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Archive for March, 2012

Obama and Press Upgraded To The Platinum Race Card Plus

March 24, 2012

“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” US President Barack Obama said Friday, stepping into an emotional storm over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a volunteer guard.

Weighing his words carefully, the country’s first African American president pleaded for national “soul searching” after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot dead in a Florida gated community by a white Hispanic neighborhood watch guard.

New race category “White Hispanics” and election year ” If I had a son, he would look like a murdered black kid” adds triple points. Obama and press upgraded to  the Plantinum Race Card Plus. Don’t run for office without it. Obama once again weighs  in on state and local issues.

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New York City Looking to Spread The Pain With First- Ever Toll For Cyclist

March 24, 2012

The city’s former traffic commissioner has a new plan to put tolls on East River bridges. But this proposal has some novel “selling points,” including a first-ever toll for cyclists.

Plan to toll the bridges have come and gone over the past few years, but the latest one by Sam Schwartz is starting to pick up steam, maybe because it goes after everyone.

“I’m trying to be equal opportunity pain throughout the region,” Schwartz said.

Spreading the pain by placing tolls on bicycles. New York goes to extraordinary feats to avoid cutting spending.  Its a New York state of mind.

Ask The Eye, All Aboard The Wedding Pain Train

March 23, 2012

Dear Eye View

I’m about to get married soon (hooray!). Unfortunately we’ve had one disaster after another with the wedding plans, and the latest was my wedding dress being stolen from my parents’ house. I’ve been looking around desperately for a dress I can get as quickly as possible with short notice. Upon hearing my dilemma, my aunt decided to surprise me with a replacement dress that was supposed to be a replica of the one that perished. My aunt sews as a hobby, but this is the first time she’s made an actual dress. I hate to say this, but it is really, really bad. I wish I could send you a photo of it. Everything is uneven and the stitching goes everywhere and the train is way too long . It’s a semi replica of my dress alright, but it looks like it was sewn together by a 7- year-old on speed. The problem is she spent a lot of money on buying that much material and obviously made it with crazy love. I feel awful rejecting the dress on the basis that it is badly made and the incredible long train. I’ve tried to think of excuse after excuse, but what can I actually say? I can’t say I don’t like the dress because she copied the original. Just before she gave it to me, she asked me if I found a replacement dress, and I said no—so I can’t even say I found something else, either. Can you please offer me some other polite excuse that won’t hurt my aunt’s feelings? What should I do with this crazy dress.

Frantic

Dear Frantic

I understand your concern. There is only one way you can keep your aunt happy and use the dress. Go with a publicity stunt wedding theme. That will keep everyone aboard the pain train.. Hope this helps

EV

Eye View Business, Disrespected Etch A Sketch Has Boost In Sales, Could Create New Jobs

March 23, 2012

Pushed to the bottom of the toy box by video games and other high-tech gadgets, Etch A Sketch is suddenly drawing lots of attention, thanks to a gaffe that has shaken up the race for the White House.

Ohio Art Co., maker of the classic baby boomer toy, is sending a big box of Etch A Sketches to the presidential campaigns to say thanks for the publicity and a boost in sales.

It all started when Mitt Romney strategist Eric Fehrnstrom was asked Wednesday about the candidate’s politics now versus next fall, and he likened the campaign to an Etch A Sketch: “You can kind of shake it up, and we start all over again.”

Boost in Etch A Shetch sales could create new jobs.

New Study Links Narcissism And Facebook Activity Showing An Increase In Acting Out

March 21, 2012

For the average narcissist, Facebook is a social networking  tool that may promote anti-social behavior.

Facebook “offers a gateway for hundreds of shallow relationships and emotionally detached communication,” according to study by Western Illinois University professor Christopher Carpenter.

The study was published this month in   Personality and Individual Differences, the official journal of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences.

In the study, Carpenter defined narcissism as “a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration and an exaggerated sense of self-importance,” according to a press release from the university. Using a Narcissistic Personality Inventory, Carpenter and his students surveyed 292 people – most of whom were college students – to measure “self-promoting” Facebook behavior, such as people posting status updates, their photos, updating profile information; as well as “anti-social behaviors,” including seeking social support more than providing it, getting angry when others do not comment on status updates and retaliating against negative comments.

This study was a follow up to  an earlier study that  indicated as kids, our early social networking consisted of going outside..

Little Rock Municipal Airport To Change Name To HillBilly National Airport

March 21, 2012

The Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission announced a unanimous vote Tuesday to rename Little Rock National Airport after the state’s (and country’s) famous former first couple.

“Bill and Hillary Clinton not only devoted years of service to Arkansas, but have served the nation as a two-term President, and as First Lady, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State – that’s a legacy of which all Arkansans can be proud,” Jim Dailey, the commission’s chairman, said in a statement on the airport’s website.

Bill Clinton is excited and already working on ideas for the Hillbilly cigar shop.

Joe Biden Makes Most Audacious Comment Of The Last 500 Years

March 20, 2012

Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that the raid that killed Osama bin Laden was the most “audacious plan” of the past 500 years. Biden’s comments, made at a Democratic fundraiser in Morris Township, NJ, ranked the May 2011 assault that ended the Al-Qaeda chief’s life above the D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944, the surprise landing at Inchon in 1950 that turned the tide of the Korean War or, going back a bit further, George Washington’s daring night-time crossing of the Delaware River before the Battle of Trenton in 1776.

“You can go back 500 years. You cannot find a more audacious plan. Never knowing for certain. We never had more than a 48% probability that he was there,” Biden said, hailing the raid as a shining example of President Barack Obama’s leadership.”Do any one of you have a doubt that if that raid failed that this guy would be a one-term president?” Biden asked, according to the media pool report from the event. “This guy is willing to do the right thing and risk losing.”

Risky for who?

 

 

Ask The Eye, When It Comes To Mother In Laws, Stick With The Drinks

March 18, 2012

Dear Eye View

My mother-in-law hates me and makes no bones about it when she and I are alone. My husband doesn’t believe me, and she even gloats about that. We have to attend family functions at her home about once a month. (It used to be more frequent, but after I put my foot down, my husband agreed that monthly would be sufficient.) The problem is that after each visit, I wind up with a bad case of diarrhea; my husband does not. I don’t know if the other in-laws are affected, because if I asked, it would get back to her. I suspect that my mother-in-law is putting something in my food or drink. Last time, I barely made it home before being struck down. Now I am considering getting some “adult undergarments” to make sure I don’t ruin the car’s upholstery on the ride home from her place. Do you have any other advice?

—Running for the Hills

Dear Rfth

I understand your concern. Unless you switch food plates with your husband, I would stick with the drinks. Hope this helps..

EV

Ask The Eye, Akward Family Photo Feud

March 16, 2012

My son is getting married in a few months to a smart, funny, and pretty young woman. They recently had their engagement photos taken by a professional photographer, and the photo shoot included taking a handful of “silly pics” along with the more traditional ones. The problem is that my son’s future mother-in-law shared a couple of the silly pics with her friends on Facebook, and in turn one of her friends, as a joke, had one of the silly pics published in the local newspaper in the engagement announcements. My son is pretty upset with his mother-in-law-to-be, but not as much as I am. He says he’s willing to just let it go for the sake of not getting off to a rocky start, but I’m not willing to just sit and watch while he gets pushed around. I want to teach her a lesson. How can I help my son understand that it’s not a good idea to just let his in-laws step all over him? Angry

Dear A

I understand your concern. As a future mother- in- law you should let it go as is your son. Remember this is not about you. On the other hand, as a sign of maturity, it might not hurt to volunteer to supply the wedding invitations… Hope this helps..

EV

2011 Worlds Ugliest Dog Passes Away In Her Sleep

March 15, 2012

Hanford, Calif. (AP) — When a beloved pet dies, good manners usually dictate saying something nice about the departed companion.But for a recently deceased dog named Yoda, it’s a compliment to say she sure was ugly.

The 15-year-old Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix won the 2011 World’s Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma Marin Fair for her short tufts of hair, protruding tongue, and long, seemingly hairless legs.

Owner Terry Schumacher of Hanford told the Hanford Sentinel that Yoda died in her sleep Saturday.

The 1.8-pound pooch had come far since Schumacher found her abandoned behind an apartment building and first mistook her for a rat.Contest producer Vicki DeArmon says Yoda will keep the title until a new ugliest dog is crowned in June.

I am sure Yoda had feelings even if they were ugly feelings.