Some days it takes all the courage on can muster just to drive into crime-ridden Mankato, MN: From this morning's paper:
Mooning suspect remains at large"Heavyset?" That doesn't exactly narrow down the set of suspects around here.
The Free Press,
A pepper-spray-wielding woman who sprayed a bar bouncer after mooning police officers early Tuesday remains at large.
Police were called to Choppers on South Front Street about 1 a.m. to report that a woman was causing problems in the bar.
The woman reportedly stepped outside the bar, dropped her pants, and displayed her buttocks to officers passing by in a squad car. The officers apparently didn’t notice. When the bouncer chastised the woman for her behavior and attempted to remove her from the premises, she took a pepper spray container from her purse and sprayed the bouncer’s face and the bar area. Then she took off running.
The only description given of the woman is that she is heavyset.
Has anyone else noticed that newspapers are getting thinner - in width, in length, and especially in depth? News magazines like Time and Newsweek are getting thinner on editorial content. NPR and CNN are now catering to our sub 5 minute attention spans. Most movies seem to run about 90 minutes instead of two hours and critics complain when they run "long." I am not holding my breath hoping for a political debate where participants could actually treat issues in depth.
Nicholas Carr in The Atlantic asks "Is Google Making Us Stoopid?" Motoko Rich asks in the NYT's article "Literacy Debate: Online, R U Really Reading," if reading on the Internet is the cause of poor reading test scores. I've worried about my change in reading habits for some time.
If the snippitization of information was made popular by Internet sites, it has certainly gotten a good deal of help from the regular media.
OK, here it comes. You KNOW I couldn't resist...