In Living Color

I guess I wasn’t even thinking straight. I have grown so accustomed to being racially blind that I didn’t see the obvious until a racist republican jack-ass that I have the unfortunate bad luck to know made a comment. Then it struck me. I was looking at the televised images of the despair and the suffering in New Orleans and seeing human beings in need. But my racist acquaintance looks at those same images and sees niggers.

Yes I was born in Nawlins

Funny that I have a daughter named Katrina.

Everybody has been calling me asking me about what I think about what has happened. I guess my answer is that I don’t think about it at all if I can help it. But when I do think about it I get angry. Not angry at the hurricane because that would be pointless and futile. I’m just angry at people, especially politicians.

Survey NOT!

I occasionally get surveys in my spam email. They come in two varieties. Legitimate surveys and surveys that are designed to feed me an endless number of “special offers” until I either die of old age or my screen fills up with so many pop-up windows that I go blind.

When I get a legitimate survey I sometimes take the time to answer it. After all, I want my opinion to be heard. And I think my opinion is better than anybody else’s anyway.

Last year ACNielsen approached my family about adding a monitor to our television so we could be one of those families that decided which shows were hot and which shows were not.

Is McDonald's Following Bush's Environmental Policy?

My local McDonald’s started serving food in white bags again. I got worried that they were giving up on recycling altogether now that Bush has given the go-ahead to rape our nation’s forests and natural resources.

So I wrote McDonald’s:


Your stores in my area have recently switched from the brown recycled paper bags to white bags without the recycle symbol. I would like to know if these new bags are as envionmentally friendly as the old bags? Certainly they are much prettier and remind me of the old days when everything was stark white. Was the change made for purely marketing reasons? Are the new bags also made from recycled material? I was under the impression that bleaching was required to make white paper and this was generally not a good thing for the environment. How do you justify this change?

Barry Wilson


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