Today's stories [5.3.09]
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I was in a car dealership a while ago, when a large
motor home was towed into the garage. The front of the
vehicle was in dire need of repair and the whole thing
generally looked like an extra in "Twister". I asked
the manager what had happened. He told me that the
driver had set the "cruise control" and then went in
the back to make a sandwich.
Suit Alleges MS Racism
Software Linked Black Couple to Monkeys
The Associated Press
S A N D I E G O, June 30 — A lawsuit accuses Microsoft of including a
“racially-charged” message linking black people to monkeys in its
Publisher 1998 software. The company has agreed to alter the program.
John Elijah, 32, filed the suit Tuesday in San Diego federal court,
claiming users will see images that include a black couple sitting on
monkey bars when they type “monkey” to access pictures of the animal.
“I felt the blood rushing out of my whole body,” said Elijah, a black
construction worker who was shown the image by a co-worker. “I was
During the Persian Gulf War, I was assigned to go to Saudi Arabia. As I
was saying good-bye to my family, my three-year-old son, Christopher,
was holding on to my leg and pleading with me not to leave. "No, Daddy,
please don't go!" he kept repeating.
We were beginning to make a scene when my wife, desperate to calm him,
said, "Let Daddy go and I'll take you to get a pizza."
Immediately, Christopher loosened his death grip, stepped back and in a
calm voice said, "'Bye, Daddy."
Craig S. Kunishige in Reader's Digest
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