Archive for January, 2011

When it comes to reliable parenting advice, who wouldn’t trust the US Supreme Court (especially those wise conservative justices)?  A recent court hearing on a California case barring sales of violent video games to minors, hints that Justice Scalia believes video violence for kids is protected by the constitution while sexy photos are not.   So a 16 year old who sends a cheesecake photo of herself to her BFF can be prosecuted as a child pornographer, but a 16 year old who beats, shoots and tortures people on a phone app is just exercising first amendment rights.  I know I’d much rather have my kids playing “Postal 2” than sending “American Apparel” type photos via their cell phones – it’s just a question of safety.

As always, the federal government has its priorities straight and finally they hear their constituents telling them that America is not going in the right direction.  But maybe this isn’t what folks meant…Anyway, the feds are requiring communities to replace existing street signs with new, easy-to-read ones.  A study determined that most of America’s street signs are simply too hard to read, and hence unsafe.  One of the sponsors of the study (3M Corp) manufactures reflective materials to be used in the new signs (hmmm, no conflict of interest there…but maybe a hot stock going forward).  Locally, some communities see this mandate as civic uglification and are fighting it.  Aesthetics aside, this is going to cost millions for cities that can ill afford it.  Then, again,  maybe it’s a good thing for de-populated, urban areas where there are few remaining buildings – with no landmarks, how else will you know where you are?

I think BADLANDS just looks better in all caps...

Comcast, that public spirited media outlet, has finally received the blessing of the feds to go ahead with it’s domination of the airwaves, though there are still plenty of naysayers (not the least of which may be local sports fans).  Approval took a while, and even Brian Roberts was forced to do a little lobbying to insure the happy event went through.  But the benevolent totalitarian media corp made a few concessions in order to become an even bigger entertainment behemoth.  Non-subscribers may still be able to view competitor’s content online, but sites like hulu could ultimately end up as casualties…

Anyway, the company can now get to work on their new corporate image, though there has been some preliminary graphic design work already.  Phunnyphilly has been able to get a hold of just a few of these promotional items…

Thursday nights may never be the same...and there's nothing funny about it.

WHAT NEXT???  Maybe Philly isn’t actually fat enough, as our beloved local snack cake company is heading for bankruptcy.  Is it possible that Tasty Baking Co. will be sold to the highest bidder?   (Don’t miss the comments at this link as they’re better than the article.)

Is this going to be, yet, one more item that isn’t produced locally?  If one of the most obese nations on Earth can’t even make a decent snack cake anymore, then maybe we should trade “Parking Wars” for “Bizarre Foods”.

Coming soon to a Wawa near you...