I tried in earnest to find fault with your all your comments and opinions…………,but……..,I gotta hand it to ya………..,ya did good work here. EXCEPT:
Flat out….,don’t criticize law enforcement for tasering left-wing activists! They’ve been known to extend that delightful experience to right-wing activists as well. At least flame throwers weren’t used.
Secondly, incidents at Guantanamo Bay that received negative commentary by the news media, were not voluntary on the part of the receiving participants. Teenage behavior, as abhorrent as it ca be………,is for the most part, voluntary. Even if it’s drug induced. But don’t get me wrong, I’m in favor of every no-goodnick at Guantanamo getting what they deserve……..,maybe even a little more……….,but not all of the tasered participants were joyous when the taser festivities were made available to them…….’cause some of them may not have derseved the treatment. Well, maybe…..
I enjoyed that “ball” device, too. I encourage my kids to play with it. I’m kind of conflicted about it though, since the air is so lousy around here. I wasn’t all that good with “balls,” (always seemed to get picked last in games involving them). I blame my preoccupation with my favorite childhood device, which had words imprinted on sheets of paper all attached together.
Jersey: You got that right. Welcome to the era of the narcissistic parent. Glass-screened video devices aren’t games – they’re nannies.
The TV’s in the kid’s rooms were relocated to the garage a while ago. Once all of the their homework and chores are done, they end up with about 1 hour of boob tube/computer time. My sons goes to: golTV (soccer) and my daughter to myspace!
“Parents need to storm into their childrens’ rooms (Janet Reno is available if need be), disconnect their internet access, and take away their video cameras.”
HAHA! Will she bring along a writ from Al Gore and a stormtrooper as well!?
You said it, Hue. I remember when I was growing up, the TV was controlled by my PARENTS, not us kids. If you wanted to sit quietly and watch the NewsHour, or Masterpeice Theater, or the occassional dumb action flick, then fine. On the weekends, we cuold watch football with dad, until we got restless, then it was “Outside!” On saturday mornings we’d watch Bugs, maybe we’d get to watch monster week on the 4:30 movie. But that was it. We didn’t get our own TV until we were a little older, and even then if we sat in front of that little black and white idiot box for more than a couple hours, mom would say, “That’s it! Get the hell out of this house and go play!” If we misbehaved, we got a whack on the behind. And there was no junk food. When you opened the fridge, there was fruit, juice, milk, etc. And my folks had a rule – no dessert unless you behaved well. Being three boys all of only three years apart in total, needless to say, we rarely got dessert! My brothers and I are all tall, fit, athletic, intelligent guys to this day (though I’m a little beat up from all the over-doing it.) And we were a wild bunch, too. I can’t imagine what kids are like today. How my wife can stand teaching them is beyond me!
We didn’t even have a television set in our house until I was 15! Then it was either the news or Lawrence Welk! To this day I can’t stand Lawrence Welk. LOL! I had to go to a friend’s house to watch Roy Rodgers. Television was safe back then though. Nothing like it is today. My father said tv would fry our brains. Today tv can fry your brains but when I was a teenager there wasn’t enough on tv to fry your brain. Now I’m giving away my age…. Oh, well. :)
You tube will let anyone put anything on it’s site. It’s ridiculous what some people will do to themselves to get attention, but if no one would watch these crazy nitwits it would stop.
You think you had it bad? We spent a lot of time with my grandparents. With my maternal grandmother, it was Lawrence Welk, and at my paternal grandparents’ house, it was Hee Haw. I love my dear departed grandparents dearly, but talk about a confused upbringing!