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“My Speech To The Martians”

February 19, 2006 at 10:05pm By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

Jack Handey returns at Studio 360, one of my favorite podcasts. I spit out my Samurai Sam’s chicken and rice all over my computer when listening to this.

Friday Fun

February 19, 2006 at 4:21pm By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

Here’s a nice item for people in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area: “Word of Mouth Iowa” is a non-profit which focuses on providing dental care to poor families and individuals in the area. Dental care for the poor isn’t the sexiest of bandwagons, so word of mouth doesn’t get a whole lot of people lining up to donate money. So the Director, a Louisiana-native who has relocated to Iowa, has been throwing Mardi Gras balls for the past several years to raise funds, and word is that the food and festivities are the most authentic thing at least in this part of the country. This year, the director is also providing free tickets to some of Omaha’s Katrina evacuees as well- which, according to FEMA - was last numbered at 575.

Old-Time TV, We Hardly Knew Ye

February 11, 2006 at 2:48am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

Three years from now, its being reported that analog TV will be terminated in 2009, with subsidies identified to replace it with digital. As noted by an MSNBC writer, apparently its time to move over.

You Make the Call

February 4, 2006 at 1:02am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

CBS Evening News has reached an all time low. And I say that as someone who usually watches CBS Evening News if I get back home by 5:30. Well in tonight’s episode they announced a new weekly feature called “Assignment America: You Make the Call.” Apparently, this is some novel and cutting-edge feature where Joe and Jane public can log on to the internets to vote for and choose which of three particular news stories Steve Hartman will report on next week. For its inaugural run, the choices are A) “Do-it yourself funerals” B) “The Jerk-O-Meter” or C) “The Smallest Town in America” (which happens to be in Nebraska apparently).

Wow really important stuff. It’s already a given that the last story of the evening network news programs is usually on some heartwarming or ridiculously quirky story that usually doesn’t deserve national attention. But now apparently viewers are empowered to choose between three non-important news stories. This condescending gimmick really exposes how desperate CBS must be to gain viewers. Why don’t they just cut to the chase and employ Pam Anderson or some other Playboy centerfold to be their main anchor if they are so desperate for ratings? At least that would probably work. 

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