Letter: tweet, gadget, highest horse.
MICHELE NORRIS, host:
We’ll hear from you in a minute. But first, we have this update. Of course, the Belmont casino race on Saturday was exciting. Of course, the summer bird came from behind and defeated his half-brother, the beloved “my bird”.
MELISSA BLOCK, host:
But the biggest competition in Madrid last weekend was between Texas radar and Remington. The radar is a Belgian drawn horse from mount Preston, Texas. He has 19 hands and a 3.5-inch shoulder. For those who have never measured a horse, that’s 79 and a half.
Norris: now, he was once known as the tallest living horse in the world. It wasn’t until last week that Remington, the Clydesdale, challenged that claim.
Cheryl Davis, who owns Remington, contacted us at her home in Princeton, Texas, and said she didn’t buy his size.
Ms. Chery Davis: Remington actually bought it because of his black and white features. When I bought him one year old, Remington was 17 and a half. We were hoping to be 18 and a half; I never expected him to move on.
Block: he went on to 20.1, unofficial. So, to make things work, Remington was measured by his veterinarian in front of witnesses on Saturday. It took him a little time to stop him and stand up. But in the end, Remington was 80 inches tall and of course he didn’t wear shoes.
The guinness book of world records is still verifying the results.
Norris: now, here’s your letter. Republican senator Charles grassley sent a few angry letters to President Obama over Twitter over the weekend. In order to reach the 140-character limit that Twitter introduced, Grassley USES the accepted shorthand and broken syntax on the Internet, but it seems strange from a senator.
BLOCK: we talked to Clay Johnson of the sunlight foundation, who advocated using social media in politics. Although Johnson defended grassley’s twitter, John Hafkey, of bronson, Iowa, discovered Johnson’s commanding attitude if it wasn’t for the quality of twitter.
Block: but Ben Bodine, of cedar rapids, Iowa, has a different idea for the interview. He wrote: I admire the story of your senator chuck grassley using Twitter. Politicians are often criticized for giving meticulous answers. You can get an honest reaction even if you lack grammar.
Norris: several of you have written about the “full tech considerations” part of yesterday’s dangers of getting toddlers to put their hands on your blackberry or iPod or other tempting high-tech products.
Lonny Gorbin of Austin, Texas, believes there is an important missing point.
Block: he says that while your experts offer many high-tech solutions for kids and devices, he and the host missed the most obvious advice. There is no reason why a 2-year-old or younger should handle expensive or important handheld devices. Any parents who do this should not be surprised when equipment is damaged or lost.