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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Rise and Shine --- Can't we go anywhere?

Good Morning and got to love that sun out there!

There is a really cool ice cream place in Philadelphia called the Franklin Fountain.
For those who haven't been there, it's like an old-time ice cream shop. The workers were scoop shop uniforms, complete with a bow tie. There are candies we haven't seen in years lining the shelves. They call everybody "Ma'am" and "Sir."
All of the ice cream is homemade from real ingredients. You know that is true when you order a mint-chocolate chip and it's not that sickening green color you get in Breyers. You can actually taste the mint leaves in the smoothness.
The same goes for their other flavors. I'm kind of partial to the peach, but I've never had a bad scoop.
Now, it is kind of expensive, but, for a once-in-a-while treat, it's kind of fun.
The children like sitting outside and watching the cars go past while getting through the whipped cream.
It's the kind of place some cool memories can be made.
Now, though, I have to question whether it is safe. The latest story out of Center City is about a group of teens (at least that's what TV is calling them) who pulled somebody out of a cab and starting beating him up. When the cab driver tried to help, he got a mouthful of shoe for his trouble.
Yes, I know there is crime everywhere. I know anything can happen. Still, the more of these stories that come out, the less I'm inclined to make the trip.
Mayor Nutter and the rest of the city officials need to figure out a solution.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Rise and Shine --- Shopping torture

Good Morning and welcome to winter, I mean spring, I mean winter .... AAAHHHH!

Remember back a few years ago when there was a big debate about torture and how much information from suspected terrorists the CIA could get by using things like waterboarding?
I have a better torture that won't cause any real damage (except maybe a headache). Make the suspected terrorists go to a food store with children, say ages 12, 9 and 7.
From the 'I don't want to go to (fill in the blank)' whines to the pushing each other into the carts to the continual begging for cookies/candy/ice cream, anybody will break.
I used to look forward to going shopping with the children. It was fun. We could decide what we needed for lunch and dinner each week. Somewhere along the line, though, it all changed.
Somewhere, the supermarket became their playground. Apparently, rules don't apply. Apparently sliding down the cereal aisle is the only way to get through.
No wonder we eat too much pasta.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Rise and Shine --- State of the Spin

Good Morning and here we are again!

So, if you checked out the State of the Union speech by President Barack Obama last night, you heard a lot about tax plans, economic recovery and the military.
Half the room clapped. Half the room, well, didn't.
If you had any doubt the rift in Congress is about idealogical politics, well, that should have been put out of your mind last night.
Imagine if last night's speech was like an Eagles game.
The president called for higher taxes on those who make the most money. BOOO!
The president said we need to fix the education system. BOOO!
The president said we needed teachers to stop feeling the need to teach to the test instead of teaching for real. BOOO!
Uh, OK, you people are crazy. You boo just because of the person saying it, not what he is saying.
Nothing is going to get done in government for the next 10 years. Mitt Romney, though, will keep making money.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Rise and Shine --- President Newt?

Good Morning and here's hoping all that white stuff is gone by tomorrow!

It got to the point last week where I couldn't take any more of the political rhetoric.
People were arguing about tax returns. Others were telling us how bad the current president is doing. Still others were yammering on and on about how important South Carolina (South Carolina?) was in the political spectrum.
When I think of South Carolina, I don't think of groundbreaking political talks. I really only think of golf and one heck of a thunderstorm that hit while driving through the state a few years ago.
Unfortunately, we are going to have to endure all this yap, yap, yap until next November. So, I guess the newsroom television will be tuned to the History Channel once again.
Just one question, how did the little girl from Aliens become a presidential candidate.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Rise and Shine --- Getting it

Good Morning and welcome to the only place on the Internet you can find this!

"Why are they calling a time out?" "Why did they blow the whistle?" "Why did they throw the ball down?"
Those were just a few of the questions I got this week while first watching football, then some basketball.
They seem basic and, sometimes, a little too basic about things that are happening in certain games.
Then, I sit back and remember who is asking them. For the first time this year, the boys enjoy sitting down and watching sports with Dad.
They know the basics of the game. They know you have to score touchdowns in football, baskets in basketball. They don't know, though, all the the little things about the games.
So, they come to me.
I try my best to explain. Sometimes, it takes a few times to get it right.
I don't mind. It's kind of fun.
I am waiting for the day when they ask, "Why don't they show the cheerleaders more?"

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Rise and Shine --- Stop yelling

Good Morning and welcome back to the Internet!

The normal course of business in the morning is to have the television in the newsroom tuned to the local news. We start out with Channel 3, then move over to Channel 29. Fox29 is the only station to run a local program throughout the morning.
That's where it all falls apart. Instead of reporting the news, some of the Fox 'personalities' went to the school that told them to yell everything.
Hey, you know, if you yell something than it must be true.
It seems a lot of TV news personalities subscribe to this kind of 'journalism.'
Check out Chris Matthews or Sean Hannity or Steve Keeley.
Whether they are talking about the economy, the president, teacher unions or even the Eagles, these guys like to yell. And yell. And yell.
It's like they have the volume turned down on their ear pieces. I wonder if the cue cards are all written in CAPITAL LETTERS?
How about we turn down the yelling and just report the news?

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Rise and Shine --- Love the cold, hate the cold

Good Morning and bundle up out there again today!

Took a trip down the shore this past weekend. With school being just a half day Friday, I figured a drive down and a look at the ocean was better than arguing about the amount of time the television could stay on.
So, we got to Ocean City around 2, got the car unpacked and headed to the boardwalk. The first thing that strikes you in January on the boardwalk is how much of a ghost town it becomes. Besides us four, we saw maybe a dozen other people during the time walking.
For me, that's perfect. While I do like summer at the beach, the ability to actually hear the ocean is kind of cool.
Sure, it was cold, but that's what hats, gloves and scarfs are for. The crisp, clear ocean air does a body good.
OK, the complaints about walking were there, but, once you are into it, there's not much you can do.
So, we walked a couple of miles on the beach (too windy) and did the rest on the boardwalk.
Now, I have to figure out when to get back.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Rise and Shine --- Boss Hogg?

Good Morning and, man, I'm glad it's not like 20 degrees colder today!

So, when former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour left office, he granted quick pardons to 30 prisoners, including at least five murderers. Now, Mississippi is trying to overturn those pardons.

Whether they do or not, well, that's up to Mississippi. The best thing, though, is the states Attorney General Jim Hood said on CNN last night: "He's tried to rule the state like Boss Hogg and he didn't think the law applied to him."
Really, Boss Hogg. Who even remembers Boss Hogg?
I've never been to Mississippi, but at least I now know it's like living every day in the 'Dukes of Hazzard.'
Which, I guess, is a lot like living in Harrisburg.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Rise and Shine --- There's that word again

Good Morning and, just so you know, I won't be Tebowing in the office this morning!

So, the U.S. Supreme Court is apparently going debate whether the government should regulate what's said on TV. You can read the story here
Apparently the FCC sends out fines for using the (Oh, my gosh) F-word during award shows, but not if it shows up in a movie considered to be a classic like "Saving Private Ryan."
OH NO. The thought police want to keep policing.
You know what, I bet if this stops coming up, then the language would get cleaner on television. Not that it really matters, though.
I mean, really, who watches regular network TV anymore?
Then again, it's pretty funny when it does happen

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Rise and Shine --- Cold hard schooling facts

Good Morning and, yes, it really is 2012 no matter what you wrote on that last check!!

By the way, does anybody really write checks any more? I mean, you can pay all your bills online. You can transfer money through the bank website. Are checks going the way of regular mail?

Speaking of going away, how about all those Catholic school closings? Pretty amazing, huh.
A neighbor who's school is staying open said Friday, "You know, we are safe, but it's getting about time to pull the plug. They are only going to raise tuition. I think they are pricing people out of Catholic education."
Now, I went to Catholic school for the first eight years. Back then (yeah, ancient history), going to the Church's school was free (as long as your parents kept up with the all-important weekly envelope).
Now, some schools cost parishioners like $6,000 a year and that's only if they still keep the Sunday envelope coming. High schools cost nearly $12,000 a year.
Sorry, I know it's tradition and stuff, but people just can't afford that kind of bill.
My old school has been consolidated twice. This time, it's leaving the building. Now, while I cherish the time there it has more to do with the friends I made and less to do with the lessons I learned.

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