Gabatron Morning Briefing 1-13-15: Tarnished Arches

McDonald’s is taking heat for their latest commercial. It shows McDonald’s signs in area effected by disasters… one for example shows a flooded area with a sign that reads “Remember 9/11” and another shows a flooded out area with sign reading “We’ll be back soon.” First of all, I hope that 9/11 sign was actually a photo from right after 9/11. One group of straw people says they show the restaurant’s a part of the community, another group of straw people says that they are profiting off of tragedies. What say you?

The parents of the Bolingbrook teen accused of plotting to join ISIS condemned the Paris attacks and told extremists to “stay away from our children.” That’s certainly an understandable reaction… as a parent, you’d never want to condemn your own child. Certainly we’d have to do something about extremist groups recruiting youngsters. But at the end of the day, he was actually running off to join ISIS.

A group here in Chicago is calling on the city to crack down on uncollected dog poop. Leaders say that they took their kids sledding recently and they emerged covered in dog feces.

Rep. Randy Weber, R-Texas decided it was a good idea to reference Hitler in complaining about President Obama skipping the anti-terror rally in Paris. See, because Hitler was too anxious to go to Paris, and Obama isn’t anxious enough… I don’t even know what to say about that. I’ve been to one World Fair, a picnic and a rodeo and that’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen.

Hail to the bus driver: A school bus driver allegedly let her 5-year-old son sit behind the wheel of her bus while it was running. He put it in reverse and rolled it into cars and a carport. Any good kid driving horror stories out there?

A guy was a little late for his flight after everyone else had been rebooked, so he was one of only two people in the airplane. Once when I was flying from Huntsville back home to Chicago on New Years Eve, I was one of only eight people on the flight. There were so few of us that they had to keep moving us around the airplane to get it balanced right. That’s always reassuring.

Keith Conrad got his first job in radio in Huntsville, Alabama the day after the 2000 Presidential election when he was a freshman in college. He’s produced radio shows in Huntsville, Milwaukee, WI, Atlanta, GA and finally back in his hometown of Chicago. Currently he lives in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood steps away from the Red Line. The train goes by so often you don’t even notice it. Keith has been dabbling in the Internet arts for a while now, in various roles both professional and just for fun.

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