"'No state requires its graduates to take the courses that reflect the real-world demands of work and postsecondary education,' said the report released last week. 'Too many American youth leave high school with a diploma in hand but largely unprepared for the opportunities and challenges that await them in college and the workplace.'"
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
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Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Sunday, December 19, 2004
"After three years as an AmSouth Bank customer, Imad Aleithawe got a one-page form letter telling him his account had been closed.
The bank refuses to explain why, citing confidentiality and a broadly written customer agreement allowing accounts to be shut down at any time, 'for any reason.'"
Friday, December 10, 2004
"'Why even send them to prison?' asked Robert Owens of Greenville, who raised questions in 1996 about association spending after he'd raised thousands for the burn center. 'It's a slap in the face of those who entrusted the system to prosecute and make sure the man is paying for his crime. Instead, he's home watching TV. There are patients staying longer in the burn center than he was in prison.'"
Thursday, December 09, 2004
"A 1994 Times-Mirror Center survey showed that fewer blacks earning more than $50,000 a year believe 'everyone has the power to succeed' in America, than do low-income whites. 'Social programs' like AFDC and food stamps -- government programs designed to 'uplift' the inner city -- create dependency, lessen initiative and harm the very people the do-gooders want to help. During a 1977 Senate hearing on the impact of government programs on neighborhoods, liberal Sen. William Proxmire, D-Wisc., told a witness, 'You would probably have better neighborhoods today if there had been no federal programs at all!'"
"Although the Iraqi elections on January 30 will top her incoming agenda, the first real indicator of Condi Rice's tenure as Secretary of State will be how she handles something most in her new department would rather ignore: the United Nations' oil-for-food scandal."
"Still furious about the election, liberals are lashing out at blacks. First it was Condoleezza Rice. But calling a Ph.D. who advised a sitting president during war 'Aunt Jemima' apparently hasn't satiated the Democrats' rage. Even the racist cartoons didn't help.
So this week, they've turned with a vengeance to Clarence Thomas. Only the Democrats would try to distract from their racist attacks on one black Republican by leveling racist attacks against a different black Republican. If Democrats don't nip this in the bud, soon former Klanner and Democratic Sen. Bob Byrd will be their spokesman."
"A British philosophy professor who has been a leading champion of atheism for more than a half-century has changed his mind. He now believes in God more or less based on scientific evidence, and says so on a video released Thursday.
At age 81, after decades of insisting belief is a mistake, Antony Flew has concluded that some sort of intelligence or first cause must have created the universe. A super-intelligence is the only good explanation for the origin of life and the complexity of nature, Flew said in a telephone interview from England."
"Radical Islamic cells in Europe are using an ingenious way to finance terror networks that's virtually impossible to trace: withdrawing hundreds of thousands of dollars a month from cash machines with fake credit cards, according to France's top anti-terrorism judge."
"A former leftist radical who spent 16 years in prison for possessing explosives has withdrawn from teaching a college seminar after her hiring sparked protests.
Susan Rosenberg made her decision because it was in the best interest of all parties, Hamilton College officials said Wednesday.
In response to her hiring, prospective students withdrew applications and donors rescinded hundreds of thousands of dollars in pledges, school officials said."
Monday, December 06, 2004
Don’t believe the well scripted press conference where former President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Kweisi Mfume, announced his resignation. Mfume did not resign from the nation’s oldest and most prestigious civil rights organization. He was kicked out, following a long simmering feud with NAACP Chairman Julian Bond.
Sunday, December 05, 2004
"In 1969, when the average Mississippi worker brought home $46 a week, the $5 it took to register a car title was a 10-percent bite out of that weekly paycheck.What's unbelievable is the fact that lawmakers seem more inclined to raise taxes, rather than to cut unnecessary expenses.
Today, the average worker brings home $448 a week. And the car title fee? The same $5, or less than 1 percent of a week's pay.
'It's unbelievable,' said state House Appropriations Committee Chairman Johnny Stringer, D-Montrose. 'The car title fee hasn't been raised in 35 years. It costs the state money every time we issue one.'"
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
A 13 percent increase of U.S. immigrants, more than 4 million, since 2000 included more than 2 million illegal aliens, who now total about 10 million or 30 percent of the immigrant population, the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), said in its report, based on as-yet-unpublished U.S. Census Bureau data."
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
'This is a pretty big deal,' said a senior White House official, who called the incident a 'melee.'
'I mean, the guy who was supposed to be guarded had to rescue the guy who was supposed to be guarding him.'
The official expressed astonishment that Chilean security officials had stopped the No. 2 agent on Mr. Bush's security detail from accompanying the president into a meeting with another world leader, an unprecedented public breach of security arrangements agreed upon in advance."
Lifesavers Rob Howes, his 15-year-old daughter Niccy, Karina Cooper and Helen Slade were swimming 100 metres (300 feet) off Ocean Beach near Whangarei on New Zealand's North Island when the dolphins herded them -- apparently to protect them from a shark."
Monday, November 22, 2004
Dixons said on Monday demand for video cassette recorders had fallen dramatically since the mid-1990s while sales of DVD players, which cost as little as £25 ($46) had grown seven-fold in the past five years.
The chain said sales of higher-quality digital DVD players now outstripped sales of VCRs -- with their clunky tapes and habit of chewing up valuable recordings -- by a ratio of 40 to one."
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
Thunderbird 0.8 is Mozilla's next generation e-mail client. Thunderbird makes emailing safer, faster, and easier than ever before with the industry's best implementations of features such as intelligent spam filters, a built-in spell checker, extension support, and much more.Update: The latest version of Thunderbird is now 0.9. Above link (post title) goes to information about the latest version.
Sunday, October 24, 2004
Saturday, October 23, 2004
I mowed the front and back yards today to dispose of all of the leaves. The lawnmower mulches the leaves quite nicely, and I prefer the lawnmower method over the leaf blower method.
This afternoon, I took my Mom shopping for some flannel pajamas and some fleece-lined bedroom slippers.
Sunday, October 10, 2004
America is on a lonely mission to end the crisis in Sudan.
The United States is pushing for U.N. sanctions against the east African nation. But U.S.-sponsored resolutions have met resistance in the U.N. Security Council -- particularly from China and Pakistan, which have major oil deals in the African country. Algeria, which is a fellow Arab league member, also is an obstacle.
Friday, October 08, 2004
Monday, October 04, 2004
Sunday, September 19, 2004
To say that Dan Rather has often shown poor judgment would be an understatement comparable to saying that hurricanes are windy. This is the same man who flew to Baghdad to interview Saddam Hussein on the eve of the 2003 invasion, providing the Iraqi dictator with a worldwide propaganda outlet in which to promote his murderous regime.From "Rather not," by Dr. Thomas Sowell.
Tuesday, September 07, 2004
In a letter sent over the weekend, Carter blasted Miller's speech as "rabid and mean-spirited" and argued it demonstrated "unprecedented disloyalty."I would rather say that Miller's speech dispalyed unprecedented loyalty to his country, as he refused to follow the party line and chose, instead, to speak his conscience regarding what he thinks is best for his family and his country.
Friday, August 13, 2004
Saturday, March 27, 2004
Thousands of people took to the streets of Rawalpindi and other Pakistani cities Friday to protest the government's offensive against suspected Islamic militants in tribal areas near the border with Afghanistan.
"Computers are useless. They can only give you answers." -- Pablo Picasso
Thursday, March 18, 2004
We shall see. The so-called "high value target" may be Osama bin Laden's deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, according to The Associated Press and Reuters news services.
I wonder if the Pakistani forces will let the "high value target" escape?
Friday, March 12, 2004
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Sunday, January 04, 2004
Here's what I'm talkin' 'bout, Willis!This morning, I caught a few minutes of an infomercial on television. It was advertising some type of weight loss and body building program by BeachBody.com, but that is not what is important. What is important is that seeing that commercial has motivated me to lose some weight and tone up in general.
Here's the deal: I'm six feet tall and of medium build, yet I weigh over 200 pounds, and I'm flabby. Ugh! That is too much! I don't know exactly how much I do weigh, because I don't own a scale. I will buy one, to keep track of my progress.
What this whole effort boils down to is will-power. If I have the will-power, then I'll be able to stick to a schedule that will ultimately change the "bad" habits of (1) eating too much of the wrong foods and not enough of the right foods and (2) not exercising, into the "good" habits of (1) eating the right foods (in the right quantities) and (2) adopting a life-long regimen of exercising.
This afternoon, I am going to the coin-operated laundry. While I am out, I will go to Wal-Mart and buy a scale. After I get back to the house, I'll weigh myself. Then, I will weigh myself every week to see what progress I've made toward my goal, which is a weight of 175 pounds at the end of ten weeks. I'll post my progress here.