January 2005
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Academic Bill of Rights in Ohio

Some state legislators want to introduce an “academic bill of rights.” This legislation would be like a patient’s bill of rights, in that certain activities are curtailed and others are promoted and all are legally binding. To me, the academic bill of rights sounds more like trying to promote good teaching with some scary sounding [...]

Val’s in the Paper

Check it out. As a result, he’s also gotten some interesting email. My favorite bit is the “penis window,” but you have to read it all to, um, get it.

Congratulations, Val! Keep the light on.

The Forgotten War

JT is a friend I met during the course of my work who is now working for the military in Kosovo. Those stationed in that area call it “The Forgotten War,” as we still have much to do there and much of it goes ignored by the mainstream media in favor of juicier, more immediate [...]

Free Elections, Despite Negative Coverage

The AP is reporting on the ongoing elections in Iraq (whoops, forgot to put “elections” in scare quotes), though with little relish:

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraqis defied threats of violence and calls for a boycott to cast ballots in Iraq’s first free election in a half-century Sunday, and insurgents seeking to wreck the vote struck [...]


“Let the roosters do what they love to do without getting injured.”

–Oklahoma State Senator Frank Shurden, referring to his proposal that chickens wear boxing gloves during cockfights, in an effort to get around the state’s ban on the sport.

From the article at NewsOk.com — registration required, but the article’s worth it!


Today is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz:

KRAKOW, Poland – World leaders gathered in Poland, EU lawmakers observed a minute of silence in Brussels and a Holocaust survivor warned German leaders to be vigilant against anti-Semitism in ceremonies Thursday to mark the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp.

In [...]


I found this post during blog wanderings:

For the second time in a week I made a trip to the “Animal ER” with my cat Miles — this time at the ungodly hour of 5am after his crying woke me up. We made the first trip last week at midnight.

Unfortunately, cats can’t talk, so [...]

Photo of the Week

WASHINGTON – Despite strong Democratic dissent, Condoleezza Rice, President Bush’s trusted national security aide and a main architect of his policies on Iraq and the war on terror, appears headed to overwhelming Senate approval as the next secretary of state….

What had seemed at the outset to be a cinch turned into sometimes angry [...]

From Two Years Retired to Eagles Tight End in the Superbowl

This is a great story from the Philadelphia Daily News, if it comes true:

Ex-Eagle Thomason to replace Lewis, assuming he can get off from work

“Jeff Thomason watched the NFC Championship Game Sunday as a retired player, 2 years removed from the fray.

Yesterday, sitting at the desk in Chesterfield, N.J., where he works [...]

They Love Us, Really: Part 637,909

On the heels of this post, Joe Gandelman shows us more of the face of anti-semitism:

The infamous “blood ritual” which accuses Jews of murdering Christians for ritual purposes has made a high-profile comeback in a major Russian newspaper. It came in the form of an anti-semitic letter signed by 500 prominent people, including journalists [...]

They Love Us, Really: Part 637,908

The Times Online reports:

BRITISH Muslims are to boycott this week?s commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz because they claim it is not racially inclusive and does not commemorate the victims of the Palestinian conflict.

Iqbal Sacranie, secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, has written to Charles Clarke, the home secretary, saying the [...]

E-A-G-L-E-S! Eagles Going to Superbowl!

I have never really seen it. I was too young to remember the 1980 appearance. But now, as an adult, after all these years, I finally see the Philadelphia Eagles win the NFC championship and go to the Superbowl.


Bring on the Pats!

To be a Philly sports fan is to be [...]

My Post for Today

Not much to say, really. I’ll cover the high points so you can go on to other, better things.

The White House is backpedaling on Bush’s inaugural address. The degree to which it is backpedaling (and remember, it’s spelled “backpedaling,” not “backpeddling,” which sounds like something you do at Wal-Mart when someone gets you [...]

Not One Damn Dime Day

Apparently, left-wing hack novelist Stephen King also got into the whining protest of the Bush inauguration called “Not One Damn Dime Day:”

A Special Message from Stephen In addition to being Inauguration Day, January 20th is Not One Damn Dime Day. This is a chance for those who oppose what is happening in our name [...]


“America has need of idealism and courage, because we have essential work at home — the unfinished work of American freedom. In a world moving toward liberty, we are determined to show the meaning and promise of liberty.”

–Pres. George W. Bush, Jan. 20, 2005, 2nd Inaugural Address, as quoted in this CNN article