Why is it when a police officer gets shot and killed in the line of duty that this is not a national story, or at least a headline on a national news cast? I waited the day yesterday to see how it would play out and frankly I am not surprised. I am disappointed in the media. A 21 year old Wisconsin State Patrol officer was killed in the line of duty on Tuesday evening during a shootout with a bank robber. Trevor Casper was just 3 months in to his career as a State Patrolman when he was shot and killed. Where was the media reporting that a robber shot and killed a cop? Why is it when the shooter is an officer doing their job, taking down someone who is allegedly fighting back that it is plastered all over the media, but when an officer dies while doing their job, getting shot by a robber that that doesn’t lead the news? I work in this business and I don’t get it. All lives matter but do some matter more than others? Didn’t I read a book like that when I was in school?
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Is traditional media dead? I am talking about the good old forms of broadcast media? I am talking radio and tv. I spend hours a day with good old school media, from my time at work on the radio to my drives listening to music and talk to the comfort of my recliner for screen time catching my favorite tv shows. I think that the delivery system of both radio and tv have changed but the premise has not. I now stream more of tv than ever before and my radio station both streams and podcasts our shows. Heck we even have an app (get it here https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wlfnam.player ) We are changing and evolving but I don’t believe that we are dead. I think we either need to keep up, reinvent or get out of the way. How do you listen to the radio or watch tv?
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
One of the biggest thrills of being a parent is the first time you can leave your children home alone. It is a whole different ball game now than it was when we were left home the first few times, everyone has a cell phone now and we are reachable. I recall when my neighbor was babysitting my brothers and I that my youngest brother Brian put paper in the furnace because he saw flames, needless to say that the fire department was called and our house was aired out in the middle of the winter. With the four kids my wife and I have we have been asked when is the right time to leave the kids alone without a sitter. My response was always you will know. And you do. Which leads me to how much should a babysitter be paid? My daughter has a few clients where she will watch some children, and she gets paid way more that I used to pay. I have heard that kids get paid up to 12 bucks an hour, if my mom heard that, we would hear the story how she made 25 cents and had to do the dishes. Things sure have changed.
Monday, March 23, 2015
I am not surprised that we have snow on the ground today. After the few weeks of nice weather and shorts for a few days, winter has returned to the Upper Midwest. Funny how on Friday when it wasn’t winter that I didn’t even think of snow now heading into day three of Spring we have a few inches of snow. By the way because of this snow I lost a lunch bet to my friend at News 8. I will pay up Michelle. Were you of the thought that snow was done prior to our last fling with winter? I was, in fact was ready to put the shovels up in the rafters of the garage a few days ago, I am glad that I wasn’t motivated to do so otherwise I would be back on the ladder bringing them down again. I know I don’t need to remind you but feel I should say it, drive safe and remember it isn’t a race to get to or from work.
Friday, March 13, 2015
If you live in Puerto Rico and you have an obese kid, you could be labeled a child abuser. What? Their potential new law would allow social workers to open a child neglect case and fine parents 500 bucks if there is no progress in 6 months and even more money if there isn’t progress in a year. I know as a former fat kid and current big man that shaming people into weight loss is not the way to do it. If you have confidence and know who you are and are not going to take any guff from people than good for you, maybe these governments should also then start fining parents of bullies and parents of kids that can’t get the presidential fitness award. Let a kid be a kid, I am guessing it is hard enough being one in today’s society.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Hey America! Look to Madison to see how to protest. I think that in Wisconsin we are pretty good at protesting, heck we have had many protesters over the past handful of years. In fact the Governor and his signing of the right to work law and now the unfortunate shooting death from last weekend, the state has been out protesting but protesting in a peaceful way. I don’t understand why this morning we heard about the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri. And this was supposed to be a peaceful gathering because of the chief resigning. There are riots, and throwing of things and fighting, I just don’t get it. As a country we need to band together, hell other countries from around the world hate us, we should show the rest of the world that we don’t hate us that we even if we don’t love each other that we can work toward tolerating each other.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
I watched the Hillary Clinton news conference yesterday afternoon. I didn’t believe it, because it looked as though she is not telling the truth, when addressing the media Hillary’s eyes are looking all around and she didn’t make sense. Hillary said she didn’t want to be inconvenienced with a second cell phone, excuse me? As the Countries leading diplomat you didn’t want to carry two phones, what if you win the presidency will you be inconvenienced with having to carry two phones then? When you are in a high power government job you would think that a second small phone wouldn’t be an inconvenience, how many commoners or regular people carry a second phone. Also I don’t know about you but I have multiple email accounts set up on my phone, and they all work. I am not buying her excuses.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Top of mind topics include the civil rights movement, the student movement, the anti-War movement, the women’s movement, the gay rights movement, and the environmental movement. These issues sound about right, don’t they? They sound like topics pulled from today’s headlines, right. It is 2015 why are we still seeing color, why does it matter if people want to get married? Are we sliding back to the 1960’s, it sounds like it, and the list at the top were protests from the 1960’s. Have we become stagnant as a country? Are we fighting just to fight? In the past 50 years we have had both political parties in charge, we have had different thoughts and practices to address these issues, yet we are still fighting the same demons. Here is an idea, let’s all get along let’s put our problems aside and come up with peaceful solutions.
Monday, March 9, 2015
Parts of Arizona, parts of Indiana, and all of Hawaii have it right…leave the time alone. I hate the time change…I hate changing the clocks, I hate that when spring rolls around I get one less hour of sleep, in fact this past weekend we only had a 47 hour weekend, and as I am getting older I hate that my body doesn’t seem to cooperate with the change as it once did. Lets address these three issues… 1- I hate changing my clocks, well La Crosse Technologies has helped with this, however, I finally got my microwave and stove to show the same time, now with the change and they are off again, and when I changed my watch, I changed the date by mistake (I have an old school analog watch). Number 2- you lose an hour of sleep, I for one am smart enough to listen to my body when tired I sleep and when my alarm rings I get up, weekends are no different. Bringing me to my 3rd issue that my body is not as elastic as it once was, I was up an hour past my bed time last night…why..because that is how I trained my body the past 6 months or so. Come fall I am going to be tired an hour after my alarm rings. Let’s all get together and ban the time change, or have a compromise the next time and switch it by 30 minutes and call it good.
Friday, March 6, 2015
How often do you buy in bulk? I find myself looking for deals quite often but have at times bought stuff and ended up paying more for it in the long run. Almost every day for breakfast I have yogurt mixed with granola and I tend to buy the whole thing in bulk, a big yogurt and a box of granola. When is it good to buy in bulk and when isn’t it? I read that often times stores will charge more per ounce for a larger container. What if anything do you buy in bulk and what don’t you every buy in bulk?