Saturday, December 30, 2006
Saturday, December 23, 2006
The Philadelphia Inquirer (MCT)
There are precisely three places left in Philadelphia where you can buy panty hose, the kind that comes in decent hues, as opposed to "Dijon Mustard," and doesn't feel like Brillo coiled around one's thighs.
Panty hose is a vast conspiracy to keep its wearers subservient to Lycra, and somewhere, someone knows precisely how to fix the crisis but has the solution stashed in a safe-deposit box. I always picture him living somewhere in the Detroit suburbs, but that's just me.
Anyway, I go to one of those emporiums to buy panty hose, wait in an interminable queue that resembles a Soviet-bloc breadline but, you know, without the joy. When I'm finally granted an audience with the lone salesclerk, who's extending all the helpfulness of Princess Stephanie of Monaco, she starts yelling, "Marie! Marie! It's time for my lunch break!"
This is what passes for service in America.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
On Wednesday, Left Behind Productions began selling its maiden product, “Left behind: Eternal Forces”, a video game based on the apocalyptic series. Since its publication, the game has sparked controversy with multiple liberal groups and various Christian pastors because its premise, which encourages the killing of non-Christian people with its ’convert or kill‘ system.
On the 215th anniversary of the Bill of Rights, freedom is on the retreat.
Congress adopted these first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution on Dec. 15,1791, to prevent the rise of tyranny by a central government.
Read the Bill of Rights
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
The following editorial appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Thursday, Nov. 30:
America's higher education superiority — once taken for granted worldwide — is in danger of slipping away.
Two bipartisan reports, one this week from the National Conference of State Legislatures and another in September from a commission appointed by U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, lament growing gaps in colleges' accessibility, affordability and accountability. They see a crisis brewing, especially for poor and minority students.
Saturday, December 09, 2006
The following editorial appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Thursday, Nov. 30:
How's this for a good idea: An oversize drinking straw that sucks clean water from a tainted mud puddle, works for up to a year without servicing, and costs roughly three bucks to make.
The LifeStraw in use.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Last Thursday, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced that his nation, after a meeting with Bush on Thursday, would take charge of its security in six months. This event is eclipsed by the fact that both Iraqi and Syria rejected a joint meeting with the U.S. president just days ago.
Monday, December 04, 2006
Last Wednesday, James Logan High held a school-wide student forum during third period. Many of my friends felt that it was a pointless effort in connecting the faculty with the student body and did not stimulate any thought whatsoever for them.
It was different for me.
Saturday, December 02, 2006
The following editorial appeared in the Kansas City Star on Friday, Nov. 24:
It's not just the Harvards and Stanfords of the higher-education galaxy that look like stars out of reach for low-income and minority students.
Flagship public universities — the institutions that should be leading the crusade for equal opportunity — are pursuing admissions and financial aid policies that increasingly favor students from more privileged families.