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Bits and pieces from the world

Tons of stuff has gone down in the last few weeks. I can't believe how lucky I am. This is like every columnist's dream come true.

First, let's talk about Janet. I know I'm a little late on this one, but the story doesn't seem to have completely died quite yet. It, as they say in the business, has legs. Though that's probably a gross understatement at this point. The story's continual weight probably has a lot to do with her baby brother's ongoing saga, but that's worth an entire column by itself.

On to Janet-gate: I can't really believe everyone didn't see this coming. Whether you thought it was a horrific display or no big deal, how could you have not predicted something like this going down? We just had Madonna and Britney Spears lock lips at an MTV awards show. They had to be topped. And they were. The fallout from this whole fiasco has been particularly interesting. All of a sudden, networks are paying more attention to the kinds of content they broadcast during family viewing hours. The halftime show at this past weekend's All-Star Game was apparently mulled over by NBA officials beforehand to make sure it was "appropriate." What a novel idea. I'm not calling for censorship or anything, just a little decency when kids are watching. However, I don't think this noble self-regulation can go on for too long. Sex often equals ratings, so I can't help but think we'll have another similar outrage in the not-too-distant future. Note to Tito, Jermaine, et. al: Lay low, guys.

I trust everyone has been watching The Apprentice. Donnie Trump threw me for a loop when he announced he was reshuffling the teams a couple weeks ago. There went my dream of having the women beat the men until there were no men left at all. I don't think I'm quite ready to pick which woman I think will win in the end, mainly because I'm not sure how the format of the show will change once they get down to only a few people.

Finally, how funny was the recent debacle over the word "evolution" being replaced with "biological changes over time" in this great state of ours? Regardless of where you stand on this issue, this so-called solution was awful in just about every regard. For those who think creationism should be taught, this would have literally just replaced the word "evolution" with a phrase that essentially points to, well, evolution. The thinking behind the phrase wouldn't have been changed at all. On the other side of the fence, why acknowledge evolution in theory but then call it something else? So, the outcome of proposing such a move was: Nobody was happy and just about everybody was embarrassed or offended. It's as if this idea was developed by monkeys.

Web posted on Thursday, February 19, 2004

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