it’s just like Las Vegas, so I thought I was in Las Vegas,” Jorgensen testified at a hearing regarding his request for unemployment benefits.

From the “Some people will do anything to avoid being over the hill” department:

“Girl” at school was 39-year-old man

TOKYO (Reuters) – A Japanese man was arrested for trespassing this week after turning up at a high school dressed in a girl’s uniform and a long wig, local police said.

Thirty-nine-year-old Tetsunori Nanpei told police he had bought the uniform over the Internet and put it on to take a stroll near the school in Saitama, north of Tokyo, on Wednesday, the daily Asahi Shimbun said.

When students standing outside the gates started to scream at the sight of him, he dashed inside the school grounds, hoping to blend in with the crowds of teenagers, the paper said. …

And finally, from the “If you have to ask, you aren’t” department:

“Are Women Human?” And other publishing highlights

LONDON (Reuters) – They may not leap off the shelves into the best-seller category, but the books shortlisted for the oddest book title prize certainly grab the attention. […]

While none of the above may challenge the sensibilities too much, others are likely to prove more divisive. Try “If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs” or “Are Women Human? And other International Dialogues.”

Chunks of Reality: Bear Spray and Woolly Mammoths

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

From the “Perhaps it’s time for this guy to head back to civilization” department:

KODIAK, Alaska – A man faces assault charges after allegedly spraying bar patrons twice with bear spray.

From the “And, of course, the U.S. Senate IS an ancient fossil” department:

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s senators will have to share a museum building with the remains of prehistoric woolly mammoths and spotted hyenas during repairs to the Georgian mansion that normally houses parliament’s upper chamber.

Much of Leinster House, built in the 1740s and used by Ireland’s houses of parliament since the 1920s, will close for urgent repairs and the 60-seat upper chamber is to be housed in the natural history museum next door, Irish media reported.

The Dream Team, Perhaps…But Whose Name Comes First?

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

The Dream Team?

On the way back to my car from the dentist, I ran across this makeshift sticker in the window of a car. It started me thinking about how much the political landscape has changed.

For a while it appeared that the nomination was all but Hillary Clinton’s to lose, but no one figured on the star power of Barack Obama. Super Tuesday ended up being a split decision between Clinton and Obama. Obama and Clinton have been trading the lead.  States that, in another time and place, pundits would have been written off as irrelevant (like Hawaii) are now in play. And one can only see more uncertainty on the horizon. It’s starting to look more and more likely that neither candidate can muster the delegates needed to wrap up the nomination in the primary season, leaving it to the superdelegates to decide the race.

Some believe that such a debate will make the party stronger. To others, it seems like a recipe for disaster. No doubt this contest is causing divisions along gender and racial lines. It seems a question as to which one the Democrats want most: the first black president or the first woman president? Hard to decide.

When all is said and done, perhaps the only way for the Democrats to start healing the deep rifts would be for the two rivals to join forces with one being the running mate to the other. Not that either one will step aside so easily and accept second place. They are two dogged competitors. And with John McCain all but waiting in the wings for his place in the spotlight, they’re going to need to find a way to reunite a divided party. The only way I can see this happening is for Clinton and Obama (or Obama and Clinton) to share the ticket.

The only question in my mind is, whose name will come first.