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Pay-to-Pass Plan Axed

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm has nixed a 'promise' introduced by former Governor John Engler to hand out a $500 bribe reward to students passing state achievement tests. The move would nullify a $9 million income distribution scheme.

The Detroit News editorial condemns the move, which is disappointing generally given the usually fiscal conservative tone of the News editorial staff. Read more »

NYC Kicking Out the Jams

Back in October, I made the case for legalizing cell phone jammers for private business use. They would be beneficial in places where silence is an important part of the experience: concert halls, churches, museums, plays, etc. As long as there was a sign notifying customers that cell phone signals were being thwarted by the establishment, the customer can either choose to enter the place or go elsewhere. Read more »

Some Like it Hot

On the heels of Michael Crichton's State of Fear novel and the flawed Kyoto Treaty signing, global warming has been making its usual rounds in the news lately. Roaming around the net, perusing various websites and columns, it depends on what statistics and which scientists you want to believe. Read more »

Hot for Teacher - Redux

On July 7, 2004, Catallarchy readers discussed age of consent and the true nature of statutory rape laws, born out of a story involving a sexual fling between a female teacher and one of her students. This week brings us the story of a 27-year-old teacher getting hot n' heavy with a 13-year-old male student. Read more »

Dollars and Senseless

I'm not a very violent person. If I could go through my life without physical confrontation, that would be fine by me. I rarely wish to beat the living bejeezus out of someone.

But if I could have just 10 minutes alone in a room with these "parents"...


HOT SPRINGS, HELL – Satan, the indisputable leader of the underworld kingdom, announced that a ranch-style condo was being prepared for the arrival of Yassir Arafat. He also announced that a new colonial-style residence is also being built in preparation for Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who is getting up in age. Read more »

\"Need any wood?\"

When George Bush asked the moderator at a presidential debate this question, he meant it.

Viagra will now be covered under Medicare. The group Citizens Against Government Waste has correctly criticized the move, and the group's president correctly found another opportunity to use a pun: Read more »

Toy Infidel Captured

Kind of funny... in a twisted, morbid way, of course. (click on top photo for the story)

Hanging Baghdad Chads

I’m wondering if Iraq’s equivalent of Florida will have a tough time figuring this one out...



I love happy endings

A couple criminals thought that robbing a country store owned and managed by an older couple would probably be an easy job. Now the thugs are taking eternal dirt naps.

Godwin\'s Law of the Land

As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.

Such is the amusing and sadly true Godwin's Law, which has its roots in the Internet community. But this 'law' can be applied in far more instances than on message boards and chat rooms. Read more »

Air Springer

Last week introduced the Cincinnati radio-listening market to Jerry Springer's inaugural radio talk show. A show that is slated to be syndicated in Detroit and other cities. Springer places himself firmly in the liberal-Democrat camp, and shares the radio station with other left-leaning broadcasters such as Air Americans Al Franken and Randi Rhodes. Read more »

Leinart Delays Goldmine

USC Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart has decided to forgo the NFL draft, in which he might have been the #1 pick, to play one last season in college: Read more »

Conspiracy Quiz

Sharpen your minds and your pencils. Here is your Monday quiz question...

What caused the tsunami in the Indian Ocean that eventually killed over 100,000 people?

A) A large earthquake on the ocean floor
B) Allah's punishment to the region because of Americans and Israelis corrupting Bangkok
C) Allah's punishment against those being infidels (lying, sinning, partying, drinking, fornicating, etc.)
D) Joint nuclear test by the U.S., Israel, and India Read more »

Authoritarian Quote of the Day

Voluntary donations? We don't need no stinkin' voluntary donations. Or so believes Jonathan Freedland of the Guardian:

Maybe we ought to turn to the big companies and say: you can no longer have it both ways. Either you give as generously as we do - or we will take it off you in tax. Either way, it's time to start paying.

(Via Samizdata) Read more »