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Budweiser Needs to Hear from You

budfrogs.jpg - 8.70 K If Budweiser continues its gay-positive advertising, might we see Frank and Louie tongue-tied? As you may know Anheuser-Busch (Bud Light) has created an ad depicting two men holding hands (first ever type of ad) with the slogan, "Be yourself and make it a Bud Light". It is awesome!

Hundreds of calls have been received by Bud Light at (800) DIAL BUD from callers AGAINST this ad.

Please help! Support Bud Light – Tell them the ad is great!!!

Toll Free: 1-800-DIAL BUD


Call today and forward this message on e-mail!!!!!

Kids in Trench Coat Times

I'm not so pessimistic as some about kids. Kids have always been a problem. Kids have also always been fabulous. What's different today, perhaps, is a greater percentage of single parent families, and of kids with income and means to do much more than before. 50 years ago kids wouldn't have been able to afford to buy an arsenal of guns. Today they can afford cars and computers.

I deal a lot with teenage kids. Admittedly I deal with the brightest and the best. But in 25 years I have seen no difference in the high caliber of many teenagers today. All that has changed is a completely unjustified sense of pessimism on their part that the world is fucked. A message that is portrayed by politicians, the media and everybody else who has a half-remembered barely-understood statistic to peddle.

Fact is, the world is an exciting and challenging place, just as it always was. There are lots of opportunities for kids today to make their mark in the future.

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People Made Fun of Them

columbine1.jpg - 7.86 K Columbine High shooting suspects Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris have made Americans look at the way they treat each other News reports are filled with people questioning how these two kids could have become so violent. Why are people asking what kind of home life these boys had? Why are they asking about their taste in music, their Goth interest, what movies they watched and what video games they played? Why do all the news reports shy away from the comments being made about how these boys were ridiculed and tormented? Where WAS the concern at school for what they endured?

In one report it was said that the boys told students that what they were doing was revenge for how they were treated. The reporter said that people ridiculed the boys and the micophone was then pushed into the face of a female student who said "People made fun of them..."

Payback is a bitch. It's sad and it's crazy but maybe one of those reporters camped out in the driveways of those two kid's homes can pull themselves away from there and track down a few of the students who couldn't resist giving these guys crap all the time. Maybe they could ask THEIR parents how they feel about what THEIR kid did to contribute to what ended in a bloody massacre.

Robert E.

A New Kind of Family Needed

We can be a little more bold about what we don't expose ourselves and children to, I think, without lessening our genuine freedoms.

I, for one, think the mesmerizing of children with violent video games, inane pastimes such as MTV (or just TV), hanging out in shopping malls, surfing the net for hours on end to God knows where, purchasing guns with ease, making bombs and engaging in racist and hateful speech and actions - all need attention from parents (primarily), teachers, counselors, friends and peers, family, clergy, neighbors.

I don't think this is of necessity intrusive, it's as liberal a thought as that child-rearing requires a "village" --but the village is asleep while the kids are being relegated to electronic babysitting. There is no family anymore.

I can't conceive of how we can expect kids to grow up when parents, as an ensemble group, are so out of touch with them and seemingly indifferent. No wonder they strike out into dark worlds of hate, Hitler, racism, violence, you name it. No, censorship is not what I was suggesting, guidance was. So, how about suggesting what IS the answer, and not what's NOT the answer. If you dont' have one, hey, neither do I. But it deserves some thought I think. I guess you do too.


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