November 2007 Archives

In an internal memo to his staff, former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, is reported to have said, “Too often Muslims are against physical labor, so they bring in Koreans and Pakistanis while their young people remain unemployed. An unemployed population is easy to recruit to radicalism.”
Rumsfeld may have a valid argument connecting joblessness to fundamentalism overseas, but his statement alleging Muslims are “against” physical labor is downright absurd.

cutest couple

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"We were trying to prevent anyone getting embarrassed." That's what the Waukegan High School English teacher who serves as its yearbook adviser said in explaining the school's initial decision to eliminate the category of "cutest couple" after two female seniors took that honor in a yearbook poll. The mother of one of the girls, he said, objected to running a photo of them.

not to run the photos of the two senior girls who were voted "cutest couple" in a yearbook poll


attributing the initial decision not to run the girls' picture to the objections of one of the mothers. But the rather spineless compromise, which waters down Brady's and Lupe's recognition

I don't believe she married beloved Beatle Paul McCartney for his money, but so what if she did? He's 65 years old, and he got her youth and beauty in exchange.

McCartney's estranged wife, 39, has been vilified so much in England that she's considering a move to the United States to get away from all the haters, who claim she married him for his for fame and fortune. She's the mother of his child and deserves half of his vast wealth.

When Paul McCartney and Heather Mills decided to break up, the former model told the ex-Beatle she knew she would be “crucified” and forced to endure a “modern-day stoning.” Duh. Even if Mother Teresa left “the Cute One” she’d be raked over the coals.

The Census Bureau reported some good news this week: parents are actually taking a greater role in raising their children than they did a decade ago. For instance, 47 percent of teens had their TV watching limited in some way, versus 40 percent a decade earlier. And 71 percent of kids aged 6 to 11 had some TV limits, versus 60 percent a decade earlier. Parents are also reading more to their kids. After hearing too much about those "helicopter parents" who take too active a role in their kids' lives, it's great to read about parents doing things the right way.

Today's front page of the Sun-Times and yesterday's litany of reports about missing women and others who are beaten and abused, raped and held down at gun-point make it seem as if women are being victimized at a greater rate. You can watch TV any night of the week and get a bloated diet of women found slashed and partially naked — and that's supposed to be entertainment television.

Michael Mukasey, President Bush's nominee for Attorney General, continues refusing to say waterboarding--which involves strapping a prisoner to a board, covering his face with cloth and pouring water on him to make him think he's drowning--is illegal. The more he refuses, the more what initially looked like a shoo-in confirmation is heading into the deep waters of doubt. Of course Mukasey's belief that the president should essentially be able to ignore any restraints on his powers isn't enhancing the nominee's chances, either.

Animal crossings

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The death at 42 of Washoe, the chimpanzee who amazed with her command of sign language, is doubly sad coming so soon after the passing of Alex, the legendary 31-year-old parrot who confounded expectations even more by learning about 150 words. Skeptics dismiss claims their ability to sign or speak human language means anything more than they were good at learned behavior. But heck, that put them right up there with a lot of politicians, no?


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