Contributed by: filbert Thursday, March 31 2005 @ 03:08 PM CST
Contributed by: filbert Thursday, March 31 2005 @ 12:03 PM CST
His latest[*1] .
Contributed by: filbert Thursday, March 31 2005 @ 11:45 AM CST
Readers may recall I asked a while ago whether or not the Republicans/conservatives had “jumped the shark” with the Schiavo affair.
Anything with it’s origin associated with Fonzie of Happy Days should continue to be propogated.
Contributed by: filbert Thursday, March 31 2005 @ 05:49 AM CST
Related: Bush Foes Get Shown The Door at Rallies.[*5] Perhaps, every once in a while, it might be useful to shut up for a while and listen to what your political opponents have to say rather than intolerantly try to shout them down at every opportunity. Hm?
Speaking of which, out of curiosity, I went to the AARP’s web site[*6] to see what they say about Social Security:
Some simple steps can be taken to begin making a down payment on that future Social Security shortfall. AARP supports:
* Investing part of the Social Security surplus so that it earns higher returns than those offered by U.S. Treasury bonds.
. . .
Market returns can be attractive, yet they come at a risk. Private accounts can lose money just as fast as they can make it.
So . . . it’s a good idea to invest part of the (mythical) Social Security “surplus” but it’s not a good idea to invest it?
Contributed by: filbert Wednesday, March 30 2005 @ 05:54 AM CST
Johnny Cochran dies of a brain tumor[*2] . I can’t help but think of a certain rhyming phrase using “head” and “dead” **. (I know it’s really tasteless, but so was the OJ verdict.)
The Supreme Court yesterday heard arguments regarding peer-to-peer file sharing technology[*3] . This is another issue I’m not sure about — both sides have decent arguments. The content producers have a reasonable expectation to profit from their work, but I have big problems with outlawing technology as a replacement for enforcing the law. For instance, there are lots of things in my garage (or my kitchen for that matter) that I could use for illegal purposes. Should crow bars be illegal? This is one of those “slippery slope” situations, I think.
Timing is everything. Vatican says Pope given feeding tube[*4] .
** If it’s in your head, you might be dead. Sorry.
Contributed by: filbert Tuesday, March 29 2005 @ 08:36 PM CST
Among the highlights for this Jackrabbit was the entry on page 41 of the 2005 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship official program, in the article All Across America: News and Notes from the 2004-05 Season by Blake Whitney:
January 5, 2005 — South Dakota State 86, Alabama 83
The former Division II power Jackrabbits, who won’t be come full-fledged Division I members until 2008-09, picked up their second victory against a Southeastern Conference team with a three-point win in Tuscaloosa. The Jackrabbits beat Kentucky, 57-55, and routed Big 12 member Oklahoma State, 89-61, earlier in the season. South Dakota State, which also pushed then-No. 20 Purdue to the limit before losing by seven points, looks to have a bright future in Division I.
You might think my priorities are out of whack, but I do bleed yellow and blue, after all.
Now Snookums and I are settling in to watch the rest of the Rutgers-Tennessee game (Rocky Top!).
Contributed by: filbert Tuesday, March 29 2005 @ 06:54 AM CST
Si Tanka University in South Dakota is going under[*1] .
The school’s financial crisis this academic year stems from the Bureau of Indian Affairs August declaration that Si Tanka no longer was eligible for about $1.4 million in federal funding for tribal colleges because the university’s Indian student enrollment fell below 50 percent after it purchased the Huron school.
Over the past 30 years, colleges in South Dakota (Yankton College, USD-Springfield) have closed their doors. It doesn’t happen often but traditional campus-based colleges do occasionally go belly-up.
Thomas Sowell[*2] always has something interesting to say:
It is fascinating to hear teachers say that having to “teach to the test” reduces their ability to engage in good teaching. What they call “good teaching” is the very reason our students do so badly in international comparisons and why colleges have to have large numbers of remedial courses to teach students what they didn’t learn in school.
Did you sleep well? Tell the truth . . .[*3]
Contributed by: filbert Monday, March 28 2005 @ 06:22 AM CST
Somehow, a bag with a gun inside got through the security checkpoint at the Cincinatti airport[*3] .
The passenger and the bag were never found.. . . Confident the concourses were free of weapons, TSA officials reopened the concourses at 9:05 a.m. All passengers had to be rescreened before entering . . .
Finally this morning, Snookums and I saw a couple of pretty good women’s basketball games last night. Vanderbilt lost to Michigan State[*4] , and Stanford beat Connecticut[*5] . We found ourselves in the Stanford section, about six rows behind John Elway whose daughter plays (or, more accurately, sits on the bench) for Stanford.
Attendance was disappointing, as Mechelle Voepel of the K.C. Star[*6] notes.