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Ride The Whirlwind

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008 4:02 AM

While McCain and his campaign spokespeople try to figure out whether or not they're actually riding the bronco of racist hatred to the White House, or jumping off and hoping there's a rodeo clown nearby to keep them from getting trampled underfoot, there's Barack Obama's classy response to someone who booed at the mention of Senator McCain's name.

"Now, we don't need that. What we need ... is to vote," Obama told the audience.

See? That's all it took. You don't ignore it for a week, you step right up and say, 'No, that's not right.'

Similarly, there's criticism in the media that McCain's 'tactic' has 'backfired.'

So, if it hadn't stirred up a pot o' hate and anger, it'd be a valid tactic?

It's nice that the government is investing in our banks, but since we're purchasing non-voting shares, it's basically a hand-out to bank executives that gives the government zero leverage to protect us against bad decisions and mismanagement.

I'm not a big fan of reality television shows. For the most part, it's stage-managed competition that showcases the worst parts of human nature, all for a few bucks.

And then there's Food Network's The Chef Jeff Project. Chef Jeff Henderson is an ex-convict who, while serving a ten-year prison term, learned to cook in the prison kitchen. He turned his life around, and now he's looking to do the same for young adults facing similar challenges.

The first episode was this past Sunday. Any of the participants who make it through Chef Jeff's program and meet the necessary criteria (we don't know what those are, just yet), will be awarded a two-year scholarship to a culinary school.

And it seems that no one gets thrown off, voted off, or booted off. I suspect it's possible that one could tick off Jeff so badly that he tosses you out (one young man showed up late for the first day and nearly got bounced), or you could throw up your hands and quit, but neither has happened yet.

This is the first reality show I've watched since USA Network's Combat Missions.

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