This commentary was originally scheduled Friday, Dec. 27, but was pre-empted by a news conference about a cloned baby, and was rescheduled for Monday, December 30, 2002.

Brad Messer Commentary
8:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 30, 2002

Here are some things that baffle me.

Could they clone Al Gore or does it require living tissue?

How can Powerball call it a $315-million lottery when the cash-option payout is only around half that, before taxes?

Why do they let Michael Jackson possess children? If you molested little boys and dangled a baby over a balcony your kids would be repossessed in 24 hours.

Is George Bush suddenly so angry at Iraq because he can't be a popular wartime president without a war?

How can Britney Spears be one of the world's "25 Most Intriguing People"? Is the planet running that low on intrigue?

How can Texas take millions in settlement money from the tobacco industry and spend it for other things, unrelated to smoking or health?

Why did Wall Street investment firms get by so long, always recommending Buy but never Sell?

Why does the Alamo City have a red statue of Gumby downtown?

Why do mothers tell boys BB guns will put your eyes out? For kids under 12, BBs are 4th in eye loss behind baseball, basketball and soccer.

Why can mankind develop a high-aspect plasma TV screen, but not be able to invent an e-mail spam filter that really works?

How does Hugh Grant get to be the romantic lead in anything?

Some of the things that baffle me.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.

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