What’s the difference between a burro and a burrow?

August 30, 2008

Burro:

Burro

Burro

Burrow:

Rabbit burrow, Nature photos CZ

If you can click to this site, you should know the difference.  Do you?

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Top 10 reasons McCain chose Sarah Palin as a running-mate

August 30, 2008

We old-line campaigners and politicos watched with great interest the news of Sen. John McCain’s choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his vice president ticket-mate.  McCain’s choice offers glimpses of what is going on inside McCain’s campaign, and McCain’s head.

Pythons Michael Palin and friend

Python's Michael Palin and friend

Here are the top 10 reasons McCain chose Sarah Palin, in count-down order:

10.  Michael Palin is not a U.S. citizen, it turns out.

9.   Those pesky science fans will shut up and stop clamoring for a science debate, just to avoid hearing one more fool claim that intelligent design deserves time in classes.

8.   Thought she was Nana Mouskouri.

Nana Mouskouri

Nana Mouskouri

7.   Hillary already pledged to support Obama.

Buy your mukluks at MuklukStore.com

Buy your mukluks at MuklukStore.com

6.   Two words:  Mukluk.

5.   Didn’t want to risk getting a religious nut, so Mitt Romney was out.

4.   Harriett Myers was unavailable.

3.   Impressed by the education plank in her campaign for mayor of Wassila, Alaska.

No one expects the Spanish Inquisition - Michael Palin models the robe Sarah Palin will be asked to wear, with Terry Jones, Carol Cleveland and Terry Gilliam - Monty Python publicity image

"No one expects the Spanish Inquisition" - Michael Palin models the robe Sarah Palin will be asked to wear, with Terry Jones, Carol Cleveland and Terry Gilliam - Monty Python publicity image

2.   She didn’t object to wearing Michael Palin’s gown during government investigations of non-fundamentalist Christians.

. . . and the number one reason . . .

1.  Britney Spears turned him down.

Britney Spears in 2003.  U.S. Navy photo (no kidding)

Britney Spears in 2003. U.S. Navy photo (no kidding)

Your turn:  Surely there are other, better reasons.  Tell us what they are in comments.

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Update:  Serious commentary on Gov. Palin’s qualifications, here.


Ready for Banned Books Week?

August 30, 2008

We celebrate Banned Books Week September 27 through October 4 this year. Well, maybe it’s more accurate to say we celebrate the books that get banned, and the idea that freedom and liberty require that we not ban books.

Banned Books Week image from Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver

Banned Books Week image from Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver

Banned Books Week has been noted every year since 1982 in a long-running campaign from the American Library Association. Why?

Because ideas matter.  The right to express ideas, and the right to be able to read ideas, are at the foundation of our liberties.

Again in 2007, books most frequently targeted for banning include And Tango Makes Three, a delightful children’s story about two penguins taking care of an orphaned egg (too much like homosexuality), and Mark Twain’s powerful, essentially-American novel that makes the case against racism, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (ironically, because complainants claim to find the book racist).

People who ask that these books be pulled from the shelves often fail to recognize the irony — why should we ban a book about caring for orphans, or the book that makes the case against racism?

The Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver sponsors an annual Banned Books Week essay contest for Colorado teens, in conjunction with the Colorado Freedom of Expression Foundation.

How will your school and local public library commemorate Banned Books Week?  Which banned books will you read, and urge others to read?

Which banned books are on your reading lists for classroom use? Does that strike a little too close to home?  Then you need to get informed, and get active.


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