Monday, May 24, 2010

Unfinished Business

A group wants McDonalds to dump that red haired clown, Ronald McDonald, as its spokesman.  The group claims Ronald pushes junk food on kids, like the way Joe Camel encouraged kids to smoke.  George Carlin said kids never took up smoking because a cartoon camel told them to.  They did it for stress reduction and peer pressure.  Ronald McDonald is a little different.  The great Julia Child preached "everything in moderation."  A trip to the golden arches every once in a while isn't a bad thing.  If junior wants to over do it, mom and dad have to be there to say "no."

The Tunkhannock sexting case is back in the news.  A now former student and the American Civil Liberties Union are suing the district, claiming an invasion of privacy.  The suit claims administrators and law enforcement confiscated the student's phone, and went through the picture file.  I've always believed the district attorney had no choice but to threaten to file criminal charges in the original case.  The law hadn't kept up with technology.  His hands were tied.  The general assembly is now waking steps to remedy the situation.  After reading the suit, the student has a valid point.  Her phone.  Her pictures.  However, there are two sides to every story, and it will be interesting to see how the school district responds.

Campbell Brown has resigned from CNN.  Departure date TBD.  Low ratings.  I know they don't generate numbers, but I really miss a straight hard news prime time broadcast.

Dish Network announced plans to drop The Weather Channel.  Apparently, NBC, which owns TWC wants too much money and someone at Dish realized The Weather Channel no longer does the weather.  Dish is starting its own weather service.  Are you listening, Comcast?