Disarranging Mine

Wednesday, August 7, 2002, 9:30 p.m.

I did something. It felt like a step in the right direction. But, then I undid it.

Observations and questions. Sonic is still running television commercials on our local station. I wonder who's paying for those since the local Sonics went out of business two or three weeks ago. They got shut down by the Illinois Department of Revenue for nonpayment of sales tax. The employees lost their jobs and were unable to collect their final paychecks. I know things don't work this way, but, wouldn't it be great if whoever is paying for the TV ads, would drop the ads and pay those people's salaries instead.

From Cnet's New.com:

Washingtonpost.com said Wednesday that it will require registration from visitors to its Web site, in a move aimed at delivering targeted advertisements to readers and at improving ad revenues amid a continuing industry slump.

Ah ha! More pop-up ads.

Washingtonpost.com is one of the better online sources for news and information and opinion. Yeah, I'll go through the registration process. Bonus confession: I actually bought something that was pitched at me in a pop-up ad on the Washington Post web site. I regularly block pop-up ads, but every once in a while one gets through. That was the one and only time I bought something because of a pop-up ad.

Can I get a tutor? I'm really ready to learn style sheets. Unfortunately, when I try to read CSS code it looks like a foreign language. Reading posts like this:

Now that I've been using CSS for layout for a while, it makes me pretty intolerant of the fact that sites like this use tables and about 2000 images to position themselves. Loading it over a T1 usually takes at least 10-15 seconds, which is absolutely pointless. I guess bandwidth must be free for them, eh?

from the .Net guy makes me feel compelled to ditch these fab tables I slaved over.

Talk radio. Only occasionally do I listen to it. Today a fellow was in my office. He made a comment to me something like, "what, no talk radio today?" He must have been there a couple weeks ago when I had the radio on. I replied that I don't listen to talk radio on a regular basis. He then says that because of that one day when he was there, he had me pegged as a regular listener. Interesting.

So anyway, tonight when I left the office, I flipped the car radio over to Bill O'Reilly's radio show for just a couple minutes. It only took a few seconds to discern that he was discussing Germany's recent declaration that it won't help the U.S. fight a war with Iraq. In O'Reilly's article, which he named Germany Turns on America, you can get a little taste of the radio discussion.

As I'm backing out of the driveway at my office, O'Reilly takes a call from an outraged lady in Holland, Michigan. After she proclaims her contempt for Germany and it's position, she says something to the effect of, "I can't think of any country on earth that doesn't owe the United States." And, of course, this just fed into O'Reilly's little tirade where he voices his sentiment that Germany will owe us forever. Or words to that effect.

Are these attitudes healthy or smart for a United States that is looked upon with disdain and distrust? Don't they know that much of the world thinks we are too arrogant for our own britches, among other things? How often do you stop what you're doing to help some arrogant son-of-a-bitch?

Before anyone gets me wrong, it occurs to me that I should say I really really really love this country. There is no where else on earth I would rather live. But, I think a highly evolved society does well to be self-critical. To examine itself. To question itself. Instead of spending so much effort criticizing Germany for not wanting to help us, perhaps we should examine why Germany would pick Saddam over the U.S. Of course, that would happen after we thoroughly examine why we want to go to war with Iraq.

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