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100 Percent

OK, let’s talk about 100 percent.

100 percent, to me, means absolute: a substance purely comprised of the item or material labeled “100 percent.”

So, for example, you have a shirt made from a combination of say cotton and polyester, then that shirt is not 100 percent cotton.

To me, buying a bottle labeled “100 percent juice” means what is in that bottle is, in fact, 100 percent juice.

However, the juice makers of today don’t seem to notice the contradiction of placing the qualifier, “Flavored juice blend from concentrate with added ingredients,” directly below the statement “100 percent juice.”

What! Seriously? Do those terms not directly contradict one another?
That’s the sort of thing you notice when you fill your baby’s belly up with juice.

Fine, put a bunch of synthetic sweeteners and artificial colors in my system, but give my boy the fruit of God.

My whole life, I’ve been the only person I’ve encountered with the first name Bracken. Now, there are two Brackens living under the same roof.

What are the chances?

Answer: a lot better than the chances of filling out a correct NCAA basketball bracket. Out of over 4 million brackets filled out through ESPN.com, none were right after the first round. Zero. That’s just after 32 games.

Amazing.

After some research, the chances of filling out a 100 percent correct tournament bracket are in the (and get ready for the word of the month) quintillions.

That’s way past astronomical. It’s only 250,000 miles from the Earth to the Moon. We can get our heads around that number, but quintillion . . . you could always say that your bracket was “100 percent correct (does contain multiple losses).”

Love the planet this Earth Day, love our descendants, we’re passing it onto them. It’s not just a bunch of hippie stuff; there are plenty of reasons to not throw trash on the ground and find more sustainable and affordable ways to power our homes, cars and lifestyles.

Well, health care has been reformed, and I feel healthier already. Almost 100 percent.

Agree with the bill or not, you have to at least respect Obama’s focus. On the campaign trail he repeatedly said he was trying to make insurance more accessible to more Americans, and he actually stayed pretty focused on selling that.

Certain other presidents have been known to get off track of their campaign promises and get distracted with starting wars and giving their banking and investment firm buddies loads of cash.

But correct me if I’m wrong; I thought the whole point initially of health care reform was to create a government plan for all of those who can’t find or afford private insurance? The passed legislation does not create that “public option.” I don’t even understand why it’s so controversial. Unless you are an insurance executive and see this as the first step towards government takeover or driving out the industry, and just don’t like the fact that now you won’t be able to deny those who need your product the worst coverage, it seems like it really could benefit the people, if anyone understands it.

Peace.

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About the Author

Bracken, a 2003 graduate of MTSU’s journalism program, is the founder and publisher of The Murfreesboro Pulse. He lives in Murfreesboro with his wife, graphic artist and business partner, Sarah, and son, Bracken Jr. Bracken enjoys playing the piano, sushi, Tool, football, chess, jogging, spending time in his backyard with his chickens, hippie music, climbing at The Ascent, bowling, swimming, soup, tennis, sunshine, revolution, defiance and anarchy. He can cook a mean grilled cheese, and can fry just about anything.

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