Monday Stuff

Have I Mentioned …

Monday Mentions is an easy way to share any and all of the fun things you’ve discovered recently, online or otherwise. For more information read this post by the mastermind behind this whole thing, Jen @ Daily Mish Mash. Here’s what I’ve discovered this week…

1. This news story was in our local newspaper a few days back.

Five Injured When Motorist Slows for Dog

A motorist who tried to avoid hitting a dog got back-ended on eastbound Interstate 44 near the Missouri 744 interchange Sunday, resulting in injuries to five people in the two cars, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Two things bother me about this story:

A. This poor woman, the driver who slowed for the dog, was damned if she did and damned if she didn’t. On the one hand, she can’t be expected to run the dog down, that would be inhumane, so of course, she needs to try and avoid hitting the dog.

BUT – should she do that at the risk of injuring/killing herself and/or injuring/killing the other people on the highway? What is worth more, the life of a dog, or the life of a human? Thought provoking scenario, don’t you think?


B. The person who rear-ended her got a citation for following her too closely. Now granted, I don’t know just HOW close this guy was to her when he hit her, but let’s think about this rationally – who, in their right mind, expects someone to slow down on the highway, when it’s clear that there hasn’t been an accident ahead and there are no construction areas – the car just stops for no apparent reason. I’m not sure I think the guy SHOULD have gotten a ticket for rear-ending her, quite frankly. Though I understand WHY the police officer did and probably had to because of insurance claims.

But see? The whole thing was a damned if I do and a damned if I don’t sort of problem.

2. This is probably one of the coolest things I’ve seen high schools do in quite some time.

Original story:

It began in November when Shorecrest High School produced a music video to Outkast’s “Hey Ya!”

The students banded together, performing for four minutes as the camera operator walked the halls of the school while students lip synced to the song. The video was shot with one take, meaning that there were no video cuts. It was all-or-nothing and it became a YouTube hit.

Their longtime competitors in football and band, Shorewood High School, weren’t going to be one-upped. Shorewood has just released their competing video to Hall and Oates’ “You Make My Dreams Come True.” It was also shot in one take, but with a twist They shot it in reverse. The students had to learn how to lip sync the song backward.

Here is what the original school did:

And then this is what the rival school shot in response:

Now tell me you don’t wish your kids went to these schools. 😀 I’m going to send this to the principal of the boys’ schools. Who knows what’ll happen next.

3. Do you think we should disable teens cell phones when they are driving?

I don’t know, I’m all for it. In fact, let’s take it one step further, let’s disable ALL cell phones so that people can’t use them while driving, period.

4. This not a legal loophole, it’s a serious moral defect.

5. Top 10 Reasons to Kill the Senate Bill

I mean seriously, does it bother anyone that our government officials have gotten SO desperate to pass this monster health care bill that they have resorted to voting at 1:00 in the morning and bribing officials so they will vote their way? I mean, is that even legal?!?

What the HELL are these people thinking?! And why are we allowing them to do this?!

The only thing historic about this bill is the corruption behind it to get it passed.

6. Did you hear that dogs are now a big contributor to Global Warming? Oh, excuse me, I mean Climate Change.

Seriously. Are we HIGH?!

7. We The People – by Ray Stevens

Oh come on people, lighten up. It’s a parody.

8. This, ladies and gentlemen, is my neighbor. He’s a well-known radio jockey in our area.

And yes, he’s THAT delightful in real life. 😀

9. What in the world?!? “Many U.S. Parents Outsourcing Child Care Overseas

10. And by the way, nearly all of these links/videos I posted are from my Twitter account, so if you dig random, nutty stuff like this, follow me, ‘kay?