Friday, February 25, 2011

Late Friday Rants: CNN says that Parker goes, Spitzer stays; Verizon iPhone 4 owners warned to mind the gap; solving the Libyan crisis; we're still on for invading Fiji

The cable news channel CNN says that they are renaming the "Parker Spitzer" show "In the Arena". As a result Kathleen Parker will be dumped, presumable because they could not find someone name Parker Spitzer.

I assume that "In the Arena" will involve lions and scantily attired guests, its the only way CNN will get any bump in this show's ratings.

Consumer Reports claims that the Verizon version of the iPhone 4 still has reception issues caused by Apple's antenna design. The independent, nonprofit organization says that users of a Verizon iPhone who hold their phones tightly with both hands, while spinning in circles, four hundred feet below ground are experiencing reception issues.

However, Consumer Reports also says "The phone performs superbly in most other respects, and using the iPhone 4 with a case can alleviate the problem."

It's also possible that they mixed up their phones and were testing their old AT&T models, who knows.

UN officials are trying to negotiate the resignation of Muammar Gaddafi. One idea being floated is to send Col. Gaddafi to an island where he, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and other former dictators would live out their days. The island of Elba, where Napoleon was exiled, has been suggested by some. Others have suggested Staten Island.

Apparently the plan ran into trouble when Col. Gaddafi heard that Dick Cheney might be one of those exiled. "Man, that dude is mean," Gaddafi said, and then dismissed the idea.

According to the New York Times, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates told cadets at West Point today that “any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should ‘have his head examined,’ as General MacArthur so delicately put it.”

Gates, however, would not rule out invasions of tropical islands, Las Vegas, or the Mall of America. "It helps with recruitment," Gates told his audience.

Did I just hear a gong?

In case you missed it, this is what passes for democracy in Republican run Wisconsin. Count the seconds the vote was open -- maybe 17 seconds max? Totally sickening.