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Suddenly, abstinence is in vogue

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Friday, April 14, 2006

Don't they understand, kids are just going to do it anyway? I mean they're kids. they'll experiment, they egg each other on and it's not like there is anything unnatural about it. Face it, the temptations are everywhere. I mean, people have been doing it for eons. It's the reason we're all here now. It's not like you can stop it. No, we're not talking sex here. We're talking eating, even obesity. Now the Colorado Legislature is all for abstinence. Suddenly, permissiveness is out, ...

Hope to be back in business soon

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

As close readers recognize, I was out most of the last week on assignment (one that went reasonably well, by the way.) I have since been flattened by a nasty infection, but I am getting back on my feet and looking forward to more blogging. I will try to catch up with the news and have some comments coming up.  ...

And furthermore…

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Tuesday, April 4, 2006

No comment on the Geographic Bee would be complete without noting the unfortunate component of political correctness, so it is worth remarking on a question about which European capital (Paris, if you must be told) was stricken by rioting, dispossessed youth in 2005. Conspicuously absent from the discussion was the Islamic nature of the youthful rioters - a travesty considering state of world affairs. It is much like describing the current Parisian insanity as riots about the lack of ...

Colorado is flat

By {screen_name}
Monday, April 3, 2006

With apologies to Thomas Friedman, let's look for a moment at the flat and featureless state of Colorado education. Take, for example, the recently completed Colorado Geographic Bee conducted at the University of Denver on Friday, which I attended. The winner was one Autumn Hughes of Wheat Ridge, one of a string of home schoolers who have distinguished themselves of late in various bee competitions. It's worth noting that while her middle- and elementary-school companions were prepping ...

Why bother with a school board?

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Sunday, March 26, 2006

If you thought that local control mattered in schools any longer, think again. Forget science, forget social studies, forget art, forget it all. Centralized education is now all that matters. Observers have wondered why politically ambitious types don't run for school boards. Perhaps it is because there is nothing for them to do...Really. Nothing at all.  ...

SF = GJ?

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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Taking into account the poseur quotient that goes with the territory, the Grand Valley restaurateur who hosted the lunch leg of this epicurean epic has to be considered lucky to have competed evenly with the City by the Bay. Still, a lousy chimichanga is a lousy chimichanga and haven't we all been there? Given that Christine Muhlke is no slave to haught cuisine — C'mon, she likes Sonic — perhaps she could be tempted to return to sample a bit of local chow. If she liked the ...

Nothing new under the sun

By {screen_name}
Monday, March 20, 2006

To be sure, your right to monitor what the judges you pay are doing, how law enforcement is conducting its business is under siege. For only the best of reasons, of course. This time, it's the courts that are slamming shut windows into the system that should be open. But it hasn't always been that way. Some 15 years ago, the Colorado General Assembly deemed it to be n your best interests that people not be allowed to simply view at their leisure and according to their wont cases filed ...

Back to Blogging

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Sunday, March 19, 2006

I've been out of town for a week and am just catching up. I note most immediately that the DEA and local authorities put ut the dragnet and hauled in 31 people on meth-related charges. Seems the investigation relies heavily on wiretapping at the beginning. Now I have to wonder if we can expect the local backwater beatnik brigade to march out complaining about the misuse of government power in these arrests. Unlikely, of course, not that the BBB is actually in favor of wiretaps, but ...

Will “Brokeback” break H’wood’s back?

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Friday, March 10, 2006

Lights! Camera! Camera! What do you mean we can't afford a camera? Gee, let's see why Hollywood is sucking wind. Could it be that it Crashed into a Brokeback Mountain in its haste to heap scorn on the people who buy tix to its flix? Maybe there was a hint when Oscar viewership plumbed the depths of despair known only to late-night public access stuff. Garth and Wayne should have hosted. Anyway, is it really a surprise that when Hollywood condescends, moviegoers find other things to do? ...

Poster boy for school vouchers

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Friday, March 10, 2006

Jay Bennish, the Aurora teacher of world geography, has admitted a scholarly error in his comparison of George W. Bush to Adolf Hitler. Speaking through his attorney, Bennish conceded that he "should have used a different dictator." Passing lightly over the not-so-light matter of Bennish's ignorance about the difference between elections and coups, bloody and otherwise, Bennish says he's learned his lesson. Let us cast a skeptical eye on that claim and consider the rest of his track ...

Smokin’ bad news for big spenders

By {screen_name}
Thursday, March 9, 2006

Seems that Americans are buying fewer cancer sticks, which should be welcome news, unless you're counting on all that money from the tobacco settlement to fund a favored program Or two. Or three. Or more. Few of which have anything to do with smoking, not that it matters. It does prompt the question, what will state legislatures, such as Colorado's, do when they start running low on blood-and-nicotine money? Hmm. Maybe they'll tax mary jane to pay Joe Sixpack for his entitlements. Not ...

Some progress (just not enough)

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Wednesday, March 8, 2006

The Mountain Valley Oxymorons never will take the field. That's because the School District 51 board has seen the error of its nomenclatural ways and decided to name the elementary school under construction in Pear Park for, well, Pear Park. So, Mountain Valley Elementary is not to be; Pear Park Elementary it is. This is one small step for the board, but a giant leap remains to be taken for the cause of education in the Grand Valley. It's one thing, and not necessarily a bad one, that ...

It can’t be that obvious, can it?

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Tuesday, March 7, 2006

I don't know how this occurred exactly, but what follows is an e-mail missive from a fellow grad of Cal State Long Beach and former co-worker with whom I correspond occasionally: "How the heck are you? I had a job candidate in last week who said you were 'America's most conservative columnist.' How come you're not on Fox?" Maybe it's clear to everyone else, but I don't know why I come up in the middle of a job interview in Bellingham, Wash., but I'm endeavoring to find out.  ...

This is what happens in geography class?

By {screen_name}
Monday, March 6, 2006

When most people thing about geography, they think about things like national capitals, principal exports, languages, landforms and the like. Jay Bennish, who is paid to teach geography in Aurora, doesn't think about those things, much less teach about them. He'd rather liken George W. Bush to Adolf Hitler. Now this all is fine, when Bennish is on his own time, but in this case, he's not. We know this because a student at a public school taped the comments of a teacher putting in his ...

Brace yourselves

By {screen_name}
Friday, March 3, 2006

You aren't paying enough for gasoline, according to the friendly folks who bring you crude. If this is the case, and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries cuts production, can you guess where people will want to look for a ready supply of petroleum? Western Colorado, indeed. If you've been kidding yourself that development of oil shale is decades away, it's time to wake up and smell the gas. Demand won't lessen anytime soon, so neither will the pressure to develop ...

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