Sunday, April 20, 2008

PetSmart sued over infected hamster blamed in 3 deaths

BOSTON (AP) - A woman whose husband died after receiving a liver transplant infected with a rodent virus is suing PetSmart Inc., claiming the chain should have warned customers that hamsters can carry the virus.

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Pope Visits Yankee Stadium - Throws Out First Muslim

Actually, I don't have anything. I just thought it was a great headline.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Teaching the Art of Letter Writing

You have to hand it to the Fairfax County School System here in Virginia. They recognized, in this day of instant messaging, text messaging using codes incomprehensible to everyone over fifteen, and hour long cell phone conversations about nothing; clearly children are not learning the importance of letter writing. Established grammer rules and correct spelling are becoming less and less important to the youth of today. My eight year old son Brandon asked recently why he should do his spelling words, since "I'm not stupid, Dad. I know how to use spell-check."

In Fairfax County, students are encouraged to write letters to their teachers and each other. A school-only mailbox is right outside the office, and the kids write regularly. Recently the students were asked to write a letter to "a famous person". Here is Brandon's effort.

Dear Mr. Lincoln,

I wish I can meet you in person, but sadly you're dead. I have been reading about you. I have a question for you. How is heaven? Please write back.



Sunday, April 6, 2008

Condoleezza, Condoleezza, Men Have Named You . . .

ABCNews’ Mary Bruce Reports: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is actively courting the Vice Presidential nomination, according to Republican Strategist Dan Senor. “Condi Rice has been actively, actually in recent weeks, campaigning for this,” Senor said this morning on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Q: Where can men over the age of 50 find younger women who are interested in them? A: Try a bookstore under fiction.