On Second Thought for Feb. 11, 2013

“On Second Thought” is a weekly series of brief and lighthearted observations of current events.

Note to Super Bowl organizers: If you invite Beyonce and friends again, make sure they don’t try to plug in more than one blow drier after their half-time performance. It always trips a fuse.
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Having the lights go out during the Super Bowl was a bit disconcerting. It was amusing, however, to watch San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh argue when the scoreboard came back on that, as he remembered it, his team was ahead.
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Officials said an electrical relay failed. It was put in place to keep the power going in case of a failure on a cable coming into the stadium. No word yet on whether the man in charge was named Murphy Law.
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You just know some macho player on the field was yelling, “See? When I tackle you, it’s lights out!”
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The U.S. Postal Service announced this week it is suspending Saturday delivery in order to cut costs. Millions of young people paused while texting on their phones to ask, “What’s the postal service?”
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You have to hand it to the Postmaster General, however. So far he’s the only person in Washington who actually has cut something to save money.
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Remember when the only time you would associate the word “drone” with a president was in reference to how he delivered a speech?
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President Obama has laid out the legal case for him ordering the assassinations of U.S. citizens using drones. And to think, Nixon got in trouble just for ordering IRS investigations.
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The history of technology tells us drones are going to improve and get smaller over time. Some day you’ll be wondering why that pesky fly at your picnic has a blinking red light.

About the Author

Jay Evensen

Jay Evensen is the Senior Editorial Columnist for the Deseret News. He has 32 years of journalism experience covering politics and a variety of other assignments at news organizations ranging from United Press International in New York City to the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Deseret News, where he has worked since 1986. During that time, he has won numerous local, regional and national awards. Most recently, he was given the Cameron Duncan Media Award, given annually in Washington, D.C., by the advocacy group RESULTS, to the journalist judged to have done the most to further the cause of the world's poorest people.

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