Monthly Archives: December 2010

Merry Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve, such a magical time…the majesty of the Christmas tree, the colored lights, the fragile decorations, the special holiday treats, the smell of cookies baking in the oven, the visiting neighbors, the excitement, the anticipation. Continue reading

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Teachers and Seniority: A Dumbing Down Experience

Yet another research study highlights the negative effects of relying exclusively on seniority in determining which teachers should get the axe during economic hard times. Continue reading

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Blessed Winter Solstice: The New Year Begins

Blessed Winter Solstice! Continue reading

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Wave Bye-Bye to Oily Arlen Specter

2010 is coming to a close and all the political hacks who bit the dust back in November are scurrying off into a well-deserved ignominious obscurity. Continue reading

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Ivy League Colleges and ROTC: Time To Pony Up

In addressing those illustrious academic institutions that come under the rubric of ‘Ivy League’, I can only paraphrase Richard Nixon in summing up their current cultural reality: You don’t have DADT to kick around anymore. Continue reading

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Senator Toomey Supports Repeal of DADT

Although not in a position to directly affect a free-standing vote in the Lame Duck session to repeal the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, Pat Toomey, the newly elected Republican Senator from Pennsylvania, has come out in support of repeal. Continue reading

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What a Difference a Hand Makes

As Joni Mitchell almost sang, You don’t know what you got till it’s broken. Continue reading

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Heritage Deniers Lose: Christmas is Back in Philly

Over the past week, there has been a contentious controversy percolating at Philadelphia’s City Hall. The calamity claiming so much of the city fathers’ attention during this busy holiday season turns out to be a commercial endeavor being held on city property, a holiday market featuring food, arts and crafts, and entertainment. So what could be so very wrong with such a charming event? In a word, it’s C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S. Continue reading

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The Art of Trashing Christianity

After complaints from some Republican lawmakers and conservatives over a controversial video that featured a crucifix with ants crawling over the image of Jesus, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery has removed this piece of pathetic tripe from public view. Continue reading

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