Happy Birthday, Lauren!!!
To the coolest person I know - happy 21st. =D
Proud Member of the Reality-Based Community.
AP - The way many high school students see it, government censorship of newspapers may not be a bad thing, and flag burning is hardly protected free speech. It turns out the First Amendment is a second-rate issue to many of those nearing their own adult independence, according to a study of high school attitudes released today.
Test tomorrow... wish I knew the material. Meh, there are worse things in life than not knowing everything. I may not have all of the answers, but at least I can still ask questions. Maybe that's not what you want your future doctor saying to you (lol), but I can't help how my mind works (or fails to work). Wondering, wandering.... my thoughts jump from the ridiculous to the inane (and I'm not just speaking in terms of hexosaminidase A deficiencies). Bah, it's a stupid time of year.
by Joseph Heller
Incredibly witty and funny, you have a taste for irony in all that you see. It seems that life has put you in perpetually untenable situations, and your sense of humor is all that gets you through them. These experiences have also made you an ardent pacifist, though you present your message with tongue sewn into cheek. You could coin a phrase that replaces the word "paradox" for millions of people.
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Generate your own Dave Barry column! Mine:
FRED KAPLAN, SLATE - Who will be the first politician brave enough to declare publicly that the United States is a declining power and that America's leaders must urgently discuss what to do about it? This prognosis of decline comes not (or not only) from leftist scribes rooting for imperialism's downfall, but from the National Intelligence Council, the "center of strategic thinking" inside the U.S. intelligence community.
AMERICAN JOURNALISM REVIEW - Only two news organizations have full-time reporters in Afghanistan. They're the Washington Post and Newsweek. The New York Times uses a stringer, although a full-time one. "Other major newspapers, such as the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, rely on stringers in Afghanistan and correspondents based in New Delhi, India, to cover the region, a stark contrast to the hundreds of reporters pouring into Iraq since the war began," writes Kim Hart. "Television networks have nearly disappeared."
PITTSBURGH POST-TRIBUNE - A Portage student's punishment for writing and printing 200 protest letters over new school policies is taking on tones of a 1960s U.S. Supreme Court case. Tyler Zilz, a sixth-grader at the Willowcreek Middle School, said he received a one-day, in-school suspension Wednesday for writing a three-page protest letter and passing some of the copies out to his classmates. In the letter, which he wrote with the help of his brother Eric, a Willowcreek eighth-grader, he called for students to show their opposition to the rules.
Ha ha ha ha ha ha.
From CNN's homepage - GOP lawmaker: Stop Sudan 'genocide'
"A bipartisan congressional delegation, accompanied by an Oscar-nominated actor, urged the United States and the international community Thursday to take action to end the war in the Darfur region of Sudan. The six-member delegation, led by Republican Rep. Ed Royce of California, recently returned from the region after getting a firsthand look at the humanitarian crisis and examining how the United States and other countries are responding....So let's recap... an actor, 4 Democratic congressmen, and 1 Republican congressman go to the region, return, and hold a press conference urging Congress to take action to prevent genocide. And CNN thinks the headline should focus on a GOP lawmaker? Explain that to me.
[skipping to the second-to-last paragraph in the article]
On the mission with Royce and Cheadle were Democratic Reps. Jim McDermott of Washington, Barbara Lee and Diane Watson of California, and Betty McCollum of Minnesota.
HEADLINE OF THE DAY
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." ~ MLK
......and I said nothing because I was not a Muppet.
ANANOVA - Police in Germany are hunting pranksters who have been sticking miniature US flags into piles of dog poo in public parks. Josef Oettl, parks administrator for Bayreuth, said: "This has been going on for about a year now, and there must be 2,000 to 3,000 piles of excrement that have been claimed during that time." The series of incidents was originally thought to be some sort of protest against the US-led invasion of Iraq. And then when it continued it was thought to be a protest against President George W. Bush's campaign for re-election. . . Legal experts say there is no law against using faeces as a flag stand and the federal constitution is vague on the issue.
Slightly fewer than four hours now before that bittersweet day is upon us once again. That's right, I'm talking about Inauguration Day (aka my 21st). If there was ever a day deserving of alcohol..... *sigh*
ANNIE DILLARD, NY TIMES - People love pretty much the same things best. A writer looking for subjects inquires not after what he loves best, but after what he alone loves at all. Strange seizures beset us. Frank Conroy loves his yo-yo tricks, Emily Dickinson her slant of light; Richard Selzer loves the glistening peritoneum, Faulkner the muddy bottom of a little girl's drawers visible when she's up a pear tree. "'Each student of the ferns,"' I once read, "'will have his own list of plants that for some reason or another stir his emotions."'
WTVD, RALEIGH NC - Over the weekend at the North Carolina Museum of Art there were works by Matisse, Picasso, Monet, Degas and some Illanas. Julia Illana is a second grader who was visiting the popular exhibit there with her parents and was sketching the paintings in her notebook. . . A museum guard told Julia's parents that sketching was prohibited because the great masterpieces are copyright protected, a concept that young Julia did not understand until her mother explained the term. . .
I've been purposefully avoiding blogging for the past few weeks like the plague, so I apologize if any of you have visited my site each and every day in the hopes that I would have posted something new, only to find nothing had changed.... but worry no more!!! I've finally found something interesting enough to comment on (before I return to my blogging hibernation) and surprise, surprise... it deals with my own mortality!!!! :^D