Am I being over-sensitive to the marketing tactics employed by the mega-red-retailer whose name is synonymous with concentric circles at the end of a pistol range, or is this just plain WRONG?

I was in my local red-themed store and found the piggy banks next to the one-armed bandits. Am I the only bozo on the bus who thinks this is a BAD IDEA?

I know, I know. The slot machine 'toys' are, in fact, banks. But what message is this sending to the kids? Is it telegraphing by reference that gambling is saving?

Just askin'...

...But DON'T GET ME STARTED on those Barbie checkout toys, complete with fake magnetic-stripe credit card!

Apologies for the bad photo, but its the best my cell phone could deliver. And for the record, and in the interest of full disclosure, I do not live in Las Vegas, near Atlantic City, and this photo wasn't taken in a community where gambling is 'legalized'.


Daddy Panel 15: Introducing Superman!

In this installment, the panelists Greg, Dennis, Kevin, Mike and newcomer Chuck convene to discuss kids party plans gone awry, noisy neighbors, "Do as I say, not as I do" and other parental power trips. We also discuss those summer plans that did (or didn't) quite pan out as we had hoped, and sing the babysitter blues.

(If you're looking for Episode 14, don't panic - its still being repaired)

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