Demi Moore, Ronald Reagan, and the iPhone. First time those three things have been mentioned in the same sentence? Probably.
Our cynical side wants to scoff at this story, but it does appear that someone was helped by the fact that Demi Moore is tweeting all the time. According to US Magazine, Moore responded to a woman who wrote that she was “Getting a knife, a big one that is sharp. Going to cut my arm down the whole arm so it doesn’t waste time.” Moore’s beau, Ashton Kutcher, later tweeted the following: “Wifey reported a suicide attempt based on a at reply tweet she got and saved someones life. The woman is in the hospital now.” I have nothing against the folks who founded twitter, or the people who use it, but part of me really hopes it goes away because the lingo is so irritating. Maybe that wouldn’t be the case if there were less “at reply tweet” and other phrases that only those who are “in the know” will get. I doubt it, but ya never know. Anyway, it’s nice that the woman is OK.
The “Obama Agenda” is being questioned by “LBJ and Reagan loyalists” according to CNN. I’m starting to get really tired of hearing the names of past Presidents invoked in comparison to Obamas. First of all, he’s been there for, like, a couple of months. Second, there are very serious problems in this country — the auto industry possibly disappearing, banks collapsing, people out of work and finding that their 401k plans are worth about $4.01. Who gives a crap about Reagan and Johnson? By the way, this notion of Reagan as a hero of tax cuts is a load of crap. Just saying. (That opinion is posited in a book by the unfortunately named Will Bunch, Tear Down This Myth: How the Reagan Legacy Has Distorted Our Politics and Haunts Our Future. I haven’t read it but I like that he wrote it.)
For your Daily Story That Makes You Feel Like a Wimp, read this story about a secretary at the American Civic Association in Binghamton, New York, who managed to crawl under her desk, “play dead” and call 911 after being shot in the stomach by Jiverly Wong. Good for her.
And for your Daily Story About People Making More Money Than You, read this tale in the Times about people who are earning beaucoup bucks by writing apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch. I mean, good for them and all, but what about meeee?