A cautionary tale for contact wearers

First there were contact lenses you could wear for a day. Then there were lenses you could leave in for a whole week. And now there are ones you can wear for a month. But for a whole year?

Meet Liu, a 40-year-old Chinese man. He started wearing contacts a year ago, but he never took them out, because even though the lenses were soft, removing them was hard. He soon found that his eyesight was getting worse, so he bought another pair of lenses and put them in his eyes on top of the old ones.

His vision only got more blurry. So he put on a third pair!

Finally, when his eyes couldn’t take it anymore, he went to the eye doctor. The doctor removed the outer pair, and then the middle pair, but the first, year-old pair had grown into his eyes! Surgery finally got them out.

I’m toast

Fans of TV’s “24” know by now that the terrorists have detonated a nuke, wiping out a square mile of Valencia, California. If I was at work at the time, that means I’m toast. (Our broadcast facilities are in Valencia.)

I feel okay. A little radioactive, perhaps. My cat’s hair is falling out.

Oh — and has Jack Baur ever met anyone he wouldn’t torture? Apparently, he’s putting the screws (and plastic bags) to his brother. One wonders just who else he’d consider torturing.

“Hey, that fast food worker messed up my order! Get me a screwdriver and some electrical cord!”

God help us if Jack Baur ever teamed up with MacGyver.

Hillary’s in

Hillary is officially in the race.

My first choice is still Wesley Clark, but there’s no official word from him yet. And if he does run, I’m not sure he can beat the top Democratic contenders on the field right now — Obama, Clinton, or Edwards. So far in this contest, I’d support Obama. But there’s still a long way to go.


Yet another reason why no rational person should waste time or money on psychic shysters.

Montel Williams’ psychic pal Sylvia Browne told the family of missing Shawn Hornbeck he was dead shortly after the Missouri boy vanished – and later allegedly offered to help locate his body for $700 per half hour.

The popular TV clairvoyant appeared on the “Montel Williams Show” in February 2003, four months after Shawn disappeared, and told Pam and Craig Akers she believed their son was “no longer with us.”

She also advised that his body could be found in a wooded area 20 miles from their Richwoods, Mo., home, near two large jagged boulders.

Shawn, now 15, was found alive and well last Friday, living just miles away with a man now charged with snatching the boy when he was 11.

Browne’s “vision” of his death caused search teams to redirect their efforts and drew dozens of calls from the public who believed they lived near the woods matching Browne’s descriptions.
The family also claims the psychic then tried to cash in, which Browne vigorously denies.

“She called Pam and Craig about one month after the show and pretty much offered her services to continue their discussion for a fee,” said Wayne Evans, a spokesman for the Shawn Hornbeck Foundation.

"24" as right wing propaganda

Personal disclaimer: Yeah, I can easily see that “24” contains elements that are a neocon’s wet dream: Terrorists are all-powerful, therefore we must shred the Constitution and torture as many people as we can in order to stop them. On the other hand, sorry, it’s a good TV show. I suppose the completely ridiculous and unbelievable plots remind me it’s just a TV show. Somehow, the producers manage to pull off the thrills before you notice how improbable and illogical it all is.

But some people are pointing out that it serves as propaganda. And on an even more sinister note, some are saying that the show desensitizes us to the use of torture, as if torture would ever actually work. I suppose they have a point. But sorry, I still enjoy watching it.