My pal Jamie over at An Animal Rescuer's Life (Check her out if you get a chance--she's a fun read, although she can definitely make me cry with some of her animal tales.) recently wrote an entry about her problem with what she called "Sire Toilet." It made me laugh, and I thought of her when I came across a series of pictures of altered warning signs. Here's the one that made me think of Jamie.
It's a warning for an Attack Toilet! Yikes--you don't want to run across one of those!
Here's the page that has all the altered signs, and I think you'll find them as funny as I did. Some of the actual warning signs I see already crack me up (here's my entry about a baby in a bucket, which also contains a link to my entry about not storing baby in plastic storage bins), so the altered ones are even funnier!
Speaking of funny, I saw a video this morning about Sarah Palin's hacked email account. I don't think that part is funny. That was an invasion of privacy, and hackers are not our friends! (Although her refusal to turn over her emails concerning state business, even though she CC'd her husband--NOT a part of the administration--seems a little fishy to me. Apparently it is not illegal, and there is precedent for spousal privilege there. We all share things with our spouses unless someone tells us not to. I always ask a person if it's okay to share that with Ken...if they say no, I don't. Anyhoo, if it's official business, why can't we see those records? I'm just askin'.)
The funny part of the video is that Bill O'Reilly (who is funny in his own scary way) is discussing the email hack with a fellow FoxNews reporter. While I'm not a fan of FoxNews, I applaud this woman for standing up to this guy and saying, "No no no...that is not how it works!" O'Reilly keeps giving more and more ludicrous analogies, and she shoots every single one of them down, almost to the point of becoming exasperated with his lame argument. She brings up freedom of the press, and there's that darn First Amendment again...that thing will just NOT go away!
I believe that the press has a responsibility to not incite panic, but the First Amendment is the reason we all have the right to state our opinions, whether in print or by spoken word. Hacking the email account was wrong, and the person will be subject to prosecution; the web site that posted the emails was reporting news, had no part in anything illegal, and is not subject to any charges whatsoever. Nice try, O'Reilly, and sieg heil! But I don't think so!