On second thought

Published: Monday, March 17 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

In this Sept. 25, 2012 file photo, Google co-founder Sergey Brin gestures after riding in a driverless car with California Gov. Edmund G Brown Jr., left, and state Senator Alex Padilla, second from left, to a bill signing for driverless cars at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

Eric Risberg, Associated Press

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A lighthearted look at news of the day:

When Becky Lockhart is replaced as Utah’s House speaker, I wonder if her colleagues will give her a nice parting gift, such as an iPad.

California lawmakers are considering rules for driverless cars. Backseat driving will be allowed only if the WiFi is down.

Those of us who have driven there may have assumed driverless cars have been in vogue in California for a long time.

One of the issues under consideration is whether drivers should lose points on their license if they send a car out to park itself and it gets into an accident. I think Bill Gates should lose points every time this happens.

One unusual twist — in California, smart cars will be programmed to slowly roll through stop signs.

Cars in Utah, however, will be programmed to not signal before turning.

The U.S. Senate reached a bipartisan agreement last week to extend jobless benefits. Isn’t it interesting how members of Congress suddenly pay more attention to what it’s like being out of work as elections approach?

It’s been a rough week. A giant airliner went missing, including some American passengers, Russia continued to impose itself on Ukraine and a building exploded in New York City. Obviously, it was time for the president to do a comedy show.

President Obama went on an Internet comedy show called “Between Two Ferns” and answered questions that included, “So, how does this work? You send ambassador (Dennis) Rodman to North Korea on your behalf?” This is the kind of insightful probing you’ll never get from the lamestream media.

Obama sat with comedian Zach Galifianakis and answered these questions because the real media won’t focus on the things that are important, such as how really great Obamacare’s website is doing.

Actually, Obama endured questions about “being the last black president” and pardoning turkeys because it was deemed the only way to get young people to sign up for health care. In other words, if he can give up a bit of his dignity, so can they.

Abraham Lincoln would have done the same thing to rally support for emancipation, but crass, demeaning, ironic humor hadn’t been invented yet.

Jay Evensen is the senior editorial columnist at the Deseret News. Email him at even@desnews.com. For more content, visit his web site, jayevensen.com.

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