Sunday Tidbits

Yuppie parents have been provided with a new tool to guide offspring earlier onto success path - DNA testing to predict which sports will best suit your kids’ talents!  And, yes, I’m citing an article in the NYT but the story originated out of Boulder, CO.  Why am I not surprised.  Parental quote from the article:

“I could see how some people might think the test would pigeonhole your child into doing fewer sports or being exposed to fewer things, but I still think it’s good to match them with the right activity.  I think it would prevent a lot of parental frustration.”

  Because it is, of course, all about the parents.


Tweety in 2010?  Apparently a Senate run is on his mind (as much as he can be said to have an actual “mind”.  The kind that thinks.  And listens.)  So far I have not signed up to volunteer in the campaign.

More after the fold.

“Swiss Approve Prescription Heroin”.  Legalizing marijuana gets a thumbs down though.  I actually know some retired police officers (who can now speak freely on the subject of drugs) and they all believe most drugs should be de-criminalized.  In their opinion certain drugs do have a strong connection to criminal behavior, and should be illegal,  but most have only a tenous link in that people sometimes perform criminal acts to get funds to buy illegal drugs.  Once high, they have no criminal inclinations.  The insistence that marijuana is a dangerous “gateway” drug still derives from this madness and not from any empirical evidence.  It’s time to seriously re-think the point of criminalizing behavior that is not harming the general public.


Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, expressed that his feelings about Obama, after his first meeting with him, were “very positive”.   According to sources at the Pentagon:

most important, according to several senior officers and civilian Pentagon officials who would speak about their incoming leader only on the condition of anonymity, is the expectation of renewed respect for the chain of command and greater realism about U.S. military goals and capabilities, which many found lacking during the Bush years.

Among many other things found lacking during the Bush years.


Finally, NBC has announced that Barack will be on “Meet the Press” Sunday for the first time since last July. 

Posted by marindenver on 11/30/08 at 02:42 PM • Permalink

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Yuppie parents have been provided with a new [way to throw away their money]

Fixed.

The only questions are: 1. How long until the first jackass files a law suit despite the bullet-proof release form? And 2. Will that happen before or after some jackass gets arrested for child abuse because their certified QB didn’t want to play football.

Mr. Reilly said he feared what he called misuse by parents who go overboard with the results and specialize their children too quickly and fervently.

But you’re going to offer the test anyway because ...?

Boyd Epley, a former strength and conditioning coach at the University of Nebraska, said the next step would be a physical test he devised. Atlas plans to direct children to Epic Athletic Performance, a talent identification company that uses Mr. Epley’s index. He founded the company; Mr. Reilly is its president.

Gosh. There’s a completely not ethically befucked coincidence.

Bravo, Hunger Tallest, for having the fortitude to get deeper into that article.  I was having trouble controlling my gag reflex so had to stop.  But heartened by your courage I plowed through the rest and was rewarded with this quote from a Concerned Mom:

“Parents will start to say, ‘I know one mom who’s doing the test on her son, so maybe we should do the test too,’ ” she said.

Let’s see if we can correct that:

“Parents will start to say, ‘I know one mom who’s <strike>doing the test on her son</strike> feeding her son to hungry lions, so maybe we should <strike>do the test</strike> feed our son to hungry lions too,’ ” she said.

Corrected.

Off topic- in my browser, it looks as if you forgot to close a blue text tag somewhere. (I’ve already tried reloading.)

Try again, Raphael ... that was my doing but I think I fixed it.

that was my doing but I think I fixed it.

I’m glad you know what that means pop, because I don’t have a clue! :)

If I really knew, I wouldn’t have screwed it up in the first place! :)

No problem. I make my living from the fact that the human mind is endlessly inventive when it comes to finding new ways to rip off other humans (and the same species is endlessly inventive when it comes to convincing itself that an obvious rip off isn’t a rip off), so scams always interest me. Plus there’s the certainty that in the near future some freak will claim he’s pinpointed the gay gene and ... Long story short, we’ll just have to start shooting parents to protect the children. Chances are this will also go down in Colorado.

But if babies weren’t involved this story would be flat out hilarious.

“Parents will start to say, ‘I know one mom who’s doing the test on her son, so maybe we should do the test too,’ ” she said.

I loved that one. Years later, when Lacy tells her teen-aged sons not do drugs just because their friends are doing drugs I hope her kids light up joints the size of supertankers and send her to Pluto with the smoke.

Years later, when Lacy tells her teen-aged sons not do drugs just because their friends are doing drugs I hope her kids light up joints the size of supertankers and send her to Pluto with the smoke.

And maybe Lacy will have the sense to take a few hits first too.  (Hey, it’s not like I’m ADVOCATING social “drugs” or anything, OK?)  But I did “come of age” in the 60’s and, well, you know what they say.  About whether you remember it and stuff?  Truthfully, I can’t say I do.  :)

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