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Support MAP funding (an Open Letter to the Illinois legislature)

Also sent snail mail to Rep Karen A. Yarbrough, Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford, and Governor Pat Quinn. I am writing to ask for your help in supporting the Monetary Award Program (MAP) during the second half of this year. It’s my understanding that MAP has been funded at only 50%, and without your intervention, it […]

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Seeking: better angels for congress

I was working at home, preparing to leave for a seminar in Turlington hall, when Jenny called from the radio-station where she was working. “You have to turn on the TV,” she said. Both towers had been hit by planes and were on fire. As I watched, trying to understand what was going on, I […]

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Norm Coleman is a Big Fat Idiot

Okay, he’s not fat. But I wanted something to give it this post a bit more pizzaz. So Al Franken is Minnesota’s senator. He should have been serving for six months already, but because Norm Coleman continued pursuing legal challenges, Al was only just declared the official winner. A couple thoughts: My instinct early on […]

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On The Little Mermaid

Avery’s been watching The Little Mermaid a lot lately, and I’ve come to notice a few things about it, nearly all of them bothersome and disturbing.  But first, her observations: After Triton destroys Ariel’s humania collection, Avery turns to me and says “Her daddy broke her stuff.  She’s sad.” Avery correctly identifies Ursela as “The […]

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Zombies are democrats

A feature story in the San Diego Union Tribune suggests that horror movies, particularly zombie and vampire films, oscillate in popularity depending on the political attitudes of the nation. In particular, zombie movies appear a lot when Republicans are in office, and Vampire movies appear when Democrats are in office. “Democrats, who want to redistribute […]

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The Wordy Shipmates

The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell rating: 4 of 5 stars Vowell does a nice job of contextualizing the sometimes strange, sometimes familiar events of the early Calvinist settlers who arrived and settled Boston in the 1630s. As usual, she peppers the casual and entertaining discussion of history with witty, biting remarks. As usual, it’s […]

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Obama’s Race Speech

If you haven’t watched Obama’s Race Speech yet, you should. I had my Introduction to College Writing students watch it for class today and then we talked about it. Now that’s a speech. Here’s my favorite bit: “For we have a choice in this country. We can accept a politics that breeds division, and conflict, […]

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