Seems like nothing is simple anymore—not even providing elementary school kids lunch.
40 students at R.C. Hinsdale Elementary School in Edgewood, Kentucky weren’t served lunch last week, because they had a negative account balance on their pre-paid lunch accounts. I’m assuming it’s actually the accounts of their parents. Yesterday, a Good Samaritan paid off the 56 dollars owed. No point in me going into it too much—just click here to read more about it.
Back when I went to grade school—yes, of course, it was decades ago—this type of thing never was a problem. I went to elementary school in Allensville, Indiana. That’s only a few miles from East Enterprise. Still lost? Think small towns around Vevay, Indiana. If you still don’t know where I’m talking about, get a map.
Anyway, school lunches weren’t a problem back then. Why? Because school lunches were free. If a student wanted an extra milk to go along with lunch, it would cost that student two cents to get it. That was the only cost involved with those lunches. And the cooks at Allensville Elementary School were known to be excellent cooks. I’m a kid who ate those lunches, so I can vouch for that. Parents liked their food too. There would be annual dinners (with a cost) to help raise money for the school.
I know. I’m getting off the topic here.
Perhaps I’m an idiot, but I still think school lunches should still be free. Raise tax dollars and let those tax dollars pay for it. R.C. Hinsdale Elementary is located in Kenton County, Kentucky. I live in Kenton County. I’ll vote to have my taxes raised for this. Will you? Let the debate begin.
Or maybe just make this simple. If parents won’t want to pay for their kid’s lunches, let the kids brown bag it. There shouldn’t be any debate on that, but what the hell do I know?
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We’re going to have Jay Leno to kick around for a bit longer. NBC has renewed his contract past 2014.
When it comes to Jay Leno, I’m asking for your help. Please. Anybody. Help me understand the staying power of this guy. Why does he consistently beat David Letterman in the ratings? What’s his staying power? Why do people watch him?
I don’t always do the “Question of the Week” bit here, but today I’m asking three questions. Consider this a catch-up. I really want to know the Leno attraction.
I’ve always been a Letterman fan. He has an edge. Always has, always will. Leno is like white toast.
Apparently Jimmy Kimmel feels the same way I do about Leno. He doesn’t think he’s funny. Good for Jimmy.
OK. That’s my latest Leno rant. I’m going to calm down now. I’ll be back on Thursday.
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I have a few thoughts on Tricia Macke this morning which is odd because I never think of Tricia Macke. She’s a news anchor on WXIX, Channel 19. What time of day she’s on, I have no idea. I know I’ve watched her a few times but it’s been several years ago.
She’s been in the news lately. On October 12, Macke got herself in trouble on her Facebook page when she called MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow an “angry young man.” I don’t know why she said it, but she herself have angered a lot of people—so many that she’s had to come out and say she’s sorry for her remarks.
In her statement, Macke says her remarks about Maddow “do not reflect my firm beliefs in individual and equal rights.” That’s all well and good, but I would take more stock in this if Macke would explain this on her newscast. That way, Maddow may actually get to hear the apology and explanation without it being buried in a local press release.
Out of curiosity, I went to Facebook to see if I’m friends with Tricia Macke. I don’t ever keep track of this stuff. When I looked at her page, I couldn’t help but notice she’s removed her face from her profile. I also couldn’t help but notice her October 12 remarks have been removed. I guess that shouldn’t be any surprise.
Apparently, Ms. Macke and I are not Facebook friends. Again, she’s never been on my mind at all, but now she kind of is, thanks to her remarks. Until I’m sure she’s not a bigot, I don’t think I want to be a Facebook friend of hers and there’s no point in starting to watch her on television now. Macke has been around long enough to know better than to say what she said. Let me know if you feel the same way.
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Will you be watching the second Presidential Debate tonight? Sure. I’ll just make that the question of the week.
The debate is going to be held in Hempstead, New York with a town meeting format. Candy Crowley from CNN will try to keep the guys under control.
Of course, at the last debate, it wasn’t hard to keep President Obama in control at all. For me, the debate was hard to watch. It was like the President was just putting up with it. Tonight, Obama can’t phone it in.
Romney won that debate easily. Yeah, the words coming out of his mouth were mostly lies, but most voters don’t care about that. For the record, I do care about it.
Mr. President, take a page from Vice-President Joe Biden. He was great in that debate with Paul Ryan last week. Well, actually, maybe don’t smile and laugh so much.
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One of the things I like about living in Covington, Kentucky is being close to the Ohio River and Cincinnati. This means I’m also close to Great American Ballpark.
I’m hoping to hear a lot of fireworks later—around five thirty. That’s when the Reds take on the San Francisco Giants in game three of the National League Division Series. Around here, fireworks mean home runs.
Being two games up, the Reds could wrap it up today with a win. Do you think they can do it—sweep the Giants? That’s my question of the week.
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First off, let me admit to two things right now.
I’ll start with saying I was bullied in high school. It was all a long time ago and I’m over it now, but it’s something you never really forget. To some degree, it does shape your life.
And now I’m admitting that I watch The X Factor. Well, I’m watching clips of it on YouTube, but it’s a television show and a talent show which is something I’m not suppose to like it but I do like it, so there. I’m glad to get this truth out in the open.
Jillian Jensen knows all about being bullied and the people who make The X Factor, through their direction and editing, know all about how to make life stories dramatic. They did their job well on this one. It got to me. Hell, it even got to Simon.
The video is down below. You had better watch fast as X Factor is very protective of their copyright laws. I predict it will be closed down soon, but you can always go to YouTube to watch it.
Here ya go. . .
What do you think? Did it get to you too?
I wonder if the bullies were watching Jillian sing. I wonder what was going through their heads as she poured her heart out in that song. I wonder if it will change them. I’m guessing probably not.
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Former Cincinnati Bengal Chad Johnson has gotten himself into some trouble—got a domestic battery charge filed against him. It seems “Mr. Charming” head butted his wife, Evelyn Lozada, and she didn’t take kindly to it. How long have they been married—like a month?
Domestic violence is nothing new to Chad, but this time around, he’s really paying the price for it. The Miami Dolphins have dropped him and that new reality show he had planned for VHI isn’t going to happen. You probably know all this already.
Do we have any Chad Johnson fans out there? I’m curious as to how you feel about the man. As for me, it’s hard to respect a guy like Chad. How can you respect someone who hits a woman? Hits his wife?
Consider this my “Question of the Week.”
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Are you ready for her return?
Kate Gosselin is anxious to get back on teevee. She’s ready to start a new dating show. The thing is, she hasn’t found a network that’s interested—at least not yet.
Now you remember “Jon & Kate Plus 8,” right? My daughter turned me on to the show and it was mostly a little new cute for me, but then starting in 2009, things got a little messy between Jon and Kate and messy is never good. Even cute is better.
I pretty much got disgusted reading about them everywhere I looked and wrote a CityBeat column back in March of 2010 called Jon & Kate Aren’t Great.
I personally am not, but maybe you’re anxious to welcome Kate (less Jon) back into your life and perhaps you’re hoping Kate will find a network for her new reality show.
Tell me the truth: Are you?
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I don’t think about Pete Rose all that often. Back in April of 2011, when he turned 70, I found myself getting soft on the guy and thinking he should be let into the Baseball Hall of Fame. I still feel that way but pretty much after writing that blog post, I forgot all about Pete.
Now I turn around and find out that Pete has remarried. Maybe this is old news to most of you, but not to me. He married an ex-Playboy model named Kiana Kim who is much younger than 71-year-old Pete. Why would he marry an ex-Playboy model? I know—stupid question.
Pete and Kiana have now been contracted to have their own reality show on TLC. This will be about blending their two families, will include a road trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and will also address Kiana’s breast reduction surgery.
I’m not sure what to make of any of this. Apparently, this is Pete’s reality and along with his wife, he’s going to be sharing it with us.
TLC has given the green light to five episodes. That’s not much of a commitment and I can’t help but wonder if the network thinks that many viewers simply won’t be interested in this. Therefore I have to ask the question. . . are you?
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As I mentioned in a post a few days ago, I don’t own a television set. That doesn’t mean I don’t watch shows what I want to watch. A lot of actual television programs are available online and, of course, there’s always YouTube.
So, I’ve been keeping up with “America’s Got Talent.” No, I don’t really keep track of the acts so much (I like the auditions better than anything else), but I am keeping track of Howard Stern.
When it was announced that Stern was joining the show as a judge, a bunch of family groups were upset. They thought Stern would be bringing his very adult antics to the show. You know, what would the kids think of him talking about strippers or making silly bathroom jokes?
Stern, right from the beginning, said he would be the most honest judge on the show and in the clippings that I’ve watched, that seems to be the case. Yes, he is still quite funny, but I can tell he’s taking the job very seriously. He wants to offer constructive criticism to the performers and has.
In my view, Howard is doing just fine. What do you think? Yeah, I know we’ve already had a “Question of the Week,” but who’s counting?
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