Through The Looking Glass

For expression, for self-fulfillment… and for a grade

“I run my unit how I run my unit. You want to investigate me, roll the dice and take your chances. I eat breakfast 300 yards from 4000 Cubans who are trained to kill me, so don’t think for one second that you can come down here, flash your badge, and make me nervous.”

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First off, a tip of the cap to the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winners in Journalism. Five of them to the New York Times! This is why newspapers simply can’t be erased, folks. Congrats to all the recipients.

For the first story on the docket this week, I’m going to stick with the local theme. Young drivers in New Jersey will be putting stickers on their cars to show everyone how old they are.

Starting next year, drivers under the age of 21 in New Jersey will be required to attach a sticker on their cars to show other drivers that they are a young driver. The initiative was brought on by the death of a student who was involved in a car accident while riding with a driver with a license on “probationary” terms.

I’m having trouble understanding what exactly this initiative is going to solve. I wonder if drivers on the road even care about whether or not there is a young person driving near them. The young drivers interviewed in the article are frustrated and I can see why. If there is one characteristic that is ageless, it is bad driving. There are people who have stacks of traffic tickets, detailed accident histories, and serious offenses such as DUIs. I think if the New Jersey government is serious about this issue, it should expand the scope to solve the real problem: bad drivers exist no matter how old they are.

Speaking of crazy ideas from state governments, Texas was taking their turn last week on Tax Day (April 15). Secede from the union?

It’s one idea that Texas residents have in the link above (in only a semi-serious fashion… I think). Apparently, they believe their government is doing just fine and don’t want any part of the bailout package that President Obama signed in February.

I’m not in Texas and I’m not in any position to comment on their economy, but Governor Rick Perry might want to be a bit careful. After all, another governor from Texas is the root of the backlash against the GOP that got President Obama and numerous Democrats into federal offices in the first place. Besides, is he really speaking for all of Texas in this scenario? It’s a pretty big state and Obama won 44% of the vote there last November. Maybe Texas should secede… then their government can worry about this problem instead of having Governor Perry call up President Obama to ask for about 1,000 soldiers and helicopters with night vision.

Finally, there was a crowning of a new Miss America this week (congrats to Miss North Carolina). However, the show was stolen by Miss California’s answer on a question about gay marriage.

Carrie Prejean gave her opinion on what she thought about gay marriage when asked during the interview portion of the Miss America pageant. Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, who is also openly gay, was the person who asked the question to Prejean.

I can see both sides of the fence here. I do admire Prejean somewhat because she gave her honest opinion. I don’t agree with it, but she answered the way she felt. Most contestants, especially in a nationally televised competition, would have given a more politically correct answer. At the same time, Hilton has a point that Prejean shouldn’t be representing America with a stance like that. She might be stating her beliefs but this is a title that doesn’t represent her or her beliefs, it represents our country. I also love how the article ends with Prejean claiming she has over 2,000 new Facebook requests. It might be some crackpots that agree with her, but I’m guessing it’s a bunch of lonely guys trying to “friend” her because she looks like this.

That’s the news for this week. Tune in again next week for some news, good or bad. I’d like to sign off by referencing this fiasco. Personally, reading this put a smile on my face for about ten different reasons. Good night!

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Written by greatfoesofreality

April 21, 2009 at 12:16 am

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