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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

KFSM and the Riverboat Gamblers

Posted By on Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 10:42 AM

Yes, I know they really aren't gambling on a riverboat - I just love the title.

One of the silliest stories in 2008 - the year is still young - that hKFSM has covered was on Sunday night, when their Junior Varsity news crew ran a piece on how folks are still finding ways to gamble during economic tough times.

The “news” team interviewed one woman who claimed that she “rationed” herself when she went to gamble, and with another who says that even though she is challenged to take care of her family, she still gambles at a nearby casino, citing the $5 coupons they send her in the mail.

She claims that she cashes out, so the money goes toward her kids.

"Money is more important for my kids, than for me," said Aeron Campbell.

To sort of balance things out, a “psychologist” is interviewed - the odd thing is, the only reference I could find to this “psychologist” is online, touting some sort of religious Boot Camp for Married and Divorced Folk and she isn't sporting a Ph.D anywhere near her name. www.divorcerecoveryseminar.com/divorce_counseling_experts.php

She is a social worker, though.

Maybe KFSM’s Junior Varsity just gets confused with all them fancy initials and such.

The end of the article just sort of goes into a sort of plug for Cherokee Casinos:

The Cherokee Casino has seen a spike in business, despite an economic down-turn.  "We're doing very well actually," said Cherokee Casino Spokes-woman, Kelli Bruer. The Cherokee Casino, in Siloam Springs is expanding, and will likely hire around 500 people to fill positions later this year.

 The story is also on KFSM’s website.

http://www.kfsm.com/Global/story.asp?S=8235276

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Embedded in America

When I was a Junior in High School, I was Humor Editor on the school paper, which may well have been the high point of my writing career. It may also have been the most satisfying, since I am never happier than when I am writing something humorous.

I especially enjoy humor which pokes fun at the sacred cows of society. And which lumbering sacred cow needs the most puncturing of its pretension-filled udders?
The great American newspaper. That which we read over our morning eggs and coffee, bringing yesterday's events into our homes today. Of course, what we read over our breakfast may depend upon exactly where our interests lie.

Some like to immerse themselves in the embrace of a major news daily, while some enjoy the charms - such as they are - of small town papers, many of which only come out once a week, whether anything happened in town that week or not. And still others like the world of The National Enquirer, or the late crap-fest, The Weekly World News.

For all of those folks, there is the Onion, one of the greatest satirical riffs on newspapers ever to come down the pike, which is available at most bookstores across the country. Full of sheer nonsense, the Onion parodies all of the above styles of newspapers brilliantly.

The most recent Onion compilation I have read, "Embedded in America," joins the long list of other collections of Onion papers. Set in the style of a six page tabloid, the Onion takes the tiniest
bit of sanity and carries it to lunatic extremes. Beginning with page one:

"Schwarzenegger Elected First Horseman Of The Apocalypse" - "Ashcroft Chases Down, Loses CIA Suspect In Alley behind White House" - "Lieberman Pledges To Gloss Over Boring Issues" - and not to mention, "Girlfriend Playing Virtua Fighter With Some Other Guy Now."

My personal favorite story comes later in the collection - "Energy Secretary Assumed Cabinet Knew He Did Porn Films in the ‘‘80s."

This book is too much fun not to pick up. Who can read the Onion, and say that there is no hope for America? And like the late The Weekly World News, I like to think that there are
simple souls out there who pick up the Onion and actually take it at face value.

rsdrake@nwark.com

 

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