Good news! Gas prices are going up!

Good news! Gas prices (or gasp prices, I like to call ’em) are going up! Oil closed at a new record $93 a barrel, but don’t worry… Dick Cheney says that’s just fine! (For him, yes.)

Glenn Beck can bite me

So while a whole bunch of people are losing their homes in these fires, CNN’s Glenn Beck bashes them:

On the October 22 edition of his nationally syndicated radio program, host Glenn Beck stated, “I think there is a handful of people who hate America. Unfortunately for them, a lot of them are losing their homes in a forest fire today.”

Burn baby burn

Yeah, you heard right, SoCal is burning. An almost unimaginable number of fires are burning all around me right now. The air is so filled with smoke I can smell and taste it even inside the studios here at Dial Global in Valencia, near where several of the fires are burning in the Canyon Country, Agua Dulce and Santa Clarita areas.

A few years ago I lived here, and I remember standing out on my patio in the middle of the night watching fires burn over the hills in the distance, and obsessively checking the news coverage to see if they were burning in my direction.

You grab the video camera and start documenting your belongings, get the pet carriers and supplies set up by the door, pack some food and clothing and prepare yourself to leave when the authorities tell you. It ain’t fun. And these fires are much worse than those, and far more numerous. People have already lost homes. I can’t even imagine what that’s like.

And to think that some of these fires are allegedly arson… some IDIOT going around setting these…! Boggles the mind.

The War

Finally finished watching all 14 hours of Ken Burns’ latest documentary, “The War,” about World War 2. Yes, it was long. But it was brilliant, and by the end I was incredibly wrapped up in the personal stories of the people who lived through it, both on the front and at home.

As a history buff, I already knew the battles, the stories, the campaigns, the successes and the failures. But the personal stories were the most affecting. Burns has left us an invaluable resource, now that this generation is passing on.

It was not a “good war,” it was a “necessary war,” and that was the point that was made. And we have to wonder that Americans, by and large during that time, knew that this was a necessary war and that’s why support for it was so strong.

Britney loses the kids

A judge in L.A. County has ruled that full custody of Britney Spears’ kids goes to Kevin Federline. Probably the saddest comment I can make about this is that I’m relieved.