Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Making News, Stay a Little Longer, -and- The Blob

Making News - anchorman bites chicken during newscast
Stay a Little Longer - execution delayed when doctors refuse to perform
The Blob - mystery goo eating downtown Los Angeles

It is a beautiful day today. The sun is shining brightly, and there is only a gentle breeze. It is already 63 degrees at 9 AM.

I watched the Powerball winners being interviewed at a news conference. All eight workers from a meat processing plant have opted to take a lump sum payoff, which will net each winner $15.5 million after taxes.

Each winner was interviewed individually. For the most part, their responses to questions given them were flippant and somewhat snobbish. One winner commented that he could now afford to drink expensive wine all day, adding that he did not like water. Another winner said the first thing he intended to do was buy the convenience store where the winning ticket was purchased.

In every case, responses given were about what the winners intended to do with their new wealth to please themselves. Not a single winner indicated a desire to help others. How sad this is. Joyce Meyer's phrase, "What about me? What about me? What about me?" echoed in my mind while watching this news conference.