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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 »

UN: Tax and Donate

When Neal Boortz isn't occupying so much time covering the 2004 Election (thankfully that rhetoric has died down) and Iraq, he still hits the nail on the head in many other issues, such as his skewering of Jan Egeland. Read more »

Music and Movies of 2004

Taking a break from the socio-political/economics action for a while, I thought I'd offer my choice selections for my top recommended music and films of 2004...

(Not in any real order)

Top 10 Recommended CDs of 2004

1. Jem - "Finally Woken" ... Dido-esque vocals with a dub rhythm and grooving beat. Read more »

Can you hear them now?

My personal favorite quote of the week, from frequent flier Bill Kalmar of Lake Orion, Michigan:

There are so few places these days where we can escape cell phones, pagers, BlackBerrys and CNN. Please let my airline flight be the last comfortable, quiet cocoon that is left to me where I can get lost in my own thoughts.

Bill ain't alone. If the FCC ends a cell phone ban on airlines, count me in among those who aren't looking forward to the flying phone booth in the coming years. Read more »

Army Told to Disband Bases

Salvation Army, that is.

In bell-ringer news this week, Target has announced it will no longer permit the Salvation Army to solicit donations in front of its chain of stores during the holiday season. While I feel that it's an unfortunate move by Target, it is, of course, a private business and it can dictate who can and cannot solicit on its property. Read more »

Not Very Polite

A Democratic Lancaster, Pa. councilman – Nelson Polite – doesn't like the fact that a manager of a baked-goods stand in the town's Central Market displays a photo of George W. Bush. Polite claims that such a photo does not belong in a public place (offering an argument of a separation of state and... uh, state?), and also adds that it "rubs salt into the wounds" of those who didn't vote for Bush. Read more »