Cell Phones Don’t Kill People

Cell phones don’t kill people, IRRESPONSIBLE, IGNORANT, LOUSY DRIVERS kill people. Enacting bans on cell phones isn’t going to prevent the same class of idiot from hitting someone else while they change a shirt, munch on food they just snagged from the drive-thru window, apply makeup because they’re late for work or change CDs while yapping with the passenger sitting next to them. If the cellular companies were smart they’d pay Lexus to rerun their safety commercials that were so popular two years ago. Hopefully, these new laws won’t get passed without a lot of noise from businesses & consumers alike.

Sometimes I think people just take their freedom for granted. What happened to personal responsibility? If some poor schmuck goes through the car windshield because he didn’t where his seatbelt that’s Darwinism baby. Wasting my tax dollars to arrest people because some bureaucrat wanted to save people from themselves, that’s just rude. But tragedies like the Columbine Massacre only rally the masses to point fingers at everyone else. Blame the media – movies & TV are too violent, blame the Internet – Doom, Unreal & Counterstrike are too violent, blame the NRA – they make guns accessible to children. Daycare is bad, homeschooling is good. Like a teeter-totter society goes from one extreme to the other while most of us in the middle suffer the consequences.

You want to make a difference? Start with yourself. God may save your soul, but you deal with people on a daily basis. Respect is a mutual thing. Don’t like what the government is doing? Get involved. Use technology to your advantage and find out who your state senator is. Think kids today have no values? Your neighborhood is going to pot? Get involved. Check out your local community services.

Can’t wait until a stoplight to dial that number or invest $5 in a hands-free kit for your cell phone? Then you might as well shut up & drive…

I forgot my baby?!?!?!?

What kind of person “forgets” about their baby and leaves it in a parked car? I don’t have any kids (yet), but I have been in several relationships that included children. I can’t imagine being that absent-minded. The shocking part is not that this happened, but that it’s common enough to warrant new safety equipment in vehicles. Since that story similar incidents have happened in April, May & June. I’d like to enlighten everyone with an answer to this riddle, but I’m still dizzy from bangin’ my head against the wall.

UPDATE 2003 – Here is an updated link on this phenomenon and proposed solutions.