Rant #2: People backdrops for political events. I'm tired of having the stage behind the president or candidates for political office filled with people. So during the campaign we can discuss why/how/who the guys were with the Abercrombie shirts at some event. So President Obama can talk about his Iraq plans before a stage full of marines, or somebody else can talk about their tough on crime measure before a stage full of police. Important note for really dumb people: while the President is not the commander in chief of you or I or the country at large, he is the Commander In Chief of our armed services. So if he talks in front of a stage full of marines or airmen, it doesn't mean they agree with what he's saying. It does mean that their Commander in Chief ordered them to be there.
Rant #3: Why is Golden Corral taking advertising time on national TV? I guess we're all talking about Golden Corral, the topic of "where is there a Golden Corral" was discussed without my bringing it up at my synagogue last night. But, I'm thinking of it more as a broad business discussion of if it's really cheaper to advertise on the Australian Open on the Tennis Channel (or were they on the ESPN2 coverage...) to huge parts of the county that are nowhere near a Golden Corral, than to just advertise in the parts of the world where they actually exist. Not that I have anything against Golden Corral, mind you. I've only eaten at one once, and I liked it, but this is very scattershot marketing.
Rant #4: Why is the sky blue?