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Hurricane Hype, Adult Children Sue Because of Bad Parenting, and More in Chad’s Steaming Pile

Here are just a few things in Chad’s Pile that you will hear on Lubbock’s First News this morning. Give Chad your feedback on the steaming topics.

1. Hurricane Hype (link)

Hurricanes are dangerous, but can the hype be even more dangerous?

The images summed up Hurricane Irene – the media and the United States federal government trying to live up to their own doom-laden warnings and predictions while a sizeable number of ordinary Americans just carried on as normal and even made gentle fun of all the fuss.

There was almost palpable disappointment among the TV big guns rolled out for the occasion when Irene was downgraded to a mere ‘tropical storm”. In New York city, CNN’s silver-haired Anderson Cooper, more usually seen in a tight t-shirt in a famine or war zone, was clad in what one wag dubbed “disaster casual”.

Just about anyone who watched the Hurricane coverage knew it was overblown and hyped up. Yes, it could have been worse, but many forecasters never thought it was going to be the disaster that it was being billed as. The problem is what will happen in the future. Many citizens will think the hype is just that… hype and they will choose to ignore evacuation orders and other warning signs.

2. It’s all the parents fault (link)

This story will probably cause you to yell at your computer screen. You’ve been warned.

Raised in a $1.5 million Barrington Hills, Ill., home by their attorney father, two grown children have spent the last two years pursuing a unique lawsuit against their mom for “bad mothering” that alleges damages caused when she failed to buy toys for one and sent another a birthday card he didn’t like.

The alleged offenses include failing to take her daughter to a car show, telling her then 7-year-old son to buckle his seat belt or she would contact police, “haggling” over the amount to spend on party dresses and calling her daughter at midnight to ask that she return home from celebrating homecoming.

Last week, at which point the court record stood about a foot tall, an Illinois appeals court dismissed the case, finding that none of the mother’s conduct was “extreme or outrageous.” To rule in favor of her children, the court found, “could potentially open the floodgates to subject family childrearing to … excessive judicial scrutiny and interference.”

Just another example of what’s wrong with people in this country. These people should be written out of their parent’s wills.

3. Cheap shots from Cheney? (link)

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell thinks former VP Dick Cheney is taking “cheap shots” at him in Cheney’s new book. According to Yahoo:

“Mr. Cheney has had a long and distinguished career and I hope in his book that’s what he will focus on, not these cheap shots that he’s taking at me and other members of the administration who served to the best of our ability for President Bush,” Powell said.

These and many more topics coming up on Monday’s edition of Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty. Tune in mornings 6-9am on News/Talk 790 KFYO, streaming online at kfyo.com, and now on your iPhone and Android device with the radioPup App.

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