Texting While Driving

We all know that texting and driving is dangerous, but what about going beyond just sending short text messages, and actually composing and sending emails while driving? I’m voting for “stupid” as the proper adjective to use.

Lane Roster, a Huntington Beach, California repo man who has taken driving and emailing to an extreme. Mr. Roster decided that he absolutely had to send emails while driving, so he mounted his iPhone on the dash of his car and loaded the Email n’ Walk app, a program that uses a camera view of what’s directly ahead of you as the backdrop to a standard email screen.

Email ‘n Walk, as the name implies, is designed to be used while walking. Roster, in a phone interview, stated that “If I can’t email and drive or send an occasional text I would get absolutely nothing done.” He also admitted to getting into two minor accidents while emailing and driving.

I’m going to end this post with two quick reminders: Don’t text (or e-mail) and drive, and try to stay out of Huntington Beach, California if you value your life

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California Lays off Teachers

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Education is a priority. That is what politicians tell us. Regardless of political party of legislative orientation, those seeking political office reiterate how important education is for the children of the nation. The reality of the situation, however, is bleak. California is one example:

“…The state Department of Education estimates that preliminary pink slips will have been handed to 26,500 teachers by the Sunday cutoff — two-and-a-half times as many as were issued last year. Some 15,000 bus drivers, janitors, secretaries and administrators also were expected to receive the written warnings, said Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell.”

The lay off of this magnitude of teacher and support staff negatively impacts the quality of education that the children receive. No politician can be believed if there is any equivocation on this matter. Losing teachers and support staff lowers the day-to-day standards of the school experience. Not only are the school age children inheriting massive debt, they will be less able to compete in a global marketplace. And that is simply unfair.

Chris Brown Charged With Felonies

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Chris Brown has been charged with two felony counts for an alleged assault said to have taken place on February 8, 2009, on his girlfriend, Rihanna. The counts include assault and making criminal threats. Rihanna was reportedly hospitalized and treated for facial injuries as a result of the assault. The couple reconciled just weeks after the alleged assault took place.

According to many sites, Rihanna has decided not to press charges against Brown. California law, however, permits prosecutors to act in such a case even if the couple has reconciled.