Boos & Bravos: Feb. 20

Bravo to the Burger King Twitter hackers, whoever they were. The hackers, who claimed to be from Lulz Security, revamped the fast food restaurant's account to look like the official McDonalds' Twitter.

Boo to the recent spike in gas prices around the country. In Arizona, the average price per gallon increased by 14 cents this week to $3.52, according to the Associated Press. The highest average gas price is over $4 in California.

Bravo to the legacy of Los Angeles Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss, who passed away Monday at 80 years old from cancer. Regardless of your feelings toward the Lakers, Buss should always be remembered as one of the greatest owners in all of sports, giving the Lakers 10 NBA titles and a .659 winning percentage in 34 seasons. Buss's work with the Lakers has heavily influenced the entire NBA and set a high standard for all teams to cater to fans by producing winning and entertaining organizations. Boo to the Academy Awards' snub of Leonardo DiCaprio. Despite his impressive career, including critically-acclaimed films such as "Revolutionary Road," "Gangs of New York," "The Aviator" and "The Departed," DiCaprio still has not managed to score an Oscar. Perhaps his upcoming role as Jay Gatsby will turn the awards show tides in his favor.

Bravo to the start of spring training exhibition games this weekend. Get ready for grass-stained pants from sitting in the lawn seats, a nice tan from the Arizona sun, watching players whose numbers add up to 162 and buying tickets that cost less than a beer in the stadium. Baseball is back, and Arizona fans are spoiled rotten. You can keep your bowl games and your hockey pucks: Baseball is the official American pastime.

Boo to pointless and harmful political polarization, as in the case of Democratic politicians bashing their fellow party members for supporting (or appearing to support) Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J. There are more important things than donkeys and elephants.

Bravo to the state of Mississippi for finally ratifying the 13th Amendment, officially abolishing slavery. It's about 150 years overdue but hey, it's the 21st century and they're trying. Props.

Boo to South African Paralympic Oscar Pistorius, who is accused of killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius has defended his innocence, claiming that he believe Steenkamp to be an intruder. Whatever the case, it's a truly tragic situation any way you look at it.

Bravo to the new effort by the White House and others to fully map out the human brain in the search for treatments for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

Boo to the U.S. Supreme Court's continuing rejection of cameras in the courtroom, while lower courts around the country have begun to adopt the practice. Apparently the proceedings are too complex for the layperson to truly understand.


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