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Ernest Hooper has got the octuplet mom, frequent flier miles and Thunderbug on his mind

A woman gives birth to octuplets and now has 14 children, no job and a lifestyle certain to require government support.

Wall Street companies receive federal bailout money and still pay $18 billion in bonuses to their executives.

Why does the mother's possibly mentally impaired judgment seem to stir more furor in everyday Americans than the lack of sacrifice and common sense by the executives? I'm just asking. …

Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp reportedly racked up a lot of miles using state planes to fly between Tallahassee and his home in Fort Myers, but I'm wondering why Kottkamp and his family don't live in the capital full time. If we ask military families to move every two years, can't his family move once? …

Seen on a bumper sticker: I'll keep my guns, freedom and money. You can keep the change. …

What would happen if Thunderbug, the Lightning mascot, was injured playing street hockey and had to go to the University Community Hospital pediatric emergency room?

Find out in Thunderbug's Great Adventure at UCH. The second in a series of children's books being developed by the Lightning simplifies experiences such as an MRIs and X-rays. UCH will distribute the book to pediatric patients, along with a Thunderbug blanket. …

Another consequence of the economy: fewer blood donations. Workplace blood drives are netting less because of layoffs.

Add in the fact that flu season reduces the number of people who can donate and you have Florida Blood Services facing shortages of O, A-negative and B-negative. Go to or call 1-800-682-5663 to help.

That's all I'm saying.

Ernest Hooper has got the octuplet mom, frequent flier miles and Thunderbug on his mind 02/11/09 [Last modified: Thursday, February 12, 2009 12:02pm]
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