Friday, April 22, 2005

Video Professor Blog April 22, 2005

An Ounce of Prevention? Why not a pound?
After a second girl is murdered by yet another registered sex offender in Florida, we again ask, why does Martha Stewart have to wear a GPS device and neither of these sex offenders didn’t? These are REGISTERED sex offenders. Known PREDATORS! It caught the attention of our friend E.D. Hill at FOX & Friends and she’s alerted viewers to this site where you can track registered sex offenders in your state. Thanks to FOX News for caring enough to share this with all of us!

We must point out that a lot of states make you jump through far too many hoops to get the information. But it’s worth the effort. But that does beg the question(s). Why not just list the names? And why just on websites? How about billboards or full-page newspaper ads? How many children do we have to lose before government wakes up?

Tax Freedom Day
This past Sunday was Tax Freedom Day; the date when most Americans earned enough to pay their 2005 Tax Bill. Here’s where just some of your money is going.
It’s called Pork.
$1.7 Million for the International Fertilizer Center in Alabama. (‘Nuff said)
$100,000 for the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center in Pennsylvania. (Those groundhogs have a powerful lobby)
And there are literally thousands more!

Papal E-Mail
Pope Benedict XVI is online. The Vatican has announced he has an e-mail address. “You’ve got mail” might be replaced with ‘you’ve got blessings!” The Vatican website can be accessed at

Illegals impact military training
The Marine Air Station in Yuma, AZ is an important training site for troops headed to Iraq. The base commander reports however, that 500 military training exercises have been delayed or cancelled by the flood of illegal immigrants crossing the firing ranges after sneaking across the border into the United States.

NFL Draft Picks set in stone? Try Jell-O
At least that’s what Arizona Republic sports writer Kent Somers thinks. The first three picks go to teams with rookie coaches, and the top 10 college prospects seem to change hourly. But for sports fans who missed out on hockey and who’s baseball teams are already out of it, this weekend’s NFL draft is must-see TV.

Apollo 13-35 year later
There’s a generation who only know about Apollo 13 from the movie. Hard to believe it’s been 35 years this week since what eventually turned out to be one of NASA’s finest hours. Engineers, using slide rules figured out a way to bring the astronauts home safely. What, you never heard of a slide rule? Check out
Meanwhile, Discovery sits on the launch pad in Florida scheduled for a return to space next month. No slide rules involved this time.

Danes #1 on the Net
A new survey has Denmark #1 in Internet use. The United States moved up to 2nd place from 6th the year before. IBM and British Magazine, The Economist conducted the study. Ranking the lowest of the 65 countries surveyed was Azerbaijan. Guess I better start running ads there!

Obesity drops five spots
The Center for Disease Control now says obesity isn’t quite the epidemic it claimed. It’s now ranked 7th as the cause of death in the United States, down five spots from #2. Eating in moderation and regular exercise continue to be highly recommended. Tobacco remains the #1 cause of preventable death. There’s a reason cigarettes have nicknames like “cancer sticks” and “coffin nails.”

A Penny Not Saved
BusinessWeek Magazine reports that half of American households headed up by people aged 50-59 have less than $10,000 in their 401(k) accounts.

Worker’s Paradise
Fidel Castro, the benevolent dictator he is, has more than doubled the minimum wage in Cuba from $4.50 to $10.00! Per month that is.

Promo promo
You know something’s big when the promos for it, get promos! Already TV promos are running promoting the movie promo for Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Talk about using the force! Maybe over-using?

Riding off into the sunset
Lance Armstrong will give the Tour de France one more go, then call it a career. Lance fought back from cancer, kept his head on straight and his feet firmly on the pedals to win the Tour six years straight. A record.

Tony’s Back!
Tony Snow is back on FOX Radio on a part-time basis. He’s been fighting cancer and his positive attitude is combining with medical treatment and the outcome so far is good. Welcome back Tony!

Site ‘O the Week
This one is a bit mesmerizing. (And a bit weird) What it really needs is a soundtrack of Sinatra singing “Come fly with me” Enjoy!

My Cyber Door is Open. I enjoy hearing from you!

John W. Scherer