Editor’s Note: In the daily observation of life around him, the author occasionally feels the need to point out ridiculously inane behavior and general thoughtlessness. These are called “Rants” and this is one of those times.

• Can’t we just pull out some kind of weapon and use it against smokers who throw their used cigarette butts out their car windows? Why is it acceptable that they use the world as their ashtray?

• If Lindsey Lohan is going to Alcoholics Anonymous, why did her Mother go on the radio and tell everyone? When did one of the 12 Steps become “parental public embarrassment”?

• In the next few years, since politicos on both sides of the aisle seem hell bent on taking America down a self-destructive path towards losing our Super Power status, will most citizens even notice?

• Why is it that people would have more trouble identifying Condoleezza Rice than Paris Hilton? Doesn’t that embarrass you a lot?!

• Toyota makes a better product and GM, Ford and Chrysler pay crazy wages and benefits to their union employees…who couldn’t see this change coming?

• If there were no paparazzi, would we have any idea when Britney Spears did or did not wear underwear? And would we care even less than we do already?

• Do you find it as annoying as I do that the NFL has grabbed such a strangle hold on its trade mark of the Super Bowl name that every body who has a “commercial” purpose has to call it “The Big Game”? Doesn’t it seem like the name should fall under public domain?

• Since Rosie O’Donnell isn’t really funny anymore now that she’s all up on her soapbox all the time and Donald Trump never was interesting, wouldn’t it be better just to ignore them and let them fall into oblivion? Why is that so hard for people to do?

• Most times, it’s not about conservative or liberal. It’s simply about right and wrong. And if we understood the difference as children, why does it seem we’re so ignorant about the difference as adults?

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