Another reason to not visit Arizona

The people in Arizona shoot congressmen and carry guns to speeches given by the president of the United States. Is that extreme enough for you?

Maybe, but not for them:

A local gun club in Scottsdale, Arizona is hosting an event for parents and their children to pose for pictures with Santa Claus while holding machine guns they would not be allowed to legally own. Even toddlers are permitted to hold high-powered firearms in the photos. Organizers say the event has so far attracted hundreds of participants.

My God! Do Harold and Kumar live in this state?

Do people on Twitter read?

I posted recently on the New Hampshire Union Leader endorsing the serial adulterer for the GOP presidential nomination. It was clear the Union Leader is a newspaper.

But when others posted the same information, it confused a bunch of people on Twitter. Gawker explains:

The old trolls at the Manchester Union Leader—New Hampshire’s largest paper—have endorsed Newt Gingrich in the state’s upcoming Republican primary. But the pundits on Twitter still had questions! Questions like, who is the union leader who is endorsing Newt?

And then, it proceeds to list the Tweets of people who are confused and appalled that any union official would endorse someone who so vehemently hates unions.

Apparently, people don’t read beyond headlines. Wouldn’t it make sense that if a headline seemed to defy reason, you’d read the first paragraph or so of the story to see what was going on? Or has the Twitterverse been reduced into thinking all can be explained in 140 characters? Obviously, it can’t.

Raising Cain

Here’s a news flash. The former frontrunner for the GOP nomination (you know, the serial sexual harasser) is a long-time adulterer.

How could you even consider running for president and not expect this stuff to get out?

At least, the current frontrunner for the GOP nomination (you know, the serial adulterer) marries the women he has affairs with.

And a member of the GOP has no right to use the following as a defense, considering how the party jammed the Monica Lewinsky scandal down our throats.

“This is not an accusation of harassment in the workplace – this is not an accusation of an assault – which are subject matters of legitimate inquiry to a political candidate,” said attorney Lin Wood, who Cain hired after several sexual harassment allegations surfaced against him earlier this month.

“Rather, this appears to be an accusation of private, alleged consensual conduct between adults – a subject matter which is not a proper subject of inquiry by the media or the public. No individual, whether a private citizen, a candidate for public office or a public official, should be questioned about his or her private sexual life.”

A cynic’s lament

Really, what’s the point of trying to be a smart ass (see the last line of this post) when Fox News is around to confirm the worst of your cynicism?

I jokingly say: Let’s prepare for the War on Christmas.

A couple of days later, Fox News says: We’re Winning the War on Christmas.

A travel tip concerning wheelchairs

I’ve been in a couple of airports for the holiday, and I’ve seen people wheelchaired into planes by airport staff. I didn’t know the staff was getting ripped off.

Every day she goes to work at O’Hare International Airport, Elda Burke faces the same dilemma.

Burke, 30, works as a passenger attendant at the airport, escorting the elderly and disabled to and from their gates by wheelchair. Even though the airlines describe this as a free service, Burke’s employer has her working partly for tips, which is why her base pay is a low $6.50 an hour, somewhat like a restaurant server’s, rather than the typical Illinois minimum wage of $8.25.

But unlike diners at a restaurant, many of the passengers Burke will be escorting on their holiday travels this week won’t realize she’s working for tips — and by federal law, she won’t be allowed to tell them.

“We cannot say anything,” Burke says. “If we do that, they can fire us.”

I’ve never seen these people tipped, and I’m sure most travelers don’t realize that they’re being helped by people who don’t even make minimum wage and rely on tips to survive.