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. Endorsements

Do you care about endorsements? Candidates seem to think we do, but do we? Does it depend on who the endorsement is coming from? Mitt Romney has the most endorsements from politicians and other politico's, but if you look at the polls those endorsement really don't translate into anything.

On the morning show we've asked before if people care about endorsements and to no one's surprise the answer is no. Granted, most of our audience is well-informed and can make their own decision.

The reason I bring this up is because on Monday, Newt Gingrich's campaign touted what could be the most ridiculous endorsement of 2012... so far. Todd Palin, Sarah Palin's husband, decided to endorse Newt Gingrich and the campaign acted as though it was a major endorsement. Really? Todd Palin? Who cares? I barely care who his wife endorses, but I really don't care about Todd Palin's thoughts. His weight carries about as much as Cindy McCain's does.

So, do you care about endorsements?

2. People are afraid (link)

American's are afraid that President Obama will be reelected.

In our New Year's poll, when asked what news event they fear most about 2012, Americans by a margin of two-to-one said Obama's reelection. Only 16 percent said they fear the Democrat won't win a second term, while 33 percent said they fear four more years.

Next to Obama's reelection, 31 percent of Americans said they feared higher taxes, which may be proof that the president's focus on the payroll tax cut has hit paydirt.

American's should be afraid. It's no slam dunk that the Republicans will win and if the economy rebounds, the chances even look worse for the GOP. With Republican's eating their own during this primary season, I'll be honest, I'm not feeling too good about the Presidential Election.

3. Dumb story of the morning (link)

Here is your dumb story of the morning and it involves the TSA.

According to the story that went viral during the Christmas holiday, a TSA agent confiscated the cupcake from Rebecca Hains, a teacher who planned to feed it to her son on the plane.

“The TSA at Logan Airport said the cupcakes looked delicious and told us to have a great trip. But in Las Vegas, they were dangerous. They shouldn’t be delicious in one part of the country and a security threat in the other.” Hains said at the time

Burns defended the decision, clarifying that this cupcake was in a jar, prompting a different reaction from the TSA agent.

"Unlike a thin layer of icing that resides on the top of most cupcakes, this cupcake had a thick layer of icing inside a jar." he wrote, "The officer in this case used their discretion on whether or not to allow the newfangled modern take on a cupcake per 3-1-1 guidelines. They chose not to let it go."

And in case you are outraged by these incidents, Burns reminds people to be sensitive of TSA agents.

"Every officer wants to finish their shift and go home with the peace of mind that they kept potential threats off of airplanes." he wrote. "They’re not thinking about whether their decisions will go viral on the internet."

Nope, I still don't feel sorry for the TSA.

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