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Thu, Oct 18 2007

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Locals are having a bit of a laugh about the perp in Salinas who ran from police and opted to hide in someone's clothes dryer and got stuck. I wonder how tempting it was for the officer who discovered the man to give him a few quick spins as punishment for leading them on a chase.

posted at: 08:24 | category: /Miscellaneous | link to this entry

Unhappy kids, confused dog, red-eyed celebrity, rude-sounding rescuers, talking heads, double-talking lawyers...

I've only just begun hearing about the whole issue of Ellen DeGeneres "rehoming&qquot; the little dog she had gotten through Mutts and Moms. I turned on the TV and found video of Ms. DeGeneres crying and pleading with the folks at the rescue agency to let the children have the little dog again. Since then, I've heard and seen some wild remarks that ranged from stupidity to middle-ground to outright hostility.

One thing that raised my hackles a bit were several comments that Ms. DeGeneres was crying "crocodile tears" because she's an actress. Why assume that her behavior was anything but genuine? Just because someone makes a living acting and performing does not mean they have no right to display real emotion.

One cable news commentator was disgusted that this story got so much air time when there are so many serious issues in the world. But aren't the big issues in life often decided in small moments, as individuals make choices in their day-to-day lives? Why is this case less important than the hours this same cable channel devotes to Brittany Spears' antics in public or so many other stories?

Sadly, after several people started out trying to do the right thing, it looks as though it will come down to lawyers and courts, when some communication and understanding would have gone a long way toward solving things. Instead, the little dog has been uprooted once again, in the name of some iron-clad rule and all parties involved are upset, plus we're all being manipulated by the media to take sides. Little Iggy may be just a mutt, but may also turn out to show the best breeding of the lot of us in this lunacy.

posted at: 07:55 | category: /Arts and Entertainment | link to this entry

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