Straight Talk Express Needs an Alignment

In 2000, I thought John McCain would make a good President. Among other things, I admired his apparent willingness to say what he thought regardless of whose feathers he might ruffle. His Straight Talk Express symbolized the idea.

We're number last! We're number last!

Researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine ranked the U.S. last among 19 leading industrialized countries in deaths that could have been prevented by access to timely and effective healthcare. You can read the Reuters article or visit the school's site for the actual report.

Here are responses from some of our politicians:

Texas: the Death Star State

The Associated Press reports on a man freed after 26 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. This is the 15th case since 2001 in which a Dallas County inmate has been freed by DNA evidence.

Poor Design, Wasted Time

One of my pet peeves is poor web site design and implementation. Here's one example of screwing it up multiple ways.

The Entertainment book offers 2-for-1 dining coupons and other types of discounts. I've purchased the book in past years, although I tried something else last year. Entertainment is now offering their 2008 books at a reduced price, so I decided to buy one. Most online purchases are easily done in a couple minutes. Not so here.

A Good News Day

Anybody who says the media never publishes good news obviously missed The Today Show today. Within about 30 minutes, the show broadcast three separate good news stories:

Chapter One

I am born.

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