I’m running out of introductory phrases for the OpinionLists. I’ll have to come up with something like “Ta Da.” Anyway, here’s this week’s:
Loopy Lew: Since as Secretary of the Treasury his signature will be printed on new bills, everyone has made a big deal about Jack Lew’s loopy John Hancock. President Obama said that he had not paid attention to Lew’s signature until the media started talking about it. Well we certainly have. Everyone has an opinion about it, so here are my two cents. The signature looks like a bunch of zeros (7 to be exact) before the number 2. This might come in handy. If the GOP manages to put our country in default with their debt-ceiling shenanigans, that might turn out to be what each of our paper bill denominations will be worth: $00000002.
NRA Releases Shooting Game For Ages 4+: Yes, the same NRA who blames gun violence on video games (and not on guns), has released NRA: Practice Range. That’s right, because guns don’t kill people, people kill people, so let’s teach them how to do so as young as possible.
Elitist Hypocrite: Speaking of the NRA, by now you’re probably familiar with their anti-Obama ad where they ask why the President’s daughters are protected by armed guards while he doesn’t believe in armed security in public schools. Many people, including responsible gun owners, are appalled by the ad (and rightly so). But I’d like to point out something else. The reason the President’s daughters are protected by armed guards is because the NRA has made it easier and easier for any nut to get his hands on a gun. Did they think about this when making the ad? I don’t think so. They were probably too busy looking up how to spell elitist and hypocrite.
The Dreamliner Is A Nightmare: Boeing 787′s have been grounded for a host of problems that according to Politico started from the very first test runs. Of course they’re having problems. It’s already a miracle that our current airplanes can fly, being that they’re heavy steel cages with rigid wings and all. What made them think that an even bigger airplane would work? Besides, they’re totally missing the point. We don’t need bigger airplanes, we need faster ones.
The Manti Te’o Scandal: I had to read a couple of articles to try to understand what happened with the Notre Dame linebacker and the dead girlfriend who actually never existed, and I can tell you that I’m still pretty confused. That’s why I thought that The Daily Beast was pretty optimistic when they entitled their January 17, 2013, 3:00 p.m. EST article “…A Scandal Explained.” At 4:40 p.m. another Daily Beast writer published Three Theories On Manti Te’o, which actually helped me to understand a bit more. But they’re just theories. Perhaps when the facts will all be out, we will be able to confirm, once again, that truth is indeed stranger than fiction.