Category Archives: Current Affairs

True love waits, for at least another 13 years or so

Two young lovers, accompanied by the young lady's sister to serve as marriage witness, slipped aboard a train and tried to escape to Africa where they planned to wed. But their plans were foiled when they arrived at the train … Continue reading

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Fire, fire

We just found out that the Martin fire in Bonny Doon, California, is burning close to our wonderful friends Karan and Joe's house. Joe's out of town, so Karan has had to evacuate all by herself, along with their kitties. … Continue reading

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Segregation in the classroom–hurt or help?

New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof edits the regular "On the Ground" column, which publishes essays by teachers in public schools around the US about education and its discontents. Yesterday’s essay, "The Mire," by Chicago inner-city teacher Will Okum, talks … Continue reading

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Whold Your Whorses

Most little girls have a moderate to serious obsession with horses. I, not being a Real Girl, never did. Well, I read Black Beauty and Misty of Chincoteague and a couple of the Black Stallion books, from whence I developed … Continue reading

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RIP, Dungeon Master

Gary Gygax, co-creator of the Dungeons & Dragons game system, has died at age 69. He has failed his saving throw; there was no 20th-level cleric around to resurrect him; he is even now journeying along the silver cord that … Continue reading

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All I need to know I learned from KOREAN CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY

So when the New York Times is a little too Gray of a Lady, the Washington paper threatens to drive you Postal and the… er… local paper… seems overly… er, Oregonian… thank goodness that we can turn to that bastion … Continue reading

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"Party People": Parliament’s most boringest song. (Which is kind of like saying that you went to Rick James’ most mellowest party, but hey, whatev.) Speaking of parties: nobody threw one like the Hellenistic Alexandrians, apparently. During a giant civic procession … Continue reading

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Military precision

As every soldier knows, calisthenics are a critical part of building both physical strength and mental focus. Who can imagine basic training without pushups, "burpies" and the rest of the typical regimen? And as part of our mission to ready … Continue reading

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Jumping on the gun bandwagon

So Doc, Chris and Daryl have already weighed in on this one; even the NYT’s The Lede has chimed in. From AP: A troubled teenager accused of plotting a school attack built up a stash of weapons with the help … Continue reading

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Short, sweet, sad

I can’t get this story from the NYT out of my head. Even now, at 81 and with her memory beginning to fade, Gloria Donadello recalls her painful brush with bigotry at an assisted-living center in Santa Fe, N.M. Sitting … Continue reading

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