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Justin McLeod's Blog

July 20, 2012
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3.  3D movies.  They are all the rage right now, not for me.  I don't understand why you have to pay a surcharge, sometimes two or three bucks.  They say it to pay for the 3D glasses.  Please.  Those things probably cost 50 cents to make.  I get annoyed that they then ask for the glasses back at the end of the movie.  I refuse.  While I am at it, why is that I can see a HD movie at home but can't at the movies? 

4.  Halloween.  Last week, I did a story about how Halloween sales were up.  A viewer e-mailed us basically accusing us of being devil worshippers.  Halloween is what it is.  It is a fun holiday for kids.  Are there people who take it to the extreme?  Probably.  But I think the vast majority of people just want to have fun.  There is an impression that the news media hates covering religion, that we are all a bunch of atheists.  That is untrue.  Count how many stories we've done in the past two months at Liberty University and then tell me if we are devil worshippers!

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5.  ATM fees.  There has been a lot of outcry recently because Bank of America has started charging a monthly fee to use your ATM card.  Stop whining.  If you don't like it, do something about it.  Switch banks.  It is that simple.  The bank execs will get the message.  Look at Netflix.  It tried to make major changes.  People rebelled and Netflix had to admit it was wrong.  Power to the people!

6.  Death of Newsweeklies.  I used to get Time, Newsweek, and U.S. News & World Report.  Not anymore.  The magazines kept getting smaller and smaller.  It is sad.  I used to enjoy reading all three.  I'm afraid one or two will soon be gone.

7.  Stink Bugs.  Can we please do something about these creatures?  I HATE THEM.  The other day I removed my jacket from the back of the chair.  It had been there for months.  There were seven stink bugs hiding in the sleeve.  They are all now in stink bug heaven.  If you can figure out a way to get rid of them, you will be my hero.

8.  Remakes.  Years ago, Madonna remade a classic called American Pie.  You know the song.  "Bye, bye Miss American Pie, drove my Chevy to the leeve."  There was outrage.  I couldn't understand.  Now I do.  I wasn't alive when the original version came out so I had no allegiance.  Now they are starting to re-make movies from my childhood and I am mad.  They include Footloose and Dirty Dancing.  What is wrong with the originals?  Let it be.

9.  Passwords.  Does everything need a password?  I have one for my e-mail at home and work.  I need a password to sign onto my computer at work.  I need a password to sign onto the newsroom network.  Not to mention the passwords for my online time card, the station's website, the station's credit card, and to make changes to my health plan.  I need a password for my ATM card.  The list goes on and on.  Enough already.  Can you remember all your passwords?  I'm also annoyed when they make you change your password every six months.  Grrrrr.

10.  Celebrity Divorces.  I could care less when a celebrity couple gets a divorce or is heading for a break-up.  Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are getting a lot of play right now in the media.  I love when you watch these entertainment shows and they'll say "but they seemed so happy."  How do you know?  How does anyone know?  Just because they pose for the cameras and smile they are automatically happy?  Why do you even care? 

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