Saturday, January 21, 2006

What ever happened to the world peace questions?

In preliminary interviewing questions at the Miss America pageant, Miss Nevada, Lena Wosik, was asked by a judge about the planned nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain. Lena responded by saying, "it had to go someplace, and that was the best-built facility in the country."

Fair enough. It just may well be the best facility in the country to store nuclear waste. Better Nevada than in the north Georgia mountains. But the judge asks her then, "And if people die?" Lena responds by saying, "We just have to take one for the team."

The Miss America pageants used to be so simple. A little group dancing, walk around in bathing suits, walk around in evening gowns, do a little talent skit and finally answer a nice fluffy question about hair style or favorite color. Now they have dumped the talent portion and are giving them questions about nuclear waste storage areas. If we have to have Miss America pageants, let's go back to the basics and let the pageant girls just do what they do best; walk up and down the aisles, smile, look pretty and twirl some batons.

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