Tuesday, February 17, 2009
If it's Tuesday, it's News Day. Alas, I can't pick a story. There's just too much bad news. Mercy. Líbrame!
Crude prices are way down. Why aren't gasoline prices?
What's with this Illinois Senator Roland Burris? Appointed by the recently deposed Governor Rod Blagoidiotjevich, we know this can't be kosher. With the conflicting statements dripping off his forked tongue, he needs to go back whence he came and allow the Illinois lawmakers to fill that Senate seat in an honorable, impeccably clean manner. And he needs to do it now. The sooner he quietly resigns, the less likely it is that the stink of this whole mess will adhere to his coattails any worse than it already has. If the man is without blemish, let him seek the seat in the normal manner when it's next available.
In Virginia, the cops are clamoring for permission to begin using voice stress analyzers. Supposedly, this technology measures inaudible vibrations of the voice for signs of deception. Like polygraphs, the results are inadmissible in court. I've never felt much confidence in evidence that isn't admissible in a court of law. If I were scared to death because I'd been accused of a crime and was surrounded by cops, what are the odds that I'd fail a polygraph even if I were as innocent as the driven snow? The same holds true of voice analysis. I would think that if I had a cold or some other ailment, or was simply nervous, my odds of flunking would increase. In my opinion, if it's inadmissible, it's hoo-doo science. I don't think the legislation allowing use of this piece of Big Brotherish technology should be passed.
Meanwhile, the economy is still in the toilet with no sign of the Roto-Rooter guy on the horizon. Maybe I'll find you some good news next week. Maybe we'll do crossword puzzles instead. Have a Happy Tuesday, though.