add this to my tombstone: THE SOUTH LOST, GET OVER IT!”

I am an editor for my school newspaper, and it has allowed me to interview and meet some of the odder characters I have ever dealt with. I have had people start screaming about how they hate France, and that they hate all Democrats, and they aren’t even in the college republicans. To be fair, the College Republicans at my campus are not super crazy, and if someone who joins the club simply to scream about how they hate democrats, environmentalists, people from other countries, or just to sit there and bash bill clinton, they don’t allow it. The same with the Democratic party club, no constant Bush bashing, no “i hate republicans becuase” speeches. Another girl said that people who don’t go to church are responsible for all the “demonic activity” in the world today, and that the end of the world is near. To be fair, she was a fat chick, and I did not need to use her interview, since the story was about sexually transmitted diseases. I just asked to interview her since she was wearing a religious t-shirt and she looked as plain as a brown paper sack, and was carrying a bible.
The rest have usually been guys who brag about how their family fought in “the war”. Not in Iraq, or Vietnam, or Korea, or WW1 or WW2. Not even the Spanish-American war. Nope, they talk about how they are related to people who fought in the American Civil war. Almost 140 years later, and they still talk about how they are confederates, and that they don’t like “yankees or carpetbaggers.” I wish I was lying about this, but sadly, in the year 2006, I still hear about how the south will “rise again”, from 18 year kids who rarely traveled beyond their respective hometowns while growing up. Some have never even been to Kansas City even though the fringes of KC start about 1 mile north of the campus.

Shopping for MPG….

Cnn runs an article about how to shop for M.P.G., or miles per gallon.  You can read it here,

While decent in its writing method and editing, the content contradicts at the end.  The say  that getting a car with a manual transmission is harder to sell in non sports cars, get the bigger engine for “resale value” and that hybrids aren’t worth the cost.  Of course hybrids are good at miles per gallon, but other factors hamper them.  I think the problem with hybrid and supercompact cars is that most Americans are now too fat to fit into super compacts now.  Some people might be able to, if they only ate tofu and drank water.  But for the people getting 30 bucks at tace bell for dinner, then eating again on the way home, just might have some problems with the new supercompacts.  Of course, reducing total consumption really freaks some people out too much, and they start acting like idiots to try and convince you that you are wrong about how to solve the problem via reducing the amount of oil we use…